May 26, 2019
Degree and Major Requirements
The Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting requires a minimum of 120 credit hours of undergraduate course work. Fifty percent of this work, or 60 credit hours, must be taken outside of the College of Business.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
- B.B.A. core courses: 45-46 Credit Hours1
- Accounting major requirements: 24 Credit Hours
- Free elective: 3 Credit Hours2
- General Education courses: 41 Credit Hours3
- Non-business electives (varies, consult adviser): 7-8 Credit Hours
1 Up to seven hours of core requirements in economics and calculus may also be taken for General Education credit. Students who take the General Education packages and courses recommended by the College of Business will have only 39 credit hours of additional B.B.A. core requirements.
2 Any course offered by the university.
3 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
B.B.A. Core Component
B.B.A. Lower-Level Core Component
B.B.A. majors must complete all of the B.B.A. core components as part of their degree program. The following courses comprise the B.B.A. Lower-Level Core Component:
B.B.A. Upper-Level Core Component
The following courses comprise the B.B.A. Upper-Level Core Component:
1 MATH 220 may be substituted for COB 191 .
2 COB 191 or equivalent and MATH 205 or equivalent are prerequisites for COB 291 .
3 Calculus is required but not used in calculating the B.B.A. core GPA. MATH 235 is preferred for Finance majors.
4 COB 241 must be taken before COB 242 .
5 COB 242 is a prerequisite or corequisite for COB 300 and is not used in calculating the B.B.A. core GPA. COB 242 is a prerequisite for COB 300 for students taking COB 300 in Antwerp.
6 All four COB 300 courses must be taken during the same semester.
7 COB 300 is a prerequisite or corequisite for COB 318 . COB 318 is a prerequisite for COB 487 .
8 COB 487 must be taken during the senior year.
In counting the 60 credit hours of non-business courses, B.B.A. students may include all hours taken in General Education (usually 41), up to a total of nine hours in economics (ECON courses, including ECON 200 and ECON 201 , must be counted as economics) and three hours of COB 191. Business Analytics I . The remaining hours, to bring the total to 60, must be taken from outside the College of Business. Students should carefully select these nonbusiness electives to help them gain additional knowledge and expertise for their careers and personal lives.
Students are responsible for their own progress toward graduation. Students must work closely with their advisers and the College of Business Academic Success Center to ensure scheduling of courses consistent with their personal degree completion target, and then study diligently to successfully complete the scheduled course work on time.
Recommended Schedule for Majors
First Two Years
Students planning to major in accounting must be accepted into the College of Business . Admission requirements to the College of Business require completion of 8 lower-level B.B.A. core courses. It is expected that the lower-level B.B.A core curriculum will be completed during the first two years of study along with General Education and non-business elective courses. Students will work with an adviser to develop their schedule of courses for the first two years.
Up to seven hours of core requirements in economics and calculus may also be taken for General Education credit. Students who take the General Education packages and courses recommended by the College of Business will have only 39 credit hours of additional B.B.A. core requirements.
Many graduates desire to gain certifications in their selected area of specialization. The Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is the best known of these certifications. To obtain a CPA license in Virginia, candidates must meet a 150-hour education requirement, including 30 credits in accounting and 24 in business. Forty-eight states require students to meet the 150-hour educational requirement. The masters in accounting program is highly recommended for those electing a career in public accounting.
In addition to the CPA exam, graduates of our program sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam, the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam, the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) exam and others.
In general, all upper-division accounting course work (300-499) must be completed at JMU. Transfer credit for upper-division courses is awarded only in unusual circumstances. In no case will transfer credit be awarded for more than one upper-division course, and in no case will transfer credit be awarded for either of the corporate financial reporting courses (ACTG 343 or ACTG 344 ). Contact the accounting adviser for more information on transfer credit.