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Finance Undergraduate Major (BA, BS, CRED, HBA, HBS)

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The goal of the finance program at OSU is to prepare students for careers in institutional finance, which includes careers in banking, brokerage, insurance and other fields.

Individuals entering a career with a financial institution have many opportunities open to them. Many who go into banking select career paths in either operations or lending. Within the lending area, finance majors can specialize in installment credit lending to consumers of durable goods, mortgage lending to home builders and buyers, or commercial lending to help finance the growth of businesses.

Men and women entering the securities industry find careers as stock and bond brokers, security analysts or portfolio managers. Individuals choosing the area of insurance typically enter company operations through either claims or underwriting positions. Those with sales positions can choose to work either with corporations or individuals as a client base. In addition, many decide to work for the government as finance personnel in charge of revenue and expenditure programs.

Financial managers engage in many activities designed to ensure the efficient use of an individual's or organization's capital resources. The finance field involves the management of funds in our economic system. Because financial managers deal with other people's money, finance is a career choice for individuals who enjoy working with people and who desire challenging assignments.

The BS/BA in finance has been accepted into the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program or programs incorporate at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provides students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well for the CFA exams.



Finance major requirements are divided into two parts. The first part (the pre-finance major), usually taken in the first two years, must be completed before formal admission into the Finance major. The second part (Professional School) is usually taken in the last two years after formal admission into the Finance major.

Summary of Requirements:
Pre-Finance Major (52–57)
    Pre-Business Core Classes (34–39)
    Math, Economics, Writing and Communications (18)*
Professional School (64)
    Pro-School Business Core Classes (28)
    Finance Courses (36)
University General Education Requirements (40)
Unrestricted Electives (19–24)
*10 credits from pre-business major satisfy University General Education Requirements.
Total Required for Graduation (180)

Finance Courses in the Professional Program—Finance (36 credits)

Finance students must complete 20 credits in required courses; 12 credits of elective finance courses; and 4 credits of elective finance-specific courses.

Required courses include (20 credits):

ACTG 378. Accounting Information Management (4)
FIN 340. Finance (4)
FIN 341. Investments (4)
FIN 342. Advanced Financial Management (4)
FIN 445. International Financial Management (4)

Finance Electives—Select three of the following courses (12 credits):

FIN 441. Financial Institutions (4)
FIN 442. Financial Statement Analysis (4)
FIN 443. Portfolio Management (4)
FIN 444. Financial Risk Management (4)
FIN 499. Selected Topics in Finance (4)

Finance-Specific Electives—Select one of the following courses (4 credits):

ACTG 317. External Reporting I (4)
ECON 330. Money and Banking (4)
ECON 340. International Economics (4)

The Finance program typically begins in students' third year with a lock-step series of finance courses designed to provide a solid knowledge base. During fall term, students take FIN 340, followed by FIN 341 and ACTG 378 during winter term and FIN 342 during spring term. FIN 445 follows during students' fourth year. Also during their fourth-year students may take electives that correspond to their career interests.

Business Administration/Finance Curricula

The undergraduate curriculum in business administration reflects the increasingly complex economic, social, and technological aspects of modern business decision-making. Course work emphasizes the development of effective decision-making, an understanding of personal values and motivation, and the awareness of the interrelationships between business and society.

Pre-Business Program

Newly admitted students to OSU and all current OSU students who seek to complete an undergraduate degree program offered by the College of Business (COB) are designated as pre-Business majors (including pre-Accountancy, pre-BIS, pre-Business, pre-Finance, pre-Management and pre-Marketing). The pre-business program requires completion of courses within the first and second year (see core curriculum below) that build a solid foundation for the upper-division business curricula. These courses must be completed before the student is eligible for admission to the professional business program. The pre-business course work may be completed at OSU or any accredited college or university that offers equivalent courses transferable to OSU.

Professional Business Program

Admission to the professional business program is restricted to those students who have demonstrated an ability to achieve the high standards required for professional studies. Enrollment within each academic discipline (major or option) is limited to the number of students who can be served by the faculty and facilities of that major/option.

Therefore, students should strive to meet the minimum eligibility standards of their particular major of choice as well as those of the College of Business itself. Minimum standards for a particular major can often be higher. More information on the pro-school process and current competitive GPA levels for each major can be found on the Pro-School Competitive GPA section of the College of Business Advising website.

Students must apply for admission to the professional business program. To be eligible to apply, students must earn COB grades of C– or better, have 90 credits by the end of the application term, have a minimum COB GPA of 2.5, and meet the minimum standards for their particular major of choice in the All-Inclusive Business GPA. The All-Inclusive Business GPA includes all business program course work taken from OSU and transfer institution(s). Students earning an All-Inclusive Business GPA of 3.0 or above will be assured admission to the professional business program, but it does not guarantee admittance into the major of their choice. Students with an All-Inclusive Business GPA less than 3.0 will be admitted to an academic discipline (major or option) with available capacity using the following criteria: compliance with entrance requirements for the major/option; their rank order based on their All-Inclusive Business GPA; and the contribution of the student to the diversity of viewpoints within the college.

Students who have completed their pre-business courses at a college or university other than OSU must be admitted to pre-business their first term and apply for the professional program during their first term of attendance.

Students may apply to the Finance major from any of the pre-business majors, including pre-Accountancy, pre-BIS, pre-Business, pre-Finance, pre-Management and pre-Marketing.

Business Administration/Finance Program Requirements (180)


Business Administration Core Curriculum (62–67)

The business administration core curriculum provides students with a broad overview of business; basic skills in accounting and quantitative methods; an understanding of the legal and social environment of business; a background in management and organizational behavior, marketing, finance, and operations management; an understanding of the entrepreneurial process; and the opportunity to integrate course work and further develop decision-making skills through the analysis of business cases.

Finance (36)

Finance students must complete 36 credits of finance courses in the professional program. See an academic advisor for more information.

Mathematics (4)

Basic mathematics requirements:
MTH 241. *Calculus for Management and Social Science (4)

Economics (8)

ECON 201. *Introduction to Microeconomics (4)
ECON 202. *Introduction to Macroeconomics (4)

Written and Oral Communication (6)

Business students also must take:
COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)
   or COMM 218. *Interpersonal Communications (3)
WR 222. *English Composition (3)
   or WR 323. *English Composition (3)
   or WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)

University General Requirements (40)

MTH 241, ECON 201/ECON 202, WR 222, WR 323 or WR 327, and COMM 111 or COMM 114 meet the university's baccalaureate core requirements for mathematics, social processes and institutions, writing II, and speech, respectively. All students must meet the other baccalaureate core requirements and the other requirements for baccalaureate degrees. (See Earning a Degree at OSU.)

Unrestricted Electives (19–24)

Students are provided elective credits to enable them to achieve a degree of specialization and depth to match their interests. Students are encouraged to choose a non-business university-approved minor that consists of a minimum of 27 credits, with at least 12 credits at the upper-division level. Students are responsible for determining whether the minor has been approved for transcript visibility and to request the notation on their transcript. Students may also choose to complete a coherent set of non-business courses to support their career goals.

Sample Schedule


Pre-Finance (Major code 772)


First Year (45 credits)

Students entering OSU on the Corvallis campus as their first college experience are required to participate in Innovation Nation, the College of Business Living-Learning Community (LLC). These students will complete the following three-course sequence during their first year:

BA 160. B-Engaged (3)
BA 161. Innovation Nation—Awareness to Action (3)
BA 162. Innovation Nation—Ideas to Reality (3)

Students who transfer to the Corvallis campus from another college or university, and current OSU Corvallis-campus students who are changing their major to finance, will complete the following courses:

BA 101. Business Now (6)
BA 280. Business Insights (2)

All other students, including students completing their pre-finance degree requirements via OSU Ecampus or another college/university, will complete the following course:

BA 101. Business Now (6)

All students should also complete:

COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)
   or COMM 218. *Interpersonal Communications (3)
MTH 241. *Calculus for Management and Social Science (4)
Baccalaureate core, unrestricted electives (29–32)

Second Year (45 credits)

Corvallis-campus students in the pre-business or pre-finance major should complete the following courses:

BA 281. Professional Development (3)
BA 282. Personal, Professional and Leadership Development I (1)
BA 283. Personal, Professional and Leadership Development II (1)
BA 284. Personal, Professional and Leadership Development III (1)

All Ecampus students, and all Corvallis-campus students transferring into the college and eligible to apply to the professional school should complete:

BA 381. Personal and Professional Development (4)

All second-year students should also complete:

BA 211. Financial Accounting (4)
BA 213. Managerial Accounting (4)
BA 230. Business Law I (4)
BA 260. Introduction to Entrepreneurship (4)
BA 275. Foundations of Statistical Inference (4)
BA 302. Business Process Management (4)
ECON 201. *Introduction to Microeconomics (4)
ECON 202. *Introduction to Macroeconomics (4)
WR 222. *English Composition (3)
   or WR 323. *English Composition (3)
   or WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)
Baccalaureate core, minor or unrestricted electives (8)

Professional Finance (Major code 182)


Required Finance Courses (36 credits):

ACTG 378. Accounting Information Management (4)
FIN 340. Finance (4)
FIN 341. Investments (4)
FIN 342. Advanced Financial Management (4)
FIN 445. International Financial Management (4)

Finance Electives—Select three of the following courses (12 credits):
FIN 441. Financial Institutions (4)
FIN 442. Financial Statement Analysis (4)
FIN 443. Portfolio Management (4)
FIN 444. Financial Risk Management (4)

Finance-Specific Electives—Select one of the following courses (4 credits):
ACTG 317. External Reporting I (4)
ECON 330. Money and Banking (4)
ECON 340. International Economics (4)

Business Core Courses (28 credits)

BA 347. International Business (4)
BA 352. Managing Individual and Team Performance (4)
BA 354. ^Managing Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (4)
BA 357. Operations Management (4)
BA 375. Applied Quantitative Methods (4)
BA 390. Marketing (4)
BA 466. Integrative Strategic Experience (4)

Baccalaureate core, minor or unrestricted electives (26 credits)

Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

Sample Four-Year Plan: Finance


Year 1 (45 credits)


Fall

BA 160. B-Engaged (3)
BC Science (4)
WR 121. *English Composition (3) (Alpha coded)
Math through MTH 241. Calculus for Management and Social Science (4)
Bacc Core (15) (Fitness, Speech, CD, DPD)
Electives (2)

Winter

BA 161. Innovation Nation—Awareness to Action (3)
BC Science (4)
WR 121. *English Composition (3) (Alpha coded)
Math through MTH 241. Calculus for Management and Social Science (4)
Bacc Core (15) (Fitness, Speech, CD, DPD)
Electives (2)

Spring

BA 162. Innovation Nation—Ideas to Reality (3)
BC Science (4)
WR 121. *English Composition (3) (Alpha coded)
Math through MTH 241. Calculus for Management and Social Science (4)
Bacc Core (15) (Fitness, Speech, CD, DPD)
Electives (2)

Year 2 (45 credits)


Fall

BA 211. Financial Accounting (4)
BA 275. Foundations of Statistical Inference (4)
BA 281. Professional Development (3)
BA 282. Personal, Professional and Leadership Development I (1)
ECON 201. *Introduction to Microeconomics (4)

Winter

BA 213. Managerial Accounting (4)
BA 283. Personal, Professional and Leadership Development II (1)
BA 302. Sustainable Business Operations (4)
ECON 202. *Introduction to Macroeconomics (4)
Elective (1)

Spring

BA 230. Business Law I (4)
BA 260. Introduction to Entrepreneurship (4)
BA 284. Personal, Professional and Leadership Development III (1)
WR 222. *English Composition (3)
   or WR 323. *English Composition (3)
   or WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)
Electives (3)

Year 3 (45 credits)


Fall

ACTG 317. External Reporting I (4)
BA 354. Managing Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (4)
FIN 340. Finance (4)
Bacc Core-CGI (3)

Winter

BA 352. Managing Individual and Team Performance (4)
BA 375. Applied Quantitative Methods (4)
FIN 341. Investments (4)
Bacc Core-STS (3)

Spring

ACTG 378. Accounting Information Management (4)
BA 357. Operations Management (4)
BA 370. Business Information Systems Overview (4)
BA 390. Marketing (4)
FIN 342. Advanced Financial Management (4)

Year 4 (45 credits)


Fall

BA 347. International Business (4)
FIN 441. Financial Institutions (4)
FIN 444. Financial Risk Management (4)
Electives (3)

Winter

FIN 442. Financial Statement Analysis (4)
Electives (11)

Spring

BA 466. Integrative Strategic Experience (4)
FIN 445. International Financial Management (4)
Electives (7)

Total=180


Pre-Professional Finance Major Code: 772



Major Code: 182

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