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Business Administration with concentration in Finance – (Personal Finance Planning) (B.S.B.A.)

Administered by Department of Finance, College of Business

Effective Summer 2017

As per PRP3604: All students earning a first baccalaureate degree will take at least 30 of their last 45 credits at Bloomsburg University, no more credits are required than the 30 credits. All first baccalaureate students will take at least 50% of credits required for the Major from a PASSHE university. Bloomsburg University may require up to a maximum of 50% of the Major credits. Program exceptions to the policy are to be approved by the Office of the Chancellor.

Personal Financial Planning is available within the Finance program for finance majors. It is intended to help prepare students who intend to pursue their career in the dynamic and growing field of personal financial planning, and help prepare for the postgraduate Certified Financial Planner certification. The specialization has four required courses and a prerequisite, as noted below. By completing the Specialization, students will be in a position to help others plan to achieve financial independence and security; develop a personalized financial plan; and be prepared for careers in financial planning, insurance industry, banking, retirement planning, corporate personnel benefits, investment planning, and for careers as consumer affairs professionals in business and government agencies. Completion of the Specialization will lead students to be eligible to take the Certified Financial Planner Certification Examination.

In addition to 63 semester hours of general education requirements, the program in finance requires 24 hours of core business courses, 24 hours of courses specific to the major, plus 9 hours of business electives to meet the university requirement for a bachelor of science in business administration degree.

Students in Finance major will be required to complete FINANCE.313 Introduction to Finance prior to taking the first course in the Specialization of Personal Financial Planning, FINANCE.401 Personal Financial Planning.

Among general education courses specifically required are:

BUSED.101 Intro to Business

BUSED.333 Business Communications & Report Writing

COMMSTUD.103 Public Speaking

ECONOMIC.121 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECONOMIC.122 Principles of Microeconomics

ECONOMIC.256 Business and Economics Statistics or MATH.141 Intro Statistics

ENGLISH.101 Foundations of College Writing

Choose one of the following three courses:

ECONOMIC.156 Business and Economics Math

MATH.123 Essentials of Calculus

MATH.125 Calculus I

Business Core:

ACCT.220 Financial Accounting

ACCT.223 Managerial Accounting

FINANCE.313 Introduction to Corporate Finance


LAW.331 Law and Legal Environment

MGMT.244 Principles of Management

MGMT.481 Business Polices and Strategies

MKTG.310 Marketing Principles and Practice

Finance Specialization

FINANCE.323 Financial Markets and Institutions

FINANCE.343 Investment Management

FINANCE.413 International Finance

FINANCE.454 Advanced Corporate Finance

*FINANCE.401 Personal Financial Planning

*FINANCE.402 Retirement Planning

*FINANCE.404 Risk Management and Insurance Planning

*FINANCE.405 Estate Planning

*Specialization in Personal Financial Planning

COB Professional Development Program:

ZIPD.101 – Functional Areas of Business

ZIPD.102 – Interconnectedness of Business

ZIPD.201 – Career Exploration

ZIPD.202 – Career Preparation

ZIPD.301 – Preparation for the Workforce

ZIPD.302 – Build your brand

ZIPD.401 – Networking & Job Search

ZIPD.402 – Career Transition

Electives – (9 credits) Electives in Business: Any 300 or 400 level course offered within Zeigler College of Business other than the core courses, can be a business elective for business majors in any department. BUSED.101 Introduction to Business has been approved as a general education Goal 6 (3 points) and BUSED.333 Business Communication has been approved as a general education Goal 1 (2 points) and Goal 2 (1 point). These courses are NOT used as business elective.