BS in Business Studies - Accounting

This program is offered by the Department of Finance & Accounting

Accounting is the science used to record, collect, measure and assess financial data so as to determine an organization’s profit or loss through tracking efforts. Accounting is an essential function, one which is used to show the well-being and efficiency of businesses, non-profit and governmental organizations, and as such, is considered the backbone of the firm. In sum, accountants ensure that firms operate efficiently; they also analyze budgets and provide financial planning.

The BS in Business Studies with Accounting emphasis grounds you in the decision-making process and prepares you for beneficial careers in accounting across all industries. It is also an excellent step toward graduate studies, such as the Master of Business Administration (MBA), the Master of Science (MS) degree, as well as recognized professional certificates such as the CPA. 

Emphasis Curriculum

The minimum number of credits required to graduate with a BS in Business Studies with an emphasis in Accounting is 92 credits. 

Along with the General University (LAC), Business Core and Free Elective requirements, the student should complete all of the Emphasis Requirements below, along with 9 credits of Business Electives.

Emphasis Requirements (16 credits)

Number Course Cr
ACC302 Cost Accounting 3
ACC311 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACC312 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACC401 Advanced Accounting 3
ACC412 External Auditing 3
ACC399 Accounting Internship 1

Please check the course guidelines for ACC399 Accounting Internship.

Business Electives (9 credits)

Any of the following 
Number Course Cr
ACC310  Accounting Inform. Systems 3
ACC405  Forensic Accounting 3
ACC413 Internal Auditing 3
ACC415  Tax Accounting 3
ACC420 Information Technology Audit 3
ACC421 International Accounting 3
ACC431 Financial Statement Analysis 3
MGT236  Communication Skills  1
MGT336 Developing a Business Plan      1
MGT338 Negotiation Skills 1
MGT436  Personality and Career Development 1
MGT438 Leadership Skills 1

Career Prospects

Accounting is a major that is highly demanded in the market and continues to grow. Accounting-related jobs exist at all levels in the company, from entry level to top management.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that this is a growing field for, at least, the next ten years.

The following are five careers in accounting:

  • Internal Auditor
  • Compliance Executive
  • Financial Analyst
  • Staff Accountant
  • External Auditor

An accounting degree from LAU will allow you to sit for the CPA exam.