Bachelor of Science in Accountancy

The Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA) prepares students for entry into a variety of fields in accountancy, including corporate accounting, accounting information systems, and governmental accounting, as well as entry into graduate programs such as law.  Effective 2001, however, the BSA is no longer sufficient to qualify students to take the CPA examination in Illinois.  Therefore, students who are in the BSA program and who wish to take the CPA examination have the option of applying to the department’s  integrated Bachelor/Master in Accountancy program or the Certificate in Accountancy program.

The course work requirements for the BSA are:

Hours Courses
ACCY 301 - Accounting Measurement & Disclosure
ACCY 302 - Decision Making for Accountancy
ACCY 303 - Accounting Institutions and Regulation
ACCY 304 - Accounting Control Systems
ACCY 405 - Assurance and Attestation
Total required for accountancy major
ACCY 201 - Accounting and Accountancy, Ia
ACCY 202 - Accounting and Accountancy, IIa
Total required accountancy courses
Non-accountancy courses b
Electives (either accountancy or non-accountancy)
Total for BSA
a   ACCY 201 and ACCY 202 are requirements in the College of Business core. b  Includes composition, general education, foreign language, and non-accountancy College of Business.

Sample schedule for the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy.

A limit of 33 hours of accountancy courses (including ACCY 201 and ACCY 202) may be counted toward the 124 total hours required for the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy.  

Accountancy majors shall take all accountancy courses for grade and not on a credit-no credit basis.  The Department does not look favorably on any business courses taken on a credit-no credit basis when evaluating applications for admission to its Master's programs or to the second stage of its Bachelor/Master in Accountancy program. When calculating the GPA used for graduate program admission, the Department will count business courses with a grade of CR as C- while courses with a grade of NC will be treated as an F. Business courses include those with business administration, finance, and economics rubrics.

For more information, visit the Department of Accountancy's website.