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BS in Finance

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Close connections to Chicago’s financial markets provide world-class experiential learning opportunities

Students majoring in finance have access to an active research faculty working across a wide range of subjects, including international finance, investment, corporate finance, finance economics, and commodity markets. Exposure to new research and age-old questions prepares students to be leaders in the financial services industry.

CME Trading Lab

Our CME Trading Lab has the latest financial software, including Bloomberg Terminals, R, XTrader and OneTick. The free training students receive in these programs gives them a competitive edge in the job market.

Important Dates

First Year Applicants

Transfer Applicants

Curriculum

The finance curriculum prepares students for a range of opportunities in finance, including trading, corporate finance and banking. Through close ties with finance professionals, we supplement the course materials with guest speakers from across the financial sectors. Our research faculty provide students with innovative educational programs that help students apply new insights to critical business problems.

At UIC Business, we help students find their dream careers. Some students may choose a "specialization" for their studies that lead to certain career paths in finance. These include corporate financial analysis; investment management; banking; global finance; real estate; and risk management. 

For a full list of curriculum requirements, visit the UIC Catalog

For a full list of courses offered, visit the course catalog.

Program Outcomes

With a finance degree, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Prepare financial statements, business activity reports and forecasts
  • Review company financial reports and seek ways to reduce costs
  • Analyze market trends to find opportunities for expansion or for acquiring other companies
  • Help management make financial decisions
  • Recommend individual investments and collections of investments or portfolios
  • Study a company’s financial statements to determine its value
  • Buy and sell securities, such as stocks and bonds
  • Buy and sell commodities, such as corn, oil and gold
  • Monitor financial markets and the performance of individual securities
  • Evaluate cost and revenue of agreements

UIC Business students are prepared for jobs in corporate finance, banking, trading and financial services positions. 

View Degree Requirements

Finance majors should pass FIN301 and FIN302 with a grade of C or better by the spring semester of their sophomore year in order to complete the department courses required for the major and to take advantage of the available career path groups listed below. (Students who enrolled in the finance major before Fall 2013 may opt to replace FIN301 and FIN302 with FIN300.)

Summary of Requirements
General and Basic Course Requirements 48
Business Core45
Major Requirements 18
Business Electives9
Total Hours120

General and Basic Course Requirements

See General and Basic Course Requirements in the College of Business Administration section for the list of courses needed to meet this requirement.

Business Core

See Business Course Requirements in the College of Business Administration section for the list of courses needed to meet this requirement.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
FIN310Investments3
FIN320Managerial Finance3
Twelve additional hours of 300- or 400-level courses in the Department of Finance. See lists below for career path suggestions. 12
Total Hours18

Business Electives

Courses
Nine hours at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level chosen from courses in the College of Business Administration with a maximum of three hours at the 200-level. See lists below for career path suggestions. Students may elect any combination of business courses to fulfill the elective requirement.9
Total Hours9

Course Suggestions for Finance Careers

Students should select courses based upon their interests and career goals. The finance courses listed below suggest which courses are most appropriate for alternative career paths.

Corporate Financial Analysis

This area provides an introduction to the work of the financial officer of a company focusing on financial statements, financial characteristics, and financial strategies of different types of firms.

Courses
FIN444Small Business Finance3
ACTG315Intermediate Financial Accounting I3
ACTG316Intermediate Financial Accounting II3

Investment Management

This area provides an introduction to the theory and practice of managing investments. The professional investment manager must be aware of the vast range of investments available in the modern economy, the factors that determine returns and risks, and methods used to hedge risks.

Courses
FIN412Portfolio Management3
FIN415Fixed Income Securities3
FIN416Options and Futures Markets3
FIN418Commodities, Energy, and Related Markets3
FIN449Applied Equity Investment Management3
FIN455Asset Management3
FIN480Market Microstructure and Electronic Trading3

Banking

The banking system is crucial to the proper functioning of modern industrialized economies. This area provides an introduction to the structure and functions of the modern financial system, the roles played by commercial and central banks, the impact of regulatory and monetary policies, and the management of commercial banks.

Courses
FIN415Fixed Income Securities3
FIN430Introduction to Money and Banking3
FIN431Management in the Financial Services Industry3
FIN494Special Topics in Finance (when topic is Islamic Finance)3

Global Finance

This area provides an introduction to international financial markets and the firm’s financial management in a global context. FIN340 and FIN442 are the central courses. Among other topics covered are the international monetary system, markets for foreign exchange, management of foreign investments, and exchange rate risks.

Courses
FIN340International Financial Markets3
FIN415Fixed Income Securities3
FIN416Options and Futures Markets3
FIN442International Corporate Financial Management3
FIN494Special Topics in Finance3
ACTG484International Accounting3

Real Estate

Real estate represents a significant portion of the assets held both by firms and by households. This area provides an introduction to legal, economic, and financial aspects of real estate in the context of the Chicago metropolitan area

Courses
FIN311Introduction to Urban Real Estate3
FIN472Real Estate Finance3
ECON332Urban Economics3

Risk Management

This area prepares students for careers in areas of the financial industry that involve financial risk management.

Courses
FIN415Fixed Income Securities3
FIN416Options and Futures Markets3
FIN473Introduction to Risk Management3
FIN479Enterprise Risk Management3

Sample Business Major Curriculum

See Sample Business Major Curriculum in the College of Business Administration section. See your academic advisor for an individualized major map in your field of study.

Program Faculty

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Ozgur Arslan-Ayaydin

Clinical Associate Professor of Finance
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Gib Bassett

Department Head of Finance
Andriy Bodnaruk, Associate Professor of Finance

Andriy Bodnaruk

Associate Professor of Finance
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“My UIC coursework has already proved its worth. IDS 331 has been especially valuable for the work I’m doing at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and FIN 449 has given me fresh perspectives on investment problems. BA 420 changed how I operate in the workplace.”

Saif Sarvana, CME Group
BS '17

Graduate Finance & Investment Group

The Graduate Finance and Investment Group is a student-run organization dedicated to helping finance students network, provide community service, and get hands-on experience through special projects. GFIG maintains ties with the Chicago Quantitative Alliance, and group members have recently participated in the Research Challenge of the CFA Institute and TD Ameritrade's thinkorswim Challenge.