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Financial Accounting

Undergraduate level

This is an undergraduate certificate providing a broad study of financial accounting. Students take all four courses listed. Each is 3 credit hours.

Courses in this certificate include:

This course is an introduction to accounting concepts and the elements of financial statements including basic accounting vocabulary and analysis of business transactions from an accounting viewpoint. Students will be required to recognize, record, and classify new accounting data. Emphasis is placed on corporate accounting. Introductory financial statement analysis and interpretation are also covered.
This course is designed for students pursuing accounting or business careers who are interested in gaining a more thorough knowledge of accounting principles and procedures to analyze financial data. Topics of study include articulation of statements, time value of money, the conceptual framework of accounting, cash and receivables analysis, inventory measurement, long-term asset analysis (tangible operational assets), and intangible assets. Prerequisite: AC 205 and (BA 222 or CIS 101)
This course is a continuation of AC 311 and is designed for students interested in gaining a more thorough knowledge of financial accounting principles and procedures. Topics include income recognition, long-term liabilities, shareholder equity and retained earnings, investments, leases, pensions, cash-flows (direct and indirect analysis), and segment reporting. Prerequisite: AC 311
Accounting Information Systems (AIS) is an applied course focusing on processing data into information. Focus is placed on accounting cycles, source documents, cleaning data, emerging technology, data analysis, data visualization, and internal controls. Students will also become knowledgeable of information technology (IT) terminology, commonly used software applications, and computer-based control issues. Emphasis is placed on IT controls and security. Prerequisite: AC 206 and BA 222

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