Finance Concentration

General Information

Department Office Phone
Accounting and Finance BT 850 (408) 924-3460

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 Units
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):

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

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

*   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.

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

Lower Division Business Core

Upper Division Business Core

General Education (48-51 Units)

Core GE

Section Course name Units
A Basic Skills 9
B4 Math Concepts (Math 71) 9
B Science (including lab) 6
C Humanities & Arts 9
D Social Science* 9
E Human Understanding & Dev. 3
F1 American History**  
F2&3 US Constitution & CA Government**                          Physical Education (2 separate & distinct activities)  

SJSU Studies (Requires passing the WST)

Section Course name Units
S Self & Society (Phil 186) 3
R Earth & Environment 3
V Culture & Civilization (See Non Business Global above)

Z Written Communication II (100W)                        (Requires a C or better) 3

*   Econ 1B fulfills area D1 for Business majors
** Areas F1,F2 & F3 may also fulfill Areas D2 & D3 (See BSAC advisor for details)

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

Total Unit Requirement - 120 Units