Spreadsheet Competency Requirement

For all majors in the Department of Business & Economics

All students majoring in any program of the Department of Business & Economics must meet a spreadsheet competency requirement. Specifically, this competency is a prerequisite for certain courses such as ACCT 211 Financial Accounting, ACCT 212 Managerial Accounting, BADM 309 Statistics, BADM 406 Financial Management, and BADM 417 Business Strategy & Policy. These may be demonstrated in a number of ways.


The ways in which you may document your competencies are:

  • Satisfactory completion of a college-level course (at HC or elsewhere), a major portion of which is in the development of spreadsheet competency. At Houghton College, BADM 220 Advanced Computer Applications meets this requirement.

  • Satisfactory completion of a non-college level training course in the use of such software which requires at least 8 hours of instruction in each area and is evidenced by a certificate or other written documentation, copies of which must be provided to HC.

  • Satisfactory completion of the HC competency examination on the use of Microsoft Excel. A sample exam is available for those who wish to pursue this option.

  • A letter on company letterhead from your employer attesting to your proficiency with Microsoft Excel or an equivalent spreadsheet application as evaluated by the department faculty.

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