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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.

CFP Students Christian Vardaman, Madison Nixon, and Daniel Wendt ring bell at New York Stock Exchange
CFP Students Christian Vardaman,
Madison Nixon and Daniel Wendt ring bell at New York Stock Exchange. Click here for more information. 

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 for admission.

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Undergraduate Program

For more information, please contact:


Kurtay Ogunc
Undergraduate Advisor
E. J. Ourso College of Business
Louisiana State University
2904 Business Education Complex
Nicholson Drive Extension
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-6291

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