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DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING, FINANCE, AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Office: 133 Powell Hall
Phone: 985-448-4176
Professors: M. Chiasson (Head),  Kleen, Lajaunie, Mauldin, Ryker, Zachry.
Associate Professors: K. Breaux, Fanguy, K. Guidry, Lawrence, Mao, Nelsestuen.
Instructors: Diaz-Fugetta,  S. LeJeune, Merrell, 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. Also, accounting majors must earn a C or better in each accounting course.

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

Both the College of Business and the Accounting Program are accredited by AACSB International. AACSB Accounting Accreditation is an additional specialized, professional designation for accounting programs. In order for an accounting program to be accredited, the College of Business must currently be AACSB accredited. The Accounting program at Nicholls achieved initial accreditation in 2007. Less than 3% of the accounting programs worldwide have earned this distinction. Maintenance of accreditation requires a rigorous self-evaluation and peer review process that focuses on continuous improvements related to strategic management, high quality faculty/student mix and a demonstration of student learning.

CPA Exam Requirements

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 30 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 a double major or 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.

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 ACCT 205, 221 6
ENGL 101, 102 (GER) 6 Arts Elective (GER) 3
Freshman Seminar Course (UR) 1 CIS 231 3
HIST Elective (GER) 3 ECON 211 (GER), 212 6
Humanities Elective (GER) 3 ENGL Literature Elective (GER) 3
MATH 101, 106  (GER) 6 Natural Science Electives (GER) 6
Natural Sciences Elective (GER) 3 QBA 282 3
OIS 200 (CLR) 2   30
SPCH 101 (OCR) 3    
  30    
       
JUNIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs. SENIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs.
ACCT 306, 322, 323,  351 12 ACCT 401, 403, 407 9
BSAD 310 or ENGL 310 (GER) 3 ACCT Elective (300-level or above) 3
Elective 3 BSAD 221, 324, 490 9
FINC 302 3 Elective (300-level or above) 3
MNGT 301 3 MNGT 368 3
MKTG 300 3 Social Sciences Elective (Non ECON) (GER) 3
QBA 283 3     30
  30    

Total Hours Required for Degree: 120

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Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration – Pre-Law Concentration (BAPL)

  • (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 ACCT 205, 206 6
ENGL 101, 102 (GER) 6 Arts Elective (GER) 3
Freshman Seminar Course (UR) 1 CIS 231 3
HIST Elective (GER) 3 ECON 211, 212 (GER) 6
Humanities Elective (GER) 3 ENGL Literature Elective (GER) 3
MATH 101, 106  (GER) 6 Natural Sciences Electives (GER) 6
Natural Sciences Elective (GER) 3 QBA 282 3
OIS 200 (CLR) 2   30
SPCH 101 (OCR) 3    
  30    
       
JUNIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs. SENIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs.
ACCT 221, 407 6 BSAD 221, 324, 490 9
BSAD 310 or ENGL 310 (GER) 3 ECON Elective (400-level or above) 3
ECON 317 3 ENGL 266 or 366 3
FINC 302 3 FINC Elective (300-level or above) 3
GOVT, PSYC or SOCI Elective 3 GOVT 399, 400 6
MNGT 301 3 MNGT 368 3
MNGT Elective (300-level or above) 3 MKTG Elective (300-level or above) 3
MKTG 300 3   30
QBA 283 3      
  30    

Total Hours Required for Degree: 120

FINANCE PROGRAM

The university awards the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Finance to the student upon the successful completion of the Finance curriculum and the requirements of the university and the College of Business Administration. The goal of the Bachelor of Science in Finance program is to provide students with an understanding of the role of money and wealth in the decision-making aspects of modern business. Specialization is available in the areas of Financial Institutions, Financial Planning, Corporate Finance, and Real Estate. Through such specializations, students gain an in-depth knowledge that allows them to compete effectively for employment and in graduate or professional schools.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance – (FINC)

  • (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 ACCT 205, 221 6
ENGL 101, 102 (GER) 6 Arts Elective (GER) 3
Freshman Seminar Course (UR) 1 CIS 231 3
HIST Elective (GER) 3 ECON 211, 212 (GER) 6
Humanities Elective (GER) 3 ENGL Literature Elective (GER) 3
MATH 101, 106  (GER) 6 Natural Sciences Electives (GER) 6
Natural Sciences Elective (GER) 3 QBA 282 3
OIS 200 (CLR) 2   30
SPCH 101 (OCR) 3    
  30    
       
JUNIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs. SENIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs.
ACCT 306 3 BSAD 221, 490 6
BSAD 310 or ENGL 310 (GER) 3 ECON 317 3
FINC 302, 310, 356 9 Elective 3
GOVT 101 (GER) 3 FINC 403, 405 6
MNGT 301 3 FINC Elective 12
MKTG 300 3 MNGT 368 3
QBA 283 3   33
  27    

Total Hours Required for Degree: 120

Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance – Financial Services Marketing Concentration (FIFS)

  • (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 ACCT 205, 221 6
ENGL 101, 102 (GER) 6 Arts Elective (GER) 3
Freshman Seminar Course (UR) 1 CIS 231 3
HIST Elective (GER) 3 ECON 211, 212 (GER) 6
Humanities Elective (GER) 3 ENGL Literature Elective (GER) 3
MATH 101, 106  (GER) 6 Natural Sciences Electives (GER) 6
Natural Sciences Elective (GER) 3 QBA 282 3
OIS 200 (CLR) 2   30
SPCH 101 (OCR) 3    
  30    
       
JUNIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs. SENIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs.
ACCT  306 3 ACCT 407 3
BSAD 310 or ENGL 310 (GER) 3 BSAD 221, 490 6
ECON 317 or FINC 310 3 Electives* 6
FINC 302,  328 6 FINC 341, 356 6
GOVT 101 3 MNGT 368 3
MNGT 301 3 MKTG 420, 470 6
MKTG 300, 320 6   30
QBA 283 3    
  30    
 

* Choose from: MKTG 460, 481, 490; MNGT 370; FINC 310, 405, 410, 441, 456 or 460.

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

Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems (CISY)

FRESHMAN YEAR Sem.Hrs. SOPHOMORE YEAR Sem.Hrs.
BSAD 101 3 ACCT 205, 206 6
CIS 150 3 Arts Elective (GER) 3
ENGL 101, 102 (GER) 6 CIS 231 3
Freshman Seminar Course (UR) 1 ECON 211, 212 (GER) 6
HIST Elective (GER) 3 ENGL Literature Elective (GER) 3
Humanities Elective (GER) 3 Natural Sciences Electives (GER) 6
MATH 101, 106 (GER) 6 QBA 282 3
Natural Sciences Elective (GER) 3   30
OIS 200 (CLR) 2    
  30    
       
JUNIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs. SENIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs.
BSAD 310 or ENGL 310 (GER) 3 BSAD 221, 490 6
CIS 255, 310, 320, 330 12 CIS 340, 420 or 430, 460 9
FINC 302 3 CIS Electives (300-level or above) 6
MNGT 301 3 Electives (300-level or above) 6
MKTG 300 3 MNGT 368 3
 QBA 283 3   30
 SPCH 101 (OCR) 3    
  30    

Total Hours Required for Degree: 120

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