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Business, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in finance

Special requirements

The foundation program specifies course work required during the freshman and sophomore years. Students are eligible for admission into the advanced business program with a major in the School of Business upon meeting the minimum cumulative GPA requirement and successful completion of:

  • A minimum of 54 credits in the foundation program
  • ACCT 203 and 204 Introduction to Accounting I and II
  • BUSN 201 and 202 Foundations of Business I and II
  • BUSN 225 Winning Presentations
  • ECON 210 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • INFO 160, 161, 162 and 165
  • SCMA 212 Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business (or MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry )
  • UNIV 111 and 112 Focused Inquiry I and II, and UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument (with a minimum grade of C in UNIV 112 and 200)

The admission requirements for the School of Business detail the deadlines for students to be admitted to the advanced business program with a major in the school. At least 30 hours of the required business courses for the Bachelor of Science must be taken at VCU.

Students may need to take additional mathematics courses as prerequisites to SCMA 212 or MATH 200. These credits will count as electives in the foundation program. The sample curriculum outline includes SCMA 171 since many of our students will need to complete this course.

The INFO 160, 161, 162 and 165 requirements may be waived upon successful completion of a Knowledge Equivalency Test administered by the Office of Undergraduate Studies. No more than two additional credits may be applied to the degree from the INFO 16x series.

No more than four credits in physical education courses may be applied to the degree.

PSYC 214 and INTL 493 may not be counted toward a business degree.

Students must receive a minimum grade of C in FIRE 317, FIRE 321 and FIRE 441 and must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the remainder of the finance concentration requirements.

The concentration in finance prepares students for graduate-level study of finance and for careers in corporate finance, the securities industry, banking, financial planning, insurance/risk management and graduate-level study of finance.

Learning goals

The goal of the finance curriculum is provide students with skills in financial management, risk management and financial planning. Graduates will be able to analyze and communicate findings on complex financial issues.

Degree requirements for Business, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in finance

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program:

  • Students will be able to identify and use relevant data to calculate appropriate quantitative measures that help in making informed financial decisions.
  • Students will be able to describe and expound on several financial solutions in a structured, organized and deliberate manner with comparisons, anecdotal evidence and descriptive analysis.
  • Students will be able to express the analytic, quantitative and ethical dimensions of a business problem and proposed solutions in a clear, well-organized manner that is free of bias or distortions.
  • Students will be able to identify and analyze ethical dimensions of a business situation and relate those dimensions to general and professional ethical standards.
  • Student will develop a global perspective regarding the financial management of firms conducting business and investing across national borders.
Business Foundation (63 credits) Credits
   
General Education Requirements  
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy (SCMA 212 Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business or MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry) 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
   
Business General Education requirement (16 credits)  
BUSN 225 Winning Presentations 3
ECON 210 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
INFO 160 Digital Literacy: Computer Concepts, Internet, Digital Devices 1
INFO 161 Digital Literacy: Word Processing Skills I 1
INFO 162 Digital Literacy: Spreadsheets Skills I 1
INFO 165 Digital Literacy: Spreadsheet Skills II 1
Business General Education elective (Select credits from the approved list.) 3
   
Additional Business Foundation requirements (23-26 credits)  
ACCT 203 and 204 Introduction to Accounting I and II 6
BUSN 201 and 202 Foundations of Business I and II 6
SCMA 302 Business Statistics II 3
Open electives 8-11
   
Advanced business program (57 credits)  
Advanced business core (33 credits)  
FIRE 311 Financial Management 3
FIRE 312 Financial Modeling 3
FIRE 317 Investments 3
INFO 360 Introduction to Business Information Systems 3
MGMT 310 Managing People in Organizations 3
MGMT 319 Organizational Behavior or SCMA 329 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 3
MGMT 434 Strategic Management (capstone) 3
MKTG 301 Marketing Principles 3
SCMA 301 Business Statistics I 3
SCMA 325 Organizational Communication 3
SCMA 323 Legal Environment of Business, FIRE 326 Real Estate Law or FIRE 459 Insurance Law 3
Major requirements (24 credits)  
FIRE 316 International Financial Management or BUSN 401 International Consulting Practicum 3
FIRE 321 Intermediate Financial Management 3
FIRE 417 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management 3
FIRE 441 Funds Management in Financial Institutions 3
FIRE 451 Options, Futures and Swaps 3
FIRE 461 Cases in Financial Management 3
FIRE electives 6
   
Total minimum requirement 120

Business general education electives

Additional University Core Education Curriculum approved courses
Any AFAM, ANTH, ANTZ, ARTH, BIOL, BIOZ, CHEM, CHEZ, CRJS, DANC, ENGL, ENVS, FRSC, FRSZ, GEOG, GEOZ, HIST, INNO, INSC, INTL (except INTL 493), MASC, MATH, PHIL, PHYS, PHYZ, POLI, PSYC (except PSYC 214), RELS, SOCS, SOCY, USRP or WRLD course
Any foreign language course
Any honors-designated course taught outside of the School of Business
Any of the following UNIV courses:
UNIV 211 Food for Thought
UNIV 213 The Truth About Lying
UNIV 217 Finding Your Voice in Contemporary Society
UNIV 222 Pseudoscience
UNIV 299 What’s the Big Idea?

Approved finance electives

ACCT 303 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 306 Cost Accounting
BUSN 400 Principles of Consulting and BUSN 401 International Consulting Practicum (must get credit for both courses to count toward degree completion)
ECON 307 Money and Banking
ECON 402 Business Cycles and Forecasting
FIRE 309 Risk and Insurance
FIRE/INTL 413 Comparative Financial Systems
FIRE 419 Advanced Risk and Insurance
FIRE 424 Property and Liability Insurance
FIRE 426 Life and Health Insurance
FIRE 429 Real Estate Finance and Capital Markets
FIRE 479 Managing Financial Risk
FIRE 491 Topics in Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
FIRE 493 Internship in Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (requires departmental approval)

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