Frequently Asked Questions
- How is a certificate different from a degree?
- What is the difference between an Associate of Arts (A.A.) and an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree?
- What is IAI?
- What are prerequisites?
- Why should I complete a prerequisite course?
- Is every course offered every semester?
- Which accounting course should I take first?
- Which courses are available through Learning Commons?
- What is COD Online?
- Which courses are available through COD Online?
- How do online courses compare to classroom-based courses?
- What can I do to succeed in an online course?
- Which courses should I take as a CPA exam candidate?
- How can I obtain more information about Accounting at COD?
A certificate focuses on a specific area of knowledge, while a degree combines an area of focus with a broad range of academic courses.
What is the difference between an Associate of Arts (A.A.) and an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree?
An A.A. degree in Accounting is usually geared for students who plan to transfer to a four-year university in a residential, full-time program. The A.A.S. degree is accepted by many local colleges and universities, especially adult part-time programs. The A.A. includes more liberal arts courses, while the A.A.S. focuses more on a specialty area.
Please see Choosing the Right Degree Program and Keeping Your Options Open for more information on deciding which Accounting degree to pursue.
IAI is the acronym for the Illinois Articulation Initiative. An accounting course that is designated as an IAI course will transfer to any public or private college or university in Illinois.
Prerequisites are courses (or demonstrated equivalent experience) that students must complete prior to enrolling in a similar higher-level course.
A prerequisite course provides the background necessary for the successful completion of a higher-level course. A higher-level course instructor assumes that a student has mastered the content of the prerequisite course. Generally, mastery of the content covered in a prerequisite course will improve a student's chances of successful performance in the higher-level course.
No, but many Accounting courses are available each term. Basic courses are offered every semester. These courses are also offered in day, evening and weekend sessions. Please see " Courses by Delivery Mode " for more details.
The COD accounting sequence (2140 and 2150 formerly 1140 and 1150) is an appropriate choice for students who plan to transfer to a business program at a baccalaureate institution, as well as for students who plan to operate their own businesses at some point in the future. Most students begin by taking Financial Accounting (ACCOU 2140), while other students are more suited to begin with Accounting Procedures (ACCOU 1110). Financial Accounting (ACCOU 2140) is specially designed for (1) students who have successfully completed or are currently enrolled in college-level English and Math courses; or (2) students who have business experience or completed accounting courses in high school. Students who do not fall into one of these two categories should enroll instead in Accounting Procedures (ACCOU 1110); such students should meet with an advisor regarding transferability of this course.
Learning Commons is a comprehensive center that provides learning assistance to all College of DuPage students. Students often need help preparing for a test or navigating through their coursework. Other students may be doing fine in their coursework but feel they could do even better with some assistance. These services are free of charge.
COD Online offers independent and individual learning opportunities via the Internet. Courses combine the advantages of independent learning with the support of a structured series of assignments, chat rooms and instructors available by telephone or email. Courses completed via Internet appear on a grade report in the same manner as classroom-attended courses.
Please see "Courses by Delivery Mode" for details.
Please visit COD Online - General Information for this information.
Please visit COD Online - Succeeding in Internet Courses for this information.
Please see Information for CPA Exam Candidates for details.
For more information, call the program coordinator, Maureen McBeth, at (630) 942-2879,
or contact her via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maureen McBeth, Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1732, (630) 942-2879
Bev Carlson, Program Support Specialist
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1738, (630) 942-2140
Business and Technology Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2616, 630) 942-2592
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