Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) - Rock Studies

The Accounting program at Slippery Rock University prepares students for success in the challenging and rewarding field of accounting. The integrated curriculum focuses on the development of students’ business and accounting skills and knowledge while enhancing their communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving skills as well as technological proficiency. Emphasis is placed on student learning through research and practical application as students prepare for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination and careers in public accounting, government, and private industries. All candidates completing this program are eligible to sit for the Uniformed Certified Public Accountant Examination. Student professional growth is encouraged and enhanced through participation in the Student Accounting Society and the internship program in the School of Business.

In the classroom, accounting students are introduced to a variety of software programs used by accounting professionals that provide realistic application of accounting practices and procedures. This state-of-the-art learning center engages students in the learning process as they master accounting concepts, principles, and related procedures in an environment that simulates the workplace. The School of Business’ accounting program is a step above the ordinary; it equips future accounting professionals with a unique set of marketable skills that sets them apart from their peers in the workplace.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Communication: Students graduating with a degree in business administration will demonstrate competency in oral and written communication skills.  Students will:
    • Prepare in proper format and style the following documents: business report (one to two pages), business memo, research report and presentation.
    • Deliver an effective oral presentation on a business and/or professional topic.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Students graduating with a degree in business administration will demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will:
    • Apply critical thinking skills to analyze and interpret financial statements to judge business performance.
    • Apply critical thinking skills using quantitative techniques for problem solving and strategic decision making.
  • Degree Program Writing Competency: Students will create written business and professional documents in appropriate style and format.

  • Ethics: Students graduating with a degree in business administration will have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to meet professional competencies as business professionals and global citizens.  Students will demonstrate:
    • An understanding of the history and vocabulary unique to business disciplines. 
    • Knowledge of procedures, concepts, and technical business skills through practical application (forecasting, budgeting, financial statement analyses, business plans, strategic planning).  
    • The ability to read and interpret financial statements in the decision-making process.
    • Effective team work and collaborative skills in a simulated business environment.
  • Information Technology: Students will demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers and software to manage information with statistical analysis, spreadsheet, database and other appropriate applications.

  • Professional Proficiency: Students graduating with a degree in business administration will have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to meet professional competencies as business professionals and global citizens.  Students will demonstrate:
    • An understanding of the history and vocabulary unique to accounting disciplines.
    • Knowledge of procedures, concepts, and technical accounting business skills through practical application (forecasting, budgeting, financial statement analyses, business plans, strategic planning). 
    • The ability to read and interpret financial statements in the decision-making process.
    • Effective team work and collaborative skills in a simulated business environment.

Related Links

Accounting, BSBA Program Page

Accounting, Economics and Finance Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.5 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher
Core GPA: 2.0 or higher

Summary*

Rock Studies Requirements42-43
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements72
Electives6

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
Select one of the following:3-4
Quantitative Reasoning
Introduction to Applied Calculus
Calculus I
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Subtotal15-16
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Subtotal15
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42-43

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements 

  • 36 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 36 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Business Administration Core Requirements
ECON 201Principles of Macroeconomics 13
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics 13
ECON 219Business Analytics I 13
or MGMT 219 Business Analytics I
ECON 319Business Analytics II 13
or MGMT 319 Business Analytics II
ACCT 209Financial Accounting 13
ACCT 310Cost Accounting (Accounting Majors) 13
MGMT 320Operations Management I 13
MRKT 330Principles of Marketing 13
MGMT 351Organizational Behavior 13
BUSA 303Issues in Global Business 13
or MRKT 303 Issues in Global Business
FIN 320Managerial Finance 13
BUSA 340Legal Environment of Business 13
MGMT 458Business Capstone 13
MIS 265Management Information Systems 13
Subtotal42
Required Computer Science Course
CPSC 210Productivity Software 13
or MIS 210 Productivity Software
Subtotal3
Required Accounting Courses
ACCT 230Accounting Information Systems 23
ACCT 308Federal Individual Income Tax 23
ACCT 313Intermediate Accounting I 23
ACCT 314Intermediate Accounting II 23
ACCT 315Intermediate Accounting III 23
ACCT 411Auditing Theory and Practice 23
ACCT 413Advanced Accounting 23
Subtotal21
Electives
Select two of the following:6
Federal Corporate and Transfer Taxes 2
Forensic Accounting 2
Cost Accounting II 2
Accounting Seminar 2
Auditing Systems 2
Advanced Accounting II 2
Accounting Data Analytics 2
Internship 2
Subtotal6
Total Hours72

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. These opportunities can deepen and enhance the learning in accounting, economics and finance. In addition, there is a strong correlation between long-term student success and engagement in these opportunities:

  1. Internships
  2. Participation in student organizations
  3. International study programs (short-term, semester, and year-long)
  4. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  5. Student-faculty research
  6. Student leadership development
  7. Service-learning classes
  8. Career education and development

ACCOUNTING - BSBA (2341)
This program is effective as of Spring 2020.
Revised 04.06.2020
UCC 10.29.2019

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Recommended Rock Studies Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
CPSC 210
Productivity Software
or Productivity Software
3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
 Hours16
Spring
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
Quantitative Reasoning  
Introduction to Applied Calculus  
Calculus I  
SCI 101
Science of Life
or Understanding the Physical World
3
Humanities Inquiry 3
 Hours15-16
Second Year
Fall
ACCT 209 Financial Accounting 3
ECON 219
Business Analytics I
or Business Analytics I
3
SCI 101
Science of Life
or Understanding the Physical World
3
MIS 265 Management Information Systems 3
Elective 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 3  
 Hours15
Spring
ACCT 310 Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 230 Accounting Information Systems 3
MGMT 351 Organizational Behavior 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
 Hours15
Third Year
Fall
ACCT 313 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACCT 308 Federal Individual Income Tax 3
BUSA 303
Issues in Global Business
or Issues in Global Business
3
ECON/MGMT 319 Business Analytics II 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
 Hours15
Spring
ACCT 314 Intermediate Accounting II 3
Accounting Elective 1 3
BUSA 340 Legal Environment of Business 3
MGMT 320 Operations Management I 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
ACCT 315 Intermediate Accounting III 3
Accounting Elective 2 3
FIN 320 Managerial Finance 3
MRKT 330 Principles of Marketing 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
MAcc Course 2 0-3
 Hours15-18
Spring
ACCT 411 Auditing Theory and Practice 3
ACCT 413 Advanced Accounting 3
MGMT 458 Business Capstone 3
Elective 3
Elective 2-3
MAcc Course 2 0-3
 Hours14-18
 Total Hours**120-128

Major Code: 2341
Revised: 10-2019

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.