Bachelor of Science in Finance

School of Business Administration

The finance major emphasizes analytic, problem solving, and computer skills which are necessary for finance and investment industry. The major prepares students for careers in corporate finance, investment and portfolio management, banking, public finance, and international finance. The major also prepares students who want to pursue graduate study in finance. Depending on their interests, graduates may then seek financial services credentials such as Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

The requirements in the major complement basic business instruction in accounting, management, marketing, and information systems. With business and non-business electives, the program is designed to develop necessary skills to be an effective financial manager. Because the Harrisburg area is the center of industry and economic development for south-central Pennsylvania, students are provided with many opportunities to experience the world of business.

For a B.S. degree in Finance, a minimum of 120 credits is required. At least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the degree must be taken at Penn State Harrisburg. No more than 60 credits should be from business and business-related courses.

Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Finance major requires the completion of 8 entry-to-major courses: ACCTG 211(4)[1]; ECON 102 GS(3)[1]; ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3); FIN 301(3)[1]; MATH 110 GQ(4)[1] or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1]; MGMT 301(3); MKTG 301(3); SCM 200 GQ(4)[1] or STAT 200 GQ(4)[1]; and a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average. Additional information about this major is available in the office of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Business at Penn State Harrisburg.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Finance program at Penn State Harrisburg will find numerous challenging career opportunities in the world of business. Positions are found in the fields of commercial banking, corporate finance, insurance, investment banking, and real estate. In commercial banking, graduates find positions such as credit analyst, loan officer, branch manager, trust officer, or mortgage banker. In corporate finance, positions include treasurer, financial analyst, credit manager, cash manager, benefits officer, real estate officer, and investor relations officer. In investment banking, positions are found in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, project finance and trading, public finance, institutional sales, and retail brokerage. Entry-level positions exist in the insurance industry, where a Finance graduate may begin a career as an underwriter, sales representative, asset manager, customer service representative, or an actuary. Real estate firms employ Finance graduates in fields such as title insurance, mortgage banking, property management, real estate appraisals, brokerage and leasing, and in real estate development.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment projections for financial managers, financial analysts and other financial specialists positions are projected to result in faster-than -average employment growth through 2010. The increasing need for financial expertise will spur employment growth for this career field in all areas. Strong computer and communication skills and knowledge of international finance are important skills for those entering the job market.

Continued Study

The Finance major at Penn State Harrisburg will be prepared to pursue graduate education in finance or business. Students may then be prepared to seek financial services credentials such as Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Internships

Each semester, Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Business Administration places student interns in a wide variety of businesses and agencies where they interact with professionals and participate in solving day-to-day problems. The internship opportunity provides students with increased understanding of principles learned in the classroom, the potential to develop a network of professional contacts, enhanced self-confidence and skills, and the ability to earn money for college and personal expenses. To participate in the internship program, a student must be enrolled in the School of Business Administration, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and be a second semester junior. Students also must have completed 6 credits in the major and have completed all Business core courses except BUS 364W and BUS 462. Interested students should contact the Internship Coordinator through the School of Business Administration office.

Clubs and Honor Societies

The School of Business Administration encourages student participation in the Finance Club, Sigma Iota Epsilon-the Management Honor Society, and Beta Gamma Sigma, the Business Honor Society of AACSB-accredited business schools.


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