Finance

Course work for the finance major covers concepts of valuation, investment and financial structure in corporate financial management. Many finance majors begin their careers in commercial banking, corporate finance, or as analysts in investment banking firms.


Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Management degree are required to complete a minimum of 122 credits of academic work and achieve a 2.00 cumulative grade point average overall and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in their business and major courses. The BSM degree consists of a minimum of 58 to 61 Freeman credit hours, depending on the major, and a minimum of 39 credit hours from the schools of Architecture, Liberal Arts, Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Science and Engineering, or Social Work. The latter 39 credits satisfy the nonbusiness course requirements in the Newcomb-Tulane College core curriculum and the required nonbusiness courses for BSM students. The remaining credits needed to reach the 122 credit minimum can be taken at the schools of Architecture, Business, Liberal Arts, Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Science and Engineering, or Social Work

 

Newcomb-Tulane College Core   Required Nonbusiness Courses
   
Writing  
Foreign Language  
Public Service1  
TIDES....................................... TIDB 1010 (or 1020) and TIDB 11102
Cultural Knowledge3  
   Humanities (3 Hours)  
   Fine Arts (3 hours)  
   Social Sciences (6 hours)....... ECON 1010
                                         ....... ECON 1020
Scientific Inquiry  
  Physical/Life Science5 (6-8   hours) ....PSCH 1000
   
Quantitative Reasoning (4-8 hours) MATH 1150 and 1160 or 1210-Calculus
  MATH 1140-Business Statistics
   
Capstone Experience.............. MGMT 4010 & MGMT 4900
   
   
Required Freeman Courses  
Course ID Course Title
ACCN 2010    Financial Accounting
ACCN 3010 Managerial Accounting
FINE 3010   Financial Management
INFO 3010     Business Modeling
LGST 3010    Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Environment of Business(writing intensive)
MCOM 3010 Management Communications (writing intensive)   
MGMT 3010  Organizational Behavior (writing intensive)
MKTG 3010     Marketing Fundamentals
MGMT 4010   Strategic Management (Business Capstone Experience)
MGMT 4900    Business Integration Capstone(Bus.Capstone Experience)
CDMA 1201  Career Development and Management   
Major Requirements  
(18-21 Credit Hours)  
   
Required Business Electives  
(12 Credit Hours)  
   
Free Electives (Business or Non Business)  
(14-28 Credit Hours)  
   

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation 122

 

NOTES

Students are allowed to use the BSM degree requirements to meet the Newcomb-Tulane College core curriculum and 34-45 credit-hour requirements. All major and minor requirements are written with this assumption.

Students can use the business TIDES courses to satisfy the first public service requirement. Students who successfully complete TIDB 1010 or 1020, and TIDB 1110 with TIDB 1890 will satisfy the first public service requirement. One public service credit will be added for students who take both TIDB 1010 or TIDB 1020, and TIDB 1110 with TIDB 1890. Students are encouraged to take public service courses. A maximum of two public service add-on credits can be used toward the 122 credit hours required for the BSM degree.

Business majors are required to take two TIDES courses (TIDB 1010 or TIDB 1020 in the fall and TIDB 1110 in the spring) for 1.5 credits each. This exceeds the Newcomb-Tulane College core curriculum requirement. (If the business major decision is made after the first semester of the first year, but before the sophomore year, the student must complete TIDB1110 or LGST 4100 or MGMT 4150. If the business major decision is made after the first year and the student did not complete TIDB 1110, the student must complete either LGST 4100 or MGMT 4150).

One course must be from a list of approved courses in Western Traditions; and one course must be from a list of approved courses in Outside Western Traditions or Comparative Cultures and International Perspectives.

Students may use ECON 1010 and ECON 1020 to satisfy the Newcomb-Tulane College core requirement for social sciences.

One of these courses must include a laboratory component.

Students may use PSYC 1000 to satisfy the Newcomb-Tulane College core requirement for a life science.

Students may use MATH 1150 and 1160, MATH 1210, or MATH 1140 to satisfy the Newcomb-Tulane College core requirement for quantitative reasoning. MATH 1150 and 1160 or 1210 is required for students admitted Fall 2014 and later. MATH 1230 or MATH 3080 may substitute for MATH 1140.

MGMT 4010 and MGMT 4900 (taken simultaneously) are the capstone courses for business majors and satisfy the Newcomb-Tulane College core requirement for the capstone experience.

Students may fulfill free electives at the Schools of Architecture, Business, Liberal Arts, Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and Science and Engineering. Students may fulfill up to nine credits at the School of Continuing Studies and Social Work, subject to restrictions listed in the degree requirements of the Newcomb-Tulane College catalog.

BSM students earn a minimum of 122 credit hours to graduate. This number may increase if students choose a double major or a minor, or take excluded classes listed in the Degree Requirements section of the Newcomb-Tulane College catalog.

An undergraduate business student completing the following courses, in addition to the required courses listed above, is eligible for transcript designation of a major in finance.

ACCN 3100 - Intermediate Financial Accounting I
FINE 4100 - Advanced Financial Management
FINE 4110 - Investments in Equities
FINE 4120 - Analysis of Fixed Income Securities

Plus three of the following courses:

FINE 3200 Games and Decisions

FINE 4130 Venture Capital and Private Equity

FINE 4140 Risk Management

FINE 4145 Advanced Trading

FINE 4150 International Finance

FINE 4160 Equity Analysis/Burkenroad Reports

FINE 4170 Financial Modeling

FINE 4600 Cases in Valuation and Financing

FINE 4610 Darwin Fenner Student Managed Fund Honors Seminar

FINE 4620 Investment Banking for Financial Firms

LGST 4140 Insurance and Risk Management (students admitted prior to Fall 2014)

ENRG 4730 Energy Investment B


Career Track Recommendations - The following tracks are designed to guide students in choosing finance electives based on possible careers.

Corporate Finance Track
Choose a minimum of three of the following electives:
FINE 4130 Venture Capital and Private Equity

FINE 4150 International Finance

FINE 4160 Equity Analysis/Burkenroad Reports

FINE 4600 Cases in Valuation & Financing

Investments Track
Choose a minimum of three of the following electives:
FINE 4140 Risk Management

FINE 4150 International Finance

FINE 4160 Equity Analysis/Burkenroad Reports

FINE 4610 Darwin Fenner Student Managed Fund Honors Seminar

LGST 4140 Insurance and Risk Management (students admitted prior to Fall 2014)

Trading Center - A centerpiece of the Freeman School is the Trading Center, a simulated trading floor that enables students to gain practical experience in trading energy.   The center facilitates experiential learning and features state-of-the-art hardware and software equipped with industry-leading simulation, trading and financial software from Thomson-Reuters, Trading Technologies, and Logical Information Machines (LIM).  The Trading Center acts as a hands-on laboratory for the teaching of energy trading and risk management.  

Burkenroad Reports - In this valuable hands-on course, teams of three or four students meet with top management, visit company sites, develop financial models and publish in-depth investment research reports on public companies. The reports become available at www.burkenroad.org and are distributed to more than 20,000 institutional and individual investors. Students are also responsible for introducing company management at the Burkenroad Reports Investment Conference each spring. The companies are located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Students must apply for this course and enrollment is by invitation only.

Darwin Fenner Student Managed Fund Honors Seminar - This course combines academic study with actual investing. As part of the course, students manage a portfolio of stocks called the Darwin Fenner Student Managed Fund. Students study academic research papers and classic writings that have influenced equity investing. Through reading and discussing academic research papers, students develop a critical thinking process and proprietary investment models. Working in groups, students analyze all stock in their assigned sector of the stock market and make buy, sell, and hold recommendations to the class. In addition, the class evaluates the historic performance of the fund. Enrollment in the course is by invitation only.  Invitations are based on finance faculty vote and cumulative GPA.   

Energy Specialization:
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Management program can receive an Energy Specialization by completing at least nine semester credit hours of energy-related coursework. Finance majors who would like to work in the area of energy risk management are strongly encouraged to pursue the energy specialization.  Students seeking the Energy Specialization need to have their nine semester credit hours of energy-related coursework approved by the Tulane Energy Institute.    For more information on the energy institute and the energy specialization go to http://www.freeman.tulane.edu/energy/.

CFA Institute Program Partner: The BSM program at the A. B. Freeman School of Business is proud to be a program partner with the CFA Institute (www.cfainstitute.org). Courses within the finance curriculum and the BSM program incorporate a large amount of the Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) material in the CFA Program.  Upon graduation, students who want a career in money management may want to take Level I of the CFA examination. 

 

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Companies and Job Titles reported for graduates 2013-2014 by the

Career Management Center

FINANCE MAJORS 

Financial Analyst Amegy Bank, American Eagle, Bank of Montreal, Bloomberg, BNP Paribas, Chaffe and Associates, Johnson Rice, JPMorgan, Liz Claiborne, Lockheed Martin, Morgan Stanley, Societe General, Thermo Companies, TXU

 

Sales and Trading Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Direct Energy

Operations Morgan Stanley, Citi Smith Barney

Risk Management Analyst Citigroup, Marsh & McLennon

   
   

   
   
   
   

   

 

   

   
   

   

   

 

Last Updated 8/7/14
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