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    May 14, 2014

    Jun 11

    Online and Campus Start Date
    Jun 11, 2014

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    Jul 02, 2014

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  • Curriculum: Standard Track

    Core

    CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I (5 Credits)

    Students will learn how to communicate effectively in their professional field using various writing styles. Students will also identify and further develop their own writing process. Grammar and mechanics will be reviewed, helping students focus on the areas that will improve their writing.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II (5 Credits)

    This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE (3 Credits)

    This course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability, and using proper technologies to manage professional identities. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (5 Credits)

    The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM (5 Credits)

    This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH (5 Credits)

    This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give students
    a chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY (5 Credits)

    Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their affect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics. (Includes a 1 credit hour lab)

    Prerequisites Required: None

    SC 235: GENERAL BIOLOGY I—HUMAN PERSPECTIVES (5 Credits)

    In this introduction to biology, students will explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors course.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 250: SCIENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE (5 Credits)

    Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.

     

     

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HU 200: CRITICAL EVALUATION IN THE HUMANITIES (5 Credits)

    In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 245: ETHICS (5 Credits)

    In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE (5 Credits)

    This course is a survey of human social and cultural life through an introduction to humanist theories and historical subject matter. Beginning with village settlement and the rise of cities and ending with the development of modern nations, students study the expression of human ideas and traditions through material and nonmaterial culture. Through readings and discussions, students are introduced to humanist studies and learn to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
     

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA (5 Credits)

    This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS (5 Credits)

    Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Major

    AC 114: ACCOUNTING I (5 Credits)

    This course reviews the complete accounting cycle and the creation and management of accounting information for business entities. Particular emphasis will be placed on the fundamental principles and skills of the accounting profession, including recording of transactions, financial presentation of accounting data, and the uses of accounting information.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 99
    Total Program Credits: 180

    AC 116: ACCOUNTING II (5 Credits)

    This course continues the study of accounting principles by further exploring the assets, liabilities, and stockholders’ equity sections of a corporation’s balance sheet. This course continues to lead students to accounting mastery using an integrated learning system. This course provides further understanding of what accounting is all about and accounting’s evolving role in business.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 114

    Total Major Credits: 99
    Total Program Credits: 180

    AC 239: MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING (5 Credits)

    This course emphasizes the way in which accounting information can be used to aid management in planning and controlling business activities. Topics covered include financial statement analysis, job order cost systems, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, performance evaluation using standard costs, differential analysis, and product pricing.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 116 and MM 255

    Total Major Credits: 99
    Total Program Credits: 180

    AC 256: FEDERAL TAX (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the procedures to interpret tax information on an individual federal tax basis. Basic concepts in federal income taxation are explored, including gross income, exclusions, adjusted gross income, deductions, exemptions, and credits. Introductory tax concepts, including cash and accrual methods, like-kind exchanges, and passive loss rules, are covered. 

    Prerequisites Required: AC 116 and MM 255

    Total Major Credits: 99
    Total Program Credits: 180

    BU 224: MICROECONOMICS (5 Credits)

    This course is an introduction to the principles of microeconomics, which introduces students to the study of the allocation of scarce resources by individual economic actors (consumers and firms) in a market economy. Students will examine the role of markets (supply and demand) in determining prices, consumer and household behavior, and the application of the cost function of a firm in different market structures to maximize profits. Particular attention will be given to integrating economic principles with the study of "real-world" problems.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 99
    Total Program Credits: 180

    MM 255: BUSINESS MATH AND STATISTICAL MEASURES (5 Credits)

    In this course, the student will apply math skills and knowledge to solve financial problems and conduct statistical analyses. Through expert step-by-step guidance using sample problems and solutions related to banking, credit, basic finance, investments, and statistics, the student will also gain an understanding of financial instruments and terminology used in business. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    MM 150 or higher
     

    Total Major Credits: 99
    Total Program Credits: 180

    MT 140: INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT (5 Credits)

    This course will give students an introductory overview of management theory, management functions, organizational structure, daily management responsibilities, ethics, and current management tools and resources. Theoretical concepts will be illustrated with practical application to real-world management problems and scenarios.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 99
    Total Program Credits: 180

    MT 217: FINANCE (5 Credits)

    This course covers basic financial concepts, principles, and techniques used in making corporate financial planning decisions. It provides students with the tools necessary for analyzing the time value of money, financial analysis and planning, the capital budgeting process and decisions, and long-term financing, and introduces international capital markets.

    Prerequisites Required:

    AC 113 or AC 114, and MM 255 or equivalent

    Total Major Credits: 99
    Total Program Credits: 180

    MT 219: MARKETING (5 Credits)

    This is an introductory course emphasizing key concepts and issues underlying the modern practice of marketing. The role of marketing in the organization and in society is examined and analyzed. Course content includes the general nature and role of marketing, the marketing concept, buyer behavior, and the environment in which marketing operates. The marketing planning process is analyzed through the four main decision areas of products and services, distribution, promotion, and pricing.

    Prerequisites Required:

    BU 224, CM 220, and MT 140

    Total Major Credits: 99
    Total Program Credits: 180

    AC 300: INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING I (6 Credits)

    This course examines the full accounting process and covers selected conceptual accounting issues, aspects of financial reporting, and structure and reporting requirements for the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows. In-depth analyses of current and long-term assets are also included.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 116

    Total Major Credits: 99
    Total Program Credits: 180

    AC 301: INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING II (6 Credits)

    This course covers the accounting theory and practices associated with inventory valuations; the acquisition, cost allocation, and disposal of property, plant, and equipment; intangible assets; current liabilities, contingencies, and long-term liabilities; and investments.

    Prerequisites Required:

    AC 300

    Total Major Credits: 99
    Total Program Credits: 180

    LS 311: BUSINESS LAW (6 Credits)

    This course introduces the fundamentals of the U.S. legal system as it applies to business in the contemporary global economy. Areas covered include the legal environment of business, torts and crimes, contracts, employment relations, and business organizations. The course will also look at the relationship between business and law in the context of current events that impact our communities.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 99
    Total Program Credits: 180

    MT 302: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (6 Credits)

    This course explores human behavior in organizations. Students examine individual behavior, attitudes, personality, values, perception, and emotions and how these affect organization outcomes. The course also looks at the theories, concepts, and application of motivation, as well as the importance of stress management and professional ethics and etiquette. Students gain an understanding and appreciation for communication processes, channels, and styles. They also gain a set of organizational design tools.

    Prerequisites Required: MT 140

    Total Major Credits: 99
    Total Program Credits: 180

    300/400-LEVEL: MAJOR ELECTIVES (24 Credits)

    Total Major Credits: 99
    Total Program Credits: 180

    AC 499: BACHELOR’S CAPSTONE IN ACCOUNTING (6 Credits)

    This capstone course builds on the concepts of all the courses taken within the Bachelor of Science in Accounting and provides students with an opportunity to integrate their previous coursework in a meaningful review of their learning and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program. 

    Prerequisites Required: Last term or permission from the Dean

    Total Major Credits: 99
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Electives

    OPEN ELECTIVES (48 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 48
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Auditing-Forensic Accountancy Emphasis Area

    AC 302: INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING III (6 Credits)

    This course covers the accounting theory and practices associated with corporate accounting issues involving pensions, leases, earnings per share, taxes, contributed capital, and income recognition. The reporting requirements and structure of the statement of cash flows are examined. In-depth studies of accounting changes and error analysis are also included.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 301

    Total Auditing-Forensic Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students enrolled in the advanced start option who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to AC 256: Federal Tax must complete the course to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for AC 430: Advanced Tax—Corporate.

    AC 410: AUDITING (6 Credits)

    This course examines the role of the auditor in a technological global business environment. Students are exposed to the scope of auditing as a profession, the rules governing the professional ethics of the CPA, and the components of the auditing process, along with the legal liabilities and responsibilities of an auditor.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 301

    Total Auditing-Forensic Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students enrolled in the advanced start option who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to AC 256: Federal Tax must complete the course to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for AC 430: Advanced Tax—Corporate.

    AC 450: ADVANCED ACCOUNTING (6 Credits)

    This course covers the accounting theory and practices associated with intercorporate investments, foreign currency transactions, and accounting for state and local governments.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 302

    Total Auditing-Forensic Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students enrolled in the advanced start option who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to AC 256: Federal Tax must complete the course to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for AC 430: Advanced Tax—Corporate.

    AC 465: ADVANCED FORENSIC ACCOUNTING (6 Credits)

    This course provides a survey of advanced forensic accounting topics. A critical component of this course includes an examination of the legal aspects of the profession. In addition to covering accounting fraud investigation and prevention techniques, students will learn how to collect evidence, provide legal support, and testify in court.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 410

    Total Auditing-Forensic Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students enrolled in the advanced start option who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to AC 256: Federal Tax must complete the course to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for AC 430: Advanced Tax—Corporate.

    Managerial Accountancy Emphasis Area

    AC 302: INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING III (6 Credits)

    This course covers the accounting theory and practices associated with corporate accounting issues involving pensions, leases, earnings per share, taxes, contributed capital, and income recognition. The reporting requirements and structure of the statement of cash flows are examined. In-depth studies of accounting changes and error analysis are also included.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 301

    Total Managerial Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to MT 217: Finance must complete the course to satisfy prerequisite requirements for MT 482: Financial Statement Analysis.

    AC 410: AUDITING (6 Credits)

    This course examines the role of the auditor in a technological global business environment. Students are exposed to the scope of auditing as a profession, the rules governing the professional ethics of the CPA, and the components of the auditing process, along with the legal liabilities and responsibilities of an auditor.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 301

    Total Managerial Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to MT 217: Finance must complete the course to satisfy prerequisite requirements for MT 482: Financial Statement Analysis.

    AC 420: COST ACCOUNTING (6 Credits)

    This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of cost accounting. Topics include comparisons with financial accounting, basic cost accounting terminology and principles, cost classification, and manufacturing of inventories. Students analyze cost behavior and receive an introduction to various costing systems. The study of cost accounting for managerial purposes is also examined. Specific concepts include variance analysis, cost allocation, and cost-volume-profit analysis. Inventory costing methods, budgeting, and strategies are also explored.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 239

    Total Managerial Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to MT 217: Finance must complete the course to satisfy prerequisite requirements for MT 482: Financial Statement Analysis.

    MT 482: FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS (6 Credits)

    Financial Statement Analysis is designed to prepare students to analyze and utilize financial statements and valuation models to assess the value of a firm. The four key components of this course are: (1) financial ratio and cash flow analysis, (2) accounting analysis and valuation, (3) business strategy and valuation analysis, and (4) forecasting and risk analysis.
     

    Prerequisites Required:

     MT 217 or equivalent

    Total Managerial Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to MT 217: Finance must complete the course to satisfy prerequisite requirements for MT 482: Financial Statement Analysis.

    Public Accountancy Emphasis Area

    AC 302: INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING III (6 Credits)

    This course covers the accounting theory and practices associated with corporate accounting issues involving pensions, leases, earnings per share, taxes, contributed capital, and income recognition. The reporting requirements and structure of the statement of cash flows are examined. In-depth studies of accounting changes and error analysis are also included.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 301

    Total Public Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    AC 410: AUDITING (6 Credits)

    This course examines the role of the auditor in a technological global business environment. Students are exposed to the scope of auditing as a profession, the rules governing the professional ethics of the CPA, and the components of the auditing process, along with the legal liabilities and responsibilities of an auditor.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 301

    Total Public Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    AC 430: ADVANCED TAX—CORPORATE (6 Credits)

    This course presents an overview of federal income tax requirements, procedures, and tax planning for business entities, with an emphasis on C and S Corporations.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 256

    Total Public Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    AC 465: ADVANCED FORENSIC ACCOUNTING (6 Credits)

    This course provides a survey of advanced forensic accounting topics. A critical component of this course includes an examination of the legal aspects of the profession. In addition to covering accounting fraud investigation and prevention techniques, students will learn how to collect evidence, provide legal support, and testify in court.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 410

    Total Public Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Tax Accountancy Emphasis Area

    AC 302: INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING III (6 Credits)

    This course covers the accounting theory and practices associated with corporate accounting issues involving pensions, leases, earnings per share, taxes, contributed capital, and income recognition. The reporting requirements and structure of the statement of cash flows are examined. In-depth studies of accounting changes and error analysis are also included.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 301

    Total Tax Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students enrolled in the advanced start option who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to AC 256: Federal Tax must complete the course to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for AC 430: Advanced Tax—Corporate.

    AC 410: AUDITING (6 Credits)

    This course examines the role of the auditor in a technological global business environment. Students are exposed to the scope of auditing as a profession, the rules governing the professional ethics of the CPA, and the components of the auditing process, along with the legal liabilities and responsibilities of an auditor.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 301

    Total Tax Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students enrolled in the advanced start option who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to AC 256: Federal Tax must complete the course to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for AC 430: Advanced Tax—Corporate.

    AC 430: ADVANCED TAX—CORPORATE (6 Credits)

    This course presents an overview of federal income tax requirements, procedures, and tax planning for business entities, with an emphasis on C and S Corporations.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 256

    Total Tax Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students enrolled in the advanced start option who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to AC 256: Federal Tax must complete the course to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for AC 430: Advanced Tax—Corporate.

    AC 450: ADVANCED ACCOUNTING (6 Credits)

    This course covers the accounting theory and practices associated with intercorporate investments, foreign currency transactions, and accounting for state and local governments.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 302

    Total Tax Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students enrolled in the advanced start option who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to AC 256: Federal Tax must complete the course to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for AC 430: Advanced Tax—Corporate.

    Prior Degree

    Associate’s Degree in Business or a Related Field (90 Credits)

    Total Prior Degree Credits: 90
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Comparability is determined by a course-by-course examination of the prior associate's degree against the core requirements of a Kaplan University associate’s degree.

    Prerequisites

    AC 114: ACCOUNTING I (5 Credits)

    This course reviews the complete accounting cycle and the creation and management of accounting information for business entities. Particular emphasis will be placed on the fundamental principles and skills of the accounting profession, including recording of transactions, financial presentation of accounting data, and the uses of accounting information.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Prerequisites Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    AC 116: ACCOUNTING II (5 Credits)

    This course continues the study of accounting principles by further exploring the assets, liabilities, and stockholders’ equity sections of a corporation’s balance sheet. This course continues to lead students to accounting mastery using an integrated learning system. This course provides further understanding of what accounting is all about and accounting’s evolving role in business.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 114

    Total Prerequisites Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    AC 239: MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING (5 Credits)

    This course emphasizes the way in which accounting information can be used to aid management in planning and controlling business activities. Topics covered include financial statement analysis, job order cost systems, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, performance evaluation using standard costs, differential analysis, and product pricing.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 116 and MM 255

    Total Prerequisites Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MT 140: INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT (5 Credits)

    This course will give students an introductory overview of management theory, management functions, organizational structure, daily management responsibilities, ethics, and current management tools and resources. Theoretical concepts will be illustrated with practical application to real-world management problems and scenarios.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Prerequisites Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MT 217: FINANCE (5 Credits)

    This course covers basic financial concepts, principles, and techniques used in making corporate financial planning decisions. It provides students with the tools necessary for analyzing the time value of money, financial analysis and planning, the capital budgeting process and decisions, and long-term financing, and introduces international capital markets.

    Prerequisites Required:

    AC 113 or AC 114, and MM 255 or equivalent

    Total Prerequisites Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MT 219: MARKETING (5 Credits)

    This is an introductory course emphasizing key concepts and issues underlying the modern practice of marketing. The role of marketing in the organization and in society is examined and analyzed. Course content includes the general nature and role of marketing, the marketing concept, buyer behavior, and the environment in which marketing operates. The marketing planning process is analyzed through the four main decision areas of products and services, distribution, promotion, and pricing.

    Prerequisites Required:

    BU 224, CM 220, and MT 140

    Total Prerequisites Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Core

    CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE (3 Credits)

    This course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability, and using proper technologies to manage professional identities. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (5 Credits)

    The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM (5 Credits)

    This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH (5 Credits)

    This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give students
    a chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY (5 Credits)

    Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their affect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics. (Includes a 1 credit hour lab)

    Prerequisites Required: None

    SC 235: GENERAL BIOLOGY I—HUMAN PERSPECTIVES (5 Credits)

    In this introduction to biology, students will explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors course.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 250: SCIENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE (5 Credits)

    Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.

     

     

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    HU 200: CRITICAL EVALUATION IN THE HUMANITIES (5 Credits)

    In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 245: ETHICS (5 Credits)

    In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE (5 Credits)

    This course is a survey of human social and cultural life through an introduction to humanist theories and historical subject matter. Beginning with village settlement and the rise of cities and ending with the development of modern nations, students study the expression of human ideas and traditions through material and nonmaterial culture. Through readings and discussions, students are introduced to humanist studies and learn to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
     

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Major

    AC 300: INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING I (6 Credits)

    This course examines the full accounting process and covers selected conceptual accounting issues, aspects of financial reporting, and structure and reporting requirements for the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows. In-depth analyses of current and long-term assets are also included.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 116

    Total Major Credits: 54
    Total Program Credits: 90

    AC 301: INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING II (6 Credits)

    This course covers the accounting theory and practices associated with inventory valuations; the acquisition, cost allocation, and disposal of property, plant, and equipment; intangible assets; current liabilities, contingencies, and long-term liabilities; and investments.

    Prerequisites Required:

    AC 300

    Total Major Credits: 54
    Total Program Credits: 90

    LS 311: BUSINESS LAW (6 Credits)

    This course introduces the fundamentals of the U.S. legal system as it applies to business in the contemporary global economy. Areas covered include the legal environment of business, torts and crimes, contracts, employment relations, and business organizations. The course will also look at the relationship between business and law in the context of current events that impact our communities.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 54
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MT 302: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (6 Credits)

    This course explores human behavior in organizations. Students examine individual behavior, attitudes, personality, values, perception, and emotions and how these affect organization outcomes. The course also looks at the theories, concepts, and application of motivation, as well as the importance of stress management and professional ethics and etiquette. Students gain an understanding and appreciation for communication processes, channels, and styles. They also gain a set of organizational design tools.

    Prerequisites Required: MT 140

    Total Major Credits: 54
    Total Program Credits: 90

    300/400 LEVEL: MAJOR ELECTIVES (24 Credits)

    Total Major Credits: 54
    Total Program Credits: 90

    AC 499: BACHELOR’S CAPSTONE IN ACCOUNTING (6 Credits)

    This capstone course builds on the concepts of all the courses taken within the Bachelor of Science in Accounting and provides students with an opportunity to integrate their previous coursework in a meaningful review of their learning and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program. 

    Prerequisites Required: Last term or permission from the Dean

    Total Major Credits: 54
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Electives

    OPEN ELECTIVES (18 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 18
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Auditing-Forensic Accountancy Emphasis Area

    AC 302: INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING III (6 Credits)

    This course covers the accounting theory and practices associated with corporate accounting issues involving pensions, leases, earnings per share, taxes, contributed capital, and income recognition. The reporting requirements and structure of the statement of cash flows are examined. In-depth studies of accounting changes and error analysis are also included.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 301

    Total Auditing-Forensic Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students enrolled in the advanced start option who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to AC 256: Federal Tax must complete the course to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for AC 430: Advanced Tax—Corporate.

    AC 410: AUDITING (6 Credits)

    This course examines the role of the auditor in a technological global business environment. Students are exposed to the scope of auditing as a profession, the rules governing the professional ethics of the CPA, and the components of the auditing process, along with the legal liabilities and responsibilities of an auditor.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 301

    Total Auditing-Forensic Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students enrolled in the advanced start option who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to AC 256: Federal Tax must complete the course to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for AC 430: Advanced Tax—Corporate.

    AC 450: ADVANCED ACCOUNTING (6 Credits)

    This course covers the accounting theory and practices associated with intercorporate investments, foreign currency transactions, and accounting for state and local governments.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 302

    Total Auditing-Forensic Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students enrolled in the advanced start option who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to AC 256: Federal Tax must complete the course to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for AC 430: Advanced Tax—Corporate.

    AC 465: ADVANCED FORENSIC ACCOUNTING (6 Credits)

    This course provides a survey of advanced forensic accounting topics. A critical component of this course includes an examination of the legal aspects of the profession. In addition to covering accounting fraud investigation and prevention techniques, students will learn how to collect evidence, provide legal support, and testify in court.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 410

    Total Auditing-Forensic Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students enrolled in the advanced start option who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to AC 256: Federal Tax must complete the course to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for AC 430: Advanced Tax—Corporate.

    Managerial Accountancy Emphasis Area

    AC 302: INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING III (6 Credits)

    This course covers the accounting theory and practices associated with corporate accounting issues involving pensions, leases, earnings per share, taxes, contributed capital, and income recognition. The reporting requirements and structure of the statement of cash flows are examined. In-depth studies of accounting changes and error analysis are also included.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 301

    Total Managerial Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to MT 217: Finance must complete the course to satisfy prerequisite requirements for MT 482: Financial Statement Analysis.

    AC 410: AUDITING (6 Credits)

    This course examines the role of the auditor in a technological global business environment. Students are exposed to the scope of auditing as a profession, the rules governing the professional ethics of the CPA, and the components of the auditing process, along with the legal liabilities and responsibilities of an auditor.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 301

    Total Managerial Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to MT 217: Finance must complete the course to satisfy prerequisite requirements for MT 482: Financial Statement Analysis.

    AC 420: COST ACCOUNTING (6 Credits)

    This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of cost accounting. Topics include comparisons with financial accounting, basic cost accounting terminology and principles, cost classification, and manufacturing of inventories. Students analyze cost behavior and receive an introduction to various costing systems. The study of cost accounting for managerial purposes is also examined. Specific concepts include variance analysis, cost allocation, and cost-volume-profit analysis. Inventory costing methods, budgeting, and strategies are also explored.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 239

    Total Managerial Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to MT 217: Finance must complete the course to satisfy prerequisite requirements for MT 482: Financial Statement Analysis.

    MT 482: FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS (6 Credits)

    Financial Statement Analysis is designed to prepare students to analyze and utilize financial statements and valuation models to assess the value of a firm. The four key components of this course are: (1) financial ratio and cash flow analysis, (2) accounting analysis and valuation, (3) business strategy and valuation analysis, and (4) forecasting and risk analysis.
     

    Prerequisites Required:

     MT 217 or equivalent

    Total Managerial Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to MT 217: Finance must complete the course to satisfy prerequisite requirements for MT 482: Financial Statement Analysis.

    Public Accountancy Emphasis Area

    AC 302: INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING III (6 Credits)

    This course covers the accounting theory and practices associated with corporate accounting issues involving pensions, leases, earnings per share, taxes, contributed capital, and income recognition. The reporting requirements and structure of the statement of cash flows are examined. In-depth studies of accounting changes and error analysis are also included.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 301

    Total Public Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    AC 410: AUDITING (6 Credits)

    This course examines the role of the auditor in a technological global business environment. Students are exposed to the scope of auditing as a profession, the rules governing the professional ethics of the CPA, and the components of the auditing process, along with the legal liabilities and responsibilities of an auditor.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 301

    Total Public Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    AC 430: ADVANCED TAX—CORPORATE (6 Credits)

    This course presents an overview of federal income tax requirements, procedures, and tax planning for business entities, with an emphasis on C and S Corporations.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 256

    Total Public Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    AC 465: ADVANCED FORENSIC ACCOUNTING (6 Credits)

    This course provides a survey of advanced forensic accounting topics. A critical component of this course includes an examination of the legal aspects of the profession. In addition to covering accounting fraud investigation and prevention techniques, students will learn how to collect evidence, provide legal support, and testify in court.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 410

    Total Public Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Tax Accountancy Emphasis Area

    AC 302: INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING III (6 Credits)

    This course covers the accounting theory and practices associated with corporate accounting issues involving pensions, leases, earnings per share, taxes, contributed capital, and income recognition. The reporting requirements and structure of the statement of cash flows are examined. In-depth studies of accounting changes and error analysis are also included.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 301

    Total Tax Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students enrolled in the advanced start option who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to AC 256: Federal Tax must complete the course to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for AC 430: Advanced Tax—Corporate.

    AC 410: AUDITING (6 Credits)

    This course examines the role of the auditor in a technological global business environment. Students are exposed to the scope of auditing as a profession, the rules governing the professional ethics of the CPA, and the components of the auditing process, along with the legal liabilities and responsibilities of an auditor.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 301

    Total Tax Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students enrolled in the advanced start option who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to AC 256: Federal Tax must complete the course to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for AC 430: Advanced Tax—Corporate.

    AC 430: ADVANCED TAX—CORPORATE (6 Credits)

    This course presents an overview of federal income tax requirements, procedures, and tax planning for business entities, with an emphasis on C and S Corporations.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 256

    Total Tax Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students enrolled in the advanced start option who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to AC 256: Federal Tax must complete the course to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for AC 430: Advanced Tax—Corporate.

    AC 450: ADVANCED ACCOUNTING (6 Credits)

    This course covers the accounting theory and practices associated with intercorporate investments, foreign currency transactions, and accounting for state and local governments.

    Prerequisites Required: AC 302

    Total Tax Accountancy Emphasis Area Credits: 24
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Emphasis area courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan. Students enrolled in the advanced start option who do not possess prior learning credit comparable to AC 256: Federal Tax must complete the course to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for AC 430: Advanced Tax—Corporate.

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  • * Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, Accountants and Auditors, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Accountants-and-auditors.htm. (Accessed April, 2012) National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
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