North Central College - Naperville, IL

Program and Degree Options

At North Central College you can earn a B.A. or a B.S in accounting. The B.S. requires additional coursework in mathematics and computer science and is appropriate for those interested in going to graduate school. You can choose from the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) Track, CMA (Certified Management Accountant) Track, or the Corporate Track. Each of these options will earn you 120 credit hours. Our Integrated 5-year CPA Track allows you to obtain a B.A. or B.S. degree in accounting as well as the MBA degree within a five-year period.
Regardless of which track you choose, you will need to meet the following prerequisites:

  • BUS 241 Business and Economic Statistics
  • ECN 250 Microeconomic Principles

CPA Track
For the CPA Track you need the following courses to earn a B.A. degree:

  • ACC 201 Accounting Principles I/ Financial
  • ACC 202 Accounting Principles II/Managerial
  • ACC 307 Cost Accounting
  • ACC 310 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC 317 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC 318 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC 319 Intermediate Accounting III
  • ACC 430 Taxes I
  • ACC 431 Taxes II
  • ACC 440 Advanced Accounting
  • ACC 470 Auditing and Attestation
  • ACC 490 Seminar: Financial Accounting
  • BUS 162 Management of Organizations
  • BUS 168 Marketing
  • BUS 205 Introduction to Business Law
  • ECN 252 Macroeconomics
  • FIN 350 Corporate Finance

For a B.S. degree, added to the B.A. requirements you must take:

  • CSC 160 Computer Science I
  • MTH 152 Calculus II
  • one elective beyond MTH 152 or CSC 160.

Students interested in sitting for the CPA exam in Illinois and most other states need to complete 150 credit hours. To meet this requirement, any accounting major can add an additional year of study through the 5-year integrated bachelor’s/master’s program resulting in an MBA degree from North Central College.

Corporate Track
B.A. requirements:

  • ACC 201 Accounting Principles I/Financial
  • ACC 202 Accounting Principles II/Managerial
  • ACC 307 Cost Accounting
  • ACC 310 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC 317 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC 318 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC 319 Intermediate Accounting III
  • ACC 430 Taxes I
  • BUS 162 Management of Organizations
  • BUS 205 Introduction to Business Law
  • FIN 350 Corporate Finance
  • And one of the following: ACC 431 Taxes II, ACC 440 Advanced Accounting or ACC 470 Auditing and Attestation

For a B.S. degree, added to the B.A. requirements you must take:

  • CSC 160 Computer Science I
  • MTH 152 Calculus II
  • one elective beyond MTH 152 or CSC 160.

CMA Track
The CMA Track requires the same courses as the CPA Track, except for the following:

  • omit ACC 431 and ACC 490
  • add ACC 480 Seminar: Managerial Accounting and BUS 446 Operations Research
  • add prerequisite MTH 130 Survey of Calculus (or higher level course) 

After graduation, you can take the CMA exam, which is a professional certificate for accountants working in businesses.

Minor
At least 18 credit hours in accounting, including the equivalent of ACC 201, 202, and 317.

Accounting is the language spoken in every business field. The minor complements our other highly regarded business programs such as entrepreneurship and small business management, finance, and management. Adding accounting as a minor will give you a competitive edge as a job candidate and on the job.