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Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Business

Why Choose Accountancy?

An accounting education can lead to a highly respected and rewarding career. If you elect to major in Accountancy, you may prepare yourself for a variety of accounting careers in industry, government, not-for-profit organizations, and professional services.

Career Opportunities

More and more employers are demanding a degreed individual to fill staff accounting and office positions. This program provides a solid basis in accounting as well as the computer accounting skills that are critical to employers. An Associate degree in Accountancy can be just the thing to open doors for entry-level positions that provide excellent earnings potential.

Admission Requirements

New Students SAT Scores

  • 2.5 High School GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Two of the Three Criteria:

  1.  SAT ERW score of 450 or higher

  2.  SAT Math score of 500 or higher.  Placement in MATH 109/110 will be considered (SAT Math score of 480 or higher).

  3. SAT Composite of 900 or higher

New Students ACT Scores

  • 2.5 High School GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Two of the Three Criteria:

  1.  ACT English score of 16 or higher

  2. ACT Math score of 19 or higher

  3. ACT Reading score of 19 or higher

Transfer Students

  • Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended.  GPA based on completion of 12 credit hours or more.  Developmental courses will not be considered in computing the GPA requirement. 

  • Transfer equivalency for FSU ENGL 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; or SAT ERW score of 450 or higher; or Accuplacer English score of 6 or higher. 

  • Transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 114/115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; SAT Math score of 500 or higher; or Accuplacer Math scores:  Elementary Algebra score 75 or higher and College Level Math 0-49. 

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

General Education Requirements


All University General Education requirements for an Associate’s degree is here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives. 

 Consult the Required Course above or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

The Accountancy program leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core and related classes, in the major, and overall. Students must complete all General Education requirements of the degree as specified.

More Information

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

The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).  Next accreditation review is February 2018.

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Accounting Major Requirements

Princ of Managerial Accounting
Intermediate Accounting 1
Fed Income Tax-Individual
Computerized Accounting
Choose one (see advisor to select)
Intermediate Accounting 2
Cost Accounting 1
Adv Managerial Accounting
Directed Electives - Advisor approval required

Professional Component

Princ. of Financial Accounting
Intro Micro Systems-Software
Applied Management
Introduction to Statistics

Choose one (see advisor to select)
Legal Environment of Business
Contracts and Sales

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
English 1
English 2
Cultural Enrichment
Social Awareness
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Scientific Understanding
Lab Science Elective
Quantitative Skills
Quantitative Reason for Pro 2
Intermediate Algebra
Minimum credit hours required for Accountancy Associate degree
Accountancy students must be able to demonstrate competency in ISYS 105 topics or take ISYS 105.