The Bachelor of Science in Accountancy provides students the breadth and depth in preparation for accounting careers in all industries. Demand for accounting graduates continues to be strong and has always been stable even during economic downturns.
The program in accountancy focuses on the following:
- Financial Accounting and Reporting:
Demonstrate effective application of GAAP for business enterprises, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental entities.
- Auditing & Attestation:
Demonstrate effective application of GAAS for attest engagements and knowledge of auditing procedures.
Demonstrate application of knowledge pertaining to federal taxation, ethics, professional and legal responsibilities, Sarbanes-Oxley, and business law.
- Integration of Faith and Learning:
Students will integrate program concepts and a biblical perspective to impact their worlds for Christ.
The first three objectives above parallel the various sections of the Uniform CPA Examination. While not all students may be on a track to take the CPA exam, these objectives are still appropriate and necessary for a professional entering into the field of accounting and finance.
It is important to note that when students complete their B.S. in Accountancy degree, they have 120 hours towards the 150 hours required as part of the State of Colorado Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure process. Students have the option of continuing on to complete the other 30 required hours of business and accounting through either the M.S. in Accounting (30 credit hours) or the MBA in Advanced Accounting (39 credit hours). Both programs are offered fully online through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.
Students majoring in accounting are not required to take the CPA examination for a successful career. By majoring in accountancy students can attain rewarding careers in public accounting, banking, corporate finance/accounting, management, governmental entities and education administration.
Major coursework for the degree can be completed over five to six semesters. Classes are taught in seminar format. The degree coursework is enhanced with online Internet instruction that provides greater flexibility in completing assignments outside the classroom.
The Accountancy degree requires completion of the following 120 hours:
General Education Core (42 hours)
Essential Business Core (21 hours)
Major Core (39 hours)
Electives (18 hours)