Begin Date: Fall Semester 1999
End Date: Spring Semester 2007
The Finance major is a unique program that provides the student with a firm foundation in the principles of finance and its major areas: financial management, investments, and financial markets. The coursework is designed to lead to professional certification in financial analysis. Students have job opportunities in a variety of positions with mutual funds, brokerage firms, banks, and insurance companies, as well as positions in corporate finance.
The program provides students with the depth and breadth of knowledge necessary to prepare them for Level I of the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Exam. The rigorous curriculum, including courses in finance, accounting, and economics, is based on the CFA Body of Knowledge developed through surveys of professionals involved in the practice of investment management. Students will be encouraged to take Level I of the CFA exam after graduation.
For the B.S. degree in Finance, 123 credits are required. Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(15 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)
UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)
WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
ELECTIVES: 1 credit
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 92 credits
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)
PRESCRIBED COURSES (64 credits)
CMPSC 203 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
ACCTG 211(4), B A 243(4), ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 GS(3), ENGL 202D GWS(3), MIS 204(2), SCM 200(4) (Sem: 3-4)
ACNTG 310(4), ACNTG 426(3), FNC 300(3), FNC 400(3), FNC 410(3), FNC 460(3), FNC 470(3), FNC 480(3), MANGT 300(3), MRKTG 300(3), SCM 310(3) (Sem: 5-6)
MANGT 470W(3) (Sem: 7-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (21 credits)
Select 15 credits from one of the non-business supporting course areas (see school list of approved courses). See the Admission section of the general information in the front of this Bulletin for the placement policy for Penn State foreign language courses. (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits from FNC or other business areas (see school list of approved courses). (Sem: 5-8)
 A student enrolled in this major must receive
a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 1999
Blue Sheet Item #: 27-07-008
Review Date: 01/30/01 (Editorial changes)
UCA Revision #1: 8/4/06