Finance (B.S.)

Finance (B.S.)
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The Bachelor of Science in Finance degree program of study offers a complete undergraduate survey of the discipline aimed at preparing students for employment in the field of finance and/or for further graduate work in the field. Basic accounting and quantitative skills, plus economic theory, provide the foundation for further exploring the financial management of the firm, the nature of capital markets, and various investment strategies. Additional areas of study include financial model building techniques and the impact of globalization on financial decision making. All baccalaureate business degree programs are nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.


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PSU’s finance professors have worked in firms ranging from small businesses to large global corporations, bringing years of professional experience to the classroom. They understand the field of finance and serve as professional mentors as well as teachers.

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At PSU you can join a host of active student organizations with business themes.  PSU’s Investment Club manages a portfolio of nearly $20,000.  Under the supervision of faculty, students in the Investment Club invest in the stock market, with profits funding scholarships.  There are also student clubs that focus on starting new businesses, marketing and accounting.  These clubs are great ways to meet students with similar interests, network with professionals in the field and run events.

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Curriculum & Requirements

FINANCE, Bachelor of Science (120 credits)

The Bachelor of Science in Finance offers an applied program laying a solid finance, economics, and accounting foundation. There is consistent demand for financial professionals in the fields of corporate finance, banking, lending, and investment industries.  Upon completion of the program, our students have marketable skills to pursue careers in these extensive areas. The program further equips students with data analytics skills and prepares them for financial advisory roles. Students may alternatively pursue graduate study in the field. All baccalaureate business degree programs offered are nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Course Title Credits
Business Common Component
BUS 1100Introduction to Marketing and Sales4
BUS 1200Business Law and Ethics (DICO)4
BUS 1300Digital Information Technologies (TECO)4
BUS 1400Principles of Economics (GACO) (GACO)4
BUS 2000Financial & Managerial Accounting4
BUS 2100Introduction to Finance2
BUS 2200Management and Decision Making4
BUS 2300Business Writing and Presenting (WRCO)4
Major Requirements
FIN 3200Corporate Finance4
FIN 3400Investment Principles4
FIN 4300Professional Financial Planning4
ECN 4100Money and Banking4
MGM 4900Strategy & Sustainable Competitive Advantage4
Tier One Major Elective
Complete one course from the following:4
ECN 3100
Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECN 3200
Intermediate Microeconomics
Major Electives
Complete two courses from the following:8
ACC 3000/4000 level course
BUS 4620
Business Internship
ECN 3100
Intermediate Macroeconomics (If it is not taken in the tier one major elective )
ECN 3200
Intermediate Microeconomics (If it is not taken in the tier one major elective )
ECN 3300
Managerial Statistics
FIN 4200
International Finance and Economic Policy
ECN 4400
Current Topics in Economics
FIN 3300
Real Estate Investment & Finance
FIN 4400
Seminar in Finance
Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection
FIN 3100Financial Analytics (QRCO,TECO)4
Mathematics Foundations
MA 2210Finite Math with Business Statistics (QRCO)4
General Education
EN 1400Composition4
IS 1115Tackling a Wicked Problem4
CTDICreative Thought Direction3-4
PPDIPast and Present Direction3-4
SIDIScientific Inquiry Direction3-4
SSDISelf and Society Direction3-4
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SIDI, SSDI) 14-8
WECOWellness Connection3-4
INCPIntegrated Capstone3-4
Free Electives14-15
Total Credits120

Directions should total 20 credits (unless the major has a waiver for a specific Direction).

Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning course schedule. Course sequence is suggested but not required.

To complete the bachelor’s degree in 4 years, you must successfully complete a minimum of 15 credits each semester or have a plan to make up credits over the course of the 4 years.  For example, if you take 14 credits one semester, you need to take 16 credits in another semester.  Credits completed must count toward your program requirements (major, option, minor, certificate, general education or free electives).

Plan of Study Grid
Year OneCredits
EN 1400 Composition 4
IS 1115 Tackling a Wicked Problem 4
Mathematics Foundations Course:
MA 2210 Finite Math with Business Statistics (QRCO) 4
BUS 1100 Introduction to Marketing and Sales 4
BUS 1200 Business Law and Ethics (DICO) 4
BUS 1300 Digital Information Technologies (TECO) 4
BUS 1400 Principles of Economics (GACO) 4
PPDIPast and Present Direction 3-4
Year Two
BUS 2000 Financial & Managerial Accounting 4
BUS 2100 Introduction to Finance 2
BUS 2200 Management and Decision Making 4
BUS 2300 Business Writing and Presenting (WRCO) 4
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SIDI, SSDI) 1 4-8
CTDICreative Thought Direction
SSDISelf and Society Direction 3-4
SIDIScientific Inquiry Direction 3-4
Finance Electives level 1 - complete on of the following: 4
ECN 3100
Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECN 3200
Intermediate Microeconomics
Year Three
FIN 3100 Financial Analytics (QRCO,TECO) 4
FIN 3200 Corporate Finance 4
FIN 3400 Investment Principles 4
INCPIntegrated Capstone
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SIDI, SSDI) 3-4
Finance Electives level 2 4
Free Electives 4-6
WECOWellness Connection
Year Four
FIN 4300 Professional Financial Planning 4
MGM 4900 Strategy & Sustainable Competitive Advantage 4
Finance Electives level 2 4
linkurl^/general-education/^Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SIDI, SSDI) 3-4
Free Electives 8-10
ECN 4100 Money and Banking 4
 Total Credits120

Directions should total 20 credits (unless the major has a waiver for a specific Direction).

  • Understand the determination of the aggregated economic performance over a business cycle and assess the effects of public fiscal and monetary policies on social welfare and stabilization of the economy within the context of an open economy.
  • Explore the various managerial aspects and responsibilities required to conduct financial business activities in dynamic business environment by analyzing financial markets, institutions, and major types of financial instruments.
  • Understand the nature of risk, identify objectives and motivations of investors, evaluate risk/reward profiles and utilize critical thinking, analytical tools and economic analysis to identify appropriate investment strategies and support construction of portfolios.
  • Explore short- and long-term capital investment opportunities and associated risks in various settings.

Finance is a broad and dynamic area of study, with many career possibilities.  While pursuing a Finance degree at Plymouth State, you’ll learn financial management for large corporations and small businesses, investment analysis, international finance and gain an understanding of financial institutions and markets.  You can also pursue electives in areas from real estate investment to income tax preparation to public finance, among others.

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