Accounting (B.S.)

Our accounting program provides students with a strong foundation in financial, tax and cost accounting concepts. Students are encouraged to use critical and analytical thinking to make rational decisions, solve problems and understand the ethical implications involved in reporting and using financial and non-financial information.

Graduates can pursue careers in one of the four major fields of accounting: public accounting, management accounting, government accounting and internal audit. Employment can be found in public accounting firms, private industry, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and educational institutions. Some graduates open their own firms and are self-employed.

Many graduates obtain certification to advance their career, such as becoming a Certified Public Accountant. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants requires applicants to complete 150 academic credits prior to sitting for the CPA examination. While this requirement cannot be achieved within the normal program of study, our joint bachelor's/master's programs leading to a master's degree in business administration or management provide a viable option for students wishing to earn CMA, CFA or CPA certifications.

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Required Courses

In addition to completing the requirements of our Core Curriculum, students majoring in accounting take a minimum of 23 courses (72 credits).

Business core requirements:

  • ACC101: Financial Accounting
  • ACC104: Managerial Accounting
  • ECN101: Introductory Macroeconomics
  • MGT120: Management and Organizational Behavior
  • MGT212: Business Communication
  • MGT270: Financial Management
  • MGT280: Principles of Marketing
  • MGT300: Ethics for Business
  • MGT403: Business Law
  • MGT490: Strategic Business Planning
  • MTH172: Quantitative Methods for Business or MTH191: Applied Calculus
  • STA201: Statistical Methods

Other required courses:

  • ACC201: Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC311: Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC312: Intermediate Accounting III
  • ACC322: Cost Accounting
  • ACC331: Federal Income Taxes I
  • ACC332: Federal Income Taxes II
  • ACC341: Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC401: Advanced Accounting
  • ACC404: Auditing
  • ACC405: Accounting Theory and Practice
  • ECN305: Money and Banking