Southwestern Michigan College
NOTE: This degree is for those people who specifically
want a two-year accounting degree or plan on
transferring to Ferris State University to complete a
four-year accounting degree. If you wish to transfer to
another four-year program, please contact your advisor
to determine specific course requirements at the
receiving institution prior to selecting options/electives.
In order to become a Certified Public Accountant, you
must meet an education requirement of 150 semester
hours of college education, a work experience
requirement, and pass the CPA examination.
Accounting is an information system that provides
reports about the economic activities and conditions of
a business. The AAS degree prepares the student with
sufficient skills and knowledge to meet entrance
requirements of most business organizations.
You will need to demonstrate proficiencies in
reading, English and mathematics based on SMC
assessment tests, ACT or SAT scores or MEAP scores
or by taking the recommended classes.
Some of the courses in this curriculum have specific
prerequisites. These are described in the course
ACE Testing is also available for a number of the
In order to graduate with a college degree, all
students are required to take certain general
education courses. These include speech, wellness,
in English composition and
proficiency in mathematics and computer use.
These are included in the following listing of
Many of the courses in this curriculum must be
taken in a prescribed sequence. The listing that
follows is a suggested sequence of courses for
If you are a part-time student or have transferred
courses from another school, you should generally
complete the courses listed under