Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Concentration in Finance

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Concentration in Finance

The Finance concentration teaches students to recognize, understand, and attain the skills necessary to be successful in the world of finance. It focuses on the financial decisions made in every organization, which include investment, decisions in purchasing and selling real and financial assets, raising cash to fund these investments, and managing the risk of its assets and investments. Other operational decisions include implementing routine day-to-day procedures to manage all financial aspects of the organization and decisions regarding changes in the mix of its services and products. Although a financial manager specializes in these decisions, managers from across the organization also contribute.

Four sets of skills are essential to financial decision-making: First, an understanding of the environment within which decisions are made, including both the internal structure of the organization and the nature of external capital and financial markets; second, familiarity with the organization’s information system, including accounting, financial, and human resources; third, analysis of available financial data to understand the likely impact of alternative decisions and their level of uncertainty; finally, understanding the interrelationships between financial decisions and decisions made in other parts of the organization, such as marketing, production, and IT.

All concentration courses must be taken on a letter grade basis. Students must maintain an overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 across the seven concentration courses.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Concentration in Finance — 60 units

Prerequisites to Core Courses

In addition to the core course program required of all business majors,

DS 110Calculus with Business Applications (or equivalent to MATH 110)3
or MATH 110 Business Calculus
ECON 101Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis3
ISYS 263Introduction to Information Systems (or a passing score on the ISYS 263 CLEP Exam)3

These courses must be completed before enrollment in certain core courses. Most core courses have specific prerequisites that are listed within the course descriptions

Note: DS 110, ECON 101 and ECON 102 (formerly ECON 100) are acceptable for General Education.

Except in cases of credit by examination, no more than 6 units of the core may be offered toward graduation on a CR/NC basis.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in core business courses being used as prerequisites for other core business courses. Students who received grades of D-, D, or D+ before spring 2005 will be given an exception to this rule for any such courses.

Core Courses for Business Majors (39 units)

Required Core Courses
ACCT 100Introduction to Financial Accounting3
ACCT 101Introduction to Managerial Accounting3
BUS 300GWBusiness Communication for Professionals - GWAR3
or DS 660GW Communications for Business Analytics - GWAR
BUS 682Seminar on Business and Society 13
BUS 690Seminar in Business Policy and Strategic Management 13
DS 212Business Statistics I3
or MATH 124 Elementary Statistics
or ISED 160 Data Analysis in Education
DS 412Operations Management3
ECON 102Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis3
FIN 350Business Finance3
IBUS 330International Business and Multicultural Relations3
ISYS 363Information Systems for Management3
or ACCT 307 Accounting Information Systems
MGMT 405Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior3
MKTG 431Principles of Marketing3
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Courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Required Courses (15 units)

FIN 303Accounting for Financial Analysis3
FIN 351Financial Management3
FIN 353Financial Institutions3
FIN 355Investments3
FIN 536International Finance3

Electives (6 units)

Select two of the following: 1
DS 408Computer Simulation3
DS 411Decision Modeling for Business3
DS 601Applied Management Science3
DS 604Applied Business Forecasting3
FIN 365Real Estate Principles3
FIN 370Fundamentals of Real Estate3
FIN 371Commercial Real Estate Financial Management3
FIN 372Commercial Leasing and Development3
FIN/PLSI/I R 435Politics of Global Finance and Crisis4
FIN 653Seminar in Bank Management3
FIN 655Alternative Investment3
FIN 656Student Managed Investment Fund3
FIN 658Financial Risk Management3
ISYS 350Building Business Applications3
ISYS 464Managing Enterprise Data3
ISYS 569Information Systems for Business Process Management3
ISYS 650Business Intelligence3
MGMT 655Seminar in Emerging Issues in Management3
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 Other appropriate classes may be selected with prior written consent of advisor.

General Education Requirements

Requirement Course Level Units Area Designation
Oral Communication LD 3 A1
Written English Communication I LD 3 A2
Critical Thinking LD 3 A3
Written English Communication II LD 3 A4
Physical Science LD 3 B1
Life Science LD 3 B2
Lab Science LD 1 B3
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning LD 3 B4
Arts LD 3 C1
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Humanities: Literature LD 3 C3
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Social Sciences: US & CA Governement LD 3 D3
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD or UD 3 E
Physical and/or Life Science UD 3 UD-B
Arts and/or Humanities UD 3 UD-C
Social Sciences UD 3 UD-D
SF State Studies
Courses certified as meeting the SF State Studies requirements may be upper or lower division in General Education (GE), in a major or minor, or may be an elective.
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM) LD or UD 3
Environmental Sustainability (ES) LD or UD 3
Global Perspectives (GP) LD or UD 3
Social Justice (SJ) LD or UD 3

Note: LD = lower division; UD = upper division.

First Time Student Roadmap (4 year)

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General Advising Information for Transfer Students

  1. Before transfer, complete as many lower division requirements or electives for this major as possible.
  2. The following courses are not required for admission but are required for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these units before transfer; doing so will provide more flexibility in course selection after transfer.
    • a course in U.S. History
    • a course in U.S. & California government
    • a 2nd-semester course in written English composition

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), go to http://assist.org Check any geographically accessible CCCs; sometimes options include more than one college. Use ASSIST to determine

  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy any lower division major requirements for this major
  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy CSU GE, US History, and US & CA Government

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 units/90 quarters required for admission.

Additional units for courses that are repeated do not apply to the minimum 60 units required for upper division transfer (for example, if course was not passed on first attempt, or was taken to earn a better grade).

Before leaving the last California community college of attendance, obtain a summary of completion of lower division General Education units (IGETC or CSU GE Breadth). This is often referred to as a GE certification worksheet. SF State does not require delivery of this certification to Admissions, but students should retain this document for verifying degree progress after transfer.

Credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College-Level Examination Program courses: AP/IB/CLEP credit is not automatically transferred from the previous institution. Units are transferred only when an official score report is delivered to SF State. Credit is based on the academic year during which exams were taken. Refer to the University Bulletin in effect during the year of AP/IB/CLEP examination(s) for details regarding award of credit for AP/IB/CLEP.

Students pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines often defer 6-9 units of lower division general education in areas C and D until after transfer in order to focus on preparation courses for the major. (This advice does not apply to students pursuing associate degree completion before transfer.)

Transferring from institutions other than CCCs or CSUs

Review SF State's lower division General Education requirements. As described above, the four basic skills courses required for admission meet A1, A2, A3 and B4 in the SF State GE pattern. Courses that fulfill the remaining areas of SF State’s lower division GE pattern are available at most two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Of the four required basic skills courses, a course in critical thinking (GE A3) may not be widely offered outside the CCC and CSU systems. Students should attempt to identify and take an appropriate course no later than the term of application to the CSU. Review more information about the A3 requirement here.

Identify and complete a 2nd-semester written English composition course before transfer. This is usually the next course after the typical “freshman comp” course, with a focus on writing, reading and critical analytical skills for academic purposes, and developing skills in composing, revising, and the use of rhetorical strategies.

Waiting until after transfer to take a single course at SF State that meets both US and CA/local government requirements may be an appropriate option, particularly if transferring from outside of California.

All students must meet the transfer eligibility requirements outlines below for admission. For more information, visit the Undergraduate Admissions section.

  • Complete 60 or more transferable semester units or 90 or more quarter units
  • Earn a college grade point average of 2.00 or better in all transferable courses. Non-local area residents may be held to a higher GPA standard.
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended
  • Complete 30 semester units (45 quarter units) of general education, including four basic skills courses:
    1. One course in oral communication (same as CSU GE area A1)
    2. One course in written composition (same as CSU GE area A2)
    3. One course in critical thinking (same as CSU GE area A3)
    4. One course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning, with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite (same as CSU GE area B4)
  • The four basic skills courses and minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) must be completed by the spring semester prior to fall admission, or by the fall semester prior to spring admission. Earn a "C" or better grade in each basic skills course.