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Earn credentials in accounting, finance, or both!

Whatcom’s accounting and finance program offers two degree options: an associate of science (AS) in accounting (90-94 credits) and an associate of science (AS) in finance (92-96 credits). Both degrees share a number of the same courses, with just three courses unique to each. With little additional effort students could potentially earn degrees in both disciplines, providing foundational knowledge beneficial to multiple career paths. By completing both degrees, the additional credits earned may also be applied toward the 225 credit minimum required to sit for the CPA exam.

Whatcom also offers a certificate in accounting (60-64 credits) plus multiple short-term certificates of proficiency in various accounting and finance specialties (18 to 25 credits each).

Students who complete the accounting certificate program may opt to immediately enter the workforce and/or continue toward completion of the associate of science degree in accounting. The certificates of proficiency are primarily intended for incumbent workers with prior education or relevant experience seeking to hone their skills in a specialty area and/or to advance to higher level positions; coursework may also be applied toward completion of a higher credential.

Program outcomes


Upon successful completion of WCC's accounting degree or accounting certificate, graduates should be able to...

  1. Account for cash.
  2. Account for accounts receivable.
  3. Account for accounts payable.
  4. Perform accounting functions by computer.
  5. Account for issues related to sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations.
  6. Interpret and analyze various financial statements.


Upon successful completion of WCC's finance degree, graduates should be able to...

  1. Account for A/P, A/R, and investments.
  2. Interpret and analyze various financial statements.
  3. Explain how the U.S. banking system functions.
  4. Explain how the Federal Reserve operates.
  5. Perform finance functions by computer.
  6. Differentiate among the various types of investment alternatives.

Build a class schedule that works for you

Whether you want to study full-time or part-time, in-person or online, daytime or evening, or any combination of all of the above, you can build a class schedule that fits with your other personal and professional obligations and educational goals. Log into WCC Starfish or schedule an appointment with an advisor for assistance with building a plan that is right for you.