Finance encompasses both the science and the art of managing money and investments. The finance curriculum is divided into three primary areas: financial management, financial markets and institutions, and investments. The study of finance provides students with an understanding of numerous financial theories such as the relation between risk and return, the factors that determine asset values, and strategies for minimizing the risk exposure of both corporations and investors. An understanding of these theories helps students develop the ability to make sound and practical business and personal investment decisions. The importance of finance in the economy and the functions and purposes of monetary systems, credit, prices, money markets, and financial institutions are stressed throughout the area of emphasis. Students are trained to think logically regarding financial problems and to formulate sound financial decisions, policies, and practices.

The finance emphasis prepares students for jobs in a corporate industrial setting or in the financial services industry. Students who study corporate finance prepare for careers managing corporate assets. Specific jobs in the corporate setting can include cash and receivables management, capital budgeting decision making, short- and long-term financial planning and analysis, risk analysis and management, and financing decisions. Financial services careers include positions in investment counseling, insurance, personal asset management and other financial planning careers.

Objectives
The Bachelor of Innovation™ in Business Finance will provide students with both the business background and skills of a classical Bachelor of Science in Business Administration plus the technical and team skills to work on innovative projects including the ability to: (1) recognize the broader issues in engineering technology-related problems or in global innovation problems; (2) understand the business, legal and societal constraints affecting this technology; and (3) have the ability to communicate the key issues, needs, potential options, and final solution to a challenge. The program seeks to prepare students for successful careers and lifelong learning. In addition to the technical competence to be expected of a graduate with a bachelor degree in business, students will develop the critical thinking skills, multifaceted team oriented skills and basic innovation background to ensure that they can effectively compete in the changing career landscape in areas driven by innovation.

Degree Requirements
The degree requirements for the Bachelor of Innovation™ degree in Business Administration require completion of at least 120 credit hours, participation in the Exit Interview, a minimum 2.0 grade point average in all COB courses and all courses taken at the University of Colorado. The courses for the degree are outlined as follows:

Innovation Core (27 Credits)

Cross Discipline Core (15 Credits)

English (3 Credits)

Mathematics (6 Credits)

MATH 1040 College Algebra OR MATH 1110 Linear Algebra 3
MATH 1120 Calculus for Business & Economics 3

Business Core (42 Credits)

ECON 1010 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
ECON 2020 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
COMM 2010 Oral Communication in the Workplace OR COMM 2100 Public Speaking 3
ACCT 2010 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ACCT 2020 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
QUAN 2010 Business Statistics 3
QUAN 2020 Process & Statistics-Based Decisions 3
INFS 1100 Microsoft Office Applications & PC Basics 3
INFS 3000 Introduction to Management Information Systems 3
FNCE 3050 Basic Finance 3
MGMT 3300 Introduction to Management & Organization 3
MKTG 3000 Principles of Marketing 3
OPTM 3000 Fundamentals of Operations Management 3
BUAD 4000 Government, Law, & Society 3

Finance Area of Emphasis (18 Credits)

Must Take 15
FNCE 4000 Advance Corporate Finance 3
FNCE 4100 Cases and Concepts in Finance 3
FNCE 4200 Investment and Portfolio Management 3
FNCE 4400 International Financial Management 3
FNCE 4500 Money & Banking 3
Choose 1 of the Following 3
FNCE 4250 Financial Risk Management 3
FNCE 4700 Practicum and Research in Security Markets 3
FNCE 4800 Entrepreneurial Finance 3
FNCE 4960 Internship in Finance 3
ACCT 3020 Intermediate Accounting 2 3
ACCT 3110 Cost Accounting 3

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