Requirements + Courses

Lower Division Requirements:

ACCT 2110, 2120; AIMS 2710; BADM 1010, 1020, 1030, 1040; BLAW 2210; ECON 105 or 110 and 120, 230; MATH 111, 112.

Upper Division Requirements:

AIMS 3770; BADM 4950, 4970; FNCE 3410; INBA 3810; MGMT 3610; MRKT 3510. A cumulative GPA of C (2.0) must be achieved in the major requirements (all business, economics, and math courses).

For purposes of meeting the requirements for a B.B.A. in Finance, an overall cumulative grade point average of at least a C (2.0) must be obtained in FNCE 3410 and the finance major courses. 

View a List of Required Courses for Finance Major

The finance major is designed to prepare students for careers in the private and public sectors. Students develop skills in the application of concepts and techniques essential to financial planning and control, investments, and corporate planning.

Students are encouraged to speak with finance faculty and/or their CBA advisor for guidance on selection of specific electives for individual career goals. 

Course Descriptions

  • FNCE 3410: Fundamentals of Finance

    Topics include structure and financial problems of business enterprises; methods and instruments available for promoting, financing, recapitalizing, and reorganizing business enterprises; and social control of security issues and exchanges. In addition, time value of money, risk and return trade-offs, security valuation, and working capital management will be studied. (3 semester hours)
    Prerequisites: ACCT 2120; BADM 1010, 1020; ECON 105 OR ECON 110 and 120; ECON 230; MATH 112, all with a minimum grade of C (2.0).

  • FNCE 3420: Investments

    The course will examine the sources and demand for investment capital, the determination of investment policy, and procedures for the analysis of security evaluation. (3 semester hours)
    Prerequisites: ACCT 2110, 2120; FNCE 3410.

  • FNCE 3430: Financial Policy

    This course focuses on corporate finance decision making using finance cases to analyze financial policies and problems of business enterprises as well as investment issues related to maximizing corporate value. Students will develop advanced skills in corporate value/shareholder wealth maximization including learning tools and concepts employed in analyzing and managing financial risk. Students obtain hands-on experience in the conduct of financial policy analysis through completion of a mergers and acquisitions project. Skills learned are especially applicable to employment in firms in all industries including investment banking. (3 semester hours)
    Prerequisite: FNCE 3410.

  • FNCE 3440: Mergers and Acquisitions

    This course will introduce students to the merger and acquisition process and alternative restructuring strategies including business alliances, divestitures, spin-offs, split-offs, carve-outs, and bankruptcy. The student will learn to develop acquisition plans as part of an investment banking team charged with implementing a firm's business strategy. The team will be responsible for valuing the target firm, negotiating and structuring the deal, and for resolving common tax, payment, accounting, and legal issues arising during transactions. (3 semester hours)
    Prerequisite: FNCE 3410.

  • FNCE 3497: Internship

    The objective of this one-semester-hour course is to help students achieve a worthwhile learning experience relevant to their major program of study. The internship, conducted with an off-campus organization, will help the student gain insights relative to his/her strengths and weaknesses in the job environment. (1 semester hour)

  • FNCE 4410: Entrepreneurial Finance (ENTR 4310)

    In this course, students are introduced to the financial aspects of small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures. The key topics include evaluating new business ideas and ventures, reading and understanding financial statements of rapidly growing companies, and developing financing strategies. We also discuss various debt and equity alternatives of financing, the different valuation techniques, and key tactics and approaches to negotiating term sheets. (3 semester hours)
    Prerequisite: FNCE 3410.

  • FNCE 4420: Real Estate Finance, Investment, and Entrepreneurship

    This course introduces students to gathering relevant data (both primary and secondary data) to build financial models for analyzing, interpreting, and making decisions on evaluation of alternative real estate investment opportunities with alternative financial structures. Hands-on entrepreneurial learning makes use of cases, gathering primary data, financial modeling, and estimating the most an investor should pay for a specific property. More specifically, this course includes determining a property's "investment value," financing strategy, risk analysis, taxation, market area supply and demand analysis by property type (e.g, single-family homes, apartments, office, retail, warehouses, and other industrial properties), alternative investment ownership (e.g., sole proprietorships, REITs, Limited Partnerships, LLCs, etc.), as well as evaluating alternative financing instruments in both primary and secondary markets. (3 semester hours)
    Prerequisite: FNCE 3410.

  • FNCE 4430: Capital Markets

    This course examines the development, regulation, and management of each of the financial institutions and markets. The activities of these institutions, governments, and individuals in the markets will then be studied. (3 semester hours)
    Prerequisite: FNCE 3410.

  • FNCE 4470: Multinationals and the Third World (INBA 4870)

    This course examines business activity by multinationals corporations in Third World countries focusing on conventional theory and practices of multinational enterprise, user-friendly shareholder wealth maximization, multinational finance, and corporate ethics. Issues of analysis include technology transfer, institutional arrangements, entry strategy and entry options, host country bargaining power, shareholder wealth maximization, workplace protection, financing decisions, direct foreign investment, and business ethics. (3 semester hours)
    Prerequisites: FNCE 3410 and INBA 3810.

  • FNCE 4480: International Finance (INBA 4880)

    This course introduces students to international business finance and the workings of international financial markets. The principal objective of the course is for students to develop an understanding of the basic tools of financial decision making in an international environment. Key topics of study include exchange rate determination, relationships between inflation, interest rates, and exchange rates, risk management, multinational capital budgeting, and international portfolio theory. (3 semester hours)
    Prerequisites: BADM 1040, FNCE 3410, INBA 3810.

  • FNCE 4491: Student Investment Fund: Security Analysis

    This course is Part I of the Student Investment Fund (SIF) Program. In this one-year program, the students gain hands-on experience in managing the Student Investment Fund by learning the theory and practice of securities investment and portfolio management within an academic context, enhanced by the frequent interaction with individuals and institutions engaged in the money management industry. While the focus of Part I is stock valuation using absolute and relative valuation models, this course will also familiarize the students with topics covered in a typical investment course such as financial markets and financial instruments as well as investment concepts and theory, including risk and return, diversification, Capital Asset Pricing Model, etc. (3 semester hours)
    Prerequisite: FNCE 3410.

  • FNCE 4492: Student Investment Fund: Portfolio Management

    This course is Part II of the Student Investment Fund (SIF) Program. In this one-year three-course program, the students gain hands-on experience in managing the Student Investment Fund by learning the theory and practice of securities investment and portfolio management within an academic context, enhanced by the frequent interaction with individuals and institutions engaged in the money management industry. While the students continue to apply what they have learned in Part I of the program to stock analysis and investment, the main focus of this part of the program is the application of portfolio theory to portfolio formation and performance measurement. The course culminates with the production and presentation of the SIF Annual Report at the end of the semester. Additionally, the students will also learn investment topics that are not covered in Part I, including analysis and management of bonds and an overview of derivative securities. (3 semester hours)
    Prerequisite: FNCE 4491.

  • FNCE 4493: Student Investment Fund: Investment Research Lab

    This course is Part III of the Student Investment Fund (SIF) Program. In this one-year program, the students gain hands-on experience in managing the Student Investment Fund by learning the theory and practice of securities investment and portfolio management within an academic context, enhanced by the frequent interaction with individuals and institutions engaged in the money management industry. The focus of this course is experiential learning via the application of the theories covered in both Parts I and II of the program to the analysis and investments of stocks and management of the SIF portfolio, utilizing the databases and software available. (3 semester hours)
    Prerequisite: FNCE 3410.

  • FNCE 4498: Special Studies

    (1-3 semester hours)

  • FNCE 4499: Independent Studies

    Requires approval of the Associate Dean. (1-3 semester hours)