Business Administration: Concentration in Finance

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?

Finance programs prepare students for careers in private business, the public sector, commercial consumer banking, and financial services. Graduates of finance typically work in one of the following jobs: Financial Analyst, Corporate Treasurer, Credit Analyst, Portfolio Manager, Risk Manager, Broker/Trader, Budget Analyst.

When should I first meet with my major department?

As soon as you decide to take the finance major, please visit one of our faculty advisors. 

How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them?

Every one of our full-time professor is an advisor. Most of our faculty welcome drop-by visit during their office hours. Of course, it would be nice if you inform the advisor that you would be coming for advising. 

Where can I find information about major advising?

At this link, you can find our full-time faculty who are advisors. They have position as assistant professor, associate professor or professor. The following link provides detailed information on the requirements of finance major.

 Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes?

Except the prerequisites for each course, there is no other pre-work required. 

What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full?

Please contact the instructor or the department chair, we will try our best to find a solution. 

Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major?

A good set of quantitative skills could be very helpful but not a must. A good understanding of numbers is most desired. 

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?

Please refer to the roadmap at this webpage to plan your course when you first transfer here. business-administration-concentration-finance/roadmap/.

Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?

Yes. Typically, all upper-division finance courses require passing Fin350 with a C- or better grade. 

Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? No
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? No

Freshmen Student Info

 Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

I would encourage you to take Fin 350 as soon as possible. But be aware that there are several prerequisite course for Fin 350. 

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

Yes. Please check Fin 350 on this page to find out the pre-requisites. concentration-finance/roadmap/

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?


College of Business Student Success Center

Services provided for: undergraduate students in College of Business majors and minors.

Services include: General education, non-major graduation requirements, graduation check, academic probation, study abroad and academic scholarship and honors.

Phone: (415) 405-3531
Location: BUS 112
Drop-in hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.