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Accounting (General & Public)

There are two options for students in the accounting program: General Accounting or Public Accounting. The former is for those students who want to do accounting work for a firm, not providing accounting services to the public. The latter is for those students who want to work in the civil arena as record keepers, auditors, tax preparers, financial planners, etc. Both programs provide training for positions in business which seem to be in constant or increasing demand.

In addition to learning the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the students also will learn to think through solutions on the basis of ethical reason. The required Business Ethics course and many of the other required courses in the major program will ask students to engage in problem solving in the context of frequently encountered ethical dilemmas.

Careers

The mission of this program is to provide students with the techniques to be successful in either the public or general accounting fields. Here are some careers that graduates of the Accounting programs will be qualified for:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Cost Accountant
  • Credit Analysis Manager
  • Tax Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Cost Estimator

Internships

The Business Administration Division recognizes the importance of internships and how they can enhance the professional development of students. While internships are not required to complete the major programs, students are encouraged to pursue work experience opportunities which will augment their learning and elevate their resume. Here are some employers that have provided internships for our students:

  • Mahaska Health Partnership
  • Musco Sports Lighting, LLC.
  • Hunt & Associates

Faculty

David Meinert, M.B.A.

Assistant Teaching Professor of Business and Accounting, Chair of the Business Administration Division 641-673-1702 Email

Lance J. Edwards, D.M.

Professor of Business 641-673-1114 Email

Lonny Wilson, Ph.D

Professor of Economics 641-673-1118 Email

Organizations

The Business Club is the oldest, student-run organization on campus. It typically holds regular meetings twice a month during the academic year, plans and conducts various fundraising activities, arranges for guest speakers, takes short field trips to different businesses in Oskaloosa and the surrounding area, and makes a 2–3 day excursion to a metropolitan area (Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis, Las Vegas, etc.) in the spring to visit companies and sightsee. As a condition of receiving grants from the Student Government Association, in recent years, the club also has offered service to various non-profit organizations in the community.

Facilities

Penn Hall

As one of the oldest buildings on the university campus, Penn Hall has undergone several transformations over the years; both structurally and functionality. Classrooms are located on all four stories, along with administrative offices located on the second level. All classrooms are easily accessible and are equipped with the tools and technology needed for students to be successful.

  • Administrative Offices
  • Chemistry Lab
  • Classrooms
  • Computer Lab
  • IS Help Desk
  • Service Center & Mail Room

Courses

As a student of either General Accounting or Public Accounting, you will be taking the following courses:

Business Core courses

  • APCS 114 Computer Applications for Business
  • BUSI 201 Principles of Accounting I
  • BUSI 202 Principles of Accounting II
  • BUSI 230 Principles of Management
  • BUSI 347 Business Ethics
  • BUSI 460 Corporate Strategy
  • ECON 211 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 212 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MATH 303 Statistical Methods

 

Accounting (General) courses

  • BUSI 301 Intermediate Accounting I
  • BUSI 302 Intermediate Accounting II
  • BUSI 305 Managerial Cost Accounting I
  • BUSI 306 Managerial Cost Accounting II
  • BUSI 310 Commercial Law or
  • BUSI 311 Contemporary Business Law
  • BUSI 314 Federal Income Tax I
  • BUSI 338 Financial Management or
  • BUSI 353 Advanced Accounting I

Accounting (Public) courses

  • BUSI 301 Intermediate Accounting I
  • BUSI 302 Intermediate Accounting II
  • BUSI 305 Managerial Cost Accounting I
  • BUSI 310 Commercial Law
  • BUSI 311 Contemporary Business Law
  • BUSI 314 Federal Income Tax I
  • BUSI 338 Financial Management
  • BUSI 353 Advanced Accounting I
  • BUSI 355 Auditing

 

Six hours from the following                                                                                    

  • BUSI 265 Systems Analysis & Design Methods
  • BUSI 306 Managerial Cost Accounting II
  • BUSI 315 Federal Income Tax II
  • BUSI 354 Advanced Accounting II
  • BUSI 357 Business Internship
  • BUSI 463 CPA Review