Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Program DetailsThe Bachelor of Science in Accounting program at City University of Seattle provides a firm foundation in global business, research, critical thinking, communication and technology while providing students an excellent foundation for examination to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), or Certified Management Accountant (CMA). If you're looking to develop skills in research, analysis and critical thinking, but still maintain an ability to communicate well on a layman's level, a bachelor's degree in accounting may be for you. CityU of Seattle's undergraduate accounting program will prepare you for lifelong learning in the ever-changing field of accounting.
Flexible, Online Learning OptionsCityU offers an online accounting program in addition to a mixed-mode program, with some courses available in a traditional classroom setting. We designed the program to fit around your life so you can enter the high-demand accounting profession with little disruption. Talk to an advisor to get more details about CityU's online accounting program today.
Where CityU Can Take YouMany of our graduates go on to specialize as cost accountants, staff accountants, tax accountants or auditors, but since accounting is the "language of business", we've seen alumni go on to rewarding business careers in a variety of roles:
Get Started Today!Applying to get your bachelor's degree in accounting from CityU is quick and painless. If you have a high school diploma or equivalent, contact a School of Management advisor to learn more about getting your Bachelor of Science in Accounting online with CityU. For scholarship options, see the AICPA website.
Lower-Division Requirements (90)
College Writing: 5
College Mathematics: 5
Social Sciences: 15
Natural Sciences/Mathematics: 15
Required Lower Division Courses (5)
This course emphasizes the preparation and recording of accounting information and is intended for students majoring in accounting. Students will learn about of the accounting cycle, the measuring process and the classification of data, and the accounting terminology that is essential to the preparation and effective use of financial principles that apply to statements. This course introduces basic accounting concepts and techniques; fundamentals of the accounting process and preparation of basic financial statements; accounting principles involved in the measurement and reporting of assets and liabilities; elements of consolidated statements and statement of cash flows; and using and interpreting financial statements for decision-making. Prerequisites: Strong math and algebra skills in addition to logical thinking are required to succeed in this course.
Upper-Division Requirements (90)
Undergraduate Core (10)
The critical thinking process is used to analyze today's issues and aid the student in identifying rational solutions. Topics examined include: argument analyzing and building; forms and standards of critical thinking; and evaluating sources of information.
This course focuses on the usefulness and limitations of statistical processes and their present day applications. Topics include: descriptive statistics, probability theory and distributions, sampling, hypothesis testing, regression, and correlation models. Students will focus on problem formulation, technique selection and results interpretation. It is strongly recommended that College Math be taken prior to this course.
Business Core (35)
Financing Organizations is an examination of the analytical tools used to manage and control finances. Concepts studied include the acquisition and oversight of working capital, intermediate and long-term financing, and the cost of capital and capital budgeting.
This course investigates dilemmas that routinely plague organizations as well as possible solutions to these dilemmas. Topics include diversity within the organization; conflict and negotiation; perception, motivation and reinforcement; leadership roles throughout the organization; human resource management and team building.
This course explores operations management in the manufacturing and service environments. Topics include: cost accounting information for improving efficiency, product and service quality, total quality management, project management, materials resource planning, value creation, supply chain management and economic value. Students will focus on how to apply these concepts to real world operation functions of both manufacturing and services. It is strongly recommended that College Math and Quantitative Methods be taken prior to this course.
This course applies micro and macro economic theories to the real world. Topics include: supply and demand; market structure; policy issues such as income distribution, government regulation, and the environment; business cycles; money and monetary policy; and the international economy. Students will learn how to examine economic issues in their personal and professional lives.
This is a capstone course that provides the student an opportunity to integrate discrete skills gained from prior coursework in general business, accounting, marketing, management, business law, communications, operations, human relations, and information systems. Students address business finance, growth and management issues, and problems, viewing them from multiple perspectives. Prerequisites: BSM 405, BSC 402, MK 300, or equivalents.
This course will cover information systems taxonomies and general applications such as CRM, SCM, eCommerce, ERP, business intelligence, knowledge management, finance and accounting, personal productivity, computer supported cooperative work (groupware), and global systems. Future trends and directions of information systems will conclude this course.
This course provides an introduction to basic marketing concepts. Topics include the marketing mix, new product development, consumer behavior, customer relationship management, strategic planning and e-commerce. Students will develop a comprehensive marketing plan and apply course concepts to real or imaginary products.
Major Required Courses (45)
This course provides an in-depth examination of the theory and practice of financial accounting, including the accounting environment and underlying conceptual framework. Students will learn about Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the application of those principles in the preparation of financial information. This course includes the detailed study of the four major financial statements, cash, receivables, inventories, and applications of time value of money concepts. Prerequisites: AC 215 or the equivalent.
This course is the second of three intermediate accounting courses and continues the in-depth examination of the theory and practice of financial accounting. This course concentrates on the accounting for non-current assets, current and long-term liabilities, contributed capital, retained earnings, temporary and long-term investments, and Earnings Per Share (EPS) calculations. Students will learn to account for these items through researching and applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Prerequisites: AC 301.
AC 303 includes the in-depth examination of theory and practice of financial accounting. This course concentrates on the preparation and analysis of the statement of cash flows; financial statement analysis; treatment of accounting changes and error analysis; disclosure requirements; revenue recognition; accounting for income taxes, leases, pensions, and post-requirement benefits. Intermediate Accounting III focuses on the accounting principles and concepts governing the reporting of these items according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Prerequisites: AC 302.
This course focuses on the production of financial information to support a company's internal managers and influence related economic decisions. Students will learn to create information and organize reports that will aid in the competent planning and control of business operations. Emphasis is placed on the investigation of different methods of product costing, cost behaviors, budgeting, and pricing and how this information affects company operations, product mix, planning, and direction. A basic understanding of statistics and quantitative methods is recommended but not required. Prerequisites: AC 302.
This course will take the student through an in-depth study of financial accounting and accounting research. Emphasis is placed on the preparation and analysis of consolidated financial statements using various methods, accounting for minority ownership and equity investments including the treatment of goodwill, disaggregation of financial reports into operating segment information, restatement of foreign currency transactions and translation of financial statements to reflect international monetary differences, partnership admission, dissolution, and liquidation, and accounting for state and local governments. This course also includes a brief overview of private not-for-profit organizations. Students will learn the concepts and techniques underlying the seven technical areas of accounting. Prerequisites: AC 303.
This course focuses on the methodology for examining public company financial statements in an attest function engagement according to generally accepted auditing standards. The course covers audit planning, risk assessment, tests of internal controls, substantive testing of transactions, audit opinions and report writing, ethics and the legal liability of the independent auditor. Students will learn to apply the concepts and techniques underlying the auditing profession that are essential to the competent performance of a professional audit. Prerequisites: AC 303.
This course is a survey of the concepts and principles affecting business organizations and commercial transactions, contracts, and agency and employment relationships. Emphasis is given to the Uniform Commercial Code's provisions regarding sales, commercial paper and transactions involving security interests. The course also covers employment law, personal property, bankruptcy, estates and trusts, and environmental regulation. The course focuses on areas tested on the CPA examination.
This course provides an overview of federal taxation principles, application, and research. The course focuses on federal tax law, income tax liability calculation, the tax effects of property transactions, income, deductions, and payments. Students will learn to recognize, differentiate, and analyze federal tax issues and to present tax-planning options to decision-makers. Prerequisites: AC 215, AC 301 or other college course in financial accounting.
Business Ethics for Accountants provides the ethical framework for success as an accountant in the increasingly complex global business environment where ethical issues have negatively impacted many executives and companies. Emphasis is placed on ethical tragedies and trends affecting accountants, identifying frameworks for ethical decision making, examining the role and ethical expectations of the accountant, considering major ethical challenges faced by accountants, and analyzing ethical governance and accountability as a means to prevent fraud. Students will learn how ethics have become a critical success factor for business, how ethical behavior and decision making can be improved, and how special problems facing accountants can be managed.