Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Finance
Are you intellectually curious with a good aptitude for math, working with numbers, and analyzing facts and data? Want to help businesses, organizations, and individuals be financially strong, responsible, and prepared for a bright future? If this describes you, a career in finance is an excellent academic choice.
Our integrated curriculum introduces you to current, real-world trends in the world of corporate finance, financial analysis, financial planning, insurance underwriting, investment banking, venture capitalism, portfolio management, and related fields.
Why choose a B.S. in finance at Marian?
As a finance student in the Byrum School, you will get broad knowledge and a firm foundation that offers plenty of upward mobility and career options.
Earning a degree in finance will teach you how to manage business capital and personal investments, including assessing the benefits, costs, risks, and impacts of financial decision-making. You’ll study the principles of and best practices for sound, ethical financial management.
You will learn to establish and manage budgets. Required and elective courses will teach you about financial vehicles like stocks, bonds, futures, mutual funds, and securities. You’ll also learn how to allocate and invest funds for maximum benefit, exploring issues like:
- How taxes and investments impact cash flow
- Obtaining financing through untapped resources
- Using capital to expand current or future operations
As you complete our high-impact curriculum, you’ll get hands-on experience such as:
- Interacting with local business professionals to identify and analyze acquisition targets for a large multinational corporation
- Serving as a venture capitalist to whom owners of Indiana start-up companies pitch their business ideas to you for investment opportunities
- Investing real dollars from a $175,000 student-managed venture fund
What will you study?
The 128-credit finance degree includes general education, business core, and required and elective courses in the finance major.
Marian’s general education courses enable you to build the strong critical thinking and other skills that employers want. You’ll complete courses in subjects like reasoning, individual and social understanding, and cultural awareness.
The Byrum School’s core business courses provide you with significant business experiences or SBEs. In these courses, you’ll learn business by doing business, like putting together business plans and completing both quantitative and comprehensive analyses of businesses.
Courses for the finance major include required and elective courses like:
- FIN 111: Personal Finance
- FIN 311: Advanced Corporate Finance
- FIN 360: Investments
- FIN 411: International Finance
- FIN 455: Cases in Accounting and Finance
- MIS 320: Business Decision-Making
- FIN 352: Public Finance
- FIN 356: Real Estate
- FIN 357: Risk and Insurance
- ACC 430: Federal Taxation
You’ll also complete at least one internship. Many business students, in fact, complete two or more internships throughout the course of their studies.
For complete details, review our Undergraduate Course Catalog or download our four-year plan of study and checklist.
Sample four-year plan and checklist
Adding a double-major, minor, or concentration to your plan of study
In collaboration with your academic advisor, consider additional academic options that can make you even more marketable upon graduation.
- About 80 percent of Marian’s finance majors choose a double-major. Most choose accounting, although some choose marketing or management.
- For the 20 percent who don’t earn a double-major, many earn an accounting minor.
- Concentrations like insurance or entrepreneurship are other good choices for finance majors.
Depending on your career interests and goals, your advisor can help you determine if one or more of these options is right for you.
What are your career paths?
Upon graduation, you will have the knowledge, skills, and experience to begin a great career. Finance majors choose from challenging, rewarding careers as investment bankers, financial managers, insurance agents, personal financial planners, security analysts, and stock brokers, among others.
They work at banks, government agencies, consulting firms, insurance companies, small businesses, global Fortune 500 corporations, and nonprofit organizations.
According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, here is national employment outlook and average salary information for typical finance jobs:
|Occupation ||Growth through 2026 ||Median salary (2016) |
|Securities, commodities, or financial services sales agent ||6 percent ||$67,310 |
|Budget analyst ||7 percent ||$73,840 |
|Financial examiner ||10 percent ||$79,280 |
|Financial analyst ||11 percent ||$81,760 |
|Loan officer ||11 percent ||$63,650 |
|Personal financial advisor ||15 percent ||$90,530 |
|Financial manager ||19 percent ||$121,750 |
|Actuary ||22 percent ||$100,610 |
In Indianapolis, glassdoor.com findings show typical finance jobs for new college graduates with one year or less of professional experience include:
|Occupation ||Average base pay |
|Asset manager ||$56,089 |
|Portfolio manager ||$60,615 |
|Risk manager ||$60,867 |
|Investment banker ||$62,095 |
|Controller ||$68,974 |
|Finance director ||$107,202 |
If your ultimate career goal requires graduate study in a master’s degree or doctoral program, earning your undergraduate degree in finance at Marian will prepare you to be a competitive candidate for admission to top graduate business schools, whether in Indiana or across the nation.
Because the world of finance is ever-changing and evolving, understanding emerging macroeconomic trends, changing regulatory standards, and experience in new and emerging technologies is important. Top financial experts have an interest in lifelong learning and continuing education. Many finance graduates pursue certifications and licensure, such as:
If you want to work as a registered or licensed securities professional, for example, you can complete requirements through groups like the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which offers about two dozen national qualifying exams like:
- Options principal (OP)
- General securities principal (GP)
- Compliance official (CO)
- Investment company and variable contracts products principal (IP)
The American Bankers Association (ABA) also offers professional certifications, including:
- Certified trust and financial advisor (CTFA)
- Certified regulatory compliance manager (CRCM)
- Certified retirement services professional (CRSP)
- Certified securities operations professional (CSOP)
- Certified corporate trust specialist (CCTS)