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College of Business

Department of Accounting

Temporary Virtual Services

Chico State is moving to virtual delivery of instruction and services. Campus and physical offices are closed until further notice.

We are all still working, here to answer questions, solve problems, and help students manage in this challenging time while continuing to make degree progress, but operating in a new mode of delivery. All services will be delivered via phone, email, online, and when appropriate with live Zoom conferencing.

Please don’t hesitate to call (530-898-4480) or leave an email (businessadvisor@csuchico.edu). We will get back to you ASAP and are happy to answer your questions and help you in any way we can.

If you are a current student and have questions regarding your class, please email your professor directly.

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Overview

The Department of Accounting develops and delivers a curriculum that leads to an undergraduate degree in business administration with an accounting option. Students who seek a degree in accounting will follow the BADM-ACCT(opens in new window) curriculum.

Accounting is key to the success of any business. Students who pursue an accounting option are trained and equipped to succeed in the accounting profession. One of the best ways to fast-track any career in accounting–whether public, private, or governmental accounting, is to study for and pass the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Obtaining the CPA certification is the Gold Standard in the accounting profession and is recognized globally for excellence in accounting.

A student who wants to work as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) will pursue both the BADM-ACCT degree plus the Professional Accounting Certificate(opens in new window). The Professional Accounting Certificate is to be taken concurrently with the BADM-ACCT degree (the Professional Accounting Certificate is not a post-baccalaureate certificate). 


150 Hour Requirement for Obtaining CPA Certification

Given California's "150-hour rule" legislation for accountants, recruiters expect that Chico accounting students will have 150 units of college education rather than the standard 120 units that an undergraduate degree alone will provide. The Professional Accounting Certificate meets the State Board of Accountancy requirements for the additional 30 units. The BADM-ACCT degree provides 120 units and the Professional Accounting Certificate provides the additional 30 units needed to achieve the needed 150 units. The Professional Accounting Certificate contains coursework that addresses the California 150 hour rule in a high-quality manner that is recognized and respected by recruiters and the CPA licensure board. Recruiters of Chico State Accounting students understand the high value of CPA licensure and the Professional Accounting Certificate. It is understood that a CPA license will "fast-track" any career in accounting, whether that career is in public, private, or governmental.

Professional Accounting Certificate students typically work at international, national, and regional public accounting firms. They are also qualified to work in private industry or for numerous governmental agencies that need to hire accounting graduates.


Accounting Resources

The department encourages students to participate in the Accounting Society which is a student club and our Delta Zeta Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), a national accounting honors organization. These organizations regularly bring in executive-level speakers who are interested in recruiting accounting students.

For students not pursuing the accounting option, but who may desire some additional skills and knowledge in accounting, the department also offers a minor in Accounting(opens in new window).


Business Advising

Program planning for the accounting degree and Professional Accounting Certificate (PAC) requires some attention to detail and a systematic approach. It is strongly advised that accounting students meet with Kristina Brown, the Accounting and PAC advisor. Kristina helps students plan out classes semester by semester and also assists students with the CPA exam process - including how to study for the CPA exam, and when and how to sign up for the exam. She has information on internships, Accounting Society and Beta Alpha Psi meetings, career guidance, and much more.

Come and meet with Kristina today by emailing kbrown60@csuchico.edu, or by calling 530-898-4480.

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Jeff Decker

Dr. Jeffrey Decker
Department Chair
jldecker@csuchico.edu
Tehama Hall, Room 313
Phone: 530-898-6463
Fax: 530-898-4970


Kristina Brown, Accounting and PAC advisor

Kristina Brown
Accounting Advisor
kbrown60@csuchico.edu
Glenn Hall, Room 321
Phone: 530-898-4480
Fax: 530-898-5598


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