Accounting, BS


Program Description

The top priority of the DSU Accounting Department is to facilitate the development of value-added accounting graduates; graduates who, immediately upon employment, excel at all of the following:

  • generating bank reconciliations
  • creating and analyzing financial statements
  • producing individual and entity tax returns and professional quality tax research memos
  • completing staff-level audit tasks
  • interacting comfortably with practitioners and clients

Our accounting graduates acquire value-added skills and applicable knowledge in highly interactive, student-oriented learning environments. Accomplished faculty teach accounting concepts in the context of their application, transcending DSU’s accounting education from merely theoretical to an applied, heuristic learning experience. If you would like to distinguish yourself from the crowd of traditionally textbook trained accounting graduates, come to Dixie State University where you can get the best “can do” accounting education under the sun.

Program Curriculum

120 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

Business Core Requirements

ACCT 2010Financial Accounting3
ACCT 2020Managerial Accounting3
ECON 2010Micro Economics (SS, GC)3
FIN 3150Managerial Finance I3
ISA 2010Proficiency in Excel & SQL3
ISA 2050Management Information Systems3
MGMT 3050Business Law I: Law in the Commercial Environment3
MGMT 3100Business Ethics and Professional Writing3
MGMT 3400Management & Organizations3
MKTG 3010Marketing Principles (ALPP)3
STAT 2040Business Statistics3

Accounting Core Requirements

ACCT 3001Accounting Intermediate Career Strategies1
ACCT 3010Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCT 3020Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCT 3300Cost Accounting3
ACCT 3400Tax Accounting I3
ACCT 3440Tax Practicum I1
ACCT 3500Accting Practicum Techniques2
ACCT 4100Auditing3
ACCT 4150Forensic Accounting3
ACCT 4600Accounting Practicum3
ECON 2020Macro Economics (SS, GC)3
or ECON 3010 Managerial Economics
FIN 4380Financial Modeling and Decision Making3
ISA 3020SQL & Python for Analytics3
MATH 1100Business Calculus (MA)3
or MATH 1210 Calculus I (MA)
or MGMT 4040 Quantitative Decision Analysis
MGMT 3600Operations and Supply Chain Management (ALPP)3
Specializations: Select two courses (6 credits) from the list below:
FIN 3750Introduction to Investments3
FIN 4150Managerial Finance II3
ISA 4060Big Data Analytics3
ISA 4070Data Visualization and Storytelling3

Other Business Electives

Complete additional elective courses to bring the total number of credits to no less than 120 and upper-division credits to no less than 40.  A course may only be used to fulfill one program requirement.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Maximum 12 upper-division transfer credits may fulfill DSU Business program requirements.
  5. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  6. Minimum C- grade and 2.5 GPA in Core Business Requirement, Accounting, and Business Elective courses.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
ACCT 2010 Financial Accounting 3
ISA 2010 Proficiency in Excel & SQL 3
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
SSC 1010 Trailblazer Connections 2
MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA) ( meets General Education (Mathematics)) 4
Spring Semester
ACCT 2020 Managerial Accounting 3
ISA 2050 Management Information Systems 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
MATH 1100
Business Calculus (MA)
or Calculus I (MA)
or Quantitative Decision Analysis
General Education (American Institutions) 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
ACCT 3010 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ECON 2010 Micro Economics (SS, GC) 3
General Education (Physical Science) 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
General Education (Exploration) 3
Spring Semester
ACCT 3020 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACCT 3500 Accting Practicum Techniques 2
STAT 2040 Business Statistics 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
General Education (Life Science & Lab) 4
3rd Year
Fall Semester
ACCT 3001 Accounting Intermediate Career Strategies 1
ACCT 3400 Tax Accounting I 3
ECON 2020
Macro Economics (SS, GC)
or Managerial Economics
FIN 3150 Managerial Finance I 3
MGMT 3400 Management & Organizations 3
General Elective 2
Spring Semester
ACCT 3300 Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 3440 Tax Practicum I 1
MKTG 3010 Marketing Principles (ALPP) 3
MGMT 3600 Operations and Supply Chain Management (ALPP) 3
ISA 3020 SQL & Python for Analytics 3
General Elective 2
4th Year
Fall Semester
ACCT 4100 Auditing 3
ACCT 4150 Forensic Accounting 3
MGMT 3100 Business Ethics and Professional Writing 3
Specialization Elective 3
MGMT 3050 Business Law I: Law in the Commercial Environment 3
Spring Semester
ACCT 4600 Accounting Practicum 3
FIN 4380 Financial Modeling and Decision Making 3
Specialization Elective 3
Electives 6
 Total Hours120

BS Accounting Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate real world business situations related to the core business functions of accounting, economics, finance, qualitative analysis, information systems, international business, legal and social environments, marketing & management.
  2. Create and deliver professional quality oral presentations and written work products. 
  3. Outline accounting, tax, auditing and ethical issues in structured and unstructured fact-based situation.
  4. Conduct meaningful, personal career research and prepare a plan for advancing their career goals by the end of their Junior year.
  5. Analyze and interpret business information and render judgment based on that business information. 
  6. Develop and apply necessary business and accounting skills to exchange information within a meaningful context using appropriate delivery.
  7. Support community engagement through collaboration and applied learning opportunities. Integrate a commitment to ethical and professional service that honors the public trust.