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Accounting Degree – Bachelor of Science (BS)

Hunting down bad guys. Speaking truth to power. Building a sustainable business.

Bet these aren’t the first things that come to mind when you think about accounting.

As an accounting major at the University of Wyoming, you will be bucking stereotypes that characterize accountants as boring number crunchers. Yes, you will crush a few spreadsheets, but you will also learn that an accounting degree can take you almost anywhere.

What is Accounting?

At its most basic level, accounting is recognizing, recording and analyzing the financial effects of business activities. In today’s technologically driven and complex world, this involves a lot more than a calculator. To understand and communicate the flow of financial information in an organization, accountants must not only understand business and accounting principles, they also reckon with ethics, up-to-the-minute technologies and the global marketplace.

When you study accounting, you are learning the “language of business.” This makes accounting one of the most versatile business majors you can choose.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Resident Tuition: $154/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $639/credit hour

Accounting and Finance Department

University of Wyoming accounting graduates enjoy a job placement rate of approximately 90%

Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

As a University of Wyoming College of Business accounting student, you are taking part in an AACSB-accredited program. This makes the UW College of Business one of only 5 percent of business schools in the world that have met the exacting criteria laid out by AACSB.

Your accounting education will consist of general business classes augmented by courses in financial and managerial accounting, information systems, taxes, auditing and fraud examination, among others. Plus, you will have the chance to get hands-on experience through the following:

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).  Acquire real-world tax experience assisting low-income people with their tax returns. 

John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition. Work with a team of student entrepreneurs and pitch your startup idea for potential funding.

Internships. Make connections and acquire on-the-job skills by completing an internship. Students in the accounting program have interned at the Big Four accounting firms and at companies throughout Wyoming and Colorado.

Student Accounting Organizations. Qualify for Beta Alpha Psi, the national accounting honorary society, and you can take part in regular networking and career information events. You can also get involved in UW’s student chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants, which takes part in regional competitions.

What Can You Do With an Accounting Bachelor’s Degree?

When you get an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Wyoming, you are getting transferable knowledge and skills you can take with you to graduate school and into organizations as diverse as government, health care, energy, agriculture and more.

Your UW accounting degree program prepares you to apply for a variety of certifications such as the Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) or Certified Financial Manager (CFM).

What does your undergraduate accounting degree NOT do? It does not offer all of the credits you need to obtain a CPA license However, it will give you enough credits to sit for the CPA exam and if you combine your University of Wyoming B.S. in Accounting with the UW M.S. in Accounting, you will satisfy the educational requirements necessary to obtain your CPA license.

Accounting Careers

Accounting graduates go on to diverse roles that include:

  • Corporate executives
  • CPAs
  • Controllers
  • Auditors
  • Fraud examiners
  • Consultants
  • Professors
  • Project managers

Here are just a few of the places where University of Wyoming accounting alumni are making their marks:

  • State of Wyoming
  • University of Wyoming
  • McGee, Hearne and Paiz LLP
  • Black Hills Corporation
  • Cheyenne Regional Medical Center
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • Wyoming Department of Transportation
  • Prologis
  • Encana Corporation
  • Anton Collins Mitchell LLP
  • Kiewit
  • Lenhart, Mason & Associates LLP
  • Union Pacific

Amazing Stories from Accounting Majors

"The competition opened doors for me. I had a job offer from one of the top four accounting firms in the world. It was all because of the entrepreneurial background. They want the people who are problem-solvers, who are driven and who have the experience."

–Tabitha Briscoe, B.S. in Accounting, won the John P. Ellbogen Entrepreneurship Competition with her idea for creating chalk bags for rock climbers from upcycled fabric.

Examples of Accounting Degree Program Courses

These are just a few of the courses you might take as an accounting major at the University of Wyoming:

  • Information Security
  • Accounting Data Analytics
  • Auditing
  • Fraud Examination
  • Tax planning
  • Government and Nonprofit Accounting
View the full Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree program curriculum.

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