Finance Program Requirements

Requirements for the finance program include the completion of four different types of coursework: business school core courses, a globalization course, specific finance track courses, and designated liberal arts courses.

B.S. Finance

For students majoring in finance (either track), all courses which may be applied to the track and FINA 315 are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major. Although majors need to achieve a 2.00 grade point average in these courses, it is not necessary to earn a grade of "C" or above in every course.

Requirements

Business School Core - 27 credits

  • ACCT 101 - Principles of Accounting I
  • ACCT 102 - Principles of Accounting II
  • MGMT 203 - The Legal Environment of Business
  • MGMT 211 - Managing Team and Organizational Behavior
  • MKTG 221 - Marketing Principles
  • FINA 315 - Introduction to Corporate Finance
  • MGMT 357 - Information Technology Management
  • MGMT 409 - Operations Management*
  • MGMT 432 - Strategic Management*

Globalization Course - 3 credits

Choose ONE course from the following group.

  • ECON 340C - International Economic Policy
  • FINA 413 - International Banking and Finance
  • MGMT 312 - International Business Management

Finance Track Courses - 22 credits

Choose either the corporate finance track or the financial planning track.

Corporate Finance Track
  • Choose ONE:
    • ACCT 201 - Intermediate Accounting I
    • ACCT 301 - Cost Accounting
    • ACCT 311 - Introduction to Federal Taxation
  • ECON 301C - Money and Banking
  • FINA 310 - Career Planning (1)
  • FINA 316 - Intermediate Financial Management
  • FINA 336 - Investments I
  • FINA 470 - Strategic Financial Management 
  • One finance elective (200 level or above)
  • One finance or accounting elective (200 level or above)
Financial Planning Track
  • FINA 310 - Career Planning (1)
  • FINA 318 - Introduction to Financial Planning
  • FINA 336 - Investments I
  • FINA 337 - Investments II
  • FINA 464 - Retirement Planning (1)
    FINA 465 - Insurance and Risk Management (1)
    FINA 466 - Principles of Estate Planning (1)
  • Choose ONE:
    • MKTG 327 - Buyer Behavior
    • MKTG 344 - Personal Selling
  • ACCT 311 - Introduction to Federal Taxation*
  • FINA 495 - Internship in Financial Planning

Note: FINA 464, 465, and 466 comprise one course requirement.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses - 60 credits

Some of the following courses may be used to fulfill College Core requirements.

  • COMM 253 - Business Communication
  • CSCI 150 - P4 Life in a Digital World
  • ECON 105C - P3 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 106C - P3 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 221 - SQ Statistics I
  • MATH 130C - SQ Mathematical Modeling and Quantitative Analysis**
  • REST 386D - Morality in Business***
  • Additional liberal arts and sciences courses to total 60 credits

Total: 112 credits

*These courses must be taken at St. John Fisher College.
**MATH 112C (P4) or 120C (P4) may be substituted for MATH 130C (SQ); please note however that these courses carry a different Core attribute and so apply to the College Core in a different area.
***PHIL 273C may be substituted for REST 386D.

Notes on Finance Requirements

  • FINA 413 is the recommended course for the globalization requirement.
  • At least half of the business courses required for the finance major—including the business school core, globalization course and the specific courses in each of the finance tracks—must be taken at the College.
  • Students should keep in mind that courses must be taken in a timely manner (e.g., the 100-level courses should optimally be taken during the student’s freshman year at the College, the 200-level during the sophomore year, etc.). In addition, students must pay careful attention to course prerequisites; not doing so could delay progress through the program.
  • Finance majors may not double major with management, nor declare a management minor.

Minor in Corporate Finance

A minor in corporate finance is appealing to students who seek to increase their understanding of corporate finance and create a more appealing résumé to potential employers. A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all courses taken in residence that may be applied to the minor.

Requirements

  • ACCT 101 - Principles of Accounting I
  • ACCT 102 - Principles of Accounting II
  • FINA 315 - Introduction to Corporate Finance
  • FINA 316 - Intermediate Financial Management
  • Choose TWO:
    • FINA 336 - Investments I
    • FINA 401 - Derivative Securities I
    • FINA 413 - International Banking and Finance
    • FINA 470 - Strategic Financial Management

Total: 18 credits

Note: FINA 413 may only be counted for the minor in corporate finance if it is not taken to satisfy the globalization requirement for students majoring in ACCT, HRMG, or MKTG.

Note: A management major may not minor in corporate finance.

If an accounting major wishes to minor in corporate finance, not all the courses used to meet the minor requirements may be embedded in the major. At least one course taken for the minor must be distinct from any course used to meet a major requirement in accounting.

Minor in Financial Planning

A minor in financial planning is appealing to students who seek to increase their understanding of financial planning and create a more appealing résumé to potential employers. A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all courses taken in residence that may be applied to the minor. Note that a management major may not minor in financial planning.

Requirements

  • ACCT 101 - Principles of Accounting I
  • ACCT 102 - Principles of Accounting II
  • FINA 315 - Introduction to Corporate Finance
  • FINA 318 - Introduction to Financial Planning
  • Choose TWO:
    • FINA 336 - Investments I
    • FINA 337 - Investments II
    • FINA 401 - Derivative Securities I
    • FINA 464 - Retirement Planning (1)*
      FINA 465 - Insurance and Risk Management (1)*
      FINA 466 - Principles of Estate Planning (1)*

Total: 18 credits

*These three one-credit hour modules comprise one course requirement.

Note: A management major may not minor in financial planning. If an accounting major wishes to minor in financial planning, not all the courses used to meet the minor requirements may be embedded in the major. At least one course taken for the minor must be distinct from any course used to meet a major requirement in accounting.


Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.