Accounting (ACO)

Accredited by ACBSP

(Effective Fall 2018)

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting (ACO) offers a unique approach to accounting education. This major is designed to prepare students for entry into the accounting profession. The curriculum provides a framework that integrates significant business and management background and extensive accounting and financial knowledge, which provides the foundation for continued education toward licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Students are exposed to tax, auditing, not-for-profit, forensics, and management accounting. Information technology training, communication skills development, global comparisons, and ethical discussions enhance the students' experiences.

Career Opportunities

Positions in public accounting, industry, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, and "in your own account." After gaining experience, opportunities for advancement and additional responsibilities will be available. Types of jobs that require accounting and financial background include: appraising, banking, financial management, government service, insurance, investment analysis, law, public accounting, managerial accounting, management consulting, financial planning, marketing, purchasing, real estate, small business, and designing and implementing accounting systems. Certifications to enhance professional opportunities include the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Payroll Professional (CPP), Certified Credit Executive (CCE), Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC), and the Enrolled Agent (EA). Requirements vary based on education, experience, and testing requirements.

Recommended High School Subjects

English and mathematics courses (including algebra).

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the Catalog's Placement Testing page.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • apply the theory and concepts of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to the financial and reporting functions of accounting.
  • assess the effects of global, economic, and cultural influences on business and accounting decision-making processes.
  • demonstrate an understanding of business and non-business federal income tax regulations, concepts, and laws.
  • evaluate and apply the appropriate ethical standards to all aspects of accounting and business processes.
  • apply financial planning and analytical skills in the operating, investing, and financing functions of a business.
  • analyze the financial planning needs of individuals and apply skills learned to address those needs in various areas, including investments, insurance, risk analysis, as well as estate and retirement planning.
  • apply technology to accounting and business processes through carious computer tools and software.
  • demonstrate communication, teamwork, and critical-thinking skills needed in today's business environment.
  • explain the importance of integrating management skills into the accounting, finance, and business environment.
  • describe the role of the accountant as a member of the management team, working with non-accounting professionals in the decision-making process.


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
ACC113 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3  
SCI Science Elective 3  
ECO111 Principles of Macroeconomics 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
MGT115 Principles of Management 3  
Second Semester Credits
ACC123 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3  
ACC201 Computerized Accounting 3  
ECO112 Principles of Microeconomics 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
FIN150 Principles of Banking 3  
Third Semester Credits
ACC311 Cost Accounting 3  
ACC341 Intermediate Accounting I 3  
FIN305 Fundamentals of Financial Planning 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
SCL Science Elective with lab 4  
Fourth Semester Credits
ACC285 Accounting Information Systems 3  
ACC346 Intermediate Accounting II 3  
ACC Directed Accounting Electives 3  
MTH153 Topics in Mathematics 3  
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4  
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  
Fifth Semester Credits
ACC332 Income Taxation for Individuals 3  
ACC461 Advanced Financial Accounting 3  
LAS310 Risk Management and Insurance 3  
FIN395 Retirement and Insurance Planning 3  
FIN350 Finance 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
Sixth Semester Credits
ACC430 Corporation, Partnership, Estate and Trust Taxation 3  
FIN360 Investments 3  
MKT240 Principles of Marketing 3  
MGT301 Business Law I 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
Seventh Semester Credits
BAE Directed Business Elective 3  
BAE Directed Business Elective 3  
ACC452 Auditing 3  Writing Enriched Requirement
MGT315 Business Ethics 3  Science, Technology and Society Requirement
CDC Cultural Diversity/Liberal Arts Elective 3  
Eighth Semester Credits
ACC470 Forensic Accounting 3  
MGT497 Business Policy and Strategy 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  

ACC 480, Accounting Internship, may be used to fulfill an open elective requirement. Internships may be taken any time after the junior year upon meeting appropriate prerequisites.

Directed Accounting Electives (ACCELC): Any ACC or FIN course at the 200 level or higher.

Open Electives: Allows for internship possibilities.


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