Lake Superior State University

Finance and Economics: Bachelor of Science

Program Description


This degree requires successful completion of a minimum of 124 semester credits as prescribed on the following page. The study of finance and economics develops the capacity for analytical reasoning and critical thinking, the most important decision making tools in business, government, education, and in your personal life.

Organizations need planners and problem-solvers, people who are logical thinkers. Economists and financiers learn to develop accurate information upon which to make decisions from the vast quantities of complex and often conflicting data generated in today’s global economy. Employers hire these professionals because of their abilities for careful analysis, planning and decision making.

Graduate, Professional and Continuing Education

This degree program is an excellent preparation for graduate and professional education in such fields as finance, economics, accounting, business administration and law. Graduates may seek professional certification in related professions such as Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Certified Management
Accountant (CMA).



Degree Requirements


Common Professional Component (48 credits)

  • ACTG132 Principles of Accounting I 4
  • ACTG133 Principles of Accounting II 4
  • BUSN121 Introduction to Business 3
  • BUSN211 Business Statistics 3
  • BUSN231 Business Communications 3
  • BUSN350 Business Law I 3
  • BUSN403 Business, Government & Society 3
  • BUSN466 Business Policy 3
  • ECON201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
  • ECON202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  • FINC341 Managerial Finance 4
  • MGMT280 Intro Management Information Systems 3
  • MGMT360 Management Concepts & Apps 3
  • MGMT371 Operations/Business Analytics 3
  • MRKT281 Marketing Principles & Strategy 3

Major Requirements (Minimum 33 credits)

FINC 400-Level Courses. Choose two from the following:

Economics Option (18 credits)

  • ECON407 Introductory Econometrics 3
  • ECON300-400 Level Electives (3 Courses) 9
  • Economics, Finance or Mathematics Electives 6

Finance Option (18 credits)

  • FINC** 400-level Elective 4
  • Finance, Economics or Accounting Electives 14

Computer Competency is required - Complete one of the following:

  • CSCI101 Intro/Microcomputer Applications 3
  • Passing Score on Computer Competency Exam (CCE)
  • Microsoft Office Certificate (Word, Excel, PPT)
  • Equivalent Course work

**FINC 400-level courses include FINC446, Financial Analysis & Policy; FINC448, Investment Strategy; and FINC443, Insurance. Two courses from this group must be completed for all options; all three courses must be completed for the finance option.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU general education core requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.


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