Accountancy + Data Science

Major Description

The Department of Accountancy sponsors this major in collaboration with the Departments of Statistics, Computer Science, iSchool, and Mathematics. The Accountancy + Data Science Major is designed for students seeking to supplement their accounting foundation with a strong background in data science. This major prepares students for professional or graduate work in all Accounting fields, particularly those focused on analytics.

Courses That Introduce the Major:
  • ACCY 201- Accounting and Accountancy I
  • ACCY 202- Accounting and Accountancy II
  • CS 107- Data Science Discovery or IS 107 or STAT 107

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

Accountancy + Data Science students may become Accountants, but there are also other possibilities like Controller, Data Analyst, Forensic Accountant, Finance Director, Risk and Compliance professional, and Environmental Accountant. If you wish to pursue a career as an Accountant, you may still have some choices to make. There are many different types of Accounting (e.g., tax and audit) and there are various work settings to consider. You can be a government accountant working at the city, state, or federal levels. You may decide to work in public accounting for a small firm, a regional firm, or one of the "Big Four" accounting firms. You could join the Accounting Department in the corporate office of a large company or take a position as the only Accountant for a small business. Since all businesses require some type of accounting function, the possibilities are endless!

  • Budget Analyst
  • Credit Manager
  • Actuary
  • Data Analyst
  • FBI Agent
  • Financial Analyst
  • IRS Agent
  • Management Consultant
  • Statistician
  • Underwriter
  • Banker
  • Research Analyst
  • Tax Accountant
  • Loan-Consumer Credit
  • Estate Planner
  • Fund Raiser
  • Treasurer
  • Actuary
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Commodities Trader
  • Industrial Buyer
  • Assistant Controller
  • Auditor
  • Consumer Credit Officer
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Collection Agent
  • Bank Examiner
  • Governmental Accountant
  • Controller
  • Personal Financial Planner
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • Commercial Banker
  • Industrial Accountant
  • IRS Investigator
  • Loan Administrator
  • Stockbroker
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Loan Officer / Consumer Credit
  • ax Specialist
  • Estate Planner
  • Management Consultant
  • Trust Accountant
  • Claim Adjuster/Examiner
  • Commodities Trader
  • Financial Investment Analyst
  • Insurance Agent/Broker
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Public Accountant
  • Securities Broker
  • Budgetary Control Analyst
  • Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.

  • ​​Problem solver
  • Adapt well to frequent change
  • Organized
  • Numerical computation
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer literacy
  • Systemizing skills
  • Efficient
  • Work independently or in teams
  • Logical thinking
  • Oral and written communication
Enhancing Your Academic Experience:
  • Accounting Club
  • National Association of Black Accountants
  • Tax Club
  • Data Science Club
Further Information:

The Accountancy + Data Science Major is among the three newest Gies College majors. The Accountancy + Data Science Major was introduced to campus in August 2022.