Courses

FIN 102. Financial Literacy (3)

Covers basic financial terms and institutions and the tools necessary for students to make wise financial decisions. Topics covered include budgeting, borrowing, managing credit, financial planning and related topics. (Available for General Education, Lifelong Learning.)

FIN 302. Personal Finance (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Examination of the concepts necessary for the rational allocation of personal resources. Emphasis is on the significant financial decisions facing each household during its life cycle. The role of financial institutions and governmental economic policy is evaluated in the context of their potential impact on personal financial …

FIN 303. Financial Management (3)

Prerequisites: ACCT 220; ECON 160; SOM 120 (may be taken concurrently). BUS 302/L are co/prerequisites for Business majors. Analysis of the financial decision making process of a firm from both internal and external points of view. Topics include valuation, working capital management, capital budgeting, financial forecasting, capital structure and sources of capital and dividend policy …

FIN 336. Principles of Insurance (3)

Prerequisites: BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Insurance as an economic and business institution. Survey of fire, marine, casualty and life insurance for those interested as potential customers, salespersons or brokers.

FIN 338. Real Estate Principles (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing. Introductory survey of the field of real estate. Areas covered include real estate law, appraisal, brokerage, finance and investment.

FIN 352. Investments I (3)

Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or higher in FIN 303. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Survey of investments including corporate and government securities, real property and financial intermediaries. Survey of investment theory emphasizing security analysis, valuation and portfolio management.

FIN 355. Corporate Finance I (3)

Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or higher in FIN 303. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Advanced readings and case studies in current problems and trends in corporate financial policy formulation. Students will be required to analyze selected problems orally and in writing.

FIN 359. Quantitative Finance I (3)

Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or higher in FIN 303. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for business majors. Quantitative analysis of various problems in corporate finance and investments. Emphasis is placed on developing computer skills.

FIN 425. Entrepreneurial Finance (3)

Prerequisites: Grade of “C” or higher in FIN 303; Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) score of 8 or higher. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Examines the financial issues of starting a new company, raising funds and valuing and managing ongoing ventures

FIN 430. International Financial Management (3)

Prerequisites: Grade of “C” or higher in FIN 303; Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) score of 8 or higher. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Analysis of the international complexities of corporate financial management and investment strategies. Emphasis is placed on the nature of the close link between corporate financial management and developments in international …

FIN 431. Risk Management (3)

Prerequisites: FIN 336; Grade of “C” or higher in FIN 303; Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) score of 8 or higher. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Analysis of the methods and procedures of dealing with risk in the firm, including the theoretical basis of insurance and self-insurance mechanisms. Consideration of the commercial insurance industry, …

FIN 433. Real Estate Finance (3)

Prerequisites: FIN 338; Grade of “C” or higher in FIN 303; Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) score of 8 or higher. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Analysis of the instruments, institutions, agencies and operations involved in the financing of real estate.

FIN 434. Life and Health Insurance (3)

Prerequisites: FIN 336; Grade of “C” or higher in FIN 303; Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) score of 8 or higher. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. An examination of life insurance, health insurance, employee benefits and annuities. Study of regulation of life and health insurers, Social Security, retirement issues and other applications of life …

FIN 436. Futures and Options: Theory and Strategy (3)

Prerequisites: FIN 352; Grade of “C” or higher in FIN 303; Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) score of 8 or higher. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Study of the structure of futures and options. The analysis will emphasize the theoretical framework of options and futures pricing models, practical financial implications and the mechanics of …

FIN 437. Advanced Topics in Finance (3)

Prerequisites: FIN 352; Grade of “C” or higher in FIN 303; Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) score of 8 or higher. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Selected issues in financial policy and investment strategy are analyzed by means of case studies, readings and class discussion.

FIN 438. Management of Financial Institutions (3)

Prerequisites: Grade of “C” or higher in FIN 303; Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) score of 8 or higher. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Examination of the principles, practices and procedures applicable to the operation and management of financial institutions. Includes analysis of the sources and uses of funds in the system and the …

FIN 439. Real Estate Valuation (3)

Prerequisites: FIN 338; Grade of “C” or higher in FIN 303; Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) score of 8 or higher. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Analysis of the various determinants of real estate value and the methods used in practice to estimate such value. Economic factors affecting real estate value are emphasized and …

FIN 440. Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits (3)

Prerequisites: Grade of “C” or higher in FIN 303; Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) score of 8 or higher. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Provides knowledge of both public and private benefit and retirement plans. Public plans include Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Private plans include defined benefit and defined contribution plans and …

FIN 442. Theory and Practice of Financial Planning (3)

Prerequisites: FIN 352; Grade of “C” or higher in FIN 303; Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) score of 8 or higher. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Financial theory and planning process includes data gathering, cash flow and debt considerations, goal setting and objectives (including retirement and education funding), integration, plan formulation, tax consideration and …

FIN 452. Investments II (3)

Prerequisites: FIN 352; Grade of “C” or higher in FIN 303; Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) score of 8 or higher. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Portfolio management and performance evaluation and topics related to pension and other institutional fund management. It includes applications to portfolio benchmarking as well as discussions of alternative investment …

FIN 455. Corporate Finance II (3)

Prerequisites: FIN 355; Grade of “C” or higher in FIN 303; Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) score of 8 or higher. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Advanced treatment of corporate finance. Topics covered include cost of capital, capital budgeting, capital structure and leverage, dividend and payout policy, corporate governance and corporate restructuring. …

FIN 459. Quantitative Finance II (3)

Prerequisites: Grade of “C” or higher in FIN 352, 355 and 359, or instructor’s permission; Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) score of 8 or higher. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Advanced quantitative skills used by financial professionals and researchers, including statistical estimation, simulation and Monte Carlo methods and optimization.

FIN 462. Fixed Income Securities (3)

Prerequisites: FIN 352; Grade of “C” or higher in FIN 303; Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) score of 8 or higher. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Introduction to the fixed-income markets and fixed-income securities. It covers the pricing and risk management of fixed-income products, as well as introduction to fixed-income derivatives.

FIN 496A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses Finance (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) score of 8 or higher. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Course content to be determined. (See subtitles in appropriate Schedule of Classes)

FIN 498. Field Assignments and Reports Finance (1-6)

Prerequisite: Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) score of 8 or higher. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. Individual study pertaining to present or future career. Student must obtain approved employment. Consultation with employer and instructor determines program. A maximum of 12 units may be earned by combining Field Assignments and Reports (FIN 498) and Independent Study …

FIN 499A-C. Independent Study (1-3)

Prerequisites: Consent of Department Chair and consent of an instructor to act as sponsor; Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) score of 8 or higher. BUS 302/L are prerequisites for Business majors. In order to do an Independent Study assignment in the College of Business and Economics, a student must have at least a 3.0 overall GPA, a 2.0 …

FIN 634. Seminar in Financial Institutions (3)

Prerequisite: GBUS 502. Seminar analyzing financial institutions with an emphasis on the determination of prices and yields of financial assets and the economic effects of financial intermediation.

FIN 635. Seminar in Financial Theory and Policy (3)

Prerequisite: GBUS 502. Examination of the theory of finance and its application to financial management of business enterprise.

FIN 636. Seminar in Investment Analysis (3)

Prerequisite: GBUS 502. Seminar in the fundamental and technical analysis of securities and capital markets. Applied financial analysis of firms and their securities; study of institutional forces in the security markets.

FIN 637. Seminar in Corporate Real Estate (3)

Prerequisite: GBUS 502. Seminar analyzing the role of real estate in corporate decision making. Topics include real estate, finance, site selection, real estate evaluation and the effect of real estate decisions on shareholder wealth.

FIN 638. MBA Portfolio Management (3)

Prerequisite: FIN 635 or consent of instructor. The course provides a select group of graduate students the opportunity to obtain real-world experience in the process of managing an investment portfolio. It will combine a comprehensive theoretical foundation with the challenge of managing a real stock portfolio. Students will take a team-oriented approach, with each group …

FIN 639. Seminar in Financial Problems (3)

Prerequisite: FIN 635. Selected topics in corporate finance are examined in the context of the managerial decision process. Emphasis is placed on the application of the theory of finance to problems facing entrepreneurs, investors and managers.

FIN 699. Independent Study Finance (3)

Prerequisites: Permission of Graduate Advisor and Department Chair. No more than 6 units of Independent Study may be taken in any one department, and no more than 6 units may be taken in the College of Business without prior approval of the Dean. Only those graduate students who have a current GPA of 3.0 or …