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

  • 96–99 Requirements for the Major credits
    • 47 prescribed course credits
    • 34-37 additional course credits
    • 15 supporting course and related area credits
  • 45 General Education 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

Courses cover a wide range of finance topics including:

  • financial modeling
  • financial statement analysis
  • investments
  • international applications

Course List - Bachelor of Science in Finance 

Prescribed Courses (47 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making ACCTG 211 Introduction to the role of accounting numbers in the process of managing a business and in investor decision making.

Prerequisite: MATH 21 or 1.5 units of high school algebra
4 credits
Financial Statement Analysis ACCTG 426 The exploration of conventional and advanced methods of analyzing financial statements, including the assessment of earnings quality.

Prerequisite: FIN 301
3 credits
Effective Speech CAS 100 Introduction to speech communication: formal speaking, group discussion, analysis and evaluation of messages. 3 credits
Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy ECON 102 Methods of economic analysis and their use; price determination; theory of the firm; distribution. 3 credits
Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy ECON 104 National income measurement; aggregate economic models; money and income; policy problems. 3 credits
Effective Writing: Business Writing ENGL 202D Writing reports and other common forms of business communication. (A student may take only one course for credit from ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, and 202D.)

Prerequisite: ENGL 15 or ENGL 30; fourth-semester standing 
3 credits
Corporation Finance FIN 301 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. Not available to students who have taken B A 301.)

Prerequisite: ENGL 15 or ENGL 30; ACCTG 211; ECON 102 or ECON 104; SCM 200 or STAT 200 
3 credits
Investment and Portfolio Analysis FIN 420 Investment and risk, types of security investments, sources of investment information, the broker, the stock market, portfolio management.

Prerequisite: FIN 301 
3 credits
Intermediate Financial Management FIN 451 Case studies are used to develop skills in solving a variety of financial management problems.

Prerequisite: FIN 301
3 credits
International Finance FIN 471 Financial decision making in an international environment. Emphasis on topics relevant to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Prerequisite: FIN 301
3 credits
Basic Management Concepts MGMT 301 Study of fundamental principles and processes available to the understanding of management. Not available to students who have taken B A 304.

Prerequisite: ENGL 15 or ENGL 30; ECON 102 or ECON 104; MATH 21 or higher or satisfactory score on the mathematics placement examination
3 credits
Strategic Management and Business Policy MGMT 471W* Study of strategic management and business policy formulation and implementation processes.

*BA 422W can be substituted for this course

Prerequisite: MGMT 301, MKTG 301W, FIN 301, SCM 301 
3 credits
Introduction to Business Information Systems MIS 204 Introduction to the use of information systems in business organizations. 3 credits
Principles of Marketing MKTG 301W 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 B A 303.

Prerequisite: ENGL 15 or ENGL 30; ECON 102 or ECON 104; MATH 21 or higher or satisfactory score on the mathematics placement examination
3 credits
Supply Chain Management SCM 301 Supply chain management concepts, principles, and methodologies.

Prerequisite: ACCTG 211, ECON 102, SCM 200 or STAT 200. Limited to students in baccalaureate
3 credits
Elective TBD Consult your academic adviser when choosing an elective to fulfill this requirement. 1 credit
Additional Courses (34-37 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits

Financial Statements and Management Decisions

 

or

 

Intermediate Financial Accounting I*

 

and

 

Intermediate Financial Accounting II*

ACCTG 305

 

or

 

ACCTG 471

 

and

 

ACCTG 472

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, FIN 301

 

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

Prerequisite: ACCTG 211 or ACCTG 311

 

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  

4-7 credits

Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business BA 243 Explores the ethical, political, social, legal and regulatory, technological, and demographic diversity environment of business. 4 credits

Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis

 

or

 

Money and Banking

ECON 304

 

or

 

ECON 351

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

Prerequisite: ECON 104

 

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

3 credits

Rhetoric and Composition

 

or

 

Honors Freshman Composition

ENGL 15

 

or

 

ENGL 30

Instruction and practice in writing expository prose that shows sensitivity to audience and purpose.

 

 

 

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

3 credits

Techniques of Calculus I

 

or

 

Calculus With Analytic Geometry I

MATH 110

 

or

 

MATH 140

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

Prerequisite: MATH 22 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics placement examination

 

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.

4 credits
Elementary Statistics STAT 200 Descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, probability, binomial and normal distributions, statistical inference, linear regression, and correlation.

Prerequisite: Placement in MATH 21 or higher
4 credits
Varies FIN TBD Select 6 additional credits from 400-level FIN courses, excluding FIN 494 and FIN 495. 6 credits
Varies TBD Select 6 credits from FIN or other business areas. 6 credits
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 (45 credits**)
Description Credits
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
Quantification – GQ* 6 credits
Integrative Studies (6 credits)***

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

**21 credits are included in the requirements for the major.

***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. 

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