Finance, Bachelor of Science


A degree in finance prepares students for a professional career in fields such as corporate or business finance, financial management in government and nonprofit organizations, financial planning, investments and banking. Preparation includes both technical knowledge and analytical skills, as well as the ability to apply and communicate results. The program will require students to master both the global and domestic dimensions of finance.

To achieve these objectives, coursework will feature problem-solving and analytical decision-making. Through case studies, simulations and optional trips to financial centers, students will make the transition from theory to practice. Current developments in the economy and in financial markets and institutions are emphasized to help you appreciate the complexities of financial and investment management.

Candidates must complete 54 credit hours outside the Division of Business and Information Technology. A grade of ‘C’ or better must be earned in each division course applied to the major or minor.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to value firms and judge financial policies through the analysis of financial and economic data.
  • Demonstrate the ability to do an analysis of a firm’s financial health.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of a bank’s financial models through the comprehensive analysis of financial data.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate deliverables orally and in writing.

Potential Areas of Employment

Finance offers broad and varied employment opportunities for the qualified individual. Both local and national economies generate a significant demand for trained finance professionals. Corporations and private companies hire finance graduates in corporate finance, forecasting, cash management and controlling. Financial institutions such as banks and insurance companies hire finance graduates as financial analysts, financial advisors, credit analysts, or management trainees. Many finance graduates pursue careers in securities markets and real estate. The analytical skills and critical thinking required of finance majors can also provide an excellent background for graduate work in law or business administration.

View finance courses in the course catalog.

Featured Faculty

Malcolm Harris

Dr. Malcolm Harris

  • Professor of Finance
  • Business and Information Technology
  • B.A., Canisius College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Connecticut