Bachelor of Science in Finance

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.

In Their Own Words

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“My UIC coursework has already proved its worth. It has been especially valuable for the work I’m doing at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and has given me fresh perspectives on investment problems.”

Saif Sarvana, CME Group  |  BS '17

Curriculum and Outcomes


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.

Explore Degree Requirements

FIN 340 International Financial Markets

Take a peek into the global economy and develop critical understanding of the asset approach to exchange rates and international financial markets.

FIN 311 Introduction to Urban Real Estate

Chicago’s large, complex and rapidly changing real estate market provides an ideal living classroom for studying the business, finance and legal elements of urban real estate.

FIN 310 Investments

Learn about the organization of security markets, the mechanics of trade, financial intermediation, security classification and asset valuation with applications to securities.

Program Faculty

Top Employers

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The following firms are top employers of UIC Business students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in finance.  For more career resources, visit the UIC Business Career Center site.

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Northern Trust
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • UBS Financial Services
  • U.S. Bank
  • CNA Financial
  • National Futures Association (NFA)
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)