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2021-2022

Accounting, Bachelor of Science

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Business Administration (Northern Virginia Community College)
Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia Community College
Program description

The major in accounting is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in accounting. This program will qualify graduates to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination in Virginia. However, certification requires 150 hours of college credits. Most public accounting firms give hiring preference to applicants who have completed the full 150 hours prior to starting work.

Career opportunities

Accountants examine and prepare financial records. They are responsible for confirming accuracy, ensuring the records comply with local, state, and federal laws, and typically are called upon to make recommendations based on that financial data.


There are several types of accountants. Public accountants are generally employed by firms and serve as an independent third party to review, attest to other organizations' or individuals' financial documents, and may gain experience working with a variety of industries. Private or corporate accountants are employed by a company and typically develop management accounting expertise in their individual companies and industries. Government accountants examine and prepare the financial records of various government agencies.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Accounting Technician
  • Audit Accountant
  • Audit Associate
  • Auditor
  • Cost Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Junior Accountant
  • Staff Accountant
  • Tax Accountant
  • Tax Associate
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 200 or BUSN 212
  • SCMA 301
Science required
  • Natural Sciences requirement only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5+ cumulative GPA to declare, 2.5+ upper-level accounting GPA to graduate

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2021-2022

Accounting, Bachelor of Science

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: Business Administration)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor or counselor each semester
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG and MTH classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Register for SDV 100 or SDV 101.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors
  • Get involved with student clubs and organizations
  • Volunteer for service learning or community service projects
  • Learn about the admissions process by speaking with the VCU Transfer Admissions representative at NOVA
  • Visit the VCU transfer admission webpage
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization
  • Understand how you will fund your education by taking advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Take a career assessment through the NOVA career planning system
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs"
  • Build a resume
Experience Year 2
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor
  • Continue to use tutoring resources
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant
  • Complete requirements for the associate’s degree. Earn at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Visit the VCU campus
  • Research housing in Richmond for next year
  • Join a professional organization related to accounting: Virginia Board of Accountancy (VBOA), Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA)
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities
  • Attend diversity focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival)
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement)
  • Run for leadership in your student organization
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor or counselor each semester
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG and MTH classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Register for SDV 100 or SDV 101.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Get involved with student clubs and organizations
  • Volunteer for service learning or community service projects
  • Learn about the admissions process by speaking with the VCU Transfer Admissions representative at NOVA
  • Visit the VCU transfer admission webpage
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Understand how you will fund your education by taking advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Take a career assessment through the NOVA career planning system
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs"
  • Build a resume

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor
  • Continue to use tutoring resources
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant
  • Complete requirements for the associate’s degree. Earn at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus
  • Research housing in Richmond for next year
  • Join a professional organization related to accounting: Virginia Board of Accountancy (VBOA), Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA)
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities
  • Attend diversity focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival)
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement)
  • Run for leadership in your student organization
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Accounting, Bachelor of Science

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: Business Administration)

Northern Virginia Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 College Success Skills (or SDV 101) UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. UNIV 111-112 3 General education
MTH 161 Precalculus I MATH 141 3 General education
CST elective Select 1: CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking OR CST 110 Introduction to Communication OR CST 126 Interpersonal Communication BUSN 225 3 Major (Ancillary)
HIS elective Select 1: HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I OR HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II OR HIS 111 History of World Civilization I OR HIS 112 History of World Civilization II OR HIS 121 United States History I OR HIS 122 United States History II HIST 3 General education
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts INFO 160, 161, 162 3 Elective
BUS 100 Introduction to Business BUSN 201 3 Major (Ancillary)
ENG 112 College Composition  II UNIV 200 3 General education
MTH 261 Applied Calculus I BUSN 212 3 Major (Ancillary)
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Select 1: ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I OR ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II OR MUS 121 Music Appreciation I OR PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy I OR REL 231 Religions of the World I VCU equivalent 3 General education
Physical or Life Science w/ Lab Select 1: BIO 101 General Biology I OR CHM 101 Introductory Chemistry I OR GOL 105 Physical Geology OR PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I OR PHY 150 Elements of Astronomy VCU equivalent 4 General education
ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I ACCT 203 3 Major (Ancillary)
BUS 280 Introduction to International Business BUSN 2XX 3 Elective
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 211 3 Major (Ancillary)
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Select 1: CST 151 Film Appreciation I OR ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I OR ENG 242 Survey of American Literature II OR ENG 243 Survey of English Literature I OR ENG 244 Survey of English Literature II OR ENG 251 Survey of World Literature I OR ENG 252 Survey of World Literature II VCU equivalent 3 General education
Physical or Life Science w/ Lab Select 1: BIO 101 General Biology I OR BIO 102 General Biology II OR CHM 101 Introductory Chemistry I OR CHM 102 Introductory Chemistry II OR GOL 105 Physical Geology OR GOL 106 Historical Geology OR PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I OR PHY 102 Introduction to Physics II OR PHY 150 Elements of Astronomy VCU equivalent 4 General education
ACC 212 Principles of Accounting II ACCT 204 3 Major (Ancillary)
ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 210 3 Major (Ancillary)
BUS 224 Statistical Analysis for Business SCMA 301 3 Major (Ancillary)
BUS 270 Interpersonal Dynamics in the Business Organization BUSN 2XX 3 Elective
Northern Virginia credits transferred to VCU 61
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
ACCT 301 Federal Income Taxation for Individuals 3 Major
ACCT 303 Intermediate Accounting I 3 Major
ACCT 304 Intermediate Accounting II 3 Major
ACCT 305 Intermediate Accounting III 3 Major
ACCT 306 Cost Accounting 3 Major
ACCT 307 Accounting Systems 3 Major
ACCT 406 Auditing 3 Major
ACCT 408 Data Analytics for Accountants 3 Major
Select one of the following: INFO 320, SCMA 302, SCMA 303 3 Major
Select two approved data analytics electives: see VCU advisor for course options 6 Major
BUSN 323 Legal Environment of Business 3 Major (Ancillary)
BUSN 301 Career and Professional Development 1 Major (Ancillary)
BUSN 499 Business Knowledge Exam 0 Major (Ancillary)
FIRE 311 Financial Management 3 Major (Ancillary)
MGMT 303 Creativity and Ideation 3 Major (Ancillary)
MGMT 310 Managing People in Organizations 3 Major (Ancillary)
MGMT 434 Strategic Management 3 Major (Ancillary)
MKTG 301 Marketing Principles 3 Major (Ancillary)
SCMA 320 Production/Operations Management 3 Major (Ancillary)
Select one of the following: BUSN 400, BUSN 401, MGMT 319 3 Major
Open elective 1 Elective
Credits completed at VCU 59
Bachelor's degree total 120