Accounting

Major
Bachelor of Arts
School of Business

Accounting is among the most practical college degrees.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Accounting students master the technical skills in financial and managerial accounting, auditing and taxation needed to compete in the professional arena. Students planning a career in Accounting should have an aptitude in mathematics. They should be able to analyze, compare and interpret facts and figures and make sound judgments based on their interpretation.

THE PROGRAM

The Accounting program features a Standard Major and two comprehensive tracks: Financial Analysis and Professional Emphases. The Standard Major is designed for students who have a strong interest in both accounting and another discipline. The Financial Analysis Emphasis is designed for students who are interested in careers in accounting or finance but who do not intend to seek CPA certification. The Professional Emphasis is intended to provide the appropriate educational background for students interested in professional accountancy (CPA) as a career, or the pursuit of a graduate degree in accounting, business or law.

Students interested in becoming a CPA should be aware that all states now require, or will soon require, 150 credits to be licensed as a CPA. The Professional Emphasis is designed to meet all the requirements for a Colorado CPA candidate to sit for the CPA exam. This can be done after graduation with the bachelor’s degree and a total of 120 credits. Before being certified as a CPA, however, the candidate must then complete a total of 150 credits, including additional accounting and business credits. This can be accomplished at Western by completing the Standard Emphasis in Economics, a major in Business Administration (standard or an emphasis in finance) and a second auditing course.

CAREERS

Professional Emphasis students are well prepared to accept entry-level staff positions in Public Accounting and continue pursuit of their CPA certification. Others choose to pursue a variety of graduate programs, including specialization in accountancy or tax, or combining their accounting degree with another discipline, such as law or an MBA. Several regional accounting firms return to Western every year to recruit graduates; once they hire one of our graduates, they come back to hire more.

Students have successfully obtained jobs in government (City and County of Denver, the IRS, Gunnison County), in public accounting (Dalby, Wendland & Co., BiggsKofford) and in private industry. Western students have successfully completed graduate studies at the University of Denver and The College of William and Mary. These students have obtained employment at the world’s largest accounting firms.

  • Public Accounting

  • Governmental Accounting

  • Controller

  • Financial Services

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Tax advising and preparation

  • Tax advising and preparation

  • Management consulting

  • Management consulting

  • Management consulting

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

Our friendly faculty would love to hear from you.

Dr. Steve Crowley

Opportunities

OPPORTUNITIES

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA): IRS-certified students provide free basic tax return preparation to the campus and community.

STUDY ABROAD: Experience Harlaxton College in the English Midlands.

CPA PREP: Our auditing class is designed to prepare students for the CPA.

ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS COURSE: Students complete a comprehensive project that facilitates ‘seeing’ and ‘doing’ the entire accounting cycle, from source data to financial statements.

OFFICE OF CAREER SUCCESS: Business students have a department-specific career services professional.

Profiles

Doug Carlson stands in front of a painting
Since leaving Western, Doug has co-founded FIJI Water, served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Aspen Ski Co., and run publishing and resort businesses.
Chance Chase
“Western’s  Professional Land & Resource Management program was exactly what I needed, and I was thrilled to have found it."
Sidney Bare
Came to Western to stay in the mountains.  Earned my recreation major and business minor in just 3-1/2 years. 
TJ Dennis
"Western is a place where I can gain hands-on experience, while working in the gorgeous Gunnison Valley"
Christian Schweigerath
Crowned Miss Colorado United States in April of 2013, Christian says she’s laser-focused on her studies in Business and Professional Land & Resource Management.

Scholarships

Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309. To find scholarships based on year of study (e.g. - Freshmen Scholarships), please see the navigation to the left.

 Billmeyer, Matthew Memorial Scholarship

Billmeyer, Matthew Memorial Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time students of any class with a GPA of 2.0 or greater. Preference given to students majoring in Department of Business, Accounting & Economics.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

The Billmeyer family in memory of Matthew Billmeyer "79."

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Department of Business, Accounting & Economics.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

 Binford, Harold E. Business Scholarship

Binford, Harold E. Business Scholarship is Available to:

Students majoring in Business or Accounting; must have completed 60 hours of course work of which a minimum of 30 hours must at Western, be among top 5 as ranked by overall GPA.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

Friends to honor Dr. Binford when he retired from Western Colorado University as Professor and Chairman of the Division of Business.

Amount: Amount will be determined based on funds available. 2 awards annually.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western Colorado University Business Department.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

 Borick, Business Scholarship

Borick, Business Scholarship is Available to:

Declared majors in Business, Accounting and Economics who are US citizens. Must be a full-time student with a GPA of 3.4 or greater. Must demonstrate academic promise and financial need. Preference given to students actively involved in the BUS, ACC, ECON department and involved on campus.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

Steven Borick '75' Amount: Awards based on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Department of Business, Accounting and Economics.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

 Cherry, Denver Memorial Accounting Scholarship

Cherry, Denver Memorial Accounting Scholarship is Available to:

Accounting majors, junior or senior standing, full-time students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater and demonstrate academic promise.

Accounting Scholarship Provided by:

Family of Denver Cherry.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Business Dept.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's business Program at http://www.western.edu/businesswww.western.edu/business

 Cox, James H. Business Administration Scholarship

Cox, James H. Business Administration Scholarship is Available to:

Declared majors in Business Administration, Jr or Sr status, full-time students with a GPA of 2.0 - 2.5 preferred. Student needs to be recommended by 1 or more Western Business division faculty. Preference given to members of Delta Sigma Pi, New York State Residents and Community College graduates.

Business Administration Scholarship Provided by:

James H Cox 1966 and 1968 graduate of Western.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Department of Business, Accounting and Economics.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

 Depp, Stephen Paul Memorial Scholarship

Depp, Stephen Paul Memorial Scholarship is Available to:

Non-traditional students enrolled as a business major with a GPA of 3.0

Business Scholarship Provided by:

The Depp family (Paul and Roberta) and friends to honor the memory of Stephen Paul Depp

Amount: Award depends on funds available

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Department of Business, Accounting and Economics

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

 Eastman, Donald S. Business Scholarship

Eastman, Donald S. Business Scholarship is Available to:

Western Colorado University students who are majoring in Accounting or Economics and have earned at least 30 hours at Western.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

Don Eastman.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western Colorado University Business Department.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

 Gunnison Savings and Loan Scholarship

Gunnison Savings and Loan Scholarship is Available to:

Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be a Business, Accounting or Economics Major. Must also be a member of GS&L.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

Donation from Gunnison Savings & Loan.

Amount: $750 (Pending funding)

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Dept of Business, Accounting & Economics.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

 Haverly, F. S. Academic Scholarship

Gunnison Savings and Loan Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time Business, Accounting or Economics majors. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better and have completed, or will complete 60 credit hours at Western by semester end in which scholarship is awarded. Students must have financial need.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

A gift from F.S. Haverly who was an Accounting professor at Western for over 20 years.

Amount: One scholarship for $1000 or two scholarships for $500.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Business Department.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

 Kregel, Kathleen Scholarship

Kregel, Kathleen Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time female Business, Accounting or Economics majors, who are Colorado residents. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.2 or better and have recipient-year class standing of sophomore through senior. Students must have financial need.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

Kathleen M. Kregel ('87 MBA) & James R. Smith.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Business Department.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

 Little, Robert and Gloria Memorial Business Scholarship

Little, Robert and Gloria Memorial Business Scholarship is Available to:

Declared majors in Business, Accounting and Economics, full-time students with a GPA of 2.8 or greater. Have both academic promise and financial need.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

Robert Little in memory of Gloria Little.

Amount: 14 awards of $500.00 each.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Department of Business, Accounting and Economics.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

 Mikesell Scholarship In Accounting

Mikesell Scholarship In Accounting is Available to:

Students with a declared majors in Accounting. Colorado residents and US citizens. Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, and demonstrate financial need. Preference placed on students who attended High School in communities with a population of less than 10,000. Scholarship may be renewable.

Accounting Scholarship Provided by:

Greg and Monica Mikesell.

Amount: 1 award for $1200.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Accounting Faculty.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

 Miller, Marshall Business Scholarship

Miller, Marshall Business Scholarship is Available to:

Business majors who are graduates of a Colorado high school. Students must have junior/senior status with a minimum GPA of 2.25. Students must demonstrate financial need and high personal standards.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

Marshall Miller.

Amount: Depending on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Department of Business, Accounting and Economics.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

 Porter, Ralph E. Business Administration Scholarship

Porter, Ralph E. Business Administration Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time Business Administration majors. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

Ralph Porter who was associated with Western Colorado University for more than sixty years. He worked directly to serve the College as a student, Secretary to the President, Treasurer, and Business Manager.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western Colorado University Business, Accounting & Economics Department.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

 Reed, J. Ralph Business Scholarship

Reed, J. Ralph Business Scholarship is Available to:

Declared majors in Business, Accounting and Economics. Must be a full-time student with a GPA of 3.5 or greater. Must demonstrate academic promise and financial need. Students who have distinguished themselves as people of strong character and morals. Preference given to those actively involved in the department.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

LIATIS Foundation.

Amount: Awards based on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Department of Business, Accounting and Economics.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

 Whiting, Vern Memorial Scholarship

Whiting, Vern Memorial Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time students majoring in Business, Accounting or Economics. Students must be junior or senior standing and must demonstrate financial need. Students must have exhibited a work ethic that has assisted in financing their education. Preference given to non-traditional students.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

Vern's wife, Nell, and family and friends.

Amount: $250.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Faculty of the BUS, ACC, ECON department in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

 Wilson, Roger E. Memorial Business Scholarship

Wilson, Roger E. Memorial Business Scholarship is Available to:

Full time Colorado residents who demonstrate financial need. Must be majoring in Business, Accounting or Economics. 2.5 GPA required to maintain scholarship.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

Douglas A. Wilson to honor his brother.

Amount: Depending on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Department of Business, Accounting and Economics.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

 Business, Accounting and Economic Scholarships

Fund

The following scholarships are available to students in the Business, Accounting and Economics (BAE) department.  

American Association Professional Landmen (AAPL) Scholarship

Billmeyer, Matthew Memorial Scholarship
Binford, Harold E. Business Scholarship

Borick, Business Scholarship
Cherry, Denver Memorial Accounting Scholarship
Chesapeake Energy PLRM Scholarship
Cox, James H. Business Administration Scholarship
Cummins, D.H. and Mildred Scholarship Fund
Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen
Depp, Stephen Paul Memorial Scholarship
Eastman, Donald S. Business Scholarship
Encana, Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.
Fidelity Charitable Gift Energy Corporation
Gunnison Energy PLRM Scholarship for the Gunnison ValleyGunnison Savings & Loan Scholarship
Haverly, F.S. Academic Scholarship
Kregel, Kathleen Scholarship
Little, Richard and Gloria Memorial Business Scholarship
Long, John S. Scholarship
Mikesell Scholarship in Accounting
Miller, Marshall Business Scholarship
Porter, Ralph E. Business Administration Scholarship
Questar Exploration & Production Company Scholarship
Reed, J. Ralph Business Scholarship
Solich, George & Carol Scholarship
Urban, Paul "Legends of Industry" Scholarship
Whiting, Vern Memorial Scholarship
Wilson, Roger E. Memorial Business Scholarship


American Association Professional Landmen (AAPL) Scholarship

Determined by AAPL. See PLRM Director for further information and deadline.

BILLMEYER, MATTHEW MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Full-time students of any class with a GPA of 2.0 or greater. Preference given to students majoring in Department of Business, Accounting & Economics.

Provided by:
The Billmeyer family in memory of Matthew Billmeyer "79."

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Department of Business, Accounting & Economics.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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BINFORD, HAROLD E. BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Students majoring in Business or Accounting; must have completed 60 hours of course work of which a minimum of 30 hours must at Western, be among top 5 as ranked by overall GPA.

Provided by:
Friends to honor Dr. Binford when he retired from Western Colorado University as Professor and Chairman of the Division of Business.

Amount:
Amount will be determined based on funds available. 2 awards annually.

Selected by:
Western Colorado University Business Department.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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BORICK, BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Declared majors in Business, Accounting and Economics who are US citizens. Must be a full-time student with a GPA of 3.4 or greater. Must demonstrate academic promise and financial need. Preference given to students actively involved in the BUS, ACC, ECON department and involved on campus.

Provided by:
Louis Borick on behalf of his son Steven Borick "75."

Amount:
Awards based on funds available.

Selected by:
Department of Business, Accounting and Economics.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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CHERRY, DENVER MEMORIAL ACCOUNTING SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Accounting majors, junior or senior standing, full-time students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater and demonstrate academic promise.

Provided by:
Family of Denver Cherry.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Business Dept.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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CHESAPEAKE ENERGY PLRM SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
PLRM majors with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Students must demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities and dedication to the PLRM program.

Provided by:
Chesapeake Energy.

Amount:
5 awards of $4000. (may vary)

Selected by:
PLRM Faculty.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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COX, JAMES H. BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Declared majors in Business Administration, Jr or Sr status, full-time students with a GPA of 2.0 - 2.5 preferred. Student needs to be recommended by 1 or more WSC Business division faculty. Preference given to members of Delta Sigma Pi, New York State Residents and Community College graduates.

Provided by:
James H Cox 1966 and 1968 graduate of WSC.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Department of Business, Accounting and Economics.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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Delta Sigma Pi Alumni Scholarship

Available to:
Full-time students in Business Administration

Provided by:
Alumni

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Department of Business, Accounting & Economics

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

DENVER ASSOCIATION OF PETROLEUM LANDMEN

Available to:
Full-time students with at least a Junior status, enrolled in the Professional Land and Resource Management Program.

Provided by:
Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Chair(s) of the PLRM Program

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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DEPP, STEPHEN PAUL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Non-traditional students enrolled as a business major with a GPA of 3.0

Provided by:
The Depp family (Paul ’74 and Roberta) and friends to honor the memory of Stephen Paul Depp

Amount:
Award depends on funds available

Selected by:
Department of Business, Accounting and Economics

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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DESERT SCHOOLS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Declared majors in Business, Accounting and Economics, full-time students with a GPA of 2.8 or greater. Have both academic promise and financial need.

Provided by:
Robert Little in memory of Gloria Little.

Amount:
Awards depend on funds available.

Selected by:
Department of Business, Accounting and Economics.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

EASTMAN, DONALD S. BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Western State College students who are majoring in Accounting or Economics and have earned at least 30 hours at WSC.

Provided by:
Don Eastman.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Western State College Business Department.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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ELVA LEA WISE BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN

Available to:
Excellent female student in Business Administration.

Provided by:
Friends of Elva Lea Wise

Amount:
Award depends on funds available

Selected by:
Department of Business, Accounting and Economics.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

ENCANA OIL & GAS (USA) INC.

Available to:
Full-time students that have been accepted in the PLRM program. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Financial need will be considered.

Provided by:
Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Chair(s) of the PLRM Program.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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FIDELITY CHARITABLE GIFT FUND

Available to:
Full-time students that have been accepted in the PLRM program. Financial need may be considered.

Provided by:
MDU Resources Foundation and Fidelity Exploration & Production Company.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available (approximately $600).

Selected by:
Chair(s) of the PLRM Program.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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FIDELITY CHARITABLE GIFT FUND

Available to:
Full-time students that have been accepted in the PLRM program. Financial need may be considered.

Provided by:
MDU Resources Foundation and Fidelity Exploration & Production Company.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available (approximately $600).

Selected by:
Chair(s) of the PLRM Program.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

GUNNISON ENERGY CORPORATION

Available to:
Full-time students that have obtained junior or senior status and have been accepted in the PLRM program. Financial need may be considered. Students must be from Western Colorado.

Provided by:
Gunnison Energy Corporation.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Chair(s) of the PLRM Program.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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GUNNISON ENERGY PLRM SCHOLARSHIP FOR GUNNISON VALLEY

Available to:
Full-time students that are graduates of Gunnison High School and have been accepted in the PLRM program. Financial need may be considered. Students must be a Freshman or seeking an Additional Bachelors Degree.

Provided by:
Gunnison Energy Corporation.

Amount:
2 awards of $2500 each. (may vary)

Selected by:
Chair(s) of the PLRM Program in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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GUNNISON SAVINGS AND LOAN SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be a Business, Accounting or Economics Major. Must also be a member of GS&L.

Provided by:
Donation from Gunnison Savings & Loan.

Amount:
Pending Funding.

Selected by:
Dept of Business, Accounting & Economics.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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Gunnison Valley Fidelity Exploration and Production Scholarship

Available to:
Full-time students that have been accepted in the PLRM program. Financial need may be considered.

Provided by:
GVFEP

Amount:
Award depends on funds available

Selected by:
PLRM Leadership

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

HAVERLY, F. S. ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Full-time Business, Accounting or Economics majors. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better and have completed, or will complete 60 credit hours at WSC by semester end in which scholarship is awarded. Students must have financial need.

Provided by:
A gift from F.S. Haverly who was an Accounting professor at Western for over 20 years.

Amount:
One scholarship for $1000 or two scholarships for $500.

Selected by:
Western State Business Department.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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INDUSTRY PARTNER SCHOLARSHIPS

Available to:
Full-time students that have been accepted in the PLRM program. Financial need may be considered.

Provided by:
Various PLRM associated companies

Amount:
Award depends on funds available

Selected by:
PLRM Leadership

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

KREGEL, KATHLEEN SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Full-time female Business, Accounting or Economics majors, who are Colorado residents. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.2 or better and have recipient-year class standing of sophomore through senior. Students must have financial need.

Provided by:
Kathleen M. Kregel ('87 MBA) & James R. Smith.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Western State Business Department.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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LITTLE, ROBERT AND GLORIA MEMORIAL BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Declared majors in Business, Accounting and Economics, full-time students with a GPA of 2.8 or greater. Have both academic promise and financial need.

Provided by:
Robert Little in memory of Gloria Little.

Amount:
14 awards of $500.00 each.

Selected by:
Department of Business, Accounting and Economics.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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LOCKE, PATTY ACCOUNTING SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN

Available to:
Excellent female student in accounting.

Provided by:
Patty Locke

Amount:
Award depends on funds available

Selected by:
Department of Business, Accounting and Economics.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

LONG, JOHN S. SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Juniors and Seniors in the Professional Land and Resource Management Program who have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.

Provided by:
The Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen in memory of John S. Long, a well-known and well-loved Landman in the Denver Oil Community.

Amount:
$1000 - $2500

Selected by:
The John S. Long Scholarship Fund Committee

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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MIKESELL SCHOLARSHIP IN ACCOUNTING

Available to:
Students with a declared majors in Accounting. Colorado residents and US citizens. Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, and demonstrate financial need. Preference placed on students who attended High School in communities with a population of less than 10,000. Scholarship may be renewable.

Provided by:
Greg and Monica Mikesell.

Amount:
1 award for $1200.

Selected by:
Accounting Faculty.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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MILLER, MARSHALL BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Business majors who are graduates of a Colorado high school. Students  must have junior/senior status with a minimum GPA of 2.25.  Students must demonstrate financial need and high personal standards.

Provided by:
Marshall Miller.

Amount:
Depending on funds available.

Selected by:
Department of Business, Accounting and Economics.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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NEWFIELD EXPLORATION COMPANY SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Full-time students with at least a Junior status, enrolled in the Professional Land and Resource Management Program.

Provided by:
Newfield Exploration Company

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
PLRM Leadership

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

PORTER, RALPH E. BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION SCHOLARSHIP


Available to:
Full-time Business Administration majors. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Provided by:
Ralph Porter who was associated with Western Colorado University for more than sixty years. He worked directly to serve the College as a student, Secretary to the President, Treasurer, and Business Manager.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Western State College Business, Accounting & Economics Department.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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QUESTAR EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION COMPANY SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Full-time students that have been accepted in the PLRM program. Financial need may be considered.

Provided by:
Questar Exploration and Production Company.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available (two scholarships of approximately $2,500 each).

Selected by:
Chair(s) of the PLRM Program.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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REED, J. RALPH BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Declared majors in Business, Accounting and Economics. Must be a full-time student with a GPA of 3.5 or greater. Must demonstrate academic promise and financial need. Students who have distingushed themselves as people of strong character and morals. Preference given to those actively involved in the department.

Provided by:
LIATIS Foundation.

Amount:
Awards based on funds available.

Selected by:
Department of Business, Accounting and Economics.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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SOLICH, GEORGE & CAROL SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Full-time students that have been accepted in the PLRM program. Financial need may be considered.

Provided by:
The Energy Cup Matches.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available (approximately $1300).

Selected by:
Chair(s) of the PLRM Program.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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URBAN, PAUL 'LEGENDS OF INDUSTRY' SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Full-time students that have been accepted in the PLRM program. Recipients must maintain a 3.3 GPA and be involved in extra-curricular activities.  Scholarship is to be used for tuition ONLY.  Students who have scholarships that already cover tuition expenses are ineligible.

Provided by:
Paul's wife, Ann Marie, Eric McGlone and other friends.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Chair(s) of the PLRM Program and Ann Urban.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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WESTERN 300 SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Full-time students that have been accepted in the PLRM program. Financial need may be considered.

Provided by:
Various PLRM associated companies

Amount:
Award depends on funds available

Selected by:
PLRM Leadership

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

WHITING, VERN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Full-time students majoring in Business, Accounting or Economics. Students must be junior or senior standing and must demonstrate financial need.  Students must have exhibited a work ethic that has assisted in financing their education.  Preference given to non-traditional students.

Provided by:
Vern's wife, Nell, and family and friends.

Amount:
$250.

Selected by:
Faculty of the BAE department in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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WILSON, ROGER E. MEMORIAL BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP

Available to:
Full time Colorado residents who demonstrate financial need. Must be majoring in Business, Accounting or Economics. 2.5 GPA required to maintain scholarship.

Provided by:
Douglas A. Wilson to honor his brother.

Amount:
Depending on funds available.

Selected by:
Department of Business, Accounting and Economics.

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

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 Locke, Patty Accounting Scholarship for Women

Locke, Patty Accounting Scholarship for Women is Available to:

Excellent female student in accounting.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

Patty Locke

Amount: Award depends on funds available

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Department of Business, Accounting and Economics.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Dr. Steve Crowley headshot
Associate Professor of Accounting
B.S. Accounting and Finance University of Montana, Master of Accountancy University of Montana, Ph.D. Accounting and Information Systems University of Utah, CPA Colorado, CMA
Phone: (970) 943.3055
Office Location: Borick Business Building 247
Michelle Shaffer headshot
Lecturer in Accounting
Phone:
Office Location: Borick 254
Dr. Perry Solheim headshot
Assistant Professor of Accounting
B.A., Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Fort Lewis College, Ph.D., University of Utah
Phone: 970.943.3026
Office Location: Borick Business Building 221

Courses

FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a sample of courses offered by Western Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the university course search.

 ACC 201 - Introduction to Financial Accounting (3 credits)

An introduction to the field of accounting with emphasis on corporate financial statements. Financial statements are viewed as a communication device conveying the financial health of a business to interested parties. The objective of this first course is to teach students to read, analyze, and interpret these financial statements. The emphasis is on developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills using accounting concepts. Students are exposed to the steps used by accountants to record, measure, and process financial information. Cash flow analysis is contrasted with the accrual basis of accounting; the concepts of asset valuation and income measurement are discussed. Accounting majors must pass this class with a minimum grade of "C." Prerequisites: completion of the College Mathematics Course Requirement with minimum grade of "C-", or instructor permission.

 ACC 202 - Introduction to Managerial Accounting (3 credits)

An introduction to the preparation, uses, and analysis of common management accounting information. Topics include cost-volume-profit analysis, capital budgeting and present value applications, cash budgets, financial statement analysis, taxes, and management decisions, plus a brief introduction to modern cost accounting, with emphasis on activity-based costing systems. The development of problem-solving and analytical abilities is given primary importance throughout the course. Accounting majors must pass this class with a minimum grade of "C". Prerequisites: MATH 140, MATH 141, or MATH 151 with a minimum grade of "C-"; and ACC 201 with a minimum grade of "C".

 ACC 301 - Intermediate Financial Accounting I (3 credits)

Rigorous and comprehensive study of the means by which generally accepted accounting principles are used to generate the publicly-available information disseminated by modern U.S. corporations. Theoretical and practical criticisms and alternatives to current accounting practice are also considered, as is the idea of accounting as an information feedback system that allows individuals and organizations to reshape their environment. In addition, students are exposed to the realities of the economic and political climate surrounding the accounting standard-setting process. Accounting majors must pass this class with a minimum grade of "C."Prerequisites: MATH 140, MATH 141, or MATH 151 with a minimum grade of ÒC-Ò; and ACC 201 with a minimum grade of ÒC.Ó

 ACC 302 - Intermediate Financial Accountg II (3 credits)

Continuation of ACC 301. As the ACC 301-02 sequence progresses, increased emphasis is placed on the relationship of modern accounting and information theory to current accounting practice. In addition, students are expected to develop an insight into the behavioral and economic consequences of the financial reporting process. Accounting majors must pass this class with a minimum grade of "C." Prerequisite: ACC 301.

 ACC 320 - Advanced Management Accounting (3 credits)

A study of the information needed by managers for planning, control and decisionmaking. Both the tools needed to generate this information and the principles involved in evaluating the information are covered. Topics include: breakeven analysis; product and process costing, including activity-based costing,standard costing and joint costs; cash budgets and forecasting; relevant costs and nonroutine decisions; the direct vs. absorption costing tradeoff; and capital budgeting. The overall level of difficulty in this course is generally consistent with the level of difficulty encountered on typical management accounting problems found on the Uniform CPA Examination. Accounting majors must pass this class with a minimum grade of "C." Prerequisites: ACC 202 and ACC 301.

 ACC 340 - Accounting Information Systems (3 credits)

A dual-purpose course which explores the theoretical view of information systems, while at the same time exposing the student to actual off-the-shelf accounting software. The course alternates between textbook readings and discussions and several case studies which require the student to create a computerized accounting system for a fictional client. After completing the course, the student is expected to possess the ability to computerize a manual accounting system, to understand system theory underpinnings of accounting information systems, and to have developed a view of the implications of expected technological advances on management information systems in general and accounting systems in particular. Prerequisite: BUAD 220 or CIS 120. Prerequisite or corequisite:ACC 301.

 ACC 350 - Income Tax (3 credits)

An introduction to the federal income tax system. Emphasis is on the ways in which the U.S. income tax laws influence personal and business behavior and decision making, and how the tax laws can be used to accomplish various economic and social objectives. Topics covered include an introduction to tax research, principles of income and deduction, tax liability, and tax credits. Individual taxation is the primary focus, but the basic principles apply to most forms of business organization as well. Accounting majors must pass this class with a minimum grade of "C." Prerequisite: minimum sophomore standing.

 ACC 410 - Auditing (3 credits)

An introduction to the field of auditing including an examination of the standards and methods used by certified professional accountants when attesting to the fairness of corporate financial statements. Specific topics include the accounting professional code of ethics, generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS), internal controls, sampling techniques, audit planning and specific audit procedures. Government policies concerning auditorsÕ responsibilities for fraud detection are also discussed. Prerequisite: ACC 302.

 ACC 450 - Advanced Financial Accounting (3 credits)

An overview of the financial accounting theory, practice, problems, and reporting requirements for various economic entities. These include partnerships, foreign branches and subsidiaries, state and local governments, colleges and universities, hospitals, voluntary organizations, and the modern parent/subsidiary corporate structure. The approach taken in this course is that there are common information needs which each of these entities must satisfy. While the specific approach used to satisfy this need is dependent on a variety of factors, the common thread is that useful information is being generated for the consumers of that information. Prerequisite: ACC 302.

 ACC 460 - Advanced Income Tax (3 credits)

A continuation of federal income taxation, with emphasis on property transactions,corporations, partnerships, and fiduciaries. A primary objective is decision-making from an after-tax point of view, that is, how taxes affect behavior. Topics include the tax effects of organizing, operating, and liquidating partnerships and corporations. Tax research methodology and the federal estate and gift tax are also covered. Prerequisite: ACC 350.

 ACC 498 - Accounting Ethics (3 credits)

Investigates and explores the ethical responsibilities faced by professional accountants in all fields. Students will read, discuss, and analyze case studies regarding ethical situations and issues confronted by the accounting profession. The AICPA Code of Professional Conduct will be studied, as well as foundational ethical theory and an approach for identifying and analyzing ethical issues, with a focus on current events. Students are expected to make significant written and oral contributions to the class. This is the capstone course for the Standard Accounting Major and the Professional Emphasis. Prerequisite: senior status.

 BUAD 210 - Legal Environment of Business (3 credits)

Provides students an ability to sense the occasions when a lawyer should be consulted for guidance in avoiding legal mistakes. A study is made of the ordinary legal aspects of common business transactions, including the topics of social forces, contracts, personal property, and agency.

 BUAD 220 - Computer Applications in Business (3 credits)

Designed to teach students to apply a variety of interdisciplinary computer applications in their business professions. Topics include integrating word processing, spreadsheets, databases, communications, and graphics on personal computers. A minimal skill in keyboarding is required.

 CS 120 - Professional Computer Skills (3 credits)

A comprehensive study of the essentials of software used by professionals, emphasizing applications of spreadsheets to fundamental data organization, presentation, analysis and decision making applications.

 ECON 202 - Microeconomics (3 credits)

The theory of microeconomics makes use of the tools of marginal cost-benefit analysis to provide a framework for the economic analysis of decision-making. The focus is on the choices of individual firms and consumers, and the resultant outcomes in individual markets. The social implications of the functioning of competitive markets are examined, as well as the causes of market failure and the potential roles of government in correcting them. Prerequisite: ACT math score of 19 or above; SAT math score of 500 or above; pass MATH 099; or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test score of 85 or higher, or college-level math requirement with a minimum grade of "C-."

 ECON 216 - Statistics for Business and Economics (3 credits)

An introduction to descriptive statistics and statistical inference, with application in business, including hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, and simple regression analysis. Prerequisite: MATH 140, MATH 141, or MATH 151 with a minimum grade of ÒC-.Ó

 MATH 140 - College Algebra (3 credits)

An integration of the essential algebraic manipulations, solving equations and inequalities, polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and techniques of graphing. Prerequisite: ACT math score of 21 or above; SAT math score of 540 or above; MATH 099; or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test score of 106 or above; or co-requisite MATH 102 (SAI). GT-MA1

 MATH 141 - Precalculus (4 credits)

This course explores the theory and applications of trigonometry, and includes an introduction to vector and matrix analysis. Topics may include the unit circle, triangle trigonometry, trigonometric functions, polar coordinates, complex numbers, vector geometry, and applied matrix techniques. Prerequisite: ACT math score of 23 or above; SAT math score of 560 or above; MATH 140 with a minimum grade of C-; or Accuplacer university- level mathematics test with a score of 65 or above.

 MATH 151 - Calculus I (4 credits)

A study of differential calculus, including limits, continuous functions, Intermediate Value Theorem, tangents, linear approximation, inverse functions, implicit differentiation, extreme values and the Mean Value Theorem. This course also introduces Integral calculus including anti-derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Prerequisite: ACT math score of 27 or above; SAT math score of 630 or above; MATH 141 with a minimum grade of C-; or Accuplacer university-level mathematics test with a score of 95 or above. GT-MA1

 MATH 213 - Probability and Statistics (3 credits)

A course in the use of statistical techniques to draw knowledge from data. Topics include exploratory data analysis, descriptive statistics, t-procedures, ANOVA, chi squared procedures, regression, and non-parametric tests. Statistical software is used extensively to analyze real data sets. Prerequisite: MATH 141 with a minimum grade of C-, or Accuplacer university-level mathematics test score of 85 or above; or instructor permission. GT-MA1