The Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in finance prepares students for careers in corporate financial management, investment banking, international finance, commercial bank management, financial planning and the financial services industry.

Lower-Division Preparation for the Major (22-23 Units)

ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to accounting records, their purpose and use, emphasizing the establishment of a solid conceptual background. Accounting procedures for specific asset, liability, and owner’s equity accounts are also examined from the point of view of users of financial statements. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
ACCT 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • Introduction of managerial accounting information for planning, controlling, and making decisions within a firm. Current changes to the business environment and their impact on accounting is also presented. Prerequisites: ACCT 201 and ITMG 100 (or concurrent enrollment).
ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics
  • An introduction to consumer behavior and the theory of the firm. Topics include the demand behavior of households, the supply behavior of business firms, an introduction to market structure, and the workings of input markets.
ECON 102 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • The study of the operation of the American economy in an international setting, examining the interaction of households, business firms, government, and the rest of the world in resource, product, and financial markets. Topics include national income accounting and analysis, business fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, and monetary and fiscal policy. Prerequisite: ECON 101.
ECON 216 Statistics for Business and Economics
  • A systematic exposure to the issues and problems of applying and interpreting statistical analyses of business situations. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, random variables and their distributions, statistical inference, multiple regression and residual analysis, correlation, classical time-series models, and forecasting. Extensive computer analysis of data. Prerequisite: MATH 130 or 150.
ITMG 100 Information Systems
  • An introduction to computer-based information systems and their role in business and other organizations. Topics include information technology, information systems and development concepts, and application software. Emphasis on improving student skills as knowledge workers through the effective use of business productivity software and the Internet. Instructional methods include lecture, case study, hands-on projects, and student presentations.
MATH 130 Survey of Calculus
  • A terminal mathematics course giving an introduction to the concepts and techniques of elementary differential and integral calculus. Note 1: This course is not equivalent to MATH 150, and will not serve as a prerequisite to MATH 151. Prerequisite: MATH 114 with a grade of C– or better, MATH 115 with a grade of C– or better, or pass Level 2 mathematics placement exam within the previous year. (every semester)
or MATH 150 Calculus I
  • Fundamental notions of analytic geometry, differential and integral calculus with elementary applications; historical references. Prerequisite: MATH 115 with a grade of C– or better, or pass Level 2 mathematics placement exam within the previous year. Students without a solid trigonometry background are strongly recommended to take MATH 118 prior to or concurrently with MATH 150. (every semester)
Note: Student must have completed 60 units to take upper-division courses.

Upper-Division Business Component for the Major (24 Units)

DSCI 300  Prescriptive Business Analytics
  • An introduction to model formulation and solution techniques emphasizing their applications in decision making. Topics may include linear programming, transportation and assignment models, Markov analysis, network analysis, PERT/CPM methods, queuing models, and decision analysis. Prerequisite: ECON 216.
DSCI 303 Operations Management
  • An introductory analysis of operations, planning, control, and improvement in services and manufacturing industries. Topics may include forecasting, process design, scheduling, inventories, JIT, productivity measurement, quality management, and learning curves. Prerequisite: ECON 216 and DSCI 300.
ETLW 302 Business and Society
  • This course examines principles of social responsibility, ethics, law, and stakeholder theory as they apply to organizations domestically and abroad. Coverage includes business ethics; individual versus societal interests; labor and employment issues; consumer protection; discrimination and diversity; the natural environment; politics, public policy, and government regulation of business. Particular attention is given to developing moral reasoning skills. Meets the requirements for the Environmental Studies minor. Prerequisite: MGMT 300.
ETLW 311 Business Law I
  • Covers the fundamentals of United States law and legal system, relationship of law to ethics, criminal law, torts, contracts, agency, risk management, insurance, and hiring and managing an attorney. Special emphasis is given to preventing legal problems and resolving conflicts in business for business practitioners. Systems and methods of dispute resolution are considered, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and the U.S. judicial system, including small claims court.
FINA 300 Financial Management
  • This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles that guide the financial manager in making asset management, valuation and financing decisions. Topics include ratio analysis, time value of money, stock and bond valuation, risk and return (CAPM), capital budgeting, financial planning, cost of capital and options. Pre-requisites: ACCT 201, ECON 102, ECON 216
MGMT 300 Organizational Behavior
  • The study of human behavior in organizational settings. Examines the interface between human behavior and the organizational context, and presents frameworks for managing people in the organization. Topics addressed include perceptual processes, personality, learning, motivation, attitudes, stress, group dynamics, intergroup behavior, conflict, power, politics, leadership, and cross-cultural implications. Behavioral science concepts are applied through self-assessment, case studies, and experiential exercises.
MGMT 490 Strategic Management
  • This course develops skills in problem analysis and decision making in areas of corporate strategy and business policy. It is the integrating course of the undergraduate program and will concentrate on the application of concepts through case studies. Open only to last-semester graduating seniors.
MKTG 300 Fundamentals of Marketing
  • The objective of this course is to introduce students to the important issues undertaken by marketers within a socially responsible and ethical framework. The students will learn the marketing vocabulary and basic elements of a marketing analysis. Upon completion of the course they will have developed the knowledge necessary to prepare a well-thought-out marketing plans. Prerequisites: ECON 101.

Finance Component for the Major (15 Units)

Required courses (9 units):

FINA 402 Investments
  • This course surveys the basic principles and techniques of security and investment analysis. It covers capital markets, stocks, fixed-income portfolios, options, futures contracts and other derivatives. Market analysis methods are examined, and sources of analytical information and their use are studied. Prerequisite: FINA 300.
FINA 404 Advanced Corporate Finance
  • The objective of this course is to apply financial management concepts to business situations through the use of case studies. The course will enhance your understanding of corporate finance topics, such as, valuation, capital budgeting, risk and return, cost of capital, capital structure, dividend policy and mergers. The focus of the course is on applied and analytical financial decision making and will require written case reports and the presentation of case analyses. Prerequisite: FINA 300
FINA 408 Financial Statement Analysis
  • This course develops a set of core skills essential to financial statement analysis. It covers strategic ratio analysis, cash flow analysis, pro forma financial statements, financial modeling and firm valuation using discounted cash flow and residual income models, with an emphasis on practical applications. Prerequisite: FINA 300

Elective courses (6 units):

FINA 401 Commercial Bank Management
  • This course examines operating and policy issues bankers face in their efforts to maximize shareholder value. Topics include evaluating bank performance, measuring and controlling risks, managing the loan portfolio, and liability and capital management. Recent industry trends and the interaction between financial institutions and the economy are studied. Prerequisite: FINA 300.
FINA 405 International Finance
  • An introduction to the problems facing the financial management of international companies. Topics include foreign exchange exposure management, financing trade, foreign direct investments, international accounting and control, and working capital management. Prerequisite: FINA 300.
FINA 406 Personal Finance
  • This course will cover the financial planning, taxation and regulatory aspects of an individual’s lifelong saving, borrowing and investment decisions. The course will educate persons in making informed financial choices over their working careers. The topics include – credit management, credit scores, tax planning, consumer loans, home purchase and mortgage financing, property, life and health insurance, mutual funds, stock and bond investing, IRAs, 401k plans, retirement and estate planning. Prerequisite: FINA 300
FINA 407 New Venture Finance
  • This course presents the fundamental process of funding a new venture. The course is centered on developing the critical skills of evaluating a start-up business idea, constructing a business plan to implement that idea, identifying an appropriate funding source, presenting the business idea to a funding source, and negotiating a funding term sheet. Prerequisite: FINA 300
FINA 494 Special Topics
  • Topics of current interest in Finance and capital markets. Course content and structure will differ depending on instructor. Consult your advisor for course description for any given semester. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Any pre-approved elective, which may include a BUSN 498 internship. An internship in finance is recommended. Residency Requirements

The finance major requires that a minimum of 24 upper-division units in the major be completed at USD, of which 12 units must be in finance.

Successful completion of the Professional Development Passport Program is also a requirement for graduation for all Business majors.