Accounting Major

Skilled 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.

Career Opportunities


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
Goldman Sachs
PWC
  • EY (Ernst & Young)
  • KPMG
  • Jones Simkins 
  • Strata Funds Solutions
  • KPMG
  • Tanner LLC
  • BKD
  • Squire & Company
  • Cook Martin Poulson
  • Zions Bank
  • Haynie & Company
  • Utah State Tax Commission

Accounting Student Clubs

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

nate Jensen

Nate Jensen

Career Coach (Accounting Specialization)

nate.jensen@usu.edu
EBB 309

Schedule an Appointment

Curriculum


  • 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

  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.

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 sheet (Eff. Fall 2020)
Requirement sheet (Eff. Fall 2019)
Requirement sheet (Eff. Fall 2018)
Requirement sheet (Eff. Fall 2017)
Requirement sheet (Eff. Fall 2016)

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/CLEP 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 2020-21

Academic Advising


Nicole Sabin

Nicole Sabin

Accounting Advisor (Logan Campus)

nicole.sabin@usu.edu
435.797.2272
EBB 309

Schedule an Appointment

Statewide Campus Advising

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

Statewide Campus Advisors

Available Locations


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

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

USU Statewide Campuses