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Accounting – BS

Program Overview:

The 122-hour Accounting major is designed to prepare students for positions in accounting, internal auditing, taxation, budgeting, and cost control. Graduates meet the educational requirements for taking the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in New York State. However, New York State requires 150 credit hours for new practitioners to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. Graduates of this program are well prepared for graduate work in accounting. In addition, this curriculum allows students to gain a focus in Data Analysis, Economics, Finance or Mathematics.

The minimum credit requirement for the Bachelor of Science in Accounting at The College of Saint Rose is 122 credits, which consists of the following:

Accounting Courses 33 credits
General Business Courses 27 credits
College-wide Liberal Education requirements 41 credits
Additional Liberal and General Education electives* 21 credits
Total 122 credits

*The number of credits required for the Additional Liberal and General Education electives may vary. The requirement is that the total number of credits for Liberal Education and General Education Electives must be no less than 60; and that the Accounting major requires 122 credit hour for graduation.

Program Contacts:

Dr. Yu-Jung Avis

Chair, Accounting, Finance & Economics Department


Program Webpage: Accounting, BS

Program Requirements:

Major in Accounting (122 credits)

Accounting Courses (33 credits)

ACC 121Principles of Financial Acctg


ACC 122Principles of Managerial Acctg


ACC 221Intermed Acc't 1


ACC 320Acc't Information Systems


ACC 322Intermed Acc't 2


ACC 323Finan Acc't Theory Adv Applic


ACC 328Taxation


ACC 421Financial Auditing


ACC 429Corporate Taxation


ACC 431Governmental Acc't


ACC 493Pre-Internship


ACC 494Accounting Internship


ACC 121, ACC 122, ACC 328 are designated as liberal education courses.

General Business Courses (27 credits)

BUS 111Fundamentals of Business


BUS 199Fund of Business Colloquium


BUS 210Business Communications


BUS 233Business Law 1


BUS 246Organizational Behavior


BUS 253Principles of Marketing


BUS 301Financial Management


BUS 334Business Law II


BUS 352Quantitative Business Analysis


BUS 425Integrated Global Business



BUS 487Global Topics in Finance


BUS 233, BUS 246, BUS 253 are designated as liberal education courses.

College-wide Liberal Education Requirements (41 credits)

Accounting majors should take the following courses to fulfill Liberal Education requirements:

CSC 114Excel


ECO 205Principles of Macroeconomics


ECO 206Principles of Microeconomics


MAT 180College Algebra


Additional Liberal and General Education Electives (at most 21 credits required)

To fulfill the 122 minimum credit hours required for the major, students must take additional liberal and general education electives. For this category, Accounting majors must take:

MAT 184 Elementary Statistics (4)

Also, Accounting majors should select and take at least three of the following courses in the area of Accounting, Data Analysis, Economics, Finance, or Mathematics:

ACC 327 Cost Accounting (3)
ACC 447 Fraud (3)
ACC 485 Forensic Accounting (3)

Data Analysis
CSC 202 Introduction to programming (4)
CSC 252 Problem Solving with Java (4)
BUS 485 Financial Modeling in Excel (3)

Economics Any course in the Economics minor

Finance Any course in the Finance minor

MAT 190 Calculus I (4)
MAT 191 Calculus II (4)
MAT 240 Linear Algebra (3)

Additional Requirements, Prerequisites, and Recommendations

In compliance with the requirement by the State of New York, an Accounting major must take at least 60 credit hours in liberal and general education. MAT 180 College Algebra, MAT 184 Statistics or ECO 280 Business Statistics,  and CSC 114 Excel, or their equivalents, should be taken in the first or sophomore year because these courses form an essential knowledge base for upper-level major courses. Courses fulfilling the requirement of Additional Liberal and General Education Electives can include courses that may or may not have Liberal Education designation. Courses taken in professional fields such as nursing, education, medical technology, or engineering are generally not recognized as Liberal Education courses for this requirement.

Students must earn a cumulative index of 2.0 or better in all courses required for the Accounting major.

Internship/Field Experiences/Service:

Required Course:

ACC 494Accounting Internship


Suggested 4 Year Course Plan:

This suggested plan is designed to give students an idea of how to balance their coursework over 8 semesters and to graduate within 4 years. Most students will need to take a minimum of 30 credits each year in order to meet the graduation requirement of a minimum of 122 overall credits.  It should be used along with your Degree Works worksheet and in consultation with your faculty advisor. It is meant as a guide, not a definitive list of courses that must be taken as written. Your faculty advisor will help you make any necessary adjustments during advisement.


Year 1:

Fall (16 credits)

ACC 121 Prin Financial Accounting (3 cr)

BUS 111/199 Fundamentals of Business (3 cr)

L01 ENG105 (or ENG104 + ENG274) (4 cr)

L08 CSC 114 (3 cr)

L02 Language (3 cr)

Spring (16 credits)

ACC 122 Prin Managerial Accounting (3 cr)

L06 PHI 205 (3 cr)

ECO 205 Prin Macroeconomics  (3 cr)

L03 History (3 cr)

L04 Literature (4 cr)

Year 2:

Fall (15 credits)

ACC 221 Intermed Acc't 1 (3 cr)

BUS 233 Business Law 1 (3 cr)

BUS 246 Organizational Behavior (3 cr)

L05 Arts, Music, Communication (3 cr)

L07 MAT 180  (3 cr)

Spring (16 credits)

ACC 322 Intermed Acc't 2 (3 cr)

BUS 210 Business Communications (3 cr)

MAT 184 (4 cr)

L13 ECO 206 Prin Microeconomics (3 cr)

BUS 334 Business Law 2 (3 cr)

Year 3:

Fall (16 credits)

ACC 323 Finan Acc't Theory Adv Applic (3 cr)

BUS 301 Financial Management (3 cr)

ACC 320 Acc't Information Systems (3 cr)

Additional Lib. & Gen. Education Elective 1 (3 cr)

L09 Lab Science (4 cr)


Spring (15 credits)

ACC 421 Financial Auditing (3 cr)

ACC 328 Taxation (3 cr)

BUS 253 Principles of Marketing (3 cr)

L11 Behavioral science  (3 cr)

Additional Lib. & Gen. Education Elective 2 (3 cr)

Year 4:

Fall (15 credits)

ACC 429 Corporate Taxation (3 cr)

ACC 431 Governmental Acc't (3 cr)

BUS 425 or BUS 487 (3 cr)

Additional Lib & Gen. Education Elective 3 (3 cr)

Additional Lib & Gen. Education Elective 4 (3 cr)

ACC 493 Pre-Internship (0 cr)

Spring (13 credits)

BUS 352 (3 cr)

ACC 494 Accounting Internship (3 cr)

Additional Lib & Gen. Education Elective 5 (3 cr)

Additional Lib & Gen. Education Elective 6 (3 cr)

L12 PE (2 cr)


Professional Accreditation:

The College of Saint Rose, sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Albany Province, is chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State. All of its degrees and programs are registered and its professional programs fully approved by the Board of Regents through the New York State Education Department.

The College of Saint Rose is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The School of Business at The College of Saint Rose, inclusive of its degree programs at the bachelor’s and master’s level, is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Career Opportunities and Graduate Study:

Admissions and Financial Aid Information:

The Undergraduate Admissions Office begins review of First-Year applications each fall in late September for the following Fall. Students are encouraged to submit a complete application as early as October. The Admissions Team will return a decision on complete applications within just three weeks. The College awards academic scholarships at the same time.

What Makes an Application Complete

  • Online or Paper application (fee waived for all applicants!)
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • Official Transcripts for any College Level Courses
  • SAT or ACT scores  (See Test Optional FAQ's)
  • Letter of Recommendation from a Counselor or Teacher
  • Essay or Graded Paper
  • Applicants may also apply via the Common Application Online.
  • Art applicants are required to complete a portfolio review.
  • Music applicants are required to complete an audition.

Admissions contact information (telephone number, admissions web pages)

Scholarships and Financial Aid

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The Bottom Line

The total cost of The College of Saint Rose (including tuition, fees, room and board) is one of the lowest of any private college in the Northeast, and we award more than $34 million in Saint Rose scholarships, grants and financial aid.

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