Finance Curriculum

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Finance Major

Students majoring in finance must satisfy the USD core curriculum requirements as set forth in the catalog, lower-division business courses in preparation for the major, the major requirements (i.e., the Business Component and the Major Component), and the Professional Development Passport Program. 

Lower-Division Preparation for the Major

Students must earn a C- or better in all lower-division business preparatory courses for the major.

Students who are pursuing a business major are expected to complete all lower-division business preparatory courses before earning 60 units. Students who have completed 45 – 59 units will receive an email reminding them of the policy that business majors need to complete all lower-division business preparatory courses by 60 units and recommending that they meet with a business advisor if needed.  Students, who have completed 60-74 units but still have outstanding lower-division business preparatory courses, will have an advisor hold placed on their account and must meet with a business advisor before registering for any upper-division business courses.  If a student has earned 75 or more units and still has not completed all of the lower-division business preparatory courses then the student will not be able to register for any upper-division business courses until the lower-division business preparatory courses have been successfully completed with a C- or better.

ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACCT 202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3-4
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 216Statistics for Business and Economics1-4
or ECON 217 Applied Regression Analysis
ECON 217 is restricted to incoming transfer students and must receive pre-approval
ITMG 100Information Systems3
MATH 130Survey of Calculus3
or MATH 150 Calculus I
Total Units19-23

Major Requirements

The courses in the finance major serve two purposes:

  1. they give students a broad background in the major functional areas of business administration, i.e., the Business Component; and,
  2. they allow students to focus on the field of finance, i.e., the Major Component. 
BUSINESS COMPONENT:
DSCI 300Prescriptive Business Analytics3
DSCI 303Operations Management3
ETLW 302Business and Society3
or PHIL 332 Business Ethics
ETLW 311Business Law I3
FINA 300Financial Management3
MGMT 300Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 497Strategic Management3
MKTG 300Fundamentals of Marketing3
or MKTG 303 Fundamentals of Marketing Alternative
Business Component Total Units24
MAJOR COMPONENT:
Required Courses
FINA 402Investments3
FINA 404Advanced Corporate Finance3
FINA 408Financial Statement Analysis3
Required Courses Total Units9
Elective Courses
Select two of the following courses:6
FINA 401Commercial Bank Management
FINA 403Derivatives
FINA 405International Financial Management
FINA 406Personal Finance
FINA 407New Venture Finance
FINA 409Financial Modeling and Analysis
FINA 494Special Topics in Finance
Any pre-approved Finance elective, which may include a BUSN 498 internship
Elective Courses Total Units6
Total Units39

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

Students will develop a study plan with their academic advisor. 

A sample study plan for the finance major:

Freshman Year
Semester IUnits
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
MATH 115College Algebra3
Core or general electives9
Semester IIHours
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
ITMG 100Information Systems3
MATH 130
or 150
Survey of Calculus
Calculus I
3-4
Core or general electives6
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ECON 216Statistics for Business and Economics4
Core or general electives9
Semester IIHours
ACCT 202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
FINA 300Financial Management3
MKTG 300Fundamentals of Marketing3
Core or general electives6-9
Junior Year
Semester IHours
ETLW 302
or PHIL 332
Business and Society
Business Ethics
3
MGMT 300Organizational Behavior3
FINA 402 or FINA 404 or FINA 4083
Core or general/major electives6-9
Semester IIHours
DSCI 300Prescriptive Business Analytics3
ETLW 311Business Law I3
FINA 402 or FINA 404 or FINA 4083
Core or general/major electives6
Senior Year
Semester IHours
DSCI 303Operations Management3
FINA 402 or FINA 404 or FINA 4083
Core or general/major electives6-9
Semester IIHours
MGMT 497Strategic Management3
Core or general/major electives12

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Minor Requirements

Required Lower-Division Courses
ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACCT 202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
Required Upper-Division Courses
FINA 300Financial Management3
FINA 402Investments3
Elective Courses
Select two of the following courses:6
FINA 401Commercial Bank Management
FINA 403Derivatives
FINA 404Advanced Corporate Finance
FINA 405International Financial Management
FINA 406Personal Finance
FINA 407New Venture Finance
FINA 408Financial Statement Analysis
FINA 409Financial Modeling and Analysis
Total Units18