This program is designed to prepare undergraduate students to enter the financial planning profession. The program is a Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards registered program, and students are eligible to sit for the CFP® Exam upon graduation.*

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  •   Analyze a client’s current financial position
  •   Review a client’s risk management needs
  •   Estimate the current capital and future savings needed to fund goals
  •   Prepare and present recommendations for meeting goals
  •   Consider the impact of income and estate tax law on achieving goals

The Financial Planning concentration has required classes in Financial Planning, Risk Management, Investments, Income Tax, Estate Tax, Retirement Planning,  and Financial Plan Development.

This curriculum covers all the major areas of financial planning, including retirement, employee benefits, income tax, estate planning, and risk management. The option is most appropriate for those who intend to enter the financial planning profession as credit counselors, financial advisors, financial planners, wealth managers, or financial product representatives.

Potential Occupations

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

Examples of financial-planning-related occupations include, but are not limited to: financial planner, life coach, investment advisor, consumer credit counselor, personal banker, investment wholesaler, insurance agent, and trust advisor.

*Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.

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

BUS 100Introduction to Business 1
BUS 2201Ethics in Contemporary Organizations (GT-AH3)3B3
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
Arts and Humanities3B3
Electives 8
 Total Credits 31
ACT 210Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ACT 220Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 2011Foundations of Sustainable Enterprise 1
BUS 260Social-Ethical-Regulatory Issues in Business 3
BUS 300Business Writing and Communication (GT-CO3)23
ECON 204Principles of Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)3C3
STAT 204Statistics for Business Students 3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Electives 6
 Total Credits 31
ACT 330Introduction to Taxation 3
FIN 3002Principles of Finance4A,4B3
FIN 310Financial Markets and Institutions 3
FIN 320Introduction to Financial Planning 3
FIN 342Risk Management and Insurance 3
FIN 355Principles of Investments 3
MKT 3002Marketing4B3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Electives 6
 Total Credits 30
BUS 479Strategic Management4A,4C3
FIN 440Estate Planning 3
FIN 442Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning 3
FIN 445Financial Plan Development 3
MGT 301Supply Chain Management 3
MGT 320Contemporary Management Principles/Practices 3
Electives3 10
 Total Credits 28
 Program Total Credits: 120

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

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
: 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, Financial Planning option assumes students will be able to successfully complete calculus within their first year.

Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BUS 100Introduction to Business X 1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
Elective   5
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BUS 220Ethics in Contemporary Organizations (GT-AH3)  3B3
CIS 200Business Information Systems   3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)X 3C3
MATH 141Calculus in Management Sciences (GT-MA1)X 1B3
Elective   3
BUS 100 and CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ACT 210Introduction to Financial AccountingX  3
BUS 201Foundations of Sustainable Enterprise   1
BUS 300Business Writing and Communication (GT-CO3) X23
ECON 204Principles of Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)  3C3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ACT 220Introduction to Managerial AccountingX  3
BUS 260Social-Ethical-Regulatory Issues in Business   3
STAT 204Statistics for Business Students   3
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
FIN 300Principles of FinanceX 4A,4B3
FIN 310Financial Markets and InstitutionsX  3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ACT 330Introduction to Taxation   3
FIN 320Introduction to Financial Planning   3
FIN 342Risk Management and InsuranceX  3
FIN 355Principles of InvestmentsX  3
MKT 300Marketing X4B3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
FIN 440Estate PlanningX  3
FIN 442Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning   3
MGT 301Supply Chain ManagementX  3
MGT 320Contemporary Management Principles/PracticesX  3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BUS 479Strategic ManagementX 4A,4C3
FIN 445Financial Plan DevelopmentX  3
ElectivesX  7
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   13
 Program Total Credits:   120