Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Build a steady career with an Accounting degree

Sullivan University’s Associate of Science degree in Accounting builds heavily upon solid accounting principles and tax procedures, and relates their application to all forms of business. Graduates are prepared for accounting and management positions in the business world.

For individuals looking for more advanced accounting positions, Sullivan offers a Bachelor of Science degree, which focuses on accounting, business, communication and IT skills in order to build a broad and marketable businessperson. Students can tailor their degree to their individual goals through upper division electives.

Locations Where One Can Enroll:
Accounting Degrees Offered

Diploma

Associate of Science Degree
Bachelor of Science Degree

Bachelor’s Degree Gainful Employment Disclosure

Program can be completed entirely online.

 

Lori Vowels is the assistant dean of the School of Accountancy.

 

What type of person does this program appeal to?

This program would appeal to you if you’re interested in an accounting position. It’s important to note that accounting is not about math; it is about understanding mathematical relationships, and it’s also about being organized, analytical, attentive to detail, being able to work and communicate with others and being a problem solver. And of course, you must be able to apply your accounting education to real-world business situations.

 

What specific skills or knowledge are taught in the program?
The accounting skills taught range from recording basic journal entries to financial statement preparation and analysis. Accounting students will:

  • Learn QuickBooks
  • Learn how to record business transactions using General Ledger Computer Software
  • Learn about payroll with a simulation model both as a “manual system” and a computerized system
  • Have the opportunity to use a “Practice Set” that provides a full understanding of the accounting cycle from initial entries through financial statement preparation
  • Learn how to design an accounting system
  • Learn about tax law through preparation of “true-to-life” tax returns for individuals and corporations
  • Integrate textbook learning with industry practices and issues through various research projects and papers
  • Experience a capstone business policy project where the “accountant” interacts with other team members from various disciplines in monitoring their own company, making business decisions and evaluating those results

What is the most important or unique aspect about this program?

The accounting program at Sullivan University follows a stair step process starting with an associate degree (providing the skill set needed for an entry level position), progressing on to a bachelor’s degree (providing the knowledge and understanding for a management position), and culminating in a master’s degree with an Accounting concentration (leading to a CPA certification and/or controller or senior manager position).

Also, Sullivan University partners with the Becker CPA Review course to use Becker review materials in the graduate accounting classes, preparing students to sit for the CPA Exam. The accounting faculty is comprised of full-time and adjunct instructors, all of whom have held various accounting positions, providing students with insight into the real world. Additionally, small class sizes in the major field of study allow individualized attention and coaching in career opportunities.

 

Resources:

  • http://www.careers-in-accounting.com/ - This is a useful site with information about accounting careers and helpful links. It also contains a helpful resource listing of books about accounting jobs.
  • http://bls.gov/ - This is the Bureau of Labor Statistics site. In search field, enter “Accountants and Auditors” for Occupation Outlook Handbook 2010-11 edition, which discusses types of accounting positions, training and qualification, job outlook, earnings, etc.
  • http://about.intuit.com/futureofsmallbusiness/ - This site has the Intuit 2020 Report as well as the Accounting 2020 report, which examines overall business trends and the effect on the accounting profession.
  • http://www.roberthalffinance.com/ - This is the website for the 2013 Robert Half Salary Guide for Accounting and Finance positions. You can download or review the guide, which also regionalizes salary ranges.
  • http://www.aicpa.org/ - This is the site for the American Institute of CPAs. Look for the “Become a CPA” tab for resources needed to get you started on the road to becoming a CPA.
  • http://www.kycpa.org/ - This is the Kentucky Society of CPAs website. Look under “Membership & Benefits for Student Membership,” which has several useful and fun links and information.
  • http://www.imanet.org/ - This site is useful for those particularly interested in managerial accounting and the certified management accountant designation.

Associations:

  • The Kentucky Society of CPAs (each state has its own society of CPAs that addresses the specific needs of the CPAs licensed in that state)
  • National Society of Accountants
  • American Accounting Association
  • National Association of Tax Professionals

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTING

Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

Course Titles Credit Hours
ACT 001 Accounting Associates Competency Review
0
ACT 101 Principles of Accounting I
4
ACT 102 Principles of Accounting II
4
ACT 103 Principles of Accounting III
4
ACT 111 Computerized Accounting
4
ACT 121 Payroll Accounting
4
ACT 201 Intermediate Accounting I
4
ACT 202 Intermediate Accounting II
4
ACT 203 Intermediate Accounting III
4
ACT 211 Cost Accounting
4
ACT 264 Federal Taxation I
4
BUS 204 Introduction to Business Law and Ethics
4
BUS 224 Professional Development
4
COM 214 Public Speaking
4
CSC 106 Computer Concepts
4
CSC 118 Computer Applications I
4
CSC 218 Computer Applications II
4
ECO 201 Microeconomics
4
ENG 101 Composition I
4
ENG 102 Composition II
4
FYE 101 Information Literacy
4
MGT 114 Business Organization and Management
4
MTH 101 College Mathematics
4
*ELECT* General Studies Electives
8
Total Credit Hours
96

*Courses subject to change.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTING

Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

Completion of the Associate degree in Accounting or its equivalent plus the following:

Courses Title Credit Hour
ACT002 Accounting Bachelor Competency Exam Review
0
ACT101 Principles of Accounting I
4
ACT102 Principles of Accounting II
4
ACT103 Principles of Accounting III
4
ACT201 Intermediate Accounting I
4
ACT202 Intermediate Accounting II
4
ACT203 Intermediate Accounting III
4
ACT211 Cost Accounting
4
ACT264 Federal Taxation I
4
ACT334 Federal Taxation II
4
ACT404 Managerial Accounting
4
ACT424 Auditing
4
BUS204 Introduction to Business Law and Ethics
4
COM214 Public Speaking
4
CSC118 Computer Applications I
4
CSC218 Computer Applications II
4
ECO201 Microeconomics
4
ECO202 Macroeconomics
4
ENG101 Composition I
4
ENG102 Composition II
4
ENG204 Advanced Writing
4
FIN324 Financial Management
4
MGT304 Principles of Management
4
MGT330 Information Systems for Managers
4
MGT344 Organizational Behavior
4
MGT464 Business Policy
4
MKT304 Principles of Marketing
4
MTH201 College Algebra
4
MTH202 Introduction to Statistics
4
MTH301 Quantitative Methods
4
PHL464 Ethics
4
*ELECT* 300/400 Level Elective
4
*ELECT* 300/400 Accounting Elective
16
*ELECT* 300/400 Business Elective(s)
4
*ELECT* Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
4
*ELECT* Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
4
*ELECT* Natural Sciences/Mathematics Elective
4
*ELECT* Free Electives
24
Total Credit Hours
180

*Courses subject to change.