Business Major—Accounting Concentration, Bachelor of Science Degree
See also Finance
Improve Business Efficiency & Profitability
Accounting is much more than a “desk job”—but an opportunity to bring efficiency, profitability, and information to businesses, ministries, or individuals. PCC’s accounting concentration offers a wide range of instruction in accounting procedure and theory to prepare students for working in a variety of industries, entering graduate school, or continuing their professional studies toward becoming a CPA.
Taught from a Christian perspective, the program provides a foundation in understanding cash, accounts receivable, inventories, investments, cash flow, and related basic accounting issues. With training in both the how’s and why’s of accounting, students learn to analyze costs, work with financial investments, study individual/corporate taxation, and use computer-based accounting.
Students select accounting courses for their area of interest, such as starting a business, working in corporations, pursuing a CPA, or serving in a Christian ministry. They can choose advanced courses that cover government/not-for-profit accounting, auditing, cost accounting, and partnership/corporate taxation.
PCC’s program emphasizes a conservative, biblical approach to investing and financial planning, which is essential to entrepreneurial and corporate success.
The purpose of the accounting concentration is to prepare students for placement and career advancement into positions of influence in commercial, public, not-for-profit, or governmental accounting; to establish a foundation for further education and professional certification or licensure; and to exhibit a Christian testimony in their personal and professional lives.
Graduates of the accounting concentration will be able to
- make ethical and moral choices based on a biblical worldview,
- communicate effectively in written and oral presentations,
- use current technology and computer applications effectively in their chosen profession,
- relate knowledge to practical experiences,
- be prepared to pursue advanced study in their chosen field,
- use financial management concepts and methods to determine viable resolutions for executive decision making, and
- apply research from current accounting literature and standards to properly format and present external or internal financial reports and regulatory filings.
High School Preparation
Recommended high school preparation for an accounting concentration is two units of algebra. Opportunities are available to make up this deficiency. In this case, time required to complete an accounting concentration could be expected to increase.
Recommended Course Sequence
- Public/private accountant
- Financial advisor
- Budget analyst
The accounting field is a very diverse and challenging field. Businesses are now frequently calling upon accountants to evaluate their business operations and highlight areas in which they can improve. These businesses require the strong analytical skills that I have developed from courses such as Advanced Taxation, Auditing, and Advanced Financial Accounting. Through these courses, I thoroughly learned the current accounting principles and conceptual issues. As a result, I feel more than prepared to begin my career at a large regional accounting firm as a staff accountant.