Disciplinary Major or Minor (Bachelor of Business Administration)
Associate Professors - James Doering, Steven Muzatko, Marilyn Sagrillo, Karl Zehms (chair)
Lecturers - Brent Hussin, Ann Selk
Visiting Professors - James Fischer
Accounting at UW-Green Bay provides both in-depth knowledge and the broad business background necessary to understand the role of accounting in the business world.
Graduates are qualified to take professional accounting examinations, including the CPA* (Certified Public Accountant), CMA (Certified Management Accountant), and CIA (Certified Internal Auditing) examinations. Alumni surveys indicate that alumni perceive the accounting program very favorably, their program of study prepared them extremely well for their careers, the quality of the accounting faculty is "excellent," and they would recommend the program to others. Surveys also suggest that over 30 percent of the accounting graduates pass all four parts of the CPA exam during their first sitting; of those who take it a second time, 75 percent pass all four parts. These figures compare very favorably with the national averages, where the first time pass rate is approximately 20 percent.
More than 90 percent of UW-Green Bay accounting graduates typically ?nd employment in their chosen careers or enter graduate programs within six months of graduation. Accounting graduates have secured careers in the fields of public accounting, industry and government, and with the Internal Revenue Service, to name a few.
The program provides considerable exposure to the liberal arts and develops the critical thinking, problem-solving, interpersonal, communication, quantitative, and computer skills needed by graduates to successfully serve as leaders within modern organizations. The program also addresses contemporary organizational issues, such as the role of accounting in continuous quality improvement, implementation of computer technology and advances in accounting information systems and accounting ethics.
The accounting curriculum is a rigorous, problem-focused program comprised of three integrated elements: supporting, core, and major courses. The supporting and core courses provide breadth and introduce each student to the foundations of business knowledge, including communications, economics, statistics, computers, accounting, finance, management and marketing. The major courses provide depth and prepare each accounting student thoroughly for a professional career. Accounting students also complete a business minor which provides additional breadth.
Accounting students have extensive opportunities to meet business professionals and gain practical experience. An active accounting student organization supports these efforts and helps students to meet others with like interests. Faculty members encourage participation in the internship program, through which students learn while working in real business settings.
Entrance and Exit Requirements
Entering freshmen should declare a pre-accounting major when they enroll. To be eligible for admission to the accounting major or minor, a student must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average on a total of at least 36 earned degree credits. Transfer students who have less than 36 degree credits and/or less than a 2.5 grade point average, must earn 15 degree credits at UW-Green Bay and earn a 2.5 or better grade point average on those 15 credits.
Eligibility does not guarantee admission. Only the most qualified applicants, based upon grade point average, are admitted from the pool of eligible students. The number of students admitted is determined by availability of faculty, enrollment levels and other considerations.
All students must have a total of 36 earned credits with a minimum 2.5 grade point average to enroll in the "gateway" courses (ACCTG 305 and BUS ADM 322, 343, and 382).
All students must meet accounting's exit requirement to graduate with an accounting major. Students intending to graduate with this major must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
*150 Credit-Hour CPA Exam Requirement
Students should be aware that 150 college credit hours are required to write the CPA exam. The UW-Green Bay accounting program is designed so that students with accounting majors will have several options to earn the 150 credits required for the CPA exam. An accounting adviser assists each student in determining which option best meets his or her interests.