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Finance Specialization Bachelor of Science in Business

School of Business and Technology

Courses

Total program credits needed for graduation: 180

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

General Education Requirements

As a Capella Bachelor’s student, you need 45 quarter credits to satisfy your general education requirements. You’ll need to choose a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each of the categories below. You’ll also select an additional 21 quarter credits of your choosing from any of the categories.

 

ENG1000 English Composition 6 quarter credits
ENG1100 Writing Strategies for Criminal Justice 6 quarter credits
ENG2000 Research Writing 6 quarter credits
ENG3300 Business and Technical Writing 6 quarter credits
COM1000 Public Speaking 3 quarter credits
COM2000 Intercultural Communication 6 quarter credits
COM2050 Visual Design in Communications 3 quarter credits
COM3200 Leadership, Gender, and Communication 6 quarter credits
COM3700 Conflict Resolution 6 quarter credits
COM4100 Media and Culture 6 quarter credits

ART2000 Art History Survey 6 quarter credits
HUM1000 Introduction to the Humanities 6 quarter credits
HUM1055 Approaches to Studying Religions 3 quarter credits
HUM3300 Perspectives on World Religions 6 quarter credits
LIT2001 Introduction to Literature: Short Stories 3 quarter credits
LIT2100 Women's Literature 3 quarter credits
PHI1000 Introduction to Philosophy 6 quarter credits
PHI2000 Ethics 6 quarter credits
PHI2051 Bioethics and Society 3 quarter credits
PHI2100 Introduction to Logic 6 quarter credits
PHI3200 Ethics in Health Care 6 quarter credits

BIO1000 Human Biology 6 quarter credits
BIO1050 Environmental Biology and Society 3 quarter credits
BIO2000 Environmental Health 6 quarter credits
PHY1000 Introduction to Astronomy 6 quarter credits
MAT1050 College Algebra 6 quarter credits
MAT1051 Pre-Calculus 6 quarter credits
MAT2001 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
OR
MAT2002 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT2050 Statistical Literacy 3 quarter credits
MAT2051 Discrete Mathematics 6 quarter credits

ECO1050 Microeconomics 6 quarter credits
ECO1051 Macroeconomics 6 quarter credits
HIS1000 Immigrants in the American City 3 quarter credits
HIS3200 History of Health Care in America 3 quarter credits
HIS4100 Critical Aspects of American History 3 quarter credits
POL1000 The Politics of American Government 6 quarter credits
POL2000 Globalization 6 quarter credits
PSYC1000 Introduction to Psychology 6 quarter credits
PSYC1001 Introduction to Psychology 6 quarter credits
PSYC2200 Educational Psychology (3 quarter credits) 3 quarter credits
PSYC2210 Introduction to Psychology of Social Media 3 quarter credits
PSYC2300 Introduction to Addiction Theories 3 quarter credits
PSYC2330 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3 quarter credits
PSYC2700 Child Development 3 quarter credits
PSYC2720 Adolescent Psychology 3 quarter credits
PSYC2740 Adult Development and Aging 3 quarter credits
PSYC2800 Introduction to Human Sexuality 3 quarter credits
SOC1000 Introduction to Human Society 6 quarter credits
SOC2000 Cultural Diversity 6 quarter credits
SOC3400 Social Deviance 6 quarter credits
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General Education Requirements

Choose 45 quarter credits with a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each category; see General Education Courses.

Required course:

MAT2001
Statistical Reasoning

This course introduces fundamental concepts of elementary statistics, including descriptive statistics, methods of counting, probability distributions, approximations, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Learners use these concepts to apply and interpret statistical results.

6 quarter credits

Additional Program Requirements

BUS1003
Developing Business Thinking †

Learners in this course begin to build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in a bachelor of science degree program and the workplace. Learners develop and demonstrate business thinking and, in particular, evaluate case studies to acquire and broaden their knowledge of the creation of an organization. In addition, learners expand organizational, information literacy, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills and apply an understanding of ethics, team behaviors, and effective business writing. For BS in Business learners only. Learners who are determined to need additional support developing academic and professional writing and reading skills based on academic assessment must take BUS1003 during their first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits

 

Core courses

 

42 quarter credits

BUS3003
Developing a Business Perspective ‡

In this course, learners build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in their program and the workplace. Learners engage in interactive activities that help them develop and demonstrate a business perspective and expand their organizational, research, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. Other topics include ethics, team relationships, project creation, and writing effectively for business. For BS in Business learners only. Learners may only earn credit for BUS3003 or BUS3006 or BUS3007. Prerequisite(s): BUS1003. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits
-or-
BUS3007
Developing a Business Perspective §

In this course, learners build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in their program and the workplace. Learners engage in interactive activities that help them develop and demonstrate a business perspective and expand their organizational, research, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. Other topics include ethics, team relationships, project creation, and writing effectively for business. For BS in Business learners only. Learners may only earn credit for BUS3003 or BUS3006 or BUS3007. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits
BUS3011
Fundamentals of Management

In this course, learners acquire and demonstrate fundamental principles of management and their relevance to organizations. Learners analyze how planning, organizing, controlling, and leading influence managerial roles. Learners also integrate current management practices and future trends and determine ways to apply management skills to all businesses and professions. Learners who have received credit for BUS3010 may not take BUS3011.

3 quarter credits
BUS3012
Fundamentals of Leadership

This course is an introduction to principles and theories of leadership behavior and their application in business and community settings. Learners develop and demonstrate awareness of the characteristics, styles, and practices necessary for effective leadership. Learners who have received credit for BUS3010 may not take BUS3012.

3 quarter credits
BUS3021
Fundamentals of Business Law

In this course, learners explore and articulate the influences on businesses of statutory, contract, and legal entity law. Learners evaluate the historical underpinnings and origins of the court system’s ability to adjudicate commercial disputes. Learners also develop and demonstrate their legal vocabulary, an understanding of core legal concepts, and basic legal research skills.

3 quarter credits
BUS3022
Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management

This course is an introduction to modern concepts and practices of efficient supply chain management. Learners build their knowledge of and demonstrate the relevance of supply chain design in support of organizational strategy and explore ways to manage an effective supply chain. Through the use of case studies, learners also analyze existing supply chain systems and recommend improvements.

3 quarter credits
BUS3030
Fundamentals of Marketing and Sales

In this course, learners focus on the fundamentals of marketing and sales, including market research and planning, product differentiation and positioning, marketing communications, differences between consumer and business markets, and relational marketing and sales strategy. Learners demonstrate course competencies by preparing and presenting a marketing and sales plan and a corresponding marketing and sales strategy for a simple product offering.

6 quarter credits
BUS3040
Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

This course is a survey of the human resources management (HRM) field and its function and role in the organization. Learners develop their knowledge of fundamental HRM principles and demonstrate competencies in areas such as compensation and benefits, legal requirements, and training and development.

6 quarter credits
BUS3050
Fundamentals of Organizational Communication

This course helps learners develop and demonstrate competence in their understanding and application of the fundamentals of organizational communication; the interrelationship of organizational communication, symbols, culture, and performance; effective communication practices in relationships internal and external to the enterprise; and ways these factors contribute to successful organizational performance. Learners also analyze ways organizational communication factors are interrelated and function in an enterprise.

6 quarter credits
BUS3061
Fundamentals of Accounting

This course is an introduction to the accounting function in modern business organizations. Learners define accounting terminology and explore its application to accounting principles. Learners also applyaccounting cycle strategies to business financial events and prepare financial statements from accounting system data. Learners who have received credit for BUS3060 may not take BUS3061.

3 quarter credits
BUS3062
Fundamentals of Finance

In this course, learners gain and apply finance basics including the time value of money concepts, stock and bond valuation techniques, and capital budgeting processes. Learners also demonstrate ways the relationship of domestic and global financial environments affect financial markets. Learners who have received credit for BUS3060 may not take BUS3062.

3 quarter credits

 

Specialization courses

 

48 quarter credits

BUS4070 *
Foundations in Finance

Learners in this course analyze principles of financial decision making and ways global economic conditions affect financial theory and decision-making processes. Learners also evaluate and apply finance principles using financial tools. Prerequisite(s): BUS3060 or BUS3062.

6 quarter credits
BUS4071 *
Financial Markets and Institutions

In this course, learners build a conceptual framework of financial markets and examine their roles in the global financial environment. Learners also evaluate the macroeconomic variables and monetary policies that affect financial markets and assess the role of the central bank and banking system in the financial environment. Prerequisite(s): BUS4070. 

6 quarter credits
BUS4072 *
Analysis for Financial Management

This course provides learners with a framework for using financial statement data in various business analysis and valuation contexts. Learners examine financial statements as the basis for a variety of business analyses and evaluate the ways organizations use these statements to make business decisions. Prerequisite(s): BUS4070.

6 quarter credits
BUS4073 *
Investments and Portfolio Management

In this course, learners study valuation principles and use them to evaluate various investment instruments. Learners also practice applying financial theory to real-world situations and develop a practical approach to investments. Prerequisites(s): BUS4070.

6 quarter credits
BUS4801
Ethics and Enterprise

The focus of this course is on the economic, social, and environmental effects of business decisions and policies. Learners identify significant ethical issues affecting today’s multicultural business environment and evaluate how businesses have responded to them through policy development. Through case studies and examples of current business practices, learners analyze successful and unsuccessful strategies for establishing ethical standards and corporate social responsibility.

6 quarter credits

In addition, choose 18 quarter credits from the following courses:

BUS4074 *
Entrepreneurial Finance

In this course, learners analyze small business financial concepts. Learners examine the personal financial concepts related to business and the entrepreneurial enterprise and evaluate the components of a small business plan. Prerequisite(s): BUS4070.

6 quarter credits
BUS4075 *
Public and Nonprofit Finance

This course presents an overview of nonprofit corporate finance practices, techniques, and concepts. Learners examine public finance principles at local and governmental levels and apply financial information to business decisions of nonprofit organizations. Prerequisite(s): BUS4070.

6 quarter credits
BUS4076 *
Issues in International Finance

In this course, learners examine business strategy and the fundamentals of international finance management. Learners explore the global financial environments in which multinational firms operate and apply corporate financial principles in a global context. Prerequisite(s): BUS4070. 

6 quarter credits
BUS4077 *
Risk Management Strategies

In this course, learners study financial risk management and examine various risk management strategies applicable to both personal and business environments. Learners identify, analyze, and manage risk using insurance and alternative tools and techniques. Prerequisite(s): BUS4070.

6 quarter credits
BUS4078 *
Financial Institution Management

The focus of this course is managing risk and return in contemporary financial institutions. Learners examine the risks faced by financial institutions and evaluate the methods through which these risks are managed. Prerequisite(s): BUS4070.

6 quarter credits
BUS4079 *
Real Estate Finance

Learners in this course develop an understanding of real estate partnerships, secondary mortgage markets, fixed and adjustable rate mortgages, and real estate construction and land development. Learners apply principles of real estate finance and examine the underlying factors that affect property values. Prerequisite(s): BUS4070.

6 quarter credits

 

Elective courses

 

39 quarter credits

 

Choose 39 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.║

 

Capstone course

 

6 quarter credits

Taken during the learner’s final quarter:

BUS4993
Business Capstone Project

The capstone project is the culmination of the BS in Business degree program. Learners demonstrate their technical and applied business knowledge and competencies along with critical-thinking and communication skills. Learners also formulate ideas for a new business product or service, create a vision, and develop a strategic plan that describes how to implement their concept. For BS in Business learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s final quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment

6 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

180 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

† Learners who are determined to need additional support developing academic and professional writing and reading skills based on academic assessment must take BUS1003 during their first quarter.

‡ Learners who have completed BUS1003 are required to take BUS3003.

§ Learners who are not required to take BUS1003 are placed in BUS3007.

║ Learners who have completed BUS1003 choose 33 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 135 credits into this specialization.

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Concentrations

If you have elective courses in your specialization, you may be able to use them to fulfill both your degree and concentration requirements at the same time. However, completing a concentration may extend your total credits beyond the requirements of your degree. Concentrations available for this specialization include:

  • Accounting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Finance
  • Health Care Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Project Management

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