Finance B.S.

The finance curriculum is designed to equip students with a comprehensive foundation in financial management, financial markets and investments. Students will gain competence in making effective decisions, performing complex analyses, providing expert financial advice and utilizing current technology tools and data sources.

Basic Requirements for Finance Major

All students must complete a faculty-approved plan of study during the first semester of their junior year. The plan of study is available from a finance faculty advisor and must be completed and signed by the faculty advisor. Failure to implement and adhere to a program of study may delay graduation. Some courses have grade requirements in the prerequisite course (see the catalog course descriptions). Many of these courses may be taught once a year, so students should see their advisor for the schedule each academic year.

Bachelor of Science - Finance

School of Business Admin

Degree Specific Credits: 76

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

Note: At least 54 credits must be earned in Business classes (ECNS, SoBA internship and SoBA faculty let study abroad courses may be counted in OR out of Business). A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for these courses.

At least 60 credits must be earned outside of SoBA (excluding HHP/ACT activities courses).

At least 27 credits in business AND all required 400-level finance courses must be taken at UM.

All business credits transferred in after matriculating to UM must be pre-approved by the department chair in your major.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Summary

SoBA – Primary Lower Core Courses21
SoBA Math Requirement3-4
SoBA – Secondary Lower Core Courses12
SoBA – Upper Major Core15
Finance Major - Requirements15
Finance Major - Electives9
SoBA - Capstone Course3
SoBA Upper-Division Writing Requirement3
SoBA Symbolic Systems Requirement3-4
SoBA Expressive Arts Requirement3
SoBA Social Science Requirement3
SoBA Ethical & Human Values Requirement3
Total Hours93-95

SoBA - Primary Lower Core Courses

Rule: All courses are required

Note: Unless a higher grade requirement is specified, all primary lower core courses must be completed with a C- or better and a 2.0 GPA must be earned in the seven (7) listed courses prior to admission into an upper-division Business Major.

A math course and a statistics course are also required as part of the primary lower core. See Math Requirements and Symbolic Systems Requirements below.

  • Math 3-4 Credits
  • Symbolic Systems 3-4 Credits
ACTG 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACTG 202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
BMIS 270MIS Foundations for Business3
ECNS 201SPrinciples of Microeconomics3
WRIT 101College Writing I3
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-


SoBA Math Requirement

Rule: Students choose one from the list below to fulfill their Math Requirement

Note: The Finance Department encourages that a student take M 162 to complete his or her math requirement to better prepare the student for a major in Finance. However, M 115, M 121, or M 151 will be accepted for students who choose not to take M 162.

SoBA requires that credit be earned for one of the math courses below (with a C- or better) before enrolling in ACTG 202.

A student's result on the ALEKS Math Placement Exam does not waive this math requirement.

Select one of the following:3-4
Probability and Linear Mathematics
College Algebra
Precalculus
Applied Calculus
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-


SoBA – Secondary Lower Core Courses

Rule: All courses are required

Note: All courses must be completed with a "C-" or better to satisfy BFIN 322, prerequisites for certain major, upper major core, or capstone courses. Students are advised to complete these courses prior to being admitted to an upper-division Business Major. Prerequisites are strictly enforced.

BGEN 220EBusiness Ethics and Social Responsibility3
COMX 111AIntro to Public Speaking3
CSCI 172Intro to Computer Modeling3
ECNS 202SPrinciples of Macroeconomics3
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-


SoBA - Upper Major Core

Rule: All courses are required

Note: BFIN 322 must be completed with a C or higher as a prerequisite to the finance major requirements.

All upper major core courses must be completed before the capstones can be taken. A student must be listed as a major or minor in business to take these courses. Major or minor in business is defined as junior standing with all primary lower core courses completed, a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and formally admitted to the major or minor.

BFIN 322Business Finance3
BGEN 361Principles of Business Law3
BMGT 322Operations Management3
BMGT 340Mgmt & Organization Behavior3
BMKT 325Principles of Marketing3
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Finance Major - Requirements

Rule: All courses are required

Note: Finance major courses only offered once per academic year. All required 400-level finance courses must be taken at UM.

BFIN 420Investments3
BFIN 424Markets, Instns & Fin Enginrng3
BFIN 429Fin Mgmt I:Thry/Analysis3
BFIN 439Fin Mgmt II: Analysis/Problems3
BFIN 450Banking3
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Finance Major - Electives

Rule: Take 9 credits from the list below.

Note: BFIN 205S is encouraged for Finance majors, but does not count as an elective for the Finance Major.

Note: These 9 credits are selected in consultation with your faculty advisor. A signed track sheet reflecting these courses is required on file in the SoBA Advising Office.

Select 9 credits from the following:9
Corporate Reporting I
Acct Information Systems I
Cost/Mgmt Acct I
Analysis of Finan Statements
$50,000 Portfolio
Multinational Financial Mgmt
Internship
Intermediate Micro with Calc
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Introduction to Econometrics
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-


SoBA - Capstone Course

Rule: All courses are required.

Note: Students must complete all primary and secondary lower core and upper core courses (and their prerequisites) and have an approved graduation application to register for their capstone.

Students must pass the required comprehensive exam as well as all requisite coursework to earn a passing grade in BGEN 499. BGEN 499 must be taken at UM

BGEN 499Strategic Management3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


SoBA Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Rule: All courses are required

BGEN 499Strategic Management3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


SoBA Symbolic Systems Requirement

Rule: Student's complete STAT 216 (preferred) or one other course from the list below to fulfill the Symbolic Systems Requirement.

Note: This is a primary lower core course. SoBA requires that credit be earned for STAT 216 (preferred) or one of the other statistics courses below (with a C or better) prior to being admitted into an upper-division SoBA major.

Select one of the following:3-4
Forest Biometrics
Psychological Statistics
Social Statistics
Introduction to Statistics (preferred)
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C


SoBA Expressive Arts Requirement

Rule: All courses are required

Note: Students must complete this course with a C or better prior to taking the capstones, though earlier completion is strongly encouraged.

COMX 111AIntro to Public Speaking3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C


SoBA Social Science Requirement

Rule: All courses are required

Note: This is a lower primary core course and must be completed with a C or better prior to being admitted to an upper division SoBA major.

ECNS 201SPrinciples of Microeconomics3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C


SoBA Ethical & Human Values Requirement

Rule: All courses are required

Note: Students must complete this course with a C or better prior to taking the capstones, though earlier completion is strongly encouraged.

BGEN 220EBusiness Ethics and Social Responsibility3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C