Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Accounting

Colorado Technical University strives to develop accounting professionals with the tactical acumen and specialty craft to hit the ground running. CTU's Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting is designed to offer students the opportunity to learn a variety of accounting and business skills that provide flexibility to pursue their own unique business interests.

Employment of accountants and auditors in both the public and private sectors is expected to grow by 13 percent from 2012 through the year 2022.1

  •  Classes start May 17, 2015

  • Checkmark iconTotal Credits180

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Degree Requirements
ECON210Principles of Macroeconomics

4.5

ECON212Principles of Microeconomics

4.5

ENGL101Composition and Critical Thinking

4.5

ENGL103Composition: Writing and Research

4.5

 

COMS201Technical and Professional Writing

4.5

or

COMS203Speech Communications

4.5

 

GOVT201American Government and Public Affairs

4.5

or

HIST101Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century

4.5

 

LITR201Literature: A Reflection of Life

4.5

MATH102Introduction to College Math

4.5

MATH106Algebra for Business

4.5

MATH301Data Driven Statistics

4.5

MATH451Data Driven Decision Making

4.5

SCI101Introduction to the Sciences

4.5

SCI103Science and Technology- Laboratory Course

1.5

SCI201Environmental Science and Sustainability

4.5

SCI203Environmental Science and Sustainability - Laboratory Course

1.5

UNIV104Academic and Career Success

4.5

Total Credit Hours:66

ECON210 Principles of Macroeconomics

Knowing how the economy actually operates is critical for success in any career and as an educated person. Every day, the "economy" is in the news, governing what happens in politics, in the workplace and in the quality of individual lives. This course will address the dynamics of how our economy works (or does not work.) The study of the basic institutions, terminology and theory of the main economic activities of production, distribution and consumption, especially as they apply to the operation of our national economy. Topics include savings and investment, national output, expenditure and income, real versus potential GDP, aggregate demand and supply and fiscal and monetary policy. Students will learn the impact of the economy on different economic sectors that affect their career paths.

Corequisites

None

Credits

4.5

Distribution

General Education
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ECON212 Principles of Microeconomics

Knowing how the economy actually operates is critical for success in any career and as an educated person. Every day, the "economy" is in the news, governing what happens in politics, in the workplace and in the quality of individual lives. This course will examine the tools of economics as they apply to the operation of a market economy. It covers supply and demand analysis, consumer behavior, the economic nature of production—including costs and profits. The behavior of firms in competitive and monopolistic environments will be studied, as well as income distribution and the effects of government intervention on the free market system. Students will have a new perspective and deeper ability to understand the impact of current news events as they impact everyday problems and situations as well as be able to see their own economic behavior with a fresh perspective. This topic applies to all career areas, not just to business.

Corequisites

None

Credits

4.5

Distribution

General Education
×

ENGL101 Composition and Critical Thinking

This course addresses how to write and speak to make a point; how to use good grammar, vocabulary and logical thinking; as well as how to find a suitable topic for writing assignments. The course begins with an introduction of the writing process and gives students the opportunity to practice writing in different modes. Students learn to develop their grammar and writing concepts to enable them to write effectively both in academic and professional contexts. . This workshop course is highly experiential, supportive, and collaborative, as students read and critique each other’s' work. , This is the first in a sequence on Composition and Writing skills. The second course, ENGL103, in this series will build upon this one—addressing how to research and use resources without plagiarizing, how to utilize the APA formatting for documentation and how to make a persuasive argument. Our view of the required composition sequence is that it is essential for all who want to become skilled critical thinkers and educated people. In both Composition courses, Research Skills/ Information Literacy workshops will introduce students to the critical 21st century skill of research: how to use dictionaries and other reference books and how to access online databases of the CTU library for academic and professional inquiry.

Corequisites

None

Credits

4.5

Distribution

General Education
×

ENGL103 Composition: Writing and Research

This course builds upon ENGL101 Composition and Critical Thinking. Students practice drafting progressively complex papers, demonstrating college level research skills and writing essays that convey information, make a point, or provide an opinion. Students study the APA Handbook, learn about plagiarism, and conduct research, accurately citing CTU resources. In addition, this course uses readings to demonstrate excellence and eloquence in speaking and writing, emphasizing the crucial synergy between learning to write and developing the practice critically reading and evaluating texts. This is a highly collaborative course, with students reading and critiquing others’ work, as a means to create a learning community as well as develop critical thinking and reading skills. Research/Information Literacy Skills: The Information Literacy workshops challenge students to use the library’s resources to find credible resources, , and allow them to learning about important writing and research skills such as evaluating and summarizing information from sources.

Prerequisites

ENGL101 or ENGL111 or ENGL125

Corequisites

None

Credits

4.5

Distribution

General Education
×

COMS201 Technical and Professional Writing

This course covers technical and professional writing.  Students review and prepare a wide variety of documents including abstracts and/or executive summaries, mechanism and process descriptions, instructions, proposals, requirement specifications, test plans and procedures, and technical datasheets. Special attention is given to adapting writing style to a particular audience, adjusting document mechanics and semantics for a specific purpose, formatting design elements in a consistent manner, and integrating graphics into a document.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4.5

Distribution

General Education
×

COMS203 Speech Communications

Successful professionals are excellent communicators. Brevity, precision and adherence to common formats are hallmarks of clear, consistent and concise communication. This course sharpens students’ skills in oral communication with a focus on presenting in professional settings.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4.5
×

GOVT201 American Government and Public Affairs

This course provides the student with an overview of the framework and basic functions of the various branches of government, the role of politics in democracy, and the relationship of government and public policy. Students will also consider the similarities and differences between national, state, and local governments.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4.5
×

HIST101 Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century

Today's news is tomorrow’s history, a maxim that strikes at the heart of our historical experience and how it affects current events. This course focuses on the key people, social experiments and technologies that continue to impact our lives. Particular attention is paid to the latter half of the 20th Century and the dawn of a new millennium in America – a time that, through the lens of history, both gives us pause and inspires hope for the future.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4.5

Distribution

General Education
×

LITR201 Literature: A Reflection of Life

This course is about how literature can illuminate issues and themes and provide life lessons for people that broaden and deepen their own insights from experience. Students will learn how to read texts for the essential elements of expression, voice, form, theme and character and how to articulate an intelligent response to a piece of fiction, which includes short stories and poetry. They will reflect on how reading can provide a means to understanding one’s self, others, our culture and the way diverse perspectives add to learning. Students will be asked to reflect on how developing a reading practice can enhance their professional career options. They will explore how finding one’s authentic voice in fiction can be a profound expression of the experience of being human.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4.5

Distribution

General Education
×

MATH102 Introduction to College Math

In this course, students explore how to survive in a number-driven world, increase their mathematical knowledge for making logical decisions, and to begin to develop connections with mathematics in their related field of study and daily lives.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4.5

Distribution

General Education
×

MATH106 Algerbra for Business

This course provides students with a background in the quantitative techniques necessary to better understand and appreciate the study of mathematics. Specifically, this course focuses on applied mathematical principles with a broad scope toward business applications.

Prerequisites

Math102

Corequisites

None

Credits

4.5

Distribution

General Education
×

MATH301 Data Driven Statistics

An elementary coverage of statistical techniques is augmented at each step with the aid of technology for data processing and analysis in making inferences. Graphical presentation and statistical measures are studied, followed by basic probability concepts leading to binomial and normal distributions. Hypothesis testing is applied to drawing inferences for one and two population parameters. A graphing calculator or equivalent technology is required.

Prerequisites

Math106, or Math108, or Math112; or approval

Corequisites

None

Credits

4.5

Distribution

General Education
×

MATH451 Data Driven Decision Making

This course introduces methods to formulate various mathematical models of problems. Software and hand calculations are used to perform algorithms that can find optimal values that assist managers in making decisions. Attention is paid to the sensitivity of the solution to changes in the model. The main purpose of the course is to guide decision-makers to find optimal ways to implement solutions to satisfy many constraints.

Prerequisites

Math301

Corequisites

None

Credits

4.5

Distribution

General Education
×

SCI101 Introduction to the Sciences

Science drives our lives. Many of the key quality of life advances we experience in the Western world come through scientific inquiry and the scientific method that drives that thirst for invention and innovation. This course is designed to provide foundational knowledge in and foster an appreciation for the many dynamic disciplines –such as chemistry, physics, biology, environmental science, astronomy, geology – within this robust field. Students explore the basic tenets of scientific thinking, including the Scientific Method as well as other quantitative and qualitative approaches to enable them to draw meaningful conclusions about the world around them.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

SCI103

Credits

4.5

Distribution

General Education
×

SCI103 Science and Technology- Labratory Course

This is a hands-on learning experience that complements the Science and Technology course. Since the course addresses how scientific thinking and the resultant technology has changed modern life, this lab will provide students with experiences in the scientific approaches of different sciences covered such as: biology, chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy. This lab will be constructed specifically to extend the learning from each phase of the Science and Technology course, providing hands-on experiences which deepen students’ familiarity with the scientific method and way of asking questions and solving problems.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

SCI101

Credits

1.5

Distribution

General Education
×

SCI201 Environmental Science and Sustainability

This course will analyze the interrelationships between the natural environment and human activities. In this course, students will learn about the preservation and conservation of natural resources and the resilience of the natural environment with respect to the carrying capacity of the earth. Furthermore, students will explore topics related to environmental ethics and apply principles of sustainability to issues impacting natural resources and biodiversity. Finally, this course will provide a holistic approach in learning about environmental problems and rehabilitation through individual and group behavioral changes and environmental regulations.

Prerequisites

SCI101

Corequisites

SCI203

Credits

4.5

Distribution

General Education
×

SCI203 Environmental Science and Sustainability- Laboratory Course

This course is a hands-on learning experience that complements the Environmental Science and Sustainability Course. Labs include both problem-based activities and critical-thinking projects and are designed to help students gain an understanding of and appreciation for the complex issues that comprise the field of Environmental Science and Sustainability.

Prerequisites

SCI101

Corequisites

SCI201

Credits

1.5

Distribution

General Education
×

UNIV104 Academic and Career Success

UNIV104 provides students with an introduction to student success, technology, and career planning strategies. Students acquire effective tools and develop skills necessary for academic success; integrating them with career planning strategies to develop an individual Success Strategy Plan.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4.5

Distribution

General Education
×

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration provides students with foundational business knowledge, linking industry concepts with real-world examples that foster applied learning to prepare students for their chosen career. Students develop proficiency in business tools/techniques and the principles/skills of management. The program builds on technical skills and soft skills to support the student’s professional growth.

BSBA-ACCT Program prepares the student to:
  • Apply business skills and analytical problem-solving to support organizational objectives
  • Summarize how management knowledge and skills support organizational performance
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of the functional areas of accounting

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting (BSBA-ACCT) is designed to prepare graduates for a career as an accountant. Students will develop proficiency in accounting and management.

The following courses are specific to the Accounting concentration. To view courses that must be completed for all Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees, visit the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration overview page.

  • Computerized Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Cost Accounting
  • Accounting Capstone
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Taxation in Financial Planning
  • Elective: Select a minimum of 4 credit hours

Since 2010, CTU has measured the experience of employers with recent CTU graduates on their staff to better understand how to deliver a curriculum to students that provide the broadest opportunities for career growth. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas employees were asked about in regards to their CTU Alumni employees.

Employer Experience Rating (%)*
Likelihood that an employer of a CTU grad would hire another
82%
CTU graduates performed as well or better than other employees
98%
CTU graduates prepared as well or better than other employees to work at their job6
99%
Employers' Ranking of CTU Graduates' Skills & Competencies Rating (%)*
Analyze data effectively
93%
Demonstrate appropriate problem-solving skills on the job
87%
Can be trusted to communicate appropriately with senior leadership at organization5
90%
Can be trusted to write a report (or other communication) without managerial editorial input
77%
Demonstrate understanding of communications written to them
91%
Are able to negotiate compromises
88%
Take direction well
90%
Work effectively in a team environment
87%
Coordinate team projects effectively
74%
Manage conflicts effectively
76%
Provide input on planning for business
77%
Take initiative to lead projects6
83%
Think about how their projects will impact the business6
83%

*Percentage of respondents who agreed or strongly agreed

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
This business degree program at CTU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

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1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Accountants and Auditors, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm (visited January 22, 2015). This is a national estimate and conditions in your location may vary.

2http://www.burning-glass.com/realtime; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.

3Alumni Survey - 2012 CTU Alumni Career Progression Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

4Employer Survey - 2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

5Employer Survey - 2011 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2010 CTU graduates.

6Employer Survey - 2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2011 CTU graduates.

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