Finance, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)


Departmental Admission Requirements

New Students and Transfer Students

Admission to the College of Business ensures admission to the BSB in Finance.

Current Students - Admission in Good Standing

  1. Students who are currently enrolled in the College of Business as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration or Business Economics major are permitted to change to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance as long as they are in good academic standing; and
  2. The student has completed MATH 111 College Algebra - QR (or equivalent) or  MATH 180 Elements of Calculus - QR 

General Education Requirements         

General Education Requirements 131
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Elements of Calculus - QR
Calculus I - QR
Principles of Microeconomics - SB
Principles of Macroeconomics - SB

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

College of Business Requirements
CAMP 100Campus Culture/Business Students1
MATH 180Elements of Calculus - QR 2,3,43
or MATH 205 Calculus I - QR
Select one of the following Ethics courses: 3
Contemporary Moral Problems - AH
Business Ethics
Medical Ethics
BUS 301Business Communication3
BUS 201Career Development1
ACCT 201
ACCT 202
Principles of Financial Accounting
Principles of Managerial Accounting
ECON 201
ECON 202
Principles of Microeconomics - SB
Principles of Macroeconomics - SB 2
BSTA 201Business Statistics 53
CIS 205Information Systems in Organizations3
General Electives 6
Business Breadth
FIN 301Corporate Finance3
MKT 301Principles of Marketing3
MGMT 301Management and Organizational Behavior3
CLAW 301Legal Environment of Business3
CIS 305Data Analysis for Decision-Making3
MGMT 401Operations Management3
Minimum Total Hours53

Total of 53 includes 3 credit hours of ECON and 3 credit hours of MATH that are also counted in the 31 General Education hours above.

Program/Major Requirements

Finance Depth
ACCT 301Intermediate Accounting I3
FIN 304Intermediate Corporate Finance3
FIN 370International Finance3
FIN 401Investments3
FIN 403Financial Derivatives3
FIN 433Financial Markets and Institutions3
FIN 475Capstone Seminar in Finance - CUE3
FIN Electives 63
Minimum Total Hours24
Supporting Courses
General Electives18

Transfer students must take a minimum of 12 credit hours in their major within the College of Business.

Six hours of cultural diversity courses are required and may be incorporated within the degree program.

All course prerequisites must be followed.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Capstone Seminar in Finance - CUE

College/School Requirements include six hours of the General Education (3 hours Quantitative Reasoning and 3 hours Social & Behavioral Sciences).  A course satisfying the General Education Oral Communication requirement (COMM 111, COMM 112 or HON 214) is a prerequisite for BUS 301, but not included in the degree requirements. Students who select PHIL 222 to satisfy the Ethics requirement will also satisfy 3 hours of the Arts & Humanities requirement, which may require additional electives to complete the degree.


Completes General Education requirements.


For students with strong high school mathematics backgrounds, and for students who intend to pursue graduate work in finance, MATH 205 and MATH 206 is recommended. MATH 206 may be taken as aGeneral Elective.


If MATH 205/MATH 206 is taken, there will be 4-8 total hours of math, reducing the General Elective hours required to complete the degree.


The following will also meet the statistics requirement: MATH 109, PSYC 301, SOC 301.


Co-operative Education is an elective curriculum option for up to six (6) hours of credit. Three hours of Co-op credit may count as a finance elective.  If a student takes a second 3-hour Co-op class, then it would count as a General Elective.  Pass/Fail credit is given for approved COB co-op work experiences. Participation in the COB Co-op program is encouraged to strengthen the BSBA degree with professional experience and to enhance a student's resume.

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
CAMP 100 Campus Culture/Business Students 1
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics - SB 3
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
MATH 180
Elements of Calculus - QR
or Calculus I - QR
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Science - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Science Lab - SL 1
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics - SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Elective 3
Year 2
ACCT 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
CIS 205 Information Systems in Organizations 3
BUS 201 Career Development 1
HIST 101
History of Civilizations I - D2, SBH
or History of Civilizations II - SBH, D2
CIS 305 Data Analysis for Decision-Making 3
Select one of the following: 3
Business Statistics
Introduction to Social Statistics - QR
Quantitative Analysis - QR
Introduction to Social Statistics
Introduction to Social Statistics
FIN 301 Corporate Finance 3
MKT 301 Principles of Marketing 3
MGMT 301 Management and Organizational Behavior 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Year 3
ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting I 3
CLAW 301 Legal Environment of Business 3
FIN 304 Intermediate Corporate Finance 3
Select one of the following: 3
Contemporary Moral Problems - AH
Business Ethics
Medical Ethics
General Elective 3
BUS 301 Business Communication 3
FIN 370 International Finance 3
FIN 403
Financial Derivatives
or Investments
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
Year 4
FIN 401
or Financial Derivatives
FIN 433 Financial Markets and Institutions 3
MGMT 401 Operations Management 3
General Elective 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
FIN 475 Capstone Seminar in Finance - CUE 3
Finance Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Minimum Total Hours120

The Flight Plan outlined above is intended to demonstrate one possible path to completing the degree within four years.  Course selection and placement within the program may vary depending on course offerings and schedule, elective preferences, and other factors (study abroad, internship availability, etc.). Please consult your advisor for additional information about building a flight plan that works for you.

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan, and which requirements are still outstanding. Degree audits also take transfer credits and test credits into account. "What-if" reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

Flight Planner
The Flight Planner tool is available for you to create a personalized Flight Plan to graduation.  Advisors have access to review your Flight Planner and can help you adjust it to ensure you remain on track to graduate in a timely manner.

To create these reports:

  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Academic Progress tile.
  3. Select the appropriate report.
    1. To run a Degree Audit report, click on "View my Degree Audit."
    2. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."
    3. To run a Flight Planner report, click on "Use My Flight Planner."

Click here to run a Degree Audit report, create a What-if report, or run a Flight Planner report.