Accounting AAS

The Accounting AAS program prepares students for a variety of jobs, including entry-level accounting positions, or for a career as a full-charge bookkeeper. The curriculum includes the Certified Bookkeeper Review course (ACCT 212). Upon successful completion of the course, students may choose to sit for the Certified Bookkeeper exam, administered by an independent provider and scheduled by the student. This program does not prepare a student to sit for the CPA exam. Individuals who intend to transfer upon graduation to a four-year institution for an undergraduate degree in Accounting should review the  Associate in Science degree curriculum for business transfer (Accounting) before selecting the AAS degree program.

The courses required for the degree program are listed in the link below. This is a sample schedule. Course availability varies from semester to semester. Students must pay close attention to the prerequisites for each course. Contact a counselor or the program coordinator for more information about this degree program, including the master course schedule. The master course schedules can be found below.

For more information about the Accounting AAS program, please contact Department Chair Dawn Peters at 618-235-2700, ext. 5487 or

Educational Program

Refer to the sequence of courses and the graduation requirements as a guide for completing this program.

Download the Belleville Campus master course schedule  

Download the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus master course schedule

Accelerated Degree Option

Anyone who has completed an associate or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college may earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Accounting by completing at least 27 semester credit hours of program related course work. A plan of specific courses required for the degree must be obtained from the program coordinator and approved by the Dean of the Business Division and the Vice President for Instruction. Only those courses completed at Southwestern Illinois College, and not included as part of the requirements for a previously earned degree or certificate, can be considered for this option. Students must meet all institutional requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Career Opportunities

A graduate of the Accounting AAS program is prepared for the following positions:

  • Accounting Clerk
  • Full-charge Bookkeeper
  • Accounting support staff

For more information about Career Opportunities, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook website published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Visit our Career Activities and Employment Center.

Phi Beta Lambda-Abe Small Chapter

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is a nonprofit educational association of students preparing for careers in business. All Southwestern Illinois College students are welcome to join. Contact the Business Division at 618-222-5313 for more information.