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Accounting Program Requirements

Requirements for the accounting program include the completion of four different types of coursework: business school core courses, a globalization course, specific accounting and finance courses, and designated liberal arts courses.

B.S. in Accounting

For students majoring in accounting, all courses designated as accounting courses (ACCT) that may be applied to the major are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major.


Business School Core - 27 credits

  • ACCT 101 - Principles of Accounting I
  • ACCT 102 - Principles of Accounting II
  • MGMT 203 - The Legal Environment of Business
  • MGMT 211 - Managing Team and Organizational Behavior
  • MKTG 221 - Marketing Principles
  • FINA 315 - Introduction to Corporate Finance
  • MGMT 357 - Information Technology Management
  • MGMT 409 - Operations Management*
  • MGMT 432 - Strategic Management*

Globalization Course - 3 credits

Choose ONE course from the following group.

  • ECON 340C - International Economic Policy**
  • FINA 413 - International Banking and Finance
  • MGMT 312 - International Business Management

Accounting Courses - 25 credits

  • ACCT 201 - Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 202 - Intermediate Accounting II*
  • ACCT 301 - Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 304 - Advanced Financial Accounting*
  • ACCT 310 - Career Planning (1)
  • ACCT 311 - Introduction to Federal Taxation*
  • ACCT 360 - Introduction to Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 401 - Auditing*
  • ACCT 415 - Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting*

Finance Course - 3 credits

Choose ONE course from the following:

  • FINA 316 - Intermediate Financial Management I
  • FINA 336 - Investments I

Additional Electives - 3-6 credits

  • One or two** additional accounting (ACCT), finance (FINA), human resources (HRMG), management (MGMT), or marketing (MKTG) elective at the 300 or 400 level, excluding MGMT 491, MKTG 491, HRMG 491, and FINA 495.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses - 60 credits

Some of the following courses may be used to fulfill College Core requirements.

  • COMM 253 - Business Communication
  • CSCI 150 - P4 Life in a Digital World
  • ECON 105C - P3 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 106C - P3 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 221 - SQ Statistics I
  • MATH 111C - SQ Finite Mathematics for Social Sciences***
  • MATH 112C - P4 Calculus for Social Sciences***
  • REST 386D - Morality in Business****
  • Additional liberal arts and sciences courses to total 60 credits

Total: 121-124 credits

*These courses must be taken at St. John Fisher College.
**If ECON 340C is taken to meet the globalization requirement, then two accounting, finance, human resources, management, or marketing electives must be taken.
***Students must take ONE of MATH 109C, 111C, or 119C –and– ONE of MATH 112C or 120C; the sequence of 120C/122C also meets the mathematics requirement.
****PHIL 273C may be substituted for REST 386D.

Note: Except as noted, a course used to satisfy the requirements under one of the subdivisions above may not also be used to satisfy the requirements under a different subdivision. Since 61 credits of business and 60 credits of liberal arts are required, the minimum number of credits to complete the program is 121; students who being their studies at St. John Fisher College as freshmen and complete ITDY 101 Freshman Seminar will complete the program with 122 credits.

Notes on the Accounting Requirements

  • At least half of the accounting (ACCT) courses must be taken at the College.
  • Students must pay careful attention to course prerequisites; not doing so could delay progress through the program.
  • Accounting majors may not declare a minor in management.
  • If accounting majors wish to minor in finance, not all of the courses used to meet the minor requirements may be embedded in the major. At least one course taken for the minor must be distinct from any course used to meet a major requirement in accounting.

Minor in Accounting

The minor requires 18 credits in accounting courses taken at the College or accepted in transfer as Fisher accounting courses.

  • ACCT 101 - Principles of Accounting I
  • ACCT 102 - Principles of Accounting II
  • FOUR ACCT electives (200 level or above)

Total: 18 credits

Note: A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all courses taken in residence that may be applied to the minor. Accounting electives for the minor must be three-credit courses that begin with the prefix ACCT.

Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.