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Accounting-ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2003
End Date: Summer Session 2005

Accounting-(ARCHIVE)

University Park, The Smeal College of Business Administration (ACCTG)

PROFESSOR DAN GIVOLY, 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 120 credits is required.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(15 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: 9-11 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 79-81 credits
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GWS courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; and 6 credits of GA, GH, or GS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (49 credits)
ACCTG 211(4)[1], CMPSC 203 GQ(4), ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
ACCTG 311(3)[1], B A 301(2), B A 302(2), B A 303(2), B A 304(2), 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], B A 411(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (14-16 credits)
MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
MS&IS 200(4) or STAT 200(4) (Sem: 1-2)
M I S 204(2) or IST 110(4) (Sem: 3-4)
B A 243(4) or B A 241(2) and B A 242(2) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (16 credits)
Select 4 credits: Attainment of 12th credit level proficiency in a single foreign language. Proficiency must be demonstrated by either examination or course work (Sem: 1-4)
Select 6 credits of Global Awareness and Understanding from approved course list (credits must be taken in GA, GH, or GS) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits of supporting coursework. See Department List. (Sem: 5-8)

[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: Summer Session 2003

Blue Sheet Item #: 31-06-004

Review Date: 03/11/03

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