Accounting is the study of analyzing,
recording, summarizing, and reporting financial information to managers,
owners, customers, investors, and other decision makers inside and outside a
business organization. Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate
studies in accounting commonly include financial accounting, management
accounting, tax accounting, governmental and not-for-profit accounting, and
auditing. Careers in the discipline that generally require graduate-level
degrees include forensic auditing, management consulting services and
education. Even students who choose not to major in accounting find that coursework
in the field can improve their ability to understand the role of accounting as
a part of the overall business management team, as well as their ability to comprehend
financial information as it pertains to their personal wealth management.
The accounting program at College of
the Desert is designed to:
• Prepare non-transfer accounting
students for entry-level positions in the field by completing the accounting certificates
and/or Associates of Science degree in accounting.
• Prepare business majors for
transfer to four-year institutions.
• Provide non-accounting students
with sufficient knowledge and expertise to make intelligent use of accounting
COD’s accounting program is
constantly updated to provide students with current accounting information. In addition,
current textbooks are used in all of our classes as well as popular commercial
accounting software programs in our accounting software classes.
Our core accounting courses
(Financial Accounting 20A and Managerial Accounting 20B) are required for
transfer to most California four-year universities. We regularly monitor the
course content of these universities so that we continually meet the needs of
the transfer students.
All of our instructors have
accounting experience in addition to completing academic studies of accounting.
We believe that our instructors do a better job of teaching when they have both
academic and practical experience.
For more information please contact
the School of Applied Science and Business Office, the Counseling Center or call