North Central College - Naperville, IL

Finance Program and Degree Options

At North Central College you can earn either a B.A. or a B.S. degree in finance. What’s the difference? The B.A. requires that you complete 11 specific courses in finance, economics and accounting. The B.S. degree requires the same 11 courses but also includes additional courses in mathematics, computer science and statistics. If you’re planning on a general career in business or banking and don’t expect to pursue a graduate degree in finance or economics, then the B.A. is for you. However, if you envision a career in investment banking or intend to go on to graduate study, the B.S. may be your better option.

You can also earn a minor in finance.

Courses Required for the B. A. Degree

  • ACC 201 Accounting Principles I/Financial
  • ACC 202 Accounting Principles II/Managerial
  • ECN 241 Business and Economic Statistics*
  • ECN 250 Microeconomic Principles
  • ECN 252 Macroeconomic Principles
  • ECN 360 Money & Banking
  • ECN 423 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECN 427 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • FIN 350 Corporate Finance
  • FIN 400 Investments & Portfolio Management
  • FIN 425 Financial Institutions
  • FIN 450 Advanced Corporate Finance
  • FIN 475 Derivatives: Markets, Pricing and Applications

*Note: PSY 250 or MTH 342 may be substituted for ECN 241, but do not count toward the total number of required credit hours in finance.

For the B.S. degree, beyond the B.A. requirements, you need:

  • ECN 445 Econometrics
  • MTH 152 Calculus II

And a minimum of nine credit hours from two of the following three areas:

  • CSC 140 - Fundamentals of Computational Problem Solving or higher-level CSC course
  • Mathematics above MTH 152
  • Life science or physical science course(s) beyond the courses used to fulfill general education requirement, and that count toward a major in a science discipline

Courses Required for a Minor

  • ACC 201 Accounting Principles I/Financial
  • ECN 250 Microeconomic Principles
  • ECN 241 Business and Economic Statistics*
  • FIN 350 Corporate Finance
  • Six additional credit hours in finance, at least three of which must be at the 400-level.

Actuarial Science
The mathematics and finance departments jointly offer a B.S. in actuarial science.  Actuaries work primarily for insurance companies to set rates for insurance and make forecasts about future risks and opportunities. You’ll need to complete 45 credit hours in mathematics, finance and economics plus several additional support courses from accounting and computer science. Consult the College Catalog for more details.