Type of Degree: 
Bachelor of Science
Average Time of Commitment/Completion: 
4 years

Companies, government agencies, institutions of all sizes and industries rely on accountants and auditors to make sure they keep accurate financial records and pay taxes on time and correctly. Additionally, any taxpayer may rely on an accountant for similar services.

An accountant, or auditor, may also help with financial and investment planning, budget analysis, some legal services and information technology consulting.

There are four basic types of accounting: public, government, management and internal auditing. A graduate can also take an additional 30 hours of coursework and become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Coursework for accounting students typically combines time in class with lab time during which you’ll learn software packages. Classes usually include financial analysis and reporting, taxation, accounting systems, managerial accounting, internal and external auditing, ethics, laws and regulations and accounting issues specific to not-for-profit and government organizations.

Most states require that public accountants be CPAs to practice. To obtain certification and a license, applicants are usually required to pass the Uniform CPA Examination prepared by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and meet specific educational and experience requirements, including an additional 30 hours of college-level coursework.

To promote their ability to get hired, accountants and auditors may pursue optional certifications from a list of accrediting agencies, including: Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Association of Government Accountants, Institute of Internal Auditors, Institute of Management Accountants and ISACA.

Examples Of Careers/Jobs That Are Suited To This Major: 

Auditor, Corporate Accountant, Tax Accountant, Staff Accountant, Governmental Accountant

Examples Of This Major’s Core Classes: 

The following business foundational courses are to be completed with at least a 2.0 GPA before proceeding to disciplinary core requirements.
• EC 1603 Macroeconomics (3 cr.)
• EC 1613 Microeconomics (3 cr.)
• BU 1623 Computer Applications (3 cr.)
• BU 2113 Financial Accounting (3 cr.)
• BU 2123 Managerial Accounting (3 cr.)
• MA 3013 Statistics for Business (or equivalent statistics course) (3 cr.)
• BU 3041 Applied Business Statistics Lab (1 cr.)
• SO 3213 Fundamentals of Leadership (3 cr.)

The following required business disciplinary core courses are to be taken only after successful completion of the above foundational courses.
• BU 3023 Principles of Management (3 cr.)
• BU 3033 Principles of Marketing (3 cr.)
• BU 3043 Principles of Finance (3 cr.)
• BU 3053 Principles of Business Law (3 cr.)
• BU 4963 Strategic Management (3 cr.)
• BU 4993 Senior Seminar (3 cr.)

The following required courses are in addition to the common core curriculum, business foundational courses and business disciplinary core requirements. Also, students must have earned at least a “C” in Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting.
• BU 3323 Cost Management (3 cr.)
• BU 3553 Intermediate Accounting I (3 cr.)
• BU 3563 Intermediate Accounting II (3 cr.)
• BU 3573 Advanced Accounting (3 cr.)
• BU 3593 Federal Taxation (3 cr.)
• BU 4533 Accounting Information Systems (3 cr.)
• BU 4543 Auditing (3 cr.)
• Accounting Elective (3 cr.)

Special Activities/Opportunities You’ll Experience At St. Gregory’s: 

At St. Gregory’s, you’ll have the opportunity to test your skills and abilities outside of the classroom by creating and executing Enactus projects. Enactus is a non-profit organization that empowers students to empower others by finding free enterprise solutions to today’s problems.

In addition, all SGU business majors are required to compete in the Governor’s Cup Business Plan competition, which requires the completion and approval of a workable business plan for a specific company. Students are given two chances to compete in the Governor’s Cup. Juniors have the opportunity to join the senior teams to build a plan and compete. Then, all seniors are required to create a new business solution to fill a market need.

Our Commitment To You: 

The SGU business department faculty is dedicated to ensuring you are equipped with the character, knowledge and skills needed to compete in life and work.

We provide a customized education of the whole person. The faculty serves the student by assessing individual needs and creating an environment that is conducive for growth throughout your educational journey.

Bottom line, degrees, such as Accounting, that are based in the business department offer the practical skills employers in all types of businesses seek on a daily basis.

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Business Administration, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing