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

College of Business

Degree Specific Credits: 75-77

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2020-21

Notes:

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

  • At least 27 credits in business, the capstone course, 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

College of Business Requirements

51-53

Primary Lower Core Courses

Math Requirement

Statistics Requirement

Secondary Lower Core Courses

Upper Major Core Courses

Capstone and Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Finance Major Requirements

15

Finance Major Electives

9

Total Hours

75-77


College of Business Requirements

Primary Lower Core Courses

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.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BGEN 105S

Introduction to Busness

3

ACTG 201

Principles of Financial Accounting

3

ACTG 202

Principles of Managerial Accounting

3

BMIS 270

MIS Foundations for Business

3

ECNS 201S

Principles of Microeconomics

3

Total Hours

15

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Math Requirement

Notes:

  • The Finance Department encourages that a student take M 162 to complete the math requirement to better prepare 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.

  • The College of Business 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 score on the ALEKS Math Placement Exam or the Maplesoft Math Placement Exam does not waive this math requirement.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

3-4

M 115

Probability and Linear Mathematics

M 121

College Algebra

M 151

Precalculus

M 162

Applied Calculus

Total Hours

3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Statistics Requirement

Note: This is a primary lower core course. The College of Business 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 College of Business major.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

3-4

FORS 201

Forest Biometrics

PSYX 222

Psychological Statistics

SOCI 202

Social Statistics

STAT 216

Introduction to Statistics (preferred)

Total Hours

3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Secondary Lower Core Courses

Note: All courses must be completed with a "C-" or better to satisfy 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.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BGEN 220E

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (Students must complete this course with a C- or better prior to taking the capstone, though earlier completion is strongly encouraged.) Ethical & Human Values Requirement

3

COMX 111A

Introduction to Public Speaking (Students must complete this course with a C- or better prior to taking the capstone, though earlier completion is strongly encouraged.) Expressive Arts Requirement

3

CSCI 172

Intro to Computer Modeling

3

ECNS 202S

Principles of Macroeconomics Social Science Requirement

3

Total Hours

12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper Major Core Courses

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.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BFIN 322

Business Finance

3

BGEN 361

Principles of Business Law

3

BMGT 322

Operations Management

3

BMGT 340

Management & Organization Behavior

3

BMKT 325

Principles of Marketing

3

Total Hours

15

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Capstone and Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Notes:

  • 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 capstones.

  • Students must pass the required comprehensive exam as well as all requisite coursework to earn a passing grade in STAT 216.

  • must be taken at UM.

  • This course also satisfies the UM and College of Business upper-division writing requirement.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

BGEN 499

Strategic Management

3

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Finance Major Requirements

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

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BFIN 420

Investments

3

BFIN 424

Markets, Instns & Fin Enginrng

3

BFIN 429

Fin Mgmt I:Thry/Analysis

3

BFIN 439

Fin Mgmt II: Analysis/Problems

3

BFIN 450

Banking

3

Total Hours

15

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Finance Major Electives

Note:

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

  • These 9 credits are selected in consultation with your faculty advisor. A signed track sheet reflecting these courses is required on file in the College of Business Advising Office.

  • Up to 3 credits of BFIN 498 can count towards the 9 credit elective requirement.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete 9 credits from the following courses:

9

ACTG 305

Corporate Reporting I

ACTG 321

Acct Information Systems I

ACTG 410

Cost/Mgmt Acct I

BFIN 301

Analysis of Finan Statements

BFIN 410

$50,000 Portfolio

BFIN 421

Real Estate Invtmnt & Analysis

BFIN 473

Multinational Financial Mgmt

BFIN 498

Internship

ECNS 301

Intermediate Microeconomics with Calculus

ECNS 302

Intermediate Macroeconomics

ECNS 403

Introduction to Econometrics

MIS 326

Introduction to Data Analytics

MIS 479

Introduction to Consulting

Total Hours

9

Minimum Required Grade: C-