The finance curriculum allows the student to specialize in financial management, financial controllership, or financial services.
The financial management option provides the student with the analytical skills for the analysis, evaluation, and reporting of financial information. These activities are ultimately used in managerial decision making by businesses and regulatory agencies. This option is designed for graduates who wish to pursue a career as a financial manager or analyst.
The financial controllership option supplements the analytical focus of the financial management track with additional accounting skills. This option is designed for those who intend to pursue careers related to the controllership function of a firm.
The financial services option provides a broad knowledge of financial markets, institutions, and services and prepares the student for providing financial products and services to the consumer. Graduates in this option typically seek careers in banking, consumer lending, brokerage services, financial planning, portfolio management, and real estate.
Finance majors are expected to develop a broad understanding of business management, accounting, economic theory, management information systems, and quantitative techniques. In addition, effective written and oral communication skills and the ability to work in groups are essential for a successful career in finance. The curriculum of the Department of Finance is designed to help the student develop these necessary skills through active learning methods.
Bachelor’s degree requirements
Business Administration Pre-Professions (BAPP) 63 Credit Hours
Students entering college for the first time and eligible for admission to K-State must enroll in the business administration pre-professions program (BAPP). Students must achieve a 2.3 K-State GPA by the time they complete 30 credit hours to remain in good standing.
Students with previous academic work (either at K-State or elsewhere) requesting transfer to the College of Business Administration must have a 2.3 or higher grade point average and enroll in the BAPP curriculum. Transfer students must achieve a K-State GPA of 2.5 or higher on the first 15 or more hours of K-State course work to be able to continue in the College of Business Administration. For purposes of admission, grade point averages will be based on all courses attempted at colleges or universities.
The BAPP program provides course work in communications, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. The purpose of the BAPP curriculum is to help students develop the descriptive and analytical foundation necessary for the study of business administration. Remaining ‘‘core courses’’ in business administration and courses in the degree-track (major) are taken after successful completion of the BAPP program.
The BAPP is expressly designed as a non-degree program; students with 60 or more credit hours will not be allowed to enroll in BAPP unless they are first-semester transfer students. Students with more than 60 hours who have consistently met the grade point requirements may be admitted into degree-track majors.
Transfer students must complete at least 15 hours at K-State before they can be admitted into degree-track majors.
Admission to a degree-track (major) in accounting, finance, management, marketing, management information systems, or general business is necessary for graduation. Applicants for admission to one of the degree-tracks, other than accounting will be accepted upon completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours with a K-State grade point average of 2.5 or above. For accounting the grade point average for admission to the degree-track is 3.0 K-State GPA.
The exact sequence of the courses to be taken is worked out between student and advisor. There is some flexibility in scheduling. To enroll in any course, students must have prerequisites as stated in the catalog.
Applications for a degree-track (major) may be made by the semester during which the student will have completed at least 45 credit hours of the pre-professional requirements. Degree-track applications must be filed by the time students complete 60 credit hours. Decisions for admission will be made as soon as possible after the end of the semester.
Candidates for the bachelor of science in business administration must complete at least 27 credit hours of resident instruction in upper-division courses after acceptance and enrollment in a degree-track program in the college. Exceptions may be considered for those who have consistently exceeded a 2.5 grade point average on upper-division courses applied toward the degree. See additional residency requirements earlier in this catalog.
Social Sciences electives
Choose 9 social sciences elective hours from the following:
- ANTH–All courses except those which count as humanities or natural science electives
- ECON–All courses except ECON 110 and ECON 120. Courses may not overlap with those used to satisfy economics, restricted, or unrestricted electives
- GEOG–All courses except GEOG 220 and GEOG 221
- POLSC–All courses
- PSYCH–All courses
- SOCIO–All courses
Choose 6 humanities elective hours from the following:
- *ART–All courses
- *DANCE–All courses
- HIST–All courses
- *MUSIC–All courses
- PHILO–All courses
- *THTRE–All courses
- WOMST–All courses
- All Modern Language courses(ARAB, FREN, GRMN, ITAL, JAPAN, LATIN, RUSSN, SPAN, URDU2)
Natural Sciences electives
Choose 7 elective hours from the following:
- BIOCH–All courses
- BIOL–All courses
- CHM–All courses
- GEOL–All courses
- PHYS–All courses
Students who enter the College of Business Administration with 45 or more credit hours completed are not required to take Business Orientation.
Students are eligible to take MATH 100 College Algebra if they meet one of the following prerequisites:
1. MATH 010 Intermediate Algebra with grade of B or better
2. Two years of high school algebra and a College Algebra PROB ≥ C of 60 or more on the ACT assessment
3. A score of at least 18 on the mathematics placement test
Students who don’t meet these prerequisites are encouraged to take MATH 010 Intermediate Algebra before taking College Algebra. Credit received for Intermediate Algebra does not apply toward the hours required for graduation.
Students are eligible to take MATH 205 General Calculus and Linear Algebra if they meet one of the following prerequisites:
1. MATH 100 College Algebra with grade of C or better
2. Two units of high school algebra and one unit of high school trigonometry
Students are eligible to take MATH 220 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I if they meet one of the following prerequisites:
1. MATH 100 College Algebra with grade of B or better and MATH 150 Plane Trigonometry with grade of C or better
2. Three years of college prep math (including trigonometry) and a Calculus I Prob ≥ C of 55 or more on the ACT assessment
3. A score of at least 26 on the mathematics placement test
Students who test directly into MATH 205 or MATH 220 and complete the course will have the MATH 100 requirement waived, and three credit hours will be added to the unrestricted/non-business electives requirement of his/her degree-track program (two credit hours will be added if MATH 220 is taken).
Core courses (21 credit hours)
Major field requirements (18 credit hours)
Financial controllership option (9 credit hours)
Financial management option (9 credit hours)
Choose one from the following:
Choose 6 credit hours from the following:
Financial services option (9 credit hours)
Choose 6 credit hours from the following:
Economics elective (3 credit hours)
Economics electives must be selected from economics course offerings numbered 500 or above in consultation with the student’s academic advisor. Economics electives may not overlap with economics courses used as social science, restricted, or unrestricted electives.
Nonbusiness electives (3 credit hours)
A nonbusiness elective can be any course numbered 100 or above offered for credit by any university department other than ACCTG, FINAN, GENBA, MANGT, or MKTG.
Unrestricted electives (6 credit hours)
Total hours required for graduation (126)