Accounting Major (B.B.A.)

B.B.A. Requirements

Sophia Requirements 50
Business Core Requirements 33
Supporting Courses Outside the Major 6
Accounting Major Requirements 24
Free Electives 15


Required Business Core Courses

BUAD 201* Principles of Financial Accounting
BUAD 202* Principles of Managerial Accounting
BUAD 221* Principles of Mangement
BUAD 231* Principles of Marketing
BUAD 251* Principles of Macroeconomics
BUAD 252* Principles of Microeconomics
BUAD 346 Personal Ethics and Corporate Culture
BUAD 312 Principles of Finance
BUAD 341 Statistical Applications
BUAD 344 Business Law I
BUAD 446 Strategic Management


* A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required in these courses to be formally admitted to the Accounting. program. Until these six courses are completed, a student's status as a major in Accounting will be provisional. It is strongly recommended that the six courses be completed by the end of the Sophomore year.


Accounting Major Requirements: 24 Credits

BUAD 301 Intermediate Accounting I
BUAD 302 Intermediate Accounting II
BUAD 303 Cost Accounting
BUAD 304 Personal Income Tax
BUAD 402 Auditing


Plus three additional courses (12 credits total) chosen from the following:

BUAD 305 Accounting for Not-for-Profit Organizations
BUAD 306 Fraud Examination
BUAD 345 Business Communication
BUAD 390 Special Topics in Accounting
BUAD 401 Advanced Accounting
BUAD 404 Advanced Topics in Income Tax
BUAD 407 International Accounting
BUAD 444

Business Law II


Required Supporting Courses

MATH 114 Introduction to Statistics
CPSC 102 Spreadsheets AND
CPSC 103 Introduction to Computers
CPSC 207 Computer Programming


See Accounting Major four year plan for further detail


Certified Public Accountant Exam —150 Hour Requirement

Most states, including Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio, require 150 hours of collegiate education in order to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination.  With the help of their advisors students at Saint Mary’s College have several options for meeting the 150-hour requirement, including:

  • Staying for additional undergraduate work at Saint Mary ’s, i.e., completing a minor or second major, studying abroad for a year, or enrolling in a spring semester “busy season” internship.
  • Pursuing a graduate degree at another institution.
  • Completing the additional college credits in less than five years through a combination of summer school courses and heavier loads during the academic year.
  • Going directly into the job market following graduation, prior to completing 150 hours. Many of our graduates have worked with their employers to develop a plan for completion of the hours with employer support.