Finance Requirements

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The financial implications of decisions in both business and government are becoming more complex. Within the firm, financial considerations permeate research, engineering, production, and marketing. Within governmental activities, sophisticated financial techniques are becoming increasingly important. The financial executive thus takes a key role in the successful management of both business and governmental operations.

The finance curriculum offers three areas of specialization to meet the varied interests of students: (1) financial management, (2) financial institutions and (3) investments. The financial management program provides the background for a career in the financial operations of business firms and public institutions. The financial institutions specialization is designed for those interested in the operations of financial intermediaries and financial markets. The investments concentration is designed for those interested in Security Analysis and Portfolio Management. Certain courses may require the purchase of additional materials.

A major in Finance requires students to earn a minimum grade of C (a grade of C- is not sufficient) in each of the courses taken to satisfy the requirements for the Finance major* (as described below), and students must earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average for those major courses. For finance majors and minors, Finance courses completed more than seven calendar years prior to the current term must be repeated (FIN 208, 270, 280, and 380 are excluded from this requirement).

The Capstone Option for Transfer Students

The Capstone Option is available to students who have earned an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree or have the equivalent certification and who have a cumulative 2.0/4.0 GPA on all accredited coursework prior to the completion of the AAS or certification, as calculated by SIU. The Capstone Option reduces the University Core Curriculum requirements from 39 to 30 hours, therefore reducing the time to degree completion. See the Capstone Option section for information. Students who apply for the Capstone Option will work with the College of Business Advisement Office for approval of the Capstone Option and will complete a personal contract for a degree completion plan.

Differential Tuition

The College of Business assesses differential tuition for College of Business majors. The College of Business has a “minor program fee” for majors outside of the College of Business that want to declare a minor through the College of Business. The minor program fee is equal to 15% of 15 credit hours of applicable tuition for declared College of Business minors.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
Professional Business Core 47
Requirements for Major in Finance* 27
*Minimum grade of C required for all classes in major area. FIN 331, FIN 341, FIN 361, and ACCT 321 or ACCT 331 12
Specialization (choose one) 15
Financial Management: FIN 462, FIN 463 and three of the following: FIN 432, FIN 433, FIN 434, FIN 449, FIN 464, FIN 469, FIN 495 Financial Institutions: FIN 449; Select four: FIN 432, FIN 433, FIN 434, FIN 462, FIN 464, FIN 469, FIN 495 or FIN 320 and FIN 322; Select three: FIN 432, FIN 433, FIN 449, FIN 464, FIN 495 Investments: FIN 432, FIN 433 and three of the following: FIN 434, FIN 449, FIN 462, FIN 463, FIN 464, FIN 469, FIN 495
Electives 1 7
Total 120

1 120 semester hours are required for graduation. Any additional hours of college level credit can be used to equal minimum 120 semester hours required for degree.

Finance Minor

A minor in Finance consists of a minimum of 12 semester hours.

Finance Minor

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Requirements for a minor in Finance 12
FIN 330 Specialization: (choose one) Financial Institutions: FIN 331, FIN 341 and FIN 449 Financial Management: FIN 361, FIN 462 and FIN 463 Investments: FIN 331, FIN 432 and FIN 433

Prerequisites for these classes must also be satisfied.  At least nine of the twelve semester hours must be taken at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. An advisor within the College of Business must be consulted before selecting this field as a minor.

A minor from the College of Business requires students to earn a minimum grade of C (a grade of C- is not sufficient) in each of the courses taken to satisfy the requirements for their minor, and students must earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average for those minor courses.