Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Program Contact: Nelson Alino 203-582-3827

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program at Quinnipiac University provides a foundation in the principles, concepts and practices of accounting, and equips graduates with general business knowledge along with technical expertise that is necessary for success in early careers in accounting and related fields.

Quinnipiac accounting graduates often receive job offers in the summer before their senior year. They connect with potential employers early in their studies by participating in career fairs and accounting networking events on campus, which bring representatives from local, regional and international accounting firms, as well as representatives from industry and government. Accounting majors also use these opportunities to interact with alumni and other representatives from their future profession.

Through these contacts and through the support of career services staff, many students obtain internships. These on-the-job experiences provide opportunities to integrate classroom learning into a real-world environment to clarify career goals.

Upon graduation, many accounting majors join public accounting firms. These firms generally offer services including auditing, consulting, income tax planning and preparation, and the compilation and review of financial statements. Some graduates go into management and private industry accounting, where they prepare financial statements, develop budgets, perform cost analyses or conduct internal audits. An accounting background is highly valued in business; many CEOs and presidents come from accounting and finance departments.

BS in Accounting Curriculum

A total of 122 credits is required for graduation with the degree of BS in Accounting. Accounting majors must earn a minimum grade of a B- in the following courses to receive credit.

AC 211Financial Accounting (formerly AC 101)3
AC 212Managerial Accounting (formerly AC 102)3
AC 305Intermediate Accounting I3
AC 306Intermediate Accounting II3
AC 307Intermediate Accounting III3

An Accounting major earning a grade below B- in any of these courses must repeat the course. In addition, Accounting majors must earn a minimum grade of C- in all other accounting and law courses.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for entry into the Accounting major. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation with a degree in Accounting.

Business Core Curriculum
Complete the Business Core Curriculum43
University Curriculum
Complete the University Curriculum for School of Business34
Accounting Core
AC 305Intermediate Accounting I3
AC 306Intermediate Accounting II3
AC 307Intermediate Accounting III3
AC 323Cost Accounting3
AC 335Accounting Systems3
AC 405Advanced Accounting3
AC 411Auditing Theory and Practice3
AC 412Advanced Auditing3
AC 431Federal Income Taxation of Individuals3
AC 432Federal Income Taxation of Business Entities3
Open Electives
Select 15 credits15
Total Credits122

Admission Requirements: School of Business

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate School of Business programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.

Learning Goals

Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program successfully will:

  • demonstrate technical competencies in accounting
  • develop an understanding of ethical issues in accounting, personal responsibility and integrity
  • demonstrate skills in working in collaborative environments
  • demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills
  • respect diverse opinions and cultural backgrounds