Finance Course Offerings for Academic Year 2015-16 (Updated 6 May 2015)

This page provides you with information about Finance Course Offerings. It will also provide information about Finance Senior Project options and other facts that will be useful to you. So please read through this entire page:

1. FALL COURSE OFFERINGS:

The Fall Finance schedule that appears on PASS is now final. There are no plans (or available faculty) to add additional sections.


REQUIRED COURSES: We will offer multiple sections of the finance required courses in Winter, and Spring of the upcoming academic year (see the table below). We encourage students that are new to the finance concentration to take BUS-439 and BUS-431 together in Fall and take BUS-438 in Winter. We also ask that new students refrain from taking the fianance elective courses before finishing the required courses. You will get a lot more out of the finance electives after you have completed the required courses (BUS-431, 438, and 439). A word of advice, please don't wait around for your “favorite professor” to offer the course you must take to make progress to degree. The Winter and Spring schedule is TENTATIVE. The finance faculty are all very competent and highly educated. Take the required course when it is being offered to ensure your continued progress. You can always audit that same course with your “favorite professor” later. Remember that in the real world you don't get to always work with your “favorite people”. You will do well by staying on course to graduate in a timely manner!

ELECTIVES: We will offer multiple sections of the finance elective courses (see the table below). We encourage finance students to take BUS-301 (Global Financial Markets) to meet their International Business (IB) requirement (part of required business core). Students in senior standing should also consider taking courses from the approved electives in economics or accounting (see concentration sheet). Please feel free to stop by my office hours if you wish to discuss your course plans.

Please also note the following:

i. Finance elective classes may develop a long waiting list. The waiting list is simply a device to manage enrollment during the registration period and does not guarantee automatic access to a course. In fact, few faculty actually ever see their course wait list. Faculty may choose to create their own wait list on the first day of class and then issue e-permits as enrolled students drop out and space becomes available. The Finance faculty are committed to assisting our students to take their courses and graduate in a timely manner. To this end, we will try our best to accommodate as many students as possible. You can help us in this effort by:

ii. Please be sure to file your finance concentration before registration begins. Student in 400 level finance courses who have not done so will be dropped.

iii. Are you interested in taking BUS-321 (Intermediate Accounting)? You will note that BUS-319 is a prerequisite. However, the accounting area will wave this requirement for finance students. Please contact me for an e-permit (provided the BUS-321 has open spaces).


2. TENTATIVE WINTER AND SPRING TERM COURSE OFFERINGS: The following table contains the tentative schedule for Winter and Spring terms.


Professor

Winter Term Courses (Tentative)

Spring Term Courses (Tentative)

Dr. B. Anderson

BUS-342 (2)

BUS-342 (2)

Dr. B. Ayash

BUS-436 (2)

BUS-436 (1), BUS-464 (1)

Dr. Z. Bednarek

GSB-531 (1), BUS-431 (1)

BUS-464 (1), BUS-431 (1)

Dr. G. Durham

ECON-522, BUS-464 (1)

BUS-438 (2)

Dr. J. Dobson

BUS-301 (1)

BUS-301 (1) or BUS-443 (1)

Dr. L. Gorman

BUS-342 (2) or BUS-431 (1),

BUS-342 (1), BUS-444 (1)

Dr. C. Ramezani

Away on sabbatical

Away on sabbatical

Dr. M. Rastad

BUS-439 (2), BUS-438 (1)

BUS-439 (1), BUS-464 (1)

Dr. P. Patel

BUS-435 (1), BUS-464 (1)

BUS-435, BUS-442

Dr. J. York


BUS-436 (1)

STAFF

BUS-434 (1) or BUS-441 (1)

BUS-434 (1) or BUS-441 (1)



3. SENIOR PROJECT OPTIONS: Although as a finance student you can pursue your SP with any faculty in the college, we encourage you to pursue finance related projects under the direction of finance faculty. This is important as your SP will become the most important part of your portfolio” when you begin to pursue a career. Indeed, a well done finance SP will be your ticket to securing interesting finance internships and a high paying job in finance industry. Recruiters will often ask about your SP, as it is important sample of your work product.


The Finance Area will offer SP courses every term during the academic year. During the coming academic year, finance students may choose from the following SP alternatives: Three options are available and I have taped a detailed video discussing each options. Please watch this video and look at this handout that goes with the video presentation. To summarize, the following are the types of senior projects students can pursue:



As a matter of policy, e-permits to enroll in finance SP will only be issued at the first scheduled class. This is a critical opportunity for the professor to discuss the syllabus and course rules, with all students present. This is also the main opportunity for the students to learn about the professor's expectations, meet other students in the course, and learn about potential team projects. Please attend the first day of the SP courses to obtain this information and get answers to your questions. You can also contact the professor teaching the SP and ask for syllabus or visit them in their office hours to discuss their project and obtain e-permit. Finance senior project courses rarely fill and there is always room for every finance student. During the registration periods, please focus on signing up for the rest of your courses and worry about your SP class last!


4. DOUBLE CONCENTRATION WITH ACCOUNTING: Starting in Fall 2015, students will be allowed to declare double concentrations where either the primary or secondary concentration must be in Accounting. Students will be allowed to do this as long as they can demonstrate that they can still graduate within four years. The OCOB Advising Center has an online application form and additional information here:

http://www.cob.calpoly.edu/advising/Double_Concentration_in_Accounting


5. PLEASE JOIN THE FINANCE STUDENT CLUBS: The finance faculty urges you to join our students' clubs and attend their sponsored events (Tuesdays and Thursdays 11-12):