Did you know that Accounting is referred to as the “language of business”? Every company in every industry uses Accounting information to make decisions, even in times of economic downturn. 

By studying Accounting, you will learn to prepare and interpret the financial data needed by management to run a business. You will be exposed to the operations of every department within an organization. Whether you want to work for a corporation, go into public accounting, work for the government or start your own business, Accounting will give you the tools necessary to be successful.


(Program Video: LBCC Career Technical Education, Accounting)


Business: Accounting, Associate in Arts (AA)
Business: Accounting, Certificate of Achievement (C-ACH)
Business: Business Economics, Certificate of Accomplishment (C-ACC)
Business: Foundations of Accounting, Certificate of Accomplishment (C-ACC)
Business: Money & Banking, Certificate of Accomplishment (C-ACC)

View all LBCC’s Programs of Study and Curriculum Guides.
(New students need to refer to the current academic year for the most up-to-date info) 

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Course Name   Fall   Winter Spring Summer

Financial Accounting

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Managerial Accounting

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Introduction to Accounting

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Fundamentals of Tax

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Computerized Gen Ledger Account Systems

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Spreadsheet Accounting

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QuickBooks Accounting

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Macro Economic Analysis

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Micro Economic Analysis

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Introduction to Business

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Business Law

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Business Law

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View Course Descriptions on LBCC College Catalog.


Accounting has a number of fields including financial and managerial accounting, cost accounting, tax accounting, governmental accounting, not-for-profit accounting, public accounting, and auditing.

Careers in Financial Accounting, Tax Preparation, Managerial Accounting, and Auditing.

  • Start your career in bookkeeping, Accounts Receivable, Accountants Payable, or Payroll.
  • Continue your education and earn the designation of Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant.
  • Choose to work in any industry as all companies need accounting or choose to work in public accounting and get exposed to many different industries.
  • Start your own business in tax preparation or bookkeeping.

laptop, cash, calculator, and spreadsheets on the table. Accounting concept.


Industry/Government Accounting

  • Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Controller
  • Management Accountant
  • Staff to Senior Accountant

Public Accounting

  • Bookkeeping
  • Management
  • Partner
  • Staff to Senior Accountant
To explore potential jobs in this field of study, we strongly urge you to visit LBCC Career Center. Working with a career counselor, we will assess your strengths, skills, interests, and accomplishments to help you identify internship opportunities and career goals that match your educational and professional needs.


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Do the Department of Business Administration & Economics faculty have real-world business experience? 

Yes, nearly every member of our faculty has a strong professional background in their concentration.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Depending on the number of units you take and whether you are a full-time or part-time student, completing a certificate program can take as little as one semester and completing an associate degree program can take about two years.

Make a 30-minute appointment with an academic counselor to receive services in educational plans, transcript evaluation, and career planning.

How much does the program cost?

Please visit Financial Aid for tuition cost and Federal Work Study information.

Who are the Career & Technical Education (CTE) counselors?


Please visit the Counseling Office for Academic Counseling, Career Exploration, Educational Planning, College Transfer, Student Resources, and many others to help you achieve your educational goals.

What is the difference between a transfer degree (AA-T/AS-T) and a traditional AA/AS degree?

  • The traditional AA-Business degree has been designed for those who are in pursuit of an Associate degree with a stronger and more immediate career focus, such as securing a job opportunity or a job promotion. Since most of the courses on this degree are transferable to a baccalaureate granting institution, you will still have the opportunity to complete your bachelors degree when the time is more appropriate. This degree offers 5 distinct career paths – accounting, general business, international business, management and marketing. 
  • The CSU transfer degree has been developed as a fast-track degree for transfer into the CSU system. The course requirements for the transfer degree have been developed as a collaborative effort by Community College and CSU faculty and this degree will help you to create a clear path from LBCC to a CSU campus, once you have met the stated requirements, which can be found in the Curriculum Guide section. We offer both an AS-T in Business Administration and an AA-T in Economics. 

What is the difference between a certificate of achievement and a certificate of accomplishment? 

  • Completion of a Certificate of Achievement can be an end in itself or can, after completing the necessary GE requirements, lead to the attainment of one of our Associate degrees.
  • The Certificates of Accomplishment are lower unit certifications (usually 9-12 units) that are tied to a specific skill set and are generally used as stepping stones on the path to obtain a Certificate of Achievement and eventually to an Associate degree. They can also be instrumental in career advancement. 

How do I receive my degree or certificate after I finish the coursework?

You will need to complete an application for your degree or certificate and submit that application to the LBCC Admissions & Records office. Read how to apply for graduation and receive your degree or certificate for more details.

How to transfer and lookup comparable course listings.

To help determine if courses taken at other schools are comparable to Long Beach City College courses, please visit LBCC Transfer Evaluation System (TES).

For more transfer information, please visit LBCC Transfer Center.