Finance, BS

Rebecca Shellenbarger '20 Student Gallery Winner "During my time at IUP, I have been actively engaged in a variety of Eberly College and other campus activities. Eberly helps students to develop in countless personal and professional ways, and there are hundreds of exciting growth opportunities. I have taken advantage of many professional development, extracurricular, and networking activities that have made me a strong, confident, emerging female business professional." said Rebecca Shellenbarger '20, BS in Finance, who was a member of the Student Managed Investment Portfolio, IUP Ambassador and the Eberly Women's Leadership program.

Make Profitable Financial Decisions in a Global Environment

Money is handled in increasingly complex ways in our society, and mistakes in investment strategies can have devastating consequences.

Among the classes you'll take are Accounting Principles I and II, Legal Environment of Business, Fundamentals of Finance, Business Policy, Principles of Marketing, Production and Operations Management, Business Statistics, Financial Analysis Using Electronic Spreadsheets, Principles of Investments, Insurance and Risk Management, Financial Institutions and Markets, and Corporate Finance.

Our faculty are well educated in many aspects of the financial world and can provide you with the real-world knowledge necessary for success in finance-related careers. You can also gain hands-on experience through internship opportunities, the Student Managed Investment Portfolio, Bloomberg certification, and CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and ACG (Association for Corporate Growth) competitions.

Money Matters: The Career Options Are Endless

The Bachelor of Science degree in Finance prepares you to pursue job opportunities in the areas of corporate and personal financial management, banking, insurance, investments, and other financial institutions.

You may pursue a career as a financial planner; a broker of stocks, bonds, and commodities; an insurance agent; a wealth management, investment, or credit officer; a real estate agent; or a project manager. You may also seek employment with the federal government at, for example, the FDIC, Federal Reserve, Treasury Department, or Internal Revenue Service.

Finance Graduates will be Professionally Competent in the Following Areas:

Concept Application

Apply financial management concepts and tools to decisions regarding financing and investments.

Governance Analysis

Evaluate the corporate governance structure of firms and examine the interactions, from a governance perspective, between firm management, financial markets, and stakeholders.

Risk Appraisal

Appraise the risk profile of firms; specifically, estimate the cost of capital, including debt and equity capital, using financial data.

Market Understanding

Describe the operations of three distinct capital markets: the equity market, the bond market, and the derivatives market, and the financial assets traded in each of these markets.

Global Environment

Explain the global financial environment and the globalization process experienced by multinational corporations.