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B.S. in Accounting: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

120 Total Credits Required

To receive a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, St. Paul, all undergraduate students must complete the general education requirements. The online bachelor’s degree in accounting also requires 58 credit hours of coursework covering business fundamentals, marketing principles, financial accounting, advanced accounting, auditing, and more.

The program core can be completed in just over five semesters, although your transfer credits and general education coursework will vary the time it takes you to finish.

Required Core Courses

Learn what it means to be an entrepreneur while exploring foundational concepts in management, marketing, economics, and finance/accounting. Create a full business plan for a small business in class, making daily decisions about the business in a dynamic environment.

This course examines the administrative and common law regulation of business. Constitutional Law, Title VII and product liability are covered. Students also examine contract law and the Uniform Commercial Code provisions on sales and secured transactions.

This course will illustrate the dynamic integration of America within the global economy by focusing on the microeconomics issues such as the role of multinational corporations, antitrust policy, and strategic trade policy. The course will first introduce students to basic microeconomics theory such as market structure (perfect competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly), factor markets, the role of government in the global economy, welfare reform, environmental policy and trade, and exchange rate policy. The course will then illustrate the global dimensions of domestic microeconomics policy.

Learn how to manage for success by examining the effects of human behavior on teams and organizations. Examine foundational theories and applications for motivation, leadership, team building, and change management that shape organizational culture.

Develop skills for effective integrated marketing and business strategy to create innovate and sustained competitive advantage in the digital economy. Learn to ethically apply these insights for business growth to advance strategy. Students explore international marketing perspectives emphasizing future trends while examining the current market environment and marketing strategy elements.

Learn to analyze data and make predictions using tools like probability analysis, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, linear programming and tools for financial analysis. Structured and unstructured data will be examined through data mining, web mining, text mining and sentiment analysis.

Required Major Courses

Explore the role of accounting in the business world. Broad topics include the concepts of financial accounting, as well as financial statement preparation and analysis. Additional topics include the accounting cycle, including journal entries, adjustments, financial statement preparation, and closing entries. (Students must earn a minimum grade of C in order to progess to ACC 202.)

Discover the role managerial accounting plays in planning, directing, and controlling operations. Learn cost classifications and cost behavior, cost/volume/profit analysis, responsibility accounting, allocation methodologies, budgets, cash flow, and time value of money. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in order to progress to ACC 311 Intermediate Accounting. (Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in ACC 201 and CSC 210)

This course explores the basics of financial management. Topics include the capital markets, the cash budget, pro forma statements, analysis of financial statements, and the time value of money Students also complete a research project. (Prerequisites: ACC 201 and MAT 110)

Expand your understanding of financial accounting topics and learn the conceptual framework of financial reporting. Practice analyzing complex financial accounting and reporting issues. Apply financial accounting measurements, revenue and expense recognition, inventory cost and valuation, long-lived assets, costing valuation and amortization. International Financial Reporting Standards are also covered. (Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in ACC 202)

Continue an in-depth investigation of accounting topics as in Intermediate Accounting I, and learn the liability and equity sections of the balance sheet, revenue recognition, pension expense and liability, as well as error correction and the direct and indirect methods of preparing the statement of cash flows. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in ACC 311)

Plunge into the advanced study of accounting, focusing on accounting for combined corporate entities. Examine the equity method, consolidated financial statement preparation and analysis, partnership accounting, governmental accounting, non-profit accounting and accounting for estates and trusts. (Prerequisite: CSC 210 and Minimum grade of C in ACC 311).

This course defines the ethical and legal responsibilities of the auditor and covers the topics of the preparation of the audit program and working papers for the audit of the financial statements in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS). (Prerequisite: CSC 210 and minimum grade of a C in ACC 311)

Pick up in this course where Managerial Accounting left off. Practice developing and using accounting data for managerial decision-making, creating “what if” scenarios using Excel modeling to quantify various outcomes, and engage in an extended study of budgeting. Preparation, measurement, and analysis of capital budgeting projects using Excel is also covered. (Prerequisite: CSC 210 and Minimum grade of C in ACC 202)

Study the application of federal income tax law primarily to individuals. Secondarily, explore corporate and partnership tax law. Research a variety of tax problems extensively. Both procedural and substantive tax laws are examined. (Prerequisites: CSC 210 and Minimum grade of C in ACC311 and AC201)

Students will apply business analytical tools in finance and accounting to real world business scenarios. Students will use popular business software, such as QuickBooks, to gain experience in implementing and managing small business finances. Through case studies and other techniques students will learn how to integrate their knowledge of business disciplines in developing business strategy which will include principles of stewardship and sustainability issues.

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