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BBA in Finance

Finance is the study of resource allocation, that is, the process, markets, institutions, and instruments that facilitate the transfer of money and wealth.  The Finance major provides students with the theoretical framework and analytical tools and techniques to handle a variety of finance and business functions. The program is designed to prepare a student for financial positions with non-financial corporations, the financial services industry, energy companies, small businesses, and real estate firms.

Marketable Skills

  1. Critical thinking: Analyze and evaluate issues to solve problems and develop informed opinions.
  2. Global awareness: Understand and appreciate people, cultures, and ideas from around the world that impact our community.
  3. Leadership: Step up, think, and act critically and creatively to bring others together to accomplish a common task.
  4. Organization: Use resources effectively and efficiently to stay focused on different tasks.
  5. Problem-solving: Find solutions to difficult or complex issues.
  6. Time management: Prioritize goals and organize time to be more productive and efficient.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will assess an organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats and will integrate these factors into a viable strategic plan.
  2. Students will analyze a firm’s financial and accounting information identifying firm strengths and weaknesses and will develop suitable strategies to improve corporate performance.
  3. Students will recognize, measure, and analyze market demand for a product or service and will integrate this analysis into an effective marketing strategy.
  4. Students will understand the role of financial markets and institutions in our economy and will integrate these monetary factors into an effective decision-making process.
  5. Students will employ production operation models to supply chain problems and will recommend the operating strategy that maximized shareholder value.
  6. Students will integrate decision processes and models from management, marketing, economics, finance, and accounting into the value creation process.

Fast Track

The Fast-Track Program enables outstanding undergraduate UTEP students to receive both undergraduate and graduate credit for up to 15 hours of UTEP course work as determined by participating Master's and Doctoral programs.  Not all undergraduate programs have elected to participate in the Fast Track option, so students should see their departmental graduate advisor for information about requirements and guidelines. A list of courses that have been approved for possible use at the graduate level is found here

Degree Plan

BBA in Finance with a Financial Analyst concentration

Required Credits: 120

Business Designated Core (All courses require a C or better.)
Complete the Business Designated Core requirements.
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Business Foundation (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting I3
ACCT 2302Principles of Accounting II3
ECON 2304Principles of Microeconomics3
QMB 2301Business Stats & Analytics I3
Math Elective:
Select one of the following: 3-4
Calculus I
Math for Social Sciences II
Business Core
Required Courses:
ACCT 3321Intermediate Accounting I c3
BLAW 3301Legal Environment of Business3
BUSN 3304Global Business Environment3
or BUSN 3305 Global Busn Environ-Study Away
ECON 3320Money and Banking3
FIN 3310Business Finance3
MGMT 3303Intro-Mgmt/Organizational Beha3
MGMT 4300Strategic Management3
MKT 3300Principles of Marketing3
OSCM 3321Production/Operations Mgmt3
Financial Analyst Concentration
Required Courses:
FIN 3315Investments3
FIN 4310Managerial Finance3
FIN 4315Portfolio Analysis3
FIN 4316Analysis of Derivatives3
FIN 4318Fin Anal of Firm & Valuation3
FIN 4325International Finance3
Financial Electives: Select six additional hours of upper-division FIN6
Principles of Insurance
Real Estate Finance & Investmt
Money & Capital Markets
Personal Financial Planning
Bank Management
Current Issues in Banking
Central Banking
Bank Lending
Internship in Finance
Independent Study In Finance
Current Topics in Finance
Minor
Select a twelve hours Business minor or certificate12
Total Hours120-121

BBA in Finance with a Banking and Financial Institutions concentration

Required Credits: 120

 
Business Designated Core (All Courses require a C or better.)
Complete the Business Designated Core requirements.
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Business Foundation (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting I3
ACCT 2302Principles of Accounting II3
ECON 2304Principles of Microeconomics3
QMB 2301Business Stats & Analytics I3
Math Elective:
Select one of the following: 3-4
Calculus I
Math for Social Sciences II
Business Core
Required Courses:
ACCT 3321Intermediate Accounting I c3
BLAW 3301Legal Environment of Business3
BUSN 3304Global Business Environment3
or BUSN 3305 Global Busn Environ-Study Away
ECON 3320Money and Banking3
FIN 3310Business Finance3
MGMT 3303Intro-Mgmt/Organizational Beha3
MGMT 4300Strategic Management3
MKT 3300Principles of Marketing3
OSCM 3321Production/Operations Mgmt3
Banking and Financial Institutions concentration
Required Courses:
FIN 3325Money & Capital Markets3
FIN 4310Managerial Finance3
FIN 4311Bank Management3
FIN 4312Current Issues in Banking3
FIN 4318Fin Anal of Firm & Valuation3
FIN 4329Bank Lending3
Select 6 additional hours of the following6
Principles of Insurance
Portfolio Analysis
Investments
Real Estate Finance & Investmt
Personal Financial Planning
Analysis of Derivatives
Minor
Select a twelve hours Business minor or certificate12
Total Hours120-121

BBA in Finance with a Concentration in Risk Management

The concentration in Risk Management within the BBA in Finance is built around the general concept of digital Integration.  Digital integration applies the theory of Actuarial Science and Finance using common computer software (Excel, SAS, Eviews) with real world data, so that the students are prepared to perform on-the-job from day one. Academy Learning encourages students to interact, to improve their understanding of the material, and to model the personal interaction in the insurance industry. These concepts form the basis of the degree plan and model the skills used in the working environment of the business world.

Educational Objectives

  1. Students will be prepped to take and pass two of the required exams to become an actuary: the P (Probability) and F/M (Financial Mathematics) exam, administered by the SOA. Students will are strongly encouraged to take the F/M exam in the Spring of their sophomore year and the P exam in the Spring of their junior year. Specific prep classes are part of the degree plan. In addition, the students will be prepped to take the MLC (Models for Life Contingencies) exam based on the material covered, after graduation. 
  2. Students will have strong skills applying common computer software that is widely used in the insurance industry. They will be able to build complex Excel spread sheets, write VBA Excel macros, create statistical and forecast models in SAS, manipulate and organize large datasets in SAS and Excel, and develop actuarial models based on the life market.
  3. Business and interpersonal skills will be developed based on the Academy Learning design, business workshops, and through written reports and presentations.
Business Designated Core (All courses require a C or better.)
Complete the Business Designated Core requirements.
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Business Foundation (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting I3
ACCT 2302Principles of Accounting II3
ECON 2304Principles of Microeconomics3
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 2313Calculus III3
QMB 2301Business Stats & Analytics I3
Business Core
Required Courses:
ACCT 3321Intermediate Accounting I c3
BLAW 3301Legal Environment of Business3
BUSN 3304Global Business Environment3
or BUSN 3305 Global Busn Environ-Study Away
ECON 3320Money and Banking3
FIN 3310Business Finance3
MGMT 3303Intro-Mgmt/Organizational Beha3
MGMT 4300Strategic Management3
MKT 3300Principles of Marketing3
OSCM 3321Production/Operations Mgmt3
Risk Management Concentration
FIN 3315Investments3
FIN 3317Principles of Insurance3
FIN 4310Managerial Finance3
FIN 4315Portfolio Analysis3
FIN 4316Analysis of Derivatives3
FIN 4340Actuarial Finance3
FIN 4341Actuarial Finance II3
QMB 3301Business Stats & Analytics II3
QMB 3350Business Analytics3
QMB 3456Actuarial Quant Methods I3
QMB 4456Actuarial Quant Methods II3
Total Hours120
 

Business Designated Core

Although the UTEP choice is larger, these choices satisfy the requirements of both the core and the major.

All courses listed within this degree require a grade of C or better for successful completion.

Mathematics
Select one of the following:
Calculus I
Math for Social Sciences I
Precalculus
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Required:
ECON 2303Principles of Macroeconomics3
The following additional courses are also recommended:
Business/Profession Comm
Math for Social Sciences I
Ethics
 

University Core Curriculum

The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

All courses require a C or better

Communication (six hours)

The objective of the communication component is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose or orally in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
Select six hours of the following: 6
For students whose secondary education was in English:
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
For students whose secondary education was not in English:
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl
Total Hours6

American History (six hours)

The objectives of the history component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and history of the U.S., their comprehension of the past and current role of the U.S. in the world, and their ability to critically evaluate and analyze historical evidence. U.S. history courses (three hours must be Texas history) include:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture  (three hours)

The objective of the humanities component is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-African Amer Studies
Latina/o Presence in the U.S.
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics  (three hours)

The objective of the mathematics component is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Trigonometry and Conics
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Precalculus 1,2
Math for Social Sciences II
Statistical Literacy
Elementary Statistical Methods
1 A higher-level course in the calculus sequence can be substituted.
2 TCCN MATH 1314 will also satisfy this requirement.
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences  (six hours)

The objective of the study of the natural sciences is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The courses listed are for non-majors; the major courses in the discipline can be substituted for the non-major sequence. A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.):
Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Intro General Chemistry Lab
Intro Organic & Biochem Lab
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Intro to General Chemistry
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environment Science 2
Intro to Environmental Sci
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Physical Geography
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Laboratory for PHYS 2320
Laboratory for PHYS 2321
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours 6

Political Science  (six hours)

The objectives of the political science component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and evolution of the U.S. and Texas political systems, focusing on the growth of political institutions, and on the constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to enhance their understanding of federalism, states rights, and individual civil liberties, rights, and responsibilities.
Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences  (three hours)

The objective of the social and behavioral science component is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Asian American Studies
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
Community Service
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts (three hours)

The objective of the visual and performing arts component is to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the human imagination as expressed through works of visual art, dance, music, theatre and film. Through study in these disciplines, students will form aesthetic judgments and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Chicana/o Fine Arts Appreciat
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option (six hours)

The objective of the institutionally designated option component is to develop the critical thinking skills and academic tools required to be an effective learner. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology in problem-solving, communications, and knowledge acquisition.
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Eng Innovation and Leadership
Introduction to Leadership
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6
 

4-Year Sample Degree Plan 

BBA in Finance-  Risk Management

BBA IN FINANCE- RISK MANAGEMENT
FRESHMAN
Fall
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting I3
BUSN 1301Intro to Global Business3
MATH 1411Calculus I4
RWS 1301Rhetoric & Composition I3
Creative Arts Elective3
Spring
ACCT 2302Principles of Accounting II3
ECON 2303Principles of Macroeconomics3
MATH 1312Calculus II3
RWS 1302Rhetoric & Composition 23
QMB 2301Business Stats & Analytics I3
SOPHOMORE
Fall
ECON 2304Principles of Microeconomics3
FIN 3310Business Finance3
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
MATH 2313Calculus III3
QMB 3456Actuarial Quant Methods I3
Spring
FIN 3315Investments3
FIN 3317Principles of Insurance3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
QMB 4456Actuarial Quant Methods II3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture3
JUNIOR
Fall
ACCT 3321Intermediate Accounting I3
FIN 4310Managerial Finance3
FIN 4311AManagerial Finance Laboratory1.5
FIN 4340Actuarial Finance3
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
QMB 3350Business Analytics3
University Core Class3
Spring
MGMT 3303Intro-Mgmt/Organizational Beha3
MKT 3300Principles of Marketing3
FIN 4341Actuarial Finance II3
FIN 4315Portfolio Analysis3
FIN 4315APortfolio Analysis Laboratory1.5
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
SENIOR
Fall
BUSN 3304Global Business Environment3
or BUSN 3305 Global Busn Environ-Study Away
FIN 4316Analysis of Derivatives3
OSCM 3321Production/Operations Mgmt3
Component Area Option3
Life and Physical Science + Lab Area3
Spring
BLAW 3301Legal Environment of Business3
ECON 3310Managerial Economics3
MGMT 4300Strategic Management3
Life and Physical Science 3
Total Hours124

BBA in Finance-  Financial Analyst

BBA IN FINANCE- FINANCIAL ANALYST
FRESHMAN
Fall
BUSN 1301Intro to Global Business3
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
MATH 1320Math for Social Sciences I3
RWS 1301Rhetoric & Composition I3
Creative Arts Class3
Spring
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting I3
ECON 2303Principles of Macroeconomics3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
RWS 1302Rhetoric & Composition 23
Language, Philosophy, and Culture3
SOPHOMORE
Fall
ACCT 2302Principles of Accounting II3
ECON 2304Principles of Microeconomics3
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
Component Area Option 3
Life and Physical Science 3
Spring
BLAW 3301Legal Environment of Business3
MATH 2301Math for Social Sciences II3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
QMB 2301Business Stats & Analytics I3
Life and Physical Science + Lab Area3
JUNIOR
Fall
ACCT 3321Intermediate Accounting I3
BUSN 3304Global Business Environment3
or BUSN 3305 Global Busn Environ-Study Away
FIN 3310Business Finance3
MGMT 3303Intro-Mgmt/Organizational Beha3
OSCM 3321Production/Operations Mgmt3
Spring
FIN 3315Investments3
FIN 4310Managerial Finance3
FIN 4311AManagerial Finance Laboratory1.5
MKT 3300Principles of Marketing3
Minor Class3
SENIOR
Fall
FIN 4315Portfolio Analysis3
FIN 4315APortfolio Analysis Laboratory1.5
FIN 4316Analysis of Derivatives3
FIN 4318Fin Anal of Firm & Valuation3
Minor Class3
Minor Class3
Spring
ECON 3310Managerial Economics3
FIN 4325International Finance3
MGMT 4300Strategic Management3
Finance Elective3
Minor Class3
Total Hours120

BBA in Finance - Banking and Financial Institutions

BBA IN FINANCE - BANKING AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
FRESHMAN
Fall
BUSN 1301Intro to Global Business3
RWS 1301Rhetoric & Composition I3
MATH 1320Math for Social Sciences I3
University Core Class3
University Core Class3
Spring
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting I3
ECON 2303Principles of Macroeconomics3
RWS 1302Rhetoric & Composition 23
University Core Class 3
University Core Class3
Sophomore
Fall
ACCT 2302Principles of Accounting II3
ECON 2304Principles of Microeconomics3
University Core Class3
University Core Class3
University Core Class 3
Spring
MATH 2301Math for Social Sciences II3
QMB 2301Business Stats & Analytics I3
University Core Class3
University Core Class3
BLAW 3301Legal Environment of Business3
Junior
Fall
ECON 3320Money and Banking3
FIN 3310Business Finance3
BUSN 3304Global Business Environment3
or BUSN 3305 Global Busn Environ-Study Away
ACCT 3321Intermediate Accounting I3
MGMT 3303Intro-Mgmt/Organizational Beha3
Spring
FIN 4311Bank Management3
FIN 4318Fin Anal of Firm & Valuation3
FIN 3325Money & Capital Markets3
MKT 3300Principles of Marketing3
Minor Class3
Senior
Fall
OSCM 3321Production/Operations Mgmt3
FIN 4312Current Issues in Banking3
FIN 4310Managerial Finance3
FIN 4311AManagerial Finance Laboratory1.5
Minor Class3
Minor Class3
Spring
FIN 4315Portfolio Analysis3
FIN 4315APortfolio Analysis Laboratory1.5
FIN 4329Bank Lending3
MGMT 4300Strategic Management3
Minor Class3
Total Hours120