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Chair of Department: Charles M. Kahn
Department Office: 340 Wohlers Hall, 1206 South Sixth, Champaign, (217) 244-2239

Curriculum in Finance

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Finance

The field of finance is primarily concerned with the acquisition and management of funds by business firms, governments, and individuals. A business seeks financial advice when considering the purchase of new equipment, the expansion of present facilities, or the raising of additional funds. Determining the value of financial and real assets and derivatives is a key activity in finance.

As the study of finance is designed to provide the student with both the theoretical background and the analytical tools required to make effective judgments in finance, many students select careers in business financial management, commercial and investment banking, investments, government finance, insurance, and real estate.

In addition to the finance major requirements, students in finance must meet the University General Education requirements and the College of Business core requirements (for more detail, see the College of Business undergraduate section). Minimum requirements in the major for the Bachelor of Science degree in Finance are:

Hours Required Courses
3 FIN 300 - Financial Markets (Prerequisite: FIN 221 Corporate Finance; CS 105 or electronic spreadsheet competency)
3 FIN 321 - Advanced Corporate Finance (Prerequisite: FIN 300 Financial Markets)
9 Three additional full-semester, 3-hour 400-level Finance courses except FIN 494 or 495 (Senior Research ) and Fin 490 (Special Topics).
3-4 Major elective. Choose one of the following:
ACCY 301 - Accounting Measurement & Disclosure (Prerequisite: ACCY 202)
ACCY 302 - Decision Making for Accountancy (Prerequisite: ACCY 202)
ACE 428-Commodity Futures and Options Markets
BADM 374-Management Decision Models (Prerequisite: ECON 202 or consent of instructor)
Economics: any 300- or 400-level course excluding ECON 302
GEOG 483 - Urban Geography
Mathematics or statistics: any course above the minimum mathematics or statistics requirement of the college with the exception of MATH 225.
Other courses as recommended by the Department of Finance faculty and approved by the Department of Finance chairperson.

Advising Notes

  • Courses taken to fulfill major requirements may not be taken on a credit-no credit basis.
  • It is recommended that Finance majors take additional accounting. Accy 201 and 202 are required. Many employers look favorably upon additional accounting courses. For those interested in financial reporting, we suggest Accy 301 and Accy 303. For those interested in managerial control and decision making, we would recommend Accy 301 and 302, followed by Accy 304, possibly followed by Accy 312.
  • Extensive Advising information can be found online