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Accounting Major

Accounting Major IconSkilled accounting graduates are in high demand as they play the vital role of communicating financial information about a business to shareholders, managers, and other decision makers. For this reason, the Utah State University School of Accountancy has developed a student-oriented teaching style in which accounting students will become experienced in financial management, business transaction tracking, financial reporting, audit, tax strategy, and information systems development. Through these academically rigorous courses, students will learn how to select and master particular accounting skill-sets that will result in rapid career growth upon graduation. Accounting is a future-focused, family-friendly, and financially rewarding career choice.

Accounting Major Career Information

Career Paths

Students with a degree in accounting often pursue the following career paths:

  • Public accountant - auditing, taxes, consulting (with graduate degree)
  • Finance officer
  • IRS agent
  • Assurance services
  • Forensic accounting
  • Auditor
  • Consulting services
  • Information technology services
  • Environmental accounting
  • International accounting
  • Tax and financial planning

Companies that have Hired Huntsman Accounting Students

 

Deloitte

Eide Bailly

 

Jones Simkins

PWC

Student Organizations and Opportunities

The following are Huntsman Clubs and Opportunities designed Accounting Major Students

Huntsman Clubs

Other Opportunities

Career Exploration Trips: Accounting focused career trips will give you the opportunity to meet with industry professionals to learn about careers in different industries.

Career Development

At the Huntsman School, we believe in empowering our students to own their education and their careers. Career development opportunities start from the first day at the Huntsman School and continue throughout one's professional life.

Our professional career coaches are equipped with all the tools necessary to help you with interview prep, professional networking, job searching, and so much more!

Career Development Services

Career Coach with Specialization in Accounting

Nate Jensen

nate.jensen@usu.edu

Nate Jensen

Schedule an Appointment

Major Requirement Introduction

Degree Options

  • Students will receive a BS by completing all required courses in their major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.
  • A dual major in accounting and economics is also available. Students meeting the requirements for the dual major can receive a BA or a BS. Talk to your academic advisor to find out more about completing a dual degree.

Admission Requirements

To complete a degree in Accounting, students must first meet the admission requirements for the degree and be admitted into the degree program. Admission Requirements and Policies

Intermediate Accounting Entrance Exam

As of fall semester of 2011, all students desiring to enroll in Intermediate Accounting (ACCT 3110 or ACCT 3310, or RCDE equivalents) will first be required to successfully complete an entrance exam. The accounting entrance exam is intended to explore the student's knowledge of basic elements of financial accounting. Entrance Exam Information

Major Requirements (Curriculum)

Students will then complete the major requirements which consist of the following:

  1. University Studies Requirements (General Education and Depth Requirements)A group of “general” courses required for each student to fulfill in order to graduate. These courses teach a broad range of skills, knowledge, and values that prepare students for success in their majors and in their personal and professional lives after graduation. Most students complete their University Studies requirements by their junior year.
  2. Huntsman Core Requirements (Business Acumen): a group of entry level courses required for every Huntsman major. These courses ensure that each Huntsman student begins their business career with an understanding of fundamental business principles.
  3.  Accounting Major Requirements: A group of upper-level courses required to fulfill a respective major. These courses teach skills specific to the area of study in order for students to become specialized in their chosen field.

Major Requirement Sheets

When you declare a major and are admitted into a program, your major requirements are set and protected from changes. The date you are admitted into a program determines your catalog year and your set of requirements. The Major Requirement Sheets listed below match up with the requirements for each catalog year.  Begin by selecting the requirement sheet that matches the catalog year you declared (or plan to declare) your major.

Requirement Sheets

Requirement sheet (Eff. Fall 2019)
Requirement sheet (Eff. Fall 2018)

Requirement sheet (Eff. Fall 2017)

Requirement sheet (Eff. Fall 2016)
Requirement sheet (Eff. Fall 2015)
Requirement sheet (Eff. Fall 2013)

Sample 4-Year Plan

The sample four-year plan below is designed to help students plan a course of study to complete their degree program in four years.  The sample plan is subject to changed and will vary based on catalog year and course work already completed by each student (placement tests, AP/CELP credit, transfer work, summer school, etc.).

The plan is an example of how students may plan their own course of study by taking 15 credits per semester, and interweaving of their General Education requirements with their major requirements, to finish in four years. It is important to remember that some GE and Major requirements overlap. If a course can be counted for both GE and the major, then students can take more electives to fulfill their overall degree credit requirements.

Four Year Plan - Catalog Year 2018-19

Sample 4-Year Plan - Effective Fall 2019

Academic experience are individualized, work with your academic advisor to create a personalized plan.

Printable SAMPLE 4-year plan

Freshman Fall
ENG 1010
Intro to Writing (CL1)
3
ECN 1500
Intro to Economics (BAI)
3
MATH 1050
College Algebra (QL)
4
MGT/ECN 1050
Foundations of Business
3
USU 1010
University Connections
1-3
Total Credits 16
Sophomore Fall
ACCT 2010
Financial Accounting Principles
3
MGT 2050
Business Law
2
Breadth Humanities (BHU) 3
Breadth Life Science (BLS) 3
Elective 3
Total Credits 14
Junior Fall
ACCT 3110
Intermediate Financial Accounting I
3
ACCT 3310
Strategic Cost Management
3

FIN 3200
Financial Management

3
Depth and Life Sciences (DSC) 3
Communications Intensive (CI) 3
Total Credits 15
Senior Fall
ACCT 4510
Auditing Principles
3
* MSLE/MGT 3800
Leadership
2
* MSLE/MGT 3890
Systems Strategy
2
Business Electives or MAcc Option 3
Depth Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) 2-3
Electives 4
Total Credits 17
Freshman Spring
ENG 2010
Intermediate Writing (CL2)
3
ECN 2010
Intro to Microeconomics (BSS)
3

STAT 2300
Business Statistics (QL)

4
MIS 2100
Principles of MIS
3
Breadth Creative Arts (BCA) 3
Total Credits 16
Sophomore Spring
ACCT 2020
Managerial Accounting Principles
3
MIS 3200
Business Communications (CI)
3

MIS 3330
Big Data Analytics

3
Breadth Physical Science (BPS) 3
Elective 3
Total Credits 15
Junior Spring
ACCT 3120
Intermediate Financial Accounting II
3
ACCT 3410
Income Taxation I
3
FIN 3400
Corporate Finance (QI)
2
* MSLE/MGT 3500
Foundations of Marketing
3
MGT 3700
Operations Management
2
Elective 3
Total Credits 17
Senior Spring
ACCT 4500
Accounting IS
3
Business Electives or MAcc Option 3
Electives 6
Total Credits 12

* Select MGT courses have been updated to MSLE effective Spring 2019. Students who completed courses under the MGT course prefix do not need to complete the course again under the MSLE prefix.

 

Advisor Contact Info

Logan Advising

Ben Elwood

Ben Elwood

Office: EBB 309
Phone Number: 435.797.2272
Email: ben.elwood@usu.edu

Schedule an Appointment

Statewide Campus Advising

Students pursuing a distance education major must contact the advisors at their specific location.

Statewide Campus Advisors

Available at the Following Locations:

Logan Main Campus

Statewide Campuses:

Beaver, Bicknell, Blanding (USU Eastern), Brigham City, Castle Dale, Cortez, Delta, Ephraim, Grantsville, Ignacio, Junction, Kanab, Moab, Montezuma Creek, Monticello, Monument Valley, Nephi, Panguitch, Park City, Price (USU Eastern), Richfield, Roosevelt (Uintah Basin), Tooele, Tremonton, Vernal (Uintah Basin), Wendover

The Accounting Major is NOT available at the Salt Lake Campus.

Learn More about Campus Availability at: https://regionalcampuses.usu.edu