CURRICULUM & COURSES

Accounting at SBU is more than a classroom experience – it’s the beginning of your career. Our curriculum is designed to give you first-hand experience with real clients through internship and independent study opportunities as well as your core curriculum. At SBU, you'll learn both the intuitive and analytical aspects of Accounting, providing you with a balance of interpersonal and analytical skills, and setting you apart from other job candidates.  

As an Accounting student at St. Bonaventure, you will be prepared for an exciting depth and range of career opportunities in accounting and financial management. 

Major in Accounting

Two Accounting degree plans are available:

  • BBA: The 120-hour Bachelor of Business Administration prepares Accounting students to work in a variety of accounting and business fields, tailored to their individual interests.

  • BBA and MBA: This 4+1 program (150 hours in total) is structured so that students first earn a BBA in Accounting and then an MBA in Professional Accountancy. Students in good academic standing may take up to 9 credits of graduate coursework during the senior year of your undergraduate studies. With careful planning, students can, therefore, complete both degrees in 5 years. 
Inquiries about either option may be directed to Department of Accounting Chair Dr. C. Joseph Coate at ccoate@sbu.edu. Questions about the 4+1 option, or MBA in Professional Accountancy, may also contact MBA Director Brian McAllister, CPA, at bmac@sbu.edu.

Minor In Accounting

Students may major or minor in accounting at St. Bonaventure University. Requirements for a minor are found at the bottom of this page.

CPA and CMA

The 150-hour curriculum is registered with the New York State Department of Education, allowing students who complete both the BBA in Accounting and MBA in Professional Accountancy to be admitted to the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination. In addition, students qualify for admission to the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examination.



Requirements for a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. Our Course Descriptions page lists all accounting courses. For one possible breakdown of the accounting major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

For an overview of a course, click on its title.

 REQUIREMENTS    CREDITS 
 Accounting Courses Required for the Major 30
      ACCT 305. Accounting Information Systems
      ACCT 308. Advanced Managerial Accounting
      ACCT 310. Introduction to Taxation
      ACCT 361. Intermediate Financial Reporting I
      ACCT 362. Intermediate Financial Reporting II
      BI 301A. Accounting Internship
      Accounting Electives*
3
3
3
3
3
3
12
   
 School of Business Required Courses
 30
     ACCT 201. Introduction to Financial Accounting
     ACCT 202. Introduction to Managerial Accounting
     BIS 310. Business Information Systems
     BLX 210. Business Law I
     FIN 301. Corporation Finance
     MGT 301. Management and Organizational Behavior
     MGT 306. Production and Operations Management
     MGT 413. Business Policy
     MKT 301. Principles of Marketing
     QMX 212. Statistical Applications for Business
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
   
 General Education Requirements
37
    The General Education curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum.
 
 Economics
 6
     ECO 101. Microeconomic Principles
     ECO 102. Macroeconomic Principles
3
3
   
 Quantitative Reasoning  6
     MATH 121. Finite Mathematics for Management & Social Sciences** (Gen Ed.)
     MATH 122. Calculus for Management & Social Sciences**
     QMX 211. Introduction to Statistics
X
3
3
   
 Technology and Communications 6
     IT 220. Data Crunching in Business
     Business Communications***
3
3
   
 Non-Business Electives 5
   
 TOTAL  120
* Students planning to pursue Professional Accountancy (150-hour CPA) track in the MBA program must take ACCT 401, ACCT 404, ACCT 405 and one additional elective from the following list. Students pursuing the BBA (not the Professional Accountancy track in the MBA) may select 12 credits of ACCT electives from ACCT 401, ACCT 402, ACCT 403ACCT 404, ACCT 405, ACCT 420, ACCT 498, ACCT 499; BLX 211, BLX 402; BIS 335, BIS 420; FIN 312, FIN 321, FIN 401, FIN 402, FIN 410, FIN 421, FIN 422, FIN 461; MGT 322, MGT 330, MGT 422, MGT 430, and MGT 431. ACCT electives must be approved by the student's adviser and must include at least two courses with a prefix of ACCT.
** May substitute MATH 151 for MATH 121 and MATH 122. The remaining credits must be from non-business courses.
*** Students must complete 3 credit hours of business communications coursework. Students may select from ENG 230, ENG 250ENG 260, SC 301 or a course approved by the chair of the Department of Accounting.


Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser. To see the title of a course in the plan of study, simply pass the cursor over the course number. To see an overview of a course, click on its number. A list of all political science courses is found on our Course Descriptions page.

(NOTE: Asterisks in table below explained above)

 FIRST YEAR
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester
Credits
FS/THEO 101
MATH 121**
ENG 101
ACCT 201
SBU 101
3
3
3
3
2
MATH 122**
ECO 101
ENG 102
ACCT 202
IT 220
SBU 102
3
3
3
3
3
1
 Total
14 Total
16 
       
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
ECO 102
QMX 211
ACCT 305
General Education Requirement
MKT 301/MGT 301
3
3
3
3
3
FIN 301
QMX 212
ACCT 308
BIS 310
MKT 301/MGT 301
3
3
3
3
3
 Total 15 Total
15
       
 THIRD YEAR
 Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
ACCT 361
ACCT 310
Business Communications***
General Education Requirement
General Education Requirement
3
3
3
3
3
ACCT 362
Non-business Elective
ACCT Elective* (ACCT 404)
General Education Requirement
MGT 306
3
3
3
3
3
 Total 15
Total
15
       
 FOURTH YEAR:
 Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
ACCT Elective*
ACCT Elective*
BLX 210
General Education Requirement
General Education Requirement
3
3
3
3
4
BI 301A
ACCT Elective*
MGT 413
General Education Requirement
General Education Requirement
3
3
3
3
2
 Total 16
Total
14 



Requirements for a minor in Accounting

A student must complete the following 18 credit hours:
To declare a minor, a special form must be filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. Interested students should see their adviser.