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    Jun 23, 2024  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting, BS

Program Information

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program prepares students for careers in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, either as accountants or for positions that require an accountant’s skills. The program provides a high-quality education that integrates accounting principles and methods with real-world, practical training from leading-edge professionals. In addition, the program commits a significant portion of resources for the development of a well-rounded professional through liberal studies education. The program is committed to helping the adult undergraduate student gain an understanding in accounting principles and theory, income tax and auditing standards. Students will learn the technical aspects of accounting and appreciate the economic consequences of accounting rules and practices. Skills acquired will advance students’ ability to analyze problems and clearly communicate solutions consistent with ethical standards. Students must complete a minimum of four courses (12 units) from the “Required Courses” listed below.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Accounting, including the general education program, will be able to:

  • Examine data and argument, as informed by interdisciplinary approaches to business management and organizational leadership.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Recognize the need for information in professional and business contexts and to responsibly access, evaluate and apply information using a variety of research tools and methods.
  • Develop strategies for organizational challenges using an understanding of business functional areas, management theory, principles, ethical reasoning and innovative approaches.
  • Prepare financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Employ critical thinking skills and current technologies to analyze financial data, as well as, the effects of differing financial accounting methods on the financial statements.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current auditing standards and acceptable practices, as well as, the impact of audit planning, risk, and rendering an opinion on the engagement.
  • Apply cost accounting methods to evaluate and project business performance.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of taxation.
  • Recognize and understand ethical issues related to the accounting profession.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Accounting

The BSA requires completion of 123 units as follows: 39 units of general education coursework (including 21 units of liberal studies core), 69 units required for the major (including 21 units of foundation courses, 18 units of business courses, and 30 units of accounting courses), and 15 units of general elective courses. 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

Liberal Studies Core - 21 units

Major Requirements

Foundation Courses - 21 units

Business Courses - 18 units

Accounting Courses - 30 units

Elective Courses - 15 units

General Electives

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


Path2CPA and Elective Courses - 15 units

The Path2CPA option makes the journey to an advanced degree quicker and less expensive. Students can earn a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)  or Master of Science in Taxation  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 option can also satisfy the 150-hour education requirement for CPA licensure. Pursuing this option eliminates the requirement to apply for either of these Master’s programs and no GMAT/GRE test score is required.

The Path2CPA electives include two designated graduate-level courses and three 3-unit upper or lower-division courses from any subject. The graduate-level courses will be included in the unit totals and GPAs for both applicants’ undergraduate Accounting and graduate-level Accounting or Taxation degree programs. Students whose average GPA in the two graduate-level courses falls below a 3.00 GPA will be conditionally admitted to either of these Master’s programs.

Choose one pathway program:

Master of Science in Accounting

Master of Science in Taxation