Finance, BS

Program Description

B.S. Finance is an application based degree with the objective to prepare students to pursue a career in corporate finance,  personal financial planning, banking, or research.  The program integrates theory with the acquisition of critical thinking, analysis, and technical skills sought by employers. Students learn about financial markets, institutions, and securities. They also learn to conduct and effectively present financial analysis of corporate projects and  financial securities. In the capstone course they will manage an investment portfolio in an active learning setting.

Program Curriculum

120 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

Business Core Requirements 

ACCT 2010Financial Accounting3
ACCT 2020Managerial Accounting3
ECON 2010Micro Economics (SS, GC)3
FIN 3150Managerial Finance I3
ISA 2010Proficiency in Excel & SQL3
ISA 2050Management Information Systems3
MGMT 3050Business Law I: Law in the Commercial Environment3
MGMT 3100Business Ethics and Professional Writing3
MGMT 3400Management & Organizations3
MKTG 3010Marketing Principles (ALPP)3
STAT 2040Business Statistics3

Finance Core Requirements

ECON 2020Macro Economics (SS, GC)3
FIN 3001Finance Intermediate Career Strategies1
or ACCT 3001 Accounting Intermediate Career Strategies
FIN 3200Money, Banking, & Credit3
FIN 3750Introduction to Investments3
FIN 4150Managerial Finance II3
FIN 4380Financial Modeling and Decision Making3
FIN 4750Portfolio Practicum3
MATH 1100Business Calculus (MA)3
or MATH 1210 Calculus I (MA)
MGMT 3600Operations and Supply Chain Management (ALPP)3

Finance Elective Requirements 

Complete 12 credits of the following courses:
FIN 3500Financial Negotiations3
FIN 4180Entrepreneurial Finance3
FIN 4300Real Estate Finance3
FIN 4400International Finance3
ACCT 3010Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCT 3400Tax Accounting I3
ACCT 3300Cost Accounting3
MGMT 4040Quantitative Decision Analysis3
ISA 3020SQL & Python for Analytics3
ISA 4060Big Data Analytics3
ISA 4070Data Visualization and Storytelling3

Other Business Electives

Complete additional elective courses to bring the total number of credits to no less than 120 and upper-division credits to no less than 40.  A course may only be used to fulfill one program requirement.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Maximum 12 upper-division transfer credits may fulfill DSU Business program requirements.
  5. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  6. Minimum C- grade and 2.5 GPA in Business Core Requirement, Finance Core Requirement, and Finance Elective coursework.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
SSC 1010 Trailblazer Connections 2
ECON 2010 Micro Economics (SS, GC) 3
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA) 4
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
Spring Semester
ACCT 2010 Financial Accounting 3
ISA 2010 Proficiency in Excel & SQL 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
MATH 1100
Business Calculus (MA)
or Calculus I (MA)
General Education (American Institutions) 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
ECON 2020 Macro Economics (SS, GC) 3
STAT 2040 Business Statistics 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
General Education (Life Sciences & Lab Science) 4
General Elective 3
Spring Semester
ACCT 2020 Managerial Accounting 3
FIN 3001
Finance Intermediate Career Strategies
or Accounting Intermediate Career Strategies
MGMT 3100 Business Ethics and Professional Writing 3
General Education (Physical Science) 3
General Education (Exploration) 3
General Elective 2
3rd Year
Fall Semester
FIN 3150 Managerial Finance I 3
Upper Division Elective (ISA 3020, ACCT 3010, ACCT 3400, or ACCT 3300 recommended) 3
MGMT 3050 Business Law I: Law in the Commercial Environment 3
MGMT 3400 Management & Organizations 3
General Elective 3
Spring Semester
FIN 3200 Money, Banking, & Credit 3
FIN 4380 Financial Modeling and Decision Making 3
MGMT 3600 Operations and Supply Chain Management (ALPP) 3
MKTG 3010 Marketing Principles (ALPP) 3
Upper Division Finance Elective 3
General Elective 1
4th Year
Fall Semester
FIN 3750 Introduction to Investments 3
ISA 2050 Management Information Systems 3
Finance Upper Division Elective (FIN 4300 or ISA 4060 recommended) 3
General Electives 6
Spring Semester
FIN 4150 Managerial Finance II 3
FIN 4750 Portfolio Practicum 3
Finance Upper Division Elective (FIN 4180, FIN 4400 or ISA 4070 recommended) 4
General Elective 3
 Total Hours120

BS Finance Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate real world business situations related to the core business functions of accounting, economics, finance, qualitative analysis, information systems, international business, legal and social environments, marketing & management. 
  2. Analyze real world business situations by identifying relevant business issues, performing appropriate quantitative and qualitative data analysis and synthesis, formulating viable courses of action.
  3. Create and deliver professional quality oral presentations and written work products.                    
  4. Analyze real world business situations by identifying relevant ethical issues, evaluating and synthesizing information, and formulating ethical courses of action.
  5. Produce fundamental financial analysis of the publicly listed company, estimate a fair value of the company stock, and formulate their investment recommendation.
  6. Perform financial analysis in the area of corporate finance, propose a managerial decision, and support the recommended course of action with quantitative and qualitative arguments.