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Accounting (Pre-Business)

BS in Business Administration

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Students are admitted into Pre-Business and will apply to Accounting major through a competitive and selective process to gain admission.Accounting involves the collection, organization, and presentation of financial information for effective decision-making. The program trains students in accounting, corporate finance, and business policy. Some states require a five-year program in order to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination; a masters degree in accounting may be necessary for some careers.

Major Details

College: Eller College of Management
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the Eller College of Management requirement page for more information.

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: Yes
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 109C or 112 - College Algebra 3
MIS 111 - Computers and Internetworked Society 3
MIS 111L - Computers and Internetworked Society - Lab 1
ENGL 101 - First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 116 - Calculus Concepts for Business Majors 3
ENGL 102 - First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
MGMT 276 - Statistical Inference in Management 3
ACCT 200 - Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ECON 200 - Basic Economic Issues 3
Tier I General Education 3
Ethics Course 3
4th Semester
BNAD 277 - Analytical Methods for Business 3
ACCT 210 - Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
ACCT 400A - Intermediate Financial Accounting 3
BCOM 314R - Business Communication 3
MGMT 310A - Organization Behavior and Management 3
MKTG 361 - Introduction to Marketing 3
ACCT 310 - Cost and Managerial Accounting 3
6th Semester
ACCT 400B - Intermediate Financial Accounting 3
MIS 304 - Using and Managing Information Systems 3
FIN 360 - Quantitative Financial Management 3
MIS 373 - Basic Operations Management 3
ACCT 461 - Accounting Information Systems 3
7th Semester
ACCT Major Course 3
MGMT 402 - Integrating Business Fundamentals with Ethics and Law in Management 3
ECON 330 - Macroeconomic Institutions and Policy 3
ACCT 420 - Introduction to Federal Taxation 3
ENTR 485 - Innovating:Creating the Future 3
8th Semester
ACCT 451 - Analysis of Financial Statements 3
ECON 300 - Microeconomic Analysis for Business Decisions 3
Non-Eller Elective/Remaining Requirements 3
Non-Eller Elective/Remaining Requirements 3
Non-Eller Elective/Remaining Requirements 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements.

Students who are interested in transferring to the Eller College of Management should use this site for reference only and not for self-advising. Those students are strongly encouraged to contact an Eller College advisor to plan their transfers.

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The understanding gained from a degree in Accounting of how to collect, organize, analyze, and present financial information and make effective financial decisions forms a strong career foundation. Graduates in Accounting can pursue careers in firms or independently, working with businesses, financial institutions, organizations, government, and individuals. Accounting is also useful preparation for graduate study in business administration or economics.

Potential Career Areas

  • Account management
  • Corporate finance
  • Business policy
  • Auditing
  • Tax preparation
  • Analysis
  • Consulting/advising
  • Outreach
  • Personal finance

Sample Employers

  • Accounting firms
  • Businesses
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Tax preparation services
  • Government agencies
  • Banks
  • Insurance companies
  • Individuals
  • Colleges and universities

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Accountant/Auditor $40,370 - $65,080
Budget Analyst $53,250 - $64,220
Financial Manager $61,320 - $112,700
Actuary $57,430 - $94,340
Tax Accountant $54,000 - $66,500
Tax Preparer $18,820 - $35,310
Forensic Accountant/Auditor $40,370 - $64,568
Tax Examiner $42,520 - $56,470
Bookkeeper $22,020 - $35,730
Market Research Analyst $36,340 - $51,640
Credit Analyst $38,960 - $64,030
Finacial Analyst $48,100 - $78,380
Financial Counselor $35,130 - $56,690
Financial Examiner $55,780 - $70,940
Financial Services Broker $14,400 - $72,640