Areas of Study


The Accounting Program provides a broad base of study and is designed to ensure that the student is adequately prepared for entry-level positions. Through careful course selection within the program and supporting fields, it is possible for students to prepare themselves for careers in government, nonprofit organizations, and private industry. Students aspiring to become certified public accountants (CPAs) need to be aware of the educational requirements of the state in which they intend to sit for the CPA examination. Advisors in the program are available to help students plan their courses to meet the CPA requirements or any specialty within the field of accounting.

Courses & Requirements

Summary of Requirements

Core Curriculum 43
Pre-Major Courses 9
Major and Related Courses 72
Free Elective Courses 6

Requirements for a Major in Accounting

Students must be accepted into the Accounting major before taking 300-level or above courses in the Department of Business. For continuation in the major, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in major and non-major courses. An accounting major must complete at least one internship in the field and are strongly encouraged to achieve at least one Microsoft Office Specialist certification prior to graduation.


Required pre-major courses 9 (12*) hours

**Three hours count toward the general education Math requirement

This course surveys the fundamentals of business administration, including management, organizational behavior, marketing, economics, statistics, management information systems, accounting, finance, entrepreneurship, international business, and ethics & social responsibility. It is intended both for students who seek a one-time exposure to business as well as those planning to major in a Department of Business program.

This course and lab equip students to function in the information society. It introduces students to the current Windows environment and Microsoft Office Suites as they are ubiquitous in today's workplace and personal computing environment. Through hands-on training, students will learn basic skills in Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheet), Access (database), and PowerPoint (presentation). In addition, file management, Browser, and E-mail basic skills will be practiced.

Basic concepts of probability and statistics, and applications to the sciences, social sciences, and management. Probability, conditional probability, Bayes Formula, Bernoulli trials, expected value, frequency distributions, and measures of central tendency. Credit will not be allowed for MAT 102 if student has previously passed MAT 130; 102 will not be counted toward a major in the department.

This course provides a survey of the algebra topics necessary for Calculus. Topics covered include the analysis of graphs of basic functions, transformations of graphs, composition of functions, inverse functions, quadratic functions and their graphs, polynomial and rational inequalities, absolute value inequalities, radicals and fractional exponents, exponential and logarithmic functions and equations, exponential growth and decay problems, and the analysis of circles, parabolas, ellipses, and hyperbolas. MAT 125 consists of the first half of MAT 130. Passing both MAT 125 and 126 is equivalent to passing MAT 130.

Required core courses 54 hours

This course introduces students to basic financial accounting theory and practice. It teaches students the knowledge and tools to identify and record business activities and to prepare and interpret financial statements and reports in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Students will learn how accounting methods affect the evaluation of business results and the quality of business decisions.

As the second part of introduction to Financial Accounting, this course provides a detailed coverage of long-term liabilities, long-lived assets, stockholder's equity, investments, cash flows, and financial statement analysis. Special topics such as payroll accounting, accounting for partnership, and other related topics are also covered.

Management (or Managerial) Accounting comprises financial and nonfinancial information intended to meet internal users' needs. It involves the development and interpretation of accounting information intended to assist management in the operation of the business. Topics include financial statement analysis and the use of accounting information for planning and control, performance evaluation, and decision-making. The course will cover cost behavior, job order costing, process costing, cost volume-profit relationship, relevant costing/benefits, budgeting, activity-based costing, cash flow and financial statement analysis. Computer lab is required.

This course explores the major functions of management: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Within these four functions are subjects such as self-management, organizational structure and culture, leadership, motivating employees, teamwork, human resource management, self-management, change management, and planning and decision-making tools and techniques. This course takes an inside out approach, where the student learns first about themselves and then develops their ability to manage progressively larger and more diverse groups of people and projects.

This course examines the basic principles of marketing and provides the opportunity to develop the critical analysis and management skills needed by successful marketers. Within the framework of the ''product, price, promotion, distribution, and customer'' elements of marketing, course topics include market segmentation, targeting, positioning, consumer behavior, integrated marketing communication, marketing ethics and social responsibility, and the global dimensions of marketing (including e-marketing).

This course focuses on statistical concepts and their application to businesses. It provides opportunities to develop fundamental skills in quantitative research, presentation, and critical analysis applicable to the business environment. Topics include quantitative and graphical descriptive techniques, data collection and sampling, probability distributions, estimation techniques, inferential and regression analysis.

This course is cross-listed and is otherwise known as PHI 341. This course introduces students to the normative theories of moral philosophy and how they apply to the business world. It covers a spectrum of topics in the subjects of conflict of interest, corporate ethics and climate, discrimination, ethical climate, ethical decision-making, ethical issues, and ethical standards. Students will use case studies and current events to critically analyze common ethical issues in the business environment and recommend appropriate courses of actions.

This course examines the basic principles of financial management and provides opportunities to develop basic quantitative, research, and critical analytical skills that are useful to a financial manager. Topics include financial managerial functions and responsibilities, risk/return trade-off, ethics and social responsibility, taxation issues, financial institutions and economic environment, interest rate analysis, financial statement analysis, time value of money, and valuation techniques.

This course focuses on the global dimensions of business. It covers a broad spectrum of subjects in foreign direct investment and trade, international cooperate strategies, international governance and regulation, international patents and protections, and multinational culture. The political, cultural, institutional, economic, legal, and technological environmental forces that accompany global business activities are discussed in an integrated manner.

This course introduces students to the American business legal environment and covers basic concepts in contracts, the uniform commercial code, corporations and partnerships, agency, intellectual property, employment, antitrust, consumer protection, security regulation, environmental and international law, and business ethics and social responsibility.

An introduction to data and information processing concepts and systems viewed from a contemporary management perspective. The course provides the conceptual foundations in understanding technologies, such as computer hardware and software, the Internet, networking, security, enterprise computing, e-commerce, database management, and how information systems support business functions. The hands-on labs enable students to develop in-demand skills in business analytics and data management.

Business analytics encompasses the skills, technologies, and practices for continuous iterative exploration and investigation of past business performance to gain insight and drive business planning. This course prepares students to interpret data to inform business decisions, recognize trends, detect outliers, summarize data sets, and analyze relationships between variables, etc. Beginning with basic descriptive statistics and progressing to regression analysis, students will implement analytical techniques using software tools, such as Excel, and apply fundamental quantitative methods to real business problems. Selected major-specific projects will be used to enable students to apply functional knowledge and skills associated with their respective major.

This course examines the production phase of business activities. It covers a broad spectrum of subjects in continuous improvement, cost control, data analysis tools, and quality management. Students will learn to analyze and apply methods of design and operation of production systems.

This course, the first of the two-course Senior Capstone sequence, serves to review and reinforce all business functional knowledge in the areas of marketing, finance, accounting, operations/production management, human resources management, organizational behavior, ethics, legal business environment, macro- and micro-economics, global dimensions of business, information management systems, quantitative research techniques and statistics, business leadership, integration, and strategic management. The class will use a hybrid instructional platform which utilizes both online self-paced eLearning and onsite lectures and discussions.

This is the second course of the senior capstone series. It is designed for graduating seniors majoring in Accounting, Business Administration, and Risk Management to synthesize, apply, and integrate all business functional knowledge and their major-specific expertise to solve complex problems in a real and virtual business environment. A variety of instructional techniques such as case studies, simulations, team projects, guest speakers, and field trips may be used to deliver an enhanced capstone experience. Through simulations,students will emulate top corporate executives to develop and implement strategy plans and business policies in a competitive, global business environment.

This course introduces students to the study of economics and provides an overview of common macroeconomic concepts. The course encourages students to understand, use, and analyze common macroeconomic concepts such as inflation, employment, consumption, national income, money, and interest rates, as well as the fundamental economic concepts of supply and demand, marginal analysis, and opportunity costs.

This course provides an overview of common microeconomic concepts. The course encourages students to critically analyze common microeconomic concepts such as supply and demand, prices, markets and market structure, competition, utility, production costs, marginal analysis, and opportunity costs. The underlying theoretical basis for these concepts and how they are interrelated with each other and with the overall economy is also introduced in this course.

Study and intensive practice of professional writing skills and genres, such as resumes, letters of application, emails, memos, short proposals and reports.

Required accounting courses 18 hours

This is the first part of a two-semester sequence. This course is a continuation of the study of accounting principles with in-depth coverage of theoretical concepts and financial statements. Topics include generally accepted accounting principles and extensive analyses of financial statements.

This is the second part of a two-semester sequence. This course emphasizes various accounting techniques for inventory, tangible and intangible assets, liabilities, equity, and investment transactions. It also covers accounting rules and practices in revenue recognition, pension and leases, taxation, and full disclosure in financial reporting.

Study of concepts, techniques and principles of cost and management accounting. The use of accounting data for managerial decision making, planning, and control.. Topics include budgeting, cost concepts, cost behavior, cost-volume-profits relationships, inventory control, standard costs, absorption costing versus direct costing, variance analysis, cost allocations, setting price and international issues.

Study of federal income taxation of individuals and their impact on personal and business financial decision making. Topics include: concepts of gross income, deductions, tax credits; business and personal investment deductions; sale and other dispositions of property; changes in tax law and economic impact of the law. Although the course emphasizes income taxation, issues such as gift, estate, partnership and corporate taxation are discussed.

This course explores in depth the financial concepts used by the Accounting profession for partnerships, business combinations and consolidated financial statements, bankruptcy, liquidation and reorganization, and estates and trusts.

An introductory course covering both the concepts and procedures that the auditor must know and follow. The course attempts to give students a comprehensive, one semester review of the auditing field, with an emphasis on the auditing procedures and techniques needed to audit financial statements as well as to provide basic preparation for the CPA exam.

Major Elective courses 6 hours

ACC 350: Recommended for those planning to sit for the CPA examination.

ACC 421: Recommended for those planning to sit for the CMA examination.

ACC 495: Students must take three credits of ACC 495

Choose two courses:

Course covers the accounting concepts used in governmental units and other not-for-profit organizations such as hospitals, voluntary health and welfare organizations, and others. Emphasis will be placed on the accounting and budgeting procedures used in these organizations.

This course studies and analyzes current accounting thought as reflected in leading professional and accounting research reports.

Advanced level cost accounting with emphasis on integration of managerial aspects of accounting internal record-keeping, business and managerial functions of decision making, planning, and control. A consideration of quantitative and behavioral aspects.

This course provides an opportunity for accounting majors to learn, study, and apply computerized accounting methods. It is designed to introduce students to accounting systems and covers an introduction to the analysis and development of accounting information systems for businesses by giving a systems perspective on some traditional accounting topics. The course provides hands-on experience with an accounting program(s). Students are encouraged to develop individual modules to specific business needs. Computer lab required.

The course studies how accounting is practiced in different countries around the world, and students will learn to compare the differences in financial reporting, taxation and other accounting practices that exist across countries. As business becomes more global, an understanding of these differences and efforts to harmonize differing accounting standards grow in importance. The course deals with both cultural issues and accounting issues having the greatest differences between nations.

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for seniors who are majors or minors. Students may enroll in 495 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

Program Outcomes

Accurately apply fundamental business concepts, models, and principles to address hypothetical or real-world business issues. (Common Business Knowledge & Inquiry)


Communicate effectively in both American Sign Language and written English in various formats and styles to a variety of audiences in multiple business contexts. (Communication)


Apply technological tools and statistical and quantitative reasoning skills in analyzing and evaluating numerical information to support evidence-based business decisions.(Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Skills)


Critically assess business problems and develop well-supported solutions.(Critical Thinking & Problem Solving)


Critically evaluate all business opportunities and challenges using a global business perspective.(Global Dimension)


Consistently act in a professional, ethical, and socially responsible manner, and collaborate effectively in teamwork when required.(Ethics & Social Responsibility)


Accounting Discipline Specialty Knowledge and Inquiry


Demonstrate knowledge in Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), managerial accounting theories, auditing, taxation, and other accounting concepts and rules.


Prepare, interpret, and summarize financial statements and reports in accordance with GAAP.


Apply Information Technology tools in analyzing accounting information and solve business problems based on accounting theory, financial regulations, and business standards.


The BS in Accounting is accredited by the Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a leading specialized accreditation body for business education around the world.

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