School of Business

Major in Finance

The major in finance prepares students for careers in banking, investing, manufacturing, and insurance. In addition, graduates will be strong candidates for positions in government, utilities, communications, and nonprofit organizations. The finance curriculum also provides an excellent background for students who desire to pursue graduate work in business administration, economics, finance, or law. The courses offered in this major are designed to equip students with the necessary background for interpreting data, forecasting, and decision making in a changing global economy.

Course Requirements taken in the Junior and Senior Years:

Required: (complete all courses with a C or higher)

  • BUS-A 325 Cost Accounting (3 cr.)
  • BUS-F 302 Financial Decision Making (3 cr.)
  • BUS-F 420 Investments (3 cr.)
  • BUS-F 451 Financial Modeling (3 cr.)

Complete three of the following with a C or higher (at least one finance course):

  • BUS-A 311 Intermediate Accounting I (3 cr.)
  • BUS-A 312 Intermediate Accounting II (3 cr.)
  • BUS-A 337 Accounting Information Systems (3 cr.)
  • BUS-F 491 if finance major; F491 or A491 if double major in finance/accounting (in addition to the required additional applied learning experience course)
  • BUS-F 494 International Finance (3 cr.)
  • BUS-XXXX Personal Financial Planning
  • BUS-XXXX Financial Statement Analysis - Cross-list with accounting courses

In addition, each student is required to complete an applied learning experience. See an academic advisor for options.

4+1 Program
By working with the undergraduate and graduate advisors and taking 15 credits a semester, it is possible to graduate in 5 years with both Bachelor of Science in Business and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. Students interested in this program must be qualified to begin calculus their freshman year or must enroll in summer classes. Contact the undergraduate business advisors for more information.

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