Bachelor of Business Administration, Major in Finance

Each BBA degree consists of:

Note: Transfer students must take at least 50% of the required business curriculum for the BBA in residence at Sam Houston State University, which may include courses taken at The Woodlands Center campus or through SHSU Online.

1 The Business Core consists of the following courses:

Business Core
ACCT 2301Principles of Financial Acc3
ACCT 2302Principles of Managerial Acc3
BANA 2372Business Analysis3
BANA 3363Inter Business Analysis3
BUAD 2301Business Legal Environment3
BUAD 3335Business Communication3
ECON 2301Principles Of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2302Principles Of Microeconomics 13
FINC 3320Business Finance3
MGIS 3310Principles of MIS3
MGMT 3310Principles Of Management3
MGMT 3370Operations Management3
MGMT 4390Strategic Management & Policy3
MKTG 3310Principles Of Marketing3

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences). 

Program-Specific Requirements

Finance majors must make a minimum grade of "C" or better in all FINC courses taken to graduate with a BBA in Finance.

Degree Plan

Bachelor of Business Administration, Major in Finance
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics)3
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences)3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option)4
First Year
Component Area III4BUAD 1305 or CSTE 13303
ECON 1100, KINE 2115, MCOM 1130, or NGLI 110111Component Area III4
ENGL 130123Component Area V3
HIST 130133ENGL 130223
MATH 132443HIST 130233
 14 16
Second Year
ACCT 23013ACCT 23023
BUAD 23013BANA 23723
Component Area IV3BUAD 2321 or COMS 238213
ECON 23013ECON 230263
POLS 230553POLS 230653
 15 15
Third Year
BANA 33633ACCT 33133
FINC 33103BUAD 33353
FINC 33203BUAD 3355 or 33573
MGMT 33103Finance Electives83
MKTG 33103MGIS 33103
 15 15
Fourth Year
ACCT 3314 or 334773FINC 43353
Advanced Business Electives3FINC 43903
FINC 43203General Electives3
FINC 43453Finance Electives83
MGMT 33703MGMT 43903
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

Satisfies requirement for Core Curriculum Component Area IX (Component Area Option).


Satisfies requirement for Core Curriculum Component Area I (Communication).


Satisfies requirement for Core Curriculum Component Area VI (U.S. History).


Satisfies requirement for Core Curriculum Component Area II (Mathematics).


Satisfies requirement for Core Curriculum Component Area VII (Political Science/Government).


Satisfies requirement for Core Curriculum Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences).


ACCT 3314 is strongly recommended.


Business courses include any course with a ACCT, BANA, BUAD, ECON, FINC, MGIS, MGMT, or MKTG prefix. See, Finance Electives course list below.

Finance Electives 8
Select two of the following:6
Financial Spreadsheet Modeling 1
Independent Study
Special Topic
Entrepreneurial/Small Firm Fin 2
Selling Financial Services 3
Commercial Bank Lending
International Finance
Security Analy & Portfolio Mgt 2
Sem in Financial Derivatives 3
Undergrad Internship in Fin
Total Hours6

FINC 3330 is strongly recommended.


Typically offered only in the spring semester.


Typically offered only in the fall semester.


Students must earn a 2.0 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

A minor is not required for this degree program; however, a student has the option to add a minor, but to do so additional semester credits hours will be needed above the degree program’s stated total semester credit hours. 

The following minors cannot be paired with this degree program: Minor in Finance, Minor in General Business Administration.

The BBA in Finance is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Understanding of investments including; the ability to quantify price and yield metrics and measure performance for both fixed-income and equity securities singularly and in portfolios; understanding risk, return, and diversification; and understanding options both for hedging and speculation.
  • Understand the function of the financial system, including the operations and structure of Federal Reserve and banking system, bond markets, stock markets, and understanding money markets.
  • Proficiency in calculating historical and prospective financial ratios used in analyzing financial statement data, in manipulating financial accounting data as needed to gain a broader understanding of financial accounting relationships, and in interpreting financial ratios and similar metrics used in making investment and financing decisions.
  • Ability to create and analyze information useful to the managers of a firm, including understanding and explaining the cost of capital, cash flows as they form the basis for valuation of real and financial assets and demonstrating the ability to summarize and analyze potential investment projects.