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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
BGEN 194US--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 BGEN 204 instead of BGEN 194US.

Sophomore Year F S
ACTG 201--Principles of Financial Accounting     3
ACTG 223--Principles of Financial Accounting II    3
BMGT 205--Professional Communication Fundamentals   3
BMIS 211--Introduction to Business Decision Support     3
ECNS 204IS--Microeconomics     3
WRIT 221--Technical Writing 3
STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics     3
Take one of the following:
     STAT 217Q--Intermediate Statistical Concepts    3
     BMGT 240IS--Business Research Methods     3
Non-Business, Non-Economics
     Electives and University Core
3 3
15 15
Junior Year F S
BMGT 335--Management and Organization    3
BGEN 302--Career Perspectives     1
BMIS 311--Management Information Systems     3
BMGT 322--Operations Management     3
BFIN 322--Business Finance      3
BMKT 325--Principles of Marketing     3
BGEN 361--Principles of Business 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
BGEN 499--Business Senior Seminar    4
BFIN 441--Financial Statement Analysis      3
BFIN 420--Investments I    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 the Entrepreneur 3 or 3
     BFIN 452--International Finance    3
     BFIN 466--Investments II       3
     BFIN 458--Commercial Bank Management (on demand)    
    BFIN 491--Special 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, BFIN, BMGT, BMKT, BGEN, BMIS) and BGEN 499, 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 204IS, BMGT 240IS 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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Updated: December 7, 2011