Stillman School of Business

Curriculum 

The concentration in finance develops the skills necessary for understanding how to create wealth through the art and science of money management. The study of finance will help the student answer three fundamental questions. First, how much should any individual or firm invest? Second, what assets should the individual or firm invest in? Third, how should the cash required for the investment be raised? The finance concentration provides students with an understanding of how to answer these questions at the individual investor level and at the business/corporate level. Topics covered include the time value of money, capital budgeting, asset pricing, investments, portfolio analysis and derivatives.

Through an understanding of these topics, the concentration in finance seeks to integrate the fields of accounting, economics, law and quantitative analysis. In turn, it is designed to prepare students for careers in corporate finance, investments, financial institutions, insurance and real estate.

Mathematical Finance

In cooperation with the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, the concentration is designed to enhance the students's comprehension of finance through the power of mathematics. The application of mathematical methods hold great promise for delivering solutions to fundamental financial problems, as found in capital budgeting, risk management, portfolio analysis, and actuarial science.

The concentration draws on tools from applied mathematics, including calculus, linear algebra, and statistics, to prepare students for careers in corporate treasury, investment banking, commercial banking, hedge funds, insurance, and risk management. As the pace of financial innovation quickens, the need for highly qualified individuals with specific training in financial mathematics will only intensify. The concentration is designed to not only meet increasing market demands but also to prepare students for the advanced study at the graduate level.

Finance Concentration Requirements
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Students must earn at least a “C” in each individual BFIN course and earn a 2.5 average for all BFIN courses.

 BFIN 3211
 Financial Strategy
 3
 BFIN 4227
 Investment Analysis
 3
 BFIN 4225-4999
 Finance Electives
 9
 
Total credits: 15
Note: Co-op courses count only as general education electives. 

Mathematical Finance Requirements

Students must earn at least a “C” in each individual BFIN and MATH course and earn a 2.5 average for all MATH and BFIN courses. A single BFIN course of 3000 series or higher can be taken at most twice.  Students may concentrate in either Finance or Mathematical Finance, but not both.

 
MATH 1501
Honors Calculus 1
4
MATH 1511
Honors Calculus II
4
MATH 2511
Honors Calculus III
4
MATH 2813
Linear Algebra
4
BFIN 3211
Financial Strategy
3
BFIN 4227
Investment Analysis
3
  In addition, select at least two of the following:
 
 BFIN 4234
Futures, Options and Derivatives
3
 BFIN 4250
Fixed Income Analysis
3
 BFIN 4255
 Financial Modeling
3

Total credits: 28

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