The Bachelor of Science in Accountancy degree is intended for students who want to prepare for careers in public accounting, financial or nonprofit accounting, or roles in finance. All core categories must be met for this degree with the exception of one of the courses in religion and a two course reduction in the foreign language requirement. Students desiring to pursue the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation may continue their studies at Calvin to complete the educational requirements of the CPA designation. The CPA-track program requires additional 31 credit hours in the Business Department. A grade of at least a C in Accounting 203 and in Accounting 204 is required to be accepted into this major.

Explore a career in a field that is expected to grow by 500,000 jobs in the next 10 years (US Department of Labor). Calvin's accounting program provides excellent preparation to enter a field where strong analytical skills and ethics are essential to your success. In this program, you will learn to:

  • Develop and analyze financial statements to support business decisions
  • Use and manage accounting and information systems to manage business performance
  • Apply generally accepted accounting principles ethically as a faithful steward of resources
  • Serve a variety of stakeholders with timely, accurate and useful accounting and financial information

"Accounting professors equipped me with the skills I needed for professional and personal success after graduation. The business department provided accounting networking opportunities with companies in the area and even held on-campus interviews. After graduation, I was able to secure a position at Ernst & Young LLP and become a CPA. I worked there for six years and now work at Meijer, Inc. as a corporate accounting manager." —Wendy Brummel, '08, Corporate Accounting Manager, Meijer, Inc. 

Considering a career in accounting?

Accountants are analytical and detail-oriented. They are also creative. They take initiative, gain satisfaction from completing meticulous task work and have strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Types of work done by accountants include:

  • Auditing
  • Financial reporting
  • Tax accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Cash management
  • Financial planning
  • Budget analysis
  • Banking

Course Requirements 2016-2017

(51–53 semester hours)


(14-17 semester hours)
  • ECON-221 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON-222 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • One from:
    • ECON-325 Managerial Economics/Intermediate Microeconomics
    • ECON-326 Business Cycles and Forecasting/Intermediate Macroeconomics
    • ECON-331 Money and Financial Markets
    • One from:
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      • IS-171 Computing with Spreadsheets
      • IS-175 Productivity Software

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