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Frequently Asked Questions

A certificate focuses on a specific area of knowledge, while a degree combines an area of focus with a broad range of academic courses.  

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.

Online Courses 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.

See "Courses by Delivery Mode" for details.

Please visit Online Courses - Is Online Learning Right for You 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:  mcbeth@cod.edu

Contact Information

Maureen McBeth, Program Chair
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1451
Phone: (630) 942-2879
Email: mcbeth@cod.edu

Bev Carlson, Program Support Specialist
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1436B
Phone: (630) 942-2140
Email: carlsonb@cod.edu

Anika Collins, Program Advising
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1454D
Phone: (630) 942-3961
Email: collinsa555@cod.edu

Business and Applied Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034
Phone: (630) 942-2592