Department: Accounting and Computer Information Systems    
Chairperson: Rebecca Casey    
Room: 201 Kelce Email:
Telephone: 620-235-4561 Fax: 620-235-4558
Professor(s): Kailash Chandra*, Maeve Cummings*,**, Jack R. Fay*, James D. Harris*,**, David O'Bryan*,**   
Assoc. Professor(s): Rebekah Heath*, Melvin Roush*   
Asst. Professor(s): Anne-Marie Leikes*, Wei Sha*   
Instructors: Rebecca Casey*, Mary Polfer, Dwight Strong, Gail Yarick   
*Graduate Faculty
**University Professor   

Accounting and Computer Information Systems Advisory Council

The Accounting and Computer Information Systems Advisory Council of the Department of Accounting and Computer Information Systems provides advice to the department concerning its planning, programs, and curriculum. The Council consists of the following outstanding business and professional leaders:

Ben Bernhardt, Business Instructor

    Pittsburg High School, Pittsburg, KS

Nick Dellasega

    Koch Industries, Wichita, KS

Todd Feighner

    SprintNextel, Overland Park, KS

Mike Gray, CPA, CPIM

    BKD, LLP, Joplin, MO

Shirly Kleiner, CMA, Department Chair Accounting Program

    Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS

 Kevin McCrary, Special Agent

    Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kansas City, MO

 Don Puckett, Special Agent

    IRS Criminal Investigation, Springfield, MO



Major in Accounting

The major in Accounting provides preparation for professional accounting careers in industry, government, non-profits, and in public accounting. The major in Accounting provides a sound foundation for those wishing to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination, Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examination, Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examination, and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) examination. Effective July 1, 1997, candidates for the CPA examination in Kansas are required to have completed 150 semester hours of college credit.  Those interested in sitting for either the CPA, CMA, CIA, or CFE examinations should consult the department chair for specific examination requirements.

Major in Computer Information Systems

The major in Computer Information Systems involves the study and analysis of information flow in an organization and the design of an information gathering and processing system using computers, which will facilitate planning and decision making in the organization.  The typical graduate finds employment in business, industry, or government as a programmer, programmer/analysts, information technology support specialists or various other positions related to operating and managing a modern information technology installation.  Some choose to continue their study as a graduate student. With experience or further study, a graduate may advance to positions such as systems analyst, software engineer, project manager, database administrator, or manager of information systems.

Students majoring in Computer Information Systems select an emphasis of either Information Assurance and Computer Security or System Design.

Information Assurance and Computer Security Emphasis

Information Assurance and Computer Security deals with the increasing need to provide for the protection of information that is stored and processed by computer systems and communicated using modern communication networks.

The basis for the program begins with an understanding of the role of information in contemporary society, the technological means to store, transmit, and generate information, and the importance of assuring that information will be accurate, confidential and available.

System Design Emphasis

The System Design program at Pittsburg State University draws upon the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program to provide the environmental awareness of the role of information in the firm and combine it with the Information Systems program that provides a solid technological foundation that prepares the student for careers in computer programming, system design and analysis, database programming and administration, and information technology support.


Admission to Accounting and Computer Information Systems Program

Admission to the Kelce College of Business will automati­cally admit accounting majors to the accounting program and computer information systems majors to the computer information systems program.

Continued Progress in Accounting and Computer Information Systems Programs

Admission to all accounting and computer information systems courses numbered 400 or above requires a 2.50 GPA.*  Accounting and Computer Information Systems majors must maintain a 2.50 GPA in order to continue with the program.

*The 2.50 GPA requirement is in addition to other course prerequisites.

Changes in Requirements

Baccalaureate degree curriculum offered by the Department of Accounting and Computer Information Systems are periodically revised and updated. Such revisions will be communicated by the department to currently enrolled students majoring in its programs. Each student is required to graduate under the most recent curricu­lum in effect at the time of that student's graduation unless those revisions would extend the student's graduation date. Requests for exceptions to such curriculum revisions should be filed in writing with the department chair.

Junior Standing Prerequisite

All undergraduate courses offered in the Department of Accounting and Computer Information Systems numbered 300 and above have a junior standing prerequisite. For purposes of this prerequisite, junior standing is defined as the completion of 55 semester hours applicable to the student's degree program.  A student with fewer than 55 hours may petition the Department of Account­ing and Computer Information Systems for admission to ACCTG 315 Intermediate Managerial Accounting and ACCTG 318 Intermediate Financial Account­ing I.