Finance (FINC)

Opus College of Business
Department of Finance
Samarakoon (chair), Barabanov, Baxamusa, Combs, Daugherty, Georgieva, Gray, Hamilton, Jaiswal-Dale, Jithendranathan, Mohanty, Musil, Oxman, Shovein, Spry, Vang 

Finance plays a pivotal role in business decisions across all functional areas of business. A strong foundation in finance is highly valued by employers and provides excellent career options and flexibility upon graduation. The UST finance courses and the degree program prepare students for careers in all areas of finance. Broadly, students gain in-depth knowledge and develop important analytical skills in the areas of corporate finance, investments and portfolio management, financial institutions and banking, and global finance. The finance degree program requires students to acquire training in the interrelated areas of accounting, economics and information technology as well.

Finance graduates find career opportunities in the interrelated areas of corporate finance, accounting, investments, security analysis, asset management, financial planning, commercial and investment banking, private equity and venture capital, real estate, insurance, and risk management. Typical job titles of finance graduates include financial analyst, security analyst, equity analyst, research analyst, budget analyst, financial advisor, financial planner, financial consultant, loan officer, account specialist, treasury assistant, portfolio assistant, and financial manager, among others.

Concentration in Financial Management

Financial Management - Major Field Guide

Business Core Courses

  • ACCT 210 Introduction to Financial Accounting (4 credits)
  • ACCT 215 Managerial Accounting (4 credits)
  • BETH 301 Business Ethics (4 credits)
  • BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service (0 credit)
  • OPMT 310 Operations Management (4 credits)
  • FINC 321 Financial Management (4 credits)
  • MGMT 305 Management & Organizational Behavior (4 credits)
  • MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (4 credits) 

Plus four credits from the following:

  • BLAW 301 Legal Environment of Business (4 credits)
  • BLAW 302 Business Law for Accounting (4 credits)
  • BLAW 303 International Business Law (4 credits)
  • BLAW 304 Real Estate Law (4 credits)

Concentration Courses

  • ACCT 311 Intermediate Accounting I (4 credits)
  • FINC 324 Corporate Finance (4 credits)
  • FINC 325 Investments (4 credits)

Plus twelve credits from the following:

  • FINC 410 Derivatives (4 credits)
  • FINC 430 Financial Intermediaries (4 credits)
  • FINC 440 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management (4 credits)
  • FINC 442 Fixed Income Securities (4 credits)
  • FINC 450 International Financial Management (4 credits)
  • FINC 480 Strategic Finance (4 credits)
  • REAL 460 Real Estate Finance and Investment (4 credits)

Allied requirements

  • CISC 200 Introduction to Computer Technology and Business Applications (4 credits)
  • ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 credits)
  • ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics (4 credits)
  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)

Note: STAT 220 should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Transfer students who have not had an equivalent course must complete this course by the end of their first semester, junior year.

Plus four credits from the following:

  • MATH 109 Calculus with Review II (4 credits)
  • MATH 111 Calculus for Business and Social Science (4 credits)
  • MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits)

Note: The math requirement must be completed by the end of the sophomore year. 

Plus four credits from the following:

  • ECON 311 Forecasting (4 credits)
  • ECON 315 Introduction to Econometrics (4 credits)
Course Number Title Credits
FINC  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
FINC  269 Research 2 OR 4
FINC  300 Finance for Non-Bus Majors 4
FINC  321 Financial Management 4
FINC  324 Corporate Finance 4
FINC  325 Investments 4
FINC  389 Research 2 OR 4
FINC  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
FINC  410 Derivatives 4
FINC  430 Financial Intermediaries 4
FINC  440 Sec Analy & Portfolio Mgmt 4
FINC  442 Fixed Income Securities 4
FINC  450 Int'l Financial Management 4
FINC  476 Experiential Learning 2
FINC  480 Strategic Finance 4

Major in Real Estate Studies (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science degree in the multidisciplinary field called real estate finds an ideal foundation in a liberal arts education. It provides a quality real estate program with a core in the general functional and operational areas of business. The program is designed to develop students as better citizens able to make responsible decisions benefiting society. Employers prefer to hire students who are knowledgeable of their discipline and operate within a moral and ethical framework of values. Graduates of the program can find employment as mortgage loan officers, appraisers, commercial/investment brokers and property managers.

Real Estate Studies - Major Field Guide

Business Core Courses

  • ACCT 210 Introduction to Financial Accounting (4 credits)
  • ACCT 215 Managerial Accounting (4 credits)
  • BETH 301 Business Ethics (4 credits)
  • BLAW 304 Real Estate Law (4 credits)
  • BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service (0 credit)
  • OPMT 310 Operations Management (4 credits)
  • FINC 321 Financial Management (4 credits)
  • MGMT 305 Management & Organizational Behavior (4 credits)
  • MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (4 credits)

Concentration Courses

  • REAL 200 Real Estate Principles (4 credits)
  • REAL 370 Real Estate Market Analysis (4 credits)

Plus eight credits from the following:

  • REAL 360 Real Estate Property Management (4 credits)
  • REAL 460 Real Estate Finance and Investments (4 credits)
  • REAL 461 Real Estate Appraisal (4 credits)
  • REAL 470 Real Estate Development (4 credits)

Plus eight additional business credits, 300 level or above (can be REAL credits) 

Allied requirements

  • ECON 251 Principles of Macro-Economics (4 credits)
  • ECON 252 Principles of Micro-Economics (4 credits)
  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)

Note: STAT 220 should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Transfer students who have not had an equivalent course must complete this course by the end of their first semester, junior year.

Plus four credits from the following:

  • CISC 200 Introduction to Computer Technology and Business Applications (4 credits)
  • COJO 100 Public Speaking (4 credits)
  • COJO 105 Communication in the Workplace (4 credits)
  • ENGL 211 or above (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • MATH 101 Finite Mathematics (4 credits)
  • MATH 109 Calculus with Review II (4 credits)
  • MATH 111 Calculus for Business and Social Science (4 credits)
  • MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits)

Note: The math requirement must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

Plus four credits from the following:

  • COJO 370 Intercultural Communications (4 credits)
  • ECON 311 Forecasting (4 credits)
  • ECON 315 Introduction to Econometrics (4 credits)
  • ECON 333 Regional and Urban Economics (4 credits)
  • GEOG 113 World Geography (4 credits)
  • GEOG 330 Geography for Business and Planning (4 credits)
Course Number Title Credits
REAL  200 Real Estate Principles 4
REAL  360 Real Estate Property Mgmt 4
REAL  370 Real Estate Market Analysis 4
REAL  460 Real Estate Finc/Investment 4
REAL  461 Real Estate Appraisal 4
REAL  470 Real Estate Development 4