Foundation Courses

Foundation Courses: Step 1

The foundation courses consist of 28-30 credits and ideally should be completed by the end of your sophomore year. They provide the groundwork in basic business computer skills, accounting, economics, business calculus, statistics and business law that you will need before becoming a full accounting major. You MUST complete all of the foundation courses before taking any junior- or senior-level accounting courses.

  *Or AP equivalent.

  **Students can test out of MIS 220.

Pre-Major Advising for Accounting Students

We recommend that students take ACCT 240 and ACCT 245 during their sophomore year to lessen the time gap between those courses and the junior-level accounting courses. However, students are encouraged to join Accounting Society to start interacting with other accounting students and accounting professionals as soon as they arrive at Western.

Since MATH 157 (Business Calculus) is a prerequisite for other courses and one of the foundation courses, we recommend that students work toward completing MATH 157 as early as possible. (Frequently, students must take other MATH courses prior to taking MATH 157.)

Course List

  • Financial Accounting (ACCT 240)
  • Managerial Accounting (ACCT 245)
  • Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON 206) SSC GUR
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON 207) SSC GUR
  • Business Calculus (MATH 157) QSR GUR
  • Business Statistics (DSCI 205) Waivable with AP credit
  • Intro to Business Computer Systems (MIS 220) or test
  • Law and the Business Environment (MGMT 271) SSC GUR