Bachelor of Science in Finance

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

Students majoring in finance will have access to faculty that brings both extensive real-world experience and an active research agenda on a variety of subjects into the classroom. They acquire both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in an atmosphere of intellectual stimulation and active learning.

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

Curriculum

Our curriculum is built to help students focus on their dream careers within finance. The rich list of elective courses introduces students to various fields including corporate financial analysis, business valuation, investments and portfolio management, banking, international finance, trading, and risk management. Through close ties with finance professionals, we supplement the course materials with guest speakers from across the financial sectors. Our research faculty provides students with innovative educational programs that help students apply new insights to critical business problems.

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, investment management, and financial services positions.

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Entrepreneurial Finance

The course follows the life cycle of a startup company: business model evaluation, startup valuation and financing (including angel investors, venture capital, and debt financing), soft skills such as putting together the startup team and negotiating with customers and partners, and eventual exits (via an IPO or an acquisition). The course will use a combination of case discussions and lectures.

Emerging Technology

The course familiarizes students with the unique intricacies of the blockchain and its many iterations.  Students will understand how Fortune 500 companies are employing it for security purposes and logistics operations, and how the financial world and economists view cryptocurrencies. The course will be taught through a combination of readings, lectures, and a final project that challenges class cohorts to identify a problem that the blockchain could solve and design the appropriate solution.

Energy Finance

The course introduces students to a broad spectrum of finance topics in the context of the energy industry. They include valuation of energy projects with various approaches – from discounted cash flow to real options, as well as energy lending, project financing, energy trading, energy risk management such as hedging, energy risk modeling, and weather derivatives. Examples are drawn from crude oil, natural gas, electricity markets, clean energy investments, and carbon emission trading. The course is focused on lab work where students put theoretical concepts to practice using Excel skills.

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)

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