Business Administration—Accounting

Two-Year Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) Degree Program
Available in State College and Altoona

Have a “head for numbers”? The South Hills Business Administration—Accounting program is perfect for you! No office or company can thrive without a competent, confident numbers person. In just two years, the BAA program at South Hills will teach you to be that person. As a BAA student, you will study cost accounting, financial statement preparation & analysis, and income taxes. Using the latest accounting technology, South Hills will prepare you to hit the ground running and be a valued part of your employer’s bottom line.

Our BAA graduates find career opportunities including Staff Accountant, Accounting Manager, Bookkeeper, Accounting Clerk, Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk, Payroll Clerk, Administrative Assistant, and Controller.

Successful students in this program should enjoy mathematics and problem solving. Analytical skills are a big plus.

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BAA Graduates Can Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Only Two Years with St. Francis University!

South Hills students graduating with the Associate in Specialized Business Degree in Business Administration – Accounting are eligible for a bachelor degree completion program in Accounting through St. Francis University Office of Adult Degree & Continuing Studies.

Finish your Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in only two years through online, weekend, and evening classes in State College or Altoona. South Hills students will be guaranteed acceptance with a 2.0 GPA and up to 64 credits from our BAA program will automatically transfer into the program. The customizable curriculum allow you to take as few or as many classes as you want so you can balance work, family, and life. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. This program can also be completed fully online.

For more information about Bachelor's degree completion, visit the St. Francis website or call the Office of Adult Degree & Continuing Studies at 814-472-3012.

Complete Course List

Business Administration—Accounting Course List

Business Administration–Accounting Course List for 2018-19

This program information appears in the 2018-19 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.


TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours 
First TermAC125Accounting I4.560
GE117Applied Algebra4.060
GE183Business English I4.060
MG116Introduction to Business4.560
OS103Keyboarding1.020
PD110Professional Development2.024
First Term Totals:20.0284
Second TermAC223Accounting II4.560
GE184Business English II4.060
GE118Business Mathematics4.060
MG117Management I4.060
CP287Microsoft Excel4.560
Second Term Totals:21.0300
Third TermAC224Accounting III4.560
GE210Business English III3.560
AC126Fundamentals of Income Tax4.560
CP284Microsoft Word4.560
AC121Payroll Accounting4.560
MG215Personal Financial Management2.536
Third Term Totals:24336
Fourth TermGE232Business Economics3.036
LE100Business Law3.036
AC217Cost/Managerial Accounting4.560
AC225Intermediate Accounting I4.560
CD207Job Search Skills2.024
IT223Advanced Microsoft Excel2.030
Fourth Term Totals:19.0246
Fifth TermAC214Auditing5.060
AC116Computerized Accounting4.060
AC226Intermediate Accounting II4.560
CP286Microsoft Access4.560
GE213Oral Business Communications2.024
AC227Topics in Accounting2.024
Fifth Term Totals:22.0288
Sixth TermAC222Business Administration-Accounting Internship11.0330
CD200Career Preparation0.510
CD202Certification Preparation for Accounting2.021
Sixth Term Totals:13.5361
BAA PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSBAA PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
119.51,815

Careers in Business Administration—Accounting


With two years of hands-on training and strong skillsets, our Business Administration—Accounting graduates are prepared for a variety of career options, including:

  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounting Manager
  • Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Business Manager/Owner
  • Controller
  • Finance Administrator
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Staff Accountant

Each student completes a summer-long internship before graduation, providing real world experience. We have placed interns at locations including:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Blackboard (Schoolwires)
  • Center Tax Agency
  • Centre Chemical
  • Fullington Tours
  • Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital
  • Magnun Broadcasting
  • Mt. Nittany Medical Center
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Torron Group

South Hills Business Administration—Accounting graduates are well-trained and in demand for their knowledge and work ethics. Some of the many locations employing our graduates include:

  • Alk Source Materials
  • Centre Tax Agency
  • Continental Real Estate
  • Direct Tech Drilling
  • Harris Township
  • Juniata Valley Bank
  • Maxwell Trucking
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Shaner Hotel Group
  • Smeal College of Business, PSU

Program Advisory Committees

State College Main Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Linda WelkerManager of Tax ServicesState College Borough Tax Office
Jacqui FugeAssistant Manager of Tax ServicesState College Borough Tax Office
Bobbi Jo Shannon Accounting Manager The Torron Group
Shawnee MatisAccountantMaxwell Trucking and Excavating
Tammy BlakeAccountantNIS Group
Marty McGinleyStaff Accountant Shaner Hotel Group
Michele MillerTax SpecialistKeystone Payroll
Chelsea BoucherAccounting ClerkBellefonte Area School District
Melissa Elliot Accounting ClerkState College Area School District
Anya Vovchenko-SukhorukovFinance AdministratorHarris Township
Sue WiltCPASelf-employed
Josh BrickerStaff Accountant Shaner Hotel Group
Altoona Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Angee RickardFiscal AssistantRaystown Developmental Services, Inc.
Dan DaintySenior EstimatorNPC, Inc.
Angie WhetstineExecutive DirectorBlair County Tax Collection Bureau
Anita FinneganControllerL.S. Fiore
Brock AndersJunior AccountantWard Transport and Logistics Corp.
Faith SwansonBusiness ManagerHuntingdon Area School District
Kelli KellerProgram CoordinatorBob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund
Adam McCoyCustomer Care ManagerApex
Alicia StrittmatterAccounting ManagerAmbess Enterprises, Inc.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please view the Business Administration—Accounting Disclosures page on our website.