This program is designed to prepare undergraduate students to enter the finance profession with comprehensive knowledge and real world skills in their area of emphasis. The field of finance is complex, quantitative, and constantly evolving. The program focuses on providing state-of-the-art tools, techniques, and computer applications.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Display broad conceptual knowledge, analytical abilities, and problem solving skill sets in finance
  • Analyze and interpret financial statements, and capital markets and economic data to inform business decisions
  • Explain the role of business financing and investment decisions on firm value
  • Understand the structure and function of financial markets, and the pricing of securities that trade in these markets
  • Characterize the relationship between expected return and various sources of risks
  • Identify and implement asset allocation and portfolio diversification strategies to improve investment outcomes
  • Appreciate the role of the firm in the broader economy and society including an understanding of the many stakeholders of the firm in global markets

In addition to the core areas of asset valuation, investments, and global finance, the concentration allows students to select from three options for more in-depth study.

The Corporate Finance option prepares students for positions in both financial and non-financial business enterprises in which they will need to make and defend strategic financial decisions in capital budgeting, planning, control, and policy.

The Investment Analysis option focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of investment valuation, selection, and portfolio management, for both individual and institutional investors.

The Real Estate Finance option prepares students for careers in commercial or residential real estate and related industries, while also providing strong foundations in financial analysis.

Potential Occupations

Finance students are prepared for a number of different careers in business. Internships and volunteer experiences enhance skills and marketability.

Examples of fields in which graduates can find finance-related occupations include, but are not limited to: commercial, mortgage, and investment banking; corporate finance; investments; portfolio management; financial analysis; securities analysis; loan analysis; insurance; stock brokerage; government banking and securities regulation; government finance; teaching and research.

In order to complete the Finance Concentration, the Business Administration core courses and the Finance Concentration core courses must be completed. Students must also select one of the following options as well: Corporate Finance, Investment Analysis, or Real Estate Finance.

The College of Business requires a minimum grade point average of 2.000 in business and economics courses as a graduation requirement. 

Effective Fall 2017

Freshman
AUCCCredits
BUS 100Introduction to Business 1
BUS 2011Foundations of Sustainable Enterprise 1
CIS 200Business Information Systems 3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)3C3
MATH 141Calculus in Management Sciences (GT-MA1)1B3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A4
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Elective 9
 Total Credits 30
Sophomore
 
ACT 210Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ACT 220Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 2201Ethics in Contemporary Organizations (GT-AH3)3B3
BUS 260Social-Ethical-Regulatory Issues in Business 3
ECON 204Principles of Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)3C3
STAT 204Statistics for Business Students 3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Electives 6
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
All freshman and sophomore required courses must be completed prior to or concurrent with first enrollment in required junior and senior courses.  
BUS 300Business Writing and Communication (GT-CO3)23
FIN 3002Principles of Finance4A,4B3
FIN 310Financial Markets and Institutions 3
FIN 355Principles of Investments 3
MKT 3002Marketing4B3
Arts and Humanities3B3
Option courses (see requirements below) 3-6
Electives 3-9
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
BUS 479Strategic Management4A,4C3
FIN 475International Business Finance 3
MGT 301Supply Chain Management 3
MGT 320Contemporary Management Principles/Practices 3
Option courses (see requirements below) 6-12
Electives3 6-12
 Total Credits 30
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

Students enrolled in the Business Administration major prior to Fall semester 2013, are not required to take BUS 201 and BUS 220.

2

Students who have taken FIN 305 and/or MKT 305 prior to admission to the College of Business may substitute those courses to satisfy the category 4A and 4B requirements. All other students are required to take FIN 300 and MKT 300 to satisfy categories 4A and 4B.

3

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Students are not to utilize the satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grading option for any Business concentration course or any Business core course (Business and non-Business subject codes) except when a course only allows S/U grading.

Corporate Finance Option

Code Title AUCC Credits
JUNIOR
FIN 370 Financial Management-Theory and Application 3
SENIOR
FIN 470 Financial Risk Management 3
FIN 471 Enterprise Valuation 3
Upper-Division ACT, FIN, or REL Electives 6

Investment Analysis Option

JUNIOR
FIN 311Debt Securities Analysis3
Upper-Division ACT, FIN, or REL Elective3
SENIOR
FIN 455Advanced Portfolio Management3
FIN 470Financial Risk Management3
Upper-Division ACT, FIN, or REL Elective3

Real Estate Finance Option

Code Title AUCC Credits
JUNIOR
REL 360 Real Estate Principles 3
Upper-Division ACT, FIN, or REL Elective 3
SENIOR
REL 430 Real Estate Market Analysis 3
REL 460 Real Estate Investment 3
Upper-Division ACT, FIN, or REL Elective 3

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program: .
To Declare this Major:  Business is a controlled major:  students are admitted into the major only if they meet established academic standards. Please see competitive major requirements or the advisor in department for more information.
To prepare for first semester:  The curriculum for the Business Administration - Finance concentration assumes students will be able to successfully complete calculus within their first year.

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BUS 100Introduction to Business X 1
BUS 201Foundations of Sustainable Enterprise   1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
Elective   6
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CIS 200Business Information Systems   3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)X 3C3
MATH 141Calculus in Management Sciences (GT-MA1)X 1B3
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Elective   3
CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ACT 210Introduction to Financial AccountingX  3
BUS 220Ethics in Contemporary Organizations (GT-AH3)  3B3
ECON 204Principles of Macroeconomics (GT-SS1) X3C3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ACT 220Introduction to Managerial AccountingX  3
BUS 260Social-Ethical-Regulatory Issues in Business   3
STAT 204Statistics for Business Students   3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   60

Corporate Finance Option 
 

Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BUS 300Business Writing and Communication (GT-CO3) X23
FIN 300Principles of FinanceX 4A,4B3
FIN 310Financial Markets and InstitutionsX  3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
FIN 355Principles of InvestmentsX  3
FIN 370Financial Management-Theory and ApplicationX  3
MKT 300Marketing  4B3
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
FIN 470Financial Risk Management   3
FIN 475International Business Finance   3
MGT 301Supply Chain ManagementX  3
MGT 320Contemporary Management Principles/PracticesX  3
Upper-Division ACT, FIN, or REL Elective   3
MKT 300 must be completed by the end of Semester 7.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BUS 479Strategic ManagementX 4A,4C3
FIN 471Enterprise ValuationX  3
Upper-Division ACT, FIN, or REL ElectiveX  3
ElectivesX  6
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of studyX   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   60

Investment Analysis Option 
 

Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BUS 300Business Writing and Communication (GT-CO3) X23
FIN 300Principles of FinanceX 4A,4B3
FIN 310Financial Markets and InstitutionsX  3
Arts and Humanities (note: this option suggests AUCC 3D in Semester 5 and AUCC 3B in Semester 4.)  3B3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
FIN 355Principles of InvestmentsX  3
MGT 301Supply Chain Management X 3
MKT 300Marketing X4B3
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
FIN 311Debt Securities AnalysisX  3
FIN 475International Business Finance   3
MGT 320Contemporary Management Principles/PracticesX  3
Upper-Division ACT, FIN, or REL Elective   3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BUS 479Strategic ManagementX 4A,4C3
FIN 455Advanced Portfolio ManagementX  3
FIN 470Financial Risk ManagementX  3
Upper-Division ACT, FIN, or REL ElectiveX  3
ElectiveX  3
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   60

Real Estate Finance Option 

Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BUS 300Business Writing and Communication (GT-CO3) X23
FIN 300Principles of FinanceX 4A,4B3
FIN 310Financial Markets and InstitutionsX  3
MKT 300Marketing X4B3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
REL 360Real Estate PrinciplesX  3
FIN 355Principles of InvestmentsX  3
Upper-Division ACT, FIN, or REL Elective   3
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
REL 430Real Estate Market AnalysisX  3
REL 460Real Estate InvestmentX  3
MGT 301Supply Chain ManagementX  3
MGT 320Contemporary Management Principles/PracticesX  3
Upper-Division ACT, FIN, or REL Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BUS 479Strategic ManagementX 4A,4C3
FIN 475International Business FinanceX  3
ElectivesX  9
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   60