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Bachelor of Science in Accountancy helps students gain a strong fundamental understanding of the various disciplines within the accounting field through required courses in financial accounting, accounting information systems, cost management, auditing and assurance services, and taxation. Students also take elective courses in topics such as forensic accounting and fraud examination, internal auditing, government and not-for-profit accounting, and SEC reporting, as well as two career planning and career skills development courses. In addition to building students' technical competence, the program helps students develop effective problem-solving, interpersonal, and communication skills, as well as the ethical values needed to be a successful accounting professional. Graduates are prepared for careers in industry, public accounting, consulting, government, and non-profit organizations. Typical entry-level position titles include the following: Public or Internal Auditor, Financial Officer, Controller, Staff Accountant, Tax Accountant, Financial Adviser.


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration prepares students for a wide range of entry-level positions in a variety of organizations. The curriculum provides a broad-based education in all functional areas of business, including accounting, finance, management, marketing, and operations management. Typical entry-level position titles are: Management Trainee, Retail Manager, Customer Service Representative, Business Analyst, as well as starting or managing a small business venture.


Bachelor of Science in Finance prepares graduates for professional positions in corporate financial management, the management and regulation of financial institutions, and investment management. Students take the three course "finance core" which covers each of these fields and two intermediate courses in accountancy. In addition, students select three senior-level finance courses that allow for specialization in corporate finance, banking, or investments. Each of these areas of study is designed to prepare students for professional certification examinations such as Certified Treasury Professional, Certified Bank Auditor, and Chartered Financial Analyst. Typical entry-level position titles are: Financial Analyst, Cash Manager, Securities Analyst, Portfolio Analyst, Securities Broker, Financial Planner, Credit Analyst, Mortgage Analyst.


Bachelor of Science in Management allows students to select one of two areas of study - human resource management or organizational management. Students in the human resource management area study recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, training and development, and employment law. Students in the organizational management area study leadership, decision-making and negotiation, international management, and strategic management. Typical entry-level position titles for these degrees are: Staffing Consultant, Benefits Administrator, Human Resource Generalist, Management Trainee and Office Administrator, Operations Supervisor, Entrepreneur.


Bachelor of Science in Marketing prepares students for careers that involve planning, implementing, organizing, and/or controlling the activities required in the exchange of goods and services with customers. Students are provided with the conceptual, analytical, communication, and quantitative skills necessary for careers in marketing including, professional sales, direct marketing, Web-based marketing, advertising, marketing research, services marketing, product management, and retail management. Typical entry-level position titles are: Sales Representative/Sales Management, Direct Marketing Account Services, Marketing Management/Project Management, Retail Management, Financial Services Management, Marketing Research, Customer Support Representative.


Bachelor of Science in Operations and Information Management prepares students for professional careers relating to the analysis, design, implementation, and management of operations and information systems in organizations. Exposure to the areas of operations analysis, supply chain management, project management, and other leading-edge information technologies, and participation on several team projects, provide students with the knowledge, communication skills, and leadership experience that are demanded by the professional business community. Typical entry-level position titles are: Inventory Control Analyst, Logistics Analyst, Distribution Management Trainee, Systems Analyst, IT Specialist, Business Analyst, Application Developer.