Current Students:

Be sure to read Advice for Finance Majors. See the Recommended Academic Plans for more detailed course recommendations and refer to the University Bulletin for course descriptions and more degree requirements. Or find other resources on the Current Students page.

In addition to the general Finance major, students can pursue multiple majors in Finance and Accounting, Finance and Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies, or Finance and Business Economics.

Students also may pursue a certificate in Financial ControllershipFinancial Planning, Financial Risk Management, Financial Services Sales, or Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics.

Prospective Students:

This is meant to be representative of a typical course sequence for the Finance bachelor's degree program. Schedules will vary by student, depending on areas of interest and course availability.

Semester 1

  • First Year Seminar (1 credit)
  • Calculus (4 credits)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits: 15.5 credits

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Management Information Systems (3 credits)
  • Effective Speech (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)

Total Credits: 15 credits

Semester 3

  • Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting (4 credits)
  • Statistics (4 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits: 15.5 credits

Semester 4

  • Corporate Finance (3 credits)
  • Basic Management Concepts (3 credits)
  • Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
  • Supply Chain Management (3 credits)
  • Effective Writing: Business (3 credits)

Total Credits: 15 credits

Semesters 5, 6, 7, and 8

A range of Penn State Behrend courses is available to you in your third and fourth years. Your schedule will depend on your areas of focus and your interests.

  • Upper-Division Required Courses
    Legal Environment of Business; Social and Ethical Environment of Business; Introduction to Business Information Systems; Principles of Marketing; Supply Chain Management; Financial Statement Analysis; Investment and Portfolio Analysis; Intermediate Financial Management; International Finance; Strategic Management and Business Policy
  • Upper-Division Supporting Courses
    Financial Statements and Management Decisions; Intermediate Accounting I; Intermediate Financial Accounting I; Intermediate Financial Accounting II; Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis; Money and Banking; Managerial Economics; Business Forecasting Techniques; Econometric Techniques

This represents a typical course sequence; your schedule will vary depending on your interests. It is recommended that you consult your academic adviser before scheduling any courses. See for detailed degree requirements and course descriptions.