School of Business

Accounting

The accounting curriculum prepares students for a range of careers in accounting and serves as an excellent background for graduate studies and law school. Students develop strong communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving capabilities while learning to apply theoretical concepts and to use accounting data, along with other analytical measurements, for decision making. Many challenging positions are available for students with accounting backgrounds.

For students interested in pursuing careers as certified public accountants, the accounting department offers a five-year, dual-degree program in accounting that is registered with the New York State Education Department. Students may receive a B.S. in accounting after four years of study and an M.B.A in professional accountancy after their fifth year of study. Admission to the M.B.A in professional accountancy is separate from admission to the B.S. in accounting (see below).

Requirements for the Accounting Major -- B.S.

Notes

1. Licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York State requires 150 hours of study. The School of Business has designed a five-year, dual-degree program, the B.S. in accounting/M.B.A. in professional accountancy, to fulfill the requisite coursework. Students who opt to complete just the B.S. in accounting degree will not qualify to sit for the New York CPA examination.

2.  All level-3 and level-4 courses must be taken at AACSB-accredited institutions.

3.  The last 30 credits of the degree must be taken at Ithaca College.

4. All students enrolled in the School of Business must complete two leadership certificates offered by the College's student leadership office (part of the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs [OSEMA]) as part of their requirements for graduation.

Core Accounting Curriculum

Business Skills

BINT 10100

World of Business

3

ECON 12100

Principles of Macroeconomics (LA)

3

ECON 12200

Principles of Microeconomics (LA)

3

ACCT 22500 Financial Accounting 3
ACCT 22600 Management Accounting 3
GBUS 20300 Legal Environment of Business I 3
MGMT 20600 Organizational Behavior and Management 3
MGMT 26000 Business Systems and Technology 3
FINA 31100 Business Finance 3
MKTG 31200 Principles of Marketing 3
PROD 34500 Operations Management 3
HRM 30200 Applied Ethical Issues in Management (LA) 3
MGMT 42100 Strategic Management 3
ACCT 34500 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACCT 34600 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ECON 22000 Managerial Economics (LA) 3
ACCT 40600 Auditing 3
ACCT 49300 Tax Accounting 3
ACCT 49600 Practicum in Tax Accounting 3
ACCT 31500 Cost Analysis and Decision Making 3
GBUS 30700 Commercial Law 3
Total, business skills 63
Communication Skills
WRTG 10600 Academic Writing I (LA) or
WRTG 11100 Academic Writing II (LA) 3
WRTG 21100 Writing for the Workplace (LA) 3
SPCM 11500 Business and Professional Communication (LA) 3
Total, communication skills 9
Computing and Mathematics Skills
COMP 11000 Computers and Information Technologies (LA) or
COMP 17100 Principles of Computing Science I (LA) 3-4

Select one of the following:

MATH 10700

Fundamentals of Applied Calculus (LA) (placement test groups 2 and 3) or

MATH 10800

Calculus for Decision Making (LA) (groups 1 and 2) or

MATH 11100

Calculus I (LA) (group 1)

4

Select one of the following:

MATH 14400

Statistics for Business, Economics and Management (LA)

PSYC 20700

Statistics in Psychology (LA)

   3-4

Total, computing and mathematics skills

10-12

Liberal arts electives

As part of the 60 credits in liberal arts courses required for the bachelor of science in accounting degree, students must take liberal arts courses required for the major (above), "restricted" liberal arts electives, an "approved international" liberal arts elective, and "open" liberal arts electives.

Liberal arts courses required for major (see above) 31-33
"Restricted" liberal arts electives:
   Social science liberal arts (SS) (6)
   Humanities liberal arts (HU) (3)
   Natural science liberal arts in biology, chemistry, or physics (NS) (3)
   "Approved fine arts" liberal arts elective1 (LA) (3) 
   Business-oriented cultural diversity liberal arts elective2 (3)
    

18

"Approved international" liberal arts elective3 3
"Open" liberal arts electives4 6-8

1Liberal arts course containing fine arts content (list available on School of Business website and in the dean's office)

2Liberal arts courses that focus on workplace-related issues -- such as gender, race, ethnicity, age, family status, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, and disability -- that affect employees' interactions and management of human resources (list available on School of Business website and in the dean's office)

3Accounting students must take one "approved international liberal arts elective." The business-oriented cultural diversity elective and the approved international business liberal arts elective may not be the same course (list available on School of Business website and in the dean's office).

4Any College courses with a liberal arts (LA) designation.