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Finance

Bachelor of Science Degree

Whether you become a financial analyst, personal financial advisor, or begin a career in banking, you'll be the one to go to for sound advice. Get the concrete skills you need to help you enter into a variety of roles with a financial institution or nonprofit organization.

The Bachelor of Science in Finance program focuses on the knowledge, skills, and abilities for successful financial management, analysis, and decision-making in a global environment. You develop skills to evaluate financial performance and to communicate and ethically apply financial management strategies in valuation, investments, cash and treasury, international finance, and risk management.

Program Foundation (12 credit hours to complete as early in the program as possible.):

  • MA 102 - College Algebra
  • MA 215 - Applied Statistics
  • BA 222 - Intermediate Computer Concepts and Applications
  • EN 321 - Business Communication: Professional Writing, Speaking, and Research
    Or
    CA 308 - Business Communication

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Courses in the major include:

This course is an introduction to accounting concepts and the elements of financial statements including basic accounting vocabulary and analysis of business transactions from an accounting viewpoint. Students will be required to recognize, record, and classify new accounting data. Emphasis is placed on corporate accounting. Introductory financial statement analysis and interpretation are also covered. Prerequisite: none
Managerial accounting is designed to introduce the fundamentals of managerial accounting to both accounting and non-accounting majors. It covers accounting and management decision making in both short-term and long-term strategic situations. Students will be expected to explain and apply accounting concepts including basic costing and processes, cost classifications, responsibility accounting and ethical behavior of the managerial accountant. Prerequisite: AC 205
This course will examine the theory and practice of cost accounting. Topics covered include cost accounting system, responsibility accounting, job order costing, process costing, variable costing, budgeting, cost variance, cost behavior analysis and decision-making processes. Students will have opportunities to experience how cost accounting is used within an organization through problem and case analyses. Prerequisites: AC 206 and BA 222 or CIS 101
Accounting Information Systems (AIS) is an applied course focusing on processing data into information. Focus is placed on accounting cycles, source documents, cleaning data, emerging technology, data analysis, data visualization, and internal controls. Students will also become knowledgeable of information technology (IT) terminology, commonly used software applications, and computer-based control issues. Emphasis is placed on IT controls and security. Prerequisite: AC 206 and BA 222
This course covers the basic principles, techniques, and institutional aspects of financial management in order to provide students applications of finance content similar to those encountered in a finance career. Topics include financial markets and environment, time value of money, bond and stock valuation, risk and return, financial statement ratio analysis, capital budgeting, financial planning and control, capital structure, dividend policy, and other fundamental finance issues. Prerequisites: AC 206, BAN 200 or MA 215, and MA 102
Fundamental principles and practices of risk management and insurance are addressed with an applied focus on risk management processes, rather than institutional and contractual details of the insurance industry. Topics include fundamental principles of risk management, such as risk identification; risk characterization; pricing of risk reduction techniques; risk retention; regulatory, legal and tax implications; insurance; and other hedging strategies. Additionally, personal, business, and public policy perspectives concerning life, health, property, and liability risk management and insurance are addressed. Prerequisite: BA 312
This course builds upon the introductory finance course. It addresses advanced applications and analysis of financial theory and practice. Aspects of the following topics are addressed: financial environments, financial analysis, cash flow, incentive theory and practice, time value of money, security valuation, risk analysis, portfolio theory and practice, capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policies, options, global financial concerns, and contemporary financial issues. The course is designed to mimic experiences and applications found in certain finance careers. Prerequisite: BA 312
Investment principles and practices in the context of individuals or organizations operating in well-developed financial markets. The course will integrate accepted economic relationships and practices to provide learners with an understanding of the current investment environment. Additionally, the course will survey the institutions and securities that constitute the investment environment. Students will have an opportunity to understand and experience how individuals trade financial instruments including: stocks, options, bonds, futures, and other derivative securities. Prerequisite: BA 312
This course will focus on international financial tools, applications and concepts. Topics covered include fundamental international financial relationships and their application to firms and individuals, international transactions, tax issues, and multinational corporations. It will cover many essential elements of transacting in an international market place. It will also address the fundamental risks inherent in international business and the use of financial securities to hedge these risks. Prerequisite: BA 312
Cash Management, also known as treasury management, short-term financial management, or working capital management, addresses fundamental principles and practices concerning managing cash and liquidity for businesses and organizations. This course challenges students to understand and assess principles, practices, and applications relevant to efficient and effective cash management and why managing cash and liquidity is critically important for businesses and organizations. Topics addressed include: the role of cash management, ratio analysis, credit, accounts receivable, collection management, accounts payable, disbursement management, electronic commerce, information / technology needs, forecasting, financial markets, short term investments / borrowing, international concerns, relationship management, and other contemporary issues. Prerequisite: BA 312
This course provides students with the opportunity to learn about ethical decision making in business organizations. Students will examine moral values, ethical philosophies, organizational factors, and the role they play in the principles and practices of business. Students will explore the evolution of business ethics and social expectations of business in society, including from diverse global perspectives. Students will apply course concepts to real world situations to develop their understanding of business decision making as well as their own behavior when confronted with ethical dilemmas. Prerequisite: Senior standing
This course is a study of the behavior of the macroeconomy, including the causes and consequences of inflation, unemployment, and the business cycle. Monetary, fiscal, and "supply side" policies for dealing with macroeconomic problems are examined. Prerequisites: Sophomore or above standing and an understanding of basic math, or permission of instructor.
This course is an investigation of the economic behavior of consumers, businesses and government. Emphasis is placed on price and output determination under various market structures and on the entrepreneurial competitive process. Prerequisites: Sophomore or above standing and an understanding of basic math, or permission of instructor.

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