School of Business & Economics

Courses in Economics & Finance

Economics

ECON-E103 Introduction to Microeconomics (3 cr)

Scarcity, opportunity cost, competitive and noncompetitive market pricing, and interdependence as an analytical core. Individual sections apply this core to a variety of current economic policy problems, such as poverty, pollution, excise taxes, rent controls, and farm subsidies.

Offered every semester.

ECON-E104 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 cr)

Measuring and explaining aggregate economic performance, money, monetary policy, and fiscal policy as an analytical core. Individual sections apply this core to a variety of current economic policy problems, such as inflation, unemployment, and economic growth.

Offered every semester.

ECON-E270 Introduction to Statistical Theory in Economics and Business (3 cr)

Review of basic probability concepts. Sampling, inference, and testing statistical hypotheses. Business applications of regression and correlation theory, time series analysis, analysis of variance, and elementary decision theory.

Offered every spring and fall semesters.

ECON-E337 Economic Development (3 cr)

This course covers the characteristics of economically underdeveloped countries, including obstacles to sustained growth; planning and other policies for stimulating growth; examination of development problems and experience in particular countries.

Offered every spring semester.

ECON-E351 Law and Economics (3 cr)

Economic analysis of law, focusing on the economic efficiency of common law. Main components of the course are property law, contracts, and torts. Some aspects of criminal law are also covered.

Offered every fall semester

ECON-E363 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (3 cr)

Basic theory and policy of such topics as pollution, resource depletion, environmental risk, and resource conservation. Issues covered include: limits to growth, quality of life, and the appropriate roles for the private market and federal control.

Offered every fall semester.

ECON-E430 International Economics (3 cr)

Gains from trade, relation between factor rentals and goods prices, distributional effects of trade, tariff policy and quantitative interferences, trade problems of developing countries, discrimination and customs unions, balance-ofpayments adjustment via prices and incomes, exchange rate policy, role of international reserves.

Offered every spring semester.

Finance

BUS-F151 Personal Finances of the College Student (1 cr)

Introduction to the basic planning tools and concepts for college-age financial literacy. Emphasis on financial decisions and challenges facing a typical college student. Topics include, careers, goal setting, budgeting, tax planning and credit, including options for financing higher education. Foundation of the Financial Literacy Curriculum.

Students who have taken BUS-F260 will not receive credit for this course. BUS-F151, BUS-F152 and BUS-F251 taken together and successfully completed are equivalent to BUS-F260. May also be taken independently from course grouping.

Offered fall and spring semesters.

BUS-F152 Basic Financial Planning & Investment (1 cr)

Introduction to the basic planning tools and concepts for financial literacy into adulthood and retirement. Emphasis on analyzing, selecting and managing investments over a lifetime. Topics include, time value of money, financial statements, retirement objectives, and investing in various financial assets. Part of the Financial Literacy Curriculum.

Students who have taken BUS-F260 will not receive credit for this course. BUS-F151, BUS-F152 and BUS-F251 taken together and successfully completed are equivalent to BUS-F260. May also be taken independently from course grouping.

Offered fall and spring semesters

BUS-F251 Managing Personal & Financial Risk (1 cr)

effective risk management. Emphasis on determining, analyzing and managing lifestyle and career factors contributing to financial risk. Exploration of uses, suitability and advantages of various insurance products for major risks. Part of the Financial Literacy Curriculum.

Students who have taken BUS-F260 will not receive credit for this course. BUS-F151, BUS-F152 and BUS-F251 taken together and successfully completed are equivalent to BUS-F260. May also be taken independently from course grouping.

Offered fall and spring semesters.

BUS-F260 Personal Finance (3 cr)

Financial problems encountered in managing individual affairs; family budgeting, installment buying, insurance, home ownership, and investing in securities. Recommended for first and second-year students.

BUS-F301 Financial Management (3 cr)

Conceptual framework of the firm’s investment, financing and dividend decisions; includes working capital management, capital budgeting, and capital structure strategies.

BUS-F302 Financial Decision-Making (3 cr)

Application of financial theory and techniques of analysis in the search for optional solutions to financial management problems.

BUS-F303 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3 cr)

Rigorous treatment of core concepts of investments for all students with a concentration in finance. In particular, enables you to develop the skills for portfolio optimization, pricing of equity, examining derivatives and fixed income, analyzing market efficiency, and understanding the basis of corporate financial policy.

Offered spring semesters.

BUS-F345 Money, Banking and Capital Markets (3 cr)

An analysis of the interrelated financial systems of central banks, private banks, and other sources and users of financial capital. Theoretical, empirical, policy and institutional issues are analyzed using economics and finance. Topics include the theory of money demand and supply, monetary policy and central banks, interest rate determination, financial intermediaries and international financial markets.

Offered every fall.

BUS-F420 Equity & Fixed Income Investment (3 cr)

Conceptual and analytical frameworks for formulating investment policies, analyzing securities, and construction portfolio strategies for individuals and institutions.

Offered fall semester.

BUS-F444 Applications in Financial Management (3 cr)

An analytical approach to problems facing the financial executive. Cases selected cover financial decision-making processes with particular emphasis on valuation, working capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, and dividend policies. In addition, the course will utilize the computer in solving a variety of financial problems.

Offered every spring.

BUS-F446 Bank & Financial Intermediation (3 cr)

The main topics are: 1) the economic role of financial intermediaries, with an emphasis on commercial banks; 2) the evolution of markets in which banks and other financial intermediaries operate; and 3) the regulation of commercial banks and other financial institutions.

Offered fall semester.

BUS-F480 Professional Practice in Finance (3-6 cr)

Work experience is offered in cooperating firms and agencies. Comprehensive written report required. Grades of A, S, or F are assigned by faculty.

  • Prerequisite: BUS-F301, junior or senior standing in major area, and consent of instructor.

BUS-F494 International Finance (3 cr)

Course topics include the financial management of foreign operations of the firm; financial constraints of the international environment and their effect on standard concepts of financial management; and the study of international currency flows, forward cover, and banking practices.

Offered every spring.

BUS-G300 Intro. to Managerial Economics and Strategy (3 cr)

Microeconomic analysis and its applications to business decision making. Includes topics of demand and consumer behavior, production and costs, theory of firms and public policy towards business. Focuses on the applied aspects of microeconomics. Credit given for only one: G300 or ECON-E321.

Offered fall semester.

BUS-G480 Professional Practice in Business Economics (3-6 cr)

Provides work experience in cooperating firm or agency. Comprehensive written report required. Grade of A, S or F assigned by faculty.

  • Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing with a concentration in business economics and public policy, and consent of department chairperson.

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