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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Finance

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (FNC)

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.

Entrance to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Finance major requires the completion of 5 entry-to-major courses: ACCTG 211(4); ECON 102 GS(3); ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3); MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4); STAT 200 GQ(4) or SCM 200(4), and a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average.

For the B.S. degree in Finance, 120 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 this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(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: 0-1 credit

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 89-92 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 (43 credits)
ACCTG 211(4), ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), ENGL 202D GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
FIN 301(3)[1], MGMT 301(3)[1], MIS 204(3)[1], MKTG 301(3)[1], SCM 301(3)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
ACCTG 426(3)[1], FIN 420(3)[1], FIN 451(3)[1], FIN 471(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
MGMT 471W(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (19-22 credits)
MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
SCM 200 GQ(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)
B A 241(2) and B A 242(2) or B A 243(4) (Sem: 3-6)
ACCTG 305(4)[1] or ACCTG 371(4)[1] and ACCTG 472(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
Select 3 credits from: ECON 304(3)[1], ECON 351(3)[1], ECON 442(3)[1], ECON 481(3)[1], or ECON 485(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (27 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 FIN or other business areas (see school list of approved courses). (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 additional credits from 400-level FIN courses, excluding FIN 494 and FIN 495 (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 Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-01-056

Review Date: 08/24/2010

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

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