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Accountancy/Finance

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): Business

Why Choose Accountancy/Finance?

Finance is becoming an increasingly complex and critical area in the overall management of all types of institutions - business and others - as well as individuals. The dual major of Accountancy and Finance provides students with an understanding of financial definitions, concepts, and relationships coupled with knowledge of the major concepts and practices of accounting. This unique combination of skills prepares students for a wide array of careers in accounting and finance positions in industry, government, or not-for-profit agencies, and enhances opportunities for career advancement.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this dual major possess an excellent foundation for future growth and career development. They're highly marketable and in high demand. Graduates qualify for careers as accountants, financial analysts, credit analysts, stock brokers, real estate agents or brokers, bankers, and financial planners or counselors. They're prepared to assume responsible entry-level managerial positions in accountancy or finance.

Admission Requirements

New students: 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and two of the three following criteria: (1) English ACT score of 16 or higher, or SAT Writing score of 370 or higher; (2) Math ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Math score of 460 or higher; (3) Reading ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Reading score of 430 or higher.

Transfer students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA is based on completion of 12 credit hours or more. Transfer equivalency for FSU's ENGL 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; Compass score 70 – 100. Transfer equivalency for FSU's MATH 115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; Compass Algebra score 46 - 74 and high school Algebra with 2.0.

Exceptions for new and transfer students: Applicants not meeting the above criteria but having a 2.35 high school GPA and at least a 16 ACT in Math and Reading and a 13 ACT in ENGLISH (2.00 overall GPA for transfer students) can be considered for conditional admission into a College of Business pre-program. Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business dean’s office.


Pre-program students must complete a minimum of 12 FSU credits (excluding developmental courses) with a 2.35 GPA; courses must include ENGL 150 and MATH 115 before being considered for admission into their program of choice. Students must meet admission criteria for their chosen degree program by the time they have earned 30 credits.

More information: Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business web page under the Admissions tab.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

The Accountancy/Finance program at Ferris leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall.

More Information

Accountancy, Finance, & Info Systems
119 South Street, BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
231-591-2434


The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).  Next accreditation review is February 2018.
http://www.acbsp.org

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Major Courses - 21 Credits Required

Intermediate Accounting 1
3
Intermediate Accounting 2
3
Cost Accounting 1
3
Fed Income Tax-Individual
3
ACCT Systems and Controls 1
3
Auditing
3
Federal Income Tax-Corp
3
Governmental Accounting
3
Mathematics of Finance
3
Financial Markets-Institutions
3
Financial Management 2
3
Fin Analysis & Forecasting
3
Investment Principles
3
Financial Modeling
3
Problems in Finance
3
Inferential Statistics
3
Directed Business Elective (300 level or above) - advisor approval required
5-6
Directed Business Elective (200 level or above) - advisor approval required
3
Internship highly recommended (ACCT 491 or FINC 491) - consult with the internship coordinator.

Business Core

Princ. of Financial Accounting
3
Princ of Managerial Accounting
3
Contracts and Sales
3
Integrating Experience
3
Financial Management 1
3
Business Information Systems
3
Applied Management
3
Quality-Operations Mgmt
3
Principles of Marketing
3
Introduction to Statistics
3

University General Education Requirements

The following courses are required as part of the University's General Education Requirements, but they also count toward degree requirements.
Communication Competence
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
English 1
3
English 2
3
Advanced Business Writing
3

Scientific Understanding

Lab Science Elective
3 - 4
Science Elective
3

Quantitative Skills

Quantitative Reason for Pro 2
4
Intermediate Algebra
3
Math Analysis for Business
3
If MATH ACT 24 or SAT 560 or higher, Student must substitute General Education Elective.

Cultural Enrichment

Cultural Enrichment Electives (one must be 200 level or higher, one must meet race, ethnicity, gender requirement)
9

Social Awareness

Elective (non-economics)
3
Principles of Macroeconomics
3
Principles of Microeconomics
3

College of Business Additional General Education

Choose one:
Money and Banking
3
or
Labor Economic Labor Relations
3
or
Economics of Public Finance
3
Choose one:
Small Group Decision Making
3
or
Nonverbal Communication
3
or
Persuasive Speaking
3
Minimum credit hours required for Accountancy/Finance Bachelor degree
135
Be sure to evaluate the requirements for any professional certification with the appropriate state board.
Accountancy and Finance students must be able to demonstrate competency in ISYS 105 topics or take ISYS 105.
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