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Department of Business and Economics Admission Requirements and Policies
Accounting major






Charles Reichert, Professor

Gregory Trudeau, Professor, Chair, Department of Business and Economics


The Accounting major works toward developing effective decision-makers and leaders in both the private and public sectors through a strong practical business education as well as a comprehensive liberal arts education. 


The Accounting major is designed to engage students in critical thinking so they can analyze problems, implement strategies, and contribute to the success of a business organization.


While pursing the Accounting major, students study under highly qualified faculty members who have expertise in their specialized fields as well as extensive business experience.


The Accounting major instills excellence, builds confidence, and develops strong leadership skills that graduates can use throughout their careers.


Department of Business and Economics Admission Requirements and Policies

The Department of Business and Economics (DBE) offers majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, and Transportation and Logistics Management. Within the Business Administration major, concentrations are offered in Finance, International Business, Management and Marketing. The department also offers a minor in Business Administration.


Admission to 200-Level DBE Courses

Completion of CIS 108 is required for admission to ACCT 200, ACCT 201 and BUS 270. (See course descriptions for other prerequisites.)


Admission to 300/400-Level DBE Courses

Students must be admitted to DBE to enroll in 300/400-level courses. To be admitted, Department of Business and Economics students must first:  

1. Earn an overall grade point average of 2.3.


2. Complete the following courses with a grade point average of at least 2.0 with no grade lower than C-: CIS 108; ACCT 200, 201; BUS 270; ECON 250, 251.


3. Complete the following:


MATH 151 or MATH 240 for all DBE majors. Students with a Business Minor need to complete the math General Education requirement.


ENGL 101, 102


COMM 110


All but 12 credits of the remaining University General Education requirements.


1. Students may not enroll on a Pass-Fail basis in any of the courses listed in 1-3 above.


2. Credits earned in MATH 151 or MATH 240 apply toward the General Education mathematics requirement.


3. All the requirements stated above also apply to transfer students. Grade point average computations will include grades earned at colleges or universities previously attended. Grades of D in courses transferred to and repeated at UW-Superior will not be included in these computations.



  1. The requirements listed for admission to the DBE are waived for ECON 300/400-level courses.


  2. Non-DBE majors may enroll in the following courses without completing the requirements listed for admission to the DBE: ACCT 465, BUS 306, 370, 380, 382, 387, 411, 430, 499; TRSP 402, 430 (prerequisites: junior-level status). Obtain override from the DBE authorized representative, Erlanson Hall, Room 301.  


  1. Students who wish to be admitted to 300/400-level courses must establish their eligibility during the preceding academic term. Details are available in Erlanson Hall, Room 301.


  2. Students who wish to be exempted from any of the requirements for admission may petition the DBE Appeals Committee to that effect using established procedures. Exemptions will be granted in only the most exceptional cases. 

Transfer Students

Grades in transfer courses applying to DBE majors will be included in grade point average computations to ensure that all students, including transfer students, meet the same minimum grade point average requirements.


A transfer course will be accepted as its DBE equivalent course ONLY if the number of credits transferred equals or exceeds 75 percent of the number of credits of the UW-Superior course. (E.g., a three-semester-credit transfer course would be accepted to replace a four-semester-credit UW-Superior course; a two-semester-credit transfer course would NOT be accepted to replace a three-semester-credit UW-Superior course; a three-quarter-credit transfer course would NOT be accepted to replace a three-semester-credit UW-Superior course.)


DBE faculty and staff will not assume the responsibility of assessing any aspects of foreign academic credentials, courses or grades for purposes of admission, transfer credits or course equivalencies. Such assessments will be accepted when provided by agencies recognized for that purpose by the UW-Superior Admissions Office. DBE will not pay for such assessments.


Residency Requirement

All students, including transfer students, who wish to earn a degree from UW-Superior with a comprehensive major offered by DBE must complete at UW-Superior at least 18 of the credits associated with upper-division (300/400-level) major requirements. At least nine of the 18 credits must be earned in courses other than BUS 306, 370, 380, 495; and FIN 320.


Students who wish to earn a non-comprehensive major (minor required) in DBE must complete at UW-Superior at least 12 of the credits associated with upper-division (300/400 level) major requirements.



The DBE faculty believes a well-designed and meaningful work experience which builds on the academic foundation provided by a college education can greatly enhance the total learning experience and facilitate the transition from college to the business world. Academic credits awarded for the internship range from two to seven credits. Interested students should contact the department chair or department associate for additional details.


Courses Offered Only Once Each Year

Students should make special note of the following courses, which are required for Department of Business and Economics students and which are generally offered no more than once a year. The specific semesters during which the various courses are offered are indicated in the Class Schedule, published online. Normally offered Fall Semester: ACCT 351, 352, 355, 460, 464, 467; BUS

382, 405, 474, 482; ECON 330, 333, 350, 430; FIN 321, 420; TRSP 315, 401, 405. Normally offered Spring Semester: ACCT 353, 357, 359, 461, 462, 465, 466; BUS 363, 371, 411, 430, 475, 484; ECON 351, 470; FIN 426; TRSP 300, 305, 325, 430; GEOG 302 required for Transportation and Logistics majors.


Courses Offered Only Once Every Two Years

Students should make special note of the following courses, which are generally offered no more than once every two years. Students should check the Class Schedule, published online, to determine when the following courses are offered. Anticipated to be offered in 2008-09: ECON 435 (S). Anticipated to be offered in 2009-10: TRSP 402/GEOG 401. LSTU 303 is required for Transportation and Logistics Management majors.


Courses More than Seven Years Old at Time of Graduation

Students who plan to graduate with a DBE major should be aware that DBE retains the option to require the student to repeat any course(s) that will be more than seven years old at the time of graduation. This policy applies to any courses used to satisfy major requirements, regardless of the college or university that granted the credit initially. This policy is of particular importance to transfer and re-entry students, who have the responsibility to obtain a ruling from the DBE Appeals Committee on whether a course more than seven years old needs to be repeated.


Accounting Major


67 Credits

Required core courses

CIS 108 Business Computer Applications                                                         3 credits

MATH 151 (Calculus) or MATH 240                                                              3-4 credits

ACCT 200 Financial Accounting                                                                      4 credits

ACCT 201 Managerial Accounting                                                                   3 credits

BUS 270 Business Statistics                                                                             3 credits

ECON 250 Principles of Microeconomics                                                        3 credits

ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics                                                       3 credits

BUS 211 Business Law I                                                                                  3 credits      

ENGL 209 Business and Professional Writing                                                   3 credits

FIN 320 Principles of Finance                                                                           3 credits

BUS 370 Princples of Marketing                                                                       3 credits

BUS 380 Principles of Management                                                                  3 credits


Required major courses

ACCT 352 Intermediate Accounting I                                                              3 credits

ACCT 353 Intermediate Accounting II                                                             3 credits

ACCT 355 Cost Accounting                                                                            3 credits

ACCT 357 Accounting Information Systems                                                     3 credits

ACCT 460 Fundamentals of Taxation                                                               3 credits

ACCT 462 Advanced Accounting                                                                    3 credits

ACCT 464 Auditing Principles                                                                          3 credits

ACCT 467 Tax Research                                                                                 1 credit

ACCT 466 Senior Project in Accounting (Capstone)                                        2 credits


Plus any two of the following:

ACCT 351 Accounting for Not-for-Profit Entities                                             3 credits

ACCT 359 Advanced Financial Accounting Topics                                           3 credits

ACCT 461 Advanced Topics in Taxation                                                         3 credits

ACCT 465 Fraud Examination                                                                          3 credits

ACCT 488 Independent Study, Peachtree/QuickBooks                                    3 credits


Students must complete 150 semester credit hours prior to sitting for the CPA exam in most states. See an accounting advisor for options to satisfy the requirement.