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Finance Major

In the finance degree, students learn to manage the monetary resources of organizations, countries, and individuals. They also gain the knowledge and preparation necessary to pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst exam after they graduate.

The CFA is the most internationally recognized and credible credential for financial professionals and is earned by passing a series of analytically rigorous exams. To become a CFA, candidates must pass each of the three, six-hour exams, possess a bachelors’ degree, and have 48 months of qualified, professional work experience.

Becoming a CFA can help individuals become elite in the profession. The Economics and Finance Department is committed to providing the necessary background to enable undergraduate students to successfully pass the level 1 CFA exam through integrating CFA topics into the curriculum. The department also offers competitive scholarships to help cover the cost of taking the level 1 exam and provides access to curriculum materials to help students prepare for the exam.

The oldest business school west of the Mississippi, USU has offered business degrees since 1894 and has long held prestigious accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International and continues to be on the forefront of advanced business education.

Students will receive a BS by completing all required courses in their major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.

Available at the following Location:

Logan Main Campus

With a degree in finance, students may pursue the following careers:

  • Loan officer
  • Financial analyst
  • Credit manager
  • Financial officer
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Claims adjuster
  • Actuary
  • Financial planner
  • Risk manager
  • Asset management
  • Appraiser
  • Economic consultant
  • Economic loss specialist
  • Statistical analyst

Major Requirement Introduction

  • Students must be formally admitted to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.
  • Students may complete up to 15 USU Huntsman School of Business required creditsnumbered 2000 and above including transfer credits prior to formal admittance to the Huntsman School.
  • Students transferring more than 15 acceptable credits must receive Huntsman School admittance prior to completing further Huntsman School required courses.
  • Huntsman School applications are processed every semester. Applications must be received by December 1 for Spring, April 1 for Summer, and July 1 for Fall.
  • Minimum grade requirement for MIS 2200 and ENGL 2010 will be applied and based on admission time period.
  • In order to register for 3000-, 4000- and 5000-level courses in the Huntsman School, a 2.67 overall GPA is required.
  • Completion of a minimum of 40 credits numbered 3000 or above.
  • A 2.50 GPA in core and major courses is required for graduation.
  • For semester availability and prerequisites, see the USU general catalog.
  • All Utah State University graduation requirements must be met. Check USU catalog for more information regarding requirements.
  • It is strongly recommended that graduation applications be completed two semesters prior to graduation. http://www.usu.edu/registrar/htm/graduation.

USU Requirements

Requirements Credits
Total Credits 120
C- or better credits 100
Upper Division 40
USU residency credits 30

University Studies Requirements

Competency Requirements

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENGL 1010 (CL1) Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (or AP English or ACT English ≥29 or CLEP) 3
ENGL 2010* (CL2) Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode 3
MATH 1050 (QL) College Algebra QL (or AP Calculus score of 3 or better or ACT Math ≥ 26 or CLEP or one course in Math or Stats requiring Math 1050 as a prerequisite) 4

* This course must be completed with a C grade or higher.

Breadth Requirements

Select at least one approved course from each of the following six categories. (A maximum of 4 CLEP or AP areas may be used.) Approved courses can be found in the USU catalog, the semester schedule book, and online at http://www.usu.edu/universitystudies/requirements.html

Course Name Course Number Credits
American Inst. (BAI) ECN 1500 3
Creative Arts (BCA) Approved Course 3
Humanities (BHU) Approved Course   3
Life Sciences (BLS) Approved Course   3
Physical Sciences (BPS) Approved Course   3
Social Science (BSS) ECN 2010 3
Integrated Studies STAT 2300 (QL)* 4

* This course must be completed with a C grade or higher.

Requirements Credits

Required Depth Courses (Two courses outside discipline)

3000+ Level Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) Approved Course 2-3
3000+ Level Life and Physical Science (DSC) Approved Course 3

Communications Intensive (Two Courses)

MIS 3200: Business Communication 3
Approved Course 3

Quantitative Intensive (One course which is part of major)

FIN 3400: Corporate Finance 3

Finance Major Requirements

It is Huntsman School policy that course grade point averages in 3000 level acumen courses do not exceed 3.0.

Course Number Course Name Credits
ACCT 2010 Financial Accounting Principles 3
ACCT 2020 Managerial Accounting Principles 3
ECN 1500 Econ Institutions (Macroeconomics (BAI) 3
ECN 2010 Intro to Microeconomics (BSS) 3
FIN 3200** Financial Management 3
FIN 3400** Corporate Finance (QI) 3
MGT 1050 Foundations of Business (Entering Freshman Only) 3
MGT 2050 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 2
MGT 3500 Fundamentals of Marketing 3
MGT 3700 Operations Management 2
MGT 3800 Leadership 2
MGT 3890 System Strategy & Problem Solving 2
MIS 2100 Principles of MIS 3
MIS 3200 Business Communications (CI) 3
MIS 3300 Big Data Analytics (QI) 3
STAT 2300 OR 2000 Business Statistics (QL) 4

Entering Freshmen Fall 2016 must have at least a C grade in all acumen courses.
*If attending prior to Fall 2016 students must have a C grade in ECN 1500 and STATS 2300
**These courses must be completed with a B- grade or higher for FIN majors (FIN 3200 & FIN 3400).

Required Courses (12-13 credits)

Course Number Course Name Credits
Complete the following two courses
FIN 4410 Financial Institutions 3
FIN 4460 Investments 3  
Complete one of the following two courses  
ECN 3010
Managerial Economics OR 3
ECN 4010 Intermediate Economics 3
Complete one of the following two courses
MATH 1100 Calculus Techniques OR 3
MATH 1210 Calculus 4

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Complete four of the following courses.

Course Number Course Name Credits
ECN 4330 (QL) Applied Economics 3
ECN 5600 Financial Economics (SP) 3
FIN 4300 International Finance (F, SP) 3
FIN 4420 Insurance (F) 3
FIN 4430 Real Estate Finance (F) 3
FIN 4450 Advanced Corporate Finance (F, SP) 3
FIN 4480 Portfolio Theory and Risk Management (F) 3
FIN 4490 Hedge Funds and Private Equity (F) 3
FIN 4495 Investment Banking (SP) 3
FIN 4540 Real Estate Valuation 3
FIN 4550 Real Estate Development 3
FIN 5000 Advanced Investment Analysis 3
FIN 5100 Financial Markets & Trading 2
FIN 5250 Banking Regulation 3
FIN 5300 Fixed Income 3
FIN 5350 Financial Modeling 3
FIN 5440 Cases in Finance 3

Advisor Contact Info

Logan Advising

Advisor: Jordan Pinkham
Office: Business 309
Phone Number: 435.797.2272
Email: jordan.pinkham@usu.edu

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