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Basic Accounting
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The basic accounting certificate provides students with a variety of skills in the accounting field, including critical thinking, decision making, and cost assignment and responsibility accounting. Students will learn business solutions, profitability enhancement, and information analysis.

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Eligibility

This introductory certificate is offered by both Ensign College and BYU-Idaho, with support and resources from BYU-Pathway Worldwide.

  • Ensign College: For students who completed PathwayConnect but never enrolled in an online degree program. (The information below is related to the Ensign College version of this certificate.)
  • BYU-Idaho: Students who did not participate in or complete PathwayConnect, or students who are currently enrolled in an online degree program through BYU-Idaho. (Click here to view the BYU-Idaho version of this certificate.)

Essential Knowledge and Skills

Outcomes

Students completing this certificate will be able to:

  • Prepare financial statements pursuant to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) using the accounting cycle.
  • Evaluate financial statements.
  • Conduct computerized accounting for a small business.
  • Perform reconciliations on general ledger accounts.
    Certificate of Basic Accounting
    Program Requirements
    This certificate builds into the Applied Business Management degree.
    This is an introductory certificate.
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    Certificate
    15 CREDITS
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    60 CREDITS
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    Certificate of Basic Accounting
    Course Code
    Course Name
    # of Credits
    BUS115
    Business Applications
    3
    BUS115 — 3 credits
    x
    Business Applications
    Students will acquire, develop, and apply intermediate spreadsheet analysis skills in a business context as well as demonstrate basic database use. After individually completing spreadsheet tutorials and assignments, students will then develop and apply their skills in business projects and exams. The projects and exams, which are designed to be realistic and representative of business activities students might encounter in the workplace.
    ACCTG180
    Survey of Accounting
    3
    ACCTG180 — 3 credits
    x
    Survey of Accounting
    This course is an introduction to financial and managerial accounting principles with exposure to basic accounting statements and processes and management applications. The class is intended for non-business majors and certain specialized business programs. This course does not fill any major requirements for accounting majors.
    ACCTG205
    Accounting Software
    2
    ACCTG205 — 2 credits
    x
    Accounting Software
    This course takes an in-depth look at accounting software using Intuit QuickBooks Pro. Topics include invoicing, inventory control, payments, and a complete setup of a new and existing company. An in-depth accounting knowledge is not required.
    COMM175
    Communication Essentials
    3
    COMM175 — 3 credits
    x
    Communication Essentials
    For Non-Communication majors, this course helps give a basic foundation in  interpersonal communication and public speaking skills and principles. Through a combination of exercises and discussions, students develop the tools to continually work toward more effective communication.
    GS170
    Career Development
    1
    GS170 — 1 credits
    x
    Career Development
    In this course, learners will discover and strengthen the skills they need to successfully obtain or improve employment. Students will focus on creating professional documents (e.g., resumes and cover letters), networking, interviewing, and job shadowing.
    ECON150
    Economic Principles and Problems-Micro
    3
    ECON150 — 3 credits
    x
    Economic Principles and Problems-Micro
    This introductory course in microeconomics studies the behavior of individual economic agents such as consumers and businesses in a market economy.  Analytical tools are used to study the consumption and production decisions in an economy under perfect and imperfect market conditions.
    For questions about this program, contact BYU-Pathway Support
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    Looking Ahead
    Potential Employment
    • Bookkeeper for small businesses
    • Accounts payable/receivable for corporations or non-profits

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