Business and Accounting

Accounting is often referred to as the “language of business”.  This reference is because the primary function of accounting is to provide key financial information to business stakeholders to be used in assessing the economic performance and condition of business.

Those choosing to enter the field of accounting should have strong problem solving abilities, excellent oral and written communication skills, and quantitative skills. Students intending to transfer to a baccalaureate institution and major in Business Administration have two degree options-The Business DTA or the Associate in Arts and Science DTA completing all of the prescribed courses listed for the Business DTA will enable students to be major ready when they transfer to any public baccalaureate institution in the state of Washington.  

Program Outcomes
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  1. Record business transactions in traditional accounting journals by using common accounting practices (GAAP-Generally Accepted Accounting Principles).
  2. Communicate the cumulative effect of business transactions by preparing basic financial statements.
  3. Analyze the financial health of a business by interpreting business data (obtained from financial statements).
  4. Record, classify, and summarize business transactions by using current accounting software.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of concepts and terminology related to operating in a business environment by completing various business-related projects and exams.
  6. Students will be able to demonstrate teamwork and/or workplace specific skills related to human relations.

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Degrees & Certificates

AAS - Accounting Technician (non-transfer)

Total Credits: 90
Learning Outcomes:

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Year 1

Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter

Course Credits
ACCT 105 5
BIM 101 2
BIM 110 3
BUS 102 5

Course Credits
BIM 181 3
BUS& 101 5
BUS 121 5
BUS 161 2

Course Credits
BIM 182 2
BUS 122 5
CSMT& 220 5
ECON 200 5

Year 2

Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter

Course Credits
ACCT& 201 5
ACCT 262 2
BIM 109 1
BUS& 201 5
FAD 150 2

Course Credits
ACCT& 202 5
BIM 183 1
BIM 190 3
BUS 120 4

Course Credits
ACCT& 203 5
ACCT 233 2
ACCT 260 3
BUS 170 5

AA&S DTA MRP - Business (transfer)

Total Credits: 90+

Year 1

Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter
Summer Quarter

Course Credits
ACCT 105 or
BUS& 101
5
MATH 098-099 5
ENGL& 101 5

Course Credits
ECON& 201 or
ECON& 202
5
MATH& 141 5
Humanities/Social Science 5

Course Credits
ECON& 201 or
ECON& 202
5
MATH& 148 5
Lab or Natural Science 5

Course Credits
As needed based on English and Math placement  

Year 2

Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter
Summer Quarter

Course Credits
ACCT& 201 5
Lab or Natural Science 5
MATH& 146 5

Course Credits
ACCT& 202 5
Humanities/Social Science 5
BUS& 201 5

Course Credits
ACCT& 203 5
CMST& 220 5
ENGL& 102 or
ENGL& 201
5

Course Credits
As needed based on English and Math placement  
Last remaining HU/HP/SS  

Certificate of Achievement (one year)

Emphasis: Business and Accounting
Total Credits:
52
Learning Outcomes:

  1. Record business transactions in traditional accounting journals by using common accounting practices (GAAP-Generally Accepted Accounting Principles).
  2. Communicate the cumulative effect of business transactions by preparing basic financial statements.
  3. Record, classify, and summarize business transactions by using current accounting software.
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate teamwork and/or workplace specific skills related to human relations.
First Year

Course Credits
ACCT 105 – Introduction to Accounting* 5
ACCT& 201 – Principles of Accounting I 5
ACCT& 202 – Principles of Accounting II 5
ACCT& 203 – Principles of Accounting III 5
ACCT 260 – Computer Accounting 3
BIM 110 – Microsoft Office Essentials 3
BIM 190 – Spreadsheets I 3
BUS 102 – Business Mathematics*** 5
BUS 120 – Human Relations on the Job** 4
BUS 121 – Business English** 5
BUS 161 – Business Calculators* 2
CMST& 220 – Public Speaking** 5
FAD 150 – Industrial First-Aid & CPR 2

*Tech Prep available
**Related Instruction (required by SBCTC)

Certificates of Accomplishment

Basic Office Computing
Accounting Principles Proficiency
Computerized Accounting Applications
Business Communications

Total Credits: 15
Learning Outcomes:

  1. Create professional documents that would be used in an office environment.
Course Credits
BIM 101 – Basic Keyboarding 2
BIM 110 – Microsoft Office Essentials 3
BIM 181 – Introduction to Microsoft Word 3
BIM 182 – Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2
BIM 190 – Spreadsheets I 3
BUS 161 – Business Calculators 2

Total Credits: 20
Learning Outcomes:

  1. Record business transactions in traditional accounting journals by using common accounting practices (GAAP-Generally Accepted Accounting Principles).
  2. Communicate the cumulative effect of business transactions by preparing basic financial statements.
Course Credits
ACCT 105 – Introduction to Accounting* 5
ACCT& 201 – Principles of Accounting I 5
ACCT& 202 – Principles of Accounting II 5
ACCT& 203- Principles of Accounting III 5

*Tech Prep available

Total Credits: 5
Learning Outcomes:

  1. Record, classify, and summarize business transactions by using current accounting software.
Course Credits
ACCT 260 – Computer Accounting 3
ACCT 262 – Introduction to QuickBooks 2

Total Credits: 19

Course Credits
BUS 120 – Human Relations on the Job** 4
BUS 121 – Business English** 5
BUS 122 – Business Communications 5
CMST& 220 – Public Speaking** 5

**Related Instruction (required by SBCTC)

Business and Accounting Contact
Business and Accounting Faculty
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Standley, Depree

Business & Accounting Faculty
DepreeS@bigbend.edu
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Earl, Michael

Business Associate Faculty
michaele@bigbend.edu
Preston Wilks

Wilks, Preston

Accounting/Business Faculty
PrestonW@bigbend.edu
(509) 793-2194
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