Financial Services
Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (B.B.A.)

 

Not all programs and courses are offered at all campuses. You may be required to take some courses at another campus or online.

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

Semester credits


3 Credit Hours

Covers the corporate form of a business organization. Students learn accounting principles for the valuation of receivables, the recording of long-term assets, current liabilities, and long-term liabilities. Includes an accounting software component.

Prerequisite: ACC1111 

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the world of financial services, including banking, insurance, and securities/brokerage. Topics include financial planning, treasury management, risk management, financial analysis, and securities investments.

Prerequisite: ACC1111

 


3 Credit Hours

Provides students with experience using spreadsheet applications, such as Microsoft Excel. Topics include building complex worksheets; importing and exporting data; using mathematical, financial, and statistical functions; developing macros; consolidating spreadsheets; creating templates; and utilizing “what if” analyses.

Prerequisite: CIS1115

 


3 Credit Hours

Presents students with the principles of personal finance and provides students with the knowledge and skills considered important in achieving financial success. Topics include time value of money, budgeting and savings, managing credit, making major purchases, minimizing risk, and investment fundamentals.

 


3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the study of macroeconomics. Provides a brief history of economics, from Adam Smith to the present. Students will learn the theories of contemporary macroeconomics, as well as their application and impact in today’s world.

Prerequisites: ECO2200

 


3 Credit Hours

Explains the principles of constructing and managing investment vehicles in relation to client needs. Topics include an overview of investment vehicles, measures of investment risk and returns, portfolio management, asset pricing, leverage, and hedging options.

Prerequisite: FIN3305

 


3 Credit Hours

Provides an overview of the fundamental principles of income tax planning. Topics include income tax fundamentals; taxation of trusts and estates; and cost-recovery, basis, and charitable contributions.

Prerequisite: FIN3305

 


3 Credit Hours

Analysis of advanced corporate finance concepts, including investment criteria, the use of techniques/tools such as net present value, internal rate of return, risk and return, cost of capital, and long-term financial policy. Financing with derivatives, capital structure management, and corporate restructuring will also be considered.

Prerequisite: FIN3302

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores contemporary issues in financial services. Students develop the skills necessary to construct a comprehensive policy paper that integrates knowledge gained through previous coursework and experience and builds on that conceptual foundation through academic research, practical application, critical thinking, and integrative analysis.

Prerequisites: FIN3315, FIN4400, FIN4415

 


6 credits

Financial Services Electives*(6 credits at the 3000/4000 level)

Credit Hours

Presents the principles of risk management and insurance planning. Topics include risk exposure; property and casualty insurance; general business liability; and life, health, disability, and long-term care insurance.

Prerequisite: FIN2230

 


Credit Hours

Explores the relationship between the financial system and the level, growth, and stability of economic activity. This course emphasizes the theory, structure, and regulation of financial markets and institutions. Students examine investment yields and the role of financial markets as the mechanism for allocating financial resources.

Prerequisites: ECO2200, FIN3302

 


Credit Hours

Provides an overview of effective planning and implementation of individual and business-sponsored retirement plans along with tools and techniques for estate planning and wealth transfer.

Prerequisite: FIN4400

 


Credit Hours

Provides students with the skills necessary to construct a comprehensive personal financial plan based on client information. Students will develop plans that integrate all key areas of personal financial planning.

Prerequisites: FIN2230, FIN3310, FIN3315, FIN4400, FIN4411

 


Credit Hours

Provides a broad understanding of and a practical approach to the use of financial statements to assess the financial viability of an organization. Students learn how to read and interpret financial statements from a user’s perspective.

Prerequisites: ACC1112, FIN3302

 


Credit Hours

Introduces the commercial and financial relationships between the United States and the rest of the world. The course emphasizes the development of the international monetary system, including a detailed comparison of floating exchange rates with the workings of the gold standard and the Bretton Woods system.

Prerequisite: ECO2200

 




BUSINESS CORE COURSES



3 Credit Hours

Introduces the basic structure of accounting terminology and procedures of a business organization. Students learn about recording and reporting functions, adjusting entries, and the preparation of financial statements.

 


3 Credit Hours

Provides students with detailed knowledge of the laws relating to contracts, commerce, property, sales, negotiable instruments, and employment. Students develop an awareness of business situations requiring legal counsel and a familiarization with the overall structure of the legal system.

 


3 Credit Hours

Allows students to work in a position related to their course of study. Students integrate the skills and knowledge learned through their academic experiences and participate in focused online discussions and special online projects.

Prerequisite: Departmental permission

 


3 Credit Hours

Provides an introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn to use software, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. This course provides an orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework including Blackboard, content collection, and portfolio development.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the core principles of micro and macroeconomic theory while emphasizing real-world personal, business, and governmental applications. Topics include tradeoffs and opportunity costs, gains from specialization and trade, supply and demand, the role of government in the economy, inflation and unemployment, and the monetary system of the United States.

 


3 Credit Hours

Provides an overview of the fundamental principles relating to the study of finance, including theories and practices in financial management. Students become familiar with the financial organization and operation of a business. Topics include financial analysis, planning and control, budgeting and forecasting, and financing.

Prerequisites: ACC1111, MAT2215

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores the diverse environment, management concerns, financial issues, and marketing questions faced by international business organizations. Students gain a heightened global awareness as they seek the knowledge and skills needed to function competitively in an increasingly interdependent world.

Prerequisite: BUS1101

 


3 Credit Hours

Examines operational theories of management under the functions of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. Emphasizes the manager’s role in creating and maintaining an internal environment for performance. Students discuss cases in detail.

Prerequisite: BUS1101

 


3 Credit Hours

Provides an introduction to the fundamental principles and practices in the marketing process. Provides a detailed study of each marketing mix tool (product, price, place, promotion) along with an introduction to marketing research and consumer behavior.

 



CAREER DEVELOPMENT COURSES

3 Credit Hours

Introduces students to the fundamentals of career development and planning. Students focus on setting appropriate career goals based on self-assessment in alignment with skills and competencies. Students learn how to write a professional resume and cover letter, how to communicate effectively in multiple media, and how to develop time management skills to help them succeed both academically and professionally.

*Note: CDV2000 and CDV3000 are only offered as 7 week online courses.

 


3 Credit Hours

Focuses on the job application and interview process. Students learn how to develop a field search for employment opportunities and apply for jobs in their fields of study. Students observe and critique mock interviews and learn how to negotiate salary offers.

Prerequisite: CDV2000

*Note: CDV2000 and CDV3000 are only offered as 7 week online courses.

 





LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE CORE COURSES**



3 Credit Hours

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

 


3 Credit Hours

Further develops the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG1105 through critical engagement with literary texts from a myriad of genres. 

Prerequisite: ENG1105

 


3 Credit Hours

Supports students in the development of oral communication skills. This course emphasizes the identification of good and poor speech habits, techniques for improving speech, oral interpretation, effective speech planning and delivery, and interpersonal communication.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENG2205

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores a wide variety of professional and creative writing modes, from personal profiles to blogging and beyond. Students build their reading, writing, and researching skills while reinforcing the fundamental concepts and current developments associated with the areas of their respective majors.

Prerequisite: ENG2205

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the study of ethics and moral philosophy, including its historical development, the major figures within that history, and ethical and moral issues that face us today. This course presents the ideas of great thinkers throughout history and encourages students’ own thinking on various ethical and moral issues.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces students to the personal use of mathematics and the applications for various business disciplines. This course will explore the business applications of linear functions, quadratic functions, and systems of linear equations. Emphasis will be placed on the use of Excel to solve real-world business problems.

Prerequisite: CSK85 or placement-based score

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces statistical methods and procedures. Students become acquainted with the collection, analysis, and presentation of quantitative data. Topics include basic concepts of probability, frequency distributions, binomial distributions, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation.

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores the psychological principles involved in coping with the challenges of moving through changes in life stages and life circumstances. Topics include stress management, communication, time management, healthy relationships, positive thinking, conflict management, and balancing home, education, and work.

 


3 Credit Hours

Students will develop the interpersonal skills known to be key ingredients for successful everyday interactions with a focus on the challenges of workplace relationships involving coworkers, supervisors, and customers/clients. Some major skill areas covered in the course include making a good impression with your employer, managing conflict with difficult coworkers, working on a team with diverse groups of people, providing exceptional service for customers/clients, and managing on-the-job stressors.

 


3 credits

Humanities Elective


3 credits

Liberal Arts Elective


3 credits

Science Elective


3 credits

Social Science Elective




15 credits

FREE ELECTIVES+



120 SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

*6 Financial Services Electives must be at the 3000/4000 level.

**12 credits of Liberal Arts Electives must be at the 3000/4000 level.

+Students planning to take the CFP Examination must take the following pre-certification courses:

FIN2230 Personal Finance
FIN3310 Insurance Planning
FIN3315 Investment Planning
FIN4400 Tax Planning
FIN4411 Retirement & Estate Planning
FIN4420 Comprehensive Financial Planning

Berkeley College's B.B.A. Financial Services is a CFP Board-Registered Program and meets specific criteria for educating students who wish to fulfill the education component for obtaining CFP® certification. Students who meet the CFP Board’s education requirement are eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination. In addition, candidates for certification may need to meet experience requirements, and demonstrate good moral character (which may include an absence of criminal convictions). Applicants for whom such requirements may be matters of concern are strongly advised to contact an Admissions counselor prior to enrolling in a financial services program.

This program also requires students to obtain specific supplies, the cost of which totals approximately $35.00. Detailed, itemized information describing the required supplies and listing typical prices for each such item is available at BerkeleyStore.BerkeleyCollege.edu and/or BerkeleyCollege.edu/gainful-employment/bba_financial_services_nj_statistics.htm and BerkeleyCollege.edu/gainful-employment/bba_financial_services_ny_statistics.htm.