Harold Walter Siebens School of Business

Accounting Degree

Business Bachelor’s Degree Program

Become the numbers expert you’re made to be when you learn to develop, interpret, and communicate data in any organizational setting. BVU’s committed business faculty will help you build your analytic skills and attention to detail. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to take the CPA exam and succeed in this high-demand field.

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Why should I earn an accounting degree?

Fast Growth

The number of accounting jobs is projected to grow 11 percent by 2024 — faster than average.

A ‘Best Job’

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks accounting in its list of "Best Jobs.”

Top 10 degree

Accounting tops the list of most sought-after college majors, year after year.

What Can I Do With an Accounting Degree

  • Corporate accountant
  • Government accountant
  • Internal auditor
  • Management consultant

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Why study accounting at BVU?

Double Major

All Storm Lake accounting students graduate with a double major in business and accounting. That means you graduate ahead of most accounting majors from other schools and are prepared to compete in the job market.

CPA Preparation

You’ll be well-equipped to take the CPA exam when you graduate. Experience valuable sessions and network with accounting professionals from across the state at the annual CPA Career Awareness Conference.


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. BVU accounting grads work at KPMG, Deloitte, Minnesota Vikings, TD&T CPAs and Advisors, and more.

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Alexis is the president of the Accounting and Business Association at BVU, In summer 2017, she landed an internship with Linn & Associates in Chicago. While there, Alexis conducted economic research and used the information to develop marketing materials. The following year, Alexis scored another internship in accounting and finance with Lincoln Savings Bank near Cedar Falls, Iowa. To top that, Alexis already has an internship lined up for summer 2019 with Wells Enterprises. At BVU, Alexis has traveled to Costa Rica as part of BVU’s January Interim program, as well as to Chicago and St. Louis with fellow School of Business students.



Learn Completely Online

Earn your degree at your convenience with our easy-to-access, fully online curriculum. With one click, you can view assignments and grades, set up appointments with specialized tutors around the clock, access the student lounge, engage in group discussions, or contact professors. Get the BVU experience on your schedule, wherever you are.

    Hybrid Learning

    Hybrid courses combine the benefit of live ​video instruction with the convenience of online learning. Students meet once weekly via Zoom to engage with instructors and classmates on assignments and coursework. In addition to a weekly class, hybrid students complete their coursework online and receive personalized advisement from local BVU site staff.

      Accounting Courses

      • Major in Accounting (60 Credit Hours)

        Business foundation courses

        • ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
        • ACCT 206 Managerial Accounting
        • ACCT 210 Basic Excel Spreadsheets
        • ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
        • ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
        • FNBK 306 Managerial Finance
        • MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
        • MGMT 302 Decision Science
        • MGMT 220 Principles of Management
        • MGMT 315 Business Law I
        • MGMT 465 Production and Operations Management
        • MGMT 492 Business Policy and Strategy
        • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing
        • BUSN 496 Business Practicum

        Other elective and/or experiential courses

        • ACCT 211 Intermediate Excel Spreadsheets
        • ACCT 212 Advanced Excel Spreadsheets
        • ACCT 390 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
        • ACCT 413 Advanced Accounting I
        • ACCT 428 Governmental/Nonprofit Accounting
        • ACCT 495 Accounting Internship
        • COMM 230 Business and Professional Communication
        • FNBK 450 Portfolio Management

        Accounting professional licensure emphasis (150 credit hours)

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

        Recommended courses for CPA exam

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

        Nebraska CPA candidates should plan to take COMM 230.

        Recommended additional courses for CMA exam

        • FNBK 316 Corporate Finance
        • FNBK 430 Investments or FNBK 450 Portfolio Management
        • FNBK 460 Enterprise Risk Management
      • 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

      Transfer to BVU

      BVU has transfer agreements with Iowa’s community colleges, helping you get the most out of your hard-earned credits.

      Contact an academic advisor at 712.749.1000 to see how your credits will transfer.

      Financial Aid & Scholarships

      We’ll help you figure out your options for financial assistance and possible scholarships.

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      Accounting Faculty

      Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future of Iowa and beyond.

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      Transfer Your Credits

      Do you have previously earned credits or an associate’s degree? BVU accepts most—if not all—of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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      Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

      With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your special education, teaching English as a second language, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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