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Finance Major

The Finance major provides an academic experience sufficient to prepare students for employment in financial services, which includes banking, investment banking, investment management, financial planning, insurance and financial management. It also benefits students interested in pursuing finance-related professional certifications such as the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Major Requirements

Major: Finance

Degree Type: B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 123

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F):
BUSN 189Skills for Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take BUSN 189.)1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I *3
ENGL 120College Composition II *3
ENGL 320Business and Professional Writing3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking *3
Quantitative Reasoning (R):
STAT 330Introductory Statistics *3
Science & Technology (S):
CSCI 116Business Use of Computers *4
A one-credit lab must be taken as a co-requisite with a general education science/technology course unless the course includes an embedded lab experience equivalent to a one-credit course. Select from current general education list.6
Humanities & Fine Arts (A):
PHIL 216Business Ethics *3
Select from current general education list3
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B):
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics *3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics *3
Wellness (W): Select from current general education list2
Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current general education list
Global Perspectives (G):
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics *3
or ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
Total Credits40

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements40
Pre-College of Business Requirements
ACCT 200Elements of Accounting I *3
ACCT 201Elements of Accounting II *3
MATH 103College Algebra *3
This is waived for students who place into MATH 105 or higher.
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology *3
or SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology
STAT 331Regression Analysis *2
Pre-Finance Requirements
MATH 144Mathematics for Business *4
Finance Major Requirements **
BUSN 301Organizational Citizen0
FIN 320Principles of Finance 13
MGMT 320Foundations of Management 13
MRKT 320Foundations of Marketing 13
BUSN 430Legal and Social Environment of Business 13
FIN 410Investment Analysis and Management3
FIN 430Management of Financial Institutions3
FIN 460Corporate Finance3
BUSN 489Strategic Management (Capstone Course) 14
MIS 320Management Information Systems 13
Finance Courses **
FIN 420Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives3
FIN 440International Finance3
FIN 470Analysis of Fixed-Income Securities3
300-400 level Courses **18
Select 9 credits from three of the following six areas (includes courses cross-listed with CoB courses):
4) MIS
5) Environment of Business:
Taxation in Management Decisions
International Business
Global Business Environment
Principles of Real Estate
Organizational Communication I
Business Law I-Contracts, Property and Torts
Business Law II-Business Organization and Commercial Transactions
International Business Law
Managerial Economics
6) Internship up to three credits:
Fe/Coop Ed/Internship
Finance Service Internship
Select 9 credits (minimum) from the following eleven areas (must be 300-400 level); includes courses cross-listed with CoB courses:
1) FIN
9) MIS
10) MRKT
11) STAT
Degree Electives: Potential of 10 credits to reach 123.10
Total Credits123

Pre-college and pre-finance major courses: A grade of 'C' or better is required in these courses for admission to the Finance major.


Students must earn a grade of 'C' or better and have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in ALL courses included in the professional program (i.e., all required courses, elective requirements, and additional 300-400 level College of Business electives or breadth electives). The only exception is BUSN 301, which is a P/F course.


 Denotes Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) course.

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • Students must include one of the following international courses in their plan of study:
    BUSN 340International Business3
    BUSN 341Global Business Environment3
    FIN 440International Finance3
    MGMT 440International Management3
    MRKT 440International Marketing3
  • Students follow the published curricula for the finance program of study from the semester/year of entrance in the College of Business to graduation provided enrollment at NDSU has not been discontinued for more than one year. Students who change their major are subject to meeting the curricular requirements in effect at the time the new major is declared. 
  • Business courses from programs that do not hold AACSB International accreditation cannot be used for major or minor requirements in the College of Business (CoB); such courses may be eligible for use as free electives.
  • The CoB accepts a maximum of nine credits of non-NDSU 300-400 level business courses from AACSB programs with approval of the department.
  • Admission into the finance major: Students must earn a 'C' or better in the pre-college and pre-finance major courses that are indicated with an asterisk (*), achieve junior standing (60 credits), and earn a 2.50 institutional cumulative grade point average.  Students must submit an online application to the CoB.
  • Admission to the finance major is required to enroll in the advanced 300 or 400 level courses in the CoB.
  • A grade of 'C' or better is required in transfer courses accepted for ACCT 200 Elements of Accounting I and ACCT 201 Elements of Accounting II and all 300-400 level accounting, business administration, finance, management, management information systems, and marketing courses.
  • A letter grade must be earned in any course that fulfills a major requirement (with the exception of some practicum options and BUSN 301).
  • A 2.50 cumulative grade point average is required to enroll in 300-400 level CoB courses.
  • Students must earn a 2.50 institutional GPA to graduate.
  • Of the credits completed in residence at least 30 credits must be in 300-400 level CoB courses.
  • Students must be accepted to the finance major prior to the completion of the last 30 credits in 300 and 400 level CoB courses.
  • A Business Administration minor is NOT offered with this major.
  • For multiple majors within the CoB, at least 15 unique credits of 300-400 level CoB courses must exist between the majors.
  • Students should refer to for current and complete listing of the major requirements.
BUSN 189*1COMM 1103
CSCI 1164ENGL 1203
ENGL 1103MATH 1444
MATH 1033PSYC 111 or SOC 1103
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3Cultural Diversity or Non-major Elective3
 14 16
ACCT 2003ACCT 2013
ECON 2013ECON 2023
PHIL 2163STAT 3312
STAT 3303Non-major Elective3-4
Science & Technology Elective2Science & Technology Elective (w/lab)4
Wellness 2 
 16 15-16
ENGL 3203BUSN 4303
FIN 3203300-400 Level Business Elective 3
MGMT 3203300-400 Level Business Elective 3
MIS 3203FIN 4303
MRKT 3203FIN 4603
 15 15
FIN 4103BUSN 4894
FIN 4203FIN 4403
300-400 Level Business Elective 3FIN 4703
300-400 Level Business Elective3300-400 Level Business Elective3
Non-Major Elective(s)4300-400 Level Business Elective3
 16 16
Total Credits: 123-124

At some time following the completion of BUSN 189 and prior to graduation, all College of Business students must register for and successfully complete BUSN 301 (0 credits). 

Note: This is only a sample curriculum; actual class schedules will depend on availability and individual choices. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser on a regular basis to review their plan of study.