The Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in finance requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 21 s.h. of work for the major. The program provides a balance of theory, applications, and financial information technology that facilitates students' transition from classroom to workplace. Through fundamental finance principles and state-of-the-art financial market information technologies, students develop analytical abilities to interpret financial market data, implement the latest trading and investment strategies, and make effective managerial decisions in national as well as international settings.

The program stresses learning by doing, partnership with industry, and internships, with the goal of enhancing students' career development. Students receive a balanced education consistent with the globalization of business and the explosion in financial markets and information technology.

The Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in finance requires the following course work. For B.B.A. common requirements, see Bachelor of Business Administration in the Catalog.

Finance Common Required Courses12
Finance Required Electives9
Total Hours21

Finance Common Required Courses

All of these:
FIN:3020Professional Finance Seminar1
FIN:3100Financial Information Technology2
FIN:3200Investment Management3
FIN:3300Corporate Finance3
ACCT:3020Financial Accounting and Reporting3

Finance Required Electives

A total of three courses chosen from the following two lists:
FIN:3400Principles of Risk Management and Insurance3
FIN:4020Topics in Finance3
FIN:4210Futures and Options3
FIN:4220Fixed Income Securities3
FIN:4230Real Estate Process3
FIN:4240International Finance3
FIN:4250Applied Equity Valuation3
FIN:4310Advanced Corporate Finance3
FIN:4320Commercial Banking3
FIN:4330Investment Banking3
FIN:4340Wealth Management3
FIN:4450Risk Modeling3
Students may include a maximum of one of these in their three electives:
FIN:4410Corporate and Financial Risk Management3
FIN:4420Property and Liability Insurance3
FIN:4430Life and Health Insurance3
FIN:4440Employee Benefit Plans3

Sample Plan of Study

Finance (B.B.A.)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business 4
RHET:1030 Rhetoric 4
GE: Social Sciences (excluding ECON:1100 and ECON:1200) 3
GE: Historical Perspectives 3
CSI:1600 Success at Iowa 2
ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics 4
ENGL:1200 The Interpretation of Literature 3
MSCI:1500 Business Computing Essentials 2
STAT:1030 Statistics for Business 4
Non-business elective course 2
Second Year
ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
Statistics for Strategy Problems
or Business Analytics
GE: Diversity and Inclusion or GE: Values and Culture 3
GE: Natural Sciences without a lab 3
ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting 3
BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol 1 3
MGMT:2000 Introduction to Law 3
MSCI:3005 Information Systems 3
Non-business elective course 3
Third Year
ACCT:3020 Financial Accounting and Reporting 3
FIN:3000 Introductory Financial Management 2 3
FIN:3020 Professional Finance Seminar 1
MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management 3
GE: International and Global Issues 3
Non-business elective course 3
FIN:3100 Financial Information Technology 2
FIN:3200 Investment Management 3
FIN:3300 Corporate Finance 3
Elective course 3
Non-business elective course 3
Fourth Year
MKTG:3000 Introduction to Marketing Strategy 3
Finance elective course 3 3
Finance elective course 3
Non-business elective course 2
Non-business elective course 3
MSCI:3000 Operations Management 3
Elective course 2
Finance elective course 3
Non-business elective course 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Total Hours120

BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol must be taken in the first semester after admission to the Tippie College of Business. Direct admits take BUS:3000 their second year.


Well-prepared students should consult with their advisor about an accelerated plan for the finance major.


Students with an interest in the Certificate in Risk Management and Insurance should take FIN:3400 Principles of Risk Management and Insurance no later than the first semester of the third year for optimal scheduling.

Careers for students majoring in finance include corporate treasury operations, cash management, mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, sales and security trading, security analysis, commercial banking and financial services, credit analysis, mortgage lending, financial planning, consulting, public administration, and venture capital.

Over 90 percent of students reported that they found permanent employment, were accepted to graduate school, or were not seeking employment within six months of graduation.

The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs. For more information about careers, visit What Can I Do with a Major in Finance.