Finance - Bachelor of Business Administration

Finance is the crossroads of economics, strategy and accounting, and the study of how firms and individuals allocate resources over time and under uncertain conditions. The finance curriculum provides a core foundation in corporate finance, investments, and financial institutions. The theory and concepts are then applied to problem-solving in a variety of areas including financial markets and institutions, corporate finance, international financial management, stock valuation and portfolio allocation, fixed-income markets, derivatives, risk management and insurance, and entrepreneurial finance.

Courses in the BBA in Finance are organized into four concentrations: Financial Analyst, Banking and Financial Planning, Risk Management and Insurance, and Entrepreneurial Finance. Students may pursue one or more concentrations. If a student chooses not to pursue a concentration, they may select four courses from any concentration or any FIN prefix above FIN 310.

Requirements

Completion of the courses listed below (including any prerequisites) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in these courses. At least twelve of the credits for the major must be completed at NMSU.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Grades of C- or better are required in general education communications courses
Area I: Communications
English Composition Level - 1
Choose one from the following:4
Rhetoric and Composition4
Rhetoric and Composition Honors4
Rhetoric and Composition for International and Multilingual Students4
English Composition - Level 2
ENGL 203GBusiness and Professional Communication3
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Principles of Human Communication Honors3
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 121GCollege Algebra 13
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences
Area III: Laboratory Sciences 24
Grades of C- or better are required in ECON 251G and ECON 252G.
ECON 251GPrinciples of Macroeconomics3
ECON 252GPrinciples of Microeconomics3
Area V: Humanities 23
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 23
General Education Elective 23
Viewing A Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements
Foundation Requirements
MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
Choose one from the following (grade of C- or better required):
If A ST 251G/STAT 251G is taken before MATH 121G then the Statistics course will Satisfy the Area II Requirement for Gen.Ed and MATH 121G must be taken as a foundation requirement 13
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences3
Statistical Applications3
Business Core: Lower Division (minimum grades of C- required)
ACCT 221Principles of Accounting I (Financial)3
ACCT 222Principles of Accounting II (Managerial)3
BCIS 110Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Systems3
BUSA 111Introduction to Business3
Business Core: Upper Division
BCIS 338Business Information Systems I3
BLAW 316Legal Environment of Business3
FIN 341Financial Analysis and Markets3
MGT 309Human Behavior in Organizations3
MGT 449Strategic Management3
MKTG 303Principles of Marketing3
Choose one of the following:3
Enterprise Resource Planning3
Production and Operations Management
Project Management in Organizations
Upper division Economics or Applied Statistics elective from the following prefixes: A ST (excluding A ST 311), ECON3
Upper Division Business Elective from the following prefixes: A ST, ACCT, B A, BCIS, BLAW, ECON, ENTR, FIN, I B, MGT, MKTG (exlcuding A ST 311)3
Major Courses
FIN 355Investments3
FIN 360Financial Information Technology3
FIN 385Analysis of Financial Markets and Institutions3
FIN 406Theory of Financial Decisions3
Twelve credits from:12
A declared concentration below
or
Four courses from any FIN prefix above FIN 310 or from any concentration below, for students not wishing to declare a concentration
Financial Analyst Concentration (12 credits from the following)
Financial Futures Markets3
Investment Analysis3
Fixed Income Markets, Instruments and Derivatives3
Derivative Markets and Securities3
Financial Policy Decisions3
Real Estate Appraisal3
International Managerial Finance3
Finance Internship and Cooperative Education I1-3
Independent Study1-3
Banking and Financial Planning Concentration (12 credits from the following)
Management of Financial Institutions (Required)3
Banking Internship and Cooperative Education1-3
Personal Financial Planning for Professionals3
Investment Analysis3
Fixed Income Markets, Instruments and Derivatives3
Real Estate Appraisal3
Independent Study1-3
Risk Management and Insurance Concentration (12 credits from the following)
Principles of Insurance (Required )3
Life/Health/Employee Benefits3
Property and Liability Insurance3
Business Risk Management3
Analysis of the Excess and Surplus Lines Insurance3
Personal Financial Planning for Professionals3
Insurance Internship and Cooperative Education I1-3
Independent Study1-3
Entrepreneurial Finance Concentration (12 credits from the following)
Business Creation and Valuation3
Entrepreneurial Finance3
Business Analysis and Turnaround3
Entrepreneurial Law3
Financial Policy Decisions3
Finance Internship and Cooperative Education I1-3
Independent Study1-3
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 413
Total Credits120

Every candidate for this major must fulfill the general education common core, College of Business foundation and business core, Viewing a Wider World requirements and general electives, in addition to the requirement for the major. Given below is a suggested study plan for a student pursuing a Finance major. If a student chooses to pursue one or more than one concentration, they should choose the electives that pertain to the concentration. If students choose not to pursue a concentration, they may take courses from any concentration or from any FIN prefix above FIN 310. 

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

Plan of Study Grid
Junior
FallCredits
FIN 341 Financial Analysis and Markets 3
FIN elective 3
 Credits6
Spring
FIN 355 Investments 3
FIN 360 Financial Information Technology 3
FIN 385 Analysis of Financial Markets and Institutions 3
 Credits9
Senior
Fall
FIN 406 Theory of Financial Decisions 3
FIN elective 3
 Credits6
Spring
FIN elective 3
FIN elective 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits27