The Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in finance requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 22 s.h. of work for the major. Students must have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all college coursework attempted, all college coursework attempted in business, all college coursework attempted in the major, all coursework attempted at the University of Iowa, all business coursework attempted at the University of Iowa, and all coursework in the major attempted at the University of Iowa.

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.

With the goal of enhancing students' career development, the program stresses learning by doing, partnership with industry, and internships. 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 coursework. For B.B.A. common requirements, see the Bachelor of Business Administration in the Catalog.

Finance Common Required Courses10
Finance Required Electives12
Total Hours22

Finance Common Required Courses

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

Finance Required Electives

12 s.h. from these:
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
or FIN:4350 Applied Wealth Management
FIN:4450Risk Modeling3
May include 3 s.h. from these:
FIN:4410Enterprise Risk Management3
FIN:4420Property and Liability Insurance3
FIN:4430Life and Health Insurance3
FIN:4440Employee Benefit Plans3
FIN:4460Insurer Operations and Captive Management3
May include 3 s.h. from these:
FIN:3100Financial Information Technology2
FIN:4030Securities Industry Essentials Exam Prep1
FIN:4050Directed Readings in Finance1
ACCT:3300Valuation of Financial Claims3
BAIS:4150Business Analytics and Information Systems Capstone3
ECON:3355Economic and Business Forecasting3
MGMT:4325Team and Project Management3
MKTG:4500Marketing Capstone3

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 the Pomerantz Career Center website.

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 are required to complete 52 s.h. of non-business coursework. Courses with a prefix of ACCT, BAIS, BUS, ECON, ENTR, FIN, MGMT, and MKTG will not count towards non-business hours. Check degree audit for non-business hours or confer with academic advisor.
Students who need to complete the World Language requirement should consult with their academic advisor about when to add courses to plan of study. World Language counts as non-business coursework.
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. a 0 - 3
Students must satisfy the Tippie College of Business residence requirement: 45 s.h. of UI coursework after admission to Tippie.
First Year
MATH:1350 Quantitative Reasoning for Business b 4
RHET:1030 Rhetoric 4
ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics 4
GE: Social Sciences c 3
CSI:1600 Success at Iowa 2
STAT:1030 Statistics for Business 4
ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
BAIS:1500 Business Computing Essentials 2
ENGL:1200 The Interpretation of Literature 3
GE: Diversity and Inclusion c 3
Second Year
ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
BAIS:2800 Foundations of Business Analytics 3
MGMT:2000 Introduction to Law 3
BUS:2200 Foundations for Success in Business d 1
GE: Natural Sciences without Lab c 3
GE: Historical Perspectives c 3
FIN:3000 Introductory Financial Management e 3
FIN:3020 Professional Finance Seminar 1
ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting 3
BAIS:3000 Operations Management 2
BAIS:3005 Information Systems 2
GE: International and Global Issues c 3
Third Year
FIN:3200 Investment Management 3
FIN:3300 Corporate Finance 3
ACCT:3020 Financial Accounting and Reporting 3
BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol f 3
Minor, certificate, or non-business elective 3
Major: Finance elective g 3
MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management 3
GE: Values and Culture c 3
Minor, certificate, or non-business elective 3
Minor, certificate, or non-business elective 3
Fourth Year
Major: Finance elective g 3
Major: Finance elective g 3
MKTG:3000 Introduction to Marketing Strategy 3
Minor, certificate, or non-business elective 3
Minor, certificate, or non-business elective 2
Major: Finance elective g 3
Minor, certificate, or non-business elective 3
Minor, certificate, or non-business elective 3
Minor, certificate, or non-business elective 3
Minor, certificate, or non-business elective 1
Degree Application: apply on MyUI before deadline (typically in February for spring, September for fall) h
 Total Hours120-123
See degree audit for course options.
Enrollment in math courses requires completion of a placement exam.
GE courses may be completed in any order unless used as a prerequisite for another course. Students should consult with an advisor about the best sequencing of courses.
BUS:2200 should be completed in the second year before FIN:3020.
This Accelerated Four-Year Plan outlines coursework to prepare for two finance internships after the second and third years. For a Standard Four-Year Plan, with one internship between the third and fourth years, see the Tippie College of Business website.
Must be admitted to Tippie to enroll in BUS:3000. Generally completed during the second year, but should be taken no later than the third year.
Select from list of approved courses in the General Catalog or on degree audit.
Please see Academic Calendar, Office of the Registrar website for current degree application deadlines. Students should apply for a degree for the session in which all requirements will be met. For any questions on appropriate timing, contact your academic advisor or Graduation Services.