Bachelor of Accountancy (BAccy)

The BAccy offers both specialized knowledge in accounting and a general education leading to a broad understanding of the business world. The program is designed to prepare students for a professional career in accounting as well as graduate study in business, finance, information systems, or law.

Overview:

Accounting is the management of financial information. Accountants design and implement systems that capture relevant information from the transactions in which an organization engages. The accountant analyzes that information and communicates it to others, answering questions such as: How profitable is this business? How solvent? How risky?

Curriculum Information

For students who enter GWSB beginning Fall 2014 and forward:

Career Options in Accountancy

Every organization with financial records needs accountants. In some cases, students with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree may be able to begin working immediately upon graduation in accounting but some employers require a CPA certification for hiring or promotion and in most states taking the CPA exam requires 150 credit hours. Public accountants audit financial statements and provide tax planning and financial advisory services to their clients. Some accountants who work for corporations are responsible for preparing and maintaining the financial records of the business; others use accounting and other information to help evaluate potential and existing products and projects in order to aid in managerial decision-making. Governmental accountants help to prepare and administer the budgets under which their agencies operate.

Minor Options

The BAccy degree also allows students to choose a minor outside of the School of Business. Students should consult with the department in which their minor interest is housed to learn more about minor course requirements. They should also consult with a GWSB advisor to insure they will be able to pursue a minor and stay on track towards graduation. Minors can typically be completed within four years for BAccy students if they plan strategically.

  • BAccy students may pursue a minor in Business Analytics or Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. 
  • The Minor Declaration Form can be found on the Advising Center’s Forms page.

Studying Accountancy in the BAccy vs. BBA

  Accountancy Major, BAccy Accountancy Concentration, BBA
Type of Study Specialized: Provides analytical tools and conceptual frameworks and is intended to help students prepare for the CPA exam.* Broad: Provides analytical tools and conceptual frameworks and is intended to be paired with a complementary field of concentration.
Minor Outside GWSB Optional Required
Option for Dual Concentration in GWSB No Yes
Is Study Abroad Possible? Yes** Yes**
# of Business Related Requirements 9 Business Core Courses 11 Business Core Courses
# of Accountancy Courses 10 Major Courses 5 Field Courses
# of Elective Courses 10 Elective Courses 6 Elective Courses

The first year of requirements are the same for all GWSB students, regardless of the degree pursued: Bachelor of Accountancy (BAccy) or Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA).  The requirements for both programs can be aligned for the second year as well; however, students are encouraged to develop their academic plan with an advisor.

All GWSB Degrees (BAccy, BBA, BSF) will require that students complete a minimum of a 120 credits; earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0; and earn a major GPA of 2.0 in order to be eligible to graduate. 

* Requirements to sit for the exam vary by state, so students should obtain further information from the state licensure board(s) of their choice to confirm they will have all courses to secure readiness to sit for exam.

** Please consult with a GWSB Advisor if interested in Study Abroad.

Study Abroad and the BAccy 

BAccy students have the opportunity to study abroad, but it may require more planning for the student as many BAccy major courses are offerred only in the fall and spring semester. 

Recommended course sequencing for BAccy students studying abroad. 
Studying Abroad in the Fall of Junior Year Studying Abroad in the Spring of Junior Year
Fall Junior Year:
Study Abroad

Fall Junior Year: 
ACCY 3101 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCY 3401 Federal Income Tax: Individuals 
ACCY 3601 Business Law: Contracts, Torts, and Property

Spring Junior Year: 
ACCY 3102 Intermediate Accounting II*
ACCY 6401 Federal Income Taxation*
Spring Junior Year:
Study Abroad

Fall Senior Year: 
ACCY 3101 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCY 3601 Business Law: Contracts, Torts, and Property
ACCY 4107 Advanced Accounting
ACCY 4301 Auditing

Fall Senior Year:
ACCY 4107 Advanced Accounting*
ACCY 4301 Auditing*
ACCY 6105 Intermediate Accounting II
 
Spring Senior Year: 
ACCY 3403 Advanced Tax
ACCY 4501 Accounting Systems 
ACCY 4601 Business Law: Enterprise Organization
ACCY 4801 Financial Accounting Capstone
Spring Senior Year:
ACCY 3403 Advanced Tax
ACCY 4501 Accounting Systems* 
ACCY 4601 Business Law: Enterprise Organization
ACCY 4801 Financial Accounting Capstone
* Indicates a course that a student will not have the necessary prerequisite and/or is a gr aduate level course. Students may only be added to the class by permission of the instructor, who must sign the RTF or give written permission over email to enroll in the course. The student will need to submit the signed RTF or forward the email granting permission to the Undergraduate Advising Center.