Finance Undergraduate Courses

 

The following undergraduate Finance courses are taught by the Department of Finance.

Required courses for Finance students are offered fall and spring semesters. Select elective courses are offered during fall and spring, as well. Courses range from 1 to 3 units and are subject to change.

Courses marked with * are Finance elective course options.

The course will focus on four broad topics: Understanding finance's role in economic development and opportunity, how speculative bubbles arise and affect society, the "sleazy side" (Shiller's words) of finance (including scams and potential exploitation of the poor) and topics related to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing (including theoretical arguments, impact investing, divestment, microfinance and corporate activism). (Note—the course will have very little focus on mathematical concepts beyond understanding the basics of risk, expected return and realized return).

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring
Gen Ed: Tier 1 Individuals & Societies/150C
Grading: Regular Grades

Principles of Financial Management is a course on the financial management within a business organization. The course covers sources of financing as well as the basic financial techniques used of making decisions in elation to costing and budgeting, pricing and investments. Admission to the Finance Minor or Finance Certificate program is required.

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): ACCT 200 or ACCT 250, ECON 200, FIN 311
Usually offered: Summer
Grading: Regular Grades

Personal Investing is a course focusing on the investment decision from the perspective of the individual, rather than the institutional investor. Coverage begins with discussion of establishing investment objectives and review of market efficiency. Additional course topics include risk and the principles of portfolio diversification, asset allocation, fixed income assets, equity assets, mutual funds, portfolio strategies and performance evaluation. Sources of investing information are also discussed. Admission to the Finance Minor or Finance Certificate program is required.

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): ACCT 200 or ACCT 250, ECON 200, FIN 311
Usually offered: Summer
Grading: Regular Grades

Small Business Finance is a course on the financial management of small businesses—sole proprietorships, partnerships and small private corporations. The purposes of the course is to prepare the student to effectively plan, research, acquire and utilize financing for a small business. Among the topics covered are economic concepts in finance; small business management functions; business organizations; elements of a business plan; financial statement analysis and forecasting; break-even analysis; working capital management; and risk management. Admission to the Finance Minor or Finance Certificate program is required.

This is an online course. Students are required to keep up with assignments on their own. There will be no makeup for missed or late assignments. There will also be no excuses for students who do not understand the schedule or who did not read the material on time.

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): ACCT 200 or ACCT 250, ECON 200, FIN 311
Usually offered: Summer
Grading: Regular Grades

Real Estate Principles covers real estate essentials including property rights, legal concepts, regulation of real estate, real estate evaluation and financing. Admission to the Finance Minor or Finance Certificate program is required.

This is an online course. Students are required to keep up with assignments on their own. There will be no makeup for missed or late assignments. There will also be no excuses for students who do not understand the schedule or who did not read the material on time.

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): ACCT 200 or ACCT 250, ECON 200, FIN 311
Usually offered: Summer
Grading: Regular Grades

Financial problems involved in the organization and conduct of business enterprise. Advanced Standing in Eller College of Management is required.

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): ACCT 200 or ACCT 210
Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Regular Grades

The main objective of this course is to gain understanding of the theory and practice of financial decision making. This course develops the tools and framework necessary to value projects and firms. Advanced Standing in Eller College of Management is required.

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): ACCT 200 or ACCT 210, ECON 200 or 201B
Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Regular Grades

This course accompanies Finance 360, which is an introduction to the basic principles of finance and the application of these principles to decisions facing the financial manager. This course meets every Friday for one hour. The objective is to develop and review of quantitative techniques required for FIN 360 and future finance coursework. Specific topics include time value of money, financial calculators, a statistics review, as well as FIN 360 exam preparations. The course concludes with a comprehensive examination of topics covered in FIN 360. Passing this exam is required for continuation in the Finance Major. Advanced Standing in Eller College of Management is required.

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): ACCT 200 or ACCT 210, ECON 200 or 201B, Concurrent Registration in FIN 360
Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Regular Grades

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in the department. Available only to Finance majors. Contact the primary course* instructor for requirements and registration. (*E.g., FIN 360, FIN 412, FIN 421)

Units: 1
Prerequisite(s): FIN 360 or higher
Usually offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Alternate Grades - S, P, F

An in-depth overview of acquiring, manipulating, and analyzing financial information, specifically for finance majors. Available only to Finance majors.

Units: 1
Prerequisite(s): ACCT 400C, FIN 360
Usually offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Regular Grades

Advanced financial problems of the firm: capital structure, valuation, reorganization, recapitalization, growth and failure. Available only to Finance majors.

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): ACCT 400C (grade of C or better), FIN 360 (grade of C or better), MGMT 276
Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Regular Grades

The primary objective of this course is to "marry" corporate finance theory with practice. You should develop the ability to use finance concepts to solve practical finance problems. In particular, we will focus on the use of a spreadsheet (e.g., Microsoft Excel) to develop models that can be used in the financial decision-making process. Therefore, in addition to learning and applying finance concepts, you will also improve and refine your computer skills. You will use Excel to build capital budgeting and financial planning models, examine capital structure issues and risk/return tradeoffs, and perform financial statement (ratio) analysis. Available only to Finance majors.

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): FIN 412 (grade of C or better), FIN 421 (grade of C or better)
Usually offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Regular Grades

International financial markets and the financial management of the multinational firm. Available only to Finance majors.

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): FIN 412 (grade of C or better), FIN 421 (grade of C or better)
Usually offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Regular Grades

The purpose of this course is to expose you to investment banking and financial market related careers that exist at the major Wall Street institutions. These job opportunities are available on around the United States, as well as globally. The focus of the classes is to familiarize you with the specific terminology used by actual practitioners, as well as give you an opportunity to network with successful University of Arizona alumni employed in these sectors. Initially, the short-term goal of the course is to prepare you for an internship opportunity, while your long-term goal should be to obtain a permanent position. The knowledge of the various speakers (whom you shall encounter in this course) will be instrumental in making you competitive candidates, as you launch your finance careers.

The aim of the classes would be to integrate financial theory with the real world activities of financial intermediaries. This would enhance your understanding of the day-to-day functioning of Wall Street. You would be required to keep abreast of the weekly events impacting equity and fixed income markets, as well as any corporate finance related news.

This course will help you develop the tools and skills needed to succeed in the investments industry. Topics covered include investment banking (including firm valuation), research and trading, sales, private equity and hedge funds. In addition, the course focuses on improving your interviewing skills as well as resume enhancing strategies.

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): Sophomore or Junior Standing, In-person interview with instructor, Respectable GPA
Usually offered: Fall
Grading: Regular Grades
Note: May be convened with FIN 517

Operation and analysis of the stock, bond and commodity markets; theory and practice in construction and management of investment alternatives. Available only to Finance majors.

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): ACCT 400C (grade of C or better), FIN 360 (grade of C or better), MGMT 276
Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Regular Grades

Examines how corporate financial managers and investors manage risk using derivative securities, such as options, swaps, futures and forward contracts. Emphasis is on managing financial risk. Available only to Finance majors.

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): FIN 412 (grade of C or better), FIN 421 (grade of C or better)
Usually offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Regular Grades

To apply classroom learning to an active management of a student managed portfolio. Available only to Finance seniors. Application to the instructor required in the prior semester.

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): FIN 412 (grade of C or better), FIN 421 (grade of B or better)
Usually offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Regular Grades
Note: May be convened with FIN 523A

To apply classroom learning to an active management of a student managed portfolio. Available only to Finance seniors. 

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): FIN 412 (grade of C or better), FIN 421 (grade of B or better), 423A
Usually offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Regular Grades
Note: May be convened with FIN 523B

Financial markets and institutions; effects of economic conditions and government policy on financial institutions, the flow of funds and interest rates; term structure of interest rates; financial institution management. Available only to Finance seniors.

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): FIN 412 (grade of C or better), FIN 421 (grade of C or better)
Usually offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Regular Grades

Investment analysis of real estate. Sources and costs of financing. Secondary markets and government programs. Available only to Finance seniors.

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): FIN 412 (grade of C or better), FIN 421 (grade of C or better)
Usually offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Regular Grades

Role of entrepreneurship and innovation in financial integration. Proforma statements. Development of venture capital. Available only to Eller College of Management Entrepreneurship students.

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): ECON 300, FIN 311 or FIN 360, MKTG 361
Usually offered: Fall
Grading: Regular Grades

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business or governmental establishment. Internships are for one credit only. Available only to Finance seniors.

Units: 1
Prerequisite(s): FIN 412 (grade of C or better), FIN 421 (grade of C or better)
Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Alternate Grades—S, P, F

A culminating experience for majors involving a substantive project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broadly comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies. Senior finance major standing required.

Units: 1
Prerequisite(s): FIN 412 (grade of C or better), FIN 421 (grade of C or better)
Usually offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Regular Grades

An honors thesis is required of all the students graduating with honors. Students ordinarily sign up for this course as a two-semester sequence totaling six units. The first semester the student performs research under the supervision of a faculty member; the second semester the student writes an honors thesis. Senior finance major standing required.

Units: 3
Prerequisite(s): FIN 412 (grade of C or better), FIN 421 (grade of C or better)
Usually offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Regular Grades