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Gatton College of Business & Economics

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21

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Learn how to make the most of financial markets, raise capital, and assess risks and rewards. With expertise in corporate finance, investments, economics and financial markets and institutions, you'll be ready for careers in financial analysis, banking, real estate, and financial services.  

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Real-World Preparation

Our finance majors learn the basic principles of accounting, economics, and quantitative methods, plus corporate finance and investments in order to prepare for careers as stock brokers, working on Wall Street or in corporate finance, banking, and real estate. The rigorous curriculum has the student ready to enter the job force, and to move into finance careers with companies such as Procter & Gamble, Humana, Fifth Third Bank, GE Capital and Northwestern Mutual Insurance.

Current Curriculum Information

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  • Finance (BBA) 120 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • MA 109 - COLLEGE ALGEBRA3

    Selected topics in algebra. Develops manipulative algebraic skills and mathematical reasoning required for further study in mathematics. Includes brief review of basic algebra, quadratic formula, systems of linear equations, introduction to functions and graphing. This course is not available for credit to persons who have received credit in any mathematics course of a higher number with the exceptions of MA 111, 112, 123, 162, 201 and 202. Credit not available on the basis of special examination. Prereq: Two years of high school algebra and a Math ACTE score of 21 or above or a Math SAT score of 510 or above; or MA 108R; or appropriate score on the math placement test or grade C or better in MA 111.

  • UK Core course3
  • UK Core course3
  • UK Core course3
    • Total17
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • MA 123 - ELEMENTARY CALCULUS AND ITS APPLICATIONS4

    An introduction to differential and integral calculus, with applications to business and the biological and physical sciences. Not open to students who have credit in MA 113 or MA 137. Note: Math placement test recommended. Prereq: Math ACT score of 26 or above, or Math SAT of 600 or above, or MA 109, or appropriate math placement score, or consent of department.

  • UK Core course3
  • UK Core course3
  • UK Core course3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours33

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • ECO 201 - PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS I3

    The study of the allocation of scarce resources from the viewpoint of individual economic units. Topics include household and firm behavior, competitive pricing of goods and resources, and monopoly power.

  • ACC 201 - FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING I3

    This course is designed to provide an introduction to financial accounting from the users' perspectives. Its primary purposes are to promote understanding of financial accounting information for decision making purposes and to focus on financial accounting's role in communicating business results.

  • MA 162 - FINITE MATHEMATICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS3

    Finite mathematics with applications to business, biology, and the social sciences. Linear functions and inequalities, matrix algebra, linear programming, probability. Emphasis on setting up mathematical models from stated problems.

  • MKT 300 - MARKETING MANAGEMENT3

    The literature and problems in the retail distribution of consumers' goods, wholesale distribution of consumers' goods, industrial goods, sales organizations, sales promotion and advertising, and price policies.

  • Elective3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • ECO 202 - PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS II3

    A study of how society’s needs are satisfied with the limited resources available. Topics include contemporary issues such as inflation, unemployment, economic growth, international dependencies, and how public policy deals with them. A critical understanding of the U.S. and global economies will enhance your value as a manager or executive of a business (whether for-profit or non-profit), as a family member dealing with jobs and financial decisions, and as a voter in a democracy. The course will allow you to become knowledgeable of, and able to critically think about, the major macroeconomic issues of unemployment, jobs, recessions, economic growth, inflation, deflation, oil prices, monetary policy, the Federal Reserve, fiscal policy, budget deficits, the national debt, international trade, international finance, and the financial system.

  • ACC 202 - MANAGERIAL USES OF ACCOUNTING INFORMATION3

    An introduction to the use of accounting data within an organization to analyze and solve problems and to make planning and control decisions.

  • MGT 301 - BUSINESS MANAGEMENT3

    A study of planning, organizing and controlling; an interdisciplinary approach; actual decision-making cases.

  • STA 296 - STATISTICAL METHODS AND MOTIVATIONS3

    Introduction to principles of statistics with emphasis on conceptual understanding. Students will articulate results of statistical description of sample data (including bivariate), application of probability distributions, confidence interval estimation and hypothesis testing to demonstrate properly contextualized analysis of real-world data.

  • Elective3
  • B&E 105 - TECHNOLOGY FOR BUSINESS SOLUTIONS1

    This course prepares pre-major students in the Gatton College of Business & Economics to use business software at a high level of proficiency and focuses on Microsoft Excel and Access. Lectures will be supplemented with hands on experiences with business problems.

    • Total16
    • Total Sophomore Hours31

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • ACC 301 - INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING I3

    This course is the first of a two-course financial accounting series, providing an in-depth study of the accounting cycle, conceptual framework of financial accounting, valuation of balance sheet accounts, recognition of revenues, matching of expenses, and the reporting of the financial condition, operating results, and cash flows of an entity.

  • FIN 300 - CORPORATION FINANCE3

    An introduction to the basic principles, concepts, and analytical tools in finance. Includes an examination of the sources and uses of funds, budgeting, present value concepts and their role in the investment financing and dividend decision of the corporate enterprise.

  • ECO 391 - ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS STATISTICS.3

    A survey of statistical techniques relevant to modern economics and business, with major emphasis on correlation and regression, Bayesian decision theory, index numbers, time series analysis, and forecasting models.

  • CIS 300 - STRATEGIC BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION (W)3

    This communication intensive course prepares B&E majors for their careers by developing effective communication skills (integrated written, oral, and visual) applied specifically to today’s technology- driven and global business environment. The course will focus on developing strong communication skills in interpersonal settings, on small group teams, and when delivering public presentations. Students will prepare cover letters, resumes, websites, and portfolios; develop effective interviews skills in face-to-face and online environments; communicate effectively based on audience analysis in face-to-face and online settings; deliver effective formal public business presentations (informative and persuasive) based on audience analysis and using a variety of presentational aids that enhance the message; and learn to manage data, graphics, and a positive online presence (e.g. websites, blogs, social media outlets, email messages, and webinars). This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Elective3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • ACC 302 - INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING II3

    This course is the second of a two-course financial accounting series, providng an in-depth study of the accounting cycle, conceptual framework of financial accounting, valuation of balance sheet accounts, recognition of revenues, matching of expenses, and the reporting of the financial condition, operating results, and cash flows of an entity. week.

  • FIN 405 - CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND FINANCING DECISIONS3

    A study of the factors that drive firm decisions to invest in new plant, capital equipment or technology and/or to pursue acquisitions of other firms. Optimal strategies for financing such investments are also a focal point of this capstone course, which involves extensive application of financial concepts and tools.

  • FIN 410 - INVESTMENT ANALYSIS3

    Analysis of corporation statements for investment purposes; the security market; market influences on security prices; effect of interest changes on security prices; and the development of investment programs.

  • Elective3
  • Elective3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • FIN 400 level and above3
  • FIN 400 level and above3
  • MGT 340 - ETHICAL AND REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT3

    This course focuses on ethical principles, the nature of the capitalist-collectivist continuum, government influence on business, and the responsibility of business to society. Topics to be considered include major approaches to ethical reasoning, antitrust law, social regulation, and the economic and social theories that undergird the concept of the social responsibility of business

  • Elective3
  • Elective3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • FIN 400 level and above3
  • AN 300 - ANALYZING BUSINESS OPERATIONS3

    To be well-prepared, a business graduate must appreciate the nature and importance of an enterprise’s operations. This core business course introduces underlying concepts and basic analytical techniques essential for managing a firm’s manufacturing and service operations. Operations decisions focus on how to plan, control, and coordinate the organizational resources and processes concerned with producing and distributing goods and/or services. This course emphasizes quantitative and technology-based analyses of real decision problems involving such operations issues as quality control, capacity planning, location analysis, layout analysis, inventory management, forecasting, and project management within a business firm.

  • Elective3
  • Elective3
  • Elective3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30

Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

The Finance major offers a variety of courses, both to students who concentrate their studies in finance and to those who desire additional knowledge in various financial areas. Finance majors learn the basic principles of accounting, economics, and quantitative methods, plus corporate finance and investments. A suggested course to explore this career path is FIN 300.

To earn the bachelor of business administration (BBA) degree in finance, students in the Gatton College of Business and Economics must fulfill University Studies requirements (students enrolled prior to Fall 2011) or UKCore requirements (students enrolled Fall 2011 on), the College premajor and major requirements, and College core requirements.

Minimum Total Hours: 120

 

University Studies UK Core

Major Requirements 

Requirements for the Finance major consist of at least 21 credit hours. There are four required courses:

ACC 301           Intermediate Accounting I (3)

ACC 302           Intermediate Accounting II (3)

FIN 405           Capital Investment and Financing Decisions (3)

FIN 410           Investment Analysis (3)

 

The remaining nine (9) credit hours are selected from:

FIN 423           International Finance (3)

FIN 430           Financial Modeling (3)

FIN 432           Quantitative Portfolio Management (3)

FIN 452           Options and Futures (3)

FIN 464           Real Estate Finance (3)

FIN 465           Financial Institutions Management (3)

FIN 470           Financial Risk Management (3)

FIN 480           Money and Capital Markets (3)

FIN 490           Special Topics in Finance (Subtitle Required) (3)


Four Year Plan for students under UK Core requirements

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Featured Career

Financial Managers

Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$115,320

per year in 2014

Number of Jobs

555,900

in 2014

10 Year Job Outlook

37,700

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Financial managers work in many industries, including banks and insurance companies. Most financial managers work full time, and about 1 in 3 worked more than 40 hours per week in 2014.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Similar Occupations

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Budget Analysts
  • Financial Analysts
  • Insurance Sales Agents
  • Insurance Underwriters
  • Loan Officers
  • Personal Financial Advisors

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