The Finance Program offers two bachelor degree programs to the students, which are also described in detail in the JMU catalog:
Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a major in Quantitative Finance
The BBA in Finance program offers a strong foundation in the principles of valuation, financial statement analysis, and the concepts behind sound financial decision making. The successful finance student must have strong analytical skills, and the ability to write and speak clearly and convincingly. Both the required and elective courses in the finance major help develop these skills.
Many finance courses require the use of spreadsheets, statistical packages, graphics programs, presentation software, data modeling software, and word processing. Using these computer programs will aid in the development of the skills necessary for a degree that is marketable in the business community.
A capstone course is required in the last semester of the BBA in finance degree program. The capstone course incorporates all the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the program. Students will be required to apply financial knowledge and integrate knowledge from all the other disciplines of study. This integration will aid the development of sound and effective decision-making skills.
The program leading to the BS in Quantitative Finance provides the student with a strong foundation in mathematics, economics, and finance. The successsful quantitative finance students must have strong analytical skills, an excellent aptitude in mathematics, and be able to apply these skills and this aptitude to financial and economic decision-making.
The student majoring in quantitative finance begins their curriculum in the freshman year. Though these students do not take the BBA core and COB300, they do take finance courses in their junior year along with the BBA finance majors.
The students graduating with a BS in Quantitative Finance tend to follow career paths in analysis, research, consulting, and investment management.