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BS in Business, Finance

School of Business, Technology, and Health Care Administration

Finance professionals help organizations find and manage the resources needed to grow, make investments and acquisitions, plan for the future, and manage existing assets. Undergraduate learners in the Finance specialization build the finance knowledge and skills needed to advance in the financial services industry or as a finance professional within a public or private organization. In addition to finance expertise, learners demonstrate the management, interpersonal, and professional thinking skills needed to impact effectiveness across all levels of their organization. Learners select elective courses based on their individual professional needs.

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General Education Requirements

Choose 45 quarter credits with a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each category; see General Education Courses.

Required course:

MAT2001
Statistical Reasoning

This course introduces fundamental concepts of elementary statistics, including descriptive statistics, methods of counting, probability distributions, approximations, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Learners use these concepts to apply and interpret statistical results.

6 quarter credits

Additional Program Requirements

ACS1003
Building Skills for Academic Success

Learners in this course begin to build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in a bachelor of science degree program and the workplace. Learners develop and demonstrate business thinking and, in particular, evaluate case studies to acquire and broaden their knowledge of the creation of an organization. In addition, learners expand organizational, information literacy, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills and apply an understanding of ethics, team behaviors, and effective business writing. BS in Business learners who are determined to need additional support developing academic and professional writing and reading skills based on academic assessment must take ACS1003 during their first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

6 quarter credits

 

Core courses

 

At least 42 quarter credits

BUS3003
Developing a Business Perspective ‡

In this course, learners build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in their program and the workplace. Learners engage in interactive activities that help them develop and demonstrate a business perspective and expand their organizational, research, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. Other topics include ethics, team relationships, project creation, and writing effectively for business. For BS in Business learners only. Learners may only earn credit for BUS3003 or BUS3006 or BUS3007. Prerequisite(s): ACS1003. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

6 quarter credits
-or-
BUS3007
Developing a Business Perspective §

In this course, learners build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in their program and the workplace. Learners engage in interactive activities that help them develop and demonstrate a business perspective and expand their organizational, research, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. Other topics include ethics, team relationships, project creation, and writing effectively for business. For BS in Business learners only. Learners may only earn credit for BUS3003 or BUS3006 or BUS3007. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

6 quarter credits
BUS3011
Fundamentals of Management

In this course, learners examine the fundamental principles of management and the characteristics that make an effective manager. Learners then apply these principles in management decision-making roles of planner, organizer, controller, and communicator. Learners who have received credit for BUS3010 may not take BUS3011.

3 quarter credits
BUS3012
Fundamentals of Leadership

This course is an introduction to principles of leadership behavior and their application in business and community settings. Learners develop and demonstrate awareness of the characteristics, styles, and practices necessary for effective leadership. Learners who have received credit for BUS3010 may not take BUS3012.

3 quarter credits
BUS3021
Fundamentals of Business Law

In this course, learners explore and articulate the influences on businesses of statutory, contract, tort, and legal entity law. Learners evaluate the historical underpinnings and origins of the United States court system's ability to adjudicate commercial disputes. Learners also develop and demonstrate their legal vocabulary, an understanding of core legal concepts, and basic legal research skills.

3 quarter credits
BUS3022
Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management

This course is an introduction to modern concepts and practices of efficient supply chain management. Learners build their knowledge of and demonstrate the relevance of supply chain design in support of organizational strategy and assess the effectiveness of supply chains to meet customer demands. Through the use of case studies, learners also analyze existing supply chain systems and recommend improvements.  

3 quarter credits
BUS3030
Fundamentals of Marketing and Sales

Learners investigate the fundamentals of marketing and sales, including market research and planning, product differentiation and positioning, marketing communications, differences between consumer and business markets, and relational marketing and sales strategy. Learners demonstrate course competencies by preparing and presenting a marketing and sales plan and a corresponding marketing and sales strategy for a simple product offering.

6 quarter credits
BUS3040
Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

This course is a survey of the human resources management (HRM) field and its function and role in the organization. Learners develop their knowledge of fundamental HRM principles and demonstrate competencies in areas such as compensation and benefits, legal requirements, and training and development.

6 quarter credits
BUS3050
Fundamentals of Organizational Communication

This course helps learners understand and apply the fundamentals of organizational communication. Learners analyze the interrelationship of organizational communication, symbols, culture, performance, and effective communication practices in relationships internal and external to the enterprise. Learners also examine how effective organizational communication contributes to successful organizational performance and the ways elements of organizational communication interact and function in an enterprise.

6 quarter credits
BUS3061
Fundamentals of Accounting

This course is an introduction to the accounting function in modern business organizations. Learners define accounting terminology and explore its application to accounting principles. Learners also apply accounting cycle strategies to business financial events and prepare financial statements from accounting system data. Learners who have received credit for BUS3060 may not take BUS3061.

3 quarter credits
BUS3062
Fundamentals of Finance

In this course, learners gain and apply finance basics including the time value of money concepts, stock and bond valuation techniques, and capital budgeting processes. Learners also demonstrate ways the relationship of domestic and global financial environments affect financial markets. Learners who have received credit for BUS3060 may not take BUS3062.

3 quarter credits

 

Specialization courses

 

At least 48 quarter credits

BUS4070 *
Foundations in Finance

Learners in this course analyze principles of financial decision making and ways global economic conditions affect financial theory and decision-making processes. Learners also evaluate and apply finance principles using financial tools. Prerequisite(s): BUS3060 or BUS3062.

6 quarter credits
BUS4071 *
Financial Markets and Institutions

In this course, learners build a conceptual framework of financial markets and examine their roles in the global financial environment. Learners also evaluate the macroeconomic variables and monetary policies that affect financial markets and assess the role of the central bank and banking system in the financial environment. Prerequisite(s): BUS4070. 

6 quarter credits
BUS4072 *
Analysis for Financial Management

This course provides learners with a framework for using financial statement data in various business analysis and valuation contexts. Learners examine financial statements as the basis for a variety of business analyses and evaluate the ways organizations use these statements to make business decisions. Prerequisite(s): BUS4070.

6 quarter credits
BUS4073 *
Investments and Portfolio Management

In this course, learners study valuation principles and use them to evaluate various investment instruments. Learners also practice applying financial theory to real-world situations and develop a practical approach to investments. Prerequisites(s): BUS4070.

6 quarter credits
BUS4801
Ethics and Enterprise

The focus of this course is on the economic, social, and environmental effects of business decisions and policies. Learners identify significant ethical issues affecting today’s multicultural business environment and evaluate how businesses have responded to them through policy development. Through case studies and examples of current business practices, learners analyze successful and unsuccessful strategies for establishing ethical standards and corporate social responsibility.

6 quarter credits

In addition, choose 18 quarter credits from the following courses:

BUS4074 *
Entrepreneurial Finance

In this course, learners analyze small business financial concepts. Learners examine the personal financial concepts related to business and the entrepreneurial enterprise and evaluate the components of a small business plan. Prerequisite(s): BUS4070.

6 quarter credits
BUS4075 *
Public and Nonprofit Finance

This course presents an overview of nonprofit corporate finance practices, techniques, and concepts. Learners examine public finance principles at local and governmental levels and apply financial information to business decisions of nonprofit organizations. Prerequisite(s): BUS4070.

6 quarter credits
BUS4076 *
Issues in International Finance

In this course, learners examine business strategy and the fundamentals of international finance management. Learners explore the global financial environments in which multinational firms operate and apply corporate financial principles in a global context. Prerequisite(s): BUS4070. 

6 quarter credits
BUS4077 *
Risk Management Strategies

In this course, learners study financial risk management and examine various risk management strategies applicable to both personal and business environments. Learners identify, analyze, and manage risk using insurance and alternative tools and techniques. Prerequisite(s): BUS4070.

6 quarter credits
BUS4078 *
Financial Institution Management

The focus of this course is managing risk and return in contemporary financial institutions. Learners examine the risks faced by financial institutions and evaluate the methods through which these risks are managed. Prerequisite(s): BUS4070.

6 quarter credits
BUS4079 *
Real Estate Finance

Learners in this course develop an understanding of real estate partnerships, secondary mortgage markets, fixed and adjustable rate mortgages, and real estate construction and land development. Learners apply principles of real estate finance and examine the underlying factors that affect property values. Prerequisite(s): BUS4070.

6 quarter credits

 

Elective courses

 

At least 39 quarter credits

 

Choose 39 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.

 

Capstone course

 

At least 6 quarter credits

Taken during the learner’s final quarter:

BUS4993
Business Capstone Project

The capstone project is the culmination of the BS in Business degree program. Learners demonstrate their technical and applied business knowledge and competencies along with critical-thinking and communication skills. Learners also formulate ideas for a new business product or service, create a vision, and develop a strategic plan that describes how to implement their concept. For BS in Business learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s final quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

6 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

At least 180 quarter credits

 

Honors Pathway

Learners enrolled in the honors pathway complete the following general education courses.

Honors courses

At least 15 quarter credits

PHI-H2005
Honors Seminar: Critical Thinking for the Professional World

This is the first course in the honors pathway. Learners apply critical thinking skills to develop a professionally relevant question in their discipline or program of study to investigate throughout the honors pathway. Learners gain the knowledge and skills necessary to ask questions and solve problems from multiple perspectives. Learners analyze their question from multiple perspectives and engage in enriching discussions with faculty and peers.  For honors pathway learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
COM-H4005 *
Communicating and Integrating Solutions in the Professional World

In this course, learners apply communication skills, information literacy, and first-hand research to complete a final professional presentation and share their findings with their instructor and peers.  For honors pathway learners only. Prerequisite(s): SOC-H3005. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
SOC-H3005 *
Honors Professional Seminar

Learners in this course take a sociological approach to professional growth in the workplace. This course provides learners with the opportunity to complete a professional project that addresses an organizational need or solves a problem. Learners explore questions and develop their project with faculty and peers through engaging discussions and assignments. Throughout the course, learners use a sociological perspective to further develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address interdisciplinary issues.  For honors pathway learners only.  Prerequisite(s): PHI-H2005. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.​

6 quarter credits


These courses are applied toward the general education requirement and taken in addition to the remaining required courses.

Total

At least 180 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Learners who do not complete all program requirements within quarter credit/program point minimums will be required to accrue such additional quarter credits/program points as are associated with any additional or repeat coursework necessary for successful completion of program requirements.

† Learners who are determined to need additional support developing academic and professional writing and reading skills based on academic assessment must take ACS1003 during their first quarter.

‡ Learners who have completed ACS1003 are required to take BUS3003.

§ Learners who are not required to take ACS1003 are placed in BUS3007.

║ Learners who have completed ACS1003 choose 33 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.

Eligible Concentrations

Accounting

Health Care Management

Human Resource Management

Management and Leadership

Marketing

Project Management

Multiple Specializations available  (must be within the same degree program)