Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Business Administration B.S. – Finance Emphasis

Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business

Contact: Michael W. Martin, J.D., LL.M., Chair

Location: Kepner 1055

Telephone: 970.351.2275

Fax: 970.351.1097

Website: http://www.mcb.unco.edu/departments/Finance.cfm

Advising Information:

All business majors must consult with their assigned advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the MCB Advising Office for advisor information, 970.351.1233.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The Finance Emphasis provides students with a thorough foundation in finance while also preparing graduates for a wide range of finance related careers or graduate studies. Students may elect a traditional finance curriculum or any one of the three curriculum tracks designed to prepare students for nationally recognized certifications such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), or Certified in Financial Management (CFM).

Program Admission Requirements:

  • Incoming New First Time and Transfer students are admitted to the College of Business major and minors provided they meet the admission requirements set forth by UNC. 
  • Current UNC students who have completed at least 15 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above are guaranteed admission to any business major.
  • Current UNC students who have completed at least 15 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00-2.49 qualify to apply for admission to a business major. Students may apply at the MCB Advising Center located in Kepner 1095.

Degree Requirement Notes:

Students are reminded that to graduate with a Business Administration degree, a student must attain a 2.0 or greater cumulative Business GPA and at least a "C-" grade in each individual Business Administration Core, emphasis and business elective courses.

Business coursework may be transferred toward a Business degree according to the following limits:

  • A maximum of 12 credit hours may be transferred into the Business Core and
  • A maximum of 9 credit hours may be transferred into Required Emphasis and Elective Emphasis and
  • A maximum of 6 credit hours may be transferred into Business Electives.

Program Requirements:

  • All students in the program must complete a Professional Experience prior to graduation.  A for-credit internship, if completed satisfactorily, will fulfill the work experience component of the Professional Experience.  All students must complete the Professional Experience required workshops.  For more information please visit the Professional Experience website.
  • In addition to fulfilling the basic requirements for the Bachelor or Science degree in Business Administration students must attain at least a grade of "C-" or better in the Required Emphasis Credits, Elective Emphasis Credits, and Major Elective Credits in order to count towards graduation.
  • Students interested in the field of Financial Planning and/or who want to sit for the CFP™ Certification Exam should take the following elective courses: BAFN 340, BAFN 479, BAAC 320 and BAAC 325.
  • Students interested in the field of investments and/or who want to prepare for the CFA® exam should take the following courses as their Elective Emphasis Credits: BAFN 479, BAFN 478, and BAAC 320.
  • Students interested in the field of corporate financial management and/or who want to prepare for the CFM exam should take the following courses as their Elective Emphasis Credits: BAAC 320, BAAC 323 and BAFN 479.
  • Students interested in the field of banking should take the following courses as their Elective Emphasis Credits: BAFN 473, BAFN 479 and one other course from the list of Elective Emphasis Credits.
  • BAFN 495 Special Topics or any Executive Professor class may be substituted for a finance elective with the approval of the Chair of the Department of Finance.

Coursework completed by a student within the preceding 10 years may apply as credit toward a bachelor's degree. Coursework taken before the 10-year limit may be reviewed by the school director and college dean to determine its appropriateness to the major requirements.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses that also count toward the required major credits.

Any additional LAC coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

The program recommends that you choose one of the following courses for Intermediate Communication:

BA 205 Business Communication OR ENG 123 College Research Paper Writing.

Either course will fulfill both a major requirement and the Liberal Arts Curriculum requirement.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

The program recommends that you take the following courses:

MATH 124 College Algebra or STAT 150 Introduction to Statistical Analysis. 

Both courses are required for the major. Either one of them will fulfill the 3 credit hour math requirement in the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

The program recommends the following courses in the Social & Behavioral Sciences category.

ECON 203 Principles of Macroeconomics AND ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics 

PSY 120 Introduction to Psychology OR PSY 265 Social Psychology OR SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology

Both economics courses and one of the other three courses are required for the major. Any one of them can be used to fulfill the Liberal Arts Curriculum requirement of 3 credits in Social and Behavioral Sciences. A second one can be used to fulfill the requirement of an additional course (3 credits) in Arts & Humanities, History or Social and Behavioral Sciences.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 91-92 credits

(Required Supporting Credits — 31-32 credits)

The following courses are required as part of the Business major, some of which will also count towards the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 

BA 205Business CommunicationsLAW2

3

or

ENG 123College Research PaperLAW2

3

BACS 101Business Computing

3

BAMG 125Taking Care of Business

3

COMM 100Basics of Public Speaking

3

ECON 203Principles of MacroeconomicsLAB1

3

ECON 205Principles of MicroeconomicsLAB1

3

MATH 124College AlgebraLAX1

4

MATH 176Topics in Calculus

3

or

MATH 131Calculus ILAX1

4

PSY 120Principles of PsychologyLAB3

3

or

PSY 265Social PsychologyLAB3

3

or

SOC 100Principles of SociologyLAB3

3

STAT 150Introduction to Statistical AnalysisLAX1

3

(Business Core Credits — 30 credits)

Take all of the following courses:

BAAC 220Principles of Accounting I

3

BAAC 221Principles of Accounting II

3

BAFN 231Legal Environment of Business

3

BAFN 240Introduction to Personal Financial Planning

3

BACS 300Information Systems

3

BAMG 350Management and Organizational Behavior

3

BAMK 360Marketing

3

BAFN 370Business Finance

3

BAMG 390Operations Management and Data Analytics

3

BAMG 456Strategic Management

3

BAMG 456 is the capstone course for Business majors and is designed to be taken in the student’s last semester. 

(Finance Emphasis Credits — 15 credits)

Take all of the following courses:

BAFN 371Financial Markets and Institutions

3

BAFN 375Multinational Financial Management

3

BAFN 379Investments

3

BAFN 470Financial Management

3

BAFN 474Case Problems in Financial Management

3

(Elective Finance Emphasis Credits — 9 credits)

Choose three of the following courses:

BAAC 320Intermediate Accounting I

3

BAAC 323Cost and Managerial Accounting I

3

BAFN 340Principles of Risk and Insurance

3

BAFN 372Introduction to Real Estate

3

BAFN 473Commercial Bank Management

3

BAFN 478Student and Foundation Fund

3

BAFN 479Portfolio Management

3

BAFN 478: Only three credits may count toward this category. Students may take the class two times, for six credits, with instructor approval, but the second three credits are business electives and not "Elective Finance Emphasis Credits."

(Elective Major Credits — 6 credits)

Take six (6) semester credit hours from BA 251 or BACS 200 or BACS 287 or any other 300/400 level business course not already counted in Business Core, Emphasis or Emphasis electives.  

(BAAC 301, BAFN 302 and BAMG 356 may not be used.)

Any 300 or 400-level business electives (BA prefix) except for BAAC 301, BAFN 302 and BAMG 356

or

BA 251International Business

3

or

BACS 200Web Design and Development for Small Business

3

or

BACS 287Graphical Interface Programming

3

3. University-Wide Credits — 0-10 credits*

*Note: Students must apply at least some of the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum requirements and the major requirements to complete this degree program in 120 credit hours. Students who apply all of the recommended courses to the LAC will have up to 10 credits of university wide electives to apply to this degree depending on the number of credits applied to both the LAC and the major. See your advisor for details.