Accredited by ACBSP

The Business Administration: Banking and Finance Concentration major prepares students with the skills necessary to meet the business demands of today and the future. The curriculum provides a solid business core that includes an extensive background in banking and finance and the functional areas of business. In addition, students can leverage the strength of the major by selecting from among a list of directed elective courses that will complement the curriculum, which could include accounting, computer science, legal studies, management, marketing, and small business management and entrepreneurship.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can expect to be employed as financial analysts, personal financial advisors, insurance underwriters and sales, or in banking positions such as loan officers. Opportunities for employment exist nationwide, but most graduates of this major become employed within Pennsylvania, particularly in Williamsport, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.

Recommended High School Subjects

English and mathematics courses (including algebra).

Remediation Strategies

All students entering the major are tested for English, mathematics and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies during their first semester. In addition to the standard remediation requirements, applicants to this major must remediate algebra deficiencies identified during placement testing.

Transfer Procedures

All transfer credits will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis to determine where they would fit into the curriculum sequence. Students must have earned a grade of 'C' or better in courses transferred into the B.S.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • assess, criticize and synthesize classical theories of finance with more recent advances in behavioral finance.
  • analyze effective financial decision making utilizing current research, technology, and data sources.
  • evaluate the economic, ethical, sociological, and technological forces that are ever reshaping financial institutions, financial markets, and the financial system.
  • apply the strategic management process to analyze the current business environment, identify appropriate forecasting trends, and make recommendations on preferred courses of action to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
MGT115 Principles of Management 3 3 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ACC113 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3 3 M REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 M REQ
FIN150 Principles of Banking 3 3 M REQ
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
ECO111 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BBM Directed Business Administration Elective 3   M BBM
ACC123 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3 3 M REQ
MKT240 Principles of Marketing 3 3 M REQ
MTH153 Topics in Mathematics 3 3 M REQ
or
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 3 3 M REQ
FIN370 Money and Banking 3 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BBF Directed Banking & Finance Elective 3   M BBF
FIN305 Fundamentals of Financial Planning 3 3 M REQ
ECO112 Principles of Microeconomics 3 3 S REQ
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3   S HIP
SCI Science Elective 3   S SCI
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FIN350 Finance 3 3 M REQ
MGT301 Business Law I 3 3 M REQ
MGT355 Quantitative Methods for Business 3 3 M REQ
SCL Science Elective with lab 4   S SCL
BBF Directed Banking & Finance Elective 3   M BBF
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FIN360 Investments 3 3 M REQ
HRM300 Human Resource Management 3 3 M REQ
PHL210 Ethics 3 3 M REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
BBF Directed Banking & Finance Elective 3   M BBF
TOTAL CREDITS 13
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FIN450 International Finance 3 3 M REQ
MGT410 Management of Organizational Behavior 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement
3 M REQ
FIN395 Retirement and Insurance Planning 3 3 M REQ
BBF Directed Banking & Finance Elective 3   M BBF
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
MGT497 Business Policy and Strategy 3 3 M REQ
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3   S ARP
BBF Directed Banking & Finance Elective 3   M BBF
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 15