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Finance Specialization Bachelor of Science in Business

School of Business and Technology


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 3 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
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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Required Courses

MAT2001 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits

Additional Program Requirements

BUS1003† Developing Business Thinking 6 quarter credits

Core Courses

42 course quarter credits. Select from the following:

BUS3003‡ Developing a Business Perspective OR 6 quarter credits
BUS3007§ Developing a Business Perspective 6 quarter credits
BUS3011 Fundamentals of Management 3 quarter credits
BUS3012 Fundamentals of Leadership 3 quarter credits
BUS3021 Fundamentals of Business Law 3 quarter credits
BUS3022 Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management 3 quarter credits
BUS3030 Fundamentals of Marketing and Sales 6 quarter credits
BUS3040 Fundamentals of Human Resource Management 6 quarter credits
BUS3050 Fundamentals of Organizational Communication 6 quarter credits
BUS3061 Fundamentals of Accounting 3 quarter credits
BUS3062 Fundamentals of Finance 3 quarter credits

Specialization Courses

48 course quarter credits. Choose from the following:

MAT2001 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits(Required course)
BUS4070* Foundations in Finance 6 quarter credits
BUS4071* Financial Markets and Institutions 6 quarter credits
BUS4072* Analysis for Financial Management 6 quarter credits
BUS4073* Investments and Portfolio Management 6 quarter credits
BUS4801 Ethics and Enterprise 6 quarter credits

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

BUS4074* Entrepreneurial Finance 6 quarter credits
BUS4075* Public and Nonprofit Finance 6 quarter credits
BUS4076* Issues in International Finance 6 quarter credits
BUS4077* Risk Management Strategies 6 quarter credits
BUS4078* Financial Institution Management 6 quarter credits
BUS4079* Real Estate Finance 6 quarter credits

Elective Courses

Choose 39 credits of additional undergraduate courses.

Capstone Course

Taken during learner's final quarter.

BUS4993 Business Capstone Project 6 quarter credits

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

†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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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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