University General Course Catalog 2023-2024 
    Jul 22, 2024  
University General Course Catalog 2023-2024

Accounting, B.S. in Bus. Ad.

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The Accounting major provides students with the theories and procedures necessary to prepare them for the many facets of the accounting profession, such as public, corporate, managerial, tax, and government accounting. Students graduating from the department are prepared to obtain employment in a competitive job market, start a business, or continue their education in graduate and professional degree programs.

Note: Students may not earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting AND a second major in Accounting and Information Systems either concurrently or subsequently. Students may earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with dual majors in Accounting and Information Systems. Students also have the option to major in Accounting and complete a minor in Information Systems.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • develop the ability to research professional accounting issues.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of record keeping and financial reporting.
  • utilize technology in performing accounting tasks.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of cost and managerial accounting.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the principles of United States income taxation.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the basic processes and control systems operated by businesses.
  • discern ethical conflicts and provide a framework for their resolution.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the international dimensions of the accounting profession.

Contact Information

Department of Accounting Systems
317 Ansari Business Building
(775) 784-4028

College of Business Advising Office (pre-majors)
409 Ansari Business Building
(775) 784-4912

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Admission Requirements

All students who are interested in graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting start by being declared as “pre-majors.” Pre-majors must complete Core Writing, Core Mathematics, the Pre-Business Core, and a total of 60 units before meeting with an Accounting advisor to declare the Accounting major. Students must declare their major before they may take any courses in the Upper-Division Business Core.

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement |  30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
  • Business Course Time Limit | Coursework used to complete College of Business and Major requirements must have been completed within the 10 years prior to the year of graduation.

I. Core General Education Requirements (24-30 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding  the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Silver Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (3-6 units) - CO2

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog for a list of approved CO4/CO4L courses .

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog for a list of approved CO7 courses 

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog. 

II. Additional Core Requirements (3 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10

Choose one course:

C. Global Context - CO11

Choose one course; the following courses count in the Additional College Requirement:

D. Ethics - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13

F. Application - CO14

III. Additional College Requirements (57 units)

A. Pre-Business Core (21 units)

B. Additional Information Systems Course Requirement (3 units)

C. Nonbusiness Course Requirements (12 units)

International Business course (3 units)

Select one course from the following:

IV. Major Requirements (24 units)

A. Required courses (18 units)

NOTE: Twelve (12) of the eighteen required credits must be completed at UNR.


All students, regardless of major, are required to earn a “C” or better in the individual prerequisites for each upper-division accounting course to advance to the next upper-division accounting course. Each upper-division accounting course may be taken for a maximum of two times.

Once a student has matriculated into a major or minor at the University of Nevada, Reno, all required accounting courses must be taken at the University of Nevada, Reno. Accounting electives may be transferred from another AACSB accredited institution.

Transfer courses are not included in the calculation of major GPA (2.0 is required for graduation).

V. Minor Requirements (0 units)

VI. Electives (6-12 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

Use the Planner in MyNEVADA to build a custom graduation plan. Review and adjust the plan with an academic advisor.

A. First Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

B. Second Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

C. Third Year

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

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