What is Finance?
Finance is the study of how individuals, businesses, and organizations acquire and utilize capital (i.e. money). Two basic elements of finance include the tradeoff between expected returns and risk and the importance of timing of future cash flows.
Opportunities in Finance
Areas: Banking, Corporate Financial Management, Marketing, Personal Financial Planning, Real Estate, Risk Management and Insurance, Securities
Employers: Corporations, Financial Institutions, Financial Planning Agencies, Government Agencies, Insurance Companies, Private Practice
BS in Finance
The bachelor of finance is a 120-hour program with several learning objectives for students:
- Obtain a broad functional knowledge of basic theory and practice of finance
- Access and analyze financial statements to evaluate the financial health of the firm and the strategies it employs to create value for its shareholders
- Develop and apply financial modeling skills for the valuation of the firm and of individual capital assets, securities, and other investment vehicles
- Apply principles of asset allocation and diversification to formulate portfolio strategies through experiential learning
- Understand and apply various measures to evaluate portfolio performance
- Demonstrate effective skills in written and oral communication, and in teamwork
Students majoring in finance have the opportunity to study from nationally renowned faculty and have access to the Securities Markets Analysis Research and Trading (SMART) Lab, a classroom modeled after an investment company’s trading room. The SMART Lab provides state-of-the-art software, including Bloomberg, and data fees for financial analysis. Students are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and to follow the curriculum of the general business administration degree.