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School of Business

B.S. in Accounting

Lasell University undergraduate accounting program

Accounting at Lasell

The B.S. in Accounting major degree program at Lasell provides students with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary for successful and satisfying careers in finance in both the private and public sectors. Students learn the fundamentals of business, taxation, auditing, and information systems.

The program provides students with the critical knowledge needed to sit for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam, as well as the various other Accounting certifications including Certified Management Accountant (CMA). 

What You'll Learn

  • With Lasell's bachelors in Accounting degree program, students develop the financial knowledge and analytical skills necessary in understanding the various components of business organizations and the role of accounting within them.
  • The Accounting major provides a flexible program of study relevant to all areas of accounting, with a strong emphasis on practical accounting work. 
  • Lasell's Accounting major has earned ACBSP accreditation for student-driven research and excellence in teaching.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to to identify, measure, record, and communicate financial information relating to an organization.
  • Gain the ability to apply quantitative research methods to various challenges faced by business organizations and qualitative research methods to various challenges faced by business organizations
  • Conduct ethical decision-making including identifying ethical issues implicit in business and evaluate and decide among alternative solutions to ethical problems.
  • Build professional skills such as learning to communicate effectively when both writing and speaking and be able to work effectively in teams.

For a complete list of courses and learning outcomes, view the Academic Catalog >>

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Career Success in Accounting

The Accounting major provides students with the opportunity to gain the advanced knowledge and skills necessary for successful, productive and satisfying careers such as accounting, finance, and auditing. Lasell's Accounting major has earned ACBSP accreditation for student-driven research and excellence in teaching.

Our students have interned with:

  • National Chain Company, Warwick, RI
  • Food Truck Ventures, Watertown, MA
  • Berry-Dunn CPA, Waltham, MA
  • C&W Services, East Hartford, CT
  • Hai Don Qua Hotel Management, Beijing, China

Our alumni work for:

  • CPA and Manager at Samet & Company
  • Senior Associate at Tonneson
  • Rhode Island State Auditor
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers



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BUSS101 - Fund of Bus in a Global Environment

This course is designed to familiarize students with various aspects of the business world. Areas covered include: private enterprise; forms of ownership; legal aspects; management practices in a diverse and global business environment; marketing; human resources; global operations management; labor relations; and finance. In addition, students become aware of how business functions are integrated into an organization to achieve specific goals both locally and internationally.

BUSS203 - Financial Management

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of finance. Various techniques of analysis that reveal the relationships of risk, return, and value are demonstrated. Topics include: financial reporting; long- and short-term forecasting; managing working capital; capital budgeting; and the nature of corporate securities and debt-equity mix. Prerequisites: BUSS 202 with a grade C or better & ECON 102.

BUSS226 - Financial Accounting

This course provides students with the fundamentals of accounting processes and procedures used in business. Students learn how to identify and record business transactions. In addition, students learn how to create financial statements and how to become intelligent users of financial information. Prerequisite: BUSS105.

BUSS301 - Intermediate Accounting I

This course builds on concepts developed in Financial Accounting. Concentration is on the application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to the preparation of financial statements with an in-depth review of cash, receivables, inventories, and plant assets. The course also covers the concept of the time value of money and the application of present value techniques to accounting valuations. Prerequisite: BUSS226 with a grade C or better.

BUSS302 - Intermediate Accounting II

This course is designed to continue the concepts of financial accounting and present a more thorough analysis of the requirements of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Included in this course are earnings per share calculations, lease accounting, and pension accounting. The cash flow statement is also studied. Prerequisite: BUSS 301 with a grade C or better.

BUSS306 - Accounting Information Systems

The course teaches conceptual, analytic and technical skills necessary to work efficiently and productively as an accountant or auditor in an automated environment. The course focuses on today’s typical business that is heavily dependent on information and how the business entity collects enormous volumes of data, stores that data and when needed, transforms that data into usable business information. The course involve hands on use of Microsoft Excel spreadsheet skills and will further develop these skills to use Excel's more advanced functions suitable for data storage and analysis. Hands on use of Microsoft Access is also utilized to teach data modelling skills. Prerequisite: BUSS202 with a C or better.

BUSS349 - Cost Accounting

This course focuses on a typical firm’s cost data and how that data can transformed into information for business analysis and decision making. Topics include how to identify fixed versus variable cost, cost volume profit analysis, flexible budgeting, Activity Based Costing, and standard cost systems with detail variance analysis. Process and job order costing systems are examined in terms of how these systems are used to accumulate cost to determine accurate product or service costs and why this is necessary in setting product/service selling prices to maximize profits. Other topics include the numerous cost allocation processes that take place in the typical manufacturing and service industries, and transfer pricing within companies that are doing business internationally. Prerequisite: BUSS202 with a grade of C or better.

BUSS410 - Auditing

This courses examines the impact of auditing on constituencies external and internal to organizations, especially stockholders and management. Students examine the role of both the independent public accountant and the internal auditor, and study various control and reporting techniques involved in auditing. Prerequisites: BUSS302 with a grade of C or better and Senior Standing

BUSS413 - Advanced Accounting

This course examines specialized topics in financial accounting. Problems associated with the partnership form of business organization, including partnership formation, division of income and losses, changes in ownership, and partnership liquidation are reviewed. Topics also include the subject of business combinations with emphasis on consolidated financial statements of parents and subsidiaries and elimination of intercompany transactions, accounting for foreign operations, and fund accounting as it relates to municipalities. Prerequisites: BUSS302 with grade of C or better and Senior Standing.

CFP304X - Tax Planning

This course covers taxation for individuals, sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations, as well as the tax aspects of investments, insurance, annuities, and retirement planning. Students will be able to identify the likely tax consequences of personal and business financial activities and select appropriate and lawful tax-minimizing tactics and strategies.

ECON102 - Principles of Econ-Macro

This course explores basic functions of the United States economy viewed as a whole and policies designed to affect its performance. Topics include economic scarcity; causes of unemployment and inflation; money and monetary policy; the impact of government taxation and spending; and the federal debt. Some consideration is given to international economic problems and to contrasting economic systems. Prerequisite: ECON 101.