Students who earn a degree in accounting are prepared for careers in financial accounting, managerial accounting, accounting systems, taxation, and auditing. The emphasis is designed to prepare students to work in public accounting, business and industry, and not-for-profit and governmental organizations.

The Bachelor of Innovation™ in Business Accounting will provide students with both the business background and skills of a classical Bachelor of Science in Business Accounting plus the technical and team skills to work on innovative projects including the ability to: (1) recognize the broader issues in engineering technology-related problems or in global innovation problems; (2) understand the business, legal and societal constraints affecting this technology; and (3) have the ability to communicate the key issues, needs, potential options, and final solution to a challenge. The program seeks to prepare students for successful careers and lifelong learning. In addition to the technical competence to be expected of a graduate with a bachelor degree in business, students will develop the critical thinking skills, multifaceted team oriented skills and basic innovation background to ensure that they can effectively compete in the changing career landscape in areas driven by innovation.

Degree Requirements
The degree requirements for the Bachelor of Innovation™ degree in Business Accounting require completion of at least 120 credit hours, participation in the Exit Interview, a minimum 2.0 grade point average in all COB courses and all courses taken at the University of Colorado. The courses for the degree are outlined as follows:

Innovation Core (27 Credits)

Cross Discipline Core (15 Credits)

English (3 Credits)

Mathematics (6 Credits)

MATH 1040 College Algebra OR MATH 1110 Linear Algebra 3
MATH 1120 Calculus for Business & Economics 3

Business Core (42 Credits)

ECON 1010 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
ECON 2020 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
COMM 2010 Oral Communication in the Workplace OR COMM 2100 Public Speaking 3
ACCT 2010 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ACCT 2020 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
QUAN 2010 Business Statistics 3
QUAN 2020 Process & Statistics-Based Decisions 3
INFS 1100 Microsoft Office Applications & PC Basics 3
INFS 3000 Introduction to Management Information Systems 3
FNCE 3050 Basic Finance 3
MGMT 3300 Introduction to Management & Organization 3
MKTG 3000 Principles of Marketing 3
OPTM 3000 Fundamentals of Operations Management 3
BUAD 4000 Government, Law, & Society 3

Accounting Area of Emphasis (18 Credits)

Must Take 12
ACCT 3010 Intermediate Accounting 1 3
ACCT 3020 Intermediate Accounting 2 3
ACCT 3110 Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 4210 Individual Income Tax 3
Choose 2: 6
ACCT 4010 Advanced Financial Accounting 3
ACCT 4220 Corporate & Partnership Taxation 3
ACCT 4310 Introduction to Accounting Systems 3
ACCT 4410 Fund Accounting for Government & Nonprofit Organizations 3
ACCT 4510 Accounting Ethics & Institutions 3
ACCT 4600 Auditing 3
ACCT 4620 Advanced Auditing 3

To see a sample of class distribution over four years, click here.

Note: While students may take as many hours in accounting as they wish, no more than 30 hours can be applied toward the total requirements for an undergraduate degree in business. Accounting students should work closely with faculty, the Student Success advisors, and the undergraduate program director in planning a degree program that is congruent with their career goals.
To be eligible to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination, students must complete 150 Credit hours but undergraduates degrees are limited o 128hrs so a CPA will require additional work. t.

Students who hold graduate-level degrees are receiving greater interest from professional accounting firms and other employers. Thus, students who meet graduate admission criteria may find it advantageous to continue their education beyond the bachelor’s degree. In Colorado, as of 2009, individuals may currently be licensed as CPAs without professional apprentice experience if they have 30 semester hours of course work beyond the credits applied for the bachelor’s degree and 45 hours of accounting courses in their combined undergraduate and graduate studies. In addition, many states other than Colorado now require a minimum of 150 semester hours to be eligible to take the CPA exam and be licensed. Students who plan to leave Colorado should check the specific requirements of the states to which they may relocate.