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 the 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

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Finance, B.B.A.

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
Students must complete a minimum of 60 s.h. in non-business courses. a  
To fulfill the Tippie RISE experiential learning requirement, complete an approved course in at least one of the following categories: research with faculty, internship course, study abroad, experiential course. b 0 - 3
 Hours0-3
First Year
Fall
MATH:1340 Mathematics for Business c 4
RHET:1030 Rhetoric 4
GE: Historical Perspectives d 3
GE: Natural Sciences without Lab d 3
CSI:1600 Success at Iowa 2
 Hours16
Spring
MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business 4
ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics 4
MSCI:1500 Business Computing Essentials 2
ENGL:1200 The Interpretation of Literature 3
GE: Diversity and Inclusion or GE: Values and Culture d 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall
ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
STAT:1030 Statistics for Business 4
ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
GE: Social Sciences (excluding ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics and ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics) d 3
Non-business elective course 2
 Hours16
Spring
ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting 3
MSCI:2800 Business Analytics 3
MGMT:2000 Introduction to Law 3
GE: International and Global Issues d 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Third Year
Fall
FIN:3100 Financial Information Technology 2
FIN:3000 Introductory Financial Management 3
FIN:3020 Professional Finance Seminar 1
ACCT:3020 Financial Accounting and Reporting 3
BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol 3
Non-business elective course 1
 Hours13
Spring
FIN:3200 Investment Management 3
FIN:3300 Corporate Finance 3
MSCI:3005 Information Systems 3
MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management 3
Non-business elective course 3
Non-business elective course 1
 Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
Major: Finance elective 3
Major: Finance elective 3
MKTG:3000 Introduction to Marketing Strategy 3
Elective course 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Spring
Major: Finance elective 3
MSCI:3000 Operations Management 3
Elective course 3
Elective course 1
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours13
 Total Hours120-123

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, insurance roles, and real estate.

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 on the Pomerantz Career Center website.