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Finance - BS

Program Overview:

The Finance major is designed for students wishing to enter the fields of commercial and investment banking, insurance, asset and portfolio management, securities analysis and trading and brokering, pension and mutual fund management, corporate finance, and real estate management or sales. The major provides a firm foundation in the core theories of finance. The curriculum of the Finance major at the College of Saint Rose has a focus on pragmatic experiences in money management. The ability to utilize computers for financial modeling and data analysis is also emphasized. In addition, students of the Finance major are strongly encouraged to develop a focus in Accounting/Taxation, Financial Planning, Economics, Mathematics and/or Computer Science beyond the foundational knowledge of Finance. 

Program Contacts:

Dr. Yu-Jung Avis

Chair, Accounting, Finance & Economics Department


Program Webpage: Finance

Program Requirements:

The Finance major at the College of Saint Rose emphasizes a practical approach to the understanding of finance that is built on a solid foundational knowledge of accounting and business. All Finance majors develop a comprehensive understanding in the various functional areas of accounting and business by completing the Accounting and Business Requirements; they develop a focus in finance by completing the Finance Requirements; and they develop a further specialized interest by completing the Electives Requirements.

Normally, once a student has matriculated in the Finance major at The College of Saint Rose, he or she must satisfy all remaining major requirements with Saint Rose courses. Likewise, students pursuing the Finance minor must satisfy all requirements for the minor with Saint Rose courses.

The minimum credit requirement for the Bachelor of Science in Finance at The College of Saint Rose is 122 credits, which consists of the following:


Accounting and Business Courses
33 credits
Finance Courses
15 credits
Electivesfrom Minors*
12 credits
College-wide Liberal Education requirements
41 credits
Additional Liberal and General Education electives**
  8 credits
General Electives***
13 credits

*These elective courses are from one or more of the following minors: the Accounting/Taxation minor, the Financial Planning minor, the Economics minor, the Mathematics minor, and the Computer Science minor.

**Additional Liberal and General Education electives include non-professional courses that may or may not have Liberal Education designation. Courses taken in professional fields such as accounting, business, nursing, education, medical technology or engineering are generally not recognized as courses fulfilling this requirement. Students must consult with their advisors in selecting these courses. The number of credits required may be less than 8. The total number of credits for Liberal and General Education, including the 41 credits required by the College should be no less than 49.

***The number of credits required may be less than 13. General Electives include any courses offered or accepted by The College of Saint Rose that can be applied toward the 122 credit hour graduation requirement.

Major in Finance (60 credits)

Accounting and Business Courses (33 credits)

ACC 121Principles of Financial Acctg


ACC 122Principles of Managerial Acctg


ACC 320Acc't Information Systems



BUS 219Management Info Systems


BUS 111Fundamentals of Business


BUS 199Fund of Business Colloquium


BUS 210Business Communications


BUS 233Business Law 1


BUS 246Organizational Behavior


BUS 253Principles of Marketing


BUS 301Financial Management


BUS 352Quantitative Business Analysis


BUS 487Global Topics in Finance



BUS 425Integrated Global Business


Finance Courses (15 credits)

BUS 369Managerial Finance


BUS 485Financial Modeling in Excel


BUS 486Investment I


BUS 488Investment II


BUS 492Field Study Student Managed Po


Electives from Minors (12 credits)

Take four courses from one or more of  the following minors:

Accounting/Taxation minor

Financial Planning minor

Economics minor

Mathematics minor

Computer Science minor

College-wide Liberal Education Requirements (41 credits)

Finance majors must complete the following courses as part of their Liberal Education requirements:

CSC 114Excel


ECO 205Principles of Macroeconomics


ECO 206Principles of Microeconomics


MAT 180College Algebra


Additional Liberal and General Education Electives (at most 8 credits required)


Finance majors must complete either MAT 184 Elementary Statistics or ECO 280 Business Statistics as an Additional Liberal and General Education elective.

Courses fulfilling the requirement of Additional Liberal and General Education Electives can include courses that may or may not have Liberal Education designation. Courses taken in professional fields such as accounting, nursing, education, medical technology, or engineering are generally not recognized as courses fulfilling this requirement.

General Electives (at most 13 credits required)

Additional Requirements, Prerequisites, and Recommendations
Finance majors are strongly encouraged to take MAT 180 College Algebra, MAT 184 Statistics or ECO 280 Business Statistics, and CSC 114 Excel, or their equivalents, in the first or sophomore year because these courses form an essential knowledge base for upper-level major courses. Students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in all courses required for the 60-credit Finance major.

Internship/Field Experiences/Study Abroad/Service:

A study abroad option is available to interested students who want to spend a semester at an approved college or university in another country. The approved courses taken will count toward the Business degree.

Required Course:

BUS 492Field Study Student Managed Po


Suggested 4 Year Course Plan:

This suggested plan is designed to give students an idea of how to balance their coursework over 8 semesters and to graduate within 4 years. Most students will need to take a minimum of 30 credits each year in order to meet the graduation requirement of a minimum of 122 overall credits.  It should be used along with your Degree Works worksheet and in consultation with your faculty advisor. It is meant as a guide, not a definitive list of courses that must be taken as written. Your faculty advisor will help you make any necessary adjustments during advisement.

Year 1:

Fall (16 credits)
L10 ECO 205 Prin Macroeconomics (3 cr)

L01 ENG 105 (or ENG104 + ENG274) (4 cr)

L08 CSC 114 (3 cr)

L02 Language (3 cr)

BUS 111/199 Fundamentals of Business (3 cr)


Spring (15 credits)

BUS 210 Business Communications (3 cr)
BUS 233 Business Law 1 (3 cr)

L13 ECO206 Prin Microeconomics (3 cr)

L03 History (3 cr)

Year 2:

Fall (16 credits)
ACC 121 Prin Financial Accounting (3 cr)

BUS 246 Organizational Behavior (3 cr) 

FinPlng/ACC/CSC/MAT/ECO Elective 1 (3 cr)

L04 Literature (4 cr) 

L05 Art, Drama, Music, Com. (3 cr)


Spring (16 credits)
ACC 122 Prin Managerial Acc't (3 cr)

BUS 253 Principles of Marketing (3 cr)

BUS 301 Financial Management (3 cr)

MAT 184 or ECO 280 (4 cr)

L11 Psychology, Sociology, Soc Wrk (3 cr)

BUS 493 Pre Internship (0 cr)

Year 3:

Fall (15 credits)

BUS 369 Managerial Finance (3 cr)

FinPlng/ACC/CSC/MAT/ECO Elective 2 (3 cr)

BUS 352 Operations Management (3 cr)

BUS 487 Global Topics in Finance (3 cr)

or BUS 425 Integrated Global Business

L06 Philosophy and Religious Studies (3 cr)


Spring (15 credits)
ACC 320 Acc't Information Systems (3 cr)

or BUS 219 Management Info System

FinPlng/ACC/CSC/MAT/ECO Elective 3 (3 cr)
FinPlng/ACC/CSC/MAT/ECO Elective 4 (3 cr)

BUS 486 Investment I (3 cr)

BUS 485 Intro. Fin. Modeling in Excel (4 cr)

Year 4:

Fall (16 credits)
Additional Lib & Gen Education Elective 1 (3 cr)

General Elective 1 (3 cr)

L09 Lab. Science (4 cr)

BUS 488 Investment II (3 cr)

BUS 494 Internship as a General Elective (3 cr)


Spring (13 credits)
BUS 492 Field study in SMP (3 cr)

Additional Lib & Gen Education Elective 2 (3 cr)

General Elective 2 (3 cr)

General Elective 3 (4 cr)

 L12 PED (2 cr)

Professional Accreditations:

The College of Saint Rose, sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Albany Province, is chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State. All of its degrees and programs are registered and its professional programs fully approved by the Board of Regents through New York State Education Department.

The College of Saint Rose is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Admissions and Financial Aid Information:

The Undergraduate Admissions Office begins review of Freshman applications each fall in late September for the following Fall. Students are encouraged to submit a complete an application as early as November. The Admissions Team will return a decision on complete applications within just three weeks. The College awards academic scholarships at the same time.

What Makes an Application Complete

  • Online or Paper application (fee waived for online applicants!)
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • Official Transcripts for any College Level Courses
  • SAT or ACT scores  (See Test Optional FAQ's)
  • Letter of Recommendation from a Counselor or Teacher
  • Essay or Graded Paper
  • Applicants may also apply via the Common Application Online.
  • Art applicants are required to complete a portfolio review.

Admissions contact information (telephone number, admissions web pages)

Scholarships and Financial Aid

See Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid section for more information.

The Bottom Line

The total cost of The College of Saint Rose (including tuition, fees, room and board) is one of the lowest of any private college in the Northeast, and we still award more than $25 million in Saint Rose scholarships, grants and financial aid.

Take a look at our bottom line, and view a cost comparison with a four-year public institution.

More about Financial Aid

Financial Aid is defined as any grant, scholarship, loan, or employment opportunity given with the express purpose of assisting you with education-related expenses to make you education affordable. Financial Aid is awarded on the basis of student need and the availability of funds.

The Admission and Financial Aid teams have designed a Guide to Scholarships and Financial Aid to help prospective students and families get to the bottom line and find that The College of Saint Rose is one of the lowest of any private college in the Northeast--while maintaining powerful academic opportunities.

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