Bachelor of Science in Finance
A strong background in finance will prepare you for a decision-making role in any organization. Why? Because success for any organization depends on its ability to make good decisions in critical areas, including:
- Opening a new production facility
- Expanding the product line
- Adding employees
- Entering new markets
- Adopting new technology
In Lerner’s finance program, you will learn how to balance opportunity with risk to ensure resources are allocated to their best use. You will learn how finance influences almost every aspect of an organization, whether a bank, consulting firm, public or private corporation, governmental organization or non-profit.
The curriculum provides a strong foundation that will prepare you for all categories of finance careers including investment management, corporate finance and financial services.
Our challenging, rewarding program is one of the most popular undergraduate majors at UD.
CFA Institute Recognition
The undergraduate finance degree at the University of Delaware has been recognized by the CFA Institute as a program that incorporates over 75% of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Exam Material into its curriculum, including the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. For more information on the CFA Institute and recognized universities, visit the CFA Institute’s website.
The finance department awards five scholarships per year for qualified students to take the CFA Exam. See myLerner for details on how to apply for an exam scholarship.
You’ll hear from finance industry professionals from public and private institutions such as the SEC, the Federal Reserve Bank and JPMorgan Chase.
As a finance student you’ll have access to an extensive set of research databases maintained by the Department of Finance.
The Blue Hen Investment Club is the University of Delaware’s student-managed investment fund with $1.8 million assets under management. It is open to students of all majors who are willing to commit to managing a portion of the university’s endowment.
Over the years, the fund has created leaders who have found careers with institutions such as Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, UBS, PwC, EY, KPMG and McKinsey & Company.
Other student organizations include:
- Association for Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting
- Financial Management Association
- Women in Business
- Minority Business Student Association
- Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity
- Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity
Honors in Finance
The honors program at UD offers a scholarly and enriching community that extends well beyond graduation. You’ll enjoy smaller, more challenging classes and the opportunity to engage in research and assume leadership roles.
The honors degree requires:
- All requirements for the B.S. in finance
- All of the UD requirements for the honors baccalaureate degree
The Honors credits in the major must include at least six credits in BUAD and/or FINC courses. They may include required courses from other departments in the Lerner College.
Suggested Course Sequence
ECON 101 – Microeconomics
MATH 221 – Calculus I
BUAD 110 – Basics of Business
Social & behavioral sciences breadth course
Natural sciences & technology breadth course
ENGL 110 – Seminar in Composition
Social & behavioral sciences breadth course
ECON 103 – Macroeconomics
Creative arts & humanities breadth course
Natural sciences & technology breadth course with lab (4 credits)
ACCT 207 – Accounting I (Financial)
MISY 160 – Business Computing
MATH 201 – Statistics or STAT 200 – Basic Statistical Practice
Creative arts & humanities breadth course, history & cultural change breadth course or foreign language
ACCT 208 – Accounting II (Managerial)
MATH 202 Statistics II or MISY 262 – Fundamentals of Business Analytics
MISY 261 – Business Information Systems
FINC 311 – Principles of Finance
COMM 212 – Oral Communication in Business or HOSP 230 – Executive Presentations & Problem Solving
BUAD 301 – Introduction to Marketing
BUAD 306 – Service & Operations Management
BUAD 309 – Organizational Behavior
FINC 312 – Intermediate Financial Management
MATH 230 – Finite Mathematics with Applications
ACCT 352 – Law & Social Issues in Business
FINC 314 – Investments
Creative arts & humanities breadth course, History & cultural change breadth course or foreign language
ECON 308 – Banking & Monetary Policy
History & cultural change breadth course
English writing requirement
BUAD 441 – Strategic Management
ACCT, BUAD, ENTR, FINC or MISY elective
After graduating in 2019, 94% of Lerner’s finance graduates were employed (earning a mean starting salary of $57,721) or pursuing further education. For more information on career resources please visit the Lerner Career Services Center.
Some of the top employers of Lerner’s finance graduates include:
- JPMorgan Chase
Job titles of recent graduates with a finance degree include:
- Audit Associate
- Advisory Associate
- Financial Analyst
- Investment Associate
- Risk & Compliance Consultant
- Technical Analyst
Visit the Career Outcomes of Lerner finance students to see more top employers, job titles, salaries and locations.
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Learn more about undergraduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.