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Accountancy

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College of Business and Economics

  • Chair: Paul J. Lazarony
  • Associate Chair: Rishma Vedd
  • Juniper Hall (JH) 3123
  • (818) 677-2461
  • www.csun.edu/acctis

Overview

Degree Programs

Mission

The B.S. in Accountancy degree provides educational opportunities to those students who have demonstrated an aptitude to pursue a career in accounting. Our students complete a rigorous program that develops their technical proficiency and ethical decision making as well as skills in critical thinking, teamwork and communication.

The Major

The Accountancy program is a very demanding, competitive and rigorous course of study that develops skills in critical thinking, problem solving, written and oral communication, and decision making, in addition to developing the necessary tools to engage in lifelong learning after graduation. The program also develops an understanding of accounting theory, technical procedures and the professional standards and ethics essential to becoming a successful professional in public, industry, government and not-for-profit accounting.

To successfully major in accountancy, students are expected to possess a high level of maturity, motivation and self-discipline. Students are admitted to the accountancy program based on their level of preparation and performance. To enter the accountancy program, students are admitted to the University as Pre-Accountancy majors or, if already attending CSUN, students must file for a change of major to Pre-Accountancy. Successful completion of the Pre-Accountancy major is required to become an Accountancy major. Students must obtain a grade of “C” or higher in each required Upper Division course in order to graduate.

Academic Advisement

All Lower Division program advisement is through the College Student Services Center in JH 2113. Upon completion of BUS 302/L, students are encouraged to seek advisement through faculty mentors from the department of their major.

Business Majors

A Business Major is any student majoring in Accountancy; Finance; Information Systems; Management; Marketing; or Business Administration with an option in either Business Law, Global Supply Chain Management, Insurance and Financial Services, Real Estate or Systems and Operations Management. All Business majors share 27 units of common Lower Division Core courses and 19 units of common Upper Division Core courses.

Double Major Requirements

Students seeking a double major in the College of Business and Economics must have at least a 3.0 overall GPA and be able to complete both majors within a maximum of 140 units.

Special Grade Requirements

Transfer students should be aware that no grade lower than a “C” will be accepted on transfer from another institution to satisfy College of Business and Economics requirements.

Residency Requirement

At least 50 percent of the business and economics course credit units and 50 percent of the specialized major credit units required for the Bachelor of Science degrees in Accountancy, Business Administration, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics must be completed in residence at CSUN.

Careers

The field of accounting offers stimulating and challenging work that is constantly evolving. Career opportunities exist in public accounting, industry, government, not-for-profit institutions and other business-related organizations. Examples of positions and areas of accounting available to graduates of the accountancy program are: CPA, forensic accountant, FBI agent, budget analyst, Treasury agent, cost analyst, certified financial manager, government accountant, enrolled agent, estate planner, budget officer, financial analyst, financial planner, Franchise Tax Board agent, credit manager, certified government financial manager, government auditor, bank examiner, IRS examiner, investment analyst, litigation support, loan officer, general accountant, systems consultant, credit analyst, tax accountant, treasurer and auditor.

Special Enrollment Requirements for ACCT 350

A pre-determined number of students are approved each semester to enroll in ACCT 350 through a competitive application process based on the number of available openings in the accountancy program. The application and instructions are available at www.csun.edu/acctis. To obtain approval from the Admissions Committee to enroll in ACCT 350, students must first satisfy the following requirements:

  1. 1. Completion of ENGL 205 and ACCT 220 with a grade of “B” or higher in each.
  2. 2. Completion of ACCT 230, BLAW 280, COMP 100, and ECON 160 and 161 with a grade of “C” or higher in each.
  3. 3. A total GPA and CSUN GPA of 3.0 or higher (first semester transfer students will not have a CSUN GPA).
  4. 4. Classified as a Pre-Accountancy major.
  5. 5. Completion of a minimum of 60 units of college work (junior class standing). For transfer students, the units must be CSU transferable.

Admission to the Accountancy Major

Upon successful completion of ACCT 350, students may apply for admission to the Accountancy major. At the time of application, students must have successfully completed the Pre-Accountancy portion of the major with a grade of “C” or higher in each class and maintained both a total and CSUN GPA of 3.0 or higher. The program application and instructions are available at www.csun.edu/acctis.