Bachelor of science degree

BS in Finance

Bachelor's in Finance

From Wall Street to the neighborhood bank, finance offers diverse and exciting career options in commercial banking, investment banking, corporate finance, financial planning and other areas. 

Finance is at the heart of every business enterprise, and financial knowledge is highly empowering and enriching for both individuals and corporations. In the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business, finance students learn deeply about the management of money and other assets, such as stocks and bonds, for organizations and individuals. Courses provide a solid background in many subjects, including:

  • Financial markets and intermediaries
  • Measuring the risk and return of investments
  • Financial management in international money and capital markets
  • Functional areas of bank management and related financial institutions
  • Recent developments in futures and options


What can I do with my major?

Finance careers

Students graduating with a major in finance continue to be in demand as job opportunities are expected to grow at a rate faster than average for all occupations. This will be due, in part, to a growing range of financial products, an aging population seeking financial planning advice and new regulations that will likely require more examiners. 

Finance majors at the Mike Ilitch School of Business, especially those with internship experience, often receive career offers upon graduation in a variety of corporate and public finance settings. Graduates can choose to pursue careers ranging from investment management, commercial lending and corporate financial analysis to venture capital fund management, forecasting and budgeting. Opportunities will present themselves at the local, national and international levels as the global economy continues to develop. 

Degree Requirements

The Business department offers three majors: Accounting, Finance and Business Administration. Students in any of these Business department programs will take the following course work.

A minimum of 122 credit hours total taken through five types of courses: business foundation, core, major, College general education requirements and elective courses.
Business Foundation Requirements

AIC Course Number Title Credit Hours

BUL 2111

Business Law I


ECO 2013

Principles of Macroeconomics (SS)


ECO 2023

Principles of Microeconomics (SS)


ENC 1101

Introductory College Writing (BC)


ENC 1102

Intermediate Composition (IC)


BAA 1500

Business Tools & Applications


BAA 2300

Quantitative Methods I



Business Core Requirements

AIC Course Number Title Credit Hours

MAN 2021

Management of Org. Behavior


MAR 1011

Marketing Management


General Education Group and Competency Requirements
The college has established General Education Requirements, requiring a total of 36 credits of General Education coursework to be satisfied by all students. These requirements are listed below. For Business majors, the basic social science requirement and the mathematics requirement are satisfied by the Business Foundation courses.

Take ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 and either SPC 1024 or SPC 1608 9 credit hours

Take two courses, for a total of 6 credit hours 6 credit hours

The basic social science requirement is satisfied by successful completion of the Business Foundation course ECO 2013. Therefore, one Behavioral Science course, for a total of 3 credit hours, is required.

AREA 4 SCIENCE 9 credit hours
Take one Biological Science, for 3 credit hours, and one Physical Science, for a minimum of 3 credit hours, and one Laboratory, for 1 credit hours, and one Wellness course, for 2 credit hours.

AREA 5 MATHEMATICS 6 credit hours
The mathematics requirement is satisfied by successful completion of the Business Foundation course BAA 2300.

W = Writing credit course. Students must take ENC 1101; ENC 1102; and two additional writing credit courses, 6 credits, to graduate.
I = International/Intercultural Course. Students must take 3 credits of international/intercultural coursework to graduate.

Any student who successful completes a mathematics or natural science course for which one of the General Education Core Course options is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the mathematics or science core requirement.
Completing BAA 2300 by earning a minimum “C” grade student fulfills both the Mathematics
requirement and the first Quantitative Methods requirement

(I) = this course counts toward the international/intercultural requirement in the AA and baccalaureate degrees.
(W) = this course counts toward the writing requirement in the AA and baccalaureate degrees.

*All course requirements and offerings are subject to change

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