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UT Tyler Department of Accounting, Finance, & Business Law

Accounting

Professional opportunities in the field of accounting include professional practice as a certified public accountant, corporate accountant, controller and government sector fiscal officer. The accounting career path often leads to responsible positions in organizations such as vice president of finance or president. Accounting is also excellent training for graduate business degrees (e.g. the MBA) and for law school.

The undergraduate degree in accounting is currently designed to guide students to complete all of the accounting requirements necessary to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam. At the current time, however, the State of Texas requires individuals to complete 150 semester credit hours of higher education prior to taking the CPA exam. Thus, students will require additional course work after graduating with a BBA in accounting before they are qualified to sit for the CPA exam.

Objectives

Educational outcomes for students who complete the accounting major include the following:

  1. Complete the accounting courses necessary to sit for the CPA exam. 
  2. Comprehend the policy, environmental, regulatory and compliance issues of accounting. 
  3. Understand and exercise the ethical and professional responsibilities of an accountant.
  4. Understand the content, concepts, structure and use of internal and external reporting for organizations.
  5. Analyze, anticipate and meet the information needs of decision makers. 
  6. Understand different costing systems and their application to both manufacturing and service organizations. 
  7. Comprehend and develop systems to identify, gather, measure, summarize and analyze financial and nonfinancial data in organizations. 
  8. Understand and apply the concepts, methods and processes of accounting and administrative control. 
  9. Understand the nature of attest services. 
  10. Understand and apply the principles of taxation to financial and managerial decisions.
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