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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 Administration, the Accounting program prepares students from the Bayou Region of South Louisiana and beyond to contribute to a dynamic regional and global economy as well-educated, responsible, and engaged accounting professionals through quality teaching, applied and pedagogical research, and service.

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

Suggested Course Sequence:

YEAR* COURSE NAME COURSE NUMBER REQUIREMENT CREDIT HRS
1 BSAD 101   3
1 ENGL 101 GER 3
1 ENGL 102 GER 3
1 Freshman Seminar Course   UR 1
1 HIST Elective   GER 3
1 Humanities Elective   GER 3
1 MATH 101 GER 3
1 MATH 106 GER 3
1 Natural Sciences Elective   GER 3
1 OIS 200 CLR 2
1 SPCH 101 OCR 3
2 ACCT 205   3
2 ACCT 221   3
2 Fine Arts Elective   GER 3
2 CIS 231   3
2 ECON 211 GER 3
2 ECON 212 GER 3
2 ENGL Literature Elective   GER 3
2 Natural Sciences Elective   GER 3
2 Natural Sciences Elective   GER 3
2 QBA 282   3
3 ACCT 306   3
3 ACCT 322   3
3 ACCT 323   3
3 ACCT 351   3
3 BSAD or ENGL 310 GER 3
3 Elective     3
3 FINC 302   3
3 MNGT 301   3
3 MKTG 300   3
3 QBA 283   3
4 ACCT 401   3
4 ACCT 403   3
4 ACCT 407   3
4 ACCT Elective 300-level or above   3
4 BSAD 221   3
4 BSAD 324   3
4 BSAD 490   3
4 Elective 300-level or above   3
4 MNGT 368   3
4 Social Sciences Elective non-ECON   3
  TOTAL HOURS     120

*Recommend complete as Freshman (1), Sophomore (2), Junior (3), Senior (4)

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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

Suggested Course Sequence:

YEAR* COURSE NAME COURSE NUMBER REQUIREMENT CREDIT HRS
1 BSAD 101   3
1 ENGL 101 GER 3
1 ENGL 102 GER 3
1 Freshman Seminar Course   UR 1
1 HIST Elective   GER 3
1 Humanities Elective   GER 3
1 MATH 101 GER 3
1 MATH 106 GER 3
1 Natural Sciences Elective   GER 3
1 OIS 200 CLR 2
1 SPCH 101 OCR 3
2 ACCT 205   3
2 ACCT 206   3
2 Fine Arts Elective   GER 3
2 CIS 231   3
2 ECON 211 GER 3
2 ECON 212 GER 3
2 ENGL Literature Elective   GER 3
2 Natural Sciences Elective   GER 3
2 Natural Sciences Elective   GER 3
2 QBA 282   3
3 ACCT 221   3
3 ACCT 407   3
3 BSAD or ENGL 310 GER 3
3 ECON 317   3
3 FINC 302   3
3 GOVT, PSYC or SOCI Elective     3
3 MNGT 301   3
3 MNGT Elective 300-level or above   3
3 MKTG 300   3
3 QBA 283   3
4 BSAD 221   3
4 BSAD 324   3
4 BSAD 490   3
4 ECON Elective 400-level or above   3
4 ENGL 266 or 366   3
4 FINC Elective 300-level or above   3
4 GOVT 399   3
4 GOVT 400   3
4 MNGT 368   3
4 MKTG Elective 300-level or above   3
  TOTAL HOURS     120

*Recommend complete as Freshman (1), Sophomore (2), Junior (3), Senior (4)

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)

  • Financial Services Marketing Concentration (FIFS)
  • (CLR) Computer Literacy Requirement;
  • (GER) General Education Requirement;
  • (OCR) Oral Communication Requirement;
  • (UR) University Requirement

Suggested Course Sequence:

YEAR* COURSE NAME COURSE NUMBER REQUIREMENT CREDIT HRS
1 BSAD 101   3
1 ENGL 101 GER 3
1 ENGL 102 GER 3
1 Freshman Seminar Course   UR 1
1 HIST Elective   GER 3
1 Humanities Elective   GER 3
1 MATH 101 GER 3
1 MATH 106 GER 3
1 Natural Sciences Elective   GER 3
1 OIS 200 CLR 2
1 SPCH 101 OCR 3
2 ACCT 205   3
2 ACCT 221   3
2 Fine Arts Elective   GER 3
2 CIS 231   3
2 ECON 211 GER 3
2 ECON 212 GER 3
2 ENGL Literature Elective   GER 3
2 Natural Sciences Elective   GER 3
2 Natural Sciences Elective   GER 3
2 QBA 282   3
3 ACCT 306   3
3 BSAD or ENGL 310 GER 3
3 FINC 302   3
3 GOVT 101   3
3 ECON or
FINC
317
310
  3
3 FINC 356   3
3 MNGT 301   3
3 MKTG 300   3
3 QBA 283   3
4 BSAD 221   3
4 BSAD 490   3
4 FINC Elective or
FIFS Concentration
300-level or above
See below
  3
4 Business Elective or
FIFS Concentration
300-level or above
See below
  3
4 FINC or
FIFS Concentration
403
See below
  3
4 FINC or
FIFS Concentration
405
See below
  3
4 FINC Elective or
FIFS Concentration
300-level or above
See below
  3
4 FINC Elective or
FIFS Concentration 
300-level or above
See below
  3
4 FINC Elective or
FIFS Concentration
300-level or above
See below
  3
4 FINC Elective or
FIFS Concentration
300-level or above
See below
  3
4 MNGT 368   3
  TOTAL HOURS     120

*Recommend complete as Freshman (1), Sophomore (2), Junior (3), Senior (4)

Financial Services Marketing Concentration (FIFS) – 24 total hrs.

ACCT 407 (3)  + 6 HOURS FROM:
FINC 328 (3)   MKTG 481 (3)
FINC 341 (3)   MKTG 490 (3)
MKTG 320 (3)   FINC 405 (3)
MKTG 420 (3)   FINC 410 (3)
MKTG 470 (3)   FINC 441 (3)
    FINC 460 (3)

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)

Suggested Course Sequence:

YEAR* COURSE NAME COURSE NUMBER REQUIREMENT CREDIT HRS
1 BSAD 101   3
1 CIS 150   3
1 ENGL 101 GER 3
1 ENGL 102 GER 3
1 Freshman Seminar Course   UR 1
1 HIST Elective   GER 3
1 Humanities Elective   GER 3
1 MATH 101 GER 3
1 MATH 106 GER 3
1 Natural Sciences Elective   GER 3
1 OIS 200 CLR 2
2 ACCT 205   3
2 ACCT 206   3
2 Fine Arts Elective   GER 3
2 CIS 231   3
2 ECON 211 GER 3
2 ECON 212 GER 3
2 ENGL Literature Elective   GER 3
2 Natural Sciences Elective   GER 3
2 Natural Sciences Elective   GER 3
2 QBA 282   3
3 BSAD or ENGL 310 GER 3
3 CIS 255   3
3 CIS 310   3
3 CIS 320   3
3 CIS 330   3
3 FINC 302   3
3 MNGT 301   3
3 MKTG 300   3
3 QBA 283   3
3 SPCH 101 OCR 3
4 BSAD 221   3
4 BSAD 490   3
4 CIS 340   3
4 CIS 420 or 430   3
4 CIS 460   3
4 CIS Elective 300-level or above   3
4 CIS Elective 300-level or above   3
4 Elective 300-level or above   3
4 Elective 300-level or above   3
4 MNGT 368   3
  TOTAL HOURS     120

*Recommend complete as Freshman (1), Sophomore (2), Junior (3), Senior (4)

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