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Finance, Bachelor of Science

Purpose

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Finance is designed to prepare students for careers in: finance, both at the corporate and small business level; financial planning; stock brokerage firms; and financial institutions. The program focuses on providing the student with both practical and theoretical training in the field of finance.

Program of Study

Course offerings focus on skills and competencies that enhance students’ knowledge of finance. The program provides a balanced array of course work in finance at the junior and senior levels. Students also have opportunities to pursue internships in various areas of finance. In addition, the general education requirements provide a well-rounded academic foundation.

Wilmington University students benefit from the training and experience of finance professionals who serve as faculty. The classroom atmosphere is conducive to information sharing, creative thinking, and the exploration of areas of personal interest.

Cooperative Learning Experiences

Cooperative learning experiences (co-op) are available in the Finance program for FIN 301: Personal Finance and FIN 302: Financial Planning. Depending on the co-op experience available and the student’s course completion schedule, other courses such as BBM 301: Organizational Behavior may also be completed as co-ops. Elective courses may also be structured as co-ops. Each co-op experience is expected to last for two consecutive semesters and earn the student six credits toward their 120-credit degree.

To be eligible for the co-op the student must have completed 60 credits and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. The student must inform the Director of the Co-op program and the Finance Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a co-op assignment.

Program Competencies

In addition to achieving the Wilmington University undergraduate graduation competencies given in the Academic Information section of this catalog, this program will provide students a comprehensive curriculum in financial studies (both domestic and international) that includes the theories, principles, and applications of modern financial management.

Graduating students will:

  1. Demonstrate effective information literacy and communication with valid and reliable research.
  2. Apply ethical standards as required by finance professionals.
  3. Integrate financial terms, concepts and theories affecting corporations, brokerage firms, insurance companies and financial institutions (banks, credit unions, pension funds, etc.).
  4. Exercise critical thinking skills in the analysis and evaluation of financial information in order to formulate appropriate decisions and recommendations.

Minimum Grade Policy

Students pursuing a degree in Finance are required by College of Business policy to attain a minimum grade of “C” for all program core courses. For the purpose of this policy, program core courses are all finance courses. These courses are designated by the prefix “FIN.”


Curriculum - General Education Requirements

English Composition (12 credits)

ENG 121 English Composition I

ENG 122 English Composition II

ENG 131 Public Speaking

ENG 310 Research Writing

Humanities (6 credits)

(See Program Requirements)

VMG 313 Aesthetics of Film

DSN 110 Fundamentals of Drawing

TEC 215 Basic Photography

COM 245 Writing for the Media

Culinary Arts Elective

Drama Elective

Ethnic Studies Elective

Fine Arts Elective

Foreign Language Elective

History Elective

Humanities Elective

Literature Elective

Music Elective

Philosophy Elective

Religion Elective

Social Science (6 credits)

Economics (See Program Requirements)

Choose (1) course below (See Specific Program Requirements):

PSY 101   Introduction to Psychology

SOC 101  Introduction to Sociology

Mathematics (3 credits)

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

Natural Science (3 or 4 Credits)

(See Program Requirements)

Computer Operations (3 credits)

(See Program Requirements)

CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving

Critical Analysis (3 credits)

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

Citizenship (3 credits)

HUM 381 Contemporary Global Issues

All College of Business students are to take HUM 381.

Business Core (33 credits)

BAC 101 Accounting I

BAC 102 Accounting II

BBM 201 Principles of Management

BBM 301 Organizational Behavior

BBM 320 Business Communications

BBM 402 Strategic Management

BMK 305 Marketing

FIN 305 Financial Management

BBM 325 Intro to Business Analytics

MAT 312 Business Statistics

BBM 301: available as a co-op

FIN 305: Upper Level finance (FIN) courses are not offered every semester. Students should plan ahead by completing all pre-requisites as soon as possible in order to take the junior and senior level finance courses when they are offered.

Choose one of the following:

BBM 411 Operations and Systems Management

HRM 311 Human Resource Management

Finance Program Core (30 credits)

BBM 319 Business Ethics

BLA 305 Business Law for Accounting and Finance Majors

ECO 102 Economics II

FIN 301 Personal Finance

FIN 302 Financial Planning

FIN 306 Corporate Finance

FIN 410 Financial Reporting and Analysis

MIS 320 Management Information Systems

FIN 301: available as a co-op

FIN 301, FIN 302, FIN 410: Upper Level finance (FIN) courses are not offered every semester. Students should plan ahead by completing all pre-requisites as soon as possible in order to take the junior and senior level finance courses when they are offered.

FIN 306: FIN 305 is the Prerequisite to FIN 306, with the exception of the Organizational Management program, which has the Prerequisite of FIN 300.

Select one of the following:

FIN 411 Investments and Security Analysis

FIN 412 Financial Institution Management

FIN 411, FIN 412: Upper Level finance (FIN) courses are not offered every semester. Students should plan ahead by completing all pre-requisites as soon as possible in order to take the junior and senior level finance courses when they are offered.

Business Electives (6 credits)

Suggested:

BAC 201 Intermediate Accounting I

BAC 301 Cost Accounting I

Certain courses may be available as a co-op

Free Electives (12 credits)

Students with less than 16 transfer credits are required to take FYE 101 as one of their electives.

Suggested Program Sequence

Freshman

1st Semester

ENG 121 English Composition I

FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

Free Elective

OR

FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar

2nd Semester

BBM 201 Principles of Management

ENG 122 English Composition II

MAT 122 College Math II

Natural Science Elective

Social Science Elective

Sophomore

1st Semester

BAC 101 Accounting I

ECO 101 Economics I

ENG 131 Public Speaking

FIN 301 Personal Finance

MAT 312 Business Statistics

FIN 301: Available as co-op

2nd Semester

BAC 102 Accounting II

BMK 305 Marketing

ECO 102 Economics II

FIN 302: Available as co-op

Junior

1st Semester

BBM 320 Business Communications

FIN 305 Financial Management

MIS 320 Management Information Systems

Business Elective

ENG 310 Research Writing

FIN 302: available as a co-op

2nd Semester

BLA 305 Business Law for Accounting and Finance Majors

FIN 306 Corporate Finance

FIN 308 Financial Economics and Instruments

OR

FIN 309 Introduction to Global Derivatives

Humanities Elective

HUM 381 Contemporary Global Issues

All College of Business students are required to take HUM 381 Contemporary Global Issues.

Senior

1st Semester

BBM 301 Organizational Behavior

BBM 325 Intro to Business Analytics

BBM 411 Operations and Systems Management

OR

HRM 311 Human Resource Management

FIN 410 Financial Reporting and Analysis

Free Elective

BBM 301: available as a co-op

2nd Semester

BBM 319 Business Ethics

BBM 402 Strategic Management

FIN 411 Investments and Security Analysis

OR

FIN 412 Financial Institution Management

Free Elective

Free Elective


Finance with a Concentration in Nonprofit Management

The nonprofit industry is one of the fastest growing employers. The industry is seeking out marketers, HR professionals, and managers with an interest in strategic planning within the nonprofit industry. This nonprofit concentration will focus on the following content areas: Introduction to nonprofits, fiscal management, advocacy and public policy, and one specific identified nonprofit course in the student’s program. There are four core courses in the concentration and one specific program course or an internship. Two of the courses are shared between the College of Behavioral Science and the College of Business. This is a concentration for bachelor’s degrees in Business Management, Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, and Sports Management.

Core requirements (12 credits)

NFP 301 Intro to Nonprofit Agencies

NFP 302 Management of the Nonprofit Organization

NFP 303 Foundations of Fiscal Management for Nonprofit

NFP 304 Advocacy and Public Policy

Program specific requirements (3 credits)

Students can choose ONE of the following 5 courses:

BMK 339 Marketing for Nonprofits

FIN 331 Finance for Nonprofit

HRM 361 HRM in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

NFP 307 Fundraising for Nonprofits

SPM 309 Sports and Athletics Fundraising

Students may substitute any program specific course for an alternate NFP course of their choosing or an internship.

Total concentration courses are five courses equaling 15 credits.


Finance Completion Degree

Curriculum

Transfer students who hold an associate degree from a partner institution are required to take the following Finance courses.

Finance Core

BBM 319 Business Ethics

BBM 320 Business Communications

BBM 402 Strategic Management

BBM 411 Operations and Systems Management

OR

HRM 311 Human Resource Management

BLA 305 Business Law for Accounting and Finance Majors

BMK 305 Marketing

FIN 301 Personal Finance

FIN 302 Financial Planning

FIN 305 Financial Management

FIN 306 Corporate Finance

FIN 308 Financial Economics and Instruments

FIN 410 Financial Reporting and Analysis

FIN 411 Investments and Security Analysis

OR

FIN 412 Financial Institution Management

MAT 312 Business Statistics

MIS 320 Management Information Systems

What is a Completion Degree?

A completion degree is a personalized version of a bachelor's degree created exclusively for students who have completed an associate degree at an accredited institution. Completion degrees are available for most Wilmington University Bachelor of Science degrees. A student who expects to transfer a completed associate's degree should communicate with a Wilmington University academic advisor before registering for courses. A transcript with documentation of the conferred degree must be received by Wilmington University to confirm eligibility.