2018-2019 Catalog (Current)

Accountancy/Finance

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

Why Choose Accountancy/Finance?

An accounting education can lead to a highly respected and rewarding career. Accountants routinely earn incomes that are in the top 5 percent of the community in which they may live. If you elect to major in Accountancy, you may prepare yourself for a variety of careers in industry, government, not-for-profit organizations, and public accounting. Many accountants are self-employed and operate their own business.

The Accountancy program at Ferris is a professional, career-oriented course of study.  Classes are offered which allow students to design their degree to fit their particular interests. Our graduates qualify to take professional accounting examinations such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Our faculty bring to the classroom relevant academic and real-world experience along with a spectrum of licensures in these areas. Whatever the course of instruction, employers laud the extensive level of preparation our graduates bring to the workplace.

Of increasing interest are our dual degrees (e.g. Accounting/CIS and Accounting/Finance); demanding in nature, but producing highly sought-after graduates. For those considering the CPA, our bachelor's degree covers all of the content required to sit for the examination. In addition, we offer several minors and concentrations tailored to individual areas of interest which can also be used to fulfill the 150 hour educational requirements. For more information on career opportunities in this field, visit bls.gov and enter "occupational outlook" in the search engine.

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 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 a Bachelor’s degree are here

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

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

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 2028.
http://www.acbsp.org

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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.