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Lake Superior State University

Finance and Economics: Bachelor of Science

Program Description

This degree requires successful completion of a minimum of 124 semester credits as prescribed on the following page. The study of finance and economics develops the capacity for analytical reasoning and critical thinking, the most important decision making tools in business, government, education, and in your personal life.

Organizations need planners and problem-solvers, people who are logical thinkers. Economists and financiers learn to develop accurate information upon which to make decisions from the vast quantities of complex and often conflicting data generated in today’s global economy. Employers hire these professionals because of their abilities for careful analysis, planning and decision making.

Graduate, Professional and Continuing Education

This degree program is an excellent preparation for graduate and professional education in such fields as finance, economics, accounting, business administration and law. Graduates may seek professional certification in related professions such as Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Certified Management
Accountant (CMA).

Degree Requirements

Finance & Economics Core (70 credits)

FINC 400-Level Courses. Choose two from the following:

*May count toward general education requirement.
**Part of the business core which must be taken prior to taking BUSN466.
^Capstone course — take after completion of the business core.

Field requirements (18-20 credits)

Economics option

  • ECON407 Introductory Econometrics 3
  • Economics, finance, or mathematics electives 6
  • ECON300/400 level electives 9

Finance option

  • FINC** 400-leve elective 4
  • Finance, economics or accounting electives 14

**FINC 400-level courses include FINC446, Financial Analysis & Policy; FINC448, Investment Strategy; and FINC443, Insurance. Two courses from this group must be completed for all options; all three courses must be completed for the finance option.

General Education Requirements

  • ENGL110 First Year Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First Year Composition II 3
  • COMM101 Fund. of Speech Communication 3
  • HUMN251 Humanities I 4
  • HUMN Elective 3-4

Social Science

  • ECON201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
  • Elective 3-4
  • Diversity Elective 3-4

Natural Science with Lab

  • Elective 4
  • Elective 4


BS Degree Requirement

  • Credits from computer science, mathematics, natural science or social science not used in general education 5

Total Credits: 124

Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.