DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE

Office: 133 Powell Hall
Phone: 985-448-4176
Professors: K. Breaux (Head), M. Chiasson, K. Guidry, Lajaunie, Lawrence.
Associate Professors: Chu.
Assistant Professors: Huda, Merrell, Zhang.
Instructors: Falgout.

Accounting Program

Mission

Consistent with the College of Business, the AACSB-accredited Accounting program at Nicholls State University positively impacts the social and economic vitality of the region and beyond by professionally servicing regional and global companies/industries and positioning students to successfully meet workforce development needs as well-educated, responsible, and engaged Accounting professionals.

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.

Progression Requirements

  • Accounting majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required accounting courses in order to progress in the accounting program.
  • Accounting majors who do not achieve a grade of “C” or better in an accounting course are allowed to retake the course two times.
  • Students not earning a grade of “C” or better after taking a course a third time will be required to write a letter directed to the Department Head of the Accounting program requesting permission to retake the course and to be allowed to continue as an accounting major.
  • Denial of a request to repeat a required acounting course, or a fourth failure of a required accounting course will result in the dismissal of the student from the accounting program/major.

CPA Exam Requirements

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: 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 Humanities 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 321 3
2 Fine Arts Elective GER 3
2 CIS 231 3
2 ECON 211 GER 3
2 ECON 212 GER 3
2 Humanities 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 Business 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 315 or 408 3
4 BSAD 221 3
4 BSAD 324 3
4 BSAD 490 3
4 ACCT Elective 300-level or above 3
4 MNGT 368 3
4 CIS
MNGT
370 or 480
425**
3
  TOTAL HOURS     120

*Recommend complete as Freshman (1), Sophomore (2), Junior (3), Senior (4)
**Students choosing MNGT 425 must take MNGT 367 as the Business Elective.

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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 Humanities 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 321 3
2 Fine Arts Elective GER 3
2 CIS 231 3
2 ECON 211 GER 3
2 ECON 212 GER 3
2 Humanities 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 GEOG, GOVT, PSYC or SOCI Elective 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 SELECTED  FROM:
FINC 328 (3)   FINC 410 (3)
FINC 341 (3)   FINC 441 (3)
MKTG 320 (3)   FINC 456 (3)
MKTG 420 (3)   FINC 460 (3)
MKTG 470 (3)   FINC 470 (3)

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