Degree and Certificate Information

Whatcom Community College offers the following degrees and certificates in the fields of accounting or finance:

What can I do with a degree in finance?

The AS degree in finance prepares students for careers in finance and the financial services industry. The degree is designed for individuals who want training in income taxation, finance, money and banking, and investments. Students who successfully complete the program should be able to: 1) perform basic financial and accounting tasks both manually and using a computer; and, 2) demonstrate the relationships among the various business functions such as accounting, finance, marketing, purchasing, operations, and human resources.

What can I do with a degree in accounting?

The AS degree in accounting provides students with basic skills to compete for entry-level accounting positions in private industry, state and local government, and public accounting firms. Students who successfully complete the program will be able to: 1) perform basic bookkeeping and accounting tasks both manually and using a computer; 2) demonstrate the relationships among the various business functions such as accounting, finance, marketing, purchasing, operations, and human resources; and, 3) demonstrate computer proficiency. 

What can I do with the accounting certificate?

The accounting certificate (56-64 credits) offers the range of clerical and accounting skills needed to perform full-charge bookkeeping tasks for a small business accurately and efficiently. Employees in this position will use both manual and computerized systems, and will work under the supervision of an accountant.

Short-term certificates of proficiency (20 credits or less) are available for those who want to hone their skills in a specialized area of accounting (see above).

What is the application process?

There is no special program application for the Accounting or Finance programs.

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