May 25, 2018  
2012-2014 Catalog 
2012-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Associate in Applied Science (021)

This program prepares the student for entry-level positions or to be a junior member of the accounting staff of a private business, industrial enterprise, public accounting firm, or governmental agency. Emphasis is on the financial record keeping aspects of accounting and the preparation and analysis of reports as a basis for managerial decisions.

Work and Employment

Accountants generally work in one of four major areas. Public accountants are employed primarily in auditing, taxation, or consulting businesses. Management accountants handle the financial records (such as taxes, budgeting, costs and investments) for a company. Government accountants maintain and examine the records of government agencies and audit private businesses which are subject to government regulations. Internal auditors review their company’s operations.

Special Considerations

Students who are interested in a bachelor’s degree in accounting or in pursuing a CPA should follow the guidelines for the associate of science business transfer program described in this catalog.

Accountants usually have the following skills and aptitudes: work carefully and accurately, able to analyze and interpret figures, able to work with numbers, follow directions well, dependable and honest, neat and orderly, display mathematical aptitude.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Counseling Office, 815/835-6354;
Dr. Dennis Day, Professor of Accounting, 815/835-6328;

General Education Requirements - Sem/Hrs: 19

  • Communications 6 Semester hour(s)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Social Science (ECO 211 required) 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Physical/Life Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Mathematics (MAT 106 or higher) 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Orientation 1 Semester hour(s)

Total Hours Required for A.A.S. Degree: 65

Suggested Program

First Semester - Sem/Hrs: 14

Second Semester - Sem/Hrs: 17

  • Physical/Life Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Elective 1 Semester hour(s)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Mathematics (MAT 106 or higher) 3 Semester hour(s)

Third Semester - Sem/Hrs: 17