Finance (FINC)

Opus College of Business 
Department of Finance 
Combs (chair), BarabanovBaxamusa, Daugherty, Jaiswal-Dale, JandikJithendranathan, Reagan, ShoveinSamarakoon, Spry, Tousley, 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

Business Core Courses:

  • BUSN 100: Business for the Common Good (2 credits)

  • ENTR 100: Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation (2 credits) 
  • ACCT 100: Principles of Accounting I (4 credits)  
  • BUSN 200: Business Learning Through Service (0 credit)  
  • ACCT 200: Principles of Accounting II (2 credits)  
  • OPMT 300: Operations & Supply Chain Management (2 credits)  
  • FINC 310: Core Financial Management (2 credits)  
  • MKTG 200: Introduction to Marketing (2 credits)  
  • MGMT 200: Working Skillfully in Organizations (2 credits)  
  • BLAW 300: Law for Business Leaders (2 credits)  
  • BETH 300: Ethical Principles in Business (2 credits)  

Note: The required core business courses (BUSN 100, ENTR 100, ACCT 100, ACCT 200, BUSN 200, FINC 310, OPMT 300, MKTG 200, MGMT 200, BETH 300, BLAW 300) must be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Transfer students who have not had an equivalent course must complete these courses by the end of their first semester, junior year. 

Elective Courses in Business Core:  

  • Eight credits from undergraduate courses with designations ACCT / BETH / BLAW / ENTR / FINC / MGMT /MKTG / OPMT / REAL. These credits may be taken in courses within the department of the student’s business concentration. Transfer credits with these designations must be at the 300 level or above. 

Concentration Courses:

  • FINC 311 Advanced Financial Management (2 credits) 
  • 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 350 Finance on Wall Street (4 credits) 

  • 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 380 Real Estate Finance and Investment (formerly REAL 460) (4 credits) 
  • FINC 490 Topics (4 credits) 
  • FINC 445 Investment Management I (4 credits) 
  • FINC 446 Investment Management II (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)

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  295 Topics 2
FINC  296 Topics 2
FINC  300 Finance for Non-Bus Majors 4
FINC  310 Core Financial Management 2
FINC  311 Advanced Financial Management 2
FINC  321 Financial Management 4
FINC  324 Corporate Finance 4
FINC  325 Investments 4
FINC  350 Finance on Wall Street 4
FINC  351 Emerging Finc Markets - China 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  445 Investment Management I 4
FINC  446 Investment Management II 4
FINC  450 Int'l Financial Management 4
FINC  476 Experiential Learning 2
FINC  480 Strategic Finance 4
FINC  490 Topics 4
FINC  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4