Certificate in CPA Exam Preparation: Business-Related Subjects Requirement
The CPA Exam Preparation: Business-Related Subjects Requirement Certificate of Achievement is designed for students who have earned a four-year degree or higher in a field other than accounting and need to earn the required business-related subject credits to sit for the CPA exam.
Upon completion of the program, a student will meet the California Board of Accountancy’s 24-unit educational requirement for “Business-Related Subjects." Successfully passing the CPA exam opens a range of career opportunities in the public, private and non-profit accounting fields.
Certificate of Achievement Level Student Learning Outcomes
Students completing the CPA Exam Preparation: Business-Related Subjects Requirement Certificate of Achievement will:
- Acquire an understanding of concepts related to accounting, economics, business management and operations, marketing, finance, business law, human resource management, computer information systems and business communications.
- Understand the interrelationship between accounting, economics, business management and operations, marketing, finance, human resource management, business law, computer information systems and business communications.
- Satisfy the 24-unit educational requirement for business-related subject to sit for the Uniform CPA exam.
|Complete twenty-four (24) units minimum from the following courses:|
|Taxation of Business Entities||4|
|Computerized Income Tax Preparation||2|
|Volunteer Income Tax Assistance I||1|
|Volunteer Income Tax Assistance II||2|
|Tax Practices and Procedures||3|
|Intermediate Accounting I||3|
|Intermediate Accounting II||3|
|Introduction to Business||3|
|Fundamentals of Importing and Exporting||3|
|Principles of Money Management||3|
|Business Law and the Legal Environment I||3|
|Business Law and the Legal Environment II||3|
|Small Business Management||3|
|Human Relations in the Workplace||3|
|Human Resources Management||3|
|Introduction to Management||3|
|Elements of Marketing||3|
|Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
or ECON 101H
|Principles of Macroeconomics - Honors|
|Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|Network Operating Systems||4|
|Network and Computer Security||4|
|Computer Information Systems||3.5|
|Cybersecurity: Ethical Hacking||3|
|Microcomputer Applications I||4|
|Introduction to Database Concepts||3|
|Database Principles Using SQL||3|
|Introduction to Cloud Computing||3|
or MATH 165H
|Introductory Statistics - Honors|
|Calculus for Business and Social Sciences||4|
Note 1: Any of the courses above can be taken to satisfy the 24 unit business-related subject requirement.
Note 2: For the purpose of satisfying the CPA exam business-related subjects requirement, any accounting subjects in excess of the 24 units needed to fulfill the accounting subject requirement can be taken to satisfy the 24 unit business-related subject requirement.
Note 3: Some of the courses in this certificate are also included in the CPA Exam Preparation: Accounting Subjects Requirement Certificate and the CPA Licensure: Accounting Study and Ethics Certificate. For purposes of satisfying the course requirements for this certificate, only select courses that have not been counted towards the CPA Exam Preparation: Accounting Subjects Requirement Certificate and/or the CPA Licensure: Accounting Study and Ethics Certificate.
Note 4: To sit for the CPA Exam, you must have baccalaureate degree or higher, including 24 semester units of accounting subjects and 24 semester units of business-related subjects.
Students should visit the California Board of Accountancy website at https://www.dca.ca.gov/cba/index.shtml for more information regarding the educational requirements to sit for the CPA exam and the requirements for CPA licensure.
1-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.
*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.
|Fall Term 1||Units|
|ITIS 130||Microcomputer Applications I||4|
|BUS 152||Business Communications||3|
|BUS 160||Business Law and the Legal Environment I||3|
or ECON 101H
|Principles of Macroeconomics
or Principles of Macroeconomics - Honors
|Spring Term 1|
|ITIS 104||Information Technology||4|
|ECON 102||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|ITIS 115||Computer Information Systems||3.5|
|BUS 161||Business Law and the Legal Environment II||3|
There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.
To explore more about this major, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.