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Bachelor of Science in Business Finance
Are you a highly motivated individual? Do you possess excellent math skills and enjoy problem solving? Would you like to use your skills to help others and make a difference in your community? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then Western Kentucky University's Finance program may be the right fit for you.
The Business Finance concentration deals with the acquisition and use of funds to maximize the value of the firm. Financial managers make decisions about alternative sources and uses of funds. Proper financial management within the firm helps a business provide better products at reasonable prices to customers and greater returns to the investors who supply the capital needed to form and then operate the business.
The concentration in finance provides students with not only a broad general educational background but also a thorough professional education in finance. Please take a moment to browse our site for more information on our faculty, curriculum, unique opportunities offered to our students and much more.
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Business Finance Admission Requirements
Students must meet the following requirements to gain admission to the Finance Program: (Prospective majors may take no more than 12 hours in the major prior to admission to the program).
- Earned a minimum of 60 hours of course work with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5
- Completion of the following eight admission courses: (ACCT 200, ACCT 201, CIS 141, COMM 145, ECON 202, ECON 203, ECON 206 And MATH 123 or MATH 136 or MATH 137).
- A separately calculated 2.5 GPA in the admission courses
- Completion of FIN 300
Students not meeting the above admission requirements will not be admitted to the Business Finance Program and cannot register for any additional courses in the major.
Business Finance Curriculum
The Business Finance concentration (reference number 664) requires 73 hours of professional and elective courses and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. No minor or second major is required or prohibited. Finance majors must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in 300 and 400 level finance courses. In addition, finance majors must earn a "C" or better in FIN 330 (Principles of Financial Management) and FIN 332 (Investment Theory). All finance students must complete FIN 300 prior to admission to the finance program. All finance majors will be required to participate in an assessment process in FIN 499 (Senior Assessment) prior to graduation.
When planning a program of study in this department, each student should be aware of University academic requires and regulations for graduation. Specific attention should be given to (a) Academic programs and (b) Colonade requirements.
A minimum of 120 earned hours are needed to receive a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Finance.
Courses needed to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance (beyond the Colonade requirements and University academic requirements and regulations for graduation).
|CIS||141||Basic Computer Literacy|
|COMM||145||Fundamentals of Communication & Public Speaking|
|ECON||202||Principles of Microeconomics|
|ECON||203||Priniciples of Macroeconomics|
|Completion of one of the following MATH courses:|
Mathematical Apps for Business
|FIN||300||Career Readiness in Finance|
|FIN||330||Principles of Finance|
|MKT||220||Basic Marketing Concepts|
|MGT||200||Legal Environment of Business|
|MGT||210||Organization and Management|
Choose one of the following courses:
Strategy & Policy
Small Busines Analysis & Strategy
|ECON||307||Financial Data Modeling|
|FIN||433||Markets and Institutions|
|FIN||436||International Financial Management|
|FIN||437||Corporate Asset Management|
|FIN||438||Corporate Funds Managment|
Choose one of the following courses:
Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
Practicum in Portfolio Management
|Students must take 3 additional hours and may choose from the following:|
|FIN||435||Commerical Bank Management|
|ACCT||300||Intermediate Financial Accounting I|
|ACCT||330||Tax Planning for Investments|
|ACCT||430||Federal Taxation - Individuals|
|ACCT||440||Business Law for the Accounting Professional|
In addition, students must take 6 hours of upper level finance electives as well as an additional 3 hours of business electives. Finance electives may be choosen from 300 and 400 level finance courses not already required for the major. The business elective may be chosen from any 300 or 400 level course in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Computer Information Systems, MKT 323 or MKT 325.
For additional information, contact Dr. Chhachhi, Chair of the Finance Department.