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DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Office: 133 Powell Hall
Phone: 985-448-4176
Professors: M. Chiasson (Head), Kleen, Mauldin, Ryker, Zachry.
Associate Professors: Fanguy, Mao.
Assistant Professor: K. Breaux.
Instructors: M. Guidry, S. LeJeune, M. Theriot, K. Williams.

Accounting Program Mission

Consistent with the College of Business, the mission of the Accounting program is to prepare students for careers in accounting by continuously improving its teaching, research, and service.

The university awards the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in accounting to a student upon the successful completion of the accounting curriculum and the requirements of the university and the College of Business Administration. In addition, transfer students must complete at least 12 hours of accounting courses in residence at Nicholls. Accounting majors can obtain a minor in computer information systems by successfully completing 18 hours of selected courses in the Department of Information Systems. The accounting curriculum provides specialized training for students who intend to enter public, private, or governmental accounting. The curriculum also provides prerequisite courses for admission to graduate study.

Accreditation

The Accounting Program is accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)

The Louisiana State Board of Public Accountancy requires at least 150 hours of college credit for an applicant to be eligible to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, students will need 29 additional semester hours to qualify for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination. These hours can be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level. Students may wish to pursue the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in order to meet the 150-hour requirement. The transcripts must include the following courses:

Accounting Courses: Semester Hours
Intermediate accounting 6
Cost Accounting 3
Income tax 3
Auditing 3
Accounting electives:  
(a) from Advanced Financial accounting, Theory or
Not-for-Profit accounting/auditing
3
(b) Accounting courses above the basic and beyond the elementary 6
(Caution: Internship courses do not satisfy this requirement.)  
Total Accounting: 24
   
Business courses (other than accounting):  
Commercial Law (as it affects accountancy): 3
Other business courses 21
Total Business courses other than accounting: 24
   
Total Hours: 48

The CPA requirements vary from state to state. If a student plans to seek certification in another state, the board of accountancy in that state should be contacted for specific requirements. In Louisiana, contact the State Board of Certified Public Accountants of Louisiana, 601 Poydras Street, Suite 1770, New Orleans, LA 70130, phone number 504-566-1244, fax 504-566-1252.

Accounting Minor

To obtain a minor in Accounting, students must complete ACCT 205, 221, 322, 323, and 6 additional hours of accounting other than ACCT 206, for a total of 18 semester hours. Students must earn at least a grade of C in all Accounting courses.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting

  • (CLR) Computer Literacy Requirement;
  • (GER) General Education Requirement;
  • (OCR) Oral Communication Requirement;
  • (UR) University Requirement
FRESHMAN YEAR Sem.Hrs. SOPHOMORE YEAR Sem.Hrs.
BSAD 101 3 Arts Elective (GER) 3
OIS 200 or CMPS 101 (CLR) 3 ACCT 205, 221 6
ENGL 101, 102 (GER) 6 CIS 231 3
Freshman Seminar Course (UR) 1 ECON 211 (GER), 212 6
HIST  Electives (GER) 6 ENGL Literature Elective (GER) 3
MATH 101, 106 (GER) 6 Natural Science Electives (GER) 6
Natural Science Elective (GER) 3 QBA 282 3
SPCH 101 (OCR) 3   30
  31    
       
JUNIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs. SENIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs.
ACCT 322, 323, 306, 351 12 ACCT 401, 403, 407 9
BSAD 310 or ENGL 310 (GER) 3 ACCT Elective* 3
Elective 3 BSAD 221, 324, 490 9
FINC 302 3 MNGT 368 3
MNGT 301 3 Social Science Elective (Non ECON) (GER) 3
MKTG 300 3 Elective (300 or 400 level) 3
QBA 285   3     30
  30    

Total Hours Required for Degree: 121

*300-level or above.

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Information Systems Program

The university awards the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Computer Information Systems to the student upon the successful completion of the Computer Information Systems curriculum and the requirements of the university and the College of Business Administration. The curriculum prepares graduates to analyze, design, develop and implement computer information systems.

Information Systems Minor

To obtain a minor in Information Systems, students must complete CIS 231 and 15 credit hours to be chosen from CIS electives or ACCT 351 (for a total of 18 credit hours). The program of study leading to a minor in IS is designed based on student’s professional interest. Students must earn at least a grade of ‘C’ in all Computer Information Systems courses.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems

FRESHMAN YEAR Sem.Hrs. SOPHOMORE YEAR Sem.Hrs.
CIS 150 3 ACCT 205, 206 6
OIS 200 (CLR) 3 CIS 201, 202 2
ENGL 101, 102 (GER) 6 CIS 231 3
Freshman Seminar Course (UR) 1 CIS 255 3
HIST  Electives (GER) 6 ECON 211, 212 (GER) 6
MATH 101, 106 (GER) 6 Nautral Science Electives (GER) 6
Natural Science Electives (GER) 3 QBA 282, 285 6
SPCH 101 (OCR) 3   32
  31    
JUNIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs. SENIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs.
BSAD 221 3 Arts Elective (GER) 3
CIS 301, 302 2 BSAD 310 or ENGL 310 (GER) 3
CIS 310, 320, 330, 340 12 BSAD 490 3
Electives (300 level or above) 6 CIS 420 or 430 6
MNGT 301, 368 6 CIS 460 3
MKTG 300 3 CIS  Electives (300 level or above)   6
  32 ENGL Literature Elective (GER) 3
    FINC 302 3
      30

Total Hours Required for Degree: 122

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