Today's complex business environment requires accountants to possess a broader range of skills than was needed in the past. Employers' expectations of you as an accounting graduate includes not only technical knowledge in the accounting field, but also the ability to analyze complex accounting and business issues and to communicate effectively with all levels of management.

As recently noted in Crain's,  accounting is the hottest job sector in Chicago.

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree is designed to provide you with a foundation of knowledge, skills, and attitudes you need to enter the accounting profession in a variety of accounting positions within the three arenas that the profession serves: public, governmental, and managerial.

The program also prepares you for one of the three professional certification examinations available to professional accountants.

1. Certified Internal Auditor exam
2. Certified Management Accountant exam
3. Certified Public Accountant exam

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), accounting is one of the most in-demand academic disciplines by employers. Learn the language of accounting and your career can take you anywhere.

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Fact Sheet: BS in Accounting


  • General Education Curriculum


     I. General Education Requirements (40 Hours)

    Communications (9 Hours)

    Written Communication (6)

    Oral Communication (3)

    Mathematics (6 Hours)

    Applied Calculus (3) [prerequisite - College Algebra (3)]

    Social and Behavioral Science (9 Hours)

    ECON 2301 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

    ECON 2302 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

    One additional non-economics social science course (3)

    Humanities and Fine Arts (9 Hours)

    One Humanities course (3)
    One Fine Arts Course (3)

    One Humanities or Fine Arts Course (3)

    Physical and Life Sciences (7 Hours)

    [One Science must include a lab]

    Life Science (3-4)

    Physical Science (3-4)

  • BS in Accounting Program Curriculum


    II. Additional CBPA Requirements (9 Hours)

    MIS 2101 Basics of Information Technology (3)

    STAT 2700 Statistics for Management I (3)

    STAT 3700 Statistics for Management II (3)

    MIS Collegial Proficiency Exams (70% or higher score on all prior to 2nd semester)

    III. Business Core Courses (36 Hours)

    ACCT 2110 Financial Accounting (3)

    ACCT 2111 Managerial Accounting (3)

    BLAW 2100 Business Law I (3)

    BLAW 3100 Business Law II (3)

    FIN 3110 Principles of Financial Management (3)

    MGMT 2100 Introduction to Management Strategies (3)

    MKTG 2100 Introduction to Marketing Management (3)

    MGMT 3200 Business Communications (3)

    MGMT 3210 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (3)

    MGMT 4500 Organizational Behavior (3)

    MGMT 4600 International Business (3)

    MGMT 4900 Strategic Management (Capstone) (3)

    IV. Accounting Core Courses (18 Hours)

    ACCT 3111 Cost Accounting I (3)

    ACCT 3151 Intermediate Accounting I (3)

    ACCT 3152 Intermediate Accounting II (3)

    ACCT 3252 Accounting Information Systems (3)

    ACCT 4251 Tax I (3)

    ACCT 4354 Auditing I (3)

    V. Accounting Selectives (9 Hours)

    Select three of the following courses: 

    ACCT 4112 Cost Accounting II (3)

    ACCT 4154 Advanced Accounting(3)

    ACCT 4252 Tax II (3)

    ACCT 4355 Auditing II (3)

    ACCT 4461 Government and Non-Profit Accounting (3)

    ACCT 4805 Internship (3)

    VI. Electives (8 Hours)

    Note: Students preparing for professional certifications should choose electives as follows.

    C.I.A. Examination recommended course:

    ACCT4355 Auditing II

    C.M.A. Examination recommended courses:

    ACCT 4112 Cost Accounting II

    ECON 3404 Managerial Economics

    MGMT 3400 Production and Operations Management

    C.P.A. Examination recommended courses:

    ACCT 4154 Advanced Accounting

    ACCT 4252 Tax II

    ACCT 4355 Auditing II

    Total - 120 Hours

    Note: Students must meet all university requirements and the college degree requirements for a bachelor's degree as listed in the GSU Catalog.