Undergraduate Course Catalog

Accounting

L. Van Alst, Chairperson  

Accounting is often described as the “language of business.” Business managers, stockholders, investors, creditors, government agencies, and labor groups depend on accountants for financial data and need to understand the “language.” Majors in accounting prepare students for careers in public accounting as certified public accountants (CPA) or for careers as accountants for individual companies in private industry, government agencies, or nonprofit organizations. 
    Under current state law, an Indiana candidate must complete 150 semester hours of education containing the equivalent of an accounting major in order to sit for the CPA Examination. This means that a candidate cannot sit for the CPA Examination with a 126-hour bachelor’s degree in accounting. 
    Because students must take at least 24 hours beyond the Bachelor of Science degree, the department and its advisory council recommend that students complete the 30-hour master’s degree rather than just 24 additional hours of undergraduate courses. The net addition of six hours will produce a better set of credentials. 
    The 150-hour law does not affect all accounting students equally. Only those entering the public accounting profession with the expectation of obtaining the CPA certificate must comply with the 150-hour law. Those accounting graduates who seek work with private businesses, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations may find the four-year Bachelor of Science degree satisfactory.


MAJOR IN ACCOUNTING, 66 hours

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Miller College of Business core, 39 hours

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202
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202
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300
135
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Prin Acct 1
Prin Acct 2
Prin Bus Law
Elem Micro
Elem Macro
Bus Stats
Prin Fin 1
Bus I S
Fnds Bus Com
Op Mgt
Mgt Beh Org  
Policy Strat  
Prin Market

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301
302
305
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401
451

Inter Acct 1
Inter Acct 2  
Acct Inf Sys  
Int Mgt Acct  
Intro to Tax  
Audit Prin

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430
440
363

Adv Top Tax (3)
Govt N F P (3) 
Adv Fin Acc (3)
Uni Code Law (3)




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66 hrs

To pursue this program, students must have sufficient mathematical preparation to meet the prerequisite for ECON 221. The prerequisite for ECON 221 is a C or better grade in MATHS 111 or equivalent; sophomore standing; demonstrated proficiency in computer skills. MATHS 132 simultaneously substitutes for the University Core Curriculum math requirement. Proficiency in computer skills may be demonstrated by examination, or credit in ISOM 125 or CS 104 or its equivalent. The prerequisite for ISOM 135 is proficiency test required or ISOM 125 or CS 104.

ACCOUNTING (ACC)

200 Accounting for New Ventures. (3)
A survey course focusing on basic accounting and forecasting for non-accountants. Students will be introduced to financial statements and learn how to develop budgets and projections to support the launch of new ventures. 
    Prerequisite: ECON 116 or ECON 201; MGT 241. 
    Open only to non-business students.

201 Principles of Accounting 1. (3)
An introduction to accounting emphasizing the basic principles underlying the accounting cycle. Includes the preparation of reports to management and external users of financial statements. 
    Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

202 Principles of Accounting 2. (3)
A continuation of ACC 201 emphasizing financial statement analysis and managerial and cost accounting concepts. 
    Prerequisite: ACC 201.

299X Experimental/Developmental Topics. (1-6)
Topics relevant to the discipline. Course titles will be announced before each semester. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned.

301 Intermediate Accounting 1. (3)
The theoretical framework for accounting principles and procedures, the application of generally accepted accounting principles, and the preparation of financial statements. 
    Prerequisite: ACC 202.

302 Intermediate Accounting 2. (3)
A continuation of ACC 301. Includes such topics as accounting for income taxes, pensions and post-retirement benefits, leases and other external reporting concerns. 
    Prerequisite: ACC 301.

305 Accounting Information Systems. (3)
A study of the role of accounting information systems and related subsystems. The relationship of accounting information systems to other systems, including management information systems, is addressed. 
    Prerequisite or parallel: ACC 301.

306 Intermediate Management Accounting. (3)
Measurement and management tools and techniques, emphasizing managerial uses of financial and operational data. 
    Prerequisite: ACC 202.

369 Internship in Accounting. (1-6)
Under a program approved and supervised by the Department of Accounting, a student majoring in accounting will work as an accounting intern for a public accountant, a business firm, or a governmental agency. 
    Prerequisite: admitted into the major, successfully completed ACC 301; permission from the accounting internship coordinator. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned.

401 Introduction to Taxation. (3)
A study of the basic features of the federal income tax. Emphasizes the determination of taxable income of individuals and corporations. 
    Prerequisite: ACC 201.

410 Advanced Topics in Taxation. (3)
A study of federal taxes on the business income of corporations, partnerships, exempt entities, and estates and trusts. Includes the use of tax reference materials and tax services. 
    Prerequisite: ACC 401.

430 Government and Nonprofit Accounting. (3)
Underlying concepts and standards of financial reporting for government and nonprofit entities are introduced. Emphasizes financial reporting differences between these entities and business enterprises. 
    Prerequisite: ACC 302.

440 Advanced Financial Accounting. (3)
Special accounting problems related to business combinations, consolidated financial statements, fiduciary accounting, international accounting, and partnership accounting. 
    Prerequisite: ACC 302.

451 Auditing Principles and Practices. (3)
Auditing of financial data and related controls from the perspective of internal and external auditors. Topics include internal control procedures, auditing procedures and standards, as well as reporting. 
    Prerequisite: ACC 302.

495 Special Topics in Accounting. (1-3)
Special advanced topics in accounting offered periodically with varying topics. 
    Prerequisite: open to junior and senior accounting majors only or by permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned with different topics, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

497 Independent Study in Accounting. (1-3)
An opportunity for students with superior scholastic records to study some phase of accounting. The topic selected, methods of study, and credit hours must be approved by the department. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.

Academic Systems
North Quadrangle, Room 360
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.