FIN Courses

FIN 3400 - Corporate Finance (QI) - Quantitative Intensive - 3 credits

How corporations raise and manage capital. Study of modern financial principles, methods, policies, and institutions. Corporate organization, creation, and reorganization.

Prerequisite/Restriction: MATH 1050; ACCT 2010; choose one statistics course from: STAT 1040, STAT 2300, STAT 3000, or PSY 2800; admittance to a USU major, cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher, completion of at least 40 credits.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

FIN 4300 - International Finance - 3 credits

Overview of international financial management, including international financial markets, exchange rate behavior, and financing international trade.

Prerequisite/Restriction: Grade of B- (2.67) or better in FIN 3400; admittance to a USU major, cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher, completion of at least 40 credits.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Fall, Spring

FIN 4410 - Financial Institutions - 3 credits

Role of domestic and international financial institutions in supplying services to consumers, businessmen, and government.

Prerequisite/Restriction: Grade of B- (2.67) or better in FIN 3400; admittance to a USU major, cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher, completion of at least 40 credits.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Fall, Spring

FIN 4420 - Insurance - 3 credits

Studied from the standpoint of insurance services consumers, course explores types of life, property, and casualty insurance contracts; nature and uses of life and property insurance; and the organization, management, and government supervision of insurance companies.

Prerequisite/Restriction: Grade of B- (2.67) or better in FIN 3400; admittance to a USU major, cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher, completion of at least 40 credits.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Fall

FIN 4430 - Real Estate Finance - 3 credits

Covers theory, principles, and techniques of real estate investment, emphasizing present value and cash-flow approaches to real estate investment decisions.

Prerequisite/Restriction: Grade of B- (2.67) or better in FIN 3400; admittance to a USU major, cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher, completion of at least 40 credits.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Fall

FIN 4450 - Fundamentals of Valuation - 3 credits

Augments and extends the basic equity valuation material in corporate finance to the specific and complex setting of valuing equity securities. Covers valuation models (i.e., dividend discount model) as well as multiples and technical approaches.

Prerequisite/Restriction: Grade of B- (2.67) or better in FIN 3400; admittance to a USU major, cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher, completion of at least 40 credits.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Fall, Spring

FIN 4460 - Investments - 3 credits

Provides an understanding of security analysis and portfolio management. Market operations; risk and return; stock, bond, and option analysis; and portfolio theory and creation.

Prerequisite/Restriction: Grade of B- (2.67) or better in FIN 3400; admittance to a USU major, cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher, completion of at least 40 credits.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Fall, Spring

FIN 4470 - Investment Practicum I - 1.5 credits

Students manage an actual portfolio. Topics include portfolio management and security analysis within the current macroeconomic context.

Prerequisite/Restriction: FIN 3400.

Pass/Fail only.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Fall

FIN 4475 - Investment Practicum II - 1.5 credits

Students manage an actual portfolio. Topics include portfolio management and security analysis within the current macroeconomic context.

Prerequisite/Restriction: FIN 3400, FIN 4470.

Pass/Fail only.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Spring

FIN 4480 - Derivatives Market - 3 credits

An introduction to derivative securities, the markets in which they trade, theoretical models for arbitrage-free pricing, and applications in hedging and speculation.

Prerequisite/Restriction: FIN 3400.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Fall

FIN 4490 - Hedge Funds and Private Equity - 3 credits

Focuses on the activities of hedge funds and private equity, their influence on corporate decision-making, and corporate measures taken to counter threats and exploit opportunities represented by these investors. Also analyzes competition and cooperation between investment banks and private equity and hedge funds.

Prerequisite/Restriction: FIN 3400.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Fall

FIN 4495 - Investment Banking - 3 credits

Focuses on the organizational structure of investment banking firms, products, risks, earnings, regulations, innovations, and competition. Analyzes banking, sales, and trading, along with other investment banking activities. Reviews innovative Wall Street securities and advisory products. .

Prerequisite/Restriction: FIN 3400.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Spring

FIN 4900 - Independent Research and Reading - 1-3 credits

Repeatable for credit.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

FIN 4950 - Senior Honors Thesis/Project - 3 credits

Creative project that will then be written up, and presented, as a Senior Thesis as required for an Honors Plan.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Spring

FIN 5350 - Quantitative Financial Modeling and Applications - 3 credits

Introduction to quantitative methods and computer applications applicable in financial modeling. Covers financial statement modeling, asset allocation, risk analysis, scenario generation, and option pricing through the introduction and proper uses of spreadsheet modeling, decision analysis, simulation, and optimization techniques.

Prerequisite/Restriction: FIN 3400 and MIS 2100.

Cross-listed as: MIS 5350.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Spring

FIN 5800 - Financial Analysis - 3 credits

Topics include ethical and professional standards, quantitative methods, economics, financial reporting and analysis, corporate finance, portfolio management, equity, fixed income, derivatives and alternative investments.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Summer

FIN 6300 - Fixed Income - 3 credits

Fixed income expertise is a crucial skill set for success in a financial career. Course topics include interest rates, term structure, risk,valuation, and credit analysis of the major market segments (treasuries, corporates, asset-backed and international bonds).

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Spring

FIN 6320 - Computational Methods in Finance - 3 credits

This course is an introduction to the use of computational tools that are useful in the implementation of quantitative financial theories. As such, it’s very applied in nature. The focus will be on the implementation of ideas that you have learned in your courses such as econometrics, investments, and derivatives.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Spring

FIN 6410 - Corporate Finance - 3 credits

Among other financial principles, this course covers multiperiod capital budgeting under uncertainty, real options analysis, optimal capital structures, acquisition valuation, and optimal dividend policy.

Prerequisite/Restriction: Acceptance into a Huntsman School of Business master’s degree program.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Fall

FIN 6415 - Fundamentals of Corporate Finance - 1.5 credits

Introduction of corporate finance principles for students entering a master’s of science in human resources (MSHR) degree program in the Huntsman School of Business.

Prerequisite/Restriction: Acceptance into a Huntsman School of Business masters degree program

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

FIN 6420 - Solving Financial Problems - 3 credits

Corporate finance case course, dealing with problems in working capital management, capital budgeting, cost of capital problems, and corporate restructuring.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

FIN 6440 - Financial Decision Making - 3 credits

Presentation of financial modelling techniques impacting firm decisions.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Spring

FIN 6460 - Investment Analysis - 3 credits

This course presents analytical tools for quantitative investment analysis. Using SAS, we examine topics including fundamental analysis, return predictability, portfolio theory, and implications from market efficeincy

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Spring

FIN 6470 - Derivative Markets - 3 credits

This course covers forwards, futures, swaps and options. By the end of the course, students will have a solid understanding of how these products work, how they are used, how they are priced and how financial institutions trade them for the purposes of speculation and hedging.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Spring