Accounting Information Systems (BS)


Accounting Information Systems (BS)
Chair: Ian J. Redpath, JD, LLM

The Accounting Information Systems program is part of the Richard J. Wehle School of Business and is accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). As a Jesuit institution, you will also take a strong core of courses that emphasizes writing skills, logic and breadth of knowledge about the human experience. The Jesuit tradition of developing both intellect and character translates into accounting professionals who concern themselves with not only the financial health of an organization but also its professional integrity and its contribution to society as a whole.

The Accounting Information Systems (AIS) Program is designed for students to gain the knowledge and skills required to bridge the gap between accounting and technology. The AIS program emphasizes student's developing in demand skills in the areas of data analytics, business process knowledge and information technology risk assessment. AIS is a unique program, started in 2002, as one of only 30 schools offering similar programs in the U.S.  AIS majors are often dual majors with accounting who join the AIS program after starting at Canisius while some students major only in AIS. The AIS major skills are in demand in themarket place. Some AIS graduates choose careers in technical positions such as an Information Systems Auditor for high paying jobs with public accounting firms and financial institutions. These positions typically pay higher starting salaries than the entry level accounting positions. Other graduates use their AIS knowledge to supplement their accounting skills to enhance their performance in their professional careers and improve the chances of landing their first professional position.

From its inception, the AIS program has strived to reinforce concepts with state of the art technology that expands the career opportunities of our graduates. More recently, in 2013, Canisius College joined the SAP University Alliance which enables the college to use SAP software for instructional purposes. SAP is the worldwide leader in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solutions. Students benefit from hands on use of SAP software throughout the AIS program. The SAP initiative was made possible through partnerships with local businesses. Additionally, as a member of the SAP University Alliances program, Canisius College offers the SAP Student Recognition Award certificate to students who satisfactorily complete a minimum of three AIS courses that include at least one-third SAP hands-on content.

Courses are taught by full-time faculty members who bring real-world knowledge to the classroom through their experiences as accounting and systems professionals.  You will benefit from the department's close ties with business leaders who often provide internship opportunities, permanent jobs, and valuable advice. Additional information is available at the Accounting Information Systems website.


An Ignatian Foundation

All undergraduate students must complete either the Canisius Core Curriculum or the All-College Honors Curriculum. Many schools refer to their college-wide undergraduate requirements as "general education" requirements. We believe that the core curriculum and the honors curriculum are more than a series of required classes; they provide the basis for a Jesuit education both with content and with required knowledge and skills attributes that are central to our mission.

Free Electives

Students may graduate with a bachelor's degree with more but not less than 120 credit hours. Free electives are courses in addition to the Canisius Core Curriculum or All-College Honors Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach the minimum number of credits required for graduation. The number of credits required to complete a bachelor's degree may vary depending on the student's major(s) and minor(s).

Major Requirements

Business Core
Required courses for all business majors49-51
Additional Major Requirements
ACC 301Intermediate Accounting I3
ACC 303Cost Accounting3
ACC 307Accounting Information Systems3
ACC 331Data Analytics in Accounting 3
ISB 340Database Management Systems3
ACC 426Information Systems Auditing3
ACC 452Enterprise Systems3
ENG 389Business Communication3
LAW 371Business and Commercial Law3
LAW 372Business Organizations and Commercial Paper3
Total Credits79-81

Typical Schedule

120 hours - BS in Business Administration (Major: Accounting Information Systems)

ENG 111ENG 112
Select one of the following:PHI 101
MAT 105, MAT 109, MAT 111 or MAT 115MAT 106 ( A&S Elective if MAT 109, MAT 111 or MAT 115 was taken in fall.)
ECO 101ECO 102
RST 101Business International Requirement
Business International Requirement 
BUS 101 
MGT 101MKT 201
ACC 211ACC 212
ECO 255ECO 256
ISB 101ACC 307
Field of Knowledge 4 - HistoryField of Knowledge 3 - Arts
 BUS 201
ACC 301ACC 331
ACC 303ENG 389
FIN 201A&S Elective
Field of Knowledge 1 - ReligionField of Knowledge 2 - Philosophy1
Field of Knowledge 6 - ScienceA&S Elective
ISB 340ACC 452
ACC 426MGT 446
MGT 325Free Elective
MGT 370Free Elective
Core CapstoneA&S Elective

ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I 3 Credits

For Accounting Majors. Fundamental concepts and procedures of financial accounting with emphasis on asset and liability valuations and income determination.

Offered: fall & spring.

ACC 212 Principles of Accounting II 3 Credits

For Accounting Majors. Fundamental concepts and procedures of financial and managerial accounting with emphasis on asset funding, including debt and equity and cash flows. Accounting applications of present value concepts, introduction to budgeting and product costing. During the Spring semester the course has a mandatory 1 hour non-credit recitation section for preparation for the intermediate accounting series.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C- in ACC 201.

Offered: spring & summer

ACC 301 Intermediate Accounting I 3 Credits

First of a two-course sequence. In-depth accounting concepts and theories pertaining to external financial reporting. Emphasis on theories surrounding asset valuations, liability and equity measurements, income determination and cash flows.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C- in both ACC 201 & ACC 212, junior standing, & overall GPA of 2.0.

Offered: fall & spring.

ACC 303 Cost Accounting 3 Credits

Preparation and analysis of data utilized by management in planning and control decisions. Inventory valuation and reporting methods. Establishment and use of standards and budgets. The department offers ACC 303PD sections. These sections have a mandatory professional development lab attached to them. Their objective is to guide students as they develop the communication and leadership skills valued by the accounting profession. The course has a mandatory 3 hour non-credit recitation section.

Prerequisite: ACC 212, junior standing, & an overall GPA of 2.0.

Offered: fall & spring.

ACC 307 Accounting Information Systems 3 Credits

Development, organization, and implementation of accounting and management information systems. Emphasis on enterprise risk management, systems controls, processing cycles, and systems development life cycle.

Prerequisite: ACC 201 & ISB 101.

Offered: fall & spring.

ACC 331 Data Analytics in Accounting 3 Credits

Overview of electronic business transactions emphasizing concepts and foundations underlying data analytics for accounting. Course provides theoretical foundations of business intelligence, descriptive analytics, data visualization, and predictive analytics. Students apply data analytic concepts through the use of analytics software.

Prerequisite: ACC 307 (may register concurrently).

Offered: every spring.

ACC 426 Information Systems Auditing 3 Credits

Information system control design and auditing in the internet, electronic and paperless environment; management of security technology; operating and application system processing controls; prevention of unauthorized activity.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C- in each of ACC 307 & one of the following: ACC 331, ACC 452, or ACC 425.

Offered: fall.

ACC 452 Enterprise Systems 3 Credits

Evaluating enterprise information, enterprise resource planning (ERP) system design and functionality, data integrity, use of financial and non-financial information for organizational decision-making, business process improvement and risk management.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C- in ACC 307.

Offered: spring.

ISB 340 Database Management Systems 3 Credits

Design and application of database management systems. Topics include structured query language (SQL), data structures, querying and report writing, database design and administration, data mining and security.

Prerequisite: ISB 101 or equivalent.

Offered: every fall.