Finance (FIN) Courses

College of Business and Economics (COBE)

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FIN 220 Personal Finance (3) A managerial concept is applied to personal financial affairs; traditional life-cycle approach is structured in terms of a personal balance sheet model; begins with various tools and techniques of planning and ends with the ultimate disposition of the estate; brief case problems are used for illustration. Pre: sophomore standing. (Attributes: DS, GCC, GQ)

FIN 320 Prin Bus Finance (3) Introduction to concepts and techniques of business finance. Topics include organizational forms, agency relationships, financial analysis and planning, the capital formation process and capital markets, risk and return, time value of money, stock and bond valuation, and capital budgeting. Pre: C or better in ACC 201; C or better, or concurrent enrollment, in Bus 290; C or better, or concurrent enrollment, in any of the following: MATH 125, MATH 135, MATH 241 or higher.

FIN 321 Invest & Secur Analysis (3) Fundamentals of the securities market; development of skills needed to analyze current portfolios and potential investments. Topics include risk reduction, investment analysis, security valuation, portfolio management and option/futures speculation. Pre: C or better in FIN 320; successful completion of 45 college credits.

FIN 322 Corporate Finance (3) Development of tools to help managers analyze and solve financial problems. Topics include capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policy, lease financing, short and long term asset and liability management, options and futures contracts, merger/take-over analysis and bankruptcy analysis. Pre: C or better in FIN 320; C or better in ACC 202.

FIN 325 Small Bus Finance (3) Application of financial principles to small business firms. Topics include planning, valuation, investment decision making (fixed and working capital investments) and procurement of funds. Pre: C or better in FIN 320 and successful completion of 45 college credits.

FIN 370 Prin Real Estate (3) Real estate principles including legal, physical, and economic elements, as well as concepts of valuation, market analysis, and finance. Examined are public and private externalities affecting the allocation and utilization of real estate resources. Pre: Admission to Professional Business Program, FIN 320 and junior standing.

FIN 412 Options & Other Derivatives (3) Detailed coverage of derivative securities including options, swaps, forwards and futures. Pricing, arbitrage relationships, use and trading strategies of derivatives are discussed. Contemporary issues in financial engineering. Special emphasis is placed on the use of derivatives by smaller businesses. Pre: C or better in FIN 320.


FIN x94 Special Topics in Subject Matter (Arr.) Special topics chosen by the instructor. Course content will vary. May be repeated for credit, provided that a different topic is studied. Additional requirements may apply depending on subject and topic.

FIN x99 Directed Studies (Arr.) Statement of planned reading or research required. Pre: instructor’s consent.