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Accounting Major

USU’s School of Accountancy has achieved national recognition as one of the few schools worldwide to have been awarded special accounting accreditation by the prestigious AACSB International, it is a member of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy, and it consistently delivers outstanding results on job placement upon graduation.

Accountants communicate financial information about a business to shareholders, managers, and others. More than half of America’s accounting students are female, partly because technology enables many accountants to maintain a flexible schedule while working from home. It is a future-focused, family-friendly, and financially rewarding career choice.

There are many specialty areas within accounting:

  • Public accounting involves providing audit, tax, and consulting services to the public. Public accounting generally requires one to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). The CPA license in Utah requires a master’s degree. USU’s School of Accountancy has consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally for students who pass the CPA exam on their first try.
  • Many accountants are privately employed by businesses or not-for-profit agencies, such as hospitals, universities, or charitable groups and work in product costing and pricing, budgeting, and the examination of investment alternatives.
  • Internal auditors look at controls and procedures used by their employer.
  • Accountants can also serve as in-house tax accountants, financial managers, etc.

The School of Accountancy provides opportunities for its students to be involved in many extracurricular activities. Its student organizations, Beta Alpha Psi, Institute of Management Accountants, and the Financial Planning Association, are recognized as top chapters nationally. These organizations provide students with multiple opportunities to explore the world of business and network with accounting professionals outside of the classroom. In addition, students can gain real-world experience through participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, where they provide income tax preparation services to individuals with low to moderate incomes.

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. Information about this degree is found in the USU catalog.

Available at the following Locations:

Logan Main Campus

Regional Campus Centers:

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

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

With a degree in accounting, students may pursue the following careers:

  • 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

Major Requirement Introduction

  • Students must be formally admitted to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.
  • Students may complete up to 15 USU Huntsman School of Business required credits numbered 2000 and above including transfer credits prior to formal admittance to the Huntsman School.
  • Students transferring more than 15 acceptable credits must receive Huntsman School admittance prior to completing further Huntsman School required courses.
  • Huntsman School applications are processed every semester. Applications must be received by December 1 for Spring, April 1 for Summer, and July 1 for Fall.
  • Minimum grade requirement for MIS 2200 and ENGL 2010 will be applied and based on admission time period.
  • In order to register for 3000-, 4000- and 5000-level courses in the Huntsman School, a 2.67 overall GPA is required.
  • Completion of a minimum of 40 credits numbered 3000 or above.
  • A 2.50 GPA in core and major courses is required for graduation.
  • For semester availability and prerequisites, see the USU general catalog.
  • All Utah State University graduation requirements must be met. Check USU catalog for more information regarding requirements.
  • It is strongly recommended that graduation applications be completed two semesters prior to graduation. http://www.usu.edu/registrar/htm/graduation.

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.

Intermediate Accounting Entrance Exam Details

USU Requirements

Total Credits 120
C- or better credits 100
Upper Division 40
USU residency credits 30

University Studies Requirements

Competency Requirements

Communications Literacy (CL)

 
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (CL1) 3
(or AP English or ACT English ≥29 or CLEP)  
ENGL 2010* Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode (CL2) 3

Quantitative Literacy (QL)

 
 MATH 1050 College Algebra (QL) 4
(or one course in Math or Stats requiring Math 1050 as a prerequisite or AP Calculus score of 3 or better)  

* This course must be completed with a C grade or higher.

Breadth Requirements

Select at least one approved course from each of the following six categories. (A maximum of 4 CLEP or AP areas may be used.) Approved courses can be found in the USU catalog, the semester schedule book, and online at http://www.usu.edu/universitystudies/requirements.html

American Inst.   ECN 1500 3
Creative Arts USU 1330 or Approved Course 3
Humanities USU 1320 or Approved Course   3
Life Sciences USU 1350 or Approved Course   3
Physical Sciences USU 1360 or Approved Course   3
Social Science ECN 2010 3
Exploration Credit STAT 2300 (QL)* 4
Exploration Credit Approved Course 3

* This course must be completed with a C grade or higher.

Required Depth Courses (Two courses outside discipline)

3000+ Level Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) Approved Course 2-3
3000+ Level Life and Physical Science (DSC) Approved Course 3

Communications Intensive (Two Courses)

MIS 3200 Business Communication 3
Approved Course 3

Quantitative Intensive (One course which is part of major)

FIN 3400 Corporate Finance 3

Accounting Major Requirements

It is Huntsman School policy that course grade point averages in 3000 level acumen courses do not exceed 3.0.

ACCT 2010** Financial Accounting Principles 3
ACCT 2020 Managerial Accounting Principles 3
ECN 1500* Econ Institutions (Macroeconomics (BAI) 3
ECN 2010 Intro to Microeconomics (BSS) 3
MIS 3300 Big Data Analytics 3
FIN 3200 Financial Management 3
FIN 3400 Corporate Finance (QI) 3
MGT 1050 Foundations of Business Leadership 3
MGT 2050 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 2
MGT 3500 Fundamentals of Marketing 3
MGT 3700 Operations Management 2
MGT 3800 Leadership 2
MGT 3890 System Strategy & Problem Solving 2
MIS 2100 Principles of MIS 3
MIS 3200 Business Communications (CI) 3
STAT 2300 OR 2000* Business Statistics (QL) 4

Entering Freshmen Fall 2016 must have at least a C grade in all acumen courses.
*If attending prior to Fall 2016 must have a C grade in ECN 1500 and STAT 2300
**This course must be completed with a B grade or higher.

Required Courses 24 Credits

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; grade of B or higher in ACCT 2010; completion of ACCT 2020; MIS 2100; and successful completion of the accounting entrance exam is required for enrollment in ACCT 3110 and 3310.

ACCT 3110 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 3
ACCT 3120 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 3
ACCT 3310 Strategic Cost Management 3
ACCT 3410 Income Taxation I 3
ACCT 4500 Accounting Information Systems 3
ACCT 4510 Auditing Principles and Techniques 3
BUS Elective 3000-level business course or MAcc option 3
BUS Elective 3000-level business course or MAcc option 3

(6 cr.) Upper-Division Business Electives or MACC courses
3000-5000 level courses in ECN, FIN, MGT, MIS, PFP; ACCT 4250 (3cr.)

ECN 3000 - 5000 level courses 3
FIN 4000 - 5000 level courses 3
MGT 3000 - 5000 level courses 3
MIS 3000 - 5000 level courses 3
PFP 3460 Funds of Personal Investing 3
PFP 5060  Personal Financial Planning 3
PFP 5070 Retirement Planning 3
PFP 5080 Estate Planning 3
PFP 5090 Personal Financial Plans

3

*Admission into this concurrent program will be on a competitive basis and meeting the conditions of eligibility to apply is no guarantee of admission.

Advisor Contact Info

Logan Advising

Advisor: Lisa Hunsaker
Office: Business 309
Phone Number: 435.797.2272
Email: lisa.hunsaker@usu.edu

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Regional Campus Advising

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

Regional Campus Advisors