Accounting professionals play a major role in whether organizations flourish or fail

The College of Business curriculum prepares students to hold a variety of critical positions across the business world, from financial analysts to tax accountants, risk assessment specialists, procurement managers, forensic accountants and more.

While students focus on accounting, required coursework also provides opportunities to explore topics like sustainable enterprise, ethics, supply chain management, marketing, and more, providing a bigger picture view of how businesses operate. Additionally, students have the opportunity to earn up to 6 credits through internships.


Previous college credits must be transferred into the program.

A minimum of 120 credits are required to complete this degree. This includes:

  • 42 upper-division (300-400 level) credits
  • 30 upper-division credits completed through Colorado State University

The number of courses needed for completion of the program depends on:


The curriculum listed below is intended to inform prospective students about the overall theme of the program and should not be used as an example program of study. Students need to consult their advisor to develop a degree completion plan based on the credits transferred into this program. You have the option to use the Transferology™ website to conduct a self-review of your potential transfer courses. This tool will assist you in seeing how your previous college coursework may transfer to CSU's College of Business.

Required Accounting Courses
ACT 211
Accounting Professional Skills
ACT 311
Intermediate Accounting I
ACT 312
Intermediate Accounting II
ACT 321
Cost Management
ACT 330
Introduction to Taxation
ACT 350
Accounting Information Systems
ACT 411
Advanced Accounting
ACT 441
Auditing Practices
Required Business Courses
BUS 201
Foundations of Sustainable Enterprise
BUS 220
Ethics in Contemporary Organizations
BUS 479
Strategic Management
CIS 200
Business Information Systems
FIN 300
Principles of Finance
MGT 301
Supply Chain Management
MGT 320
Contemporary Management Principles/Practices
MKT 300

15 credits of Electives (of which 6 must be upper-division)

Electives are courses/internships that are not already required within the AUCC, the Business Core, or the Accounting curriculum. Electives can come from any department and can be any prefix. Upper-division electives must be 300-500 level coursework. Elective courses can be taken at an approved university or college. Lower-division electives can also be taken at approved community or junior Colleges, although a maximum of 64 credits may transfer from all community/junior colleges attended. Some courses from some universities, such as CSU Global, will be accepted upon transfer while other courses at the same institution will not transfer. A student should always consult the Transferology™ website and/or their academic advisor before taking courses at another institution to verify that the courses will transfer back to CSU and will count toward graduation requirements.

Ernesto Gesi
“It looks very good to employers to have a degree from [CSU], especially in accounting.”

Ernesto Gesi, current BSBA student concentrating in accounting at the Sturm Collaboration Campus

Lisa Kutcher
“It’s the same high-quality program that is well respected within the state of Colorado ... we do a really good job with placement.”

– Lisa Kutcher, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, CSU College of Business Accounting Department