University of California, Riverside

Undergraduate Business Program


Concentration in Finance

Business majors who concentrate in finance at UC Riverside School of Business are trained in financial decision-making skills. Finance focuses on how firms raise capital for new projects and how firms and individuals allocate resources among various investment opportunities. Following graduation, finance students may pursue careers in commercial banking, real estate finance, wealth management, investment banking, corporate finance, venture capital, and entrepreneurship. Finance graduates also frequently pursue advanced degrees, such as the MBA and MFIN degrees offered by UC Riverside’s A. Gary Anderson School of Management.

Meet the Finance faculty.

In order to get your degree with a concentration in Finance, you must complete the following:

  • **REQUIRED** BUS 132: Foundations of Finance
    Covers the mathematical and economic foundations of finance. Topics include intertemporal production and consumption, fisher separation, risk and return, two-fund separation, standard asset-pricing models, arbitrage, derivatives concepts and parity relationships, and international finance parity relationships.
And any four courses from the following:
  • BUS 131: Fixed-Income Securities

    Covers fixed-income securities and basic analytical tools in fixed-income markets. Topics include relative pricing of fixed-income securities, yield-curve estimation, securities with embedded options, and trading strategies. Utilizes instruments such as interest rate swaps, mortgage-backed securities, and credit derivatives.

  • **HIGHLY RECOMMENDED** BUS 134: Corporate Finance

    Explores capital budgeting under uncertainty, cost of capital, capital structure, and basics of corporate governance. May cover other related topics. Provides an understanding of the theoretical issues related to these topics. Emphasizes formulating optimal financial decisions. May include case-method teaching and data analysis.

  • BUS 135: Corporate Financial Policy

    Covers application of option pricing in corporate finance, financial planning, working capital management, mergers and acquisitions, and risk management. May cover other related topics. Emphasizes formulating optimal financial decisions. May include case-method teaching and data analysis.

  • **HIGHLY RECOMMENDED** BUS 136: Investments: Security Analysis and Portfolio Management

    Examines the determination of investment policies and procedures of security analysis with reference to risk and return. Emphasis on the stock market.

  • BUS 137: Investments: Speculative Markets

    Analysis of advanced topics in finance, including options, commodity futures, financial futures and mutual fund performance evaluation.

  • BUS 138: International Finance

    A survey of international financial institutions and the financial factors that affect the modern multinational corporation. Emphasis on exchange rate and portfolio risk.

  • BUS 139: Real Estate Investments

    Analysis of real estate development including consideration of site selection, market analysis, financing, design and construction, loan contracts, mortgage risks and investment analysis.

  • BUS 140E: Current Topics in Finance

    Addresses contemporary issues in finance. Includes financial markets, private equity, asset pricing, performance evaluation, derivative securities, market micro structure, corporate finance, corporate control and governance, and the global economy. Explores recent developments in theoretical, empirical, and applied finance. Also addresses the regulatory and ethical environment of finance.

  • BUS 147: Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Focuses on the financing of entrepreneurial ventures. Provides an understanding of opportunity recognition skills, funding techniques, and institutions involved in the financing of new ventures. Includes financial modeling, cash needs assessment, valuation, deal structure, financing alternatives, simulation, and harvesting



UCR School of Business Clubs:

  • Highlander Financial Group
  • Founded in 2013, Hylander Financial Group (HFG) was established to help UCR students learn successful investing techniques, build networks in finance, and provide practical knowledge to the UCR community about the financial industry.
  • Financial Foundations
  • The intended impact of this organization is to have students ready for the real world after college by equipping them with all the information needed for future personal finances.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Undergraduate Business Program
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Tel: (951) 827-4551
Fax: (951) 827-5061