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Accounting (ACCTG) - Archive

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Begin Date: Spring Semester 1999
End Date: Spring Semester 2003

Accounting (ACCTG) - Archive


PROFESSOR CHARLES H. SMITH, Chair of the Department of Accounting

This major helps prepare students for careers in public, industrial, or governmental accounting and also provides an appropriate background for those planning to enter law school or graduate school. Public accounting is carried on by independent practitioners, most of whom are certified public accountants. In addition to independent audits, CPAs render accounting, tax, and management advisory services. The credit requirements to sit for the CPA examination in Pennsylvania and many other states are automatically met by completing the prescribed curriculum. However, there are exceptions, including New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Texas. For more detailed information, see brochures in the department office.

The industrial accountant, as an executive in a business firm, is in charge of designing and supervising the financial and managerial accounting system, including the preparation and analysis of reports. Many are now taking the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam. It is a two-day exam covering economics, finance, management, decision analysis, information systems, and accounting. Governmental accountants occupy positions in federal, state, and local government and perform services similar to those of public or industrial accountants.

For the B.S. degree in Accounting, a minimum of 128 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(12 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 4-16 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 79-91 credits
(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GS courses; and 6 credits of GQ courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (60 credits)
CMPSC 203 GQ(4), ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
ACCTG 211(4)[1], B A 243(4), M I S 204(2), MS&IS 200(4) (Sem: 3-4)
ACCTG 311(3)[1], B A 301(3), B A 302(3), B A 303(3), B A 304(3), ENGL 202D GWS(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
ACCTG 306(4), ACCTG 403W(4), ACCTG 404(4), ACCTG 471(3)[1], ACCTG 472(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (4 credits)
MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15-27 credits)
(Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.)
Select 9 credits from related courses (see department list of approved courses) (Sem: 5-8) Attainment of third level proficiency in a single foreign language (0-12). Proficiency must be demonstrated by either examination or course work. See the admission section of the general information in this bulletin for the Placement Policy for Penn State foreign language courses. (Sem: 1-4)
Select 6 credits of international courses related to the foreign language areas (see departmental list of approved courses) (Sem: 5-8)

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[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 1999

Blue sheet Item #: 27-03-054

Review Date: 04/11/00 (General Education information updated)

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