Degree:Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.)
Security Analyst
Department:Accounting and Finance
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CIP Code:52.0801
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

The B.S.B.A. in Finance is an included program in the University's accreditation by AACSB International.

The B.S.B.A. in Finance prepares students for professional careers in areas such as corporate financial management, financial institutions management, investments, and financial planning. The program also provides the foundation to pursue the designations of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

Program Requirements

In addition to the university’s general requirements, students seeking the B.S.B.A. in Finance must meet the requirements listed below.

Students should consult with their academic advisors for courses which may satisfy both the General Education requirements and common prerequisites.

A minimum course grade of “C” is required in all College of Business prerequisites and courses.


General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum: 

Finance majors should take the following courses to satisfy components of the General Education curriculum courses:

Public Speaking
Elements of Statistics
Calculus with Business Applications
Social Sciences3
Principles of Economics Macro

Multicultural Requirement 

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

 Common Prerequisites

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

ACG 2021Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACG 2071Principles of Managerial Accounting3
CGS 2570Personal Computer Applications3
ECO 2013Principles of Economics Macro *3
ECO 2023Principles of Economics Micro3
MAC 2233Calculus with Business Applications *3
STA 2023Elements of Statistics *3
Total Hours21

Lower Division Electives 

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.3-12
Total Hours3-12

College of Business BSBA Core

All students pursuing a BSBA major in the College of Business must complete each of the following BSBA core courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

BUL 3130Legal and Ethical Environment of Business3
FIN 3403Managerial Finance3
GEB 3213Writing for Business: Theory and Practice3
GEB 4361International Business3
ISM 3011e-Business Systems Fundamentals3
ISM 3116Introduction to Business Analytics 3
MAN 3025Management Fundamentals3
MAN 3504Operations Management3
MAN 4720Strategic Management3
MAR 3023Marketing Fundamentals3
Total Hours30

College of Business Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy

The College of Business at the University of West Florida is accredited by AACSB International, the highest level of accreditation available to a college or school of business.  As such, the College believes that it is in the student's best interest to take all junior/senior level BSBA Core, Major, and Major-related courses at UWF.  These courses are typically taught by academically or professionally qualified faculty members as defined in the College's policy on faculty qualifications.

Undergraduate transfer credit for degree programs in the College of Business is awarded consistent with specifications in the UWF Catalog  and the requirements of Florida's Common Numbering System.

Normally, the College of Business will not accept transfer credits as equivalent to UWF 3000/4000 level business-related courses from institutions not accredited by AACSB International.

Students should seek guidance from their College of Business academic advisors on these matters.

Finance Specialization

FIN 3244Financial Markets and Institutions +3
FIN 4461Financial Statement Analysis +3
FIN 4414Financial Theory and Practice +3
FIN 4424Problems in Corporate Finance +3
FIN 4504Investments +3
FIN 4514Security Analysis and Portfolio Management +3
3000/4000 level advisor-approved ACG/ECO/FIN/TAX elective +3
3000/4000 level advisor-approved College of Business elective +3
Total Hours24

Upper Division Electives

3000/4000 advisor-approved level electives6


A minor in Finance requires completion of 18-24 hours including at least 12 hours of upper division courses at UWF.  Finance majors may not earn this minor.  Students should complete MAC 1105 College Algebra, STA 2023 Elements of Statistics, and any computer literacy courses before enrolling in required courses.  A minimum grade of "C" is required in all College of Business prerequisites and courses.

ACG 2021Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACG 2071Principles of Managerial Accounting3
or ACG 3082 Accounting for Non-Majors
ECO 2013Principles of Economics Macro3
ECO 2023Principles of Economics Micro3
or ECO 3003 Principles of Economic Theory and Public Policy
FIN 3244Financial Markets and Institutions3
FIN 3403Managerial Finance3
3000/4000 level Finance (FIN) courses6
Total Hours24

Finance Certificate

The Finance Certificate provides students with a general background in finance covering corporate finance, financial institutions, and investments. The certificate requires completion of the following courses with a grade of "C" or higher in each. At least 9 hours must be taken at UWF.

Take this course first:
FIN 3403Managerial Finance *3
Then, take three of these courses:9
Financial Markets and Institutions
Financial Statement Analysis
Financial Theory and Practice
Total Hours12

Security Analyst Certificate

Students who earn the Security Analyst Certificate will be actual fiduciaries of two separate Argo funds and must, accordingly, meet a high standard of participation and engagement. During this process, students will learn how to make real money with real money. The certificate requires completion of the following courses with a grade of "C" or higher in each. Both FIN 4560 and FIN 4561 must be taken at UWF.

Take this class first:
FIN 3403Managerial Finance *3
Then, take these two classes:
FIN 4560Equity Fund Management3
FIN 4561Bond Fund Management3
Total Hours9