Finance Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)
The Finance Program at UW-La Crosse provides an excellent mix of theoretical and practical knowledge. Students are exposed to a variety of teaching methods ranging from lectures and group discussions to problem-solving case analysis and independent studies. The program provides a foundation in the primary financial areas: corporate finance, investments, and financial institutions. Students then have the flexibility to explore the basic areas in greater detail or to branch out in other financial areas such as international finance, real estate, financial planning or insurance. The department also offers a finance major with a risk, insurance and financial planning emphasis for those particularly interested in that area.
A special program is designed to help students successfully complete the Level 1 examination of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. The Spellman Fund, a student-managed investment portfolio, involves investing real money in selected stocks and bonds recommended by students.
The 300/400 level finance courses are open only to those students who have been admitted to the business program and students in business related programs for which such a course is specifically required. Exceptions to this policy may be made only by the College of Business Administration Dean. Students will be allowed to register for FIN 360 Principles of Insurance and Risk Management (3 cr.) without having been admitted to the business program.
(College of Business Administration)
|FIN 370||Corporation Finance||3|
|FIN 380||Principles of Investment||3|
|FIN 390||Money and Capital Markets||3|
|FIN 485||Problems and Cases in Finance||3|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Principles of Insurance and Risk Management|
|Commercial Property/Liability Insurance and Risk Management|
|Advanced Financial Planning|
|Management of Financial Institutions|
|Financial Planning and Strategy|
|Multinational Financial Management|
|Advanced Financial Analysis|
|Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management|
|Financial Management and Control|
|Intermediate Accounting I|
|Money and Banking|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Real Estate Principles|
|Health Care Financing|
|Taxation for Non-Accountants|
|College of Business Administration Internship|
|Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis|
|Intro to Econometrics, Forecasting & Time Series|
|Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis|
OR Any course listed in Group I
All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.
College of Business Administration (CBA) core requirements
All students enrolled in any program within the college must complete the 16 business core courses listed below and all requirements for the major (see department listings). Courses numbered at the 100 and 200 level as well as MGT 301 are considered pre-business courses.
|ACC 221||Accounting Principles I||3|
|ACC 222||Accounting Principles II||3|
|BLAW 205||The Legal & Ethical Environment of Business||3|
|ECO 110||Microeconomics and Public Policy||3|
|ECO 120||Global Macroeconomics||3|
|ECO 230||Business and Economics Research and Communication||3|
|ENG 110||College Writing I||3|
|or ENG 112||College Writing AP (Advanced Placement)|
|FIN 355||Principles of Financial Management||3|
|IS 220||Information Systems for Business Management||4|
|MGT 301||Business Communication||3|
|MGT 308||Behavior and Theory in Organizations||3|
|MGT 393||Production and Operations Management||3|
|MGT 449||Administrative Policy Determination||3|
|MKT 309||Principles of Marketing||3|
|MTH 175||Applied Calculus||4-5|
|or MTH 207||Calculus I|
|STAT 145||Elementary Statistics (or equivalent)||4|
Baccalaureate degree requirements
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:
- Fulfill the general education requirements.
- Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
- Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
- Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
- Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
- A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
- Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.
Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.
No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.
Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.
The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.
General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.
Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.
This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.
|ECO 110 or 120 (Gen Ed Global Studies/ Gen Ed Self & Society)1||3||ECO 110 or 120 (Gen Ed Global Studies/ Gen Ed Self & Society)1||3|
|ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)||3||CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)||3|
|STAT 145 or MTH 175 (depending on math placement exam results)||4||STAT 145 or MTH 175 (depending on math placement exam results)||4|
|HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)||3||Gen Ed Minority Cultures||3|
|Gen Ed Arts||2||Gen Ed Arts||3|
|ACC 2211||3||ACC 2221||3|
|BLAW 2051||3||ECO 230||3|
|IS 220||4||FIN 207 (Gen Ed Self & Society)||3|
|Gen Ed Health & Well-Being||3||MGT 301||3|
|Gen Ed Elective||3||Gen Ed Natural Lab Science||4|
|Apply to the Business Program in the CBA Dean's Office (138 Wimberly)|
|FIN 355||3||MGT 393||3|
|MGT 308||3||FIN 370||3|
|MKT 309||3||FIN 380||3|
|Gen Ed Elective||3||Finance Elective (Group I)||3|
|Gen Ed Hum - Lit||3||Elective||3|
|FIN 390||3||FIN 485||3|
|Finance Elective (Group I)||3||MGT 449||3|
|Finance Elective (Group I or II)||3||300/400 Level Electives||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
A grade of "C" or better is required for admission to the CBA Business Program.