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B.B.A., Business Administration - Professional Accounting

This program in the School of Evening and Graduate Studies at Catawba College leads to the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Professional Accounting.  This degree requires an Associates in Applied Science in Accounting for admission. You will receive a broad exposure to many areas of business, including management, ethics, economics, and strategy, and additional finance, advanced accounting and auditing. Graduates will be prepared for management careers that often start in the accounting department and lead to broader levels of responsibility, as well as receiving an undergraduate degree and additional credit hours required for the CPA exam.

Professional Accounting Concentration

Hours

A minimum of 120 semester hours:

  • 36 hours of General Education courses
  • 54 hours of Major Courses
  • Elective Courses to complete the graduation requirement of 120 semester hours

BUSINESS CORE

  • ACC 1901 – Principles of Accounting I
  • ACC 1902 – Principles of Accounting II
  • ECON 1901 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 1902 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • FIN 2535 – Managerial Finance
  • IS 2501 – Fundamentals of Information Systems for Organizations
  • MGT 1902 – Business Data Analytics or ECON 2101 – Business & Economic Statistics
  • MGT 2501 – Principles of Management
  • MGT 2566 – Business Ethics
  • MGT 3990 – Strategic Management
  • MKT 2501 – Principles of Marketing

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Professional Accounting Curriculum

  • ACC 3701 - Auditing
  • ACC 4101 - Seminar: Special Topics
  • ECON 2101 - Business and Economic Statistics
  • FIN 3201 - Financial Statement & Securities Analysis
  • MGT 2453 - Business Law I
  • MATH 1132 - Introduction to Statistics
  • ACC Elective 3000 and above

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General Education Curriculum and Electives
Core Requirements in Humanities/Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Science, Natural Science/Math, and Non-Western Perspectives may be met through Foundations & Skills and Perspectives:

Foundation & Skills

  • First Year Writing (3 s.h.)
  • Second Year Writing (3 s.h.)
  • Quantitative Literacy (6 s.h.)

Perspectives

  • Historical/Social (6 s.h.)
  • Interpretive (6 s.h.)
  • Creative (3 s.h.)
  • Scientific (6 s.h.)
  • Additional Historical/Social, Interpretive, Creative (3 s.h.)

Electives

  • Elective Courses to complete the graduation requirement of 120 semester hours

36-66

Total:

120 (minimum)

Required Core Business Courses


ACC 1901 – Principles of Accounting I

A study of the accounting principles with emphasis on the use and analysis of financial information for decision-making purposes.

ACC 1902 – Principles of Accounting II
A continuation of the study of accounting principles from a user's perspective with an introduction to the internal information needs of management. Prerequisite: ACC 1901.

ECON 1901 – Principles of Macroeconomics
A study in the foundations of economic analysis, national income accounting, economic growth, and the public sector, with emphasis on macroeconomics.

ECON 1902 – Principles of Microeconomics
A study of markets, the price systems and allocation of resources, distribution of income, international economy, and perspectives on economic change, with emphasis on microeconomics.

ECON 2101 – Business & Economics Statistics
A study of statistical techniques in business and economics, including collection and presentation of business and economic data, measures of control tendencies, dispersion, index numbers, probability, sampling distributions and test of hypotheses. Prerequisite: Completion of Quantitative Literacy Requirement (MATH 1132 is highly recommended).

FIN 2535 – Managerial Finance
A study of financial management for business firms to include financing and investing decisions. Prerequisite: ACC 1901

IS 2501 – Fundamentals of Information Systems for Organizations
A comparison of various sources and uses of information and their interaction: merging of data processing, word processing & communications for optional management decision making.

MGT 1902 – Business Data Analytics
This course provides an introduction to the field of business analytics, including statistical and quantitative analysis of data, exploratory and predictive models, and fact-based management to drive decisions and actions. Data warehouse, data marts, and data mining techniques are introduced.

MGT 2501 – Principles of Management
An examination of major concepts, theories and practices in business management, with emphasis on planning, decision-making, basic organizational structures, motivation and leadership styles.

MGT 2566 – Business Ethics
A consideration of the major ethical theories that guide human and business behavior. Topics will include ethical issues in advertising, product safety, pursuit of profits, employee rights, treatment of workers, effects on the environment, use of natural resources, and multi-national operations.

MGT 3990 – Strategic Management
An integrative capstone course examining the setting of strategic objectives, developing corporate strategies, and translating objectives and strategies into current operational plans. Prerequisites: MKT 2501, FIN 2535, MGT 2501, Senior Standing

MKT 2501 – Principles of Marketing
A study of the marketing environment; marketing, planning, and information; market segmentation; buyer behavior; strategies for product distribution, promotion, and pricing; societal issues, service, nonprofit and international marketing.

 


Concentration Courses for Professional Accounting

FIN 3201  –  Financial Statement and Securities Analysis
A comprehensive analysis of financial statements and securities from an investor's perspective. Prerequisite: FIN 2535.

ACC 3701  – Auditing
Fundamentals of auditing procedures and objectives with emphasis on audit reports, internal control, working papers, examination of auditing records, impact of computers on auditing procedures and professional ethics. Prerequisite: ACC 2501 and Junior standing.

ACC 4101  – Seminar in Accounting
A course designed to afford the student with a major concentration or minor in Accounting an opportunity to study an area that is not fully covered in a standard accounting course. This is a seminar-style course that requires independent reading, presentations and open class discussions. Prerequisite: ACC 2501 and permission of instructor.

ACC 3000+  – Any Elective over 3000

ECON 2101  – Business and Economic Statistics
A study of statistical techniques in business and economics, including collection and presentation of business and economic data, measures of control tendencies, dispersion, index numbers, probability, sampling distributions and test of hypotheses. Prerequisite: completion of the Mathematics General Education Requirement (MATH 1132 is highly recommended).

MGT 2453 – Business Law I
An introduction to the legal system as it applies to commercial transactions and a study of the substantive law of contracts.

MATH 1132  – Introduction to Statistics
An introduction to elementary statistics, including topics such as normal distribution, histograms, mean, standard deviations, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing techniques.


Other Courses

See the Catawba College catalog for descriptions of Business electives and General Education courses.