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Accounting Undergraduate Certificate

School of Business, Technology, and Health Care Administration

Learners in this undergraduate certificate gain a basic knowledge of accounting theories, concepts, and principles; acquire and apply various methods used to ethically maintain accurate and up-to-date financial records; and practice an understanding of a wide array of accounting-related topics, including budgeting, taxation, financial and investment planning, and financial statement and internal control auditing. This undergraduate certificate is not designed to prepare learners for a CPA exam.

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Eight Required Courses



At least 45 quarter credits

Fundamentals of Accounting

This course is an introduction to the accounting function in modern business organizations. Learners define accounting terminology and explore its application to accounting principles. Learners also apply accounting cycle strategies to business financial events and prepare financial statements from accounting system data. Learners who have received credit for BUS3060 may not take BUS3061.

3 quarter credits
BUS4060 *
Financial Accounting Principles

Learners identify financial accounting principles and ways accounting information is used to assess an organization’s financial performance. Learners evaluate the relationship between business events and accounting systems and analyze an organization’s financial structure. Prerequisite(s): BUS3060 or BUS3061.

6 quarter credits
BUS4061 *
Managerial Accounting Principles

In this course, learners identify the role of accounting as it relates to managing an organization, then analyze accounting systems and financial statements. Learners also apply sound budgeting and time value of money principles from a managerial perspective. Prerequisite(s): BUS4060.

6 quarter credits
BUS4062 *
Intermediate Financial Accounting Topics and Trends

Learners in this course develop and exercise a working knowledge of financial accounting theory and practice using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) pronouncements. Learners acquire financial reporting skills and apply financial statement conceptual frameworks to prepare financial statements. Prerequisite(s): BUS4060.

6 quarter credits
BUS4063 *
Advanced Financial Accounting Topics and Trends

In this course, learners analyze and apply advanced financial accounting concepts and consolidated financial statement information. Learners also evaluate the influence of global money markets and demonstrate knowledge of partnership and corporate accounting issues and governmental entities. Prerequisite(s): BUS4062.

6 quarter credits
BUS4064 *
Cost Accounting for Planning and Control

This course emphasizes the role of cost and managerial accounting in the planning, control, and performance evaluation of business organizations. Learners examine the theory and practice of business control and identify strategic aspects within business decision cycles. Prerequisite(s): BUS4061.

6 quarter credits
BUS4065 *
Income Tax Concepts and Strategies

In this course, learners build and strengthen their knowledge of fundamental concepts of individual, partnership, and corporate income taxation and tax-related transactions. Learners examine events that affect tax decisions, apply tax guidelines, and analyze tax forms. Prerequisite(s): BUS4060.

6 quarter credits
BUS4068 *
Contemporary Auditing Using Investigative Accounting Practices

In this course, learners analyze the various types of financial and forensic audits, and the environment surrounding financial and forensic auditing. Learners also assess the background, practice and methods of conducting an audit, and ancillary services offered during an examination. Finally, learners use previously acquired accounting knowledge and investigative skills to render opinions and answer financial questions. Prerequisite(s): BUS4063.

6 quarter credits






At least 45 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Learners who do not complete all program requirements within quarter credit/program point minimums will be required to accrue such additional quarter credits/program points as are associated with any additional or repeat coursework necessary for successful completion of program requirements.