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2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Accounting

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: 

1. Public accountants are generally employed by firms and serve as an independent third party to review and attest to other organizations' or individuals' financial documents.  Public accountants often gain experience working with a variety of industries.   

2. Private or Corporate accountants are employed by a company and typically develop management accounting expertise in their individual companies and industries.  

3. Government accountants examine and prepare the financial records of various government agencies.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Bookkeeper
  • Business Teacher
  • Financial Analyst
  • Loan Administrator
  • Payroll Manager
  • Tax Auditor
  • Tax Examiner
  • Tax Preparer
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Accounting Firm Partner
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Director of Internal Audit
  • Financial Controller
Contact information


VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

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
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 200 or SCMA 212 or BUSN 212
  • STAT 210 or SCMA 301
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5 to declare major/2.5 in 300-400 ACCT classes to graduate

Transfer major map
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2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Accounting

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
  • Register for SDV 100
  • Understand how you will fund your education by taking advantage of free Financial Aid counseling
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG and MTH classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor or counselor each semester
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization
  • Create Linkedln profile
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization
  • Browse careers related to accounting through the NOVA career planning system
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU
  • Attend diversity focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival)
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities
  • 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
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Register for SDV 100
  • Understand how you will fund your education by taking advantage of free Financial Aid counseling
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG and MTH classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor or counselor each semester
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Create Linkedln profile
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization
  • Browse careers related to accounting through the NOVA career planning system
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • 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
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
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU
  • Attend diversity focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival)
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities
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
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling

Course equivalent
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2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Accounting

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 UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I UNIV 111-112 3 General education
MTH 161 Precalculus I MATH 141 3 General education
BUS 100 Introduction to Business BUSN 201 3 Major (Business Foundation)
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts INFO 160, 161, 162 3 Major (Business Foundation)
HIS elective (Select 1): HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST 3 General education
ENG 112 College Composition  II UNIV 200 3 General education
MTH 261 Applied Calculus I BUSN 212 3 Major (Business Foundation)
Physical or Life Science w/ Lab (Select 1): BIO 101, 102, CHM 101, 102, GOL 105, 106, PHY 101, 102, 150 VCU equivalent 4 General education
CST elective (Select 1): CST 100, 110, 126 BUSN 225 3 Major (Business Foundation)
ITE 140 (sub. for BUS 280) Spreadsheet Software INFO 165 3 Major (Business Foundation)
ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I ACCT 203 3 Major (Business Foundation)
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 211 3 Major (Business Foundation)
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (Select 1): ART 101, ART 102, MUS 121, PHI 101, REL 231 VCU equivalent 3 General education
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (Select 1): CST 151, ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252 VCU equivalent 3 General education
Physical or Life Science w/ Lab (Select 1): BIO 101, 102, CHM 101, 102, GOL 105, 106, PHY 101, 102, 150 VCU equivalent 4 General education
ACC 212 Principles of Accounting II ACCT 204 3 Major (Business Foundation)
ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 210 3 Major (Business Foundation)
BUS 224 Statistical Analysis for Business SCMA 301 3 Major (Advanced Business Core)
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
BUSN 325 Organizational Communication 3 Major (Advanced Business Core)
BUSN 499 Business Knowledge Exam 0 Major (Advanced Business Core)
FIRE 311 Financial Management 3 Major (Advanced Business Core)
MGMT 303 Creativity and Ideation 3 Major (Advanced Business Core)
MGMT 310 Managing People in Organizations 3 Major (Advanced Business Core)
MGMT 434 Strategic Management (capstone) 3 Major (Advanced Business Core)
MKTG 301 Marketing Principles 3 Major (Advanced Business Core)
ACCT 307 Accounting Systems 3 Major
BUSN 323 Legal Environment of Business 3 Major
Select two of the following: INFO 320, SCMA 302, SCMA 303, SCMA 320 6 Major
Select one of the following: BUSN 400, BUSN 401, MGMT 319 3 Major
ACCT 301 Tax Accounting Principles I 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 406 Auditing 3 Major
ACCT 408 Data Analytics for Accountants 3 Major
Approved data analytics elective (select one): INFO 320, SCMA 303, SCMA 339, SCMA 430, SCMA 440 3 Major
Open elective 3 Elective
Credits completed at VCU 60
Bachelor's degree total 121