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College of Business Administration

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Finance - FIN Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration


In order to graduate with an undergraduate business degree from CSULB, a student must complete a minimum of 120 units. A majority of the upper division business courses, including economics and statistics, must be completed at this university. For details, refer to the CBA Policy on Course Transfers/Substitutions.

  • 1. ACCT 201; ECON 100, 101; BLAW 220; MATH 108 or 114, 115, and PHIL 160 or 170.
  • 2. All business and pre-business majors shall demonstrate computer literacy and competency prior to taking junior and senior level courses. Requires one of the following:
    • A. Passing score (70%) on the Computer Proficiency Examination (CPE).
    • B. Completion of IS 233 with Credit (Cr) or “C” or better grade in a transfer equivalent course.
  • 3. Upper Division:
    • A. CBA 300; ACCT 310; ECON 333; FIN 300; BLAW 320; IS 300, 301, 310; HRM 360; MGMT 300; MKTG 300.
    • B. MGMT 425 (Capstone) must be taken at CSULB as a senior and after the upper division prerequisite core courses have been completed (ACCT 310, FIN 300, MGMT 300, MKTG 300, IS 301).
    • C. Completion of option requirements.
  • 4. Elective courses to total 120 units. Students are encouraged to select electives for expansion of knowledge and intellectual interests as well as for preparation for business employment.

Option in Finance (code FIN__BS01) (120 units)

The objective of the finance curricula is to prepare students for a successful career in business with an understanding of the financial decision making process and its impact within the overall framework of the business enterprise. The finance curricula offers education in the management techniques and regulations applicable to financial management and investments. The curriculum draws on fundamental knowledge of statistics, computer logic and economics to develop advanced financial concepts. It explores the historical and current roles of various financial institutions and regulatory authorities; details the basic principles and techniques for valuing financial instruments on the basis of fundamentals and/or historical pricing trends; explores the methods of managing risk; and examines financial principles that govern international trade. The finance major may direct the concentration toward financial management or investments.

The financial management concentration provides an opportunity for the student to gain an understanding of the role of finance in the corporate environment. An understanding of investments at both the corporate and personal level is the objective of the investments concentration. Within these concentrations students are provided with an opportunity to gain an understanding of the role of the various aspects of law in a business context, including the development of a comprehension of business ethics.

Financial Management Concentration

  1. FIN 350, 400, 470, 490.
  2. Three units selected from: FIN 360, 370.

Investments Concentration

  1. FIN 350, 450, 485.
  2. Six units selected from: FIN 400, 410, 480, 490, or 499A and 499B.

Financial Institutions Concentration

  1. FIN 350, 360, 400.
  2. Six units selected from FIN 330 or 340, 460, 490.

Financial Engineering Concentration

  1. FIN 350, 480, 485, 487.
  2. Three units selected from: FIN 410, 450, 490, and a course in computer programming that is subject to approval of Department Chair.

Due to limited number of available openings, applicants will be chosen according to GPA, interest level, and personal interviews. Contact Finance department for further qualification requirements.