Program: Accountancy, B.S.

Professional Accountancy Option

Program Description

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.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU, and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., Social Security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements is available from the department. See Notice to Students: Licensure and Certification for more information.

Program Requirements

Business Majors

A Business major is any student majoring in Accountancy; Information Systems; or Business Administration with an option in either Business Analytics, Business Law, Financial Analysis, Financial Planning, Global Supply Chain Management, Management, Marketing, Real Estate, Risk Management and Insurance, or Systems and Operations Management. The following are impacted majors with additional admission requirements: the B.S. in Accountancy and the B.S. in Business Administration with options in Financial Analysis, Financial Planning, and Risk Management and Insurance. 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 David Nazarian College of Business and Economics must be in good standing (2.0 overall and 2.0 CSUN GPA) and be able to complete both majors within a maximum of 140 units.

Transfer Course Requirements

Students should be aware that no grade lower than a “C” will be accepted on transfer from another institution to satisfy department or David Nazarian 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, or Information Systems and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics must be completed in residence at CSUN.

Enrollment Requirements for ACCT 350

A predetermined number of students are approved each semester to enroll in ACCT 350 through a competitive application process. The application and instructions are available on the Department of Accounting website. To obtain approval from the Admissions Committee to enroll in ACCT 350, students must first satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Completion of ENGL 205 and ACCT 220 with a grade of “B” or higher in each.
  2. Completion of ACCT 230, BLAW 280, ECON 160, ECON 161, IS 212, MATH 103, and SOM 120 (or MATH 140 or MATH 140BUS) with a grade of “C” or higher in each.
  3. An overall and CSUN GPA of 3.2 or higher for continuing CSUN students or an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher for first-semester transfer students. A minimum GPA of 3.0 shall satisfy this requirement if seats are available.
  4. Declared as a Pre-Accountancy major.
  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 completion of ACCT 350 with a grade of “C” or higher, students are eligible to apply for admission to the Accountancy major. At the time of application, students must have successfully completed the Pre-Accountancy portion of the major and maintained both an overall and CSUN GPA of 3.0 or higher. The program application and instructions are available on the Department of Accounting website.

Course Requirements

1. Common Lower Division Business Core (27-28 units)

Pre-Accountancy Major

2. Upper Division Business Core (19 units)

BUS 302L The Gateway Experience Laboratory (1)
BUS 312 Data Literacy for Business (3)
BUS 497A or BUS 497B Capstone (3)
FIN 303 Financial Management (3)
MGT 360 Management and Organizational Behavior (3)
MKT 304 Principles of Marketing (3)
SOM 306 Operations Management (3)

3. Other Required Business Courses (6 units)

BLAW 308 Business Law II (3)
IS 312 Systems and Technologies for Managers (3)

4. Required Accounting Courses (25 units)

ACCT 350 Intermediate Financial Accounting I (3)
ACCT 351 Intermediate Financial Accounting II (3)
ACCT 352 Intermediate Financial Accounting III (3)
ACCT 380 Cost Accounting (3)
ACCT 412L Excel Specialist Certification (1)
ACCT 440 Income Tax I (3)
ACCT 460 Auditing Principles and Analytics (3)
COMS 356 Intercultural Communication (3)
RS 361 Contemporary Ethical Issues (3)

5. Professional Accountancy Option (15 units)

ACCT 441 Income Tax II (3)
ACCT 450 Advanced Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 475 Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting (3)

Select one of the following courses:

BLAW 368 Law, Business and Ethics (3)
JS 318 Applied Jewish Ethics (3)
PHIL 305 Business Ethics and Public Policy (3)

Select one of the following courses:

ACCT 465 Advanced Auditing (3)
ACCT 497A-Z Special Topics in Accounting (3)
ACCT 542 Introduction to Federal Tax Procedure (3)

6. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog, including 3 units of coursework meeting the Ethnic Studies (ES) graduation requirement.

21 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: MATH 103 satisfies Basic Skills B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning; FIN 303 satisfies B5 Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning; RS 361 satisfies upper division C2 Humanities; ECON 160 and ECON 161 satisfy D1 Social Sciences; IS 212 satisfies E Lifelong Learning and fulfills the Information Competence requirement; and COMS 356 satisfies 3 units in upper division F Comparative Cultural Studies.

Total Units in the Major/Option: 92-93

General Education Units: 27

Additional Units: 0-1

Total Units Required for the B.S. Degree: 120

CPA Licensure

To obtain CPA licensure, a 3-unit accounting ethics course such as ACCT 511 or equivalent is required. ACCT 511 may be taken by undergraduate students.


Department of Accounting
Chair: Rishma Vedd
Bookstein Hall (BB) 3123
(818) 677-2461

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy will be able to:

  1. Write professional business reports, deliver strong oral presentations and create effective visual materials.
  2. Identify and analyze problems and devise appropriate solutions using qualitative and quantitative techniques.
  3. Identify ethical dilemmas, analyze them from multiple perspectives, develop solutions and support their decisions.
  4. Recognize and evaluate the role of diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism in the global business environment.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in the functional areas of business, as well as the ability to synthesize and apply this knowledge across disciplines.