The Bachelor of Science in Accounting offers you the necessary theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and research know-how to address complex accounting issues. From entry-level bookkeeping positions all the way to careers as chief financial officers for major corporations, accounting professionals are in demand. Successful completion of this online degree program helps to prepare you for a career as an accountant, auditor, examiner, and other related financial positions in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

This program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and has earned additional ACBSP Specialized Accounting Accreditation.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Explain the roles accountants perform in society.
  • Discuss Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and their controlling authorities and relate these concepts with appropriate accounting practices.
  • Analyze and prepare financial information for management and stakeholders utilizing appropriate accounting analyses and reports.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the ethical framework for accountants adopted by professional accounting organizations, such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).
  • Articulate a basic knowledge of legal and business terms and concepts relating to the practice of accounting.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required42
General Concentration27
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements18
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 1 course from the following:3
Microeconomics for Business
Macroeconomics for Business
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Business Writing
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
MATH110College Algebra3
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (42 semester hours)

MATH111College Trigonometry3
MATH225Calculus3
ACCT100Accounting I3
ACCT101Accounting II3
ITCC111Basic Productivity Applications3
ITCC112Advanced Productivity Applications3
MKTG201Fundamentals of Marketing3
BUSN310Business Theory3
BUSN311Law and Ethics in the Business Environment3
BUSN312Operations Research3
FINC400Principles of Financial Management3
MATH302Statistics3
MGMT310Principles and Theory of Management3
MGMT314Management Ethics3
Total Semester Hours42

General Concentration (27 semester hours)

This concentration prepares students to succeed in various accounting careers in public accounting, governmental accounting, and not-for-profit accounting. Students gain the theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and research skills needed to address complex accounting issues.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the roles accountants perform in society.
  • Discuss Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and their controlling authorities and relate these concepts with appropriate accounting practices.
  • Analyze and prepare financial information for management and stakeholders utilizing appropriate accounting analyses and reports.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the ethical framework for accountants adopted by professional accounting organizations, such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).
  • Articulate a basic knowledge of legal and business terms and concepts relating to the practice of accounting.

Concentration Requirements (18 semester hours)

ACCT301Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCT302Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCT303Intermediate Accounting III3
ACCT400Auditing3
ACCT401Cost Accounting3
ACCT420Individual Federal Taxes3
Select 3 courses from the following:9
Introduction to Payroll
Financial Accounting
Accounting Information Systems
Managerial/Cost Accounting
Law for Accountants
Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
Total Semester Hours27

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

ACCT499Senior Seminar in Accounting (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (18 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.