Accounting

Students are prepared to develop, interpret and communicate financial data for business reporting and decision-making. The focus is on analysis and problem-solving applications to business where students develop into financial leaders for all types of business.

Double your expertise

BVU's accounting students graduate as double majors in accounting and business. This provides students with strong technical accounting skills and a solid business foundation. Students can also choose an additional concentration, such as marketing, human resource management, entrepreneurship, sports management, or financial decision-making.

Our courses also prepare students for all sections of the CPA exam. From day one, faculty help students plan how to meet CPA requirements. In fact, most students meet the 150-hour CPA requirement in just four years.

At BVU, students learn accounting through focused instruction, internships, managing a portfolio of stocks, or participating in our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • Auditing
  • Income tax planning and preparation
  • Management consulting services
  • Corporate accounting
  • Government accounting

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Accounting jobs are projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than average.

Accounting is on virtually every "top ten" list for college majors and, more often than not, at the top.

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked accounting in its annual list of "Best Jobs."

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Our Students Get Involved!

  • Each year, students and faculty attend valuable sessions and network with accounting professionals from across the state at the CPA Career Awareness Conference.
  • Students work face-to-face with real tax clients, prepare tax returns, and give back to the community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Funded by the Internal Revenue Service, VITA provides free income tax preparation assistance to people who are lower-income, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English-speaking taxpayers.  
  • Students who participate in Accounting Interview Day, hosted by the Iowa College Recruiting Network, have the opportunity to interview a variety of accounting employers in one day, including Big Four firms, regional CPA firms, and corporations.
  • Up to $5,000 is awarded annually to support three qualified, high-performing BVU business or accounting majors through the Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievements Awards. 
  • Students are selected to join other young entrepreneurs from across the state at the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute (OEI) for a six-day academic experience. This advanced study includes an entrepreneurial simulation and seminars with successful entrepreneurs and business and community leaders. 

Internships

  • Deloitte
  • TD&T CPAs and Advisors
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Schwan Food Company

Careers

  • Deloitte, Tax Consultant
  • KPMG, Audit Associate
  • Iowa Auditor Office, State Auditor
  • Iowa Division of Banking, Bank Examiner
  • Principal Financial Group, Investment Accountant

Dedicated Career Help

Interest discovery, application assistance, internship/job connections and more.

Major in Accounting (67 credit hours)

Business foundation courses (28 credit hours)

  • ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
  • ECON 200 Economics Foundation
  • ACCT 206 Managerial Accounting
  • FNBK 306 Managerial Finance
  • MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
  • MGMT 205 Decision Science Foundations
  • MGMT 306 Principles of Management
  • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing
  • MGMT 315 Business Law I

Integrated core courses (16 credit hours)

  • BUSN 100 Contemporary Business and Free Enterprise
  • BUSN 300 You in the Business World
  • BUSN 400 Business Project Management
  • BUSN 305 Enterprise Decision Making
  • BUSN 496 Business Practicum

Major courses:

  • ACCT 300 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 302 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 309 Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 405 Auditing
  • ACCT 415 Individual Taxation
  • ACCT 416 Business Taxation

Accounting Professional Licensure Emphasis (150 credit hours)

Three courses and a minimum of 150 credit hours overall must be completed for the emphasis.

Required courses:

  • ACCT 413 Advanced Accounting I
  • ACCT 428 Governmental/Nonprofit Accounting
  • COMM 230 Business and Professional Communication

Recommended additional courses for CMA candidates:

  • FNBK 316 Corporate Finance
  • FNBK 430 Investments

Minor in Accounting (20 credit hours)

  • ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 206 Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 302 Intermediate Accounting II

Choose two of the following:

  • ACCT 300 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 309 Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 405 Auditing
  • ACCT 413 Advanced Accounting I
  • ACCT 415 Individual Taxation
  • ACCT 416 Business Taxation
  • ACCT 428 Governmental/Nonprofit Accounting

Faculty

Dr.   Scott  Anderson

Scott Anderson

Associate Professor of Marketing

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Ms.   Beth  Blankers

Beth Blankers

Associate Professor of Accounting

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Dr.   Asligul  Erkan

Asligul Erkan

Assistant Professor of Finance

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Dr.   James  Falter

James Falter

Dean, Harold Walter Siebens School of Business

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   Jennifer  Hecht

Jennifer Hecht

Assistant Professor of Accounting

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   Dennis  Stulc

Dennis Stulc

Lecturer in Business

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