Skip Navigation
search: People Opens New Window | Departments Opens New Window | Penn State Opens New Window | Web Opens New Window
Penn State mark
Penn State mark

University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Finance

Capital College (FINCE)

JANE S. KOCHANOV, Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Business Administration

The finance major emphasizes analytic, problem solving, and computer skills which are necessary for finance and investment industry. The major prepares students for careers in corporate finance, investment and portfolio management, banking, public finance, and international finance. The major also prepares students who want to pursue graduate study in finance. Depending on their interests, graduates may then seek financial services credentials such as Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

The requirements in the major complement basic business instruction in accounting, management, marketing, and information systems. With business and non-business electives, the program is designed to develop necessary skills to be an effective financial manager. Because the Harrisburg area is the center of industry and economic development for south-central Pennsylvania, students are provided with many opportunities to experience the world of business.

For a B.S. degree in Finance, a minimum of 120 credits is required. At least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the degree must be taken at Capital College. No more than 60 credits should be from business and business-related courses.

Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Finance major requires the completion of 8 entry-to-major courses: ACCTG 211(4)[1]; ECON 102 GS(3)[1]; ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3); FIN 301(3)[1]; MATH 110 GQ(4)[1] or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1]; MGMT 301(3); MKTG 301(3); SCM 200 GQ(4)[1] or STAT 200 GQ(4)[1]; and a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average. Additional information about this major is available in the office of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Business at Penn State Harrisburg.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(12 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education Course Requirements in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: Select 8 credits of non-business courses.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 79 credits
(This includes 12 credits of General Education Courses: 3 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 6 credits of GQ courses)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (49 credits)
ACCTG 211(4)[1]; ECON 102 GS(3)[1], ENGL 202D GWS(3), FIN 301(3)[1], MGMT 301(3), MKTG 301(3) (Sem: 1-4)
ECON 104 GS(3)[1], ECON 351(3)[1], FIN 302(3)[1], MIS 204(3), MIS 390(3) (Sem: 5-6)
B A 364Y US;IL(3), FIN 420(3)[1], SCM 301(3) (Sem: 6-7)
B A 462(3)[1], FIN 475(3)[1] (Sem: 8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (21 credits)
Select 4 credits from MATH 110 GQ(4)[1] or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
Select 4 credits from SCM 200 GQ(4)[1] or STAT 200 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
Select 4 credits from B A 243(4) or B A 241(2) and B A 242(2) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 9 credits[1] from the following: ACCTG 481(3), FIN 305(3), FIN 306W(3), FIN 407(3), FIN 408(3), FIN 409(3), FIN 413(3), FIN 427(3) FIN 456 IL(3), FIN 461(3), FIN 489(3), FIN 496(3), or other finance courses approved by the Program (Sem: 6-8)
(For students considering CFA exam, FIN 407, FIN 427 and FIN 461 are recommended.)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 9 credits from 200-400 level business courses from: ACCTG, B A, ECON, FIN, MGMT, MIS, MKTG, or SCM in consultation with an academic adviser and in support of the student's interests. (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Reviewed by the Department: Spring Semester 2012

Blue Sheet Item #:40-06-060

Review Date: 04/10/2012

UCA Revision #1: 8/4/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07

Comments

CL