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Accounting


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Department Chair

  • Jennifer C. Chen

Academic Adviser

Associate Professors

  • Chen, Jennifer C., Accounting (2005) B.S. 1999, Brigham Young University–Hawaii; M.S. 2001, University of Nevada—Las Vegas; Ph.D. 2005, University of Central Florida.

Assistant Professors

  • Nemrow, Joseph, Accounting (2008) B.S. 1990, Brigham Young University; M.Acc. 1990, Brigham Young University.
  • Waite, David S., Accounting (2015) B.S. 1998, Brigham Young University; M.S. 2008, Southern Utah University; CPA 2003; CFE 2008.
  • Watkins, J. Brian, Accounting (2011) B.S. 1992, Brigham Young University; M.Acc. 1993, Brigham Young University; JD, Brigham Young University, 1993.
  • White, Brent, Accounting (2015) B.S. 1990, Brigham Young University; M.Acc. 1990, Brigham Young University.

The Discipline


Accounting, known as the language of business, prepares students for positions in public accounting, private business, or for graduate study in accounting, administration, or business programs. The program is designed to develop communication skills and to enhance the student's ability to analyze and solve problems using various technologies in a dynamic accounting and business environment.

Career Opportunities


Accounting: The curriculum provides students with a broad business background and the opportunity to receive training in a wide variety of accounting areas including financial and managerial accounting, auditing, information systems, international accounting, and taxation.

Programs and Degrees


Program Outcomes


Upon completing a major in Accounting, students will:

  1. Demonstrate competence in core accounting knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate competence in general business principles.
  3. Communicate proficiently both orally and in writing in the English language in accounting situations.
  4. Understand the importance of ethics and standards in accounting careers.
  5. Understand international accounting standards.
  6. Work effectively with others to solve problems.
  7. Use critical thinking skills to solve accounting-related problems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency in using computer software in accounting contexts.
  9. Demonstrate understanding of accounting regulation using primary source documents.
  10. Learn independently and understand the importance of continuous learning.
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Major and Minor Requirements

The accounting major must complete ACCT 201 and 203 with a B- or better. No more than one D grade may be applied towards the major. Other grades must be C- or better. Transfer students must also complete at least four upper-level accounting courses while at BYU–Hawaii.

B.S. ACCOUNTING (58 HOURS)

Required Accounting Foundation Courses (ACCT 201 and ACCT 203 must be completed with a B- or better, and all others must be completed with a C- or better) (22 HOURS)

  • MATH 107 Quantitative Reasoning (3)
  • ACCT 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3)
  • BUSM 180 Introduction to Commerce and Enterprise (3)
  • BUSM 230 Business Spreadsheets and Modeling (1)
  • ACCT 203 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (3)
  • MATH 221 Principles of Statistics I (3)
  • ECON 200 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

Required Business Courses (9 HOURS)

  • BUSM 301 Business Finance (3)
  • BUSM 320 Business Communication (3)
  • BUSM 342 Ethics and the Legal Environment of Business (3)

Elective Business/IS/FIN Course; Complete 1 (3 Hours)

  • IS 430 Foundations in IT Services, Enterprise Systems, and ERP Skills (3)
  • FIN 360 Financial Statement Analysis (3)
  • BUSM 361 Operations Management (3)
  • BUSM 310 Leadership and Management (3)
  • BUSM 304 Principles of Marketing Management (3)

Required Accounting Courses (21 HOURS)

  • ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting I(3)
  • ACCT 302 Intermediate Accounting II(3)
  • ACCT 312 Managerial Accounting(3)
  • *ACCT 321 Federal Tax I(3)
  • ACCT 356 Accounting Information Systems(3)
  • ACCT 365 Auditing (3)
  • ACCT 440 International Accounting and Accounting Research(3)

*For international students, the ACCT 321 course is not required. International students can choose to take an additional accounting elective course in its place.

Elective Accounting Course; Complete 1 (3 Hours)

  • ACCT 386 Advanced Financial Computing (3)
  • ACCT 400 Intermediate Accounting III (3)

Accounting Minor (18 hours)

Required Courses (12 hours)

  • ACCT 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3)
  • ACCT 203 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (3)
  • ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting I (3)
  • ACCT 302 Intermediate Accounting II (3)

Minor Electives—Select Two (6 hours)

  • ACCT 312 Managerial Accounting (3)
  • ACCT 321 Federal Tax-Individuals (3)
  • ACCT 356 Accounting Information Systems (3)
  • ACCT 365 Auditing (3)