The baccalaureate degree in accounting requires 120 credits. Forty percent of those credits are general education and other non-business courses and are taken primarily during the freshman and sophomore years. General Education is an important part of the collegiate experience and a common education experience for all undergraduates at UW-La Crosse. It is uniquely concerned with the broad education of the whole person and plays a vital role in preparing students for life beyond the university. The primary purpose of General Education is to cultivate knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential for independent learning and thinking. In addition, General Education provides a foundation for the rigors of one’s major coursework.
All students with a major in the College of Business Administration complete the Professional Core. These courses provide business majors with a breadth of understanding of business issues.
The accounting major is comprised of nine accounting courses (28 credits) beyond the six credits of basic accounting required of all business majors. These courses, taken primarily in the junior and senior years, prepare one for an entry-level position in accounting (or graduate school) and to sit for the CPA Exam (150 hour requirement). The courses provide the primary environment in which one accomplishes the College of Business Administration Curriculum Goals. The Curriculum Goals provide you with direction for your academic journey. They lead you through a fulfilling experience that culminates in you becoming a valued member of society, the business community, and the accounting profession.