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?

All first time freshmen will be advised by the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC). Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can meet with any academic advisor in the Lam Family College of Business Student Success Center (LFCoBSSC) located in BUS 112. Hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m (closed Friday 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.). 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 positions 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?

FIN 350 and choose from BUS 300GW, DS 412, IBUS 330, ISYS 363, MGMT 405 and/or MKTG 431. IBUS 330, MGMT 405 and MKTG 431 do not have any course prerequisites as long as the student is in junior standing. We do not recommend that students enroll in FIN 350 and DS 412 in the same semester. Both courses are very quantitatively intense. Students who do not have strong quantitative skills often struggle with these two courses and perform better if they are able to focus on each course separately across two different terms.

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?

Ideally, it is best if a transfer student has already completed all the lower division business core courses prior to transferring to SF State. These include: ACCT 100, ACCT 101, DS/MATH 110, DS 212/MATH 124/ISED 160, ECON 101, ECON 102 and ISYS 263. If not, that’s OK. Any lower-division business core courses not completed prior to transferring to SF State should be taken as soon as possible.

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? Auto prerequisite checking is active for all courses in the Business Core. If a student believes there is an error when trying to register for a course in the Business Core (e.g., they have met the course prerequisite by taking an equivalent course), the student should see an advisor in the Lam Family College of Business Student Success Center located in BUS 112 for further instructions.  This may involve meeting with one of our designated faculty members for course evaluation.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? No. The ONLY approved ADT in the Lam Family College of Business is for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a concentration in General Business.

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?

English, Math and ECON 101.

The Economics department recommends that students take ECON 101 first, even though it is not an official prerequisite for ECON 102.

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

If a student is enrolled in ENG 104 or MATH 107, ECON 101 and ECON 102 are NOT recommended. ECON 101 and ECON 102 should be taken after ENG 104 and MATH 107 are completed.

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

AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics with a minimum score of “3”.

DS 212 will be met with a score of 3 or better on the AP Statistics test (Business Admin. students only).


Lam Family College of Business Student Success Center

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

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

Phone: (415) 405-3531