Why Major in Accounting?
Penn State Altoona’s bachelor of science degree in accounting prepares students for a variety of careers including the following:
- auditing and public accounting
- industrial and managerial accounting
- governmental and not-for-profit accounting
The degree also provides a sound background for students planning to pursue graduate studies in accounting or related fields.
Students who complete the prescribed courses and earn a bachelor of science degree will satisfy the academic requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant examination. Graduates may also elect to pursue other professional designations, including Certified Management Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified Government Financial Manager.
Practical application of classroom knowledge is an important aspect of this degree program. With the strong business and economic climate in the Altoona area, combined with close proximity to Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and New York City, our students have many opportunities for internships, real-world learning opportunities, and excellent career prospects after they graduate.
To complete the B.S. in accounting degree, a minimum of 120 credits are required. Students wishing to pursue the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation in Pennsylvania are required to complete 30 additional credit hours, which include credit hours in accounting.