Oct 21, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Accounting, B.S.

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The Bachelor of Science degree in Public Accounting prepares students for careers in public, corporate, governmental, or non-profit accounting. Depending on their interests, students may pursue either a Bachelor of Science with a major in Public Accounting or a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. The Bachelor of Science with a major in Public Accounting is for those who intend to sit for the CPA examination or work in public accounting. Working with an accounting faculty advisor, students can choose the major which best fits their interests and career plans. The major in Public Accounting for the Bachelor of Science is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

Students majoring in Public Accounting are versed in all aspects of accounting including practice, theory, and professional ethics. In addition, graduates who complete both the Bachelor of Science degree in Public Accounting and the MBA in Accounting will satisfy the 150 hours requirements of both Kansas and Missouri to sit for the CPA exam.

Accountants need critical business skills to advance in the ranks of management. The accounting program includes appropriate business coursework so that students develop those skills.

Core Requirements

All students must complete the Avila University Core Curriculum as a part of their degree programs. The Core consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours that meet the requirements listed below. Please go to Core Curriculum  for more information and to view all Core classes.

Core Foundations (9-11 credit hours)

Foundations requirements provide the basic skills essential for effective participation in other classes as well as the professional world.

Core Pillars & Levels (30 credit hours)

Pillars and Levels requirements address the breadth of knowledge expected of a liberal arts education and challenges students to integrate prior knowledge and create new ideas through higher levels of coursework.

Cross-Application Note: All courses that meet a Pillar also meet a Level and may meet a Designation requirement. Some courses taken for major and/or minor requirements may also meet Core requirements.

    Social Justice & Civic Life Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

Creativity & Culture Pillar
(6 credit hours required)

Belief & Reason Pillar
(6 credit hours required)
Explorations of Nature Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

24 credit hours required 












6 credit hours required CONTRIBUTE LEVEL




Core Designations

Core Component Designations requirements incorporate assignments and experiences focused on developing and deepening student understanding to prepare students for responsible lifelong contributions to the global community.

CORE Designations

Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)

(9 credit hours)

Global Studies (GS)    

(9 credit hours)     

Community Engagement (CE)    

(3 credit hours) 







Transfer Students

The Core Component Designations requirement for transfer students is determined by the number of credit hours transferred to Avila University. Please see the Transfer Students  page within this catalog.


As noted above, courses can have multiple designations and thus meet multiple requirements at once.

Example: BI 215 - Humans & the Environment (3)  meets all of the following requirements:

  • Belief & Reason Nature Pillar
  • Transform Level
  • Global Studies (GS) Designation
  • Major Requirement

School of Business Academic Policies

The candidate for a degree through the School of Business must follow all policies listed below and fulfill all requirements for the School of Business and the candidate’s chosen major. Prior to formal admission to the School of Business, students should seek advice from their academic advisor.

Candidates should review additional policies regarding progress in School of Business degree programs here .

Degree Requirements

Completion of at least 120 semester hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (average grade of “C”), at least 27 semester hours in one major subject area with at least 21 semester hours in courses numbered 200 or above, at least 12 upper-division semester hours in the major at Avila, and no more than 60 hours of School of Business courses. Business courses that are cross-listed are counted against the 60-hour limit regardless of the division designation under which credit is granted. The final 30 hours must be completed at Avila University.

Major Related Requirements

Candidates must complete the following courses as a part of each candidate’s core curriculum with a minimum grade of “C” or better:

Technology Requirement

Computer competency will be demonstrated by successful completion of:


The School of Business has several outcomes expected of all Accounting Majors. These are:

Outcome 1.

Be able to identify, measure, summarize, and analyze financial and tax data. (AC 452 , AC 362 )

Outcome 2.

Demonstrate knowledge of ethical professional responsibilities. (AC 370 )

Outcome 3.

Demonstrate knowledge of the meaning, application, and methodology for attest services. (AC 370 )


The assessment methodologies and results for every major’s outcomes and ETS exam results may be found on the Avila website under the School of Business/Accreditation.

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