2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
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2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting, BSA

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About the Program

Apply Now A degree in accounting can open the door to a variety of career and job opportunities. Whether your career interests lie in the corporate world, small business operations, not-for-profit organizations or education, an accounting degree will provide you with the skill set to become a more effective decision maker.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for all courses unless otherwise noted
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation
  • Certain courses may only be available at one campus location

PNW General Education Core (31 Credits)

Major Core (30 Credits)

Major Core Required Courses

Other Required Courses (15 Credits)

Civics Literacy Proficiency

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C required for all courses; 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 6 (14 Credits)

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

Semester 8 (13 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: Business/ Accounting Electives: Any College of Business 3-credit hour course 30000 level or higher. College of Business subject codes include: ACC, BIZA, BUSM, CIS, ENTR, HTM, FIN, ISM, MKG, OBHR, SPTM, and MGMT. MGMT code courses are restricted to MAcc courses, including 50100, 50300, 50600, 51120, 51500,51700, and other MAcc courses approved by accounting faculty. The maximum number of hours allowed for undergraduates from the above 50000 level MAcc courses to be six (e.g. two courses).

Note 2: Free Elective – Any course 10000 level or higher except for CHM 10000, GNS 29000, MA 11100, and MA 11500.  For Finance and BIA major and minors, you must take MA 15910.

Note 3: BUSM 45000 must be taken in the semester during which a student expects to graduate.

Recommended Natural Science courses: SCI 10300, SCI 10400, SCI 10500, SCI 11200, SCI 11300, SCI 11400, SCI 12200, SCI 13100, or SCI15000.

Experiential Learning Requirement (EL) – Any course that has been officially designated as experiential learning. The approved College of Business EL courses are: ACC 40301, ACC 49500, ACC 49900, BIA/BIZA 49000, BIA/ISM 41700, BIA/ISM 48600, BIA/ISM 48801, BIA/ISM 48901, BIA/ISM 49500, BIA/ISM 49900, BUSM 39100, BUSM 39200, BUSM 45000, BUSM 49500, BUSM 49900, ENTR 40000, ENTR 40100, ENTR 42000, ENTR 49500, ENTR 49900, FIN 49500, FIN 49900, MKG 42000, MKG 42800, MKG 42900, MKG 43300, MKG 48800, MKG 49500, MKG 49900, OBHR 43600, OBHR 44400, OBHR 49500, OBHR 49900. Students should check the course schedule for courses which may have newly received EL designation.

Milestone Courses:  Failure to master the subject matter in milestone courses may impact your ability to progress in your degree program. This may entail achieving higher grades than just the minimum noted in this plan of study. Review program requirements with your academic advisor to stay on track for graduation. 

Residency Rule:  Complete at least 32 credit hours at the 30000 course level or higher at Purdue University Northwest

Credit Hours:  120 credit hours required.  For example, students starting a 120 credit hour program in Fall 2018 must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester, 30 credit hours per academic year, to earn a Bachelor’s Degree on time in 4 years and graduate by May 2022.


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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