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.

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. 

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.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 124 hours.

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)
Quantitative Reasoning (2 courses) 7

Language Other Than English

Completion of the third semester or equivalent of a language other than English is required. Completion of three years of a single language in high school satisfies this requirement.0-15

 Business Core Requirements

ACCY 201
ACCY 202
Accounting and Accountancy I
and Accounting and Accountancy II
BUS 101Professional Responsibility and Business 23
BUS 201Business Dynamics3
BUS 301Business in Action3
BUS 401Global Business Perspectives3
BADM 210
BADM 211
Business Analytics I
and Business Analytics II
BADM 275Fundamentals of Operations Management3
BADM 300The Legal Environment of Bus3
BADM 310Mgmt and Organizational Beh 63
BADM 320Principles of Marketing3
BADM 449Business Policy and Strategy3
CMN 101Public Speaking3
CS 105Intro Computing: Non-Tech3
ECON 102
ECON 103
Microeconomic Principles
and Macroeconomic Principles
FIN 221Corporate Finance3
Total Hours54

For a list of the specific courses that meet this requirement, see the college Office of Undergraduate Affairs in 1055 Business Instructional Facility or see the Course Explorer for a list of approved general education courses.


BUS 101BUS 201BUS 301andBUS 401are required for all Gies College of Business students. Students who enter the College their first year take each sequential course every fall.

Inter-College transfer students take BUS 301 and BUS 401 in their sophomore year. Off-campus transfer students take BUS 101 and BUS 201 in their junior year.


Three courses in the Humanities & the Arts area are required and students must complete at least one course in the Literature & the Arts and Historical & Perspectives subcategories. At least one of the courses must be a 200 or higher level course.


Two courses in the Natural Sciences & Technology area are required. It is strongly recommended that students complete one course in the Physical Sciences and Life Sciences subcategories.


This course includes limited voluntary participation as a subject in experiments.


CS 105 fulfills a Quantitative Reasoning I requirement.

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 at the 200-level or above.3