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Fall 2007

The Department of Accounting

409 Business Bldg. • Box 19468 • 817-272-3481 • www2.uta.edu/accountingaccounting@uta.edu
Student Advising: 107 Business Bldg. • Box 19366 • 817-272-3368 • www2.uta.edu/ugadviseundergraduate.accounting.advisor@uta.edu
Degree RequirementsFacultyCourse Descriptions

Careers in Accounting

Accountants serve as analysts, consultants, and problem-solvers in business and government. Earning an accounting degree opens up a diverse array of career opportunities including: partner in an international accounting or consulting firm, corporate controller, chief financial officer, director of internal auditing, financial planner, or commercial lender. Compensation is highly competitive with excellent geographic mobility. Upward career mobility is outstanding.

Students of accounting learn to use and control information technology systems, prepare and analyze financial reports, structure business transactions, and develop effective business plans. Individuals who like being challenged by a variety of situations and technologies and who enjoy identifying, analyzing, and solving problems are well-suited to majoring in accounting.

Mission of the Department

The mission of the Department of Accounting is to: (1) prepare students from diverse backgrounds for careers in the accounting profession, (2) create and disseminate knowledge of accounting, and (3) provide service to the University and accounting profession.

Overview of Degree Programs

To support its mission, the Department of Accounting offers two undergraduate degree programs: the Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in accounting and the Bachelor of Science with a major in accounting. Both degree programs provide accounting and business knowledge sufficient to enable the pursuit of professional opportunities in government, industry, and public practice. The Bachelor of Business Administration degree is intended for those individuals who seek a broader education while the Bachelor of Science degree is appropriate for individuals who wish to complete significant course work in a related business discipline such as finance, economics, or information systems.

The Department of Accounting also offers a Professional Program in Accounting (PPIA) for students who wish to pursue both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting. Students accepted into the PPIA program are generally required to complete fewer courses to earn both degrees than non-participants.

Accreditation

The Department of Accounting is fully accredited by the AACSB—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The department is also a member of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy.

Course Requirements

Students must meet all lower division requirements before enrolling for upper division courses. Specified prerequisites are designated for certain courses. Waiver of either of the above will require consent of the instructor and approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies of the College of Business Administration.

Transfer Credit

Acceptance of transfer credit for accounting courses will generally be limited to those courses taught in the freshman and sophomore years in the Department of Accounting at UT Arlington. Junior and senior level accounting courses taught at UT Arlington, but completed at another institution, must be validated if they are to be used to fulfill degree requirements for an undergraduate degree in accounting. Courses are ordinarily validated from an examination of course materials and acceptable performance on a validation examination. Students must earn a grade of C or higher on the validation examination for transfer credit. Information about the validation examination can be obtained from the undergraduate advisor.

Entrance Examination for ACCT 3311 (Intermediate I)

A student’s performance in ACCT 3311 (Intermediate I) is often viewed as an important indicator of aptitude for success in the accounting profession. To help ensure that each student enrolling in ACCT 3311 has the preparation to succeed, student must complete an entrance examination prior to enrolling in ACCT 3311. Details regarding this entrance examination may be obtained on the departmental Web site.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to requirements imposed by the University and College of Business Administration, students must earn a grade of C or higher in each accounting course presented to satisfy the requirements for a degree with a major in accounting.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (Accounting Option)

English

1301 and 1302.

Literature

Three hours above the freshman level.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours above the freshman level of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts, or philosophy, or technical writing. BCOM 3360 is recommended to satisfy this requirement.

Political Science

2311, 2312.

History

1311, 1312.

Mathematics

1302 or 1315, and 1316.

Natural Science

Eight hours in single lab science (biology, chemistry, geology or physics).

Fine Arts

Three hours from architecture, art, dance, music, or theatre arts.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours from courses approved by the University as satisfying this requirement. ECON 2305 is recommended to satisfy this requirement.

Oral Communication

COMS 1301 or 2305.

Computer Literacy

INSY 2303.

Outside Electives

Sufficient to give the total number of hours required for the degree.

Statistics

3321, 3322 (or INSY 3304).

Business Law

3311, 3312.

Marketing

3321.

Finance

3313.

Management

3318, 4322.

Economics

2305, 2306, and six hours of advanced economics electives.

Accounting

2301, 2302, 3303, 3311, 3312, 3315, 4302, 4318, and six hours of advanced accounting electives. All electives must be selected with the approval of the accounting advisor.

Business Electives

Six hours of advanced business, management, marketing, finance, information systems, economics, or accounting electives of which not more than three hours may be in accounting. All electives must be selected with the approval of the accounting advisor. ACCT 3304 and ACCT 4380 may be used as advanced business electives only. If completed, the grades earned in ACCT 3304 and ACCT 4380 will not be used in calculating the overall accounting grade point average.

Total

128 semester hours.

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year

First Semester: ENGL 1301; HIST 1311; Natural Science, 4 hours; MATH 1302 or 1315; COMS 1301 or 2305—Total Credit 16 hours.

Second Semester: ENGL 1302; HIST 1312; Natural Science, 4 hours; MATH 1316; Fine Arts, 3 hours—Total Credit 16 hours.

Sophomore Year

First Semester: Literature, 3 hours; POLS 2311; ECON 2305; ACCT 2301; INSY 2303—Total Credit 15 hours.

Second Semester: Liberal Arts Elective, 3 hours; POLS 2312; ECON 2306; ACCT 2302; Outside Elective, 3 hours—Total Credit 15 hours.

Junior Year

First Semester: ACCT 3303; ACCT 3311; FINA 3313; Advanced Economics Elective, 3 hours; Social and Cultural Studies, 3 hours; Outside Elective, 3 hours—Total Credit 18 hours.

Second Semester: ACCT 3312; ACCT 3315; MARK 3321; STAT 3321; MANA 3318; Advanced Economics Elective, 3 hours—Total Credit 18 hours.

Senior Year

First Semester: ACCT 4302; ACCT 4318; BLAW 3311; STAT 3322 or INSY 3304 (must satisfy prerequisite before taking this course); Accounting Elective, 3 hours—Total Credit 15 hours.

Second Semester: Advanced Accounting Elective, 3 hours; BLAW 3312; Business Electives, 6 hours; MANA 4322—Total Credit 15 hours.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting

English

1301 and 1302.

Literature

Three hours above the freshman level.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours above the freshman level of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts, or philosophy, or technical writing. BCOM 3360 is recommended to satisfy this requirement.

Political Science

2311 and 2312.

History

1311 and 1312.

Mathematics

1302 or 1315, and 1316.

Natural Science

Eight hours in a single lab science (biology, chemistry, geology, or physics).

Fine Arts

Three hours from architecture, art, dance, music, or theatre arts.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours from courses approved by the University as satisfying this requirement. Economics 2305 is recommended to satisfy this requirement.

Oral Communication

COMS 1301 or 2305.

Computer Literacy

INSY 2303.

Outside Electives

Sufficient to give the total number of hours required for the degree.

Statistics

3321.

Business Law

3311 and 3312.

Marketing

3321.

Finance

3313.

Management

3318, 4322.

Economics

2305, 2306, and a three hour advanced economics elective.

Accounting

2301, 2302, 3303, 3311, 3312, 3315, 4302, 4318, and six hours of advanced accounting electives from the following: 4301, 4311, and 4325.

Business Electives

Twelve hours of advanced business electives. These twelve hours may include no more than three hours of advanced accounting electives. All electives must be selected with the approval of the accounting advisor. ACCT 3304 and ACCT 4380 may be used as advanced business electives only. If completed, the grades earned in ACCT 3304 and ACCT 4380 will not be used in calculating the overall accounting grade point average.

Total

122 semester hours.

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year

First Semester: ENGL 1301; HIST 1311; Natural Science, 4 hours; MATH 1302 or 1315; COMS 1301 or 2305—Total Credit 16 hours

Second Semester: ENGL 1302; HIST 1312; Natural Science, 4 hours; MATH 1316; Fine Arts, 3 hours—Total Credit 16 hours

Sophomore Year

First Semester: Literature, 3 hours; POLS 2311; ECON 2305; ACCT 2301; INSY 2303—Total Credit 15 hours

Second Semester: Liberal Arts Elective, 3 hours; POLS 2312; ECON 2306; ACCT 2302; Social/Cultural Studies*, 3 hours—Total Credit 15 hours

Junior Year

First Semester: ACCT 3303; ACCT 3311; FINA 3313; Advanced Economics Elective, 3 hours; Advanced Business Elective, 3 hours—Total Credit 15 hours.

Second Semester: ACCT 3312; ACCT 3315; STAT 3321; MANA 3318; Advanced Business Elective, 3 hours—Total Credit 15 hours.

Senior Year

First Semester: ACCT 4302; ACCT 4318; BLAW 3311; MARK 3321; Advanced Business Elective; 3 hours—Total Credit 15 hours.

Second Semester: Advanced Accounting Electives, selected from ACCT 4301, ACCT 4311, ACCT 4325, 6 hours; BLAW 3312; MANA 4322; Advanced Business Elective, 3 hours—Total Credit 15 hours.

*If ECON 2305 is used to satisfy both three hours of the economics requirement and the Social/Cultural Studies requirement, then the program of work will include three hours of outside electives.

Professional Program in Accounting

This program emphasizes preparation for a career as a professional accountant, including preparation for the Certified Public Accountant designation. Most states, including Texas, require completion of at least 150 semester hours of college study of which at least 36 semester hours must be in accounting for an individual to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. The Professional Program in Accounting is designed to fulfill these requirements and allow the simultaneous granting of a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. Students accepted into the PPIA program are generally to complete fewer courses to earn both degree than non-participants.

During the last semester of the junior year, interested persons should consult with the graduate accounting advisor (graduate.accounting.advisor@uta.edu) and apply for admission to the professional program. Formal admission to the program will occur during the first semester of the senior year (provided the student has completed at least 90 semester hours of the designated course work, and otherwise meets program admission requirements). Students admitted to the program will complete a plan of study that results in fulfillment of requirements for the bachelor’s degree (excluding certain undergraduate course work that is waived) and sufficient additional graduate course work to fulfill the requirements for the Master of Science in Accounting degree or the Master of Science in Taxation degree.

Provided certain conditions are met, students may begin to earn graduate course credits before completing all of the undergraduate course requirements. Interested persons should obtain a Graduate Catalog and consult with the graduate accounting advisor (graduate.accounting.advisor@uta.edu) for further information on the Professional Program in Accounting option.

Accounting Faculty

Chair

Associate Professor Walther

Professors

Hall, Taylor

Associate Professors

Ho, Mark, McConnell, Pierce, Subramaniam, Tsay

Assistant Professors

Efendi, Winterbotham

Lecturers

Andrews, Bitenc, Brown, Hagan

Adjunct Assistant Professors

Lee, Prachyl

Professors Emeritus

Ross, Witt


View Course Descriptions for: Accounting (ACCT), Business Foundations Program (FACC)

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