BBA in Accounting

There are many potential career paths for graduates of the BBA in accounting program. Typical career paths include working in public accounting as an auditor or tax professional. Outside of the typical audit or tax tracks, accountants at public accounting firms do consulting and transactional work. Accounting graduates also work in industry in an internal audit function or as a controller or accounting professional within a company(management accounting). Accounting graduates also work as financial analysts, financial advisors, and forensic accountants. Government agencies such as the IRS, U.S Treasury Department, state and local governments, as well as law enforcement agencies hire accounting graduates.

Marketable Skills

  1. Critical thinking: Analyze and evaluate issues in order to solve problems and develop informed opinions

  2. Problem-solving: Find solutions to difficult or complex issues

  3. Teamwork: Participate as an effective, efficient member of a group in order to meet a common goal

Students will also gain a basic understanding of accounting principles, and be able to prepare to pursue a CPA or other accounting certification.

The Department of Accounting at The University of Texas at El Paso shares with the University its fundamental mission to provide the highest quality education to citizens of El Paso and the West Texas region. The Bachelor of Business Administration-Accounting (BBA-Accounting) is designed as an in-depth study of the basic topics of accounting and intends to provide students the knowledge and skills necessary for entry into accounting positions in public, private, and governmental or other not-for-profit organizations, as well as the educational background necessary for entry into a graduate program. The BBA-Accounting concentration and the Master of Accountancy degrees are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The BBA-Accounting concentration does not provide the total number of hours of coursework necessary to academically qualify a candidate for the Uniform CPA Examination in the State of Texas.

Fast Track

The Fast-Track Program enables outstanding undergraduate UTEP students to receive both undergraduate and graduate credit for up to 15 hours of UTEP course work as determined by participating Master's and Doctoral programs.  Not all undergraduate programs have elected to participate in the Fast Track option, so students should see their departmental graduate advisor for information about requirements and guidelines. A list of courses that have been approved for possible use at the graduate level is found here

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 120

Business Designated Core (All courses require a C or better.)
Complete the Business Designated Core requirements.
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Business Foundation (All courses require a C or better.)
Required Courses:
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting I3
ACCT 2302Principles of Accounting II3
ECON 2304Principles of Economics3
QMB 2301Fundamentals of Bus Statistics3
Math Elective:
MATH 2301Math for Social Sciences II3
or MATH 1411 Calculus I
Business Core
Required Courses:
ACCT 3321Intermediate Accounting I C3
BLAW 3301Legal Environment of Business3
BUSN 3304Global Business Environment3
or BUSN 3305 Global Busn Environ-Study Away
FIN 3310Business Finance3
MGMT 3303Intro-Mgmt/Organizational Beha3
MGMT 4300Strategic Management3
MKT 3300Principles of Marketing3
OSCM 3321Production/Operations Mgmt3
QMB 3350Business Analytics3
or QMB 3301 Quantitative Methods in Bus
Accounting Major
Required Courses:
ACCT 3320Accounting Systems3
ACCT 3322Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCT 3323Cost Accounting3
ACCT 3327Fed Income Tax - Individuals3
ACCT 4304Auditing Principles/Procedures3
CIS 3325Adv Microcomp Bus Applications3
Select two of the following:
ACCT 4315Acct Res. and Communication3
ACCT 4335Business Intelligence3
ACCT 4345Financial Statement Analysis3
ACCT 4396Internship3
ACCT 4398Independent Study in Acct3
ACCT 4399Current Concepts in Accounting3
BLAW 4391Business Law3
CIS 3350Systems Analysis and Design3
CIS 4330Expert Sys & Decision Sup Sys3
CIS 4365Database Management3
CIS 4370Business Data Communications3
FIN 4318Fin Anal of Firm & Valuation3
MGMT 3311Intro to Human Resource Mgmt3
Select a twelve-hour business minor or certificate
Total Hours120

Business Designated Core

Although the UTEP choice is larger, these choices satisfy the requirements of both the core and the major.

All courses listed within this degree require a grade of C or better for successful completion.

Mathematics
Select one of the following:
Calculus I
Math for Social Sciences I
Precalculus
Behavioral and Social Sciences
Required:
ECON 2303Principles of Economics3
The following additional courses are also recommended:
Business/Profession Comm
Math for Social Sciences I
Ethics

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication (six hours)

The objective of the communication component is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose or orally in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
Select six hours of the following: 6
For students whose secondary education was in English:
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
For students whose secondary education was not in English:
ESOL 1311Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl3
ESOL 1312Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl3
Total Hours12

American History (six hours)

The objectives of the history component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and history of the U.S., their comprehension of the past and current role of the U.S. in the world, and their ability to critically evaluate and analyze historical evidence. U.S. history courses (three hours must be Texas history) include:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture  (three hours)

The objective of the humanities component is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Latina/o Presence in the U.S.
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics  (three hours)

The objective of the mathematics component is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Trigonometry and Conics
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Precalculus 1,2
Math for Social Sciences II
Statistical Literacy
Elementary Statistical Methods
1 A higher-level course in the calculus sequence can be substituted.
2 TCCN MATH 1314 will also satisfy this requirement.
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences  (six hours)

The objective of the study of the natural sciences is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The courses listed are for non-majors; the major courses in the discipline can be substituted for the non-major sequence. A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.):
Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Intro General Chemistry Lab
Intro Organic & Biochem Lab
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Intro to General Chemistry
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environment Science 2
Intro to Environmental Sci
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Physical Geography
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Political Science  (six hours)

The objectives of the political science component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and evolution of the U.S. and Texas political systems, focusing on the growth of political institutions, and on the constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to enhance their understanding of federalism, states rights, and individual civil liberties, rights, and responsibilities.
Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences  (three hours)

The objective of the social and behavioral science component is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts (three hours)

The objective of the visual and performing arts component is to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the human imagination as expressed through works of visual art, dance, music, theatre and film. Through study in these disciplines, students will form aesthetic judgments and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option (six hours)

The objective of the institutionally designated option component is to develop the critical thinking skills and academic tools required to be an effective learner. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology in problem-solving, communications, and knowledge acquisition.
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Eng Innovation and Leadership
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6