Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance

Total Semester Credit Hours = 120

Professional opportunities in the field of finance can lead to careers in financial services such as banking officers, investment portfolio managers, corporate treasurers, and financial planners. Finance professionals are in high demand by corporations, nonprofit organizations and government agencies at all levels. The corporate finance career path can lead to very responsible positions, including vice president for finance or president of the firm. A finance major is excellent preparation for graduate school in business (e.g. MBA) and law school.

Objectives

Students completing the finance major should be able to:

  1. Understand the organizational environment and related agency issues within which financial managers operate.
  2. Analyze financial statement data for an enterprise to assess liquidity, asset utilization, debt management, profitability, and rewards of ownership.
  3. Estimate fund requirements for an enterprise.
  4. Recognize the structure and functioning of financial markets.
  5. Differentiate between the risks, costs, and availability of various methods used to acquire short-term and long-term funds.
  6. Understand the critical variables determining the cost of capital.
  7. Measure the risk and return associated with various asset alternatives, and choose between competing investment options.
  8. Incorporate quantitative decision skills and the use of the computer in solving financial problems.
  9. Recognize major evolving issues in finance.

Suggested Four-Year Curriculum for Finance

Freshman Year

First Semester (16 hrs.)

ENGL 1301: English Composition I

HIST 1301: United States History I

MATH 1324: Math for Business and Economics I

BIOL, PHYS, or CHEM*

TECH 2323: Introduction to Computer Applications

Second Semester (16 hrs.)

ENGL 1302: English Composition II

HIST 1302: United States History II

SPCM 1315: Fundamentals of Speech

MATH 1325: Math for Business and Economics II

BIOL, PHYS, or CHEM*

Sophomore Year

First Semester (15 hrs.)

POLS 2305: Introductory American Government

ECON 2301: Macroeconomics

ACCT 2301: Principles of Financial Accounting

MATH 1342: Statistics

ENGL 2322: World Literature

Second Semester (15 hrs.)

POLS 2306: Introductory Texas Politics

ECON 2302: Principles of Economics II

Fine and Performing Arts

ACCT 2302: Principles of Managerial Accounting.

Humanities

Junior Year

First Semester (15 hrs.)

FINA 3311: Principles of Finance

MANA 3370: Writing and Oral Communications

MANA 3330: Management Info. Systems

MANA 3311: Managing People in Organizations

Upper-division elective

Second Semester (16 hrs.)

FINA 4340: Managerial Finance

MANA 3305: Operations Management

MARK 3311: Principles of Marketing

FINA 3330: Investments

MANA 3170: How to Get a Job

Upper-division CBT Elective

Senior Year

First Semester (12 hrs.)

Directed Elective

Upper-division Elective

FINA 4310: Management of Financial Institutions

BLAW 3301: Business Law

Second Semester (15 hrs.)

MANA 4395: Strategic Management

FINA 4330: Security Analysis and Portfolio Management.

FINA 4350: International Finance

Upper-division CBT electives

Note: Total hours must equal at least 120