Catalog
2017-18

Economics & Finance

Dr. Hany Guirguis
Chair of the Department

The Department of Economics and Finance offers a broad choice of courses and three majors: Economics, Finance, and a degree in Finance and Business Economics. The aims of the department are (1) to prepare students for careers in business, government, and not-for-profit organizations; (2) to provide an intellectual and professional basis for informed participation in contemporary society; and (3) to develop competent and well-trained students in the disciplines of Economics and Finance. 

Every major in the department must consult with the Chair concerning the fulfillment of the requirements for the major and the electives that will be most suitable for his/her particular professional and academic development. Students planning to pursue graduate studies in economics or finance are strongly advised to develop a strong concentration in mathematics.

Economics

Major

The department will offer two concentrations – a concentration in theoretical economics and a concentration in applied economics.  Students are required to take three electives in each concentration.  The courses for each concentration are listed below.

I. Theoretical Economics:                                

  •    Mathematical Economics (Econ 303)
  •    Advanced Microeconomics (Econ 401)
  •    Advanced Macroeconomics (Econ 402)
  •    Seminar in Monetary Theory and Policy (Econ 403)
  •    Advanced Econometrics  (Econ 450)

II. Applied Economics

  •    Environmental Economics (Econ 332)
  •    Labor Economics (Econ 405)
  •    Economic Growth and Development (Econ 412)
  •   The Economics of Public Issues (Econ 445)

Students do not have to choose the three electives from a single track. Students enrolled in the School of Business and who wish to pursue a major in Economics must take:

ECON 301Intermediate Price Analysis3
ECON 302Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON 334International Economics3
ECON 433Econometrics3
Three electives in Economics9
Total Credits21

Students enrolled in the School of Arts and who wish to pursue a major in Economics must take:

MATH 153Linear Mathematical Analysis3
MATH 154Calculus for Business Decisions3
BUAN 227Business Statistics3
ECON 203Microeconomics3
ECON 204Macroeconomics3
or ECON 150 Roots: Economics
ECON 301Intermediate Price Analysis3
ECON 302Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON 305Money and Banking3
ECON 334International Economics3
ECON 433Econometrics3
Three approved electives in Economics9

A minimum grade of C is necessary to receive major credit.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ECON 203*3ECON 204*3
MATH 1533MATH 1543
ENGL 1103MGMT 201 or MKTG 2013
CIS 1103ENGL Elective3
PSYC 2033RELS 1103
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BUAN 227*3FIN 301*3
ACCT 201*3ACCT 202*3
MGMT 201 or MKTG 2013ECON 3053
ENGL 2113LAW 2033
SCI Elective3SOC 2013
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ECON 301*3ECON 3343
ECON 302*3ECON Elective3
RELS Catholic Studies3Liberal Arts Elective3
HIST Elective3PHIL 2013
RELS Contemporary3MGMT 3073
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ECON 433*3Economics Elective3
Economics Elective3Free Elective3
Business Elective3MGMT 4303
MGMT 406 or 4303Liberal Arts Elective6
Free Elective3 
 15 15
Total Credits: 120

* Courses must be taken in sequence

Minor

 Students in the School of Business who wish to minor in Economics must take:

ECON 301Intermediate Price Analysis3
ECON 302Intermediate Macroeconomics3
Approved elective3
Total Credits9

Students who are in schools other than the school of business and who wish to pursue a minor in Economics must take:

ECON 203Microeconomics3
ECON 204Macroeconomics3
or ECON 150 Roots: Economics
Three approved electives in Economics9
Total Credits15

Finance

Requirements for a Major in Finance

The major in Finance is available to students in the School of Business only. Students must take, in addition to the Business Core courses, FIN 303, FIN 308, FIN 320, FIN 340 , FIN 416,FIN 436, FIN 440 or Fin 442 and FIN 499. A minimum grade of C is necessary to receive major credit. Students are required to complete BUAN 227 and FIN 301 by the end of their sophomore year. Students majoring in Finance can use their business electives (6 credits) to fulfill the requirements for their degree. The Finance degree has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.

FIN 303Quantitative Methods for Finance3
FIN 308Investments3
FIN 320Financial Statement Analysis3
FIN 340Corp Structure & Financing3
FIN 416Options and Futures Markets3
FIN 436Multinational Finance3
FIN 440Advanced Topic in Finance3
or FIN 442 Financial Modeling
FIN 499Seminar in Professional Finance3
Total Credits24

A minimum grade of C is necessary to receive major credit. Students are required to complete BUAN 227 Business Statistics and FIN 301 Principles of Business Finance I by the end of their sophomore year.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ECON 203*3ECON 204*3
MATH 1533MGMT 201 or MKTG 2013
ENGL 1103ENGL Elective3
CIS 1103SCI Elective3
PSYC 2033RELS 1103
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BUAN 227*3FIN 301*3
ACCT 201*3ACCT 202*3
MATH 1543SCI Elective3
MGMT 201 or MKTG 2013LAW 2033
ENGL 2113SOC 2013
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FIN 303*3FIN 340*3
FIN 308*3FIN 416*3
RELS Catholic Studies3Liberal Arts Elective3
ECON 3053PHIL 2013
HIST Elective3MGMT 3073
 RELS Global/ Contemporary3
 15 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FIN 4363FIN 499*3
FIN 440 or 442 (May be taken Fall or Spring semester)3Liberal Arts Elective6
FIN 3203MGMT 430 or 4063
Free Elective3Free Elective3
MGMT 406/4303 
 15 15
Total Credits: 123

*Courses must be taken in sequence

Requirements for a Minor in Finance

Students who are in Schools other than Business may pursue a Minor in Finance. Students must obtain the permission of the School in which they are enrolled. To Minor in Finance a student must complete the following fifteen credits:

ACCT 201Principles of Accounting I3
BUAN 227Business Statistics3
ECON 305Money and Banking3
FIN 301Principles of Business Finance I3
FIN 308Investments3
Total Credits15

Students in the School of Business who wish to Minor in Finance must complete the following, in addition to the core courses required of all students in Business:

FIN 303Quantitative Methods for Finance3
FIN 308Investments3
FIN 340Corp Structure & Financing3
Total Credits9

Requirements for a Dual Major in Finance and Business Economics/CFA Track

The dual major in Finance and Economics is designed to thoroughly ground students in the relationship between Economics and Finance and how the two disciplines prepare them for the analysis of the economy in general and the actions of companies and the financial markets in particular.  Emphasis is placed on the economic environment in which companies operate and the reaction and values assigned by the asset markets.  The interaction between fiscal policy, monetary policy, corporate strategies, and market valuations are examined to provide a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the real and financial economies. The Dual Major in Economics and Finance has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.

Required and elective courses will parallel the material necessary to prepare students for the first part of the CFA exam which can be taken after their undergraduate studies are complete.

The dual major in Finance and Business Economics is available to students in the School of Business only. Students must take:

FIN 303Quantitative Methods for Finance3
ECON 433Econometrics3
FIN 308Investments3
FIN 320Financial Statement Analysis3
FIN 340Corp Structure & Financing3
FIN 416Options and Futures Markets3
FIN 436Multinational Finance3
FIN 440Advanced Topic in Finance3
or FIN 442 Financial Modeling
FIN 499Seminar in Professional Finance3
ECON 301Intermediate Price Analysis3
ECON 302Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON 334International Economics3
One approve elective in Finance or Economics3
Total Credits39

A minimum grade of C is necessary to receive major credit. Students are required to complete BUAN 227 Business Statistics and FIN 301 Principles of Business Finance I by the end of their sophomore year. Students majoring in Finance and Business Economics can use free electives (6 credits) to fulfill the requirements for their degree. In addition, Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON 301 Intermediate Price Analysis) and Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics) can be used as two liberal arts elective courses.  

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ECON 203*3ECON 204*3
ENGL 1103MGMT 201 or MKTG 2013
CIS 1103ENGL Elective3
PSYC 2033SCI Elective3
MATH 1533RELS 1103
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BUAN 227*3FIN 301*3
ACCT 201*3ACCT 202*3
MGMT 201 or MKTG 2013ECON 3053
ENGL 2113LAW 2033
MATH 1543SOC 201 or PHIL 2013
 RELS Global /Contemporary3
 15 18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FIN 303*3FIN 340*3
FIN 308*3FIN 416*3
ECON 302 or 301*3FIN 3203
RELS Catholic Studies3ECON 3343
SCI Electives3MGMT 3073
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FIN 436*3FIN 499*3
ECON 301 or 302*3FIN 440 or 4423
ECON 433*3MGMT 4303
Economics/Finance Elective3HIST Elective 3
MGMT 406 or 4303PHIL 2013
 15 15
Total Credits: 123

*Courses must be taken in sequence

Economics Courses

ECON 150. Roots: Economics. 3 Credits.

An explanation and critical examination of selected concepts in the social sciences. Students examine the logic and methods of social science research and engage in analysis of contemporary social issues from the perspective of the discipline of economics. The main emphasis of the course is to study the behavior of households and business firms in the marketplace. ECON 150 or ECON 203 is the prerequisite for ECON 204.

ECON 203. Microeconomics. 3 Credits.

An introductory study of the behavior of households and business firms in the marketplace, including households as consumers and resource suppliers, business firms as producers of goods and services and buyers of resources, market structures for outputs and inputs, role of the government, and free trade vs. protection.

ECON 204. Macroeconomics. 3 Credits.

An introductory study of the determination of the level of production and the price level in the macro economy. Topics covered include inflation and unemployment, money and banks, federal budget and national debt, monetary and fiscal policy, and economic growth and development.

ECON 301. Intermediate Price Analysis. 3 Credits.

Market and factor pricing under pure competition, imperfect competition conditions and monopoly; the pricing process and the allocation of resources. Prerequisites: ECON 203 (or ECON 202), ECON 204 (or ECON 201), BUAN 227.

ECON 302. Intermediate Macroeconomics. 3 Credits.

The nature and causes of unemployment and inflation and the debate over the policies used to fight these problems in a global economy. Prerequisites: ECON 203 (or ECON 202), ECON 204 (or ECON 201), BUAN 227.

ECON 303. Mathematical Economics. 3 Credits.

A course that applies linear algebra, calculus, and unconstrained and constrained optimization techniques to solve economic problems and perform economic analysis. Topics covered include equilibrium analysis, comparative static analysis, and optimization. Prerequisite: MATH 153 and MATH 154.

ECON 305. Money and Banking. 3 Credits.

This course considers the nature of money, the markets that allocate money to a variety of uses, the institutions that create and control the money stock, the flow of money and how it is related to employment levels, GDP, inflation and interest rates, and international financial matters. Much attention will be paid to problems and issues requiring the attention of policymakers. Prerequisites: ECON 203 (or ECON 202), ECON 204 (or ECON 201), BUAN 227.

ECON 332. Environmental Economics I. 3 Credits.

An introductory study of the way economists approach environmental problems. Topics covered include externalities, market failure, public goods, common-pool resources, policy instruments (e.g. taxes, command and control policies, cap and trade, and tradable pollution permits, and cost-benefit analysis. Pre-requisites: ECON 203 and ECON 204.

ECON 333. Public Finance. 3 Credits.

A study of why a government role in the economy is needed and how it ought to be financed. It considers the nature of different types of government programs involving expenditures and the types of taxes used to raise revenues. It is concerned with the impact of the government on the efficiency and equity of market outcomes. Prerequisites: ECON 203 (or ECON 202), ECON 204 (or ECON 201), BUAN 227.

ECON 334. International Economics. 3 Credits.

A study of international trade and financial relationships. Topics covered include theory of international trade, public and private barriers to trade, commercial policy of the U.S., regional economic integration, foreign exchange markets, balance of payments, disequilibrium and the adjustment process, international monetary systems, and economic development of the developing nations. Prerequisites: ECON 203 (or ECON 202) and ECON 204 (or ECON 201), and by permission of instructor.

ECON 375. Assimilating the Internship Experience in Economics.. 3 Credits.

In consultation with the faculty advisor, students design and complete an independent project related to their Economics internship. This project aids in assimilating the practical off-campus work experience in business, industry, government or cultural organization with the students’ studies and/or career interests. This course is subject to the approval of the Department Chair, Dean and Internship Coordinator of the School of Business. The student is required to pre-register with the Internship Coordinator and to obtain internship placement prior to the start of the semester. (Free/business elective).

ECON 401. Advanced Microeconomics. 3 Credits.

The course will focus on the analytical tools of modern microeconomics – especially game theory and information economics – and will apply these tools to economics problems such as imperfect competition, auctions, bargaining, price discrimination, moral hazard and adverse selection.

ECON 402. Seminar in MacroEconomics and Financial Markets. 3 Credits.

Advanced topics in macroeconomics and financial market will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on a theoretical understanding and the applications to forecasting cyclical and dynamic movements in the economy. Prerequisites: ECON 203 (or ECON 202), ECON 150 or ECON 204 (or ECON 201), and ECON 302.

ECON 403. Seminar in Monetary Theory and Policy. 3 Credits.

ECON 403 is designed as a survey of modern monetary policies and theories. The primary objective of the course is to examine how unconventional monetary phenomena and policies are determined, and how they impact the domestic and foreign economies. The course will also provide rigorous training for the College Federal Reserve Challenge Competition. This competition is designed to bring real-world economics into the classroom - student teams assume the role of monetary policymakers by analyzing economic conditions and recommending a course for monetary policy. Prerequisite: ECON 302.

ECON 405. Labor Economics. 3 Credits.

A study of the labor market, employment and wage determination; theories that explain wage differentials and unemployment; and alternative policies that can reduce labor market problems. Prerequisites: ECON 203 (or ECON 202), ECON 204 (or ECON 201), BUAN 227 or by permission of instructor.

ECON 412. Economic Growth and Development. 3 Credits.

This course offers a broad overview of the economic problems that developing countries face along with policies to mitigate these issues. Topics may include poverty, inequality, institutional breakdowns, failures in education and health care systems, environmental degradation, the international trade regime, and financial crises. Prerequisites: ECON 204 (or ECON 201) or ECON 150 and ECON 203 (or ECON 202), BUAN 227; or by permission of instructor.

ECON 422. History of Economic Thought. 3 Credits.

A historical and analytical perspective on the developments of economic ideas and the major schools of thought. Special attention will be given to important economic thinkers such as Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx and Alfred Marshall. The purpose is to understand why economics is what it is today. Prerequisites: ECON 203 (or ECON 202), ECON 204 (or ECON 201), BUAN 227.

ECON 433. Econometrics. 3 Credits.

A systematic attempt of setting theoretical hypotheses about economic reality against empirical evidence produced by real-world situations and problems. Emphasis is on the process and application of statistical inference through the use of various distributions and on the estimation and measurement of relationships among economic variables. Prerequisites: ECON 203 (or ECON 202), ECON 204 (or ECON 201) and BUAN 227 or its equivalent.

ECON 434. Advanced Econometrics. 3 Credits.

Advanced Econometrics: It is the second of a two-course sequence that introduces the student to econometric analysis. EC444 focuses on Gauss Markov Theorem and its classical assumptions which guarantee that the OLS is the optimal estimator of the classical linear regression model. The course delves deeper into the consequences associated with violating the classical OLS assumptions and how to detect and correct for them. Course topics include the different functional forms of regression models, dummy variable regression models, multicollinearity, heteroscedasticity, autocorrelation, model specification and diagnostic testing, simultaneous-equation models, and identification problem. Prerequisites: ECON 433.

ECON 441. Economics Seminar. 3 Credits.

A program of supervised research and reading related to a theme or topic of economics. Open to a limited number of students majoring in economics or finance who meet the departmental requirements and have the approval of the Chair of the Department. Open to economics and finance majors only.

ECON 444. Special Topic: in Economics. 3 Credits.

ECON 445. The Economics of Public Issues. 3 Credits.

A study of the economics of contemporary public and social issues. Using micro- and macro-economic analysis, the course analyzes specific issues and events of inherently economic nature as well as issues and events of controversial and seemingly non-economic nature. It also examines policy alternatives and outcomes in the context of each issue. Topics include the economics of government spending and regulation, the environment, use of natural resources, health care and aging, education, crime, drug and alcohol use, sex and race discrimination, immigration, organ sale, property rights, poverty, global affairs, and others. Prerequisites: ECON 203 and ECON 204 or ECON 150, and BUAN 227.

ECON 450. Advanced Econometrics. 3 Credits.

ECON450 is the second of a two-course sequence that introduces the student to econometric analysis. ECON444 focus on Gauss Markov Theorum and its classical assumptions wich guarantee that the OLS is the optimal estimator of the classical linear regression model. The course delves deeper into the consequences associated with violating the classical OLS assumptions and how to detect and correct for them. Course topics include the different functional forms of regression models, dummy variable regression models, multicollinearity, heteroscedasticity, autocorrelation, model specification and diagnostic testing, simultaneous-equation models and identification problem. Prerequisites: ECON 433 or FIN 303 or BUAN 227.

ECON 470. Economics Tutorial/Independent Study. 3 Credits.

A single-semester tutorial course, related to a particular topic of economics, directed by a faculty member from the department. Open to qualified students who meet the departmental requirements and have the approval of the Department Chair and the Dean.

ECON 471. Economics Thesis Project I. 3 Credits.

An in-depth program of research, under the direction of a member of the department (mentor), leading to a comprehensive research proposal which includes a topic, a review of the literature, the research methodology, sources of data and potential results. Open to qualified students who meet the departmental requirements and have the approval of the Department Chair and the Dean.

ECON 472. Economics Thesis Project II. 3 Credits.

An in-depth program of research, under the direction of a member of the department (mentor), leading to a completion of the research project proposed in ECON 471 Thesis Project I. A defense of the thesis is required. Prerequisite: ECON 471 Thesis Project I.

ECON 475. Assimilating the Internship Experience in Economics. 3 Credits.

This course may be used as a second internship experience and/or with senior status. (Free/business elective).

Finance Courses

FIN 301. Principles of Business Finance I. 3 Credits.

An overview of modern finance concepts and a survey of fundamental issues. Topics include basic finance terminology, time value of money, basic financial statement analysis, the structure and functions of financial markets and institutions, bond and stock valuation, and elementary capital budgeting. Prerequisites: BUAN 227, ECON 203, ECON 204, MATH 153, ACCT 201 and MATH 154.

FIN 303. Quantitative Methods for Finance. 3 Credits.

This course provides an introduction to the mathematical tools needed to improve the students understanding of finance and economics theory. This course will introduce you to the basic quantitative methods used in investment, portfolio management as well as the pricing of financial securities. By the end of this course, you are expected to be able to solve intermediate finance problems using Excel." course prerequisite FIN 301.

FIN 308. Investments. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the markets and instruments in investments including equity and debt securities, mutual funds, and basic derivatives including options and futures contracts as well as the principles governing the selection and management of portfolios of financial assets. Prerequisites: ECON 203 (or ECON 202), ECON 204 (or ECON 201), FIN 301.

FIN 320. Financial Statement Analysis. 3 Credits.

This course covers financial reporting analysis for security valuation. It discusses the investment environment and the use of financial statements in valuation models, analyzes information contained in the four financial statements and provides guidelines for forecasting future financial statements for valuation. Prerequisites: ACCT 202 and FIN 301.

FIN 340. Corp Structure & Financing. 3 Credits.

A survey of the different types of capital structures and the various ways they are financed. Topics include strategic decisions concerning financial leverage, the corporation's attempts to maximize its value, dividend policies, leasing, raising of debt and equity, refunding operations, investment banking techniques, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy. Prerequisites: FIN 301.

FIN 375. Assimilating the Internship Experience in Finance. 3 Credits.

FIN 402. Seminar in Macroeconomics and Financial Markets. 3 Credits.

Advanced topics in macroeconomics and financial market will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on a theoretical understanding and the applications to forecasting cyclical and dynamic movements in the economy. Prerequisites: ECON 305 or ECON 302.

FIN 408. Financial Intermediaries. 3 Credits.

This course provides an understanding of the operation of commercial banks, thrifts, insurance companies, investment banks, brokers, investment companies, credit unions and pension funds. Attention will be given to current trends and policy issues in the financial services industry. Prerequisites: ECON 305 and FIN 301.

FIN 416. Options and Futures Markets. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the nature and use of derivative securities in general, and options, futures, and swap contracts in particular. Topics include market institutions and trading practices, valuation models, and hedging and risk manangement techniques. Prerequisites: ECON 305, FIN 301, FIN 308.

FIN 436. Multinational Finance. 3 Credits.

An exploration and analysis of the behavior of multinational firms. Topics covered include the nature and mechanics of the foreign exchange market, impact and management of foreign exchange risk, foreign project evaluation, direct and portfolio investments, accounting exposures, balance of payments and trade accounts, and the legal and political risks and constraints surrounding multinational corporations. Prerequisite: FIN 301.

FIN 440. Advanced Topic in Finance. 3 Credits.

Select treatment of current topics in finance including financial engineering, behavior of the financial markets, the crises among financial institutions, changing financial environment, and the development of new financial products by non-banks and securities firms. Prerequisties: ECON 305, FIN 301, FIN 308.

FIN 441. Finance Seminar. 3 Credits.

A program of supervised research and reading related to a theme or topic of finance. Open to a limited number of students majoring in economics or finance who meet the departmental requirements and have the approval of the Chair of the Department. Open to economics and finance majors only.

FIN 442. Financial Modeling. 3 Credits.

This course provides an understanding of the statistical analysis and financial modeling in the fields of investment and computational finance. Topics include regression analysis, constrained and unconstrained optimization, Capital Asset Pricing Model, and models assessing efficiency in the foreign exchange market. Prerequisites: FIN 301, CIS 227 (or ECON 227).

FIN 444. Special Topic: in Finance. 3 Credits.

FIN 470. Finance Independent Study. 3 Credits.

A single-semester tutorial course, related to a particular topic of finance, directed by a faculty member from the department. Open to qualified students who meet the departmental requirements and have the approval of the Department Chair and the Dean.

FIN 471. Finance Thesis Project I. 3 Credits.

An in-depth program of research, under the direction of a member of the department (mentor), leading to a comprehensive research proposal which includes a topic, a review of the literature, the research methodology, sources of data and potential results. Open to qualified students who meet the departmental requirements and have the approval of the Department Chair and the Dean.

FIN 472. Finance Thesis Project II. 3 Credits.

An in-depth program of research, under the direction of a member of the department (mentor), leading to a completion of the research project proposed in FIN 471 Thesis Project I. A public defense of the thesis is required. Prerequisite: FIN 471 Thesis Project I.

FIN 475. Assimilating the Internship Experience in Finance. 3 Credits.

This course may be used as a second internship experience and/or with senior status. (Free/business elective).

FIN 498. Equity Asset Valuation. 3 Credits.

At the core of every investment decision is the goal of maximizing shareholder wealth. In order to ascertain the true value of an asset, evaluate potential acquisitions, or make strategic decisions, the financial analyst must understand what drives corporate value. This course is composed of two parts: The first part will start in the Spring semester with two lectures offered by the end of the semester, then cover 10 weeks in the Fall semester with 2 additional meetings in the last week, for a total of 14 weeks of lectures. This first part will introduce the students to the basic tools and techniques used to measure the worth of a company and its investments. Students will learn how to utilize various types of discount valuation methods to calculate the intrinsic value of common equity. These methods include discounted dividend valuation, free cash flow valuation, and residual income valuation. We will also examine the market-based valuation price and enterprise value multiples. The second part will spend over 4 weeks. In the second part, students will be introduced to the software development cycle of financial applications. Students will experience array based financial computations, and extend their tools to include computational techniques that underlie many financial models. This part will culminate with teaching the students how to build a small scale interactive financial application to illustrate the potential for further financial application development that supports financial decision making. Prerequisites: FIN 303, FIN 308, and FIN 340.

FIN 499. Seminar in Professional Finance. 3 Credits.

The seminar will serve as a review of the fundamental concepts of economic and financial analysis and how they apply to everyday business decisions and strategies. The course also will serve as a recap of topics from previous course work as general preparation for Part 1 of the CFA exam that students may take at some future point after graduation.

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