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Business Accounting Information

Introduction to Accounting
UC Davis Course Offerings
CSU Sacramento and Community College Accounting Courses
UC Davis Extension and UC Berkeley
CPA Licensure Requirements
Master of Professional Accountancy Programs

Introduction to Accounting

Accounting is an exciting field that offers many opportunities and spans all industry sectors. The California Career Zone defines accounting as analyzing financial information and preparing financial reports to determine or maintain a record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.

Accounting Occupations:

All of these career and job options require some coursework and experience with accounting. Accounting is a very flexible major that can be applied to many business-related careers. A strong background in accounting makes you a desirable job applicant for many different types of industries.

Tax Analyst Tax Accountant
Forensic Accountant Treasurer
Auditor Budget Analysts
Financial Examiner Investment Analyst
Managerial Accountant Bookkeeper

The four largest accounting firms otherwise known as "The Big Four" include Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG. These are common companies you will hear about if you decide to enter the accounting industry. They handle a large range of accounting services including external audit, taxation services, management and business consultancy, and risk assessment and control.

Deloitte PWCErnst & YoungKPMG

As stated above, accounting is a very flexible business skill that could be applied to almost any type of industry. Almost every type of company or firm needs accountants, so a background in accounting will provide you with a large range of choices in the type of firm you could work for.

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for more information from the California Career Zone.

Accountancy Courses offered at UC Davis

Graduate School of Management Courses:
  • Management 11A - Elementary Accounting (4 units - open to undergraduates). This course is offered during fall and winter quarters.
  • Management 11B - Elementary Accounting (4 units - open to undergraduates). This course is offered spring quarter.
  • Management 100 - Introduction to Financial Accounting .

Ag. Resource Economics Course:

  • ARE 118 - Tax Accounting (4 units) (prerequisites are Management 11A & B). This course is offered spring quarter only.


Accountancy Courses offered at CSU Sacramento & Community Colleges

You can take courses (one per quarter) for FREE at CSU Sacramento (or any other CSU campus and some community colleges) to help satisfy your accounting requirements. In order to do this, you must submit an Intersegmental Cross Enrollment Agreement.

Examples of CSU Sacramento Accounting Courses:

ACCY 1 - Accounting Fundamentals (3 Units)
ACCY 2 - Managerial Accounting (3 Units)
ACCY 111 - Intermediate Accounting I (3 Units)
ACCY 112 - Intermediate Accounting II (3 Units)
ACCY 113 - Intermediate Accounting III (3 Units)
ACCY 117 - Advanced Accounting (3 Units)
ACCY 121 - Cost Accounting (3 Units)
ACCY 122 - Advanced Management Acctg (3 Units)
ACCY 131 - Surv Aud,Attest+Assr Topc (3 Units)
ACCY 132 - Assurance Services (3 Units)
ACCY 161 - Govt+Nonprofit Accounting (3 Units)
ACCY 171 - Federal Tax Procedures I (3 Units)

Other courses may be offered. Click here to go to the CSU Sacramento Class Schedule site and search for more classes.

Some nearby community colleges are NOT eligible for the Intersegmental Cross Enrollment Agreement, including the Los Rios Community College District (American River College, Consumnes River College, Sacramento City College, and Folsom Lake College). Call your local community college to see if they are part of the Intersegmental Cross Enrollment Agreement to get your FREE course per quarter.

Community Colleges in the Area

You can also satisfy accounting requirements by enrolling in and attending community colleges. Below is a list of community colleges in the area. Before enrolling, check with the Registrar's office to make sure you can attend both institutions without repercussions. You may also want to check with your academic advisor to see if itis advisable. Keep in mind that you may not reduce your workload if you are receiving financial aid. Check with the financial aid office before taking any courses outside UC Davis.

Sacramento Community Colleges
American River College
Schedule of Classes
4700 College Oak Drive
Sacramento, CA 95841
(916) 484-8011
Cosumnes River College
Schedule of Classes
8401 Center Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95823
(916) 691-7344
Sacramento City College
Schedule of Classes
3835 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 558-2111

Woodland/Fairfield/Other Community Colleges
Woodland Community College
Schedule of Classes
2300 E. Gibson Road,
Woodland, CA 95776,
(530) 661-5700
Solano Community College
Course Outlines
4000 Suisun Valley Road
Fairfield, CA 94534
(707) 864-7000
Yuba Community College
Schedule of Classes
2088 North Beale Road,
Marysville, CA 95901,
(530) 741-6700
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Accountancy Courses offered at the UC Davis Extension

The UC Davis Extension offers a Certificate Program in Accounting and also offers courses in accounting. Click below for more details.

UC Davis Extension Certificate Program in Accounting
Courses in Accounting offered by the UC Davis Extension

Please note that these courses have an additional cost and are not covered by regular tuition.

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Accountancy Courses offered at UC Berkeley

You can take courses at UC Berkeley (one per semester) under the Simultaneous Enrollment Agreement between UC Davis and UC Berkeley. For information on the Petition for Simultaneous Enrollment, click here..
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So You Want to be a CPA?

Please note that the current criteria for CPA licensure expires on December 31, 2013. It is suggested that you meet the full criteria by that deadline or work on the new criteria that takes effect on January 1, 2014.

The best information about accounting requirements comes from the California Board of Accountancy. Visit their site for information about licensing requirements. You can also download the Handbook for Initial Licensure to read about all requirements and conditions. Below is a snapshot of the educational requirements.

CPA Licensure Requirements (Starting January 1, 2014): If you intend on applying for licensure under the present pathway requirements, you will need to determine whether you will complete all the requirements for licensure prior to January 1, 2014. To qualify under the present pathways, prior to January 1, 2014, you must submit the application and fee, and complete all requirements for licensure, including examination, education, and experience.

CPA licensure educational requirements beginning January 1, 2014.
CPA licensure educational requirements beginning on January 1, 2017.

Here is a table of the new requirements for CPA Licensure starting January 1, 2014

Requirements to sit for exam

Requirements to obtain licensure

  • 36 quarter units in accounting studies
  • A baccalaureate degree or higher conferred by a degree-granting college or university (or foreign equivalent evaluated by a CBA-approved foreign academic credentials evaluation service) accredited by a United States regional institutional accrediting agency or national accrediting agency.
  • 180 total quarter units including 36 units of accounting subjects, 36 units of business-related subjects, 30 units of accounting study subjects, and 15 units of ethics study.
  • 36 quarter units in business studies
  • Pass ethics exam
  • Experience Requirements:
  • One (1) year (12 months) experience
  • Licensed CPA must sign off
Notice there are different requirements to sit for the exam and to actually obtain your license. To sit and take the exam, you must fulfill the educational unit requirements. To obtain your license, you must have additional coursework as well as actual work experience.

See where you stand, download this self-assessment worksheet to see how many more courses you need.

PDF Self-Assessment

Examples of coursework titles that satisfy the unit requirements.

*Excess accounting courses can count for business courses but excess business courses cannot count for accounting.

Accounting subjects include:
  • Accounting
  • Auditing
  • External or Internal Reporting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Taxation
Business-related subjects include:

  • Business Administration
  • Business Communications
  • Business Law
  • Business Management
  • Business Related Law Courses offered by an accredited law school
  • Computer Science/Information Systems
  • Economics
  • Finance, e.g. Financial Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

In addition to coursework requirements, each applicant has an experience requirement to satisfy before licensure. Read the Handbook for Initial Licensure for details. Below is a table taken from the handbook that summarizes the required experience.

Please remember that requirements for licensure will change on January 1, 2014.
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Master of Professional Accountancy Program

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management has recently started offering a new Master of Professional Accountancy degree to meet the growing demand of trained accountants. This nine month program fulfills the January 2014 CPA coursework requirements and gives students an advantage by taking advanced accounting courses that prepare you for the workforce.

Any student from any major can apply. There are only a few prerequisite courses that applicants must complete before they are eligible. These prerequisites include:

MGT 11A: Elementary Accounting
MGT 11B: Elementary Accounting
ARE 18: Business Law

Other admissions requirements include a current resume, application form, GMAT or GRE score, official transcripts, list of honors, recommendations, and a personal statement. Check out the UC Davis Graduate School of Management website for more information.

Check out the UC Davis MPAc Program Brochure.

Due to the new January 2014 CPA Requirements, other schools along with UC Davis are beginning to implement Master of Professional Accountancy degrees. Here are a few other universities with master's programs in accounting:

Azusa Pacific Master of Professional Accountancy
Loyola Marymount Master of Science in Accounting
UC Riverside Master of Professional Accountancy
Seattle University Master of Professional Accountancy
San Diego State University Master of Science in Accounting

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