Ethical decisions matter.

With a degree in Accounting, you will graduate prepared to seek licensing as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). You'll refine your skills in analysis and problem solving. As such, faculty members will equip you to make ethical, sound decisions and contribute to the growth of both individuals and organizations.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Business
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Career Opportunities

    The state of Michigan requires 150 credit hours to become a Certified Public Accountant. By choosing to pursue an additional major or minor in finance or by opting to earn a graduate degree, you will have opportunities to obtain positions as a...
    • Certified Public Accountant
    • Certified Management Accountant
    • Financial Manager
    • Internal or External Auditor
    • Personal Financial Planner
    • Production Manager
    • Manufacturing Accountant
    • Tax Preparer

    Degree Completion

    Download sample degree plans for a major in Accounting.

  • Requirements for Minor

    • Complete required courses (9 credit hours)
      • ACC-221 Accounting I
      • ACC-222 Accounting II
      • ACC-321 Intermediate Accounting I
    • Choose four electives (12 credit hours)
      • ACC-322 Intermediate Accounting II
      • ACC-327 Taxation
      • ACC-331 Cost Accounting
      • ACC-332 Accounting Information Systems
      • ACC-421 Advanced Accounting
      • ACC-423 Auditing

    Internship Opportunities

    Available internship opportunities range from large multi-national corporations to small local companies and not-for-profit organizations, including the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors. Based as a student in Grand Rapids, you may choose to intern with...

    • Bank of Holland
    • Merrill Lynch
    • State Farm Insurance

Career Outcomes

  • Ashley Dean ('07) serves as a Reimbursement Specialist at Family Home Health Services.
    "The class sizes at Cornerstone were definitely an advantage because professors and students were able to develop relationships which makes seeking help very easy."
  • Kara Smelter Stout ('06) holds a position as an Accounting Manager at Trimaco LLC.
    "The atmosphere at Cornerstone was ideal for academic advancement and spiritual growth. My internship requirement was a great way to gain some real life experience before entering the workforce full-time."
  • Sarah E. Keith ('06) serves a Senior Management Analyst at BearingPoint Management & Technology Consultants.
    "My time at Cornerstone prepared me for my careers in ways that I appreciate every day. The faculty and staff really cared about my career development as well as my spiritual development."
  • Chris Gordon ('04) works as a Senior Auditor at Capin Crouse LLP.
    "I knew that my business professors cared about my success as a student and as a person."

Major Courses and Catalog

In addition to successful completion of the university's core curriculum, the Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree requires the following courses:

  • ACC-221 Accounting I (3 credit hours)
  • ACC-222 Accounting II (3 credit hours)
  • ACC-321 Intermediate Accounting I (3 credit hours)
  • ACC-322 Intermediate Accounting II (3 credit hours)
  • ACC-327 Taxation (3 credit hours)
  • ACC-331 Cost Accounting (3 credit hours)
  • ACC-332 Accounting Information Systems (3 credit hours)
  • ACC-380 Internship (3 credit hours)
  • ACC-421 Advanced Accounting (3 credit hours)
  • ACC-423 Auditing (3 credit hours)
  • BUS-211 Business Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • BUS-213 Business Communications (3 credit hours)
  • BUS-361 Business Law (3 credit hours)
  • CIS-211 Foundations of Information Systems (3 credit hours)
  • ECN-231 Macroeconomics (3 credit hours)
  • ECN-232 Microeconomics (3 credit hours)
  • FIN-341 Principles of Finance (3 credit hours)
  • MGT-231 Principles of Management (3 credit hours)
  • MGT-432 Capstone Seminar: Strategic Management (3 credit hours)
  • MKT-251 Principles of Marketing (3 credit hours)

For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Traditional Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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