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Department of Accounting

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The Department of Accounting develops and delivers 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 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. We find that the fast-track to any career in accounting - whether that be in public, private, or governmental accounting – usually begins with job placement at a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) firm upon graduation and earning the CPA license. Our CPA exam pass rates are high and are historically among the top of the CSU's.

A student who wants to work as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) will pursue both the BADM-ACCT degree plus the Professional Accounting Certificate. 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 be 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. BAP also sponsors Meet the Firms, an accounting career fair that gives students the chance to connect with top accounting recruiters.

For students not pursuing the accounting option, but whom may desire some additional skills and knowledge in accounting, the department also offers a minor in Accounting.

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.