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Accounting, Certificate of Completion

Requirements

A certificate of completion introduces students to the knowledge and skills need to perform in a basic business environment. It includes a knowledge of basic business math, accounting, and accounting software. Skills include communication and presentation skills. This is primarily an applied certificate with a brief conceptual background in business.

Total Program Credits: 31

Discipline Core Requirements: 25 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  MATH 1050 College Algebra   or An Advanced Placement (AP) Mathematics Test with a score of 3 or higher. 4
or MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
  ACC 2010 Financial Accounting (3.0)  3
  ACC 2020 Managerial Accounting (3.0) 3
  IM 2600 Spreadsheet Applications  3
  ECON 2010 Microeconomics 3
  MKTG 2390 Professional Business Presentations 3
  MKTG 2200 Written Business Communication 3
Elective Requirements: 6 Credits
  Complete at least 6 credits from the courses below: 6
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences (3.0)  
  ECON 2020 Macroeconomics (3.0)  
  MGMT 2240 Business Calculus (3.0)  
or MATH 1100 Introduction to Calculus (3.0)  
  MGMT 2340 Business Statistics I (3.0)  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Minimum of 31 credits required for a Certificate.
  2. Must earn at grade of B- or higher in ACC 2010 and ACC 2020.  
  3. Overall GPA of 2.0 required for graduation with no grade lower than a "C-" in Woodbury School of Business classes.
  4. Residency hours -- minimum of 16 credit hours through course attendance at UVU.  

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
IM 2600 Spreadsheet Applicatons 3
MKTG 2200 Written Business Communication 3
MKTG 2390 Professional Business Presentations 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ACC 2010 Financial Accounting (B- or higher) 3
ECON 2010 Microeconomics 3
Electives - from List* 3
Electives - from List* 3
  Semester total: 12
*ENGL 2010 - Intermediate Writing, ECON 2020 - Macroeconomics, MGMT 2340 - Business Statistics, MGMT 2240 - Business Calculus  OR MATH 1100 - Introduction to Calculus
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
ACC 2020 Managerial Accounting (B- or higher) 3
  Semester total: 3
  Degree total: 31

Department

 Name:

Accounting

Location:

WB 146C

Telephone:

801-863-8526

Email:

accounting@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/woodbury/accounting

Chair:

Kevin Smith

 
 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Accounting at Utah Valley University is to build the strongest possible learning and growth environment for students by:

  • Maintaining a teaching-focused, engaged learning environment
  • Adding value to each students education by developing essential skills and abilities
  • Engaging in scholarly activity among faculty and students
  • Assessing current accounting trends and developing specialties
  • Partnering with the business community
  • Building our reputation within the region
 
 

Accounting

  • Administrative Support: Leah Gunderson
  • Office: WB 146g
  • Telephone: 801-863-8526
  • Email:  leahg@uvu.edu
  • Advisor: Diana Johnson
  • Office: WB 257
  • Telephone: 801-863-8032
  • Email: JOHNSEDI@uvu.edu
 
 

 

Gainful Employment Disclosure

 

Students are strongly encouraged to follow a realistic financial plan to ensure that the completion of a higher education degree will reimburse the cost of obtaining the degree. More information can be found at http://www.uvu.edu/financialaid/info/gainful/certificate_accounting/index.html

Program Description

The Department of Accounting offers the following academic programs:

  • Master of Accountancy trains students for professional-level positions in public accounting, industry, and government and is essential for advancement in many accounting career paths. It fulfills the education requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Utah.
  • Bachelor of Science – General Accounting Emphasis prepares students for a wide variety of entry-level accounting positions in business, industry, and government. With supporting training and experience many professional accounting certifications may be obtained with this degree.
  • Bachelor of Science – Internal Auditing Emphasis is an accounting degree which prepares students to enter the internal auditing profession. With additional supporting training and experience student may qualify for the Certified Internal Auditor designation offered by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
  • Minor in Accounting provides education in accounting at the intermediate level. This minor provides financial training for non-accountants who need an understanding of accounting information to support them in their desired employment. Elective courses allow some customization of the minor to the needs of the student.   
  • Minor in Internal Auditing includes basic skills in internal auditing, accounting, and information systems auditing. This minor complements many majors inside and outside of business to create opportunities for entry-level employment in internal auditing in businesses and industries related to the student’s major.
  • Associate of Science in Accounting provides an introduction to accounting and prepares students to move seamlessly into a Bachelor of Science program. This associate degree qualifies students for positions requiring an associate degree and basic training in accounting and supporting subjects.
  • Certificate of Completion in Accounting which provides an introduction to accounting supported with courses in mathematics, spreadsheets, economics, English, and communication. This certificate prepares students to perform basic accounting tasks and to pursue higher degrees in accounting.

 Employment Opportunities

Every organization needs an accountant to navigate through financial decisions. They are needed in times of prosperity as well as in times of financial distress. Therefore, the opportunities for employment remain strong. Accountants are employed to perform a variety of critical tasks related to businesses and individuals. Areas of employment in accounting include:

  • Analysis of economic events, recording financial information, summarizing and reporting financial information, and assisting in decisions based on the financial information presented.
  • Auditing, or independent verification of financial and non-financial information, to lend credibility to the information presented.
  • Development, analysis, and monitoring of internal controls which assure protection of assets, accuracy of financial reporting, effectiveness and efficiency of operations, and compliance with laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Tax consulting for individuals, businesses, and other entities including proper reporting to taxing entities such as state and federal governments.
  • Business consulting particularly related to financial decisions and internal controls.

Employment opportunities and income levels increase with the higher levels of education and with professional certifications. It is not uncommon to find accountants becoming the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) or Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of an organization. Accounting also can provide flexible careers for those who wish to work part-time.

Accreditation

The Woodbury School of Business (WSB) is accredited by AACSB International, the premier business accrediting organization in the world. Accreditation is a mark of quality programs that live by their mission and provide quality education to their students. Many employers and graduate programs seek students from AACSB accredited programs.

 
 

Woodbury School of Business

Advisement Center:

  • Office: WB 257
  • Telephone: 801-863-8032


Dean:
Norman S. Wright

 
 

Faculty

James Bailey(2009)

Professor

Department: Accounting
Faculty

Department: Business Graduate Studies

B.S., Finance, Brigham Young University; B.S., Accounting, M.B.A., University of Utah; Ph.D., Business (Accountancy), University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Aaron Bartholomew(2007)

Assistant Professor

Department: Accounting
Faculty



B.A., Communication, J.D., Brigham Young University.

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Geoffrey Bartlett(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Accounting
Faculty



A.S., Business, Utah Valley University; B.S., Accounting, M.Acc., Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Accounting, Arizona State University.

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Ben Bean(1990)

Professor

Department: Accounting
Faculty



B.S., Business Management, M.B.A., Accounting Emphasis, University of Utah.

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Katherine Black(2005)

Associate Professor

Department: Accounting
Faculty



B.S., Accounting, M.Acc., Taxation, Utah State University; J.D., UC Davis School of Law; LL.M., Taxation, McGeorge School of Law.

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Joshua Cieslewicz(2010)

Assistant Professor

Department: Accounting
Faculty

Department: Business Graduate Studies

B.S., M.Acc., Accounting, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., International Management, specialization in Accounting, University of Hawaii.

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Joel Helquist(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Accounting
Faculty

Department: Accounting Graduate Studies

B.S, M.A., Accountancy, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Management Information Systems, University of Arizona.

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Richard Henage(2017)

Associate Professor

Department: Accounting
Faculty



B.S., M.B.A., Speech Communication, Utah State University; Ph.D., Business Administration.

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Carolyn Howard(2005)

Associate Professor

Department: Accounting
Faculty



B.A., English, J.D., Brigham Young University.

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Jill Jasperson(1997)

Associate Professor

Department: Accounting
Faculty



A.A., General Education, Ricks College; B.A., Drama Education, J.D., J. Reuben Clark College of Law, Brigham Young University.

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Stanley Jenne(2006)

Professor

Department: Accounting
Faculty

Department: Business Graduate Studies

B.S., Accounting, Weber State College. Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner; M.S., Accounting, Colorado State University; Ph.D., Accounting, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Steven Johnson(2000)

Associate Professor

Department: Accounting
Faculty

Department: Business Graduate Studies

B.S., Accounting, M.A. (Federal taxation emphasis), Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Accounting, Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

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Xiaoli Ortega(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Accounting
Faculty



B.S., Nursing, M.B.A., Business Administration, Ph.D., Accounting, University of Utah.

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Kevin Smith(2010)

Associate Professor

Department: Accounting
Department Chair

Department: Business Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.A., Accountancy, M.A., Accounting, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Accounting, University of Arizona.

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Lynn Smith(2010)

Lecturer

Department: Accounting
Faculty



B.S., M.Acc., Accounting, Brigham Young University.

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Sheldon Smith(2001)

Professor

Department: Accounting
Faculty



B.S., Accounting, M.B.A , M.Acc, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Accounting, Michigan State University.

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Marty Van Wagoner(2017)

Associate Professor

Department: Accounting
Faculty



B.A., M.B.A., Accounting, University of Utah.

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J. David Witesman(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Accounting
Faculty



B.S., Accounting, M.Acc., Weber State University; Ph.D., Business Administration, Syracuse University.

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Careers

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