Undergraduate degrees: BA or BS
Go Beyond the Numbers
Want to know what accrual means? Or how to read a balance sheet? What about calculating discounted cash flow? All these concepts are fundamental to business and are why accountants are in high demand. The Lundquist College of Business offers BS and BA degrees in accounting.
As an accounting major, you will learn more than just how to crunch numbers. You will attain excellent conceptual technical skills that will allow you to excel in productive and successful careers as a future business leader. You will practice the communications skills necessary to share the story the numbers reveal. And you will learn from some of the best accounting professors in the nation, professors who keep ahead of the curve through their engagement with ongoing research on the evolving national and international business economy.
In the end, the accounting degree you obtain at the University of Oregon will enable you to drive decisions and impact the bottom line. It's why our graduates go on to excel in a variety of fields—from public accounting firms to publicly traded companies—and accelerate into management positions.
If you want to pursue an undergraduate degree in accounting at the UO, the first step is to apply to the university through the UO Office of Admissions and select "Pre-Business" as your major. Once admitted, you will receive advising from Lundquist College of Business staff as you work toward full accounting major status. Admission to the accounting major is competitive and the coursework is intense. You'll be able to apply for full accounting major status typically during your junior year after completing pre-major requirements.
Points of Interest
- Accounting faculty at the University of Oregon rank fifth worldwide for their research on taxes, according to a comprehensive study from Brigham Young University.
- UO accounting alumni consistently earn some of the highest scores on the CPA exam in Oregon.
- The Lundquist College of Business is part of only 1.4 percent of business schools in the world fully accredited in both accounting and business administration.
- The UO offers an innovative 3+1 Accounting Program that allows qualified incoming freshmen to complete both the accounting BA and the master of accounting degree in four years.
- U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2017" ranked the Lundquist College of Business undergraduate program among the top 50 in the nation and in the top 12 on the west coast.
- The college's Lillis Business Complex was the first certified ecofriendly business school facility in the United States with a LEED silver certification.
- Leadership and Communication addresses personal leadership and communication skills. The course focuses on self-awareness for leading, persuading, and working with others; effective business writing and speaking; and team development.
- Business Strategy and Planning focuses on strategy formulation and decisional processes. The curriculum includes writing a business plan that applies knowledge and develops courses of action to accomplish organizational objectives.
- Introduction to Accounting II covers reporting of assets, equities, revenues, and expenses. The course focuses on budgeting, manufacturing cost flows, and product costs and their uses in management, planning, and control.
- Cost Accounting emphasizes how to develop and communicate cost information to assist in planning, motivating managers, controlling costs, and evaluating performance.
- Auditing and Information Systems exposes students to the audit environment, examinations of financial statements, and the audit process.
- Advanced Financial Accounting delves into equity accounting, financial accounting, and reporting practices related to corporate consolidation.
See more courses from the Department of Accounting.
Hands on Learning
Learning-by-doing, also known as experiential learning, is a hallmark of the Lundquist College of Business. Your academic coursework provides the foundational knowledge, and a host of experiential opportunities puts that knowledge into action.
- The college's CEO Network and Building Business Leaders (BBL) program connects and engages underrepresented minority students in an exciting experience while in the pre-business program and opens doors to career opportunities in business and accounting fields.
- Junior and senior business majors can gain professional experience working as actual consultants via the Oregon Consulting Group (OCG). OCG is student-run and works with companies and nonprofit organizations to deliver market research, financial analysis, and business plans.
- The Job Shadow Program pairs students with host professionals in Portland, Eugene, Seattle, San Francisco, and beyond for intensive and rewarding career exploration.
- For more than a decade, the UO accounting and law students have partnered to help Eugene-area residents complete their federal and state tax returns through the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
- Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), the accounting student club, provides opportunities to learn from peers and alumni as well as apply lessons learned in class. Club activities include everything from organizing events, seminars, fundraising for local nonprofits, guest speakers, field trips, site visits, and career development workshops. BAP is just one of more than a dozen student clubs actively supported by the Ludquist College of Business.
All accouting majors are required to fulfill a Global Context requirement. Students complete this requirement by travelling together for service-learning projects on spring break, via study tours chaperoned by professors, or by way of study-abroad opportunities. Examples of recent overseas studies locations include Argentina, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Spain, and more.
The Lundquist College of Business maintains a Career Services office just for accounting and business administration students, helping you identify job opportunities that best meet your goals and objectives. Below are some job titles and employers from recent accounting graduates to give you a sense of the types of careers and companies for which you might work someday.
Sample Job Titles
- Accounting Associate
- Accounting Technician
- Assurance Associate
- Audit Associate
- Business Assurance Officer
- Control and Import Accounting Advisor
- Data Analyst
- Inventory Control Accountant
- Subsidy Coordinator
- Tax Accountant
- Tax Associate
- Treasury Accountant
- Ernst & Young (EY)
- Franklin Templeton Investment
- Intel Corp.
- Isler CPA
- Liberty Mutual
- John Hancock Services
- Johnstone Supply
- Jones & Roth
- Moss Adams
- Nike, Inc.
- Perkins & Co.
- PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
- Standard Insurance Company
The Student Experience
In 2015, a team of undergraduate accounting students won first place at the KPMG/Seattle University Financial Accounting Case Competition. It was the second time in the past four years that a Lundquist College team won the competition.
As part of Alternative Spring Break 2016, 12 students travelled to San Lucas, Guatemala for a service learning project that encouraged the pursuit of experiences outside of normal comfort zones. Staying with host families, students studied how the North American Fair Trade Agreement has affected farmers across Guatemala, witnessing first-hand the juxtaposition between the country's rich culture and economic struggle.
For accounting majors, networking with recruiters, employers, and alumni is integral to the student experience. Intensive fall recruiting events kick off an annual cycle of employers looking for and hiring accounting students for jobs and internships. Public accounting firms, businesses, and other organizations know UO accounting students are a solid source of talent, so they come to campus throughout the year to get to know our students. And because of the strong relationships the accounting department maintains with its alumni, there are plenty of opportunities for accounting majors to engage with industy representatives to practice building their professional selves—and landing that great job
For professor of accounting and department head Angela Davis, the best part of her job is watching the proverbial light bulb turn on as students take the tools they learned from introductory accounting classes and apply them to a deeper examination of accounting issues. As Davis sees it, accounting is more than just numbers. Those numbers reveal the true narrative of an organization. Learning how to read and interpret those numbers to uncover the story is a skill Davis enjoys watching students develop over the years as their career paths unfold.
A new addition to the UO accounting department, Associate Professor Qintao Fan is already a favorite with students. After earning her PhD from Stanford University, Fan went on to garner teaching awards at both the University of California, Berkley and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Now, Fan is sharing her knowledge of managerial accounting, internal control systems, and corporate governance with UO students, who note you won't find a friendlier professor committed to ensuring you thoroughly understand the material.