Program Description

BSC Accounting majors who study accounting and other business administration courses will obtain a basic understanding of the world of business and industry. Because technology is an integral component of the accounting program at BSC the latest software programs used by business and industry across the nation are available for student use in the computer labs.


Students taking accounting should enjoy processing information and thinking analytically. In addition, good interpersonal and writing skills are also valuable. High school students should have mathematics courses in algebra and geometry. However, those programs are not mandatory for success.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the requirements earn an Associate in Arts degree. Since programs at four-year colleges vary somewhat, students should consult the catalog of the college to which they plan to transfer and modify BSC’s suggested curriculum.

BSC has cooperative agreements with Dickinson State University (DSU) and Minot State University (MSU) that allow students to complete the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree at BSC and continue with a bachelor’s degree on the BSC campus. Programs offered by DSU related to this program are Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Human Resource Management, and International Business. Bachelor’s degree programs offered by MSU on the BSC campus include Management and Marketing.

Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

The future looks good for accounting majors. With increasing competition on a global level, the need to utilize timely information for operational and strategic decision making is more important than ever and remains an essential priority for all businesses.

Career possibilities: Accountant, Financial Analyst, Financial Planner, Stock Analyst, Stock Broker, Auditor, Entrepreneur, Business Owner, Manager, Banking and Investment Banking.


Shirley Wilson • Schafer Hall 319G

Associate in Arts

College Degree Requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits60-63
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
ACCT 200 Elements of Accounting I 3
ACCT 201 Elements of Accounting II 3
MATH 210 Elementary Statistics 3
Elective course 1
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Math, Science & Technology  
Select one of the following: 1 3-4
College Algebra  
Finite Mathematics  
Applied Calculus I  
Social & Behavioral Science  
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
2nd Year
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ACCT 218 Computer Applications in Business 3
ACCT 215
Business in the Legal Environment
or Business Law I
BADM 224 Management Information Systems 3
Elective course 3
Math Science & Technology  
General Education Matrix (Lab Science Elective) 4-5
Math, Science & Technology Elective  
(Needed if the 9 total credits for Math, Science & Technology have not been met.)  
General Education Matrix (Math, Science & Technology elective course) 2-3
Social & Behavioral Science Elective  
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science Elective course) 3
 Total Credits60-63

General Education & Diversity Course Matrix Requirements