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Finance is the art and science of managing money. Financial management involves corporations raising and employing funds in order to maximize shareholders' wealth. The investments field involves balancing the expected return and risk characteristics of securities in order to make optimal portfolio investment decisions. Financial institutions and markets serve as conduits through which the economy matches supply and demand of investable funds so that scarce resources are allocated efficiently. Career opportunities include credit, financial, and securities analysts, bank examiners, loan officers, comptrollers, treasurers, portfolio managers, financial services representatives, financial planners, and insurance underwriters.


Freshman Year F S
BUS 101US--First Year Seminar*    3
ECNS 202--Principles of Macroeconomics     3
M 161Q--Survey of Calculus     4
Non-Business, Non-Economics
     and General Electives and University Core
12 8
15 15

*Students transferring into the College of Business, either from another institution or from another MSU department, who have already earned credit for a University Seminar (US) course must take MGMT 204 instead of BUS 101.

Sophomore Year F S
ACTG 201--Principles of Financial Accounting     3
ACTG 223--Principles of Acct II    3
BUS 201--Managerial Communication    3
BUS 211--Business Software Applications     3
ECNS 204IS--Microeconomics     3
WRIT 201--College Writing II     3
STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics     3
Take one of the following:
     STAT 217Q--Intermediate Statistical Concepts    3
     MGMT 231IS--Business Research Methods     3
Non-Business, Non-Economics
     Electives and University Core
3 3
15 15
Junior Year F S
BUS 301--Management and Organization    3
BUS 302--Career Perspectives     1
BUS 311--Information Systems     3
BUS 331--Operations Management     3
BFIN 322--Business Finance      3
BUS 341--Principles of Marketing     3
BUS 361--Introduction to Law     3
ECNS 301--Intermediate Micro with Calculus     3
BFIN 352--Intermediate Finance     3
Non-Business, Non-Economics
     Electives and University Core
3 2
15 15
Senior Year F S
BUS 474--Business Senior Seminar    4
BFIN 441--Financial Statement Analysis      3
BFIN 420--Investments     3
BFIN 457R--Financial Markets & Institutions     3
Choose three of the following:
     BFIN 421--Real Estate and Investment Analysis 3
     BFIN 456--Financial Mgmt for Entrepreneurial     3 or 3
     BFIN 452--International Finance    3
     BFIN 466--Investments II       3
     BFIN 458--Commercial Bank Management (on demand)    
     BFIN 459--Current Topics (on demand)
Non-Business, Non-Economics
     and General Electives University Core
3 2
15 15

All business majors must be formally admitted to the College of Business in order to enroll in all upper-division (300-400 level) option courses (ACTG, FIN, MGMT, MKTG) and BUS 474, Business Senior Seminar.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above; 54 credits must be non-business/non-economics rubrics (although ECNS 101, ECNS 202, ECNS 204, MGMT 231 may be included); University Core credit requirements must be satisfied.

All students transferring to the College of Business must meet the College of Business residency requirement.

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