Bachelor of Science inFinance

Majoring in Finance involves studying the management of large amounts of money. You’ll learn how to make financial decisions for organizations via planning, raising funds, making investments and controlling costs. How can a pension fund be optimized? How is the impact of certain tax codes measured? What should be factored in when sourcing materials? You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any business or organization as you take 50 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

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Finance Curriculum Overview

Majoring in Finance involves studying the management of large amounts of money. Students learn how to make financial decisions for organizations via planning, raising funds, making investments and controlling costs. Students gain knowledge and skills that are important for any business or organization. Because the finance program is designed to be responsive to the needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant major for those considering a variety of careers such as stockbroker, investment banker, securities analyst, credit manager, or other financial specialist.

Prerequisites from General Education
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ECO - 101 Macroeconomics 4
MAT - 110 Intro Probability & Statistics 3

This course will illustrate the dynamic integration of America within the global economy by focusing on macroeconomics policy areas such as trade, exchange rate policy and domestic economic policy. The course will also introduce students to alternative theoretical frameworks such as classical, Keynesian, monetarism, rational expectations, Marxist, and institutionalist perspectives. The course will explore problems facing the less industrialized countries and the newly emerging countries and the United StatesÀ role in their development.

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This course will explore fundamental topics from probability and descriptive and inferential statistics and apply these to a range of areas of study including business, social science, and biology. Topics include probability and counting rules, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, chi-square, and analysis-of-variance. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MAT100 or MAT103 or level 3 or higher placement on the Math Placement Exam.)

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Required: 50 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ECO - 102 Microeconomics 2
MAN - 120 Basics of Business 2
CSC - 121 Basics Technology in Business 2
ACC - 201 Prin of Acct (Financial) 4
ACC - 202 Prin of Acct (Managerial) 4
FIN - 211 Personal Finance 2
MAN - 201 Business Analytics 2
FIN - 301 Corporate Finance I 4
FIN - 311 Corporate Finance II 4
LAW - 401 Legal Environment of Business 2
MAN - 301 Organizational Behavior 4
MAN - 302 Operations & Quality Mgmt 2
ECO - 401 Global Economics 4
FIN - 411 Investments & Capital Markets 4
MAN - 401 Business Strategy and Ethics 4

This course will illustrate the dynamic integration of America within the global economy by focusing on the microeconomics issues such as the role of multinational corporations, antitrust policy, and strategic trade policy. The course will first introduce students to basic microeconomics theory such as market structure (perfect competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly), factor markets, the role of government in the global economy, welfare reform, environmental policy and trade, and exchange rate policy. The course will then illustrate the global dimensions of domestic microeconomics policy. (Prerequisite: ECO101)

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Students learn to make decisions in a dynamic business environment. Fundamental course concepts include developing a business plan, managing people and operations, and the basics of marketing, finance, and communications.

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The purpose of this course is to respond to the technological demands of business today. Students will be equipped with the required knowledge and skills to fulfill basic business needs. A foundation in fundamental tools and emerging technologies will be explored through both practice and theory with a focus on how they can be leveraged for business advantage. A solid base in business information systems will provide students the confidence to generate and manage information for thoughtful and informed decisions. Business efficiency and productivity topics will include emerging and contemporary technologies for data management, business intelligence, and professional communication.

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This class introduces the student to the role of accounting in the business world. The principles and concepts of financial accounting and analysis of accounting statements are covered. Accounting cycles, procedures and balanced sheet classifications are emphasized.

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This course is continuation of ACC201 with an emphasis on liabilities, corporate equity measure measurement and earnings per share calculations. The course examines the evaluation of financial goals with an introduction to managerial accounting topics including cost/volume/profit analysis, responsibility accounting, allocation methodologies, budgets and cash flow. (Prerequisite: ACC201)

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This course presents an overview of the financial planning process for individuals. The focus is on the decision-making tools and applications of financial planning. Students will build their own financial plan that will guide their financial decisions in the present and in the future.

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In this course students will learn to use various tools to analyze data and make predictions. These tools include probability analysis, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, linear programming and tools for financial analysis. (Prerequisite: MAT110 - can be taken concurrently)

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This course explores the basics of financial management. Topics include the capital markets, the cash budget, pro forma statements, analysis of financial statements, and the time value of money Students also complete a research project. (Prerequisites: ACC201, MAT110 , MAT125 or MAT135)

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This course continues the examination of various corporate finance topics from Corporate Finance I. Special focus is given to long-term financing, including bonds, preferred stock, common stock and the optimal capital structure. Students also explore capital budgeting and the cost of capital and dividend policy. (Prerequisite: FIN301)

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This course examines the administrative and common law regulation of business. Constitutional Law, Title VII and product liability are covered. Students also examine contract law and the Uniform Commercial Code provisions on sales and secured transactions.

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This course will examine the basic principles of management including planning, organizing, integrating, leading, decision-making, and evaluating performance. Using theories contributed from the behavioral sciences students will examine the behavior of individuals, groups and organizations. Students will learn to analyze problems and develop strategies to deal with organizational growth and change.

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This course will discuss the theoretical and practical foundations for operations management. The course will focus on the production process (including service), quality, and supply chain management. the production process includes the management of equipment and machinery, facilities, materials management, inventory control, scheduling, and lean operations. Quality includes quality control and quality management including six sigma. Supply chain management includes purchasing, vendor relations, and logistics. The concepts of project management are also reviewed.

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This course will introduce students to the theories explaining trade and financial (exchange rates, foreign direct investment) markets in the economy. The course will also focus on policy issues in the trade and financial sectors such as the effectiveness of domestic trade and monetary policy, coordination of international exchange rates and the role of institutions such as the Federal Reserve System and the World Trade Organization in the present global economy. The course will also introduce students to national and local ethnic markets.

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This course explores investment decision-making in a capitalist economy. The operation of securities markets, business cycles and fiscal and monetary policy are analyzed. Various investment methodologies are discussed. International investing, valuation of stocks and bonds and a survey of the various types of investment assets are also included. Students prepare an investment portfolio as their final project. (Prerequisite: FIN301)

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This course introduces the critical business skills of planning and managing strategic activities. Case studies are emphasized. Students learn an executive-level perspective on strategy formulation and implementation. Students also explore the divergent viewpoints one might hold in analyzing the ethical issues likely to confront business practitioners. This course is the capstone course in the Business Program. Therefore, students should take this course only during one of the last two semesters of their program. (Prerequisites: MAN301)

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Bachelor of Science degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 45 to 60 credits, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. Kevin Hall Dean of the College of Business

Dr. Hall has taught in a variety of settings at Concordia and has worked collaboratively to redevelop CSP’s Christian Ministry major and DCE certification program.

Mr. Craig Lien Associate Dean of the College of Business, Department of Graduate Business Administration Chairperson, Professor of Graduate Business Administration

A lifelong entrepreneur Craig has a special passion for working with emerging growth organizations.

Dr. Donald Helmstetter Dean of the College of Education and Science, Associate Professor of Education

In addition to his administrative duties at Concordia, Dr. Helmstetter continues to teach leadership courses at the graduate and post-graduate level.

Dr. Sarah Jahn Associate Professor of Mathematics
Rachel Krueger Term Faculty of Mathematics

Rachel's passion is to help developmental math students to reach their potential in the mathematics necessary to succeed in their chosen field.

Dr. Robert Krueger Mathematics Department Chairperson, Professor of Mathematics

Krueger offers not only an expert knowledge of mathematics to Concordia students, he also strives to make each student’s experience as rewarding as possible.

Career Potential

You’ll also keep it real beyond the classroom by doing internships, performing complete financial analyses of major corporations and even making decisions about Concordia’s student investment fund. Because we design our finance program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant major if you’re considering a career as a stockbroker, investment banker, securities analyst, credit manager or other financial specialist.

  • Capital Budgeting Analyst
  • Cash Manager
  • Credit Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Investment Banker
  • Loan Officer
  • Mortgage Banker
  • Pension Fund Manager
  • Project Finance Manager
  • Property Manager
  • Retail Bank Manager
  • Securities Analyst
  • Stockbroker

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