Undergraduate Program

The Department offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a concentration in finance, providing study in managing credit and collection functions, formulating budgets and exercising operation control, raising funds for operations, financial data analysis, valuation, investment and portfolio analysis, project evaluation, and understanding of domestic and international financial markets.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Concentration in Finance

The finance concentration teaches students to recognize, understand, and attain the skills necessary to be successful in the world of finance. It focuses on the financial decisions made in every organization, which include investment, decisions in purchasing real and financial assets, raising cash to fund these investments, and managing the risk of its assets and investments. Other operational decisions include implementing routine day-to-day procedures to manage all financial aspects of the organization and decisions regarding changes in the mix of its services and products. Although a financial manager specializes in these decisions, managers from across the organization also contribute.

Four sets of skills are essential to financial decision-making: First, an understanding of the environment within which decisions are made, including both the internal structure of the organization and the nature of external capital and financial markets; second, familiarity with the organization’s information system, including accounting, financial, and human resources; third, analysis of available financial data to understand the likely impact of alternative decisions and their level of uncertainty; finally, understanding the interrelationships between financial decisions and decisions made in other parts of the organization, such as marketing, production, and IT.

All concentration courses in finance must be taken on a letter grade basis. Students must have a minimum aggregate grade point average of 2.0 across all concentration courses.

For a complete description of the program, see Bulletin: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Concentration in Finance

San Francisco State University Major Degree Roadmaps

A Degree Roadmap is a semester-by-semester guide to the course requirements necessary to complete a bachelor’s degree in a designated major. A Roadmap is designed to help students select classes that satisfy General Education (GE) requirements, major requirements, other all-university requirements and to graduate in four years. The Roadmap cannot replace consultation with an advisor in your major or an advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Center. You should always use your Degree Roadmap in conjunction with the Bulletin and your DARS report, ASE (if applicable), and transcript to select classes for an upcoming semester.

See the Generic Degree Map for Bachelors of Science Degrees for Bulletin Year 2015-2016 (pdf)

See the 2013-2014 Degree Roadmap for Bachelors of Science in Finance (pdf)

Minor in Finance

These programs are designed to provide undergraduates with a focused exposure to a particular area of business practice rather than the broad exposure of the General Business Minor. As such, they can provide professional and technical skills needed for entry into specialized business employment for non-business majors or serve as an alternative to a double major for business majors wishing expertise in a second field. For more information, see Bulletin : Minor in Finance.

Real Estate Certificate for Finance Majors

Earning a certificate in commercial real estate from San Francisco State gets you one step closer to job-readiness. Exciting jobs with great compensation and many opportunities for career advancement are available in the commercial real estate industry, including property management, facilities management, asset and portfolio management, real estate leasing and brokerage, and building engineering.