Accounting majors are encouraged to meet with their assigned adviser during their first semester on campus to discuss interests and career goals and to begin planning a program of study that will help meet those goals. Discussions with an adviser afford an opportunity to explore career paths.

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, a minimum of 120 credits is required. Students must earn a grade of C or better in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field. The major meets the requirements for taking the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) professional examinations in the state of Pennsylvania. Students wishing to pursue their CPA designation will be required to complete an additional 30 credit-hours of studies prior to, or within five years of, successful completion of the CPA examination.

Current Students:

See the Recommended Academic Plans for more detailed course recommendations and refer to the University Bulletin for course descriptions and more degree requirements. Also be sure to check out Advice for Accounting Majors and find other resources on the Current Students page.

Students can also choose a concurrent major in Accounting and Finance or one in Accounting and Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies.

Prospective Students:

Below is a typical course sequence for the Accounting bachelor's degree program. Schedules will vary by student, depending on areas of interest.

Semester 1

  • First Year Seminar (1 credit)
  • Calculus (4 credits)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits: 15.5 credits

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Management Information Systems (3 credits)
  • Effective Speech (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)

Total Credits: 15 credits

Semester 3

  • Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting (4 credits)
  • Statistics (4 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits: 15.5 credits

Semester 4

  • Corporate Finance (3 credits)
  • Basic Management Concepts (3 credits)
  • Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
  • Supply Chain Management (3 credits)
  • Effective Writing: Business (3 credits)

Total Credits: 15 credits

Semesters 5, 6, 7, and 8

A range of Penn State Behrend courses is available to you in your third and fourth years.

Your schedule will depend on your areas of focus and your interests.

  • Upper-Division Required Courses
    Legal Environment of Business; Social and Ethical Environment of Business; Federal Taxation I; Accounting Technology Lab; Intermediate Accounting I; Intermediate Financial Accounting II; Cost Accounting; Auditing; Accounting Systems; Advanced Accounting; Introduction to Business Information Systems; Strategic Management and Business Policy

  • Upper-Division Supporting Courses
    International Trade and Finance; China in the Global Economy: History, Culture, and Society; International Finance; International Management; Global Marketing; Federal Taxation II; Accounting Practicum: VITA; Advanced Management Accounting; Advanced UCC and Commercial Transactions

This represents a typical course sequence; your schedule will vary depending on your interests. It is recommended that you consult your academic adviser before scheduling any courses. See for detailed degree requirements and course descriptions.