Students who wish to earn the Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in accounting must be admitted to the accounting program. Undergraduate accounting majors are subject to the probation and dismissal rules described in the Bachelor of Business Administration section of the Catalog and are governed by the Tippie Honor Code.

The Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in accounting requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 25 s.h. of work for the major. All required major coursework must be taken at the University of Iowa. Students must have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all college coursework attempted, all college coursework attempted in business, all college coursework attempted in the major, all coursework attempted at the University of Iowa, all business coursework attempted at the University of Iowa, and all coursework in the major attempted at the University of Iowa.

Students must complete certain prerequisite courses for admission to the college as well as courses required to declare a major in accounting. Students usually spend the first and second year completing prerequisites and other coursework required for all B.B.A. students. To view the common B.B.A. requirements, see the Bachelor of Business Administration in the Catalog. In addition, students must have a University of Iowa g.p.a. and a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00, and a grade of at least B-minus in ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting.

Students must be admitted to the accounting program before they begin work in courses required for the major. They must have a combined g.p.a. of at least 2.67 in ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting and ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting. Coursework provides concentrated coverage of professional accounting subjects and closely related topics in commercial law, business, and information systems.

Students who wish to declare accounting as a major but do not satisfy the automatic admission requirements may submit a petition for admission.

Accounting Major

These business core classes are prerequisites to major-level courses: ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting, MGMT:2000 Introduction to Law, BAIS:2800 Foundations of Business Analytics, and BAIS:3005 Information Systems.

Students may not count ACCT:3020 Financial Accounting and Reporting toward the B.B.A. in accounting due to overlap in course content.

Students who major in accounting are required to take the following major coursework at the University of Iowa.

All of these:
ACCT:3100Professional Accounting Seminar (must be taken by the second semester in the program)1
ACCT:3200Income Measurement and Asset Valuation3
ACCT:3300Valuation of Financial Claims3
ACCT:3400Introduction to Taxation3
ACCT:3600Accounting Information Systems3
ACCT:4200Accounting for Management Analysis and Control3
ACCT:4300Accounting Ethics and Law3
And one accounting elective during the fourth year:
ACCT:3500Advanced Tax Topics (offered fall only)3
ACCT:4400Advanced Financial Accounting (offered spring only)3

Optional Accounting Electives

ACCT:3450Tax Practicum (VITA) I1
ACCT:3451Tax Practicum (VITA) II2
ACCT:4600Tax Research2

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam and Licensure

A significant percentage of accounting graduates pursue the CPA license. Requirements to sit for the CPA exam and for CPA licensure vary by state. Each state requires 150 s.h. to become a licensed CPA, including specific courses and a minimum number of accounting hours. In many states, the required accounting hours exceed the minimum requirements of the B.B.A. Students should review their state’s educational requirements at the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) website and consult with the undergraduate accounting program director as needed.

In the most recent Pomerantz Career Center graduate survey, 100 percent of graduating students reported that they found permanent employment, planned to attend graduate school, or were not seeking employment within six months of graduation.

The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs; for more information about careers, visit the Pomerantz Career Center website.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Accounting, B.B.A.

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
Pre-business students must be admitted to the Tippie College to declare the accounting major. Students not already admitted to Tippie generally apply for admission during their second year as they are completing the prerequisite courses. a  
Completion of prerequisites and Business Core Part I, a grade of B- or higher in ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting, and UI and cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher is required to declare the major.  
Students are required to complete 52 s.h. of non-business coursework. Courses with a prefix of ACCT, BAIS, BUS, ECON, ENTR, FIN, MGMT, and MKTG will not count towards non-business hours. Check degree audit for non-business hours or confer with academic advisor.  
To fulfill the Tippie RISE experiential learning requirement, complete an approved course in at least one of the following categories: research with faculty, internship course, study abroad, experiential course. b 0 - 3
Students who need to complete the World Language requirement should consult with their academic advisor about when to add courses to plan of study. World Language counts as non-business coursework.  
Students must satisfy the Tippie College of Business residence requirement: 45 s.h. of UI coursework after admission to Tippie. c  
First Year
MATH:1350 Quantitative Reasoning for Business d 4
RHET:1030 Rhetoric 4
GE: Historical Perspectives e 3
GE: Social Sciences e 3
CSI:1600 Success at Iowa 2
STAT:1030 Statistics for Business 4
ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics 4
BAIS:1500 Business Computing Essentials 2
ENGL:1200 The Interpretation of Literature 3
GE: Diversity and Inclusion e 3
Second Year
ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting f, g 3
BAIS:2800 Foundations of Business Analytics 3
MGMT:2000 Introduction to Law 3
GE: Natural Sciences without Lab e 3
BUS:2200 Foundations for Success in Business 1
ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting h 3
ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics f 4
BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol i 3
BAIS:3005 Information Systems 2
BAIS:3000 Operations Management 2
Third Year
ACCT:3100 Professional Accounting Seminar j, k 1
ACCT:3200 Income Measurement and Asset Valuation 3
ACCT:3400 Introduction to Taxation 3
FIN:3000 Introductory Financial Management 3
GE: International and Global Issues e 3
Minor, certificate, or non-business elective 3
ACCT:3300 Valuation of Financial Claims 3
ACCT:3600 Accounting Information Systems 3
MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management 3
GE: Values and Culture e 3
Minor, certificate, or non-business elective 3
Fourth Year
ACCT:4100 Auditing 3
Major: Accounting elective course l, m 3
MKTG:3000 Introduction to Marketing Strategy 3
Minor, certificate, or non-business elective 3
Minor, certificate, or non-business elective 3
ACCT:4200 Accounting for Management Analysis and Control 3
ACCT:4300 Accounting Ethics and Law 3
Major: Accounting elective course l, n 3
Minor, certificate, or non-business elective 3
Minor, certificate, or non-business elective 3
Degree Application: apply on MyUI before deadline (typically in February for spring, September for fall) o  
 Total Hours120-123