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Bachelor of Science in Finance

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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.

FOUNDATION COURSES

Accounting for Business Operations | 
Introduces operating activities of business. Emphasis on using income statements to plan and evaluate the operations of a for-profit entity.

Macroeconomics | 
Focuses on inflationary consequences of monetary and fiscal policies designed to eliminate poverty and unemployment, significance of money and government deficits on attainment of goals of high employment and economic growth in a non-inflationary environment and role of the dollar in international trade.

Microeconomics | 
Study of the role of prices in allocating and developing scarce resources to meet the needs and demands of consumers, the impact of the profit motive on business size and efficiency, the economic power of large-scale business firms, the interplay of private and public choice through price controls, business regulation and taxation.

Business Statistics | 
Focuses on basic methods of research design and analysis of data including descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include mean, median, mode, frequency distribution, range standard, deviation, probabilities of sampling selection, Z-value, T-value, regression and correlation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance and Chi-square analysis.

Business Ethics | 
Introduces development of personal and group norms required for work places. Topics include moral reasoning in business, employee rights and responsibilities of corporations.

Take one of the following three courses:

College Algebra | 
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 | 
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 | 
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 | 

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 | 
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 | 
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 | 
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 | 
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 | 
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.  

Real Estate Finance | 
Introduction to finance as related to real estate.  Course focuses on the methods of assessing value of real estate and various financing instruments related to real estate.  Prerequisite: Foundations of Finance.  

Behavioral Finance | 
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 |
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.. 

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