Undergraduate Finance Major

 

Shape the financial forces making the world go ‘round.

Tap into the very core of the business world and develop an in-depth understanding of finance—which, in turn, impacts every aspect of modern life, from lending to infrastructure to retirement fund portfolios. 

Finance Major Overview

People who work in finance affect almost every aspect of business—indeed, of modern life itself. Consider the impact these financial practitioners make: Corporate finance officers help their companies raise capital that often finances new plants and new products, resulting in new jobs. Public finance professionals raise money to build roads, bridges, schools and hospitals. Lending officers at banks, savings and loans and credit unions help their customers finance homes or college education. Portfolio managers invest the retirement funds of millions of people.

Finance Advising

Every Eller student has an assigned advisor to help with the academic questions that come up as you study here. Get to know the Finance advisor. 

Meet Andrea Wright, the Finance Advisor

The Eller Department of Finance

The Finance major falls within the Department of Finance, a leading force in financial management education and research. Learn all about our department’s coursework, faculty and community partnerships. 

Explore the Finance Department


Finance Sample Coursework Plan

How your Eller Finance experience can play out:

This sample plan is based on 15-16 credits per semester, but you’ll also have to plan for your second language requirement and at least one class focused on gender, race, ethnicity or non-Western area studies. For a full list of official degree requirements, check out the University General Catalog. We also strongly recommend meeting with your academic advisor to create a plan specifically for you.

Freshman Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

ENGL 101* First Year Composition  
MIS 111* Computers and Internetworked Society 
MIS 112* Computers and Internetworked Society Lab  
MATH 112 College Algebra Concepts and Applications  
Tier I General Education and/or Second Language  
    
Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
1
3
3-7

Total

13-17    

2nd Semester
Course

Units

ENGL 102* First Year Composition  
MATH 116* Calculus Concepts for Business Majors 
Tier I General Education  
Tier I General Education and/or Second Language 
BNAD 100 Language and Context of Business  
   
Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days 

3
3
3
3-7
1

Total

13-17

Summer

Use summer to catch up on math if behind in sequencing based on placement results prior to freshman year.

Sophomore Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

BNAD 276* Statistical Inference in Management 
ACCT 200* Introduction to Financial Accounting  
ECON 200* Basic Economic Issues  
Tier I General Education  
Tier I General Education
BNAD 200 Career Management in Business  
    
Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
3
3
3
1

Total

16

2nd Semester
Course

Units

ACCT 210* Introduction to Managerial Accounting  
BNAD 277* Analytical Methods for Business 
BCOM 214* Fundamentals of Business Communication  
Tier I General Education  
Tier II General Education or Ethics**  
   
Attend Career Showcase and apply for Professional Admissions in February, and attend UA Spring Career Days

3
4
3
3
3

Total

16

Summer
We highly recommend that students participate in a study abroad and career-related experience.

In order to take the following upper-division courses, students must be admitted to the major through a competitive and selective Professional Admission process.  

Junior Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

MGMT 310A Organization Behavior and Management  
MKTG 361 Introduction to Marketing  
BCOM 314R† Business Communication  
ACCT 400C Intermediate Financial Accounting (Grade of C or better required) 
FIN 360 Quantitative Financial Management  
FIN 360L Quantitative Financial Management Techniques  

Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
3
3
3
1
 

Total

16

2nd Semester
Course

Units

ECON 300 Microeconomic Analysis for Business Decisions
MIS 373 Basic Operations Management  
MIS 304 Using and Managing Information Systems  
FIN 412 Corporate Financial Problems (Grade of C or better required)
FIN 421 Investments (Grade of C or better required)
   
Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days

3
3
3
3
3
 

Total

15

Summer
Use summer to gain career-related experience through internships, study abroad, or volunteering.

Senior Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

MGMT 402 Integrating Business Fundamentals with Ethics and Law in Management 
ECON 330 Macroeconomic Institutions and Policy
ENTR 485 Innovating: Creating the Future 
FIN Major Elective Course 
FIN Major Elective Course

  
Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
3
3
3
 
Total

15

2nd Semester
Course

Units

FIN 498 (Senior Capstone) 
FIN Major Elective Course 
Tier II General Education
Tier II General Education
Minor, Electives, or remaining General Education requirements

Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days, and Graduation in May

1
3
3
3
3

Total

13

Summer
Enjoy your summer and continue the job search if necessary!

Students can meet the Second Language requirement by demonstrating second semester proficiency through examination or taking any of a variety of second semester language courses. Additionally, one course in the student's degree program must focus on Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Non-Western Area Studies. Some General Education classes are designed to fulfill this requirement. Each student needs to meet a minimum of 120 total credits. Students are strongly encouraged to take BNAD 100 and BNAD 200 to develop their professional knowledge and competencies required for success in the upper division. Please consult with your Advisement Report and your academic advisor.

* Eller Foundation Courses: Required to apply for Professional Admission into the Professional Program. Professional Admission is required in order to take all 300 & 400-level Professional Core and Major Courses.

** Business Emphasis Area: Students are required to take one Ethics course. This course must be completed prior to graduation; it does not need to be completed before applying for Professional Admission.

† Students must pass the BCOM 214 or BCOM 314R writing assessment for graduation, otherwise BCOM 315 (2 units) must be completed in addition to the above coursework.


Finance Cohort Schedules

View Finance major cohort schedules by semester:

Finance A Cohort

A COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

8-9:15

 

BCOM 314R*

 

BCOM 314R*

9:30-10:45

ACCT 400C

BCOM 314R*

ACCT 400C

BCOM 314R*

11-12:15

MGMT 310A

 

MGMT 310A

 

12:30-1:45

MKTG 361

FIN 360**

MKTG 361

FIN 360**

Finance B Cohort

B COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

11-12:15

ACCT 400C

 

ACCT 400C

 

12:30-1:45

 

FIN 360**

 

FIN 360**

2-3:15

MGMT 310A

BCOM 314R*

MGMT 310A

BCOM 314R*

3:30-4:45

MKTG 361

BCOM 314R*

MKTG 361

BCOM 314R*

 ** All first semester Finance students will be required to take a FIN 360 Lab that will be held on Wednesdays at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m., or 3 p.m.

Finance A Cohort

A COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

8:00 - 9:15  

MIS 373

 

MIS 373

9:30 - 10:45

FIN 412

MIS 304

FIN 412

MIS 304

11:00 - 12:15

FIN 421

ECON 300

FIN 421

ECON 300

Finance B Cohort

B COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

11:00 - 12:15

FIN 412

ECON 300

FIN 412

ECON 300

12:30 - 1:45

FIN 421

 

FIN 421

 
2:00 - 3:15  

MIS 373

 

MIS 373

3:30 - 4:45  

MIS 304

 

MIS 304

Finance A Cohort

A COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

2-3:15  

ECON 330

 

ECON 330

6:30-7:45

 

MGMT 402

 

MGMT 402 

Finance B Cohort

B COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

2-3:15  

ECON 330

 

ECON 330

6:30-7:45

 

MGMT 402

 

MGMT 402

 

Finance A Cohort

A COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

5-7    

 FIN 498* 

 

Finance B Cohort

B COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

5-7    

 FIN 498* 

 

*Students are not pre-enrolled

Finance Elective Course Options

The following Finance electives are available:

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

Units: 1
Offered: Fall, spring, summer

The primary objective of this course is to develop the ability to use finance concepts to solve practical finance problems through the use of Excel spreadsheet models.

Units: 3
Offered: Fall, spring

International financial markets and the financial management of the multinational firm.   

Units: 3
Offered: Fall, spring

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.  

Units: 3
Offered: Fall, spring

To apply classroom learning to an active management of a student managed portfolio.   

Units: 3
Offered: Fall

To apply classroom learning to an active management of a student managed portfolio.

Units: 3
Offered: Spring

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.   

Units: 3
Offered: Fall, spring

Investment analysis of real estate. Sources and costs of financing. Secondary markets and government programs.

Units: 3
Offered: Fall, spring

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business or governmental establishment. 1 credit only. To be enrolled students must submit to the department and have the internship pre-approved for credit.

Units: 1
Offered: Fall, spring, summer

An honors thesis course for finance majors, held in conjunction with FIN423A and FIN423B.

Units: 6
Offered: Fall, spring,

View All Finance Undergraduate Courses


Finance Major Career Resources

Finance Careers

Your Finance degree translates to in-demand careers in financial planning, portfolio management, investment analysis and investment banking. 

View Finance Career Possibilities

Meet the Finance Career Coach

Eller students have a world of options in front of them—which is why a dedicated career coach is so valuable. Get professional coaching on internship and job opportunities awaiting you. 

Meet Katelyn Rose, the Finance Career Coach