B.S. degree program in accounting
HEGIS code 0502
NYS SED program code 01990

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This program can be used in conjunction with the MS in Accounting to qualify for certification of the 150 credits required to become a certified public accountant (CPA) in New York. The two programs together are state certified (120 undergraduate credits + 30 graduate credits). Students who graduate from the BS in Accounting program with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 will be able to apply for the Brooklyn College MS in Accounting Program. Please speak to an Accounting Program advisor to learn about the requirements to take the CPA examination. You do not need to complete 150 credits to take the CPA exam; however, you do have to complete certain courses and 120 credits. You will need the 150 credits plus one year of work experience under a CPA to become licensed as a CPA in New York State. Students who are interested in a state-certified program consisting of 150 undergraduate credits should consider the BS in Public Accounting and Business Management. See the checklist for this program on the website.

Department requirements (73-75 credits)
All of the following: Accounting 2001, 3011, 3021, 3041, 3051, 3101, 3201, 4001, 4011, 4201, 4501W; Economics 2100 or Business 2100; Economics 2200 or Business 2200; Business 3400 or Economics 3400 or Mathematics 2501 or Mathematics 3501; Business 3100; Business 3200; [Business 3310] or Finance 3310; Economics 3320 or Business 3320; [Business 3330] or Finance 3330; Business 3430 or Computer and Information Science 2531.

Students must also take one accounting elective, from among the following courses:

Permissible accounting electives include: ACCT 4502; ACCT 3360; ACCT 4101; ACCT 5009; ACCT 5011; ACCT 5200, ACCT 5201, ACCT 5021; ACCT 7109x; ACCT 7120x. Note that to register for graduate courses (ACCT 7109x and ACCT 7120x), with permission, undergraduate students must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Because proficiency in the use of spreadsheets is extremely important in the accounting profession, Computer and Information Science 1050 is highly recommended. In addition, because employers are increasingly looking for employees to have skills in data analytics and data visualization, BUSN 3421 or CISC 2590 is highly recommended.

Both of the following: Philosophy 3314 and Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 2623.

Students majoring in accounting must achieve a grade of C or better in all courses starting with an accounting prefix. No accounting course may be taken more than three times by an accounting major. Students taking a specific accounting course three times without achieving a grade of C or better (this includes INC, W, WN, WU, WF, and ABS grades), may not take that course again and will not be permitted to major in accounting at Brooklyn College.

Writing-Intensive Requirement: Students are required to take at least one writing-intensive course (W course).