Associate in Science in Finance

Division of Business — Curriculum Code: 2016

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree
Why major in Business Administration – Finance Option?

The Finance degree program is designed to prepare individuals to pursue careers in banks, insurance companies, brokerage houses, and other financial institutions. It is also intended to help students identify and value resources both in their current and future use. Students will acquire knowledge that will enable them to work as junior loan officers, assistant credit managers, financial planners, investment bankers, security brokers, and back office managers. They will gain sufficient knowledge of the business world to enable them to function effectively in corporations of any size, non-profit organizations, or government agencies. Students will be prepared adequately to pursue higher levels of study in the area of finance or related disciplines at four-year institutions.

If I major in Finance, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

Yes. The A.S. in Finance degree program prepares students to transfer to upper-division colleges and universities to complete bachelor’s degree programs.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 16 credits each semester, you should be able to complete the program in two years. You may shorten the amount of time required by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Visit the Business Division in the Green Area of the Main Campus or Call us at (973) 877-3222.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Identify the fundamental components of finance and the importance of each in the financial environment;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of financial markets and financial institutions;
  • Explain the purpose and basic operation of the Federal Reserve System and central banks in general, and the application of monetary policy to manage the money supply;
  • Evaluate the effect of monetary policy on output and prices using an analysis of aggregate demand and supply;
  • Explain how to apply various strategies in the management of financial investment portfolios in order to optimize profits (and minimize taxes) within acceptable risks;
  • Evaluate the common debt and equity securities and analyze the relative risks and returns associated with each;
  • Identify and explain the key elements of the international financial markets; and
  • Communicate effectively with accurate ‘business and finance’ terms in written and/or oral form, with a demonstrated proficiency in the use of technology.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (32 - 33 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)
ENG 102 (3 credits)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills (11 – 12 credits)
Choose two mathematics courses from the following: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 113, MTH 114, MTH 119, or MTH 127 (two 3- or 4-credit course)

Choose one lab science course from the following: BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 103, BIO 104, BIO 121, BIO 122, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 103, CHM 104, PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 103, PHY 104, PHY 113, or PHY 114 (one 4-credit course)

Society & Human Behavior (9 credits)
ECO 101 (3 credits)
ECO 102 (3 credits)
AND
Choose one of the following Society & Human Behavior courses: PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (one 3-credit course)

Humanistic Perspective (3 credits)
Choose one of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)
Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (15 credits)

FIN 101 Introduction to Finance (3 credits)
FIN 201 Money & Banking (3 credits)
FIN 207 Introduction to Investments (3 credits)
FIN 209 International Finance (3 credits)
FIN 211 Finance Seminar/Experiential & Directed Study (Capstone Project) (3 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (17 credits)

ACC 101 Principles of Financial Accounting (4 credits)
BUS 101 Business Organization & Management (3 credits)

Choose one Accounting elective: ACC 102 Principles of Managerial Accounting OR ACC 231 Federal Taxation (one 4-credit course)

Choose one Business elective: BUS 231 Global Business, BUS 251 Business Law I, OR BUS 253 The Legal, Ethical & Global Environment of Business (one 3-credit course)

Choose one Computer Information Systems elective: CIS 131 Microcomputers in Business OR CIS 135 Microcomputer Spreadsheets (one 3-credit course)

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Degree: 64-65

First Semester
BUS 101 Business Organization & Management (3 credits)
ECO 101 Principles of Economics (Macro) (3 credits)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills requirement (3 – 4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)

Second Semester
ACC 101 Principles of Financial Accounting (3 credits)
ECO 102 Principles of Economics (Micro) (3 credits)
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
FIN 101 Introduction to Finance (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills requirement (3 – 4 credits)

Third Semester
Accounting elective (4 credits)
Business elective (3 credits)
Historical Perspective requirement (3 credits)
Humanistic Perspective literature requirement (3 credits)
Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning requirement (4 credits)

Fourth Semester
Computer Information Systems elective (3 credits)
FIN 201 Money & Banking (3 credits)
FIN 207 Introduction to Investments (3 credits)
FIN 209 International Finance (3 credits)
FIN 211 Finance Seminar/Experiential & Directed Study (Capstone Project) (3 credits)


 

NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2)  This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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