Accredited by ACBSP

(Effective Fall 2017)

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
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
MGT115 Principles of Management 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
COR Liberal Arts Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second Semester Credits
ACC113 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
FIN150 Principles of Banking 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
ECO111 Principles of Macroeconomics 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Third Semester Credits
BBM Directed Business Administration Elective 3  
ACC123 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3  
MKT240 Principles of Marketing 3  
MTH153 Topics in Mathematics 3  
or
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4  
FIN370 Money and Banking 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fourth Semester Credits
BBF Directed Banking & Finance Elective 3  
FIN305 Fundamentals of Financial Planning 3  
ECO112 Principles of Microeconomics 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
SCI Science Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fifth Semester Credits
FIN350 Finance 3  
MGT301 Business Law I 3  
MGT355 Quantitative Methods for Business 3  
SCL Science Elective with lab 4  
BBF Directed Banking & Finance Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Sixth Semester Credits
FIN320 Investments 3  
HRM300 Human Resource Management 3  
MGT315 Business Ethics 3  Science, Technology and Society Requirement
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 2  
BBF Directed Banking & Finance Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 14
Seventh Semester Credits
BBF Directed Banking & Finance Elective 3  
FIN450 International Finance 3  
LAS310 Risk Management and Insurance 3  
MGT410 Management of Organizational Behavior 3  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Eighth Semester Credits
MGT497 Business Policy and Strategy 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
BBF Directed Banking & Finance Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective / Associate 3  
OEA Open Elective / Associate 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)