Undergraduate Program

Finance

The Finance curriculum is designed to familiarize the student with the institutions, theory, and practice involved in the allocation of financial resources within the private sector. It is also designed to incorporate foundation study in such related disciplines as economics and the quantitative areas. Finance provides an educational foundation for careers involving financial analysis and management, investment analysis and portfolio management, investment banking, insurance and risk management, banking, and international finance.

While only MATH 220 Elementary Calculus I or MATH140 Calculus I (MATH130 also accepted) is required for the Finance major, students with a strong math background are encouraged to complete both MATH140 Calculus I and MATH141 Calculus II. In addition, these students are encouraged to complete MATH240 Introduction to Linear Algebra because the material in this course provides a deeper understanding of finance. Students with an advanced math background will be in a better position to compete for admission to the Quantitative Finance Fellows and the Accelerated Finance Fellows programs. In addition, this quantitative background will expand a student's career opportunities within finance.

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New Requirements

(New General Education) Effective for students entering UM in Spring 2014 and later. Students who entered UM prior to Spring 2014 have the option of adopting these new requirements. Please consult your Smith School Academic Advisor if you have questions.

Old Requirements

(New General Education) Effective for students entering UM in Fall 2013. Students who entered UM prior to Fall 2013 have the option of adopting these requirements. External transfer students will be required to complete the new Smith School core requirements (launched in 2011) beginning Fall 2013. Please consult your Smith School Academic Advisor if you have questions.

(New General Education) Effective for students entering UM in Fall 2012 through Spring 2013. External transfer students will be required to complete the new Smith School core requirements (launched in 2011) beginning Fall 2013.

(CORE General Education) Effective for students entering UM in Fall 2011 through Spring 2012. External transfer students will be required to complete the new Smith School core requirements (launched in 2011) beginning Fall 2013.

(CORE General Education) Effective for students entering UM in Spring 2008 through Spring 2011.

(CORE General Education) Effective for students entering UM in Spring 2008.

(CORE General Education) Effective for students entering UM from Fall 2005 through Fall 2007.

(CORE General Education) Effective for students entering UM from Fall 1996 through Spring 2005

Economics Requirements

One of the following courses:

ECON 330 (formerly 430) Money and Banking or BMGT341 (formerly BMGT498G) Financial Markets

3 credits

One of the following courses:

ECON 305 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory & Policy

ECON 306 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory

ECON 340 (formerly 440) International Economics

(Note: ECON 325 and ECON326 can substitute for ECON305 or ECON306 respectively)

3 credits

Total 6 credits

Major Requirements

BMGT 343 - Investments

3 credits

BMGT 440 - Financial Management

3 credits

Complete combined total of 3 courses (9cr) from the following options:

9 credits

BMGT 441 - Fixed Income (formerly BMGT448A)
BMGT 442 - Advanced Portfolio Management (formerly BMGT448C)
BMGT 443 - Applied Equity Analysis and Portfolio Management
BMGT 444 - Futures and Options Contracts
BMGT 445 - Banking and Financial Institutions
BMGT 446 - International Finance

In addition, students can apply a maximum of one course (3cr) toward this requirement from the following options:
BMGT 349 Private Equity Fund (formerly BMGT448B)
BMGT 448 - Special Topics in Finance
BMGT 449 - Investment Fund Management: Lemma Senbet Fund

 

One of the following courses

3 credits

BMGT 310 - Intermediate Accounting I
BMGT 313 - Financial Statement Analysis
BMGT 332 - Operations Research for Management Decisions
BMGT 430 - Linear Statistical Models in Business
BMGT 434 - Introduction to Optimization
 
Total 18 credits