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Undergraduate Majors

Ohio University's nine undergraduate colleges offer more than 250 programs of study. Students may select from a wide variety of majors, minors and certificates. While most undergraduate programs at the Athens campus are designed to be completed in four years, a limited number of two-year degree programs are available as well.

Accounting Technology Major (A.A.B.)

Major code AA5002

Office of Regional Higher Education  
Ohio University Lancaster
Brasee Hall
1570 Granville Pike
Lancaster, OH 43130-1037
Phone: 740.681.3300 or 888.446.4468
Fax: 740.687.9497

Janet Becker, contact person or any regional campus student services office

Program Overview

The accounting technology program at Ohio University-Lancaster, Ohio University Southern, and Ohio University Chillicothe offer a two-year program for accounting technicians leading to the Associate in Applied Business degree. Program graduates are prepared to enter the workforce in junior accounting positions in a number of sectors, after fulfilling the degree requirements of accounting technology career choices and completing applied business core courses plus some electives.

Because accounting technology students attend many classes with students from other majors, they are exposed to the broadening experience open to all those attending the campus. The only exceptions are the more advanced accounting courses required of students in the accounting technology major. The same responsibilities and standards of academic achievement apply to all Ohio University Lancaster and Ohio University Southern students, regardless of their major.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates have obtained employment with government, hospitals, school broads, CPA firms, retail stores, corporations, with duties including payroll, accounts receivable, general ledger bookkeeping, auditing, and tax return preparation. Opportunities for students at the completion of the program include account analyst, accounting clerk, accounts receivable clerk, accounts payable clerk, insurance clerk, payroll clerk, junior accountant, staff accountant, and staff auditor.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the accounting technology major, students will be able to:

  • Identify, interpret, and analyze basic business transactions
  • Identify and describe the accounting cycle and apply accounting principles under both a manual system and at least one modern accounting software system.
  • Describe, prepare, and analyze general purpose financial statements. 
  • Use financial reports and statistical techniques to understand a company's health and aid in decision making.
  • Effectively use modern spreadsheet and/or other technology to aid in decision making.
  • Identify and describe the effects of taxation on individuals and the business entity.
  • Identify and describe the managerial accounting functions required for effective business decisions.