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Accounting: Traditional Day

Dr. Sujata Verma
Program Director
(650) 508-3675


The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program for traditional day students provides students with a strong foundation in accounting and business. The major in accounting prepares students to take the Professional Certified Public Accountants Examination leading to licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  CPAs are licensed by state governments to practice public accountancy in accordance with established professional standards and to provide a variety of tax and financial services to individuals and business organizations.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will learn the tools and methods to be able to evaluate business and organizational performance from both internal and external perspectives.
  • Students will learn to be ethical leaders in a business and will understand and learn how to adhere to ethical codes of conduct for accountants.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate written and oral communication competencies that support effectiveness of business operations.
  • Students will be able to evaluate the effective use of accounting technology in an organization to drive the functional and organizational performance.
  • Students will be able to develop comprehensive solutions to business problems by synthesizing and evaluating information using qualitative and quantitative analytical reasoning.

Undergraduate Accounting programs have an articulation agreement with graduate programs in the School of Business and Management. Qualified students are able to apply in advance of the last semester of undergraduate work to enroll in up to 6 units of selected graduate courses that count toward undergraduate units while also counting toward the master's degree.


Bachelor of Science in Accounting

In addition to major requirements, students must meet General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements.


Prerequisites:                                                                                                                                   Units
BUS1000                     Foundations of Business                                                          3

BUS1008                     Building Business Values                                                          3

BUS1100                     Macroeconomics                                                                      3

BUS1108                     Microeconomics                                                                      3

BUS1220                     Introduction to Financial Accounting                                     3

BUS1232                     Managerial Accounting                                                            3

BUS1300C                  Community-Based Research and Statistical Analysis* (CE)     3

*MTH 1225, Statistics for Business, is the prerequisite for BUS1300C and can also be used to fulfill the General Education Mathematics requirement.

Total Prerequisites:                                                                                                            21                                           


Major Requirements                                                                                               Units
BUS2000                     Management Principles and Organizational Behavior              3

BUS2008                     Legal Environment of Business                                               3

BUS2201                     Commercial Law                                                                     3

BUS2202                     Intermediate Accounting I                                                       3

BUS2204                     Intermediate Accounting II                                                     3

BUS2206                     Intermediate Accounting III                                                    3

BUS2210                     Federal Income Taxation                                                         3

BUS2212                     Cost Accounting                                                                      3

BUS2214                     Advanced Accounting                                                             3

BUS2218                     Auditing                                                                                  3

BUS2222                     International Accounting                                                         3

BUS2224                     Corporate Finance                                                                   3

BUS2600                     Operations and IT Systems                                                      3

BUS2980/W               Business Policy (Capstone)                                                      3

BUS2990C                  Business Internship (CE)                                                         3


Total Major Requirements                                                                                     45

Other Degree Requirements* and General Electives                                                   59
*Other degree requirements include General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements (e.g., U.S. History).


Total Unit Requirement                                                                                         124

Minor in Accounting
Course work in accounting is highly valued by business employers. Having a minor in accounting will allow the students to gain the additional accounting knowledge and have it reflected on their degree.


Minor Requirements                                                                                               Units

Students may choose any six electives from among the following:                              18

BUS2202                     Intermediate Accounting I

BUS2204                     Intermediate Accounting II

BUS2206                     Intermediate Accounting III

BUS2210                     Federal Income Taxation

BUS2212                     Cost Accounting

BUS2214                     Advanced Accounting

BUS2218                     Auditing

BUS2222                     International Accounting