Bachelor of Business Administration-Finance Concentration

Finance is an exciting and rewarding path of study in which students learn about the time value of money and how to make money grow over a period of time for their companies, for themselves, or for their future clients. Students will also learn about investment options and how to evaluate and incorporate risk into financial decisions. These are just a few of the concepts that our Texas A&M University –Texarkana College of Business students in finance have the opportunity to learn and then subsequently return in value to their future clients and customers. The finance concentration offers many career options for students interested in this area. Opportunities include jobs in banking, individual financial management, and industrial financial management, along with many others. These jobs help people and companies manage stock and bond portfolios, whether it’s to save for personal reasons or to grow their business.

Degree Requirements

Students should refer to their DegreeWorks degree audit in their Web for Students account for more information regarding their degree requirements.

Major Requirements
General Education Requirements42
Business Administration Core Courses
FIN 354Financial Management3
GBUS 310Business Communications3
GBUS 440International Business (EL)3
GBUS 450Business Ethics3
or GBUS 452 Business Ethics for Non-Accounting Majors
MGT 395Principles of Management3
MGT 439Business Strategy and Policy3
MGT 465Production and Operations Management3
MIS 360Essentials of Management Information Systems3
MKT 363Marketing3
MGT 324Business Data Analytics I3
or SCM 324 Business Data Analytics I
Finance Concentration18
Principles of Investments
International Finance
Intermediate Financial Management
Financial Institutions Management
Cost Accounting
Enterprise Resource Planning
Other Requirements-Business Introductory courses
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting I3
ACCT 2302Principles of Accounting II3
BUSI 2301Business Law3
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics 13
ECON 2302Principles of Microeconomics 13
MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods 13
BBA Secondary Core
12sch upper division Business Electives 212
Minimum Hours for Degree120
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Satisfies Core Curriculum

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Upper Division Business Electives include 300 & 400 level courses from Accounting, General Business, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing & Supply Chain Management

Note: A minimum of 54 upper division hours (300 and 400 level courses) are required for this degree. Resident credit totaling 25% of the hours is required for the degree.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in three areas for graduation:  Overall GPA, Institutional GPA, and Major GPA.

First Year

FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 1301Composition I requires minimum grade of 'C', Satisfies Core Curriculum3
HIST 1301United States History I Satisfies Core Curriculum3
MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods Satisfies Core Curriculum3
Creative Arts Core Curriculum Requirement
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics Satisfies Core Curriculum3
IS 1100University Foundations mandatory for FTIC students only1
Fall Total Semester Credit Hours16
SpringSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 1302Composition II Satisfies Core Curriculum3
or ENGL 2311 Technical Writing & Communication
HIST 1302United States History II Satisfies Core Curriculum3
Language, Philosophy and Culture Core Curriculum Requirement3
SPCH 1315Public Speaking Satisfies Core Curriculum3
or COMM 1307 Introduction to Mass Communication
or COMM 1311 Introduction to Communication Studies
ECON 2302Principles of Microeconomics3
Spring Total Semester Credit Hours15
Total First Year Semester Credit Hours31

 Second Year

FallSemester Credit Hours
Life and Physical Sciences Core Curriculum Requirement3-4
PSCI 2301American Government I: Federal & Texas Constitutions Satisfies Core Curriculum3
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting I3
BUSI 2301Business Law3
Component Area Option B of the Core Curriculum3
Fall Total Semester Credit Hours15-16
SpringSemester Credit Hours
Life and Physical Sciences Core Curriculum Requirement3-4
PSCI 2302American Government II: Federal & Texas Political Behavior Satisfies Core Curriculum3
ACCT 2302Principles of Accounting II3
MGT 395Principles of Management3
MKT 363Marketing3
Spring Total Semester Credit Hours15-16
Total Second Year Semester Credit Hours30-32

 Third Year

FallSemester Credit Hours
FIN 354Financial Management3
ACCT 425Cost Accounting3
SCM 324Business Data Analytics I3
or MGT 324 Business Data Analytics I
MIS 360Essentials of Management Information Systems3
Upper Division Business Elective (300-400 level from: ACCT, FIN, GBUS, MGT, MIS, MKT, SCM)3
Fall Total Semester Credit Hours15
SpringSemester Credit Hours
FIN 484Financial Institutions Management3
GBUS 452Business Ethics for Non-Accounting Majors3
or GBUS 450 Business Ethics
MGT 465Production and Operations Management3
Upper Division Business Elective (300-400 level from: ACCT, FIN, GBUS, MGT, MIS, MKT, SCM)3
Elective - Upper or Lower Division as needed to meet upper division and overall requirement3
Spring Total Semester Credit Hours15
Total Third Year Semester Credit Hours30

Fourth Year

FallSemester Credit Hours
FIN 464Principles of Investments3
FIN 474Intermediate Financial Management3
GBUS 310Business Communications3
GBUS 440International Business (EL)3
Upper Division Business Elective (300-400 level from: ACCT, FIN, GBUS, MGT, MIS, MKT, SCM)3
Fall Total Semester Credit Hours15
SpringSemester Credit Hours
FIN 470International Finance3
MGT 439Business Strategy and Policy3
Upper Division Business Elective (300-400 level from: ACCT, FIN, GBUS, MGT, MIS, MKT, SCM)3
SCM 302Enterprise Resource Planning3
Elective - Upper or Lower Division as needed to meet upper division and overall requirement3
Spring Total Semester Credit Hours15
Total Fourth Year Semester Credit Hours30
Minimum Semester Credit Hours for Degree120

Note: A minimum of 54 upper division hours (300 and 400 level courses) are required for this degree. Resident credit totaling 25% of the hours is required for the degree.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in three areas for graduation:  Overall GPA, Institutional GPA, and Major GPA.

Undergraduate Courses in Finance

FIN 325. Money, Banking, and Financial Markets. 3 Hours.

This course is a study of the American banking system, in particular the Federal Reserve System and the tools it uses to control the economy. It is also a study of the theories of fiscal and monetary policy. Prerequisite: ECON 2301 and ECON 2302.

FIN 354. Financial Management. 3 Hours.

The organization, the instruments, and the methods of financing corporations with reference primarily to the effects on the corporation and its stockholders will be covered. Prerequisite: ACCT 2301 or ACCT 2302 with a C or better.

FIN 464. Principles of Investments. 3 Hours.

This is an introduction to the basic principles of investing, which includes the study of the behavior of securities markets mechanics of stock analysis and investing, decision making techniques, and risk. Prerequisite: FIN 354 with a C or better.

FIN 470. International Finance. 3 Hours.

This course is a study of the institutions and relationships of the international financial system as it relates to the balance of payments, foreign exchange risk, arbitrage, political risk, foreign investment and operations, global banking, and international finance resources. Prerequisite: FIN 354 with a C or better.

FIN 474. Intermediate Financial Management. 3 Hours.

This is an advanced analysis of the sources and uses of funds by corporations. Emphasis is on security valuation techniques, long-term investment decisions, capital structure decisions, and dividend policy. Prerequisite: FIN 354 with a C or better.

FIN 484. Financial Institutions Management. 3 Hours.

This course examines the practices and instruments of institutions comprising finance, industry, portfolio investment policies, legal controls, growth developments, and management practices of financial institutions (particularly banks). Prerequisite: FIN 354 with a C or better.

FIN 489. Individual Study. 3 Hours.

This course provides individual instruction. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

FIN 494. Security Analysis and Portfolio Management. 3 Hours.

This course is an advanced evaluation of investment securities of both private and public institutions through external analysis of financial statements and economic conditions, risk and return analysis, and portfolio selection. Prerequisite: FIN 464.

FIN 496. Financial Derivatives. 3 Hours.

This course provides students an understanding of financial derivative instruments and their applications to risk management and business strategy. A distinction is made between using derivatives to manage risk and using them for speculation. The basic mathematical tools necessary for analysis, design, pricing, and implementation of derivatives in a managerial context are presented including forward, future, option, and swap contracts, hedging, arbitrage, and derivatives-pricing models. Prerequisite: FIN 474.

FIN 497. Special Topics. 3 Hours.

Instructors will provide an organized class designed to cover areas of specific interest. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

Faculty

Dr. James Nguyen

Associate Professor

Email: james.nguyen@tamut.edu