A concurrent major in Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies (IBE) and Accounting provides students with a unique background, integrating the knowledge and understanding of general business and engineering, with more specific and detailed knowledge on financial and tax implications and reporting requirements.
One hundred and forty (140) credits are required for the B.S. in IBE and Accounting. Each student must earn at least a C - grade in each 300- and 400-level course in the Business and Engineering Cores, as well as in
Students must complete the “Application for Approval of Concurrent Majors” form (available from the Black School of Business Office), and obtain the required signatures. See the Recommended Action Plan for more details.
The coursework needed for the Accounting degree is also designed to satisfy the knowledge domain for certifications in accounting (CPA, CMA, CFM). Further, the IBE program requires students to obtain a broad base of engineering courses that will enable the graduate to function in an interdisciplinary environment.
Studies of recent college graduates indicate (anecdotally) that the job market is good for both accounting and IBE graduates. Graduates with financial skills in addition to the IBE degree often obtain high-paying, salaried positions such as financial analysts, manufacturing or plant accountants, and project managers of technical projects. Individuals with strong analytical skills are needed in virtually every type of industry and business, including: private and public corporations, public accounting firms, manufacturing, retailing, financial services, public utilities, and not-for-profit organizations. Local, state, and federal agencies also provide career opportunities to accounting graduates, including the PA Department of Revenue, the Federal Reserve Banks, and the Internal Revenue Service.