Jul 13, 2024  
2022 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER-SPRING) 
2022 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER-SPRING) [ARCHIVED CATALOG - Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Finance (B.S.)- Hegis Code 0517.00

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(Bachelor of Science Degree)

The finance major provides students with the ability to apply the general concepts of economics and finance to help solve management problems. Firms are becoming increasingly aware of the contribution that economics and finance can make in day-to-day decisions. The major is centered on a thorough understanding of economics and finance and is supplemented by courses in accounting, business law, marketing, and management.

In addition to providing an especially strong foundation for employment in business, the finance major is also a good basis for graduate work in business, economics, and law. The finance major can also help prepare students for high school certification in the areas of management and/or economics. Students considering public school teaching as a career should refer to the programs in education, listed alphabetically in this section of the catalog.

Learning Objectives

Business Program Learning Goals:

  • Understand the structure of an organization and processes for managing them.
  • Identify and interpret legal and ethical issues in the global business environment.
  • Consume and produce quantitative and qualitative information in order to facilitate business and/or economic decision-making.
  • Solve business and organizational problems using analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Apply rudimentary concepts from the management of technology discipline to people, process, and technology management challenges in a modern organization.
  • Recognize the impact of the global and multi-cultural environment on managing a business.
  • Employ oral communication skills to influence a professional audience.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written communications across multiple platforms and purposes.

Business Economics and Finance Major Program Learning Goals:

  • Apply microeconomic principles to evaluate markets in allocating resources.
  • Explain how the micro-economy functions and identify the government’s role in affecting unemployment, inflation, and growth.
  • Understand and apply advanced financial management methods to corporate and personal investment decisions.
  • Complete an integrative research project that embeds required tools and skills.

Students completing the finance concentration will also:

  • Calculate the value of a business or other asset using the time value of money.
  • Apply the principles of capital budgeting to business decisions.​
  • Recommend appropriate investments using the principles of portfolio theory.

Students completing the financial planning concentration will also:

  • Understand the CFP board code of ethics and professional responsibility.
  • Integrate the knowledge of insurance, tax, and investments to form retirement and estate planning.
  • Develop appropriate investment plans using the principles of portfolio theory.

Academic Requirements

See Core  section of this catalog.

Core: 34 - 55 Credit Hours

42 Credit Hours



The student must complete sufficient elective courses to earn at least the minimum credit hours required for this degree, and at least 60 credit hours of the 120 required must be in the liberal arts and sciences. Students are encouraged to select electives that will complement their major course of study, for example, courses in Anthropology, Communications, Political Science, History, International Studies, Law, and Sociology.

Program Credits

Core 34-55 Credits
Business Requirements 42 Credits
Concentration 15-21 Credits
College Electives 0-29 Credits
Total Credit Hours Required For Degree 120 Credits


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