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Bachelor of Science in Finance | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Science in Finance

The Finance major will prepare students to plan, manage, and analyze the financial and monetary aspects and performance of business enterprises, banking institutions, or other organizations. Graduates will leave with knowledge in principles of accounting, financial instruments, capital planning, funds acquisition, asset and debt management, budgeting, financial analysis, and investments and portfolio management.

Education and Qualifications

Careers in finance typically require a bachelor’s degree at a minimum. However, many individuals within the finance industry have qualification beyond a bachelor’s degree. While MBA’s are the most prevalent advanced degree, individuals also pursue other master’s degrees and even PhDs. In addition, careers in finance often require specific qualifications and licenses such as: (Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Certified Financial Analyst (CFA), Series 7, and Series 63). Some licenses are required by law (Series 7 & 63), while others provide a specific designation. Both licenses and certifications require that an individual pass exams, which assess their knowledge. Many of our graduates continue their education with a Masters in Business Administration paired with a concentration in Finance.

Careers in Finance 

Job growth for individuals with a finance degree is above the national average, and there are a variety of businesses which will hire graduates. Finance graduates can explore many types of employment across many sectors of industry. Ottawa University's online finance degree prepares you for a variety of business and finance-related careers. Employment in business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 5% through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, adding about 476,200 new jobs. The median annual wage for a financial analyst in May 2019 was $84,300.

Careers in finance may include:

  • accountant
  • budget analyst
  • loan officer
  • cost estimator
  • financial analyst
  • personal financial advisor
  • management analyst

Read more about the lucrative career paths in finance.

Finance Foundation Courses

  • Accounting for Business Operations | ACC 20364 | (4 credits)

OR

Discrete Mathematics | MAT 20043 | (3 credits)

OR

  • Discrete Mathematics | MAT 20043 | (3 credits)
  • Business Statistics | OAD 30763 | (4 credits)

OR

  • Introduction to Statistics | MAT 20044 | (4 credits)

** MAT 20043 is recommended to fulfill foundation requirement 



Take one of the following three courses:

College Algebra | MAT 10643 | (3 credits)
College Algebra emphasizes problem solving techniques using algebraic concepts. The focus of the course is directed toward exploring how algebra is used in the social and physical sciences. Topics covered include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations, and inequalities, functions and graphs, systems of linear equations, exponential and logarithmic equations, composition and inverse functions.

Discrete Mathematics | MAT 20043 | (3 credits)
Offers an intuitive exposure to mathematical concepts useful in a wide variety of disciplines. The course focuses on concepts associated with propositional logic. Prerequisite: Score of 16 on math placement exam non-math track or Score of 7 on math placement exam math track or Intermediate Algebra.

Business Mathematics | MAT 20143 | ( 3 credits)
Focuses on basic mathematics skills, business mathematics applications and problem solving strategies. Concepts include properties of real numbers, fundamental operations of rational numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, numerical and graphical descriptions of data, basic probability and logical thinking.

REQUIRED MAJOR COURSES

Financing and Investing Activities | ACC 20464 | (4 credits)

Extension of Accounting for Business Operations. Planning and evaluation of business operations and acquiring, disposing and financing assets of entity. Time value of money introduced. Emphasis on interpretation and use of the balance sheet and statement of cash flows. Prerequisite: Accounting for Business Operations.

Money and Banking | ECO 30363 (3 credits)
Studies role of money and banking in United States economic development and in international finances, significance of money, banking history and development, commercial banking operations and structure, central banking and monetary management, alternative international monetary systems, and monetary theory and policy. Prerequisite: Macroeconomics.

Investment Finance | ECO 40664 (3 credits)
Explores financial system, financial institutions and primary forces which affect them. Emphasis on instruments and interactions in money and capital markets and analysis of firms for portfolio management. Prerequisites: Macroeconomics and Money and Banking or Foundations of Finance.

International Economics | ECO 40963 (3 credits)
Examines principle topics of international economics. Examines balance of payments, exchange rates, free trade, protectionism and economic development from the perspective of the business major. Develops appreciation of world economic environment as it impinges on choices and decisions made by managers of all- size firm.

Foundations of Finance | FIN 30000 | (3 credits)
Examines financing of an organization from the administrative viewpoint. Consideration of internal financial management as well as external financing and capital structures. Prerequisites: Accounting for Business Operations.  

Investment Theory | FIN 41000 (3 credits)
Discussion of investment theory with a focus on the securities market related to the individual investor. Course focuses on trading, behavior of securities and pricing, the mechanics of trading, evaluation of securities, mutual funds, and evaluation of portfolio performance. Specific theories addressed include efficient market hypothesis, capital market theory, and stock valuation. Prerequisites: Foundations of Finance and International Economics.  

Futures and Options| FIN 42000 (3 credits)
This course introduces the theory and application of forwards, futures, options, other financial derivatives, and currency markets. Students gain an understanding of the role of these financial tools in enhancing business performance and market efficiency.


Behavioral Finance | 41006 (3 credits)
Course expands upon investment theory and the theory of efficient markets through psychological biases of individuals and how these impact financial decision-making. Evidence and research-based course focuses on theory and empirical research as they relate to the behavior of asset pricing, corporate finance, and money management. Prerequisite:  Foundations of Finance.  

Seminar in Applied Finance | FIN 49000 (4 credits)
Capstone course that guides student in the integration of functional content areas in the field of finance. Addresses financing issues and applies finance theories and techniques to problems and cases through a process of strategic decision-making. Prerequisite:  Completion of all required core coursework or advisor permission. 

For curriculum and course descriptions, please download a Finance program overview.

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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

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