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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Accounting

Capital College (ACCT)
Penn State Berks (ACCBL)

JANE KOCHANOV, Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Business Administration

This major helps students prepare for careers in auditing and public accounting, industrial and managerial accounting, and in governmental and not-for-profit accounting. It also provides a sound background for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in accounting or related fields. Students who complete the prescribed courses and earn a Bachelor of Science degree will satisfy the academic requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. Graduates may also elect to pursue other professional certifications, including Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). Because the Harrisburg area is the center of industry and economic development for south-central Pennsylvania, students are provided with many opportunities to experience the world of business.

For a B.S. in Accounting a minimum of 120 credits is required. At least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the degree must be taken at the Capital College. No more than 60 credits should be from business and business-related courses. Students wishing to fulfill the 150 credit-hour education option to become a CPA in Pennsylvania (which reduces the experience requirement for certification) are encouraged to enter Capital College's Master of Business Administration program or the Master of Science in Information Systems program subsequent to receiving their undergraduate accounting degree.

Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Accounting major requires the completion of 8 entry-to-major courses: ACCTG 211(4)[1]; ECON 102 GS(3); ENGL 015 GWS(3)[1] or ENGL 030 GWS(3)[1]; FIN 301(3); MATH 110 GQ(4)[1] or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1]; MGMT 301(3); MKTG 301(3); SCM 200 GQ(4)[1] or STAT 200 GQ(4)[1]; and a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average. Additional information about this major is available in the office of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Business Administration at Penn State Harrisburg.

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 Course Requirements in this bulletin.)

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

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

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

ELECTIVES: 8 credits of non-business courses

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

PRESCRIBED COURSES (55 credits)
ACCTG 211(4)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
ECON 102 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
ENGL 202D GWS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
FIN 301(3), MKTG 301(3), MGMT 301(3) (Sem: 1-4)
B A 364Y US;IL(3), B A 462(3)[1], MIS 390(3), SCM 301(3) (Sem: 5-8)
ECON 104 GS(3), MIS 204(3) (Sem: 5-8)
ACCTG 310(3)[1], ACCTG 340(3)[1], ACCTG 403(3)[1], ACCTG 471(3)[1], ACCTG 472(3)[1], ACCTG 473(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
Select 4 credits from MATH 110 GQ(4)[1] or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
Select 4 credits from SCM 200 GQ(4)[1] or STAT 200 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
B A 243(4) or B A 241(2) and B A 242(2) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 6 credits[1] from the following: ACCTG 410(3), ACCTG 431(3), ACCTG 432(3), ACCTG 440(3), ACCTG 461 IL(3), ACCTG 462(3), ACCTG 463(3), ACCTG 489(3), ACCTG 494(1-12), ACCTG 496(1-18), ACCTG 497(1-9) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from 200-400 level business courses from: ACCTG, B A, ECON, FIN, MGMT, MIS, MKTG, or SCM in consultation with an academic adviser and in support of the student's interests. (Sem: 3-8)

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

Last Reviewed by the Department: Summer Session 2011

Blue Sheet Item #:40-01-044

Review Date: 8/16/2011

UCA Revision #1: 8/2/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/26/07

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