BS - Business Administration, Concentration in Accounting Information Systems

This unique program prepares students to bridge the gap between two disciplines that are critical to business operations: Accounting and Management Information Systems. The program is taught exclusively within the Department of Accounting and Finance which strengthens the curriculum structure of the program focusing on important, relevant accounting, internal controls, and information technology issues. AIS students take courses in database design, networking and data communications, systems analysis and design, and IT audit, all with an accounting emphasis.

Students who complete this concentration will be entering into one of the fastest growing, most dynamic areas in accounting. Graduates are attractive to public accounting firms and corporations with jobs such as liaisons between the accounting/financial systems users and the information systems technical staff or to design and deploy information technology to improve the accounting systems of an organization. Careers might take paths in areas such as IT or internal audit, forensic accounting, risk management, or litigation services. This qualifies students to sit for the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and CISA (Computer Information Systems Auditor) examinations.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

All courses in the Concentration Requirements for Accounting Information Systems must be completed with a grade of "C or better".The following Preparation for the Major and Required for the Major courses must be completed with a grade of "C or better": ENGL 2, MATH 71, BUS1 20, BUS2 90.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements35
Core Lower Division General Education24
Of the 39 units required by the university, 15 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education3
Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Other courses do meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentM73
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IIM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. HistoryM123
POLS 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentM113
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major17
ECON 001A. Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics4
ECON 001B. Principles of Economics: MicroeconomicsD14
ENGL 002. Critical Thinking and WritingA33
or equivalent
MATH 071. Calculus for Business and AviationB43
Transfer students with MATH 30 (C or better) may use this in lieu of MATH 71.
Complete one course from:
COMM 100W. Writing Workshop: Writing for InfluenceZ3
ENGL 100WB. Written Communication: BusinessZ3
LLD 100WB. Writing Workshop for Business StudentsZ3
Requirements of the Major67
Additionally, to qualify for a baccalaureate degree in business administration with an accounting information systems concentration, all courses in the concentration must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. A cumulative 2.0 GPA is required in all business classes.
Core Courses40
Lower Division Courses10
BUS3 010. Discovering Business0
BUS3 010 is not required, but recommended.
BUS1 020. Financial Accounting3
BUS3 080. Legal Environment of Business3
BUS2 090. Business Statistics3
Transfer students with STAT 095 (C or better) may use this in lieu of BUS2 090.
BUS4 091L. Computer Tools for Business1
Business Fundamentals15
BUS2 130. Introduction to Marketing3
BUS5 140. Fundamentals of Operations Management3
BUS3 160. Fundamentals of Management and Organizational Behavior3
BUS1 170. Fundamentals of Finance3
BUS2 190. Quantitative Business Analysis3
Business Integration and Perspectives Courses15
BUS5 187. Global Dimensions of Business3
BUS4 188. Business Systems and Policy3
BUS3 189. Strategic Management3
PHIL 186. Professional and Business EthicsS3
One non-business global perspectives course in Area V3
Concentration Requirements27
Accounting Information Systems Foundation Courses24
BUS1 120A. Accounting Information Systems3
BUS1 120B. Advanced AIS and IS Risk Assessment3
BUS1 120C. Network Environment and Accounting Controls3
BUS1 120D. Accounting Topics in IT Audit3
BUS1 120G. Programming and Systems Development in AIS3
BUS1 121A. Intermediate Accounting I3
BUS1 121B. Intermediate Accounting II3
BUS1 122A. Management Accounting and Control Systems3
Required Electives3
Complete one course from:
BUS1 123A. Tax Factors of Business and Investment Decision3
BUS1 124. Forensic Accounting3
BUS1 127A. Honors Practicum in Corporate Financial Management3
BUS1 129A. Financial Auditing3
BUS1 129B. Operational Auditing3
University Electives1

Total Units:120