Degree Plan/Accounting Courses

The accounting curriculum provides specialized training for students who intend to enter public, private, governmental or not-for-profit accounting fields. The program also provides prerequisite courses for admission to graduate study.

Accounting Curriculum Sheets:

Nicholls State University accounting graduates are qualified academically to take both the Certified Management Accountant and the Certified Internal Auditor exams. Students completing the 120-hour undergraduate accounting program are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

The Louisiana State Board of Public Accountancy requires that an applicant hold a baccalaureate or higher degree and has earned specified hours in accounting and business courses as described in detail below to be eligible to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination. To become licensed, an individual must satisfy the 150-semester hour requirement before December 31st of the fifth calendar year following successful completion of the CPA exam.  The additional 30 semester hours can be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level.  Students may wish to consider getting a double major while working on the undergraduate accounting degree or pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) upon completion of the undergraduate accounting degree.  Students should consult with their academic advisor to help determine the best course of action.  The transcripts must include the following courses:

Accounting Courses: Sem.          Hrs.
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.

Minor in Accounting

Students interested in pursing a minor in accounting must complete ACCT 205, 321, and 12 additional hours of 300- or 400-level accounting courses. ACCT 206 does not count towards the Accounting minor.

Course Descriptions

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