Course Descriptions

Earn a degree that counts toward a great career

Our online bachelor’s in finance program is designed to help you expand your knowledge and prepare you for a bright future in finance. Begin your path to professional fulfillment by exploring our 100% online curriculum below.

Foundation Courses

BUS 102 — Business Foundations — 2 hours
Explore the types of business careers available in today’s job market, various functions of businesses around the globe, and international business culture.

BUS 110 — Essentials of Financial Literacy — 3 hours
Examine the mathematics of money and financial literacy. This course will cover such topics as simple and complex interest, taxes, consumer finance, retirement plans, insurance and risk management, cash flows, payroll and inventory.

Lower Level Core

AC 200 — Principles of Accounting I — 3 hours
Focus on how accounting events affect financial statements. Learn about preparation and use of external financial reports, accrual versus cash, long-term operational assets, long-term liabilities, stockholders’ equity, recording procedures, and financial statement analysis.

AC 201 — Principles of Accounting II — 3 hours
Study the basic concepts associated with internal reporting, such as the use of relevant information for planning, control, and decision making. Examine cost behavior, cost allocation, product costing, budgeting, responsibility accounting, and capital budgeting.

LS 246 — Legal Environment of Business — 3 hours
Build your general knowledge of the legal environment of business and the basic principles of contracts, property, business organizations, bankruptcy, employment, ethical reasoning and decision-making. Acquire an understanding of the role and value of diversity in the workplace through study of equal employment opportunity and other laws.

QM 214 — Quantitative Analysis I — 3 hours
Examine basic statistical concepts applied to issues in today’s business world. Explore descriptive statistics, index numbers, basic probability, sampling, statistical inference, distributions, and estimation.

QM 215 — Quantitative Analysis II — 3 hours
Explore hypothesis testing, Chi-square distribution, simple regression, multiple regression, analysis of variance, time series, nonparametric statistics and quality control.

EC 210 — Principles of Microeconomics — 3 hours
Theory of production and value, including the problems of monopoly, oligopoly, and distribution of income.

EC 211 — Principles of Macroeconomics — 3 hours
Study economic analysis and its use in dealing with business and governmental problems. Cover topics such as national income, price-level, employment, governmental fiscal policies, and international economics.

Upper Level Core

MG 302 — Management Processes and Behavior — 3 hours
Examine ethical decision-making processes, leadership, contemporary management issues, and communication within organizations. Learn about motivation, job attitudes, diversity, and performance evaluation. Ethics and civic responsibility are significant components of this course.

IS 303 — Information Systems — 3 hours
Theory and application of management information systems. Planning, design, development, and implementation of and strategic issues in information systems. Learn about the World Wide Web, Internet, and knowledge-based systems.

MK 303 — Basic Marketing — 3 hours
Survey course of modern business processes and the planning, distribution, promoting, and pricing of products for domestic and international organizations.

FN 310 — Fundamentals of Financial Management — 3 hours
Introduction to the basic principles of financial management emphasizing quantitative and qualitative analysis of time value of money, stock and bond valuation, capital budgeting, risk/return analysis, cost of capital, capital structure, and cash flow analysis.

BUS 350 — Business Communications — 3 hours
Review of grammar and organization with emphasis on conventions, formats, and style of written business communication. Relies on class writing assignments, research methods and analysis, and collaborative writing.

MG 403 — Operations Management — 3 hours
Operations management as related to manufacturing and non-manufacturing enterprises. Focus on forecasting, inventory theory, scheduling, production control, facility layout, job design, and supporting functions.

FN 412 — International Financial Management — 3 hours
Explore financial analysis and decision-making and other traditional areas of corporate finance in an international context.

BUS 305 – Professional Development – 1 hour
This course prepares students for experiential learning and internship opportunities. Students will gain an understanding of networking, personal branding, career planning, strategic career search, interviewing techniques, salary negotiation, and professional etiquette in today’s global workplace.

*Experiential Requirement – All business majors are required to participate in experiential education. This requirement may carry 0-3 credit hours.

Finance Core

AC 300 – Financial Accounting – 3 hours
Review of the financial accounting system, and in-depth coverage of the environment of financial accounting, conceptual framework of financial accounting, financial statements, time value of money, cash, receivables, and inventory.

FN 320 — Financial Research Methods — 3 hours
Introduction to commercial and publicly available financial research databases and the basics of data analysis.

FN 350 — Equity Portfolio Management — 3 hours
Study investment theory with an emphasis on risk-return tradeoff, equity investment instruments and environment, sources and interpretation of investment information, portfolio theory, market indices, options and futures, and international investing.

FN 370 – Principles of Real Estate – 3 hours
Upper division course designed to provide the student with a solid foundation for making real estate decisions.

FN 410 — Advanced Financial Management — 3 hours
Analysis of long-term corporate financial management, detailed stock and bond valuation, cost of capital, capital budgeting, cash-flow analysis, capital structure, and dividend policies.

Elective options

AC 320 — Financial Accounting Survey — 3 hours
Learn about accounting cycles, financial accounting theory, financial statements, cash and receivables, inventories, intangible assets, long-term debt, stockholders’ equity, investments, income taxes, pension benefits, leases, error correction, and reporting of accounting changes and earnings per share. This class is not open to accounting majors.

AC 401 — Cost Accounting — 3 hours
Examine the basic theories and procedures involving cost determination, analysis, and control. Learn about cost allocations, application of overhead, budgeting, standard costs, job order, process and byproduct costing, spoilage, and quantitative techniques. Junior standing required.

FN 311 — Short-term Financial Management — 3 hours
Multidisciplinary approach to analysis of financial statements and working capital management. Financial planning, corporate liquidity, and short-term financial policy issues.

FN 411 — Case Studies in Financial Management — 3 hours
Case method approach to the study of applied and special topics in financial management; spreadsheet applications used in analysis of initial public offerings, embedded options, leases, mergers, bankruptcy, and pension plan management.

FN 453 — Financial Risk Management — 3 hours
Domestic and international risk management issues. Tools to measure and manage interest rate, exchange rate and commodity price risks.

Capstone

BUS 450 — Strategic Management Capstone Experience — 3 hours
Senior seminar integrating functional business fields of accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing, production policy, and decision-making. This course is writing-intensive, and students must demonstrate an ability to write to appropriate audiences and incorporate pertinent external sources. Strong emphasis on ethical reasoning and decision-making and relating material to contemporary business events and issues. Must be senior in last term.