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Bachelor of Science inAccounting

Majoring in Accounting involves the study of financial transactions. You’ll learn to gather, record, analyze and communicate financial information for individuals and organizations. What do investors need to know to assess performance? What reporting issues do low-income taxpayers face? How are lost funds traced? You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any business or organization as you take 54 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Business Administration degree that will prepare you to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination.

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Accounting Curriculum Overview

The degree in Accounting prepares students for accounting careers in business, government or non-profit organizations. The major builds upon a strong liberal arts and business core foundation and prepares students for professional certifications such as the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Prerequisites from General Education
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ECO - 101 Macroeconomics 4
MAT - 110 Intro Probability & Statistics 3

This course will illustrate the dynamic integration of America within the global economy by focusing on macroeconomics policy areas such as trade, exchange rate policy and domestic economic policy. The course will also introduce students to alternative theoretical frameworks such as classical, Keynesian, monetarism, rational expectations, Marxist, and institutionalist perspectives. The course will explore problems facing the less industrialized countries and the newly emerging countries and the United StatesÀ role in their development.

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This course will explore fundamental topics from probability and descriptive and inferential statistics and apply these to a range of areas of study including business, social science, and biology. Topics include probability and counting rules, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, chi-square, and analysis-of-variance. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MAT100 or MAT103 or level 3 or higher placement on the Math Placement Exam.)

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Required: 52 Credits (First Year)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
CSC - 121 Basics Technology in Business 2
MAN - 120 Basics of Business 2
ECO - 102 Microeconomics 2

The purpose of this course is to respond to the technological demands of business today. Students will be equipped with the required knowledge and skills to fulfill basic business needs. A foundation in fundamental tools and emerging technologies will be explored through both practice and theory with a focus on how they can be leveraged for business advantage. A solid base in business information systems will provide students the confidence to generate and manage information for thoughtful and informed decisions. Business efficiency and productivity topics will include emerging and contemporary technologies for data management, business intelligence, and professional communication.

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Students learn to make decisions in a dynamic business environment. Fundamental course concepts include developing a business plan, managing people and operations, and the basics of marketing, finance, and communications.

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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. (Prerequisite: ECO101)

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Required: 52 Credits (Second Year)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ACC - 201 Prin of Acct (Financial) 4
ACC - 202 Prin of Acct (Managerial) 4
MAN - 201 Business Analytics 2

This class introduces the student to the role of accounting in the business world. The principles and concepts of financial accounting and analysis of accounting statements are covered. Accounting cycles, procedures and balanced sheet classifications are emphasized.

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This course is continuation of ACC201 with an emphasis on liabilities, corporate equity measure measurement and earnings per share calculations. The course examines the evaluation of financial goals with an introduction to managerial accounting topics including cost/volume/profit analysis, responsibility accounting, allocation methodologies, budgets and cash flow. (Prerequisite: ACC201)

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In this course students will learn to use various tools to analyze data and make predictions. These tools include probability analysis, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, linear programming and tools for financial analysis. (Prerequisite: MAT110 - can be taken concurrently)

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Required: 52 Credits (Third Year)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ACC - 311 Intermediate Accounting I 4
ACC - 312 Intermediate Accounting II 4
FIN - 301 Corporate Finance I 4
LAW - 401 Legal Environment of Business 2
MAN - 301 Organizational Behavior 4
MAR - 301 Principles of Marketing 4

This course is an expansion of topics covered briefly in Principles of Accounting. The course develops the student's ability to analyze complex financial accounting reporting problems and discusses financial accounting measurements, revenue and expense recognition, inventory cost and valuation, long-lived assets, costing valuation and amortization. The student is also introduced to selected topics in international accounting. (Prerequisite: ACC202)

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This course is a continuation of ACC311 with emphasis on liabilities, corporate equity measurement and earnings per share. The course also explores the areas of evaluation of financial goals, performance review and special topics in financial reporting, such as: accounting for income taxes, leases, pensions and cash flow. (Prerequisite: ACC311)

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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: ACC201, MAT110 , MAT125 or MAT135)

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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.

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This course will examine the basic principles of management including planning, organizing, integrating, leading, decision-making, and evaluating performance. Using theories contributed from the behavioral sciences students will examine the behavior of individuals, groups and organizations. Students will learn to analyze problems and develop strategies to deal with organizational growth and change.

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This course provides an introduction to the study of marketing in business and other organizations. Topics that will be addressed in this course include the marketing environment, marketing ethics, information gathering, product development, pricing strategies, distribution strategies, the promotional mix, decision making, nonprofit marketing, social marketing and international marketing. (Prerequisite: junior standing)

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Required: 52 Credits (Fourth Year)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ACC - 413 Cost Accounting 4
MAN - 401 Business Strategy and Ethics 4
ACC - 411 Advanced Accounting 4
ACC - 412 Auditing 4
ACC - 440 Forensic Accounting 4
LAW - 411 Federal Income Tax 4

This course develops and uses accounting data for managerial decision-making. Cost concepts for planning and control, cost/volume/profit relationships, responsibility accounting and inventory planning and control emphasized. (Prerequisite: ACC202)

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This course introduces the critical business skills of planning and managing strategic activities. Case studies are emphasized. Students learn an executive-level perspective on strategy formulation and implementation. Students also explore the divergent viewpoints one might hold in analyzing the ethical issues likely to confront business practitioners. This course is the capstone course in the Business Program. Therefore, students should take this course only during one of the last two semesters of their program. (Prerequisites: MAN301)

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This course covers the advanced study of accounting principles including: accounting for combined corporate entities, consolidated statement preparation and analysis, branch accounting, partnership accounting, accounting for international transactions, governmental accounting, non-profit accounting and accounting for bankruptcies, estates and trusts. (Prerequisite: ACC 312).

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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: ACC311)

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Overview of the nature of accounting fraud and how it is committed including an introduction to the actions that can be taken to determine the presence of fraud and procedures that can be implemented to deter fraud.

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This course studies the application of the law of federal income tax to individuals. Both procedural and substantive tax laws are examined. The policy behind the applicable code provisions is explored. Students extensively research a variety of tax problems.

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Bachelor of Science degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 45 to 60 credits, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Renata Mayrhofer Instructor of Business Management, Chair Business Administration and Management Program
Rev. Dr. Michael Dorner Vice President for Finance, Assistant Professor of Accounting

Michael Dorner has served as Concordia University, St. Paul’s Vice President of Finance since 2004.

Phillip Hampton Term Faculty of Finance

Prior to his career in academics Hampton served a number of years in the finance sector, with positions at Metris Companies, U.S. Bancorp, Federal Reserve Bank and Piper Jaffray.

Dr. Nancy Harrower Associate Professor of Marketing and Management

Dr. Nancy Harrower brings a practical approach to teaching marketing principles.

Career Potential

  • Buyer
  • Corporate Accountant
  • Controller
  • Credit Analyst
  • Government Accountant
  • Government Auditor
  • Import/Export Agent
  • Independent Accountant
  • Internal Auditor Loan Officer
  • Taxation Accountant
  • Treasurer
Student Success Stories Xia (Cindy) Yang ’13 - Accounting

"With the advice and guidance of faculty, I was able to persevere and endure the struggles of college. They continue to support me to this day."

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