The goal of the finance program at OSU is to prepare students for careers in institutional finance, which includes careers in banking, brokerage, insurance and other fields.

Individuals entering a career with a financial institution have many opportunities open to them. Many who go into banking select career paths in either operations or lending. Within the lending area, finance majors can specialize in installment credit lending to consumers of durable goods, mortgage lending to home builders and buyers, or commercial lending to help finance the growth of businesses.

Men and women entering the securities industry find careers as stock and bond brokers, security analysts or portfolio managers. Individuals choosing the area of insurance typically enter company operations through either claims or underwriting positions. Those with sales positions can choose to work either with corporations or individuals as a client base. In addition, many decide to work for the government as finance personnel in charge of revenue and expenditure programs.

Financial managers engage in many activities designed to ensure the efficient use of an individual's or organization's capital resources. The finance field involves the management of funds in our economic system. Because financial managers deal with other people's money, finance is a career choice for individuals who enjoy working with people and who desire challenging assignments.

The B.S./B.A. in finance has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program or programs incorporate at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provides students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well for the CFA exams.


Click here for a sample four-year plan.

Advances in computer technology have made the subject of finance more rigorous and analytical. As a result, individuals who study finance must possess a knowledge of statistical and quantitative methods, systems analysis and computer applications in addition to finance and accounting skills.

Your freshman through junior years will be largely confined to completing the OSU baccalaureate core and the Business Core (see Requirements.) These courses are required of all business majors. Finance courses start in the fall your junior year. Students should review the finance major-specific requirements. Learn more about learning goals and objectives here.

Enrichment Activities

Participating in finance-specific "enrichment" activities enables you to expand your understanding and build your skills beyond the classroom. The Finance Club hosts a variety of functions that put you face to face with potential employers. The Oregon State Investment Group invites you to become an investor in the equity markets. Being active in these experiential learning activities helps increase the opportunities of finding a job after graduation.