Accounting | Academic Advising Handbook

The College of Business offers a major in Accounting. Students who have decided to major in Accounting should select a faculty advisor in College of Business before their junior year. Students planning a career as a Certified Public Accountant must complete 150 semester hours of college course work (including 24 semester hours of upper-division accounting courses) prior to taking the CPA exam.

Whenever possible, students are strongly encouraged to complete coursework according to the following timetable:

Year Business Core Accounting Classes

ECON 101
ECON 102

Sophomore MATH 207 or SOC 301 or PSY 350

ACCT 201 in Fall
ACCT 202 (requires ACCT 201 first) in Spring


Business Core (2-3 of the following):

  • BA 305
  • BA 306
  • BA 309
  • BA 350
  • BA 360

ACCT 313, Fall
ACCT 314, Spring
ACCT 316, Fall
ACCT 357, Fall


BA 405
BA 490

Any remaining Business Core:

  • BA 305, complete by Fall
  • BA 306
  • BA 309, complete by Fall
  • BA 350, complete by Fall
  • BA 360, complete by Fall


ACCT 435

Accounting Electives


  • Many business and accounting courses have prerequisites. Students should review course descriptions in the catalog before registering for courses.
  • Econ 101 and 102 are stand-alone courses and can be taken in any order; however students are advised not to take both courses concurrently.
  • ACCT 201 and ACCT 202 are sequential courses. Students should take ACCT 201 before taking ACCT 202. ACCT 313, ACCT 314, and ACCT 435 are sequential courses. Students must take ACCT 313 before ACCT 314 and both ACCT 313 and 314 before 435.
  • Math 207 has a prerequisite of Math 122, so students whose math placement is “I” (Math 122) should begin Math 122 immediately and then complete Math 207 (statistics).
  • BA 405 and BA 490 should be taken concurrently and must be taken in the senior year.
  • BA 305, BA 309, BA 350 and BA 360 are prerequisites for BA 405 and BA 490 and therefore all must be taken before BA 405.
  • Students are encouraged to take additional math courses, writing courses and computer literacy courses, since the skills strengthened by these courses are essential to careers in accounting.


Rev 5/2017