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.
- 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.
Accounting Major Career Information
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
- Consulting services
- Information technology services
- Environmental accounting
- International accounting
- Tax and financial planning
Companies that have Hired Huntsman Accounting Students
Student Organizations and Opportunities
The following are Huntsman Clubs and Opportunities designed Accounting Major Students
Career Exploration Trips: Accounting focused career trips will give you the opportunity to meet with industry professionals to learn about careers in different industries.
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!
Major Requirement Introduction
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Sample 4-Year Plan - Effective Spring 2019
Academic experience are individualized, work with your academic advisor to create a personalized plan.
Intro to Writing (CL1)
Intro to Economics (BAI)
College Algebra (QL)
Foundations of Business
Financial Accounting Principles
|Breadth Humanities (BHU)||3|
|Breadth Life Science (BLS)||3|
Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Strategic Cost Management
|Depth and Life Sciences (DSC)||3|
|Communications Intensive (CI)||3|
|* MSLE/MGT 3800
|* MSLE/MGT 3890
|Business Electives or MAcc Option||3|
|Depth Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA)||2-3|
Intermediate Writing (CL2)
Intro to Microeconomics (BSS)
Principles of MIS
|Breadth Creative Arts (BCA)||3|
Managerial Accounting Principles
Business Communications (CI)
|Breadth Physical Science (BPS)||3|
Intermediate Financial Accounting II
Income Taxation I
Corporate Finance (QI)
|* MSLE/MGT 3500
Foundations of Marketing
|Business Electives or MAcc Option||3|
* 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
Regional Campus Advising
Students pursuing a distance education major must contact the advisors at their specific location.Regional Campus Advisors
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.
Learn More about Campus Availability at: https://regionalcampuses.usu.edu