Overview: BS in Finance
A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Finance degree from GCU prepares graduates to work in the financial world. Finance degree majors learn about industries including financial services, wealth management, corporate finance, insurance and real estate. Students learn how to understand/analyze data and information related to money management. GCU graduates who major in finance can integrate their understanding of financial markets on a global scale with decision-making for everyone from individual clients to major corporations.
Why Major in Finance?
Students interested in financial management should consider a Bachelor of Science in Finance. There are vast career possibilities at the end of the degree program that include working in just about any industry or sector and with any size client-base. Finance majors can work for corporations, individuals or nonprofits.
A finance degree ensures that people who enjoy making financial decisions are prepared to handle areas like:
- Wealth Management
- Real Estate
- Corporate Finance
- Risk Management
- International Finance
Bachelor of Science in Finance vs. Accounting
Careers in both finance and accounting help businesses to run successfully. Accountants track the revenues and expenses of the business and provide supporting data for operational decision making. Finance professionals analyze opportunities for financial growth and implement strategies for money management.
To better understand the difference, here is what finance majors study:
- Portfolio management
- Securities and risks
- Banking and financial markets
While accounting students learn about:
- Accounting procedures
- Financial statement preparation
- Tax preparation
Finance Bachelor’s Degree Curriculum at GCU
Like all degrees earned from The Colangelo College of Business at Grand Canyon University, the BS in Finance is based on core business domains. These domains ensure that finance students are well-rounded, ethical practitioners. Finance students learn how to develop useful communication and critical thinking skills, information literacy and research skills, business and operations understanding as well as legal and ethical practices.
The finance degree program core classes focus on:
- Investment strategies
- Modern monetary systems
- Capital markets
- Budget and accounting report analysis
- Financial proposals
- Credit reporting and money lending
- Risks and mitigation strategies
- Real estate proposals and financing options
Students can participate in sponsored securities licensing classes such as the SIE and Series 7. After finishing an in-person or online finance degree at GCU, graduates can complete their preparation to earn other securities industry licenses. In addition, students can attain their real estate and insurance licenses. Students can also finish preparing for their Certified Financial Planner (CFP) or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certifications.
Careers With a Finance BS Degree
GCU BS in Finance graduates have the opportunities to work in many different capacities. Companies looking for finance degree holders include corporations, financial and banking institutions, brokerage firms, investment companies, real estate and insurance organizations. Governments may be another option for financial employment.
Positions within these companies can vary greatly for finance graduates. Depending on personal interest, you might find work as a:
- Financial advisor
- Loan or credit officer
- Financial analyst
- Operations analyst
- Relationships manager
- Customer support associate
- Sales agent
- Financial planner
- Budget analyst
People who work in finance can make a big difference in the lives of individuals and the success of businesses. If making financial decisions is included in a job description you are interested in, a degree in finance may be right for you. Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Finance degree at GCU.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.