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BS in Finance


The BS in finance prepares graduates for career opportunities in equities and fixed income analysis and portfolio management, corporate finance, financial services, working capital management, asset valuation, banking and credit analysis. The program also prepares students for graduate work in finance, business administration, law and other related disciplines.

Student learning opportunities are enhanced by the Terry W. Goodwin '67 Financial Technology Center. The center allows students to access real-time financial data, develop financial models, conduct trading simulations and analyze financial and economic data.

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Bobcat Fund, a student-managed investment portfolio. Extracurricular activities include the FMA student chapter (QU Investment Club) and the Economics/Finance Club, which sponsor investment challenges, speakers and field trips. The clubs also provide students peer-centered opportunities to develop their networking, team building and leadership skills. Outstanding students are eligible to be inducted into the Financial Management Association National Honor Society.

Curriculum + Requirements

Earning a bachelor in finance requires students to earn a total of 125 credits, broken down into the following areas:

Business Core Curriculum (46 credits)

University Curriculum (37 credits)

Finance Core (18 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

FIN 310

Investment Analysis

3

FIN 320

Financial Modeling

3

FIN 350

Financial Markets & Institutions

3

FIN 360

Financial Statement Analysis

3

FIN 380

Intermediate Corporate Finance

3

FIN 485

Derivative Securities

3

Finance Electives (12 credits)
Students are required to complete 12 credits of finance electives. Students may apply up to 3 credits from the following courses toward their finance elective requirements:

Course

Title

Credits

AC 305

Intermediate Accounting I

3

EC 250

International Economics

3

EC 330

Public Finance

3

EC 365

Econometrics

3

IB 335

International Finance

3


Open Electives (12 credits)

Unique Learning Tracks

Investment Management Focus
Students who seek to focus on a program that prepares them to pursue their interest in careers within the financial services sector, specifically working in the areas of investment banking, portfolio management and investment analysis. Upon completion of the finance core and suggested investment management courses, students will have the educational requirements to sit for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level I examination.

Wealth Management and Financial Planning Focus
The purpose of offering a financial planning track is to allow students to pursue their interest in careers in wealth management, financial planning and retail investment and insurance brokerage services. Graduates also have the opportunity to work within law and accounting firms to provide clients with comprehensive financial plans and services. As part of the curriculum, students receive instruction in risk management and insurance services, investment planning, retirement and estate planning, employee benefit planning and tax planning. Upon completion of the finance core and suggested wealth management and financial planning courses, students will have the educational requirements to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification examination. Additionally, students may elect to sit for the FINRA Series 7, 63, and 66 licensing exams. Alternately, students who take additional required mathematics courses may elect to sit for the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) exams.

Corporate Finance Focus
Students may wish to focus in courses that prepare them for careers in the nonfinancial sector, mainly the management and operations of large and small corporations. Upon completion of the finance core and suggested corporate finance courses, students will have the educational requirements to sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification exam, which demonstrates knowledge and proficiency in  corporate financial planning and analysis, decision support and ethics. Alternately, students may prepare to sit for the Certified Treasury  Professional (CTP) designation, which exhibits knowledge and skills needed of treasury professionals.

Minor in Finance

Earning a minor in finance requires the completion of FIN 201, Fundamentals of Financial Management, and five of the six core courses listed below:

  • FIN 310 -- Global Investment Analysis
  • FIN 320 -- Financial Modeling
  • FIN 350 -- Financial Markets & Institutions
  • FIN 360 -- Financial Statement Analysis
  • FIN 380 -- Intermediate Corporate Finance
  • FIN 485 -- Derivative Securities

Students may request permission to use one non-finance course to fulfill thier minor requirements. Students cannot use transfer credits to satisfy the above requirements for a minor.