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Suggested Schedule for Accountancy Majors

We have designed our undergraduate accountancy curriculum so that you can earn a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy in four years. To determine what schedule might be right for you, please contact an accountancy advisor.

Fall Year 1 Credits
COMS 100: Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3
ENGL 103: Rhetoric & Composition I 3
General Education 3
MATH 110: College Algebra or MATH 211: Calculus for Business & Social Science 3
OMIS 259: Intro to Business Information Systems 3
UBUS 200: Passport Introduction 0
UNIV 101: University Experience or UBUS 101: Business Disciplines & Issues (optional) 1-3
Total hours 15-16
Notes/Comments: English and Math course will depend on placement exams (if taken).
Spring Year 1 Credits
ENGL 203: Rhetoric & Composition II 3
General Education 3
MATH 211: Calculus for Business & Social Science 3
MGMT 217: Legal Environment of Business 3
PSYC 102: Intro to Psychology 3
UBUS 100: Career Compass 1
 
 
 
Total hours 16
Notes/Comments: English and Math course will depend on placement exams (if taken).
Fall Year 2 Credits
ACCY 206: Introductory Financial Accounting 3
ECON 260: Principles of Microeconomics or
ECON 261: Principles of Macroeconomics
3
UBUS 223: Intro to Business Statistics 3
General Education 3
General Elective 3
Total hours 15
Notes/Comments: 
 
Spring Year 2 Credits
ACCY 207: Introductory Cost Management 3
ECON 260: Principles of Microeconomics or
ECON 261: Principles of Macroeconomics
3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Total hours 15
Notes/Comments: A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA is needed for enrollment in 300 level major courses
Fall Year 3 Credits
ACCY 310: Accounting Information Systems 3
ACCY 331: Financial Reporting I 3
ACCY 370: Accounting Career Planning Seminar 1
FINA 320: Principles of Finance 3
OMIS 338: Principles of Operations Management 3
UBUS 200: Passport Introduction
 
0
Total hours 13
Notes/Comments:  ACCY 370 may be taken in semester 1 or semester 2 of the 3rd year. Students planning to apply for internships should take ACCY 370 during semester 1 of the 3rd year. UBUS 200 is required prior to or concurrently with FINA 320, MGMT 335, and MKTG 310.
Spring Year 3 Credits
ACCY 332: Financial Reporting II 3
ACCY 360: Assurance Services 3
ACCY 375: Accounting Writing Lab
1
MGMT 335: Managing Individuals, Teams, & Organizations 3
MKTG 310: Principles of Marketing 3
Non-Accountancy Elective
 
3
Total hours 16
Notes/Comments:   Students will be eligible for academic internships after successfully completing semester 2 of the 3rd year. If a student receives a spring internship during semester 2 of the 4th year, this schedule will need adjusting.
 
Fall Year 4 Credits
ACCY 320: Intermediate Cost Management 3
ACCY 450: Taxation of Business Entities & Individuals 3
ACCY 470: Accounting Career Skills Seminar 1
FINA 410: Financial Markets & Investments 3
Non-Accountancy Elective 3
Non-Accountancy Elective 3
Total hours 16
Notes/Comments:
 
Spring Year 4 Credits
ACCY 415: Data Analytics in Accounting 3
Advanced Accountancy Elective
 
3
Advanced Accountancy Elective 3
MGMT 468: Strategic Management 3
Non-Accountancy Elective 3
UBUS 201: Passport Culmination 0
Total hours 15
Notes/Comments: Satisfactory completion of UBUS 201 is a graduation requirement for all business majors.

Bachelor of Science degree is earned at the end of the 4th year.

Suggested Sequence: 5th Year

The Master of Accounting Science (Leadership) degree consists of 30 credit hours and fulfills the requirements to sit for the CPA exam in Illinois. Students with a B.S. in accountancy from NIU can complete the M.A.S. (Leadership) program in one year.