Bachelor of Science in Finance

Designed for students interested in stewardship of financial resources of individuals, corporations, or financial institutions, California Baptist University offers a Bachelor of Science in Finance. This program equips students with requisite concept and analytical tools to evaluate and develop solutions for new financial challenges facing our society. This program also prepares students for a variety of competing opportunities whether in corporate finance, insurance, banking, or pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

Why CBU?

CBU's Jabs School of Business full-time faculty have years of practical experience and adjuncts are active industry professionals. Beyond traditional finance curriculum, students also wrestle with the ethical and spiritual issues specific to this field. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the CBU Investment Group, a student-managed investment fund, where students are challenged to create a portfolio that produces returns and matches CBU core values.

Career Opportunities

  1. Financial Analyst: Provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. Assess performance of financial securities.
  2. Financial Manager: Responsible for financial health of organization. Produce financial reports and direct investment options to meet goals.
  3. Insurance Underwriter: Decide whether to provide insurance and under what terms. Evaluate insurance applications and determine coverage amounts.
  4. Loan Officer: Evaluate, authorize, or recommend approval of loan applications for people and businesses.
  5. Personal Financial Advisor: Provide advice on investments, insurance, college savings, estate planning, taxes, and retirement.

Helpful Links

  1. Video: Virgin Media - Finance Careers (Nick)
  2. Video: Career Player - Careers in Finance
  3. CFA Institute
  4. Certified Financial Planner Board

Course Requirements

The finance major requires completion of 75 units:

Lower Division Core Business Courses

ACC250 Principles of Accounting I

An introduction to financial accounting, involving its basic structure, the accounting cycles for service and merchandising enterprises, assets, liabilities, and accounting systems. (3 units; Fall)

ACC250-C
Markley, Randy T.
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 106
ACC250-D
Kaminski, Ellen Elizabeth
09/05/2017 MW 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM BUS ONLN
ACC250-A
Christie, Stephen R.
09/05/2017 MW 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS ONLN
ACC250-B
Christie, Stephen R.
09/05/2017 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS ONLN
ACC250-A
Kaminski, Ellen Elizabeth
01/09/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA

ACC251 Principles of Accounting II

This course has an emphasis on managerial accounting involved with corporations, control accounting, and decision making. Prerequisite: ACC 250. (3 units; Spring)

ACC251-A
Markley, Randy T.
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 106
ACC251-A
Kaminski, Ellen Elizabeth
01/09/2018 MWF 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
ACC251-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
ACC251-C
Christie, Stephen R.
01/09/2018 MW 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA ONLN
ACC251-D
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA

BUS101 Introduction to Business

Introduces students to various business disciplines, provides an overview of each function’s role in an organization and explores the various career opportunities available within each of these disciplines. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

BUS101-C
Alderson, Keanon J.
09/05/2017 W 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM BUS 104
BUS101-A
Alderson, Keanon J.
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center A111
BUS101-B
Alderson, Keanon J.
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 124
BUS101-A
Alderson, Keanon J.
01/09/2018 M 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM TBA
BUS101-B
Alderson, Keanon J.
01/09/2018 MW 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS ONLN

BUS217 Microeconomics

This course studies economic behavior at the individual level. Topics include decision-making processes of households and firms, supply and demand, elasticity, and marginal analysis. Market structure and public policy are examined to evaluate their impact on economic welfare and the allocation of scarce resources. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

BUS217-B
Keyes-Kimbirk, Wendy R
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 123
BUS217-C
Keyes-Kimbirk, Wendy R
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 204
BUS217-A
Namvar, Bob
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 204
BUS217-A
Namvar, Bob
01/09/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 202
BUS217-B
Keyes-Kimbirk, Wendy R
01/09/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 204

BUS218 Macroeconomics

This course offers a common sense approach to economics, covering basic economic laws and how they apply to our world and everyday life. The course focuses on the overall economy and economic theories that offer explanations for its fluctuations and changes. Also, the course is designed to give the student a sufficient grounding in the terminology, basic concepts, and issues of economics to stimulate interest in further study and provide background in business. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

BUS218-A
Keyes-Kimbirk, Wendy R
09/05/2017 Th 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM BUS 204
BUS218-B
Namvar, Bob
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 204
BUS218-A
Namvar, Bob
01/09/2018 Th 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM BUS 202
BUS218-B
Namvar, Bob
01/09/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 202
BUS218-C
Keyes-Kimbirk, Wendy R
01/09/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 202

BUS237 Management Based on Bibl Prin

In this course students learn to identify and apply effective management and leadership behaviors based on principles found in the Bible. This course will equip each student with skills in making biblically-informed choices in realistic business scenarios. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

BUS237-B
Vanderslice, Gaynell
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 204
BUS237-A
Vanderslice, Gaynell
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 202
BUS237-D
Winter, Natalie A
09/05/2017 WF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS ONLN
BUS237-C
Winter, Natalie A
09/05/2017 WF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS ONLN
BUS237-A
Winter, Natalie A
01/09/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS
BUS237-B
Vanderslice, Gaynell
01/09/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS
BUS237-C
Winter, Natalie A
01/09/2018 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS

CIS265 Info Systems Essentials

This is an introduction to the essential computer software tools used in the modern information society. Students will be introduced to software applications such as word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, databases, and email. Project-based learning activities will provide hands-on experiences for students to practice and apply the skills to real-world situations. Students will integrate these tools in a comprehensive project. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

CIS265-A
Bainum, Pamela Diane
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 375
CIS265-E
Shade, Karen S
09/05/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS ONLN
CIS265-H
Mc Connell-Freeman, Christy Lee
09/05/2017 Th 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS ONLN
CIS265-C
Bainum, Pamela Diane
09/05/2017 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM BUS 209
CIS265-F
Corso, Anthony J.
09/05/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center ONLN
CIS265-G
Phillips Jr., Timothy
09/05/2017 MWF 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM BUS 209
CIS265-D
Phillips Jr., Timothy
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center B113
CIS265-I
Phillips Jr., Timothy
09/05/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center B113
CIS265-J
Corso, Anthony J.
09/05/2017 Th 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Yeager Center ONLN
CIS265-B
Bainum, Pamela Diane
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center B113
CIS265-I
Phillips Jr., Timothy
01/09/2018 MWF 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM James Complex
CIS265-B
Corso, Anthony J.
01/09/2018 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex
CIS265-A
Corso, Anthony J.
01/09/2018 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center ONLN
CIS265-C
Corso, Anthony J.
01/09/2018 Th 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center ONLN
CIS265-D
Shade, Karen S
01/09/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
CIS265-E
Shade, Karen S
01/09/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center
CIS265-F
Bainum, Pamela Diane
01/09/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center
CIS265-G
Bainum, Pamela Diane
01/09/2018 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM Yeager Center
CIS265-H
Shade, Karen S
01/09/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS
CIS265-J
Shade, Karen S
01/09/2018 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM BUS

FIN101 Personal Financial Management

An overview of personal financial management offers students power over financial resources, freedom to give generously, and insight for better citizenship. The course emphasizes concepts such as goal setting, budgeting, debt management, investing, major purchases, insurance, and retirement/estate planning. (3 units; Fall)

FIN101-A
Harrison, Adele L.
09/05/2017 MW 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS ONLN
FIN101-A
Harrison, Adele L.
01/09/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 203

Upper Division Core Business Courses

BUS303 Business Finance

This course provides an introduction to the principles of financial management. It includes an overview of financial management, financial analysis and control, capital investment decisions, raising funds and cost of capital, sources of long-term funds and cash management principles. Prerequisite: ACC 250 or 350 and CIS 265 or 270. (3 units; Fall)

BUS303-C
Harrison, Adele L.
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 253
BUS303-A
Donaldson, Darla R.
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 104
BUS303-B
Harrison, Adele L.
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 253
BUS303-A
Donaldson, Darla R.
01/09/2018 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 253

BUS315 Business Statistics

This course includes the assembling and presentation of statistical data, probability distributions, sampling techniques, and statistical analysis. A project with practical problem solving is required. Prerequisites: CIS 265 or 270 and MAT 115, 123 or higher, or STA 144. (3 units; Fall/Spring/Summer)

BUS315-B
Donaldson, Darla R.
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 209
BUS315-C
Donaldson, Darla R.
09/05/2017 MWF 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 209
BUS315-D
Donaldson, Darla R.
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 209
BUS315-A
Donaldson, Darla R.
01/09/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 209
BUS315-B
Donaldson, Darla R.
01/09/2018 MWF 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 209
BUS315-C
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 209

BUS356 Business Communication

This course emphasizes individual, interpersonal and intercultural communication concepts. Special emphasis is placed on the various functions of communication concepts in a business environment. (3.0 units; Fall)

BUS356-A
Vanderslice, Gaynell
09/05/2017 WF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS ONLN
BUS356-A
Vanderslice, Gaynell
01/09/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA

BUS358 Business Law

This course covers the law of sales, employment, contracts, negotiable instruments, agency and partnerships, corporations, insurance, real and personal property, estates, and bankruptcy. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

BUS358-B
Bishop, Jim
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 125
BUS358-A
Bishop, Jim
09/05/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 203
BUS358-A
Bishop, Jim
01/09/2018 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 202
BUS358-B
Bishop, Jim
01/09/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 203

BUS463 Business & Organizational Mgmt

This course is the study of management theories and the functional concepts of leadership, planning, and decision making. Special emphasis is placed on quality issues, globalism, diversity, ethics, productivity, motivation, skill development, and human resource management. An emphasis on integrating biblical principles and leadership will also be studied. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

BUS463-A
Walls, John L.
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 103
BUS463-B
Hove, Tad A.
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 252
BUS463-A
Alderson, Keanon J.
01/09/2018 W 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM TBA
BUS463-B
Herrity, Andrew C.
01/09/2018 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA

BUS485 Business Policy & Strategy

This is an integrative study of senior management functions using advanced case analysis, focusing on general management and decision making. Topics include setting objectives; implementing, supporting, and controlling organization-wide policies; developing strategies to achieve objectives; setting standards for measuring performance; evaluating and reformulating policies in response to change; fulfilling leadership responsibilities. Prerequisite: BUS 303, 463, and MKT 333 or ENT 462. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

BUS485-A
Herrity, Andrew C.
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 106
BUS485-B
Herrity, Andrew C.
09/05/2017 M 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM BUS 104
BUS485-A
Herrity, Andrew C.
01/09/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
BUS485-B
Herrity, Andrew C.
01/09/2018 M 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM TBA

BUS498 Senior Exit Exam

The student will take an exit exam. Prerequisite: Senior Status. Pass/Fail. (0 units; Fall/Spring)

BUS498-A
Harrison, Adele L.
12/04/2017 M 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM BUS 204
BUS498-B
Harrison, Adele L.
12/05/2017 T 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM BUS 204
BUS498-A
Harrison, Adele L.
01/09/2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM TBA
BUS498-B
Harrison, Adele L.
01/09/2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM TBA

MKT333 Principles of Marketing

A study of the marketing functions, channels of distribution, selling, advertising, distribution, and marketing management for both retail and industrial businesses. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

MKT333-C
O'Neill, Kevin James, II
09/05/2017 T 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM BUS ONLN
MKT333-B
Ortiz, Madeline H.
09/05/2017 MW 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM BUS ONLN
MKT333-A
Ortiz, Madeline H.
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 202
MKT333-A
Weniger, Marc
01/09/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
MKT333-B
Weniger, Marc
01/09/2018 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM TBA

Upper Division Finance Courses

ACC430 Federal Income Tax Accounting

Covers the theory of tax accounting with practical applications to individuals, proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and fiduciary organizations. Prerequisite: ACC 251. (3 units; Fall)

ACC430-A
Kaminski, Ellen Elizabeth
09/05/2017 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS ONLN

BUS474 International Business Finance

Interpretation of finance principles from an international perspective. Topics include overview of the international monetary system, balance of payments, world financial markets and institutions. Additionally, management issues for multi-national firms are covered, including cost of capital, multinational cash management, and tax issues. Prerequisite: BUS303 (Business Finance). (3.0 units; Fall, odd years)

BUS474-A
Parsons, Dean E.
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 104

COM308 Interpersonal Communications

This class examines the dynamics of the two-person communication process. Students will study the development of self-concept, self-disclosure, perception, listening, and feedback as they affect the communication process. Non-verbal communication, attitudes, beliefs, and values will also be explored. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

COM308-A
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 171
COM308-A
Boes, Cynthia D.
01/09/2018 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex

FIN310 Intermediate Business Finance

An overview of long-term financing topics intended to prepare the students for upper division courses covering additional finance areas. Course includes advanced components of corporate finance with an emphasis on the practices that shape the financial decision-making process. These include risk/return models, valuation of securities, capital budgeting, and capital structure decisions. Prerequisite: BUS 303. (3 units; Spring)

FIN310-A
Harrison, Adele L.
01/09/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA

FIN325 Financial Markets and Institutns

Students examine the role of regulators, depository institutions, insurance companies, and financial markets in the process of intermediation. Key concepts include interest rate determination, methods of security valuation, managing commercial banking, and risk management in financial institutions. Prerequisites: BUS 218 and 303. (3 units; Spring)

FIN325-A
Harrison, Adele L.
01/09/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA ONLN

FIN405 Financial Analysis and Forecstng

This course covers a more in-depth analysis of financial statements and the integration of financial forecasting based on interpreting financial data and performance. Students will evaluate investment alternatives and apply risk analysis to the valuation process from a decision-makers’ perspective. Prerequisites: BUS 303 and 315. (3 units; Spring)

FIN405-A
Christie, Stephen R.
01/09/2018 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA

FIN415 Investments

This course provides an overview of investment principles and practices with an emphasis on financial markets and pricing models. Topics covered include the securities markets, risk/return relationships, portfolio theory and the capital asset pricing model, debt securities, derivatives, and security analysis covering equity valuation. In addition, the student will participate in a real-time stock market stimulation throughout the course. Prerequisite: FIN 325. (3 units; Fall)

FIN415-A
Parsons, Dean E.
09/05/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 252

FIN425 Retirement and Estate Planning

This course focuses on key components, legal requirements, and restrictions, related to effective retirement and estate planning. Specific topics are types of retirement plans, implementing gifts, trusts and life insurance as means of transferring assets after death, and regulatory and tax considerations within retirement and estate planning. Prerequisite: FIN 415. (3 units; Spring)

FIN425-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA

FIN430 Risk Management

This course focuses on identifying risk factors and developing appropriate strategies to mitigate those factors. Specific topics of discussion include credit, market, and operational risk from a corporate perspective and insurance needs analysis for businesses and individuals. Health, disability, long-term care, and life insurances plus annuities will be addressed at the individual level. Overview of the role derivatives play in mitigating risk included. Prerequisite: FIN 415. (3 units; Spring)

FIN430-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/09/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA

Upper Division Finance Elective Courses

Select 3 units from the following:

ACC480 Accounting Ethics

This course focuses on the ethical and professional responsibilities of CPAs in public and private practice. Ethical reasoning, corporate governance, decision making and ethical frameworks will be examined to provide a base of understanding. The AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and other professional standards will be studied as they apply to the practice of accounting. Prerequisite: Senior status (3 units; Fall)

ACC480-A
Kaminski, Ellen Elizabeth
09/05/2017 M 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM BUS ONLN

REM436 Real Estate Finance

An intermediate finance course reviewing the role of finance in the real estate marketplace. Course topics include; residential and commercial mortgages, interest rates, appraisal, underwriting, income property and investment analysis, risk, valuation, taxation, the secondary mortgage market, and REITS. Prerequisites: BUS 303 and REM 301. (3 units; Spring odd years)

FIN491 Internship in Finance

A practiced application of finance principles in a business or campus setting under professional supervision. May be repeated for a maximum of six (6) units of credit. Prerequisite: permission from the Dean of the School of Business. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring/Summer)