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Accounting is defined as communicating financial information about a business to users such as shareholders, managers, investors, regulators, and the general public. Accountants engage in a wide variety of tasks, including preparing financial statements; recording business transactions in order to keep track of a firm’s liabilities, assets, income, and expenses; working with new technologies, and developing and using information systems.

Concentration Requirements

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All courses are 3 credit hours and require a minimum grade of C- unless otherwise noted.

Required Courses
Dept./
Course #
Title Co-Reqs or
Pre-Reqs
BUS-A 301 Accounting: An Information System BUS-A 201,
BUS-K 201
BUS-A 311 Intermediate Accounting I BUS-A 202,
BUS-A 301
BUS-A 312 Intermediate Accounting II BUS-A 311
BUS-A 325 Cost Accounting BUS-A 202
BUS-A 328 Introduction to Taxation BUS-A 201
BUS-A 424 Auditing BUS-A 311

Plus, any one of the following courses (3 credit hours)

Select two courses
Dept./
Course #
Title Co-Reqs or
Pre-Reqs
BUS-A 339 Advanced Taxation BUS-A 328
BUS-A 422 Advanced Accounting
BUS-A 414 Financial Statement Analysis & Interpretation

Plus, one other 300-level or 400-level business elective. (This may include A 339, A 422, or A 414, if the student has not taken the course to meet the previous requirement.)

Business Elective

Bus/Econ Elective is any 300/400-level Business or Economics course outside of Accounting (BUS-A), with the exception of A 339, A 422, A 414, and L 303. Cannot be satisfied by internships, professional practice, BUS-M 300, MATH-K 300, or BUS-A 310.

Students intending to take the CPA exam should take either A 339 or A 422 and BUS-L 303 (Commercial Law (3) P: BUS-L 201). Student would preferably take all three courses as all three comprise parts of the CPA Exam material not covered elsewhere in the curriculum.

Careers

An accounting career consists of using financial information and collaborating with other professionals to make successful business decisions.

Public accounting firms, large and small business enterprises, and government and other not-for-profit organizations provide abundant and lucrative employment opportunities.

Successful students frequently become licensed as Certified Public Accountants or obtain other professional designations as Certified Management Accountants, Business Valuation Analysts, Tax Advisors, Auditors, and others.

For more detailed and extensive information regarding careers involving this major, please refer to the Career Development Center.

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Professional and Student Organizations

American Institute of CPAs
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is the world’s largest association representing the accounting profession, with nearly 370,000 CPA members in 128 countries. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education, and consulting; membership is also available to accounting students and CPA candidates. The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies, non-profit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It also develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination.

Institute for Internal Auditors

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is an international professional association with global headquarters in Altamonte Springs, Fla., USA. The IIA is the internal audit profession's global voice, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, chief advocate, and principal educator. Members work in internal auditing, risk management, governance, internal control, information technology audit, education, and security.

Institute for Management Accountants
IMA is the worldwide association for accountants and financial professionals working in business, committed to helping management accountants expand their professional skills, better manage their organizations, and enhance their careers.

Useful Links

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) has served as an association dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of the country’s 55 state boards of accountancy for more than 100 years. As a driving force within the accounting profession, NASBA accomplishes its mission by creating a forum for accounting regulators and practitioners to address issues relevant to the viability of the accounting profession. NASBA takes pride in offering its member boards a rich portfolio of products and services, all designed to effectively aid boards in their goal to protect the public.

Internal Revenue Service
The IRS is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury and one of the world's most efficient tax administrators. In fiscal year 2010, the IRS collected more than $2.3 trillion in revenue and processed more than 230 million tax returns.

Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)
The mission of the FASB is to establish and improve standards of financial accounting and reporting that foster financial reporting by nongovernmental entities that provides decision-useful information to investors and other users of financial reports. That mission is accomplished through a comprehensive and independent process that encourages broad participation, objectively considers all stakeholder views, and is subject to oversight by the Financial Accounting Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)
The PCAOB is a nonprofit corporation established by Congress to oversee the audits of public companies in order to protect the interests of investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate and independent audit reports. The PCAOB also oversees the audits of broker-dealers, including compliance reports filed pursuant to federal securities laws, to promote investor protection.

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