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Requirements, Accounting

The accounting curriculum meets both the short- and long-range needs of students who wish to enter the accounting profession. The program prepares students for entry into corporate, institutional (e.g., government and not-for-profit), or public accounting. The program is also designed to meet the needs of those who plan to extend their formal education at the graduate level and those who wish to pursue the 150 credit-hour requirement.

Curriculum

Accounting majors pursuing the 150-credit requirement to become a CPA are strongly encouraged to take a one-course overload each semester starting in the freshman year spring semester. Students must be academically eligible to take a course overload and should consult with their academic advisors concerning the requirements.

Freshman Fall (16.5)

  • 2 Electives† (6)
  • ENGL 101 Reading, Thinking, & Writing (3)
  • MATH 117 Elementary Functions* (3)
  • MGT 100 Understanding & Working in Organizations†† (3)
  • MIS 180 Computing & Spreadsheets†† (1)
  • Physical Education Elective (0.5)

Freshman Spring (15.5)

  • ACCT 105 Financial Accounting** (3)
  • ANTH 105 Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • PRWR 215 Effective Communications (3)
  • 2 Electives† (6)
  • Physical Education Elective (0.5)

Sophomore Fall (15)

  • ACCT 205 Managerial Accounting** (3)
  • EC 101 Principles of Macroeconomics†† (3)
  • MGT 210 Foundations of Management†† (3)
  • MIS 290 Management Information Systems (3)
  • QA 251 Elementary Statistical Analysis (3)

Sophomore Spring (16)

  • ACCT 308 Intermediate Accounting** (4)
  • ACCT 330 Accounting Information Systems†† (3)
  • EC 202 Principles of Microeconomics†† (3)
  • ENGL 102 Advanced Composition & Literature (3)
  • QA 252 Intermediate Statistical Analysis (3)

Junior Fall (16)

  • ACCT 309 Intermediate Accounting II** (4)
  • BLAW 250 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (3)
  • FIN 303 Financial Management†† (3)
  • MKT 300 Marketing Principles†† (3)
  • OPM 352 Operations Management†† (3)

Junior Spring (16)

  • ACCT 402 Advanced Accounting†† (4)
  • ACCT Elective (3)
  • MGT 310 Leadership (3)
  • MGT 365 International Business†† (3)
  • PHIL 352 Business Ethics†† (3)

Senior Fall (16)

  • ACCT 405 Federal Income Taxation†† (4)
  • ACCT 498 or MGT 451*** (3)
  • EC 300- or 400-level Elective (3)
  • MGT 452 Management Policy & Strategy (3)
  • Elective† (3)

Senior Spring (16)

  • ACCT 415 Auditing, Attestation, & Prof. Responsibility†† (4)
  • ACCT 451 Accounting Seminar†† (3)
  • 3 Electives†,†† (9)

Total Credits 127
(Credits are in parentheses.)


*Qualified students are urged to substitute MATH 141–142.
**Students must achieve at least a C+ (2.3) in both ACCT 204 and 205 or receive permission from the head of the Department of Accounting and Information Management to enroll in ACCT 308 or 309.
**** Students who complete a three-month full-time co-op experience are not required to complete ACCT 498 or MGT 451. These students may substitute a free elective in place of ACCT 498 or MGT 451.
†Accounting majors must complete two humanities electives, two social science electives (one at the 200+ level), two science/math electives, and two free electives. Accounting students who plan to sit for the CPA exam are encouraged to take BLAW 260. The completion of two business law courses (e.g., BLAW 150 and 260) and/or two finance courses is a CPA requirement in some states. For information, contact the Department of Accounting and Information Management or write to the applicable state CPA Board.
††Course may be taken in either fall or spring semester.

Experiential Learning Requirement

All accounting students are required to complete one experiential learning opportunity. This requirement can be satisfied by one of the following:

  • One full-time co-op assignment
  •  ACCT 498—an approved 3-credit internship
  •  MGT 451—Senior Project

 

For more information about courses and requirements for accounting majors, see the course catalog.