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Associate of Applied Science - Transfer Degree (AAS-T)

The program prepares students to enter the accounting field by providing technical skills for needed for various positions. Students gain skills in financial statement preparation, business and individual tax, and general ledger software. Students complete 90 credits, resulting in an Accounting AAS-T degree. The Accounting AAS-T degree is designed as a transfer program for those interested in an applied baccalaureate degree and, in particular, for students interested in the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in International Business degree program here at North Seattle College.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Associate of Applied Science - Transfer Degree (AAS-T) Full Time: 6
Part Time: 9

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

There are no entry requirements for this program

  • Perform entry-level work to journalize, post transactions, and prepare financial statements.
  • Use typical spreadsheet and general ledger software designed for small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Understand and properly report business and individual taxes.
  • Use financial, marketing, and/or statistical information to enhance business decisions.
  • Practice within the legal and ethical frameworks of business.
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written forms in a business environment.
  • Collaborate with others in ways that effectively contribute to the organization’s goals.
  • Use cultural knowledge and understanding to create positive, productive relationships with colleagues, customers, and stakeholders.
  • Use current and emerging technologies to evaluate and solve workplace problems through synthesis, research, analysis, and presentation.

For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Part Time

  • Resident Cost : $10,444.50
  • NonResident Cost : $11,814.30
  • International Student Cost : $26,920.80

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Online
  • Coursework is generally completed over the internet, within a quarterly timeframe, contact with instructor via email. Some courses may require limited on-campus visits.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Hybrid
  • Hybrid courses provide students with the scheduling flexibility of fewer campus visits while covering the same materials as an equivalent class held entirely on campus. Hybrid classes usually have at least one on-campus meeting per week combined with a "virtual classroom" with online content, lessons and activities.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Evening
  • Courses with a start time of 4:00 PM or later.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Daytime
  • Courses offered between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM


Course Course ID Credits Availability

Hands-on use of QuickBooks to record business transactions, prepare customer invoices, pay vendors, and record payroll. QuickBooks organizes and summarizes all financial data and produces a myriad of reports. Prereq: ACCT 110 or ACCT& 201 or permission. CL Fee

ACCT 131 5.0

Course Substitute : ACCT 110 - Intro to Accounting/Bookkeeping I (5 credits)

Take ACCT& 201 if transferring.

Introduces basic accounting concepts, principles and procedures for recording business transactions and developing financial accounting reports.

ACCT&201 5.0

Course Substitute : ACCT 120 - Intro to Accounting/Bookkeeping II (5 credits)

ACCT& 202 must have ACCT &201 or permission.
ACCT 120 must have completion of ACCT 110 with 2.0 or higher.

Focuses on applications of basic accounting concepts, principles and procedures to more complex business transactions and to different forms of enterprise ownership. Prereq: ACCT& 201 or instructor permission.

ACCT&202 5.0

Must have ACCT& 202 or instructor permission.

Analysis of accounting data as part of the managerial process of planning, decision-making and control. Concentrates on economic decision making in enterprises. Prereq: ACCT& 202 or instructor permission.

ACCT&203 5.0

Must have ACCT 120 or ACCT& 202 or permission.

Introduction to tax laws related to taxes levied on the individual as opposed to business. Includes preparation of many common forms.

ACCT 255 5.0

Must have ACCT& 201 or permission.

Basic principles, practices and regulations of payroll accounting (Federal, Washington State and local governments) including filing returns, record keeping, tax planning, and business registrations and licenses. Prerequisites: ACCT& 201 or instructor permission.

ACCT 257 5.0

Learn to use Excel, a spreadsheet program that enables you to create worksheets that allow you to enter, calculate, manipulate, and analyze data such as numbers and text; create charts, graphical representations which give you data visual impact. Use Excel as a database to manage and organize data, to search for specific data, and to select data that meets particular criteria. Recommended: Familiarity with computer usage or successful completion of BUS 169 or IT 101. Computer lab fee required.

BUS 124 5.0

(Formerly BUS 250) Nature, development and operation of principles of business law relating to contracts, commercial paper, corporations, agency, partnerships and sales.

BUS& 201 5.0

Must have MATH 098 or MATH 116. Transfer Class.

The course focuses on the usefulness and limitations of statistics and their use in managerial decision making. The following techniques are addressed: descriptive statistics, probability theory, sampling, hypothesis testing, simple regression, correlation and forecasting. Emphasis is placed on problem formulation, technique selection, and results interpretation. Prerequisites: Math 098 or Math 116. Transf ss.

BUS 210 5.0

This course teaches effective interpersonal communication skills. Students learn communication styles and effective ways to adapt communication to meet business needs. Through individual and group activities, students improve understanding of cultural diversity, non-verbal communication, and individual influences on communication. Techniques for making informal and formal business presentations are also covered. Careful preparation for the employment interview is emphasized.

BUS 236 5.0

Must have MATH 098 or equivalent. ENGL& 101 recommended.

Covers the concepts of production, consumption and distribution with emphasis on price determination, production costs and market structures. Application of economic reasoning to public issues and business. Required for economics and business administration majors. Prereq: MATH 098 or equivalent. ENGL& 101 recommended.

ECON&201 5.0

Must have MATH 098 or by instructor permission; ENGL& 101 is recommended.

Intro to the macroeconomic measures in the economy: GDP, unemployment and inflation. Examines monetary and fiscal policies and their effects on the interest rate and inflation. Covers economic growth and business cycles. Required for economics and business administration majors. Prereq: MATH 098 or equivalent. ENGL& 101 recommended.

ECON&202 5.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Must be eligible for English 101 through English Placement Exam or completion of English 097/098 or completion of ABE 050.

English 101 is a college-level writing course that emphasizes academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Writing assignments focus on engaging with and responding to a variety of texts. Instruction encourages students to develop, through revision and reflection, as readers, writers, and critical thinkers. PREREQ: Placement into ENGL&101.

ENGL&101 5.0

May substitute MATH&141 or any math class with MATH&141 as a prerequisite.

Preparatory for Business Calculus MATH& 148 (formerly MAT 117). Polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and rational functions with application to business settings. No trigonometry. A graphing calculator may be required by some instructors, which is available in the Math, Science & Social Division for a $5 non-refundable deposit. Prereq: MATH 098 with a 2.5 or better or placement exam. Transfer class.

MATH 116 5.0

To transfer to an applied baccalaureate program, a lab course in physical, biological, and/or earth science is required.


Course Substitute : Global Studies

Please see Advising for list of approved courses


Choose ten (10) credits from the following Not all classes are offered every quarter, and many classes have prerequisites. Refer to the class schedule, the annual forecast, the department, and an advisor for efficient planning.

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Must have ACCT&201 and ACCT 255 or instructor permission.

This course provides a comprehensive study of the taxation of corporations and partnerships. Basic tax research and the theory of taxation are also developed. Prereq: ACCT&201 and ACCT 255 or instructor permission.

ACCT 256 5.0

Must have ACCT& 201 and ACCT& 202 or instructor permission.

This course is an overview of accounting for not-for-profit and government entities. It covers basic accounting principles and procedures relating to not-for-profit and government organizations. Prerequisites: ACCT& 201 or instructor permission.

ACCT 265 5.0

Provides the fundamentals of financial management for those pursuing careers within the public, health, and not-for-profits fields. Learn the vocabulary, concepts, methods, and basic tools of financial management and financial analysis within the three major areas of the public sector.

ACCT 267 5.0

Must have ACCT 110 or ACCT& 201.

Hands-on use of QuickBooks to record business transactions in the full accounting cycle, including those related to banking, payroll, inventory management, estimates, and progress billing. Advanced topics are covered, such as class tracking, sales tax, bank feeds, reimbursable expenses, employee time billing, and tracking fixed assets. Students will learn complex company file setup procedures, QuickBooks customization, and custom reports. Prereq: ACCT131 or instructor permission.

ACCT 268 5.0

Provides an overview of the rules and regulations covering not-for-profit organizations. Topics addressed are preparation of Form 990 Return and Form 1023 Application for Exemption, charitable giving and fund raising issues, officer and board of director interaction and ethics, internal control and operational effectiveness.

ACCT 269 5.0

Must have prior accounting course, or instructor permission.

An introduction to the field of fraud examination. Provides an overview of the general fraud examination methodology and fraud theory approach and outlines the basics surrounding fraud examination - including criminology related to fraud. Prereq: ACCT&201 or permission.

ACCT 272 5.0

Must have prior accounting course, or instructor permission.

Introduces major categories of financial crime and the legal procedures that are frequently relevant to fraud accounting work. Both criminal and civil procedures are covered. Prereq: ACCT&201 or permission.

ACCT 273 5.0

Must have prior accounting course, or instructor permission.

Integrate accounting, auditing, and fraud investigative skills. Using case studies, analyze documents, evaluate internal controls, and trace funds to resolve accounting irregularities with an emphasis on fraudulent financial reporting. Includes indirect methods of reconstructing; income, litigation support, computing commercial and economic damages, and business valuation. Prereq: prior accounting course or instructor permission.

ACCT 274 5.0

(Formerly BUS 101) Survey of American business in a global context: business and economic terminology, forms of business ownership, management, accounting, finance, international marketing, and foreign exchange rates. Also covers small businesses, business start-ups, and franchising.

BUS& 101 5.0

Introduces students to the legal, racial, and cultural aspects of the American workplace. Class activities and group discussions examine diversity, self-exploration as a basis for understanding others, historical overviews of ethnic influences on American business, work force demographics, and cross-cultural communication.

BUS 112 5.0

Must be eligible for ENGL& 101 through English Placement Exam or completion of ENGL 097/098.

Marketing presents an opportunity: find a need and fill it! Responding to the wants and needs of the consumer with the right product, price, promotion, and distribution forms the basis of the marketing concept. Marketing is dynamic, highly-visible, and often very controversial. Marketers must demonstrate value, quality, and service exceeding customer demands while maintaining channel relationships and meeting company goals and objectives. Marketing methods vary, but the need for marketing remains constant in the face of changing business practices. Marketing is essential to survival in today's customer-driven business. Prerequisite: Eligible for English 101 through English Placement Test or completion of English 097/098.

BUS 114 5.0

Must have BUS 169 or equivalent.

This course is an overview of project management from a business perspective. Topics will include project authorization & planning as well as managing project resources, scheduling, budgeting and risk. Students will apply principles to their own project. Prereq: BUS 169 or equivalent.

BUS 118 5.0

Overview of the entrepreneurial process, examination of the market-place, and discussion of successful business entry strategies. Will also cover need/market trend identification, product/service selection, initial concept validation, as well as developing and accessing sources of information and assistance.

BUS 151 5.0

The hands-on environment allows students to learn basic word processing (Word), spreadsheet (Excel), database (Access), and presentation graphics (Power Point) applications concepts. Students will create a variety of business documents and learn editing and formatting techniques. In addition, students will be introduced to file control features such as creating and naming directories, renaming files, and deleting, copying and moving files. Computer lab fee required

BUS 169 5.0

Examines the relationships between business, social and economic development and the environment. Explores how emerging technologies are reshaping energy utilization and management for businesses and their communities. Prereq: BUS& 101 or permission.

BUS 186 5.0

Must have BUS 118 and BUS 236.

Students will work collaboratively in a team environment to complete the planning of a project using the project management tools introduced in BUS118. Students will also learn how to define and sequence project tasks using Microsoft Project software. Additional topics include project team management, stakeholder analysis, and project initiation, and project quality. Prereq: BUS 118 or instructor permission; BUS236 or equivalent.

BUS 229 5.0

Must have completed BUS 236.

This course will explore aspects of successful teams, and examine the importance of assessing and recognizing individual team member skills. This course will also review and use tools to support the growth and development of teams in effective decision-making, efficient meetings, and improving team performance. Prereq: Bus 236

BUS 237 5.0

Learn business analytics to comprehend the amount of data that business professionals deal with every day. Learn the basics of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive methodologies. You will also learn how to build efficient models and graphic presentations to solve business problems and how to convert large data sets of unorganized raw data into useful information for decision making. Prerequisites: BUS124 (or equivalent) and BUS210 (or equivalent).

BUS 280 5.0

Must have placement into ENGL& 101.

Getting started with confidence; topic selection and research; preparation and delivery of informative, persuasive, special occasion, and other presentations. Prereq: Placement into ENGL& 101. Transfer class.

CMST&220 5.0