2019-2020 Catalog (Current)


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

Why Choose Accountancy?

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 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 relevant academic and real-world experience to the classroom 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.

For those considering the CPA, unlike other universities, our bachelor's degree covers all of the content required to sit for the examination. Of increasing interest are our dual degrees (e.g. - Accounting/CIS and Accounting/Finance); demanding in nature, but producing highly sought-after graduates. We also offer several minors and concentrations tailored to individual areas of interest which can 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

According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting is one of the fastest growing professions.  The job market for Accountancy graduates remains very strong, even during temporary economic downturns.  Options include:

Public accounting-auditing, taxation, and consulting
Private/industrial accounting-financial and cost accounting
Governmental/nonprofit accounting-fund accounting
Forensic accounting-investigative accounting

Accountants are in high demand by government agencies such as the IRS, FBI, and CIA.  Accounting also provides an excellent undergraduate background for a law degree. 

Our graduates are prepared for advanced study in Accountancy, leading to career opportunities in accounting education.  Accounting provides an excellent foundation for non-accounting business careers including banking, consulting, and small business ownership.

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. 

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 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

The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).  Next accreditation review is February 2028.


Required Courses
Credit Hours

Business Core

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

Accountancy Common Core

Intermediate Accounting 1
Intermediate Accounting 2
Cost Accounting 1
Fed Income Tax-Individual
ACCT Systems and Controls 1
Choose one of the following concentrations:

Professionally Directed Concentration

Must receive prior course approval from your advisor for the directed electives.

Directed Accounting/Business Electives (300 level or above)


Directed Accounting Electives (300 level or above)


Free Elective


Public Accounting Concentration

Adv Financial Accounting 1
Adv Financial Accounting 2
Financial Accounting Theory
Federal Income Tax-Corp
Governmental Accounting
Commercial Law & Transactions

Minimum credit hours required for Accountancy Bachelor degree


Students interested in meeting the State of Michigan 150 credit hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam may fulfill those requirements by completing either the Masters degree in Information Systems or the Masters in Business Administration options.

NOTE:  You may sit for the CPA exam upon completion of the Accountancy Public Accounting bachelor's degree, but must complete an additional 26 hours of education to meet the State of Michigan 150 hour requirement for CPA certification.  Be sure to evaluate the requirements for any professional certification with the appropriate state board.
Acountancy students must be able to demonstrate competency in ISYS 105 topics or take ISYS 105.