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Accounting Transfer Pathway (AS) - 60 credits

Why Choose Accounting?

This career teaches students various accounting methods and how to audit records to ensure they comply with tax laws and other standards. They also learn how to create and review financial records. The growth in this field is also very steady.

Skills Acquired

(Bureau of Labor Statistics)

People who have worked in this career typically perform the following tasks:

  • Examine financial statements to ensure they are accurate and comply with laws and regulations
  • Computer taxes owed, prepare tax returns, and ensure that taxes are paid properly and on time.
  • Inspect account books and accounting systems for efficiency and use of accepted accounting procedures.
  • Organize and maintain financial records
  • Assess financial operations and make best-practices recommendations to management
  • Suggest ways to reduce costs, enhance revenues, and improve profits

Careers in Accounting

Projected Job Growth

According to, job growth for the field of accounting will be 10.6%. There will be a need for about 7,750 new Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks to meet market demand between 2010 and 2020. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

Types of Jobs


Individuals taking Accounting may choose to focus on the following careers:

  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
  • Budget Analysts
  • College Business Teachers
  • Credit Analysts
  • Financial Analysts
  • Financial Examiners
  • Financial Managers
  • Tax Examiners and Collectors


Average State Pay

Median salary in the state of Minnesota is $36,650 (or $17.62 per hour).



Accounting programs teach students various accounting methods and how to audit records to ensure they comply with tax laws and other standards. They also learn how to create and review financial records.

Degrees in Accounting

The Associate of Science degree in Accounting is designed for possible employment at the associate degree level, and for transfer to a bachelors of science programs at some Minnesota state colleges and universities, private colleges and the University of Minnesota.

The Associate of Science Degree in Accounting includes the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.

The Accounting (Minnesota State Transfer Pathway) AS offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated accounting bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities. 

The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field.

Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.   

Students transferring to non-system universities are advised to consult with their intended transfer institution to determine transferability of the courses in this curriculum.

Core Courses - 30 credits

Code Title Credits
ACCT 1052 Computerized Accounting 2
ACCT 2251 Financial Accounting 4
ACCT 2252 Managerial Accounting 4
ACCT 2254 Introduction to Management Information Systems 4
ACCT 2853 Federal Individual Income Tax 4
BUSN 1201 Information Technology Concepts and Business Software 1 3
BUSN 2155 Legal Environment of Business 3
BUSN 2300 Principles of Management 3
BUSN 2400 Principles of Marketing 3

Additional Required Courses - 30 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
or COMM 1101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
or COMM 1121 Small Group Communication 3
MATH 1100 College Algebra 4
MATH 1080 Introduction to Statistics 4
or MATH 1090 STATWAY Statistics 2 4
ECON 2201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 2202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3

  • One course in MnTC Goal 3 (with traditional lab) (at least 4 credits)
  • Complete additional MnTC courses to reach 30 credits of General Education Requirements (at least 5 credits)

Other Degree Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.

Coursework in this degree program satisfies a portion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Please see MnTC Degree Audit Report.

Following degree completion, successful transfer to Minnesota State universities includes meeting the admission requirements for those individual universities and their related academic program.