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Grand Valley State University    
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Jul 16, 2018
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

Requirements for the B.B.A.

Required Business Electives

Three upper-division Seidman courses are not applied to the major, minor, or cognate (9 credits total). However, these courses can be applied toward a second business major.


Students may elect nonbusiness or business courses to fulfill their elective course requirements. However, at least 60 hours of the total program must be in nonbusiness courses. Students may apply up to six hours of internship and independent research credit, in any combination, toward their degree requirements. Business majors may not take any of the major or cognate courses, except the internship, on a credit/no credit basis. Lower-division economics courses and economics courses used in the B.B.A. cognate are counted as nonbusiness credit.

Requirements for a Major in Accounting

Accounting majors must complete all requirements for the B.B.A. degree (the business core, the cognate requirements, three business electives and one ethics requirement course) and take an additional 19 credit hours, as follows:

Additional Requirements

A minimum of 90 hours of the total hours required for the degree must be in non-accounting courses. The required course from the auditing group of 413 or 414 will be waived for students who have completed ACC 614 with a grade of 3.0 or higher.

In order to graduate, accounting students must achieve a 2.5 minimum GPA for upper-division accounting courses. If the GPA for upper-division accounting courses falls below 2.5 (after nine hours are completed) the student will not be permitted to take additional upper-division accounting courses. However, such students may repeat upper-division accounting courses for which they received a low grade. Only upper-division accounting courses in which the student has earned a C- or better may be used to satisfy requirements for an accounting degree. Accounting students must also meet other requirements of the undergraduate business program.

Students entering the accounting program are expected to have a basic knowledge of spreadsheets before enrollment in upper-division accounting courses. Participation in the study-abroad ACC 330 course is recommended. Internships are strongly encouraged.

Specific requirements for the CPA-certification can be obtained by visiting the Michigan State Board of Accountancy Web site at or Specific requirements for the CMA certificate can be obtained by visiting the Institute of Management Accountants Web site at

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