May 21, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Catalog

Business, Accounting Concentration, BS


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Program Information


With an emphasis on the quantitative skills needed in the business environment, the Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) provides a solid foundation in the disciplines of accounting, finance, operations, management and business analysis. While studying the core subjects, students will also examine in depth a wide spectrum of business-related issues, such as how to run a business (including their own, should entrepreneurship be the goal); how to understand the changing definition of profit in today’s global marketplace; and the causes of business success and failure. The BS in business also provides a fast track for admission to the MBA, as well as Master of Science degrees in Taxation, Finance and Marketing as well as the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

The BSB implements a flexible course of study designed to build skills in the quantitative and analytical areas needed for success while maximizing the number of transfer credits counted toward the degree. The choice of nine concentrations allows students to align coursework with their career interest, ensuring students develop the skills needed to reach their professional goals.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the BSB, including the general education program, will be able to:

  • Construct written communications that articulate and promote business ideas, arguments, or solutions.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills through persuasive speech, and in providing clear directions, instructions, and guidelines within a business setting.
  • Address a complex business problem applying methods and tools from finance and accounting.
  • Demonstrate ethical decision‐making in business and develop strategies, practices, and policies that advance ethical management practices and corporate social responsibility.
  • Locate, evaluate and apply information, using a variety of research tools, in analysis of a complex business problem.
  • Apply statistical concepts, methods and tools to analyze and interpret data in the formulation of business strategies and tactics.
  • Demonstrate the self‐awareness and habits required to identify, integrate, and apply new information and skills that increase personal and professional effectiveness in business contexts.
  •  Integrate and apply concepts, theories, strategies, and tactics of business management to develop actionable solutions to business problems.
  • Apply knowledge of the global economy in analyzing business problems.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Business

The BSB requires completion of 123 units as follows: 60 units of general education coursework (includes 21 units of liberal studies core and 21 units of foundation courses in preparation for the major), 30 units required for the major and 33 units of general electives or a combination of concentration and general elective units. Each course listed carries three semester units of credit, unless otherwise noted. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 “C” or higher is required in all courses taken at Golden Gate University.

All degree-seeking undergraduate students must complete their English, mathematics and critical thinking requirements within their first 27 units at Golden Gate University, unless they have already earned credit for the equivalent courses from another institution and have had those courses accepted in transfer by Golden Gate University. If either Math or English requirements for the degree have not been satisfied, newly enrolled students must take placement tests to ensure proper placement in the appropriate Math or English course. Students may also choose to waive the placement tests and enroll in the first course in either series, which are ENGL 10A  and MATH 10 . (See the course descriptions below to identify courses that have prerequisite course requirements.)

General Education Requirements - 60 units


Liberal Studies Core - 21 units


Accounting Concentration - 33 units


The concentration in accounting prepares students for a career in the areas of financial and managerial accounting, internal and external auditing, consulting and taxation. It satisfies the education requirements for the CPA and CMA examinations. Beyond technical accounting skills, students will graduate with a sound foundation in economics, law, finance, management, information systems, quantitative methods and communications. Students who wish to engage in an accounting internship are encouraged to include ACCTG 198  in the general electives required for the program.

Required Courses - 21 units


Elective Courses - 12 units


General Electives

Four 3-unit upper or lower-division courses from any subject.

OR

Path2CPA and Elective Courses - 12 units


The Path2CPA program makes the journey to an advanced degree quicker and less expensive. Students can earn a Accounting, Financial Accounting & Reporting Concentration, MS (MSA) or with another concentration in as little as one year after completing GGU’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting or Bachelor of Science in Business with Accounting Concentration. The Path2CPA program can also satisfy the 150-hour education requirement for CPA licensure. Pursuing this option eliminates the requirement to apply for the MSA program and no GMAT/GRE test score is required.

The Path2CPA electives include two designated graduate-level Accounting courses, shown below, and two 3-unit upper or lower-division courses from any subject. Students must earn a “B” or better grade in the graduate-level Accounting courses in order to have them waived from the “Advanced Program” requirement of the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program.

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