Dec 02, 2021  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Business Administration, Accounting Concentration, BS


Accounting is a profession concerned with identification, recording, and communication of relevant information in financial statements and reports.  Accountants must understand how to prepare financial and tax information, but also analyze, interpret, and safeguard information and systems. The concentration, offered by the Department of Accounting and Finance , includes coursework in financial statement preparation, taxation, auditing, internal control, and costing systems.  Offered by the Department of Accounting and Finance, the curriculum prepares students for careers as certified public accountants (CPA), certified management accountants (CMA), certified internal auditors (CIA), and corporate officers for public accounting firms, corporations, governments and not-for-profit organizations. 

Summary of Degree Units

University Graduation Requirements 38
Major Preparation 15
Major Core Requirements 40
Concentration Requirements 24
University Electives 3
Total 120

Program Roadmaps

The 4-Year Roadmap is available online. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums).

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

All courses in the Concentration Requirements for the Accounting Foundation Courses must be completed with a grade of “C or better”. The following Preparation for the Major and Required for the Major courses must be completed with a grade of “C or better”: ENGL 2 , MATH 71 , BUS1 20 , BUS2 90 .

University Requirements


Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).

Core Lower Division General Education (27 units)


Of the 39 units required by the university, 12 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a “C-” or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details. 

Upper Division General Education (3 units)


Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.

American Institutions (6 units)


Complete one 6 unit sequence of American Institutions (US123) courses, which also satisfies GE Area D. Students may also satisfy the American Institutions Requirement  with other courses, but these may not satisfy other GE areas.

The American Studies (AMS 1A /AMS 1B ; 12 units) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A /HUM 1B /HUM 2A /HUM 2B ; 24 units) sequences satisfy the American Institutions Requirement and additional GE Areas (see the course description for details).

Consult with a major advisor to select the appropriate sequence.

Physical Education (2 units)


All SJSU undergraduate students, regardless of major, have an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in physical activities. To accommodate students’ needs and interests, the university offers a diverse selection of activity courses 

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement


At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) .

A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.

Major Preparation (15 units)


Major Requirements (64 units)


Core Courses (40 units)


Lower Division Courses (10 units)


Upper Division Business Integration and Perspectives Courses (15 units)


Concentration Requirements (24 units)


Additionally, to qualify for a baccalaureate degree in business administration with an Accounting concentration, all courses in the Accounting foundation classes must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. A cumulative 2.0 GPA is required in all business classes.

University Electives (3 units)


Total Units Required (120 units)