The Accounting option prepares students for high-demand careers in financial reporting and management. Initial coursework is designed to prepare students as entry level accountants in a wide variety of organizations. Those students desiring to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination will need to complete the additional Requirements for the Public Accounting/CPA Focus.

Contact Information

Greg Galardi, DBA

Office of Admissions
1-800-742-4412 option 1
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Learning Outcomes

  1. Impact of the competitive, economic, legal, political, and social environments on organizations;
  2. Concepts, processes, and institutions involved in the production and marketing of goods and services;
  3. Means and consequences associated with alternative approaches to financing organization;
  4. Methods of accounting and quantitative analysis;
  5. Role and utility of current application software and corporate information systems
  6. Principles of organizational theory, behavior, and communications;
  7. Corporate planning process as well as approaches to identify and resolve strategic problems;
  8. Techniques and resources available to research companies, industries, and best practices.

Program Faculty

Matthew Gleason, CPA
Instructor of Business
TJM 313
Dr. Judy Grotrian
TJM 243
Cassandra Weitzenkamp, MPA, CPA
Instructor of Business
TJM 308

Core Classes:

BUS 214 Introduction to Business Quantitative Methods
BUS 231 Principles of Financial Accounting
BUS 232 Principles of Managerial Accounting
BUS 251 Legal Environment and Contract Law
BUS 328 Principles of Marketing
BUS 335 Production/Operations Management
BUS 339 Business Finance
BUS 373 Organizational Behavior
BUS 480 International Business
BUS 495 Business Policy
CMIS 300 Information Systems Management

General Studies Requirements 

BUS 201 Organizational Communications
CMIS 101 Information Systems Concepts and Applications
ECON 221 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 222 Principles of Macroeconomics
MATH 112 College Algebra
STAT 210 Statistics

Requirements for General Accounting/CMA Focus

BUS 337 Intermediate Accounting I
BUS 338 Intermediate Accounting II
BUS 341 Federal Income Taxes – Individual
BUS 342 Accounting Information Systems Analysis & Design
BUS 371 Cost/Managerial Accounting
BUS 450 Advanced Accounting
BUS 451 Governmental & Not-for-Profit Accounting
BUS 470 Auditing

Requirements for General Accounting/CPA Focus

BUS 252 Commercial Law
BUS 353 Organizational Ethics
BUS 372 Advanced Cost/Managerial Accounting
BUS 420 Federal Income Taxes – Corporate, Partnerships, Fiduciary
Bus 471 Advanced Auditing

Students who opt for the CPA Focus are required to take a total of 60 hours of credit in general education excluding PE but including the current General Studies Program. Credit hours beyond those required by the basic Peru State College General Studies Program can be from any area of general studies and are not specifically designated classes (i.e., any English or Math class). The CPA Focus degree requirement is 150 hours. This is the State of Nebraska requirement effective January 1, 1998 and is the requirement for membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) effective January 1, 2001.


Controller | Comptroller
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Tax Professional
Financial Adviser

Professional Organizations:

Nebraska Society of Public Accountants
Nebraska Society of Independent Accountants
National Society of Accountants
The American Accounting Association
The Association of Accountants and Finance Professionals in Business