May 19, 2019  
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Bachelor of Science

The Department of Finance offers a program of study leading to the degree of bachelor of science. In addition, the department offers a minor in finance.

Both programs are designed to expose students to the traditional areas of study within the discipline of finance: corporate finance, investments, and financial institutions.

Fast Track Option

The Department of Finance offers a Fast Track Option in its program plan of study. This option provides the student the opportunity to complete the required courses in Finance at a faster pace and enroll in higher level finance courses sooner, which may result in students being better prepared for careers in commercial banking/credit risk analysis, investment/wealth management and corporate treasury management. Students with acceptable scores in AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Economics and SAT(Math) scores above 600 are strongly encouraged to apply for this track.

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level I

The B.S. degree in finance has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. It positions our students well to sit for the CFA Level I examination. The Chartered Financial Analyst designation (earned after successful completion of CFA Levels I, II and III exams) has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.

Certified Treasury Professional (CTP)

The CTP is the flagship for students desiring to pursue careers in Treasury Management. The finance department is a member and a participant in the Association of Finance Professionals (AFP) Corporate Treasury Management (CTM) Program. The CTP is the Global Standard of Excellence in Treasury Management. As a participant, the finance department has been granted access to the resources that will assist instructors in the delivery of the course and in preparing finance majors to sit for the CTP examination. The programs are called the PCSB Investment Management Track (PC-IMT) and Treasury Management Track respectively. Offering these options at the undergraduate level will provide Providence College students with a clear competitive advantage, increasing their value to a wide range of employers, including those involved with securities analysis, investment banking, treasury management, asset-liability management, and financial planning.

CFA & CTP Tracks

Rather than enrolling in free electives towards the minimum credit requirement for graduation, students in CFA and CTP Tracks are advised to enroll in:


Students may also enroll in the two-semester courses of   &  .

Please Note:

Academic programs vary in their requirements. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and the Academic Guidebook to review the Academic Planning Form pertinent to their program of study. In addition, students should review course descriptions regarding any prerequisites for required courses. Graduation requirements include a minimum of 120 credit hours, although some academic programs may require additional credits. Please refer to the Academic Resources  section of the catalog for more information. Information regarding the Core Curriculum is available within each course and online.

Required Courses

Effective with the Class of 2022:

Math requirements must be met by all business majors:

  • Students will be required to complete the ALEKS mathematics assessment** at an 80 percent proficiency by the first day of classes: and
  • Successful completion of MTH 108; OR MTH 109, MTH 131, or MTH 132

**All PCSB students are required to demonstrate proficiency in finite mathematics. As a result, all new and incoming Finance students must successfully complete MTH 108 (or higher) and ALEKS.  ALEKS is an on-line math learning and assessment tool which is used to measure math proficiency and help bring students up to the expected levels on finite math topics.

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