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2021-2022

Accounting, Bachelor of Science

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Business Administration (Piedmont Virginia Community College)
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Piedmont 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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Accounting, Bachelor of Science

Piedmont 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
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
Experience Year 2
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU School of Business.
  • Join a professional organization related to accounting: Virginia Board of Accountancy (VBOA), Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA).
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or School of Business-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU School of Business.
  • Join a professional organization related to accounting: Virginia Board of Accountancy (VBOA), Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA).
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or School of Business-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Accounting, Bachelor of Science

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

Piedmont Virginia Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 College Success Skills 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
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education
ITE 120 Principles of Information Systems (or CSC 110) INFO 160, 162, 166 3 Elective
MTH 161 Precalculus I MATH 141 3 General education
MTH 261 Applied Calculus BUSN 212 3 Major (Ancillary)
ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I ACCT 203 3 Major (Ancillary)
ACC 213 Accounting Lab I ACCT 2XX 1 Elective
ACC 212 Principles of Accounting II ACCT 204 3 Major (Ancillary)
ACC 214 Accounting Lab II ACCT 2XX 1 Elective
BUS 100 Introduction to Business BUSN 201 3 Major (Ancillary)
ECO 201 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics ECON 211 3 Major (Ancillary)
ECO 202 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics ECON 210 3 Major (Ancillary)
Science w/ Laboratory Select 1: BIO 101, 106, 107; CHM 101, 111; GOL 105; NAS 131; PHY 100, 201 VCU equivalent 4 General education
Science w/ Laboratory Select 1: BIO 101, 106, 107; CHM 101, 111; GOL 105; NAS 131; PHY 100, 201 VCU equivalent 4 General education
Humanities Select 1: ART 101, 102; MUS 121; CST 250; PHI 100, 200; REL 230 VCU equivalent 3 General education
Humanities Select 1: ENG 200-level literature; ART 101, 102; MUS 121; CST 250; PHI 100, 200; REL 230 VCU equivalent 3 General education
Social Science Select 1: PSY 200, SOC 200, 210, PLS 135, 211, 241 VCU equivalent 3 General education
Transfer elective CST 100 Public Speaking (or CST 110) BUSN 225 3 Major (Ancillary)
Transfer elective Select three courses from PVCC approved list VCU equivalent 9 Elective
PVCC credits transferred to VCU 62
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
Approved data analytics elective (select two): 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 301 Business Statistics I 3 Major (Ancillary)
SCMA 320 Production/Operations Management 3 Major (Ancillary)
Select one of the following: BUSN 400, BUSN 401, MGMT 319 3 Major
Credits completed at VCU 61
Bachelor's degree total 123