Accounting, Comprehensive Major

(Code 720-006)

University Requirements

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR BACCALAUREATE DEGREE
Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements 3
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.
1

Certain programs exceed this minimum.

2

See special requirements in each College.

3

See special requirements for the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the four learning goals of our liberal education core and the 11 learning outcomes they comprise. 

LIBERAL EDUCATION CORE REQUIREMENTSa minimum of 36 credits
Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experiences
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Requirements

Credits for Graduation

All candidates for the BBA degree need a minimum of 120 credits to graduate, to include a minimum of 48 semester credits in courses other than those offered by the College of Business. The Health Care Administration major is exempt from the 48-credit requirement.

Student Professional Development Program

All students pursing a major in the College of Business must complete the Student Professional Development Workshops.  The program is designed to equip students with the skills needed to present themselves in a professional manner during their job search and to other professionals once they enter their chosen careers.  Students are highly encouraged to complete the workshops prior to the end of their third semester on campus.  The workshops are prerequisites for a number of 300 level courses in the College of Business Core and need to be completed prior to registration for those courses.

The program consists of four workshops: Becoming a Business Professional, Professional Appearance, Developing your Professional Profile, and Professional Etiquette.  For more information, visit the College of Business website.

Grade Point Requirements

Candidates for the BBA degree must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in their major and in courses taken in residence. (See the special requirements for the Comprehensive Major in Accounting and Health Care Administration.) If a minor is required, or is to be listed as an official minor, the candidate must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in the minor.

  • No course may be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis as part of a major, minor, or certificate described by one of the departments in the College of Business.
  • Business courses may be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis only concurrent with or following completion of the student’s major or business minor.

Major Requirements

This major provides an all-inclusive program which will enable the graduate to pursue entry-level accounting positions. Graduates with this major are eligible to take the examinations for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designations.

150-Hour Requirement

Many states (including Wisconsin and Minnesota) accept a baccalaureate degree of at least 120 university credits, with a major in accounting, as qualification to sit for the CPA exam. All licensing jurisdictions, including Wisconsin and Minnesota, require 150 semester hours of university credit to earn CPA licensure. To meet the 150 semester hour requirement, students have options at the undergraduate level including a second major, adding a minor, or completing one of the undergraduate certificates.

Many employers of entry-level accountants require 150 credits of accounting course work, including an accounting major. Students should work closely with their faculty advisers to determine the best course of study to reach their educational and career goals.

Proficiency Requirements

Proficiency requirements include basic prerequisite courses and/or entry-level competencies for the major.  These are not counted as credits in the major.

ECON 103Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 104Principles of Macroeconomics3
MATH 109Algebra for Calculus 14
MATH 246Elementary Statistics4
1

 MATH 109 or beyond, or competency to enter MATH 111

The BUSCORE

The BUSCORE is the common body of courses taken by all BBA students with the exception of the Health Care Administration major. It consists of the following courses:

BUSCORE Courses
ACCT 201Principles of Accounting I3
BCOM 206Business Writing 12
BCOM 207Business Presentations 22
IS 240Information Systems in Business3
BSAD 300Diversity in the Workplace1
BSAD 305Legal and Regulatory Environment2
FIN 320Principles of Finance3
MKTG 330Principles of Marketing3
MGMT 340Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 341Operations Management3
MGMT 449Strategic Management in a Global Business Environment 33
Total Credits28
1

Students who earn less than a B- (B minus) in BCOM 206 must complete BCOM 216 with a grade of C or above.

2

Students must earn a B- (B minus) or higher in BCOM 207 .

3

MGMT 449 is a capstone course that requires prior completion of all other BUSCORE courses.  This prerequisite is strictly enforced.

 Accounting Major

Sixty semester credits, including the 28 credit BUSCORE plus 32 additional credits as follows:

Accounting Core Courses24
ACCT 202Principles of Accounting II3
ACCT 301Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCT 302Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCT 313Auditing3
ACCT 314Cost Accounting3
ACCT 321Individual Federal Income Taxation3
ACCT 401Advanced Financial Accounting3
ACCT 460Accounting Information Systems and Technology3
Accounting Electives - Select from the following:8
Environmental and Sustainability Accounting
Income Tax Practicum
International Accounting
Investment and Retirement Plan Accounting
Advanced Auditing and Consulting
Governmental and Nonprofit Organization Accounting
Fraud Investigation and Prevention
Corporate, Partnership, and Other Entity Tax
Ethics in Accounting
Accounting Systems
Advanced Accounting Systems and IT Auditing
Profit Management and Budgetary Control
Financial Statement Analysis
Accounting Internship II 1
Accounting Theory and Research
Business Law
1

 ACCT 495 maximum of 5 credits can count towards the Accounting major and graduation requirements.

Grade Requirements 

Accounting majors must achieve a grade of C- or above in all accounting courses, and a minimum 2.50 overall GPA in all courses applicable to the major.