Accounting, Associate of Applied Science


Program Information

Accounting has become one of the most prominent themes in business. Changing regulations, compliance initiatives, and increasing corporate complexity have brought accounting professionals to the forefront of business and government. Our graduates have started successful bookkeeping and income tax businesses. Students can also use this degree to kick-start their Accounting degree at a four-year university.

The San Jacinto College Accounting program*:

  • Prepares students to work in accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and banking in companies and organizations; and
  • Opens students to careers in non-business fields such as government and the legal profession.

* Note: The AAS degree is not designed to transfer completely to a four-year university. For more information, students may consult an educational planner/counselor or Department Chair.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this degree, students should be able to find entry-level employment in:

  • Accounts Payable,
  • Accounts Receivable,
  • Payroll,
  • Banking,
  • Bookkeeping, and
  • Income Tax Accounting.

Earning Potential

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks: $45,976 per year1


Source:, median salary, Gulf Coast region, 2022

For more information, students may contact Central campus at 281-991-2608; or North campus at 281-998-6350, x7306.


Central Campus

Generation Park

North Campus

San Jac Online


The two-year technical Accounting program is for individuals preparing for immediate entry into the accounting field. Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Accounting should refer to the information about the Business Associate of Arts (AA) degree in the catalog and see a counselor prior to registration.

Students enrolling into San Jacinto College programs with external learning experiences (i.e., clinical, practicum, externship, cooperative, etc.) will be required to comply with the immunization requirements and policies of the clinical/external learning sites to engage in all clinical/external learning experiences. Vaccination requirements at clinical/external learning sites are implemented pursuant to the independent authority of such facilities and are not mandated by San Jacinto College. Failure to meet the immunization requirements mandated by clinical/external learning sites may limit a student’s ability to complete the program and/or may delay the student’s graduation date. San Jacinto College does not process exemptions, and students should address potential vaccination exemptions directly with the clinical/external learning site.

Students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree after graduation from San Jacinto College may want to consider programs in the Western Governors University (WGU) College of Business. WGU will accept credit for students with an AAS in Accounting or an AAS in Business Management. Interested students may find more information on the WGU website.

Plan of Study


Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
ACCT 2301 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
BUSI 1301 Business Principles 3
ACNT 1329 Payroll and Business Tax Accounting 3
ACNT 1311 Introduction to Computerized Accounting 3
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications 3
Second Term
ACCT 2302 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
ACNT 1331 Federal Income Tax: Individual 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
BUSI 2301 Business Law 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Business and Professional Speech
Third Term
ACNT 2345 Technical Writing for Accountants 3
ACNT 2303 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACNT 2309 Cost Accounting 3
ACNT 1313 Computerized Accounting Applications 3
ACNT 2366 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Accounting 3
Fourth Term
ACNT 2304 Intermediate Accounting II 3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
Economics or Psychology or Sociology 3
Mathematics 1 3
ACNT 2302 Accounting Capstone 3
 Total Credits60

Students desiring to obtain a baccalaureate degree should take MATH 1314 College Algebra.

Verification of workplace competencies

Capstone Experience: ACNT 2302 Accounting Capstone