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Bachelor of Science in
Finance

Courses

The Bachelor of Science in Finance degree requires students to complete a minimum of 120 credits.

The number of credits you will have to take will vary according to the courses you transfer into the degree program. Once you are admitted into the degree program, an assigned academic adviser will help you with remaining requirements; 21 of the 45 General Education credits are included in the requirements for the major.

Prescribed Courses (47 credits)

  • 1 credit of electives. Consult your academic adviser when choosing an elective to fulfill this requirement.
  • 4
    credits

    Introduction to the role of accounting numbers in the process of managing a business and in investor decision-making.

    • Prerequisite

      MATH 21 or a higher math course or a satisfactory score on the mathematics placement examination

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    The exploration of conventional and advanced methods of analyzing financial statements, including the assessment of earnings quality.

    • Prerequisite

      FIN 301

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to speech communication: formal speaking, group discussion, analysis and evaluation of messages.

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Methods of economic analysis and their use; price determination; theory of the firm; distribution.

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    National income measurement; aggregate economic models; money and income; policy problems.

  • 3
    credits

    Writing reports and other common forms of business communication.

    • Prerequisite

      (ENGL 15 or ENGL 30) and fourth-semester standing

    • Note

      A student may take only one course for credit from ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, and 202D.

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Nature of finance function; risk and return concepts; working capital; dividend policies; mergers; security markets; acquisition and management of corporate capital; analysis of operations; forecasting capital requirements; raising capital; and planning profits. Available to baccalaureate students only.

    • Prerequisite

      ENGL 015 or ENGL 030; ACCTG 211; ECON 102 or ECON 104; SCM 200 or STAT 200

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Investment and risk, types of security investments, sources of investment information, the broker, the stock market, portfolio management.

    • Prerequisite

      FIN 301

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Case studies are used to develop skills in solving a variety of financial management problems.

    • Prerequisite

      FIN 301

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Financial decision-making in an international environment. Emphasis on topics relevant to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

    • Prerequisite

      FIN 301

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Examination of fundamental principles and processes applicable to the study of management. Not available to students who have taken BA 304.

    • Prerequisite

      (ENGL 15 or ENGL 30) and (ECON 102 or ECON 104) and (MATH 21 or higher or satisfactory score on the mathematics placement examination)

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Study of strategic management and business policy formulation and implementation processes.

    • Prerequisite

      MGMT 301, MKTG 301W, FIN 301, SCM 301

    • Note

      BA 422W can be substituted for this course

    • C or better

      Students need to earn at least a C grade in each course taken to be eligible for the certificate.

  • 3
    credits

    Provides an overview of the role of information systems in business process design, the current technologies used for obtaining, storing, securing, and communicating information in support of operations and decision-making within a business organization, as well as, the concepts and principles for developing and using popular spreadsheet and database tools.

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Focuses on customer behavior, product, channels of distribution, promotion, and pricing with emphasis on a culturally diverse environment. Not available to students who have taken BA 303.

    • Prerequisite

      (ENGL 015 or ENGL 030) and (ECON 102 or ECON 104) and (MATH 021 or higher or satisfactory score on the mathematics placement examination.)

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

    Supply chain management concepts, principles, and methodologies.

    • Prerequisite

      ACCTG 211 and ECON 102 and (SCM 200 or STAT 200)

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

Additional Courses (select 34–37 credits)

  • Select 6 additional credits from 400-level FIN courses, excluding FIN 494 and FIN 495.
  • Select 6 credits from FIN or other business areas.
    • 4
      credits

      Impact of management's financing, investing, and operating decisions on GAAP–based financial statements. Students who have passed ACCTG 310 or 311 may not take this course for credit.

      • Prerequisite

        ACCTG 211 and FIN 301

      • C or better

        A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

    • or both:
      • 3
        credits

        Theory and practice issues in income concepts and value measurement; GAAP; revenues, costs, assets, liabilities, and equities.

        • Prerequisite

          ACCTG 211 or ACCTG 311

        • C or better

          A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

      • and:
        3
        credits

        Off-balance sheet financing; special issues in cost capitalization, liabilities, and equities; matching; funds flow statements; statement analysis; inflation accounting.

        • Prerequisite

          ACCTG 371 or ACCTG 471

        • C or better

          A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 4
    credits

    Explores the ethical, political, social, legal and regulatory, technological, and demographic diversity environment of business.

    • Note

      A student may not receive credit toward graduation for both BLAW 243 and BA 243.

    • 3
      credits

      Analysis of forces that determine the level of aggregate economic activity.

      • Prerequisite

        ECON 104

      • C or better

        A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Money, credit, commercial and central banking, financial intermediaries, treasury operations, monetary theory and policy, and foreign exchange. Students who have already taken ECON 451 may not schedule this course.

      • Prerequisite

        ECON 102 or ECON 104

      • C or better

        A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

    • 3
      credits

      An intensive, rhetorically based experience in reading and writing that will prepare you both to understand the communications that surround you and to succeed in your own communication efforts.

      • Prerequisite

        ENGL 4 or satisfactory performance on the English placement examination

      • C or better

        A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Writing practice for specially qualified and screened students. Students who have passed a special writing test will qualify for this course.

      • C or better

        A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

    • 4
      credits

      Functions, graphs, derivatives, integrals, techniques of differentiation and integration, exponentials, improper integrals, applications.

      • Prerequisite

        MATH 022 or MATH 40 or MATH 41 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics placement examination

      • C or better

        A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

    • or:
      4
      credits

      Functions, limits; analytic geometry; derivatives, differentials, applications; integrals, applications.

      • Prerequisite

        MATH 22 and MATH 26 or MATH 26 and satisfactory performance on the mathematics placement examination or MATH 40 or MATH 41 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics placement examination.

      • C or better

        A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 4
    credits

    Descriptive Statistics, frequency distributions, probability and normal distributions, statistical inference, linear regression, and correlation.

    • Prerequisite

      Placement into MATH 21 or higher.

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

Supporting Courses and Related Areas (15 credits)

Select 15 credits from any business major field or any non-business major course, except for all Health and Wellness (GHW) courses, any ENGL course below ENGL 15, and any MATH course below MATH 110. Students are encouraged to work with their adviser to identify the appropriate supporting courses.

General Education Requirements

Some General Education requirements may be satisfied by courses required for the major. Students should work with an adviser to select courses.

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits
    A student must receive a grade of C or better in GWS courses.
  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
    A student must receive a grade of C or better in GQ courses.
  • Integrative Studies: 6 credits
    This requirement only applies to students starting in summer 2018 or later. Learn more about the Integrative Studies options and consult your academic adviser when choosing courses to fulfill these requirements. Integrative Studies credits may be completed within the thirty Knowledge Domain credits and must be completed with either Inter-domain or Linked courses, not a combination of both.

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