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Bachelor of Science in Finance Degree Program

Curriculum

Below are the required courses to complete the Bachelors of Science in FInance Degree. This is a sample degree plan for online students. At Post University Online you can choose any number of courses to complete on your own schedule, and at your own time.

General Education 60 crs
Common Core 12 crs
ENG110 College Writing

ENG110

College Writing - 3 Credits

This course is designed to develop and refine the analytical/critical reading skills and the substantive writing skills of freshmen.  This intensive writing class will focus on writing essays of varying length and expose students to the various rhetorical modes of writing that will contribute to their success in university courses and their chosen careers.

3 crs
ENG120 College Writing II

ENG120

College Writing II - 3 Credits

College Writing II looks to expand upon the writing skills attained in ENG110. As a student-centered course, students explore their own writing in peer, group, and self-review skill sessions. Students enhance self-editing skills and increase awareness of the revision skills needed in both college coursework and in careers. The course will further develop students' understanding of the writing process from pre-writing to final draft. This course encourages students to have their writing evaluated across the curriculum. The course culminates in a research essay and portfolio of original work.

Pre-requisite: ENG110.


    Prerequisite: ENG110
3 crs
COM107 Introduction to Communications

COM107

Introduction to Communication - 3 credits

This course presents the basics of human communication and provides an overview of the skills that are needed in the 21st century to become a competent communicator.   Students will recognize the important processes of communication such as speaking, listening, media literacy, computer- mediated communication, culture sensitivity, workplace communication, group dynamics, and critical thinking. Ultimately students will develop and illustrate their public speaking skills by presenting three speeches while also incorporating multimedia tools.

3 crs
CIS112 Introduction to Computing

CIS112

Introduction to Computing - 3 Credits

This course strives to meet the high level of computer literacy required of all students earning a degree from the university. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical use of computer technology for information analysis and communications. Computer units introduce the Internet, Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Students who feel they have attained computer literacy and earn 70 percent on an exemption exam may substitute any other 3-credit course for this core requirement. 

Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination.  No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.


    Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination. No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.
3 crs
 
Liberal Arts 21 crs
History Elective 3 crs
BUS340 Business Ethics

BUS340

Business Ethics - 3 Credits

This course examines the ethical issues and dilemmas that challenge the business leader, the business organization, and the capitalist system. Emphasis is on the development of an ethical culture based in fairness, honesty and persistence. Cases, readings, and discussions serve to integrate ethical reflection with management decision making.

Prerequisite: MGT105.

3 crs
Social Science Elective 3 crs
Performance, Written, or Fine Arts Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
 
Math 6 crs
MAT120 College Algebra

MAT120

College Algebra - 3 Credits

This course provides a deeper understanding of the concepts of algebra including function applications, inequalities in two variables, matrix operations, linear programming, quadratic and polynomial applications, and solving rational and radical equations. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of two years of High School Algebra or the equivalent.


3 crs
MAT220 Statistics I

MAT220

Statistics - 3 Credits

This course offers students an opportunity to experience statistics as it would occur in various settings. Topics are presented through real life case studies and include an overview of the fundamentals of statistics, collective and descriptive statistical techniques, data collection and sampling, the normal distribution and probability, hypothesis testing, population inferences, simple linear regression, and correlation. An understanding of basic algebra is required. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator and access to a spreadsheet program is recommended.

3 crs
 
Science 3 crs
 
Open Electives 15 crs
 
Designated Writing Course 3 crs
BUS311 Managerial Communications

BUS311

Managerial Communications - 3 Credits

This course provides instruction in organization and construction of the written, technological, and oral communication used in modern business. Effective communication at all levels is necessary for leaders in organizations. Well-developed communication skills will provide students with a framework for excellence across all business activities. Students will develop the skills necessary to communicate effectively in multiple modes both inside and outside of their organizations.

Prerequisite: ENG207.

3 crs
 
Major, Core and Concentrations 54 crs
Business Law I 3 crs
BUS204 Business Law I

BUS204

Business Law I - 3 Credits

This course covers Constitutional Law and the rights and duties that apply to business entities as well as to individuals.

Also covered are Tort Law, body and property injury, as well as harm to reputation in the business context; Criminal Law, specifically those areas pertinent to business, such as bribery and embezzlement; Intellectual Property Law, including copyright, patent and trademark laws; Contract Law, which encompasses sales contracts and the application of the Uniform Commercial Code as well as common law contracts, such as employment contracts.

3 crs
 
Business Core 18 crs
ACC111 Financial Accounting

ACC111

Financial Accounting - 3 Credits

This course is for the student to learn about accounting as an information development and communications function that supports economic decision-making. The course will help students perform financial analysis; derive and assess information for personal or organizational decisions; and understand business, governmental, and other organizational entities.

3 crs
BUS211 Malcolm Baldrige Quality Standards

BUS211

Baldrige Principles and Introduction to Quality Systems - 3 Credits

This course provides undergraduate students with an introduction to the history of the quality movement in American industry in the 20th and 21st centuries and presents the core principles of the Baldrige Quality assessment process.  By direct exposure to these concepts and principles, students will be prepared to recognize and apply these concepts and principles as they enter into their upper division coursework in the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business.  Students will also be introduced to contemporary quality assurance systems, measurements and tools and learn to apply these in business situations.

3 crs
ECO201 Macroeconomics

ECO201

Macroeconomics - 3 Credits

This course examines the fundamental analytical structure of a macro economy and familiarizes students with the problems of employment, inflation, interest rates, and business cycles. Topics include the determination of income and output, the role of fiscal and monetary policy, and the interaction of an economy with the rest of the world within a global framework.

3 crs
FIN201 Principles of Finance

FIN201

Principles of Finance - 3 Credits

This course examines the role of finance in relation to other business operations and within the financial community. It covers the development and use of the basic tools and operational/quality measures for financialadministration, financial analysis, planning and control, investment decisions, and management of sources of funds.

Prerequisites: ACC111; MGT105.

3 crs
MGT105 Principles of Management

MGT105

Principles of Management - 3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the principles of management examining their application in public and private, profit and non-profit organizations. Students will explore the areas of employee motivation, group behavior, leadership, strategic planning, organizational design, and career opportunities. Fundamental concepts of management, effective communication competency, ethical dilemmas faced by managers and corporate social responsibility will be explored.

3 crs
MKT101 Principles of Marketing

MKT101

Principles of Marketing - 3 Credits

This course examines the basic marketing principles practiced by modern organizations including product development, distribution, promotion, and pricing. Students will explore topics including consumer engagement, strategic planning, best practices along with the importance of measurements, analysis and utilizing acquired data. It is the foundation course for upper-level marketing courses.

3 crs
 
Major Core 24 crs
ACC211 Managerial Accounting

ACC211

Managerial Accounting - 3 Credits

This course provides a practical understanding of the use of accounting data driven processes by management in planning and controlling operations in all functions of the enterprise and in choosing among alternative courses of action.

Prerequisite: ACC111


    Prerequisite: ACC111
3 crs
BUS411 Business Policy Seminar

BUS411

Business Policy Seminar - 3 Credits

This seminar requires students to utilize concepts presented in all prior business and economics courses in analyzing corporate business strategies. Students will focus on strategic thinking, leadership, and understanding the interconnected nature of all business activity. The course examines how businesses plan and react to factors affecting their success. Emphasis is placed on best practices and change management processes. Simulations and case studies are used with the goal of allowing students to develop and present their mastery of strategic business issues. Oral and written reports are required.

Prerequisite: Senior standing in the undergraduate business programs.


    Prerequisites: Senior standing in the undergraduate business programs
3 crs
ECO202 Microeconomics OR

ECO202

Microeconomics - 3 Credits

This course familiarizes students with the decision-making processes of individual economic units such as households, firms, and industries, and their interrelationships. Topics include the nature and framework of the forces of supply and demand, household behavior, and consumer choice; the behavior of the firm under different industrial structures, resource allocation, and income distribution; and international trade and comparative advantage.

ECO303 Money and Banking

ECO303

Money and Banking - 3 Credits

The course studies the process of financial intermediation in the economy and is primarily focused on the role of money and banking. Topics include the nature of commercial banks and the scope of their operations, the relationship between the banking sector and the other sectors of an economy, the role of the Federal Reserve, and the international financial linkages of an economy.

Prerequisite: ECO201.

    Prerequisite: ECO201
 3 crs
FIN302 Corporate Finance

FIN302

Corporate Finance - 3 Credits

This course is an analysis of capital investments relative to rates of return, goals, risks, and other operational/quality measures. A study of equity and debt financing, dividend policy, and multinational operations is also reviewed.

Prerequisite: FIN201.


    Prerequisites: FIN201
3 crs
FIN401 Insurance and Risk Management

FIN401

Insurance and Risk Management - 3 Credits

This course presents fundamental principles of insurance and their application in life, disability, property, and liability insurance. The concept of risk and the operational/quality measures and techniques used by a risk manager are included. The course provides the basic knowledge for intelligent solutions of personal and business insurance problems as well as for further specialized study of insurance.

Prerequisites: ECO202; MAT220.


    Prerequisites: ECO202; MAT220
3 crs
FIN403 Investment Management

FIN403

Investment Management - 3 Credits

This course analyzes the theory and practice of investment measurement and management. Topics include principles of selection of assets, personal portfolio management, and performance criteria for selecting and makingalternative corporate investment decisions.

Prerequisites: FIN201.


    Prerequisite: FIN201
3 crs
FIN411 International Financial Management

FIN411

International Financial Management - 3 Credits

This course covers international capital movements and balance of payment problems, as well as problems of international operations as they affect financial functions. Foreign and international institutions and the foreign exchange process are examined. Financial requirements, problems, sources, and policies of multinational corporations are considered.

Prerequisite: ECO201.


    Prerequisite: ECO201
3 crs
MAT230 Quantitative Analysis

MAT230

Quantitative Analysis - 3 Credits

This course introduces mathematical techniques used in business, economics, and social sciences. Topics include mathematics of finance, systems of linear equations and inequalities, Gaussian elimination method, linear programming, Simplex method, and probability. These techniques are applied to the optimization of profit and cost functions that arise in production and transportation problems. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program.

Prerequisite: MAT120 or MAT130.


    Prerequisites: MAT120 or MAT130
3 crs
 
Concentrations 9 crs
 
Career and Self-Awareness 6 crs
CSS101 College Success Seminar: Learning Across the Lifespan

CSS101

College Success Seminar: Learning Across the Lifespan - 3 credits

This course provides theoretical bases and practical strategies for lifelong learning. Students will become aware of university resources, as well as the policies and procedures critical to success at Post. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, study skills, analytical reading, effective writing, reasoning, problem-solving, time management and strategies for college success necessary to support learning in a university environment. Students will analyze their own learning abilities and styles and develop effective practices for learning throughout their lifetime. Students will explore their motivations and the external determinants that affect their educational, personal, and career success. Students will learn the role of active learning in a successful life.

3 crs
PSS301 Professional Success Seminar: Work, Life and Career Development

PSS301

Professional Success Seminar: Work, Life and Career Development – 3 credits

This course provides practical approaches to managing one’s career, working with others in teams, understanding other’s perceptions of one’s performance, managing upwards and sideways for success, maneuvering through a changing work environment and global marketplace, and networking inside and outside of one’s organization. Students will explore the changing global environment of business and the skills and knowledge that tomorrow’s workforce will demand.

3 crs
 
Grand Total 120 crs

 


The university reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The university will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.