For individuals interested in pursuing careers in corporate finance and in banking, insurance and investment companies, Grand Canyon University offers the Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics degree. The Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics degree coursework includes areas such as finance, economics, statistics, financial and managerial accounting, marketing, and investments and portfolio management. Students enrolled in the Bachelors of Science in Finance and Economics will study international trade and finance and explore the interrelationships between the international monetary environment and financial planning for corporations with overseas operations. Business and leadership skills are also a focus of this program, addressing the areas of servant leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit./p>
Upon completing the Bachelors of Science in Finance and Economics degree, many graduates opt to further their education. GCU offers a variety of master's degrees in business including a master's in business administration (MBA), an MBA with an emphasis in Finance and a Master of Science in Leadership.
|Course #||Course Title||Course Description||Credits|
|MKT-245||Principles of Marketing||This course surveys the marketing mix and marketing concept; markets and buyer behavior; product, service, and relationship marketing for global competition; creating and keeping customers in an e-commerce world; branding and positioning; distribution strategies, integrated marketing communications, and pricing strategies.||4|
|ECN-220||Introduction to Economics||The course covers microeconomic topics, macroeconomic topics, and international economics topics. Microeconomic topics include the nature and method of economics, supply and demand, utility, and supply and demand elasticities. Macroeconomic topics include the measurement of national output, factors that impact output, other means of measuring national wealth and economic well-being, unemployment, inflation, GDP accounting, and business cycles. While the focus of this course is primarily on the U.S. economy, some comparative economic analysis will be covered. In addition, select topics related to international trade and finance are introduced.||4|
|ACC-250||Financial Accounting||This course is an introduction to the accounting cycle and the construction of financial statements. Students explore the fundamental principles and practices of financial accounting as outlined by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); the steps in the accounting cycle from journalizing transactions through the preparation of financial statements; and the use and interpretation of the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows. Prerequisite: MAT-134 or equivalent college algebra course.||4|
|ACC-350||Managerial Accounting||This course is an introduction to the use of managerial accounting data in the decision-making process. Topics include the use of cost-volume-profit (CVP) analysis and relevant costs in decision making, using budgets and the balanced scorecard to evaluate performance, methods for setting prices of products and services, and analyzing capital investment opportunities. Prerequisite: ACC-250.||4|
|BUS-340||Ethical and Legal Issues in Business||This course is a comprehensive study of the legal and ethical issues of concern to business, including those areas of the U.S. legal system that are most relevant to business, such as the law of torts, strict liability, intellectual property, and contract law. It explores the role of ethics and values in business decision making, and approaches these subjects from the perspective of the stakeholders as opposed to an economic interpretation of the firm and its responsibilities.||4|
|MGT-420||Organizational Behavior and Management||Drawing upon real-world management situations, this course is a study of individual and group behavior in organizations through detailed coverage of the functions of management, individual differences/diversity, leadership, motivation, decision making, organizational design, and organizational change and development. Emphasis is placed on how an understanding of organizational behavior leads to effective management practice. Also PSC-420.||4|
|BUS-352||Business Statistics||This course provides an introduction to the practical application of descriptive and inferential statistics in business. Topics include probability, probability distributions, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression. Prerequisite: MAT-134 or equivalent college algebra course.||4|
|FIN-350||Fundamentals of Business Finance||This course is a general survey of financial institutions, the Federal Reserve System, the qualities of a sound monetary system, the theory and value of money, deposit insurance, and foreign exchange. Prerequisites: ECN-220, ACC-250, and MAT-134 or equivalent college algebra course.||4|
|ECN-360||Intermediate Economics||This course focuses on microeconomic principles and techniques of analysis from the perspective of the firm and the study of the national economy. Topics include the costs of production, market structures, profit maximization, regulation and deregulation of business, labor markets, GDP and measures of economic well-being, national income accounting, the effects of business cycles, an overview of fiscal, monetary and supply side policies, and role of money, banks, and the Federal Reserve System in the United States. Prerequisite: ECN-220.||4|
|FIN-450||Intermediate Finance||This course is a study of the finance function within the modern corporation. Topics covered include financial analysis and planning, the valuation of financial assets, capital budgeting, capital structure, and working capital management. Prerequisites: ACC-350 and FIN-350.||4|
|FIN-451||Investments and Portfolio Management||This course studies stocks, bonds, and other investment vehicles, and their application in investment portfolio management. The securities market and trading procedures are discussed. The course develops and emphasizes portfolio theory that is applicable to both professional portfolio management and individual investment decisions. The application of portfolio theory to corporate investments and diversification is also discussed. Prerequisite: FIN-450.||4|
|MGT-455||Production/Operations Management||This course provides an introduction to designing, planning, operating, and controlling production systems. Emphasis is on managerial concepts and strategies relating to the management of operations in both manufacturing and service environments. Quantitative and qualitative methods and tools are introduced and applied. Prerequisite: BUS-352.||4|
|ECN-450||International Trade and Finance||This course provides a study of interrelationships between the international monetary environment and financial planning for corporations with overseas operations. The topics covered include the international monetary system, the foreign exchange market, managing exchange exposure, political risk management, import/export financing, and international performance evaluation. Prerequisites: FIN 350 and ECN 360.||4|
|BUS-485||Strategic Management||This is a capstone course in business and management that includes the gradual development of a comprehensive and integrative business plan. This course is designed to assist students in their development as managers, servant leaders, and successful strategic thinkers. Management, marketing, accounting, finance, economics, global perspectives, law, and political issues are covered during this course. It is a writing-intensive course that will help students develop competencies such as critical thinking, effective communication, leadership, and global awareness. Prerequisites: FIN-350, MGT-240, MKT-245, and senior status.||4|
|Required Course Total Credit:||56|
|General Education Requirements:||34|
|Open Elective Credits:||30 credits|
|Total Degree Requirements:||120 credits|
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An online education allows you the flexibility to fulfill your educational goals without distracting you from your career. Full-time faculty members support our online students while our dynamic tools allow for engaging and challenging discussions with classmates. Classes start every month.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.