Asset Pricing Concentration

The Asset Pricing concentration is intended for Finance majors who are seeking careers in regulatory compliance, quantitative asset management, MS programs in investment management or other graduate programs. The current demand for undergraduate finance students with a good grasp of basic econometrics applied to large financial data bases – whether financial institution call reports, security prices, or other financial data – continues to grow.  

This concentration provides more quantitative rigor with a "big data" experience, a need articulated by many external stakeholders. The Asset Pricing concentration includes electives in modeling for investments and financial data analysis, along with the other existing electives specified for this concentration (derivatives and fixed income), and a project-based capstone which will prepare students to meet this market need. 

While not required, students in this concentration are encouraged to minor in Business Analytics to further expand their skill set. A co-curricular program, Quantitative Finance Fellows, is associated with the program that requires an application and minimum GPA. While similar to a student professional organization, the Fellows program is competitive and will provide more individualized connection to internship opportunities and employers.

Summary of Requirements

University Requirements

All new students are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.

Note that students not continuously enrolled who have not been approved for a Leave of Absence or study elsewhere must follow University requirements current at the time of re-enrollment.

College Requirements

Students must meet College Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Business Administration, including the requirements of the major listed below. Students must attain an overall GPA of 2.0 and a 2.0 GPA in the major to graduate as a Finance major. To calculate the GPA in the major, use the major GPA calculator.

Major Requirements

Students must follow the Major Requirements and College Requirements current at the time of declaration. Students not continuously enrolled who have not been approved for a Leave of Absence or study elsewhere must follow University, College, and Major requirements current at the time of re-enrollment.

Requirements of Asset Pricing Concentration

FIN 3504Intermediate Corporate Finance3
FIN 3507Security Analysis and Portfolio Management3
FIN 3551International Finance 13
FIN 4696Seminar in Asset Pricing 23
Select two of the following:6
Derivatives and Financial Risk Management
Fixed Income Modeling and Analysis
Financial Data Analysis
Advanced Portfolio Analysis
Select one of the following:3
Management of Financial Institutions
Real Estate Investment and Finance 3
Financial Statement Analysis
Financial Markets and Institutions for Business
Advanced Corporate Finance
Owl Fund Seminar 4
Advanced Owl Fund Seminar 4
Total Credit Hours21
1

FIN 3551 replaces IB 3101 in the upper division foundation. This course is not calculated in the major GPA.

2

This major capstone is taken in the final semester and all prerequisites must be met.

3

FIN 3509 may not be taken as Finance elective if double majoring in Real Estate.

4

FIN 3571 and FIN 3671 require permission of the instructor, and all prerequisites must be met.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance: Asset Pricing Concentration

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Please note that this plan is suggested only, ensuring prerequisites are met.

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
STAT 1001Quantitative Methods for Business I3
ECON 1101Macroeconomic Principles3
HRM 1101Leadership and Organizational Management3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
STAT 1102Quantitative Methods for Business II4
ECON 1102Microeconomic Principles3
LGLS 1101Legal Environment of Business3
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
STAT 2103Statistical Business Analytics (waives GenEd Quantitative Literacy requirement)4
ACCT 2101Financial Accounting3
MIS 2101Information Systems in Organizations3
MKTG 2101Marketing Management3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
ACCT 2102Managerial Accounting3
BA 2101Professional Development Strategies1
BA 2196Business Communications [WI]3
RMI 2101Introduction to Risk Management3
FIN 3101Financial Management3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
MSOM 3101Operations Management3
BA 3102Business Society and Ethics3
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Corporate Finance 
Security Analysis and Portfolio Management 
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
BA 3103Integrative Business Applications3
Select one of the following:3
Security Analysis and Portfolio Management 
Intermediate Corporate Finance 
Select one of the following:3
Derivatives and Financial Risk Management 
Fixed Income Modeling and Analysis 
Financial Data Analysis 
Advanced Portfolio Analysis 
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
BA 4101Global Business Policies3
FIN 3551International Finance3
Select one of the following:3
Derivatives and Financial Risk Management 
Fixed Income Modeling and Analysis 
Financial Data Analysis 
Advanced Portfolio Analysis 
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
FIN 4696Seminar in Asset Pricing [WI]3
Select one of the following:3
Management of Financial Institutions 
Real Estate Investment and Finance 
Financial Statement Analysis 
Financial Markets and Institutions for Business 
Advanced Corporate Finance 
Owl Fund Seminar 
Advanced Owl Fund Seminar 
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 124