Accounting Degree

Accounting Degree Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.)

About the Accounting Degree

Develop skills and knowledge to impact the bottom line.

Prepare to excel in today's business climate. Earning the Bachelor of Science in Accounting at California University of Pennsylvania will ensure that you're equipped to respond effectively in a dynamic and challenging future.  The accounting degree requires students to complete business core courses to set a strong foundation. 

Learn the practical applications of fundamental accounting concepts

Undergraduate accounting majors complete 27 credits in the accounting concentration. Specialized work in accounting begins with the Introduction to Accounting course, which presents the fundamental concepts, procedures and terminology of accounting. Students also learn the practical application of accounting information to support decision making throughout the business field, including in specialized areas such as sports/resort management.

The accounting program puts significant emphasis on building quantitative, critical thinking and analytical skills.  Students graduate not only with a demonstrated competence in their subject area, but also with the ability and tools to apply that knowledge. 

Accounting degree students are also encouraged to have a minor:

  • Some students choose a business discipline other than their concentration.
  • Other popular choices include psychology, communication studies, public relations, statistics, computer information systems, leadership, women's studies, Spanish and Arabic.
  • Students also choose to complete dual majors or dual degrees with international studies or math.

Cal U business graduates are well prepared for many different types of career opportunities. Recent Cal U business graduates also have been accepted into graduate business programs at such distinguished institutions as the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University and the College of William and Mary, and into graduate economics programs at Youngstown State and Florida State.

Learn about ouraccelerated bachelor's-to-master's degree program.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: ACCOUNTING

Solid foundation: The 120-credit-hour accounting degree prepares students for a variety of careers and professions. All students complete a business core to focus on the functional areas of business and business analytics. Cal U business students build valuable skills in critical thinking, communication and teamwork.   

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19:1 
Student-to-faculty ratio at Cal U.
120 
Credit hours for the bachelor's degree in accounting, which can be completed in eight semesters or four years.
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Degree Benefits

Students in the bachelor's degree in business administration program learn relevant business knowledge with a strong base in the liberal arts, natural and behavioral sciences, and modern quantitative and information technology methods. Instruction in the program focuses on student engagement and active learning, keeping you involved and engaged with your instructors and classmates. All courses in the program consider the critical role of globalization and rapid technological advance in all aspects of the business environment. In addition to completing courses in the business core, your accounting concentration will prepare you for many professional career opportunities. You also will be ready to go on for graduate work or to seek to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

 
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Graduate Outcomes

Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 11% through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Career opportunities for Cal U business graduates are diverse, including positions such as accountant, banker, city manager, general manager, government agency administrator, hospital administrator, industrial relations manager, insurance agent, office manager, production manager, purchasing agent, sales manager, securities analyst and stock broker. Employers who hire Cal U business graduates include Aflac, Allegheny Steel, Bank of America, Clear Channel Media, Jackson Hewitt, T-Mobile, Tyco Electronics, U.S. Postal Service and Walmart.

 
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Expert Faculty

Our highly qualified business and accounting faculty members have significant industry experience, as well as advanced degrees in their fields. They are dedicated to teaching Cal U students the skills necessary for success in business. Our professors have earned MBAs and doctorates from such top schools as American University, City University of New York, George Washington University, Northeastern University, University of Rhode Island and Wayne State University.

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Research Focus

Cal U's undergraduate business administration program emphasizes the value of doing research. Students can work one-on-one with individual faculty members, or as part of the discipline-specific research methods course. Students also have the opportunity to work with Cal U's Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship. The Center is Cal U's one-stop shop for all things related to starting and maintaining a successful business. 

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Student Recognition

Student achievement in the business administration program is recognized in several ways. Qualified students can become members of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an honorary economics fraternity; Phi Beta Lambda - Future Business Leaders; Student Accounting Association;  Economics Club; Finance Club; American Marketing Association; and the Society for the Advancement of Management. Outstanding graduating seniors are recognized with awards for excellence.

 

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Curriculum

 


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ECO 201   Principles of Microeconomics 3
ENG 101   English Composition I 3
MAT 181   College Algebra 3
UNI 100    First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Courses/Electives 6
   
Second Semester 15
BUS 281   Management Science I 3
ECO 202   Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENG 211   Business Writing I 3
PSY 100   General Psychology 3
General Education Course/Elective 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
ACC 200   Financial Accounting 3
BUS 242   Business Law I 3
CDC 101   Public Speaking 3
MAT 225   Business Statistics 3
General Education Course/Elective 3
   
Fourth Semester 15
ACC 321   Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 381   Management Science II 3
MGT 300   Principles of Management 3
MKT 300   Principles of Marketing 3
General Education Course/Elective 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
FIN 301   Financial Management 3
MIS 201   Management Info Sys 3
Concentration/Business Electives 6
General Education Course/Elective 3
   
Sixth Semester 15
Concentration/Business Electives 9
General Education Courses/Electives 6
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
BUS 499   Integrated Strat. Capstone  3
Concentration/Business Electives 9
General Education Course/Elective 3
   
Eighth Semester 15
Concentration/Business Electives 9
General Education Course/Elective 6
Total 120

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Bachelor's
Minors
  • Accounting
  • Arts Administration
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing

Business Administration Faculty

Dr. Stephanie Adam
Associate Professor

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Dr. Ahmet Akgun
Associate Professor

akgun@calu.edu

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Dr. Adnan Chawdhry
Associate Professor

chawdhry_a@calu.edu

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Dr. Joshua Chicarelli
Associate Professor

chicarelli@calu.edu

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Mark Ciccarelli
Assistant Professor

ciccarelli@calu.edu

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Dr. Paul Hettler
Professor

hettler@calu.edu

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David T. Jones
Associate Professor

jones_dt@calu.edu

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Dr. Elizabeth Jones
Associate Professor

jones_e@calu.edu

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Dr. Richard LaRosa
Associate Professor

larosa@calu.edu

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Dr. Shirley A. Lazorchak
Professor

lazorchak@calu.edu

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Dr. Mark Lennon
Associate Professor
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Dr. Nan Li
Associate Professor

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Dr. Edmund Matecki
Assistant Professor

matecki@calu.edu

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Dr. John Michaels
Professor

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Dr. Clyde A. Roberts
Professor

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Dr. Joseph J. Schwerha
Associate Professor

schwerha@calu.edu

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Dr. Alfred Tarquinio
Adjunct Professor

tarquinio@calu.edu

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