BS in Finance

Professor Rebeca Abraham - BS in Finance Degree Program
Rebecca Abraham, D.B.A. - Professor of Finance; D.B.A., US International University. Investments and industrial/organizational psychology.

The Bachelor of Science in Finance major develops a broad array of analytical skills in business, as well as more specialized skills in finance through the study of foreign currencies, investments, portfolio theory, financial management, money and banking, and forecasting. As a finance major, you will also receive classroom-based training, practical training, and preparation for industry certification—the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Examination.

More than ever, there is a growing need in today's marketplace for qualified employees in the money management and investment banking industries. The BS in finance degree will also provide you with sound preparation for continuing your education at the graduate level in business administration, law, or other disciplines.

Quick Facts

   Program Features:
  • 120 credit hours required
  • You may begin your enrollment in August (Fall) and January (Winter)
   Program Formats:
  • Day-Main Campus
  • Evening-Main Campus
  • Also available as an online program
  • 8 and 16 week terms are available (All ACT, ECN and FIN courses are 16 weeks)

Curriculum Guide  arrowtop

This curriculum is for new BS in Finance students starting in the fall of 2014. If you began the BS in Finance program prior to the fall of 2014 please contact the Academic Advising Office and set up an appointment with your advisor.

Total credits: 120
Business Core (39 credits)
ACT 2200 Financial Accounting  3 credits
ACT 2300 Managerial Accounting  3 credits
FIN 3010 Corporation Finance  3 credits
INB 3550 International Business  3 credits
ISM 3660 Management Information Systems  3 credits
MGT 2050 Principles of Management  3 credits
MGT 2150 Business Law I  3 credits
MGT 4100 Business Ethics  3 credits
MGT 4170 Organizational Behavior  3 credits
MGT 4880 Business Strategy and Policy  3 credits
MKT 3050 Marketing Principles and Application  3 credits
OPS 3880 Operations Management  3 credits
TECH 1110 Tech In Information Age  3 credits
Finance Major Courses (24 credits)
ECN 3025 Intermediate Macroeconomics  3 credits
ECN 3210 Monetary Theory & Policy  3 credits
FIN 3110 Financial Management  3 credits
FIN 3120 Principles of Investments  3 credits
FIN 3130 Securities Analysis  3 credits
FIN 3150 Banking and Financial Institutions  3 credits
FIN 4120 Advanced Financial Management  3 credits
FIN 4550 International Finance  3 credits
Open Electives (27 credits)

Current students: Please consult your Academic Advisor for program requirements or access SharkLink for your CAPP report. Program requirements are subject to change, and your Academic Advisor or CAPP report can provide you with the courses required for your catalog term.

Course Descriptions  arrowtop

Full-Time professionals are available to discuss the BS in Finance curriculum with you in greater detail. Simply call 800.338.4723 or contact our Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Business Core Courses

ACT 2200     Financial Accounting  (3 cr.)

Provides an introduction to financial accounting and its decision-making elements. Areas covered are the conceptual frameworks of accounting, financial statements and their components, and advance manufacturing environments. Prerequisites: MATH 1030 or higher.

ACT 2300     Managerial Accounting  (3 cr.)

Integrates the accounting process with the planning, coordinating, and control functions of the business organization. Topics include strategic planning, tactical and operational decision making, budgeting, responsibility accounting, and performance measurement. Prerequisites: MATH 1030 or higher

FIN 3010     Corporation Finance  (3 cr.)

Applies financial management to organizations. Topics include ratio analysis, leverage, cash budgeting, and capital structure. Prerequisites: ACT 2200, ECN 2020, AND MATH 2020

INB 3550     International Business  (3 cr.)

Surveys the legal and cultural environment of international business; the international financial system; management of international operations; personnel and labor relations; international marketing; international economics, trade, and finance; multinational enterprise; and international accounting. Prerequisite: ECN 2025

ISM 3660     Management Information Systems  (3 cr.)

Discusses the use of computers in business, as well as database management and information system fundamentals. Prerequisites: TECH 1110, MGT 2050, and MKT 3050.

MGT 2050     Principles of Management  (3 cr.)

Provides an overview of management history and theory, schools of management thought, the functions and processes of management, and the environment within which the modern manager operates.

MGT 2150     Business Law I  (3 cr.)

Sets forth, explains, illustrates, and applies fundamental principles of business law to modern day business problems. Important subject matters covered are introduction to the legal system, constitutional law as applied to business, contract law and sales law, agency and employment law, types of business organizations, and torts and products liability law. Credit cannot be obtained for both this course and LEGS 3400.

MGT 4100     Business Ethics  (3 cr.)

Examines the nature of morality and theories of normative ethics. Identifies a variety of ethical issues and moral challenges involving consumers, the environment, the professions, and the role of the corporation in our society. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

MGT 4170     Organizational Behavior  (3 cr.)

The class material will include both theory and practical application of Organizational Behavior in organizations. OB is the study of how individuals and groups impact the behavior within an organization. It is a field of systematic study that focuses on improving productivity, quality, and assisting practitioners to develop methods to empower people as well as to design and implement to change programs. We live in a world characterized by rapid change, globalization, and diversity. OB offers insights in these areas while providing guidance for managers in creating an ethically healthy work climate. Prerequisite: MGT 2050.

MGT 4880     Business Strategy and Policy  (3 cr.)

Business Strategy and Policy is an integrative senior course in strategic management building on functional area learning in management, accounting, finance, operations and marketing. The course focuses on the solution of specific business problems utilizing a corporate simulation which requires students to develop a strategy to lead their own company and implement the strategy through tactics for operations, management, marketing, and finance. Students are measured by a balanced scorecard estimating their performance in each area and their preparation for the future. Prerequisites: FIN 3010 and Senior Standing.

MKT 3050     Marketing Principles and Application  (3 cr.)

A focus on the marketing concept, and examination of a marketing oriented firm. Topics include consumer behavior, market analysis and the marketing mix. Students will produce a marketing plan.

OPS 3880     Operations Management  (3 cr.)

This course approaches Operations Management from the ?inside-out.? It develops the student?s personal understanding of processes, process capabilities and results and then transfers those into the business environment. The course builds on an understanding of applied statistics to develop an understanding of the planning and the processes involved in the creation of value both through provision of services and manufacture of goods. Topics include process flow and capability, operations strategy, total quality management (TQM), supply chain and capacity management, process improvement, project management. Prerequisites: Math 3020 or Math 3020H, or Math 2020, or Math 2020H.

TECH 1110     Technology In Information Age  (3 cr.)

In this course, students work for mastery of basic computer application skills in file management, word processing, spreadsheet, charting, database, Internet research, and web authoring/publishing. In addition, students acquire a deeper understanding of technology as used by professionals in all information technology fields, current trends, ethical use of technology, and technology management. A challenge exam (passing score = 75 percent) is available for those students who believe they already possess these skills.

Finance Major Courses

ECN 3010     Intermediate Macroeconomics  (3 cr.)

This course expands upon the tools of economic analysis covered in Principles of Macroeconomics. An overview of current macroeconomics events is followed by an in-depth study of the methodologies used to predict economic activity. Prerequisites: ECN 2025.

ECN 3210     Monetary Theory & Policy  (3 cr.)

Examines the structure and function of the American banking system, the Federal Reserve System, and the function of monetary policy in the regulation of the national economy. Prerequisite: ECN 2025.

FIN 3110     Financial Management  (3 cr.)

A continuation of Corporation Finance. Topics include risk and return, cost of capital, capital structure, dividend policy, short-term financial management, and international aspects of financial management. Prerequisite: FIN 3010

FIN 3120     Principles of Investments  (3 cr.)

This course covers modern investment theory with applications in the debt, equity and derivative markets, with an introduction to portfolio management. Topics include financial assets, risk/return, bond yields, durations, option pricing, and futures. The concepts can be applied to personal investing, but the course is geared more toward institutional investing. Prerequisite: FIN 3010 or FINC 3010.

FIN 3130     Securities Analysis  (3 cr.)

Securities Analysis builds on the foundation of investment management developed in FIN 3120 by focusing on efficient diversification, portfolio management, fundamental and technical analysis, equity valuation, and portfolio performance evaluation. Prerequisite: FIN 3120

FIN 3150     Banking and Financial Institutions  (3 cr.)

Studies the operation in commercial banks, savings and loan associations, and saving banks. Topics include loans, mortgages, bonds, investments, trusts, marketing, and auditing. Discusses the impact of federal and state regulations on financial institutions. Prerequisite: FIN 3010 or FINC 3010

FIN 4120     Advanced Financial Management  (3 cr.)

This course explores the role of the financial manager in finding sources of corporate funds, valuation, and capital budgeting. This course also examines financial forecasting and short and long-term financing. Prerequisites: FIN 3115 OR FINC 3115 OR FIN 3110 OR FINC 3110

FIN 4550     International Finance  (3 cr.)

Topics include international monetary systems, foreign exchange markets, international parity conditions and currency rates, management of currency exposures, and multinational capital budgeting and capital structure. Prerequisites: FIN 3010 and ECN 2025.

Undergraduate Program