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The AACSB-accredited Accounting Major prepares students to pursue careers in public accountancy as CPAs and as accountants in business, government and not-for-profit organizations. Graduates may also assume positions that support an organization's accounting and financial systems. The program also prepares students for graduate business study.

What Can I Do With an Accounting Major?

Admission to the Program

Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the following seven foundation courses, with no grade lower than "C" in courses with an ACC prefix and no grade below "C-" in the other courses to earn admission to the major. Note that this 2.5 minimum GPA includes transfer grades.

  • CIS106 End User Computing
  • ECN201 Principles of Economics (Micro)
  • ECN202 Principles of Economics (Macro)
  • ECN204 Introduction to Statistics
  • ACC281 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ACC282 Introduction to Managerial Accounting

Students who successfully complete these requirements can declare the Accounting Major.

Program Requirements

Students pursue the Accounting Major as part of a Bachelor of Science degree, and must satisfy its requirements. In addition to the course requirements below, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Any course with an ACC prefix which is counted toward the degree requirements must be completed with a grade no lower than "C."
  2. Accounting majors must earn a grade of at least "C-" in all other courses used to satisfy requirements within the accounting major.
  3. Students must earn an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in the Brockport courses used to satisfy co-requisite, business core, upper-level accounting, business electives and/or business internship.
  4. No courses graded "Pass/Fail" or "Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory" may be counted toward the major requirements.

Business Core Courses

  • BUS325 Principles of Finance
  • BUS335 Principles of Marketing
  • BUS345 International Business Environment
  • BUS366 Organizational Behavior
  • BUS375 Business Law I
  • BUS378 Business, Government & Society
  • BUS475 Strategic Management

Accounting Courses

  • ACC283 Introduction to Accounting Systems and Software
  • ACC385 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC386 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC388 Cost Accounting
  • ACC485 Federal Income Tax I
  • ACC486 Advanced Accounting
  • ACC487 Auditing

Total Number of Credits:75

Remaining credits for the major are determined by advisement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

Outcome 1: Knowledge of Business

1.1 Apply key business concepts and theories associated with core business areas

1.2 Understand ethical, global, and diversity issues that impact business.

Outcome 2: Analytical and Critical Thinking

2.1 Demonstrate critical thinking skills in analyzing business conditions and solving business problems.

Outcome 3: Communication Skills

3.1 Demonstrate effective oral communication skills

3.2 Demonstrate effective written communication skills

Outcome 4: Professional Preparedness

4.1 Demonstrate market readiness in a business-like setting.