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Accounting

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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
To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, students are required to complete all admission and graduation requirements listed in the Carson College of Business (CCB) section of this catalog and the coursework included in the sample 4-year plan listed below.

First Year
First TermCredits
B A 1003
Diversity [DIVR]3
ECONS 101 [SSCI] or 102 [SSCI]13
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG] or 105 [WRTG]13
MATH 20123
Second TermCredits
B A 1021
COM 102 [COMM], H D 205 [COMM], or MKTG 279 [COMM]13 or 4
ECONS 101 or 10213
HBM 10111
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
MATH 202 [QUAN]33
Complete Carson Career Amplifier Program Tier 1
Apply for Admission into the Major
Second Year
First TermCredits
ACCTG 2303
B A 201, 202, and 203, or B A 2113
B LAW 2103
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or Physical Sciences [PSCI] (with lab)44
Humanities [HUM]3
Consider studying abroad this summer5
Second TermCredits
ACCTG 2313
B A 204, 205, and 206, or B A 2123
MGTOP 21564
MIS 2503
Social Science or Humanities Elective73
Complete Carson Career Amplifier Program Tier 2
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
ACCTG 3303
ACCTG 335 or 3383
Arts [ARTS]3
FIN 3253
MKTG 3603
Second TermCredits
ACCTG 3313
ACCTG 335 or 3383
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or Physical Sciences [PSCI]43
ENGLISH 402 or 403 3
MGTOP 3403
Complete Carson Career Amplifier Program Tier 3
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
ACCTG 433 [M]3
I BUS 3803
300-400-level Accounting or Business Elective83
International Experience Requirement or Electives3
Social Science or Humanities Elective73
Second TermCredits
ACCTG 438 [M] or ACCTG 439 [M]3
MGMT 491 [CAPS] or ENTRP 492 [CAPS]3
300-400-level Accounting or Business Elective3
International Experience Requirement or Electives5
Complete Carson Career Amplifier Program Tier 4

Footnotes
1For Students in the Honors Program: ECONS 198 is an approved substitute for ECONS 101 and 102; COM 102/H D 205/MKTG 279 requirement is waived; HONORS 198 is an approved substitute for HBM 101; ENGLISH 198 is an approved substitute for ENGLISH 101; ACCTG 298 is an approved substitute for ACCTG 230 and 231. Honors students may need to enroll in elective coursework to meet University requirement of 120 credits.
2MATH 201 will be waived with an ALEKS score of 80% or higher, or the completion of MATH 202 or equivalent. MATH 106 will be accepted as an alternative to MATH 201 for transfer students.
3Alternative to MATH 202 is MATH 140 or 171.
4For a total of 7 credits—one Biological Sciences [BSCI] and one Physical Sciences [PSCI] course, including one lab course.
5All 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 or Business Administration (Vancouver). Students should consult with their advisor to determine the best option.
6MATH/STAT 212 will be accepted as alternative to MGTOP 215 for transfer students.
7Social Science or Humanities Electives (6 credits): Any courses with the [SSCI] or [HUM] designation, or courses in ANTH, ASIA, CES, CRM J, DTC, ECONS, ENGLISH (excluding ENGLISH 402 or 403), FINE ART, FOR LANG, HISTORY, HONORS 270, 280, 370, 380, H D, HUMANITY, PHIL, POL S, PSYCH, SOC, and WGSS not used to fulfill other (including UCORE) requirements.
8300-400-level Accounting (3 credits) and Business Electives (3 credits): Students must take one 300-400-level three-credit ACCTG course, and an additional 300-400-level three-credit course offered by the Carson College of Business with the exception of courses from the CCB core, the set of required accounting courses, or any 498 Internships or 499 Special Problems courses.

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