Finance, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Finance


The field of finance is primarily concerned with the acquisition and management of funds by business firms, governments, and individuals. A business seeks financial advice when considering the purchase of new equipment, the expansion of present facilities, or the raising of additional funds. Determining the value of financial and real assets and derivatives is a key activity in finance.

As the study of finance is designed to provide the student with both the theoretical background and the analytical tools required to make effective judgments in finance, many students select careers in business financial management, commercial and investment banking, investments, government finance, insurance, and real estate.In addition to the finance major requirements, students in finance must meet the University General Education requirements and the Gies College of Business core requirements (for more detail, see the Gies College of Business undergraduate section).

 


for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Finance


Advising Notes

  • Courses taken to fulfill major requirements may not be taken on a credit-no credit basis.
  • It is recommended that Finance majors take additional accounting. ACCY 201 and ACCY 202 are required in the business core. Many employers look favorably upon additional accounting courses.

Core Curriculum

Normally, students must register for no fewer than 12 hours or more than 18 hours in each semester. Students should take mathematics, economics, and accountancy courses in the semesters indicated in the sample schedule of courses. The computer science course must be taken during the first year. The computer science requirement no longer allows ACE 161 as an equivalent course. A required course that is failed must be repeated the next semester.

Up to 4 hours of Kinesiology activity courses, numbered 100-110 may be counted toward the 124 hours for the degree. The same section of a course may not be repeated for credit. Credit is limited to a maximum of 12 credit hours for 199 courses. Students may receive foreign language credit for courses only 2 levels below highest level taken in high school. For example: 4 years of high school French-no credit below FR 102.

Credit toward the 124 degree hours is not given for MATH 101. Once the math requirement is completed, lower level math courses cannot be taken for credit. For military and naval science courses, only credit at the 300 level and above may be counted toward the degree.

Any course used to fill a specific degree requirement may not be taken on the credit-no credit grade option. Only free electives may be taken on the credit-no credit option. All finance and accountancy courses must be taken for a grade. It is recommended that all courses taken in the business administration area be taken for a grade.

University Composition Requirements

Composition I: Principles of Composition 14-7
Advanced Composition3

General Education Requirements

A minimum of six courses is required, as follows:18
Humanities & the Arts: Literature & the Arts (1-2 courses) 4
Humanities & the Arts: Historical & Philosophical Perspectives (1-2 courses) 4
Natural Sciences & Technology: Physical Sciences (0-2 courses) 5
Natural Sciences & Technology: Life Sciences (0-2 courses) 5
Behavioral Sciences (1 course)
Cultural Studies: Non-Western Cultures (1 course)
Cultural Studies: U.S. Minorities Cultures (1 course)
Cultural Studies: Western/Comparative Cultures (1 course)

Non-Primary Language Requirement

Completion of the fourth semester or equivalent of a non-primary language is required. Completion of four years of a single language in high school satisfies this requirement. A student may also meet this requirement by completing two non-primary languages to the third level.0-12

 Business Core Requirements

BUS 101Professional Responsibility and Business 23
BUS 201Business Dynamics3
ACCY 201
ACCY 202
Accounting and Accountancy I
and Accounting and Accountancy II
6
BADM 300The Legal Environment of Bus3
BADM 310Mgmt and Organizational Beh 63
BADM 320Principles of Marketing3
BADM 449Business Policy and Strategy3
CS 105Intro Computing: Non-Tech3
ECON 102
ECON 103
Microeconomic Principles
and Macroeconomic Principles
6
BADM 210
BADM 211
Business Analytics I
and Business Analytics II
6
ECON 302Inter Microeconomic Theory3
FIN 221Corporate Finance3
MATH 234Calculus for Business I 34
CMN 101Public Speaking3
Total Hours52
Courses to yield this total15-38
Elective course work0-32
Minimum total hours for the degree124
For Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2016
FIN 300Financial Markets (Prerequisite: FIN 221 Corporate Finance)3
FIN 321Advanced Corporate Finance (Prerequisite: FIN 300 Financial Markets)3
Three additional full-semester, 3-hour 400-level Finance courses except FIN 494 or FIN 495 (Senior Research) and FIN 490 (Special Topics).9
Select one of the following (Major elective):3-4
Atg Measurement & Disclosure (Prerequisite: ACCY 202)
Decision Making for Atg (Prerequisite: ACCY 202)
Commodity Futures and Options
Management Decision Models (Prerequisite: ECON 202 or consent of instructor)
Economics: any 300- or 400-level course excluding ECON 302
Urban Geography
Mathematics or statistics: any course above the minimum mathematics or statistics requirement of the college with the exception of MATH 225.
Other courses as recommended by the Department of Finance faculty and approved by the Department of Finance chairperson.
For Students Admitted Fall 2016 and Later
FIN 300Financial Markets (Prerequisite: FIN 221 Corporate Finance)3
FIN 321Advanced Corporate Finance (Prerequisite FIN 300 Financial Markets)3
FIN 411Investment & Portfolio Mngt (Prerequisite: FIN 300 Financial Markets)3
Four additional full-semester, 3 hour 400 level-Finance courses except FIN 494 or FIN 495 (Senior Research) and FIN 490 (Special Topics).12
One additional full-semester, 3-hour Finance course, which may be one 200-level course, one 3-hour 490, or one 3-hour 494 or 4953