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The B.S. degree program with a major in Accounting is for students interested in becoming Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) or specializing in the accounting industry. CPAs are licensed professionals who serve in a variety of roles and organizations. Most CPAs are employed by accounting firms or are self-employed, providing auditing and tax services to a wide range of clients. Many CPAs are hired by government, particularly in state and federal tax departments. Private corporations also employ CPAs for various internal accounting functions.

The degree program is designed to prepare students for the CPA examination and is registered by the State Education Department as a CPA preparation program. Degree requirements are rigorous, allowing less flexibility in the transfer and selection of courses than in some of the other degree programs at SUNY Poly.

Although this degree program is designed to integrate with lower division programs, many students find that they need coursework beyond the normal four semesters to fulfill the degree requirements. Careful advance planning can minimize the total time needed to complete CPA educational requirements.

In addition to the CPA preparation program, the B.S. or B.B.A. degree programs with a major in Business Administration allow a student to “specialize’’ in accounting by utilizing accounting courses as elective choices within their degree program. Students transferring from A.A.S. programs or A.O.S. programs can qualify for a degree with a major in Business sooner than if they had entered the accounting major. Students interested in corporate, not-for profit, government or accounting, probably should choose this degree track. These students can also qualify for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) national examination. With careful course selection within the Business degree program and appropriate post-graduation course selection, these students can eventually also qualify for admittance to the CPA examination, if they so choose.

Degree Requirements Overview for B.S. in Accounting
The degree outline presented is a four-year plan, where approximately half of the listed requirements can be met at the lower division by transfer. Although some courses are listed by their SUNY Poly numbers, they are often fulfilled with transfer credits. The general requirements of the program are as follows:

  • Minimum of 125 credits
  • Minimum of 62 credits (50% of degree requirements) in the Arts and Sciences
  • Minimum of 24 credits of accounting with at least 12 credits of accounting to be completed at SUNY Poly
  • Auditing – ACC 450, Advanced Accounting Problems – ACC 475, Taxes – ACC 310 or ACC 311, Intermediate Accounting I – ACC 385, Intermediate Accounting 2 – ACC 386 (all must be completed at the upper division)
  • Minimum of C (2.00) in all accounting and all business core courses in the degree program requirements and electives for both transfer and at SUNY Poly
  • Minimum of 60 semester hours in business and accounting courses, and general education requirements as outlined for SUNY Poly

B.S. in Accounting — 125 minimum total credits

Students shall satisfy the requirements listed below.

I. SUNY General Education Requirements (30 credits)

All SUNY students must satisfy the following requirements.

No fewer than 30 credits must be attained from the SUNY approved General Education Course List with the following provisions:

  • Communication (written and oral)
  • Mathematics (and quantitative reasoning)
  • Natural Sciences (and scientific reasoning)
  • Diversity: Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

At least three (3) out of the following six (6) SUNY General Education categories:

  • The Arts
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • U.S. History and Civic Engagement
  • Other World Civilization
  • World History and Global Awareness
  • World Languages

NOTE: You may take more than one course in a given category to complete this 30-credit hour requirement, but you must also satisfy the appropriate number of categories.

II. Liberal Arts/Sciences Requirements (32 credits)

The New York State Education Department (SED) requires a student earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Accounting to attain no fewer than 60 credits of combined SUNY General Education and Liberal Arts/Sciences courses. The total number of combined credit hours must be no fewer than 62 credits.

SUNY Poly degree requirements:

  • Natural Sciences—one course which may be a General Education Natural Science course.
  • Upper-Division Writing Course (COM 307)

Specific requirements for BS in Accounting majors:

  • MAT 112 Elements of Calculus
  • Behavioral Science (PSY, SOC or ANT)
  • Microeconomics (ECO 110 or equivalent)
  • Macroeconomics (ECO 112 or equivalent)
  • STA 100 Statistics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Liberals Arts/Sciences Electives (remainder of credits)

III. Business Core Coursework (39 credits)

  • Finance Principles (FIN 302)
  • Second Finance Course (FIN 332, FIN 341, or FIN 411)
  • Business Law I (BUS 105)
  • Business Law II (BUS 306)
  • Marketing Management Principles (MKT 301)
  • Organizational Behavior (MGT 307)
  • Management Information Systems (MIS 315)
  • Issues in Business and Society (BUS 451)
  • Management Science (MGS 411)
  • Strategic Management (BUS 485)
  • Business Electives (remainder of credits)

IV. Accounting Coursework (24 credits)

* courses must be taken at the Upper Division level

  • Financial Accounting (ACC 201)
  • Cost Accounting (ACC 370)
  • Intermediate Accounting I (ACC 385)*
  • Intermediate Accounting II (ACC 386)*
  • Income Tax I (ACC 310) *
  • Auditing (ACC 450) *
  • Advance Accounting (ACC 475) *
  • Accounting Elective (remainder of credits)

V. Unrestricted Electives (remainder of credits)

The Office of Professions at New York State Education Department may change the New York State CPA Education requirement. The course requirements for the B.S. degree program with a major in Accounting reflect the changes from NYSED.