BAS in Accounting

What is a BAS degree?

A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) is a four-year degree designed to build on a technical associate degree.

Combine your associate degree with upper-division credits to earn a bachelor’s degree in Accounting! Although any associate degree may be used, the associate degrees  that provide the best foundation and the smoothest transition are Accounting, AAA and Associate in Business, AB-DTA/MRP.

Why Earn a BAS in Accounting at GRC?

Experienced professors, excellent instruction with flexible class schedules; convenient locations; tuition you can afford. You can keep your job while you complete the program and advance your career. Knowledgeable program advisors will help you build an education plan and stay on track.

Learn the practical skills accounting industry employers are looking for:

  • Microsoft Excel®
  • QuickBooks®
  • payroll accounting
  • individual and business income taxation
  • beginning through advanced accounting principles and practices for recording transactions, preparing financial statements, and making management decisions
  • cost accounting
  • finance
  • auditing
  • accounting information systems and controls with a strong focus on data and business analytics skills
  • communication
  • critical thinking
  • work readiness
  • best practices on how to foster diverse, equitable, and inclusive teams and organizations

Interested in Becoming a CPA or CMA?

This degree puts you on the right track! You will be prepared for employment in the accounting field and for entry into a master’s degree program if you wish to continue your studies. Graduates of this program may be eligible to take the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) Exam and/or CMA (Certified Management Accountant) Exam in Washington State.

To qualify for the CPA or CMA licensure you must meet the requirements in the following three areas: education, exam, experience

Some program graduates will be eligible to take the CPA and/or CMA exam upon graduation. Students may need additional college credits and work experience hours in the field before they are eligible to apply for the CPA or CMA license or take the exams.

For information on becoming a CPA, visit the Washington State Board of Accountancy website.

For information on becoming a CMA, visit the Institute of Management Accountants website.

Employment Outlook

Careers and Earnings Information

Potential careers: Accountant, cost accountant, tax accountant, managerial accountant, forensic accountant, auditor, financial auditor, internal auditor, management advisory services consultant, and financial analyst 

Explore accounting and auditing careers:

Accountants and Auditors Occupational Outlook Handbook 

Washington Career Bridge Accounting and Auditing Occupation Outlook

CareerOneStop Accountants and Auditors

Degree Information & Entry Requirements

Accounting, BAS


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Nicole Harris, CPA 

Program Director and Accounting Faculty Member

Pat Carter, CPA

Faculty, Accounting

Jeanette Fohn, CPA

Faculty, Accounting