Finance Concentration

General Information




Accounting and Finance

BT 850

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Three areas of financial decision-making: corporate finance, investments, and financial institutions are emphasized. Corporate finance courses are designed to prepare the student for financial analysis and planning as essential functions of a business enterprise. The investments area emphasizes the decision-making processes required to analyze the valuation of securities such as stocks or bonds and the principles of managing an investment portfolio. Financial institutions are studied from both an external viewpoint that emphasizes the functioning of money and capital markets, and the internal perspective of a manager of a financial institution such as a commercial bank, savings and loan, mutual fund, or life insurance company. The objective is to prepare students for a career making responsible investment and financing decisions


Course type


General Education:

48-51 units

Business Pool:

12 units (6 of these units fulfill Core GE requirements)

Non-business support:

14 units (3 units fulfill Core GE requirements, 3 units fulfill SJSU Studies)

Lower-Division Business Core:

7-10 units

Upper-Division Business Core:

27 units (3 units fulfill SJSU Studies)

Finance Concentration:

18 units

Electives or Minor:

Units needed to reach 120 and fulfill all requirements


A 2.0 (C average) is required in the major in order to earn the BS degree. The cumulative GPA for all business courses must be 2.0 or better in order to graduate.

Finance Concentration (18 Units)

Required Courses (9 units):

BUS1 171A* Financial Institutions and Markets

BUS1 172A* Investment Analysis

BUS1 173A* Financial Management Theory and Policy


Complete THREE of the following electives required within the concentration (9 units):

BUS1 171B Commercial Banking

BUS1 172B Portfolio Management

BUS1 172C Futures and Options

BUS1 173B Problems in Financial Management

BUS1 173C Entrepreneurial Finance

BUS1 174 Risk Management and Insurance

BUS1 175 Real Estate Finance

BUS1 177 International Business Finance

BUS1 179B Selected Topics in Business Finance


BUS1 127A OR BUS1 127B – Select one only#

BUS1 127A#Honors Practicum in Corporate Financial Management

BUS1 127B# Advanced Honors Practicum 


*   Requires a grade of “C” or better.
# Additional criteria needed and department consent. For more information, see William Devincenzi, Honors Program Coordinator, in BT 460

Business Pool

Freshmen admitted in Fall 2010 or later must complete MATH 71 with a grade of C or better. Transfer students and Freshmen admitted prior to fall 2010 complete MATH 70, Finite Math with grade of C or better.

MATH 71 Business Calculus

English 2 Composition 

(or, if continuous enrollment began before Fall 2015, English 1B)

BUS1 20 Financial Accounting

BUS2 90** Business Statistics


As of Fall 2009, ALL concentrations will require grade minimums of “C” or better in BUS 20, BUS 90, Math 70, and ENGL 1B. Grades of “C-“ earned prior to to Fall 2009 will satisfy major requirements.

Non-Business Support

ECON 1A** Macroeconomics

ECON 1B** Microeconomics

PHIL 186 Prof. Business Ethics (Area S)

Non-Business Global Perspectives (Area V)

(See approved list in JHSSC)

Lower Division Business Core

BUS3 10 Discovering Business (Highly recommended for Freshmen)

BUS1 21** Managerial Accounting

BUS3 80 Legal Environment of Business

BUS4 91L Business Computer Productivity Tools


**Finance Majors must ALSO earn a grade of “C” or better in the following: ECON 1A, ECON 1B, BUS1 21.


Upper Division Business Core

COMM 100W , ENG 100WB, or LLD 100WB(C or better) (Requires passing the WST)

BUS2 130 Introduction to Marketing

BUS5 140 Fundamentals of Operations Management

BUS3 160 Fundamentals of Management and Organizational Behavior

BUS1 170 Fundamentals of Finance(C or better for all Finance courses)

BUS5 187 Global Dimensions of Business

BUS4 188 Business Systems and Policy

BUS3 189 Strategic Management (Requires graduating senior status)

BUS2 190 Quantitative Business Analysis

General Education (48-51 Units)

Core GE


Course name



Basic Skills



Math Concepts (Math 71)



Science (including lab)



Humanities & Arts



Social Science*



Human Understanding & Dev.



American History**


U.S. 2&3

US Constitution & CA Government**                         



Physical Education (2 separate & distinct activities)


SJSU Studies (Requires passing the WST)


Course name



Self & Society (Phil 186)



Earth & Environment



Culture & Civilization (See Non Business Global above)



Written Communication II (100W)                        (Requires a C or better)


*   Econ 1B fulfills area D1 for Business majors
** Areas U.S.1,U.S.2 & U.S.3 may also fulfill Areas D2 & D3 (See JHSSC advisor for details)

Interdisciplinary Electives or Minor (See a JHSSC advisor for details)

Total Unit Requirement - 120 Units