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. Learn more at Minors in Business.

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. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all accounting courses. For one possible breakdown of the accounting major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements    Credits 
 Accounting 36
      ACCT 201. Introduction to Financial Accounting
      ACCT 202. Introduction to Managerial Accounting
      ACCT 308. Advanced Managerial Accounting
      ACCT 305. Accounting Information Systems
      ACCT 361. Intermediate Financial Reporting I
      ACCT 362. Intermediate Financial Reporting II
      ACCT 310. Introduction to Taxes
      BI 301A. Accounting Internship
      Accounting Electives*
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
12
   
 Other Business Courses
 24
     QMX 212. Statistical Applications for Business
     BIS 310. Business Information Systems
     MGT 301. Management and Organizational Behavior
     MKT 301. Principles of Marketing
     FIN 301. Corporation Finance
     MGT 306. Production and Operations Management
     BLX 210. Business Law I
     MGT 413. Business Policy
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
   
 Non-Business Courses
60
Economics
     ECO 101. Microeconomic Principles
     ECO 102. Macroeconomic Principles
Quantitative Reasoning
     MATH 121. Finite Mathematics for Management & Social Sciences**
     MATH 122. Calculus for Management & Social Sciences**
     QMX 211. Introduction to Statistics
Technology and Communications
     IT 120. Introduction to Computers
     Business Communications***
Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure)
     CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
     CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I
     CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
     Core Area Courses:
          CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
          CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
          CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
          CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
          CLAR 208. World Views
          CLAR 209. Arts and Literature
          CLAR 302 & CLRL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World
          CLAR 304. The Good Life
     CLAR 401. The University Forum
Non-Business Elective

3
3

3
3
3

3
3

3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
3
   
 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 list below. Students not intending to pursue the Professional Accountancy (150-hour CPA) track in the MBA program may select 12 credits of electives:
ACCT 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 498, 499; BLX 211, 402; BIS 335, 420; FIN 312, 321, 401, 402, 410, 421, 422, 461; MGT 322, 330, 422, 430, and 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 and 121. 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 250, ENG 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.

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester
Credits
CLAR 101
MATH 121*
CLAR 110
ACCT 201
Core Area Course/IT 120
UNIV 101
3
3
3
3
3
1
MATH 122*
ECO 101
CLAR 111
ACCT 202
IT 120/Core Area Course
3
3
3
3
3
 Total
16 Total
15
       
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
ECO 102
QMX 211
ACCT 305
Core Area Course
MKT 301/MGT 301
3
3
3
3
3
MKT 301/MGT 301/FIN 301
MKT 301/MGT 301/FIN 301
BIS 310
QMX 212
ACCT 308
3
3
3
3
3
 Total 15 Total
15
       
 THIRD YEAR
 Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
ACCT 361
ACCT 310
Business Communications**
Core Area Course
Core Area Course
3
3
3
3
3
ACCT 362
Non-business Elective
ACCT Elective*** (ACCT 404)
Core Area Course
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
Core Area Course
CLAR 401
3
3
3
4
2
BI 301A
ACCT Elective***
MGT 413
Core Area Course
Core Area Course
3
3
3
3
3
 Total 15
Total
15
*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 250, ENG 260, SC 301 or a course approved by the chair of the Department of Accounting.

*** Students planning to pursue Professional Accountancy (150-hour CPA) track in the MBA program must ACCT 401, ACCT 404, ACCT 405 and one additional elective from the list below. Students not intending to pursue the Professional Accountancy (150-hour CPA) track in the MBA program may select 12 credits of electives from:
ACCT 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 498, 499; BLX 211, 402; BIS 335, 420; FIN 312, 321, 401, 402, 410, 421, 422, 461; MGT 322, 330, 422, 430, and 431. ACCT electives must be approved by the student's adviser and must include at least two courses with a prefix of ACCT.