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Accounting - Accounting Information Systems

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  • New Freshmen
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  • Illinois State Students

The Accounting - Accounting Information Systems  sequence is designed to provide students with information systems and technology skills and competencies as recommended by the International Federation of Accountants. Students will learn how to use information technology and evaluate information systems from both an internal auditor and external auditor perspective.

Why Study Accounting - Accounting Information Systems?

Accountants provide the information necessary to determine and evaluate the long term and short term financial stability of companies, organization or individuals. Accountants track expenses, provide detailed insight about the expenses and future paths, as well as prepare, analyze and verify financial documents. They look for ways to be more financially efficient, keep public records and make sure taxes are paid properly.

Accounting is a versatile degree. Students who graduate with a major in accounting may find jobs in many areas of business including: sales, production management, client management, product development, procurement, general management, banking and financial planning.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Learn to work well within in a team.
  • Develop strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Gain work experience and information about careers through internships.
  • Certifications available through the Institute of Internal Auditors or the Institute of Management Accountants may increase job marketability in some areas of accounting.
  • Analytical, critical-thinking and problem solving skills.
  • High ethical standards.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Accounting - experience with financial transactions and preparing financial statements
  • Ability to meet deadlines and multitask
  • SFAS Rules - knowledge of applicable Financial ACCounting and Standards Board (FASB) accounting rules

Being Successful in the Field

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Passing the Certified Public Accountant Exam - State laws govern the practice of accountancy and specify the requirements to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam. In most states, the State Board of Accountancy has a Web site that outlines those requirements.
  • Graduate degrees are also a plus.

Related Fields

Public Accounting

  • Auditing/Assurance Services
  • Tax
  • Environmental Accounting
  • Forensic/Investigative Accounting
  • Information Technology Services
  • International Accounting
  • Personal Financial Planning

Employers

Large/multinational, Regional, or Local Public accounting firms
Sole practitioners

Strategies

Public accounting firms hire candidates who meet the educational requirements for sitting for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam: 150 hours of education including 24 hours of accounting, i.e. the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in accounting. State laws govern the practice of accountancy and specify the requirements to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam. In most states, the State Board of Accountancy has a Web site that outlines those requirements.

Corporate Accounting

  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Internal Auditing
  • Cost Accounting
  • Tax Planning
  • Budget Analysis

Employers

Companies of all sizes, in all industries

Strategies

Many managers in corporate settings obtain an MBA degree after several years of work experience.

Government

  • Auditing
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Management
  • Budget Analysis
  • Research

Employers

Federal agencies and departments including: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury, General Accounting Office, Office of Management and Budget, Securities Exchange Commission, and State and local agencies.

Strategies

Become familiar with the government application process.

Education

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Consulting

Employers

Universities and colleges

Strategies

A Ph.D. in Accounting or a DBA, Doctorate in Business Administration, in accounting is generally required. Maintain a high GPA and secure strong faculty recommendations for admittance into graduate school.

Non-Profit

  • Accounting
  • Internal Audit
  • Financial Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Money Handling
  • Record Keeping

Employers

  • Social service agencies and organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Public school systems
  • Universities and colleges
  • Religious organizations
  • Libraries and museums
  • Political parties
  • Labor unions

Strategies

Volunteer at non-profit organizations and build a network of contacts in the non-profit sector.

Other Professions

  • Accounting Manager
  • Accounting Practitioner
  • Accounting Supervisor
  • Actuary
  • Bank Examiner
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • CIA
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Commercial Banker
  • Commodity Trader
  • Consultant
  • Consumer Credit Officer
  • Controller
  • External Auditor
  • FBI Agent
  • Industrial Buyer
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • Payroll Manager
  • Public Accountant (PA)
  • Registered Public Accountant (RPA)

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Mark Fauble  110 Student Services Building  mbfaubl@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5825 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Matthew Nelson  SFHB 241  mlnelso@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-7794 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing periodfor freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA

2.50

Middle 50% GPA

2.83 - 3.58

Required Courses

Students with fewer than 45 hours are evaluated on collegiate coursework and grade point average.

Students with 45-59 hours earned must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

  • Financial accounting (ACC 131),
  • Economics—micro and macro (ECO 105),
  • College algebra (MATH 119) and Finite math (MATH 120), or
  • Applied calculus (MAT 121) or calculus I (MATH 145).

Students with 60 or more hours earned must complete those courses listed above, choosing the applied calculus (MAT 121) or calculus I (MAT 145) option, and complete the following additional courses with a grade of C or better:

  • Managerial accounting (ACC 132) and
  • Statistical reasoning (MQM 100).

Recommended Courses

  • Introductory-level business course (BUS 100),
  • Introductory-level English composition (ENG 101),
  • Intermediate-level English composition (ENG 145), and
  • Prove computer competency through completion of one of the following: ACC 167 and 168; ITK 150; IAI BUS 902; or by passing competency exams of ACC 189.67 and 189.68

Additional Information

Students are encouraged to get an AA or AS.

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Brent Kane  COB 129  btkane@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-8385 

Middle 50% GPA

2.83 - 3.58

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Application Period

September 1 through September 30 and February 1 through February 28.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Major Requirements

Fewer than 45 earned and in progress hours

Evaluated upon college coursework, GPA, and admissions criteria for incoming freshmen.

45 - 59 earned and in progress hours

Grades of “C” or better in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • ACC 131
  • ECO 105
  • MAT 119 and 120 or 121 or 145.

60 or more earned and in progress hours

Grades of “C” or better in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • ACC 131
  • ACC 132
  • ECO 105
  • MQM 100 or ECO/GEO/POL/PSY 138
  • MAT 121 or 145

The College also requires students to complete in the first semester:

  • BUS 100 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Prove computer competency through completion of one of the following:
    • ACC 167 and 168
    • ITK 150
    • IAI BUS 902
    • by passing competency exams

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Brent Kane  COB 129  btkane@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-8385 
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