Finance

Finance is about understanding economic value.  Specifically how the decisions made by firms determines the economic value of firms or investment opportunities.

Since all firms must invest capital (cash) to operate and grow, all firms simultaneously compete with each other and all other investment opportunities, for capital in Capital Markets.  Finance professionals estimate and evaluate economic value and risk focusing on estimating future cash flow and using information from Capital Markets.

Finance professionals include economists, operating managers, financial analysts, data scientists, researchers, investors and financial advisors.

  • Finance professionals are quantitative & analytical utilizing mathematical tools and building models to inform decision making.

  • Finance professionals are curious, researching and understanding firms and markets.

  • Finance professionals are strong communicators, helping colleagues understand the financial implications of their business decisions and investment opportunities

  • Finance professionals are comfortable with ambiguity, recognizing and quantifying the economic impact of risk and uncertainty.

Major Core Curriculum - 22 Credits

Required Courses:

Course

Credits

Title & Additional Information

ACCT 5101

4

Intermediate Accounting I (prereq: B- or better in ACCT 2050 or passing the Acct5101 pretest

FINA 4121

2

Financial Markets and Interest Rates (prereq: FINA 3001)

FINA 4221

2

Principles of Corporate Finance (prereq: FINA 3001)

FINA 4321

2

Portfolio Management and Performance Evaluation (prereq: FINA 3001)

FINA 4422

2

Financial Modeling (prereq: FINA 4221 and ACCT 5101)

FINA 4522

2

Options & Derivatives I (prereq: FINA 4121, 4321 or concurrent)

Elective Courses (Choose 8 Credits from the Following):

Course

Credits

Title & Additional Information

FINA 4122

2

Banking Institutions (prereq: FINA 4121)

FINA 4234

2

Mergers & Acquisitions in Action: Process & Valuation (prereq: Fina 4422)

FINA 4325

2

Behavioral Finance (prereq: FINA 4321)

FINA 4621

2

The Global Economy (prereq: FINA 3001)

FINA 4622

2

International Finance (prereq: FINA 4121 and 4221)

FINA 4920

2-4

Topics in Finance

FINA 5422

2

Financial Econometrics & Computational Methods (prereq: FINA 4321, Mktg 3005, IDSc 4110 or concurrent)

FINA 5423

2

Financial Econometrics & Computational Methods II (prereq: FINA 5422)

ACCT 5160

2

Financial Statement Analysis (prereq: ACCT 5101)

IBUS 4125

2

Global Banking: A survey of Regulatory & Competitive Developments Post Financial Crisis (prereq: Fina 4121 and approved education abroad application) 

Capstone Electives:

Students are not required to take a capstone although it is highly recommended.

Course Credits Title & Additional Information

FINA 4242W

4

CAPSTONE: Corporate Investment Decisions (prereq: FINA 4121, 4321, 4422, 4522, ACCT 5101)

FINA 4329 2

CAPSTONE: Security Analysis (prereq: FINA 4121, 4321, 4422, 4522, ACCT 5101)

FINA 4529 2

CAPSTONE: Derivatives II (prereq: FINA 4121, 4221, 4321, 4522)

 

Please note that all classes are not offered every semester. Please check the class schedule on One Stop for details.

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Minor Core Curriculum - 12 Credits

Course

Credits

Title & Additional Information

FINA 4121 (H)

2

Financial Markets and Interest Rates (prereq: FINA 3001)

FINA 4221

2

Principles of Corporate Finance (prereq: FINA 3001)

FINA 4321 (H)

2

Portfolio Management and Performance Evaluation (prereq: FINA 3001)

PLUS SIX ADDITIONAL CREDITS OF 4XXX LEVEL FINANCE ELECTIVES
(ACCT 5101 and ACCT 5160 are not approved electives in the minor)

Please note that all classes are not offered every semester. Please check the class schedule on One Stop for details.

A career in a finance-based field requires a good understanding of economic theory and the stock market. Financial analysts will frequently work with complex computer programs to project financial data into the future and analyze trends. Making substantial investment decisions is a key characteristic of a financial-related position and career. Most people in a finance career will eventually specialize in a distinct area, such as, investment analysis, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, or real estate. Others will lean towards careers that involve advising clients on financial matters.

Sample Careers for Finance Majors:

  • Financial analyst
  • Financial consultant
  • Commercial banker
  • Corporate finance
  • Financial planners

Companies that Hire Finance Majors:

  • US Bank
  • General Mills
  • Ameriprise
  • Wells Fargo
  • Piper Jaffray
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