Business Finance, Bachelor of Science
Climb higher with a degree in Finance.
Finance has become the universal language of commerce - cutting across industries, countries, and circumstances. Finance is an indispensable tool for fueling innovation and economic growth and appropriately managing risk. The Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from WKU provides the skills necessary to work at a high level of expertise in finance, including asset management; commercial and investment banking; treasury management; international finance; and more.
Business Finance deals with the acquisition and use of funds to maximize firm value. 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 Business Finance major offers 4 concentrations:
- Financial Services
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).
- Earn 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 or MATH 142 or MATH 237 or a Math ACT of at least 26 or Math SAT of at least 610.
- Earn a minimum 2.5 GPA in the eight admission courses listed above.
- 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 beyond the 12 credit hours permitted prior to admission to the program.
Business Finance Curriculum
The Business Finance concentration (reference number 664) requires 78 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 both FIN 330 (Principles of Finance) and FIN 332 (Investment Theory).
When planning a program of study in this department, each student should be aware of University academic requirements and regulations for graduation. Specific attention should be given to (a) Academic programs and (b) Colonnade requirements.
A minimum of 120 earned hours are needed to receive a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Finance.
Find Your Concentration
in Business Finance
The Investment Concentration focuses on the proper use of investment instruments, how financial markets work, portfolio construction and the allocation of resources to meet financial goals. Important skills and responsibilities include formulating investment strategies, making investment decisions/recommendations, managing portfolios, and managing investment risks. Titles associated with this concentration include Portfolio manager, trader, investment banker, investment analyst, chief investment officer.
The Analyst Concentration focuses on the development, analysis, and interpretation of financial data. Important skills and responsibilities include gathering and parsing financial data, analyzing and interpreting financial statements, evaluating a company's performance, and communicating findings. Titles associated with this concentration include financial analyst, risk analyst, valuation analyst, securities analyst, real estate analyst, transfer pricing analyst, treasury analyst, FP&A analyst, Chief Financial Officer.
The Financial Services Concentration focuses on the sector of the economy that deals with the management of money at banks and depository institutions, insurance companies, finance companies, and mortgage lending companies. Important skills and responsibilities include understanding financial market operations, the movement of money, and the application of technology to services and financial products. Titles associated with this concentration include credit analyst, personal relationship banker, bank officer, loan officer, underwriter, bank examiner, insurance broker, Bank President.
The General Concentration allows students the flexibility to select their own unique path through the variety of topics and classes offered in the Finance program. Each student is free to choose the set of upper division courses they are most interested in. The flexibility of the General Concentration also allows students to simultaneously pursue two concentrations: 1. General Concentration in Business Finance and 2. Personal Financial Planning (PFP) concentration (with the addition of a few credit hours from the PFP area) while in the program.