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Accounting (120 Credits)

The objectives of the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a major in accounting are to provide knowledge about practical and conceptual accounting, basic accounting information systems, financial reporting and taxation, auditing, and the use of accounting information for managerial decision-making purposes. This provides preparation for careers in private, governmental, and non-profit accounting. It also provides a foundation to enter the Master of Accounting program for those interested in a professional career in public accounting or consulting.

Graduation Requirements
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all Carson College of Business (CCB) courses required for the major is required for graduation. The calculation will only count WSU business courses that are taught by the CCB including HBM courses. Economic Sciences courses or any other courses outside the college are not included.

Accounting majors are required to complete a minimum of 9 upper-division business courses in residence. Students within the College of Business must complete an International Experience Requirement option, see catalog for more information.

First Year
First TermCredits
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or SCIENCE 101 [SCI]13 or 4
ECONS 101 [SSCI] or 102 [SSCI]3
Humanities [HUM]3
MATH 20123
Second TermCredits
ECONS 101 or 1023
MATH 202 [QUAN]33
MIS 2503
Physical Sciences [PSCI] or SCIENCE 102 [SCI]14 or 3
Second Year
First TermCredits
ACCTG 2303
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
Diversity [DIVR]3
Non-Business Electives53
Second TermCredits
ACCTG 2313
B LAW 2103
COM 102 [COMM] or H D 205 [COMM]3 or 4
MGTOP 21564
POL S Elective3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Consider studying abroad this summer7
Third Year
First TermCredits
ACCTG 3303
ACCTG 335 or 3383
FIN 3253
MGMT 3013
MKTG 3603
Second TermCredits
ACCTG 3313
ACCTG 335 or 3383
I BUS 3803
MGTOP 3403
Non-Business Electives53
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
ACCTG 433 [M]3
Accounting Upper-Division Business Elective83
Non-Business Electives59
Second TermCredits
ACCTG 438 [M] or ACCTG 439 [M]3
MGMT 491 [CAPS] or ENTRP 492 [CAPS]3
Accounting Upper-Division Business Elective 83
Non-Business Electives51

1For a total of 7 credits—one Biological Science [BSCI] and one Physical Science [PSCI] course, including one lab course, or 8 credits of [SCI] designated courses. (SCIENCE 101 [SCI] is offered Fall semester and is a prerequisite for SCIENCE 102 [SCI], which is offered Spring semester.)
2MATH 201 will be waived with the completion of MATH 202 or equivalent.
3Alternative to MATH 202 is MATH 171, 140 or 206.
4Required for the major.
5Non-Business courses to equal 60 credit hours.
6MATH/STAT 212 will be accepted as alternative to MGTOP 215 for transfer students.
7All students must complete the International Experience Requirement. Options for completing the requirement can be found in the Carson College of Business Academic Unit section of the catalog under Business. Students should consult with their advisor to determine the best option.
8Accounting Upper-Division Business Electives (6 credits): Any 400-level Accounting course, B LAW 411, MGMT 401, 485, 487, MGTOP 470, MKTG 379, or any 300-400-level MIS or FIN course. May not include courses from the business administration core, the set of required accounting courses, or any 498 or 499 courses.

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