Finance and Applied Economics


The curriculum for the Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Applied Economics is designed to meet the needs of the financial and industrial sectors in the Northwest Georgia region. The curriculum is designed to utilize the strengths of existing Dalton State College School of Business courses and faculty to create a program providing students with the unique qualitative and quantitative skills required in this field.  The following table outlines the course requirements necessary for completion of the program as well as a complete list of all electives available to students

Area A: Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
Choose one MATH: *
MATH 1101Intro to Mathematical Modeling3
or MATH 1111 College Algebra
or MATH 1113 Precalculus Mathematics
Area B: Institutional Options
COMM 1110Fundamentals of Speech *3
Choose one of the following electives:3
Argumentation and Advocacy
Intro to Greek Mythology
Creative Writing
Natural Hazards
Appalachian Hist-Special Topic
Sports Hist & Amer Character
Mystery Fiction in Pop Culture
Political and Social Rhetoric
Christian Fiction/Pop Culture
Health & Wellness Concepts
Race and Ethnicity in America
Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts
Choose one to two ENGL course(s):3-6
World Literature I
World Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Intro to Film as Literature
If only one ENGL course chosen, add one of the following:0-3
Art Appreciation
Expressions of Culture I
Expressions of Culture II
Music Appreciation
American Music
Theatre Appreciation
Area D: Science/Mathematics/Technology
Eight Credit Hours of Lab Science Electives:8
Astronomy of the Solar System
and Astronomy of Solar Sys. Lab
Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
and Stellar & Galac. Astronomy Lab
Environmental Studies
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
Principles of Botany
Survey of Chemistry
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
Principles of Geology
Historical Geology
Geology & the Environment
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
Principles of Physics I
Principles of Physics II
One of the following electives:3-4
Grade of C or better required.
Applied Calculus
Calculus and Analytic Geom I
Calculus and Analytic Geom II
Area E: Social Sciences
HIST 2111United States History to 18773
or HIST 2112 United States Hist since 1877
POLS 1101American Government3
ECON 2105Principles of Macroeconomics *3
One of the following electives:3
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Geography
Intro to Human Geography
World Civilization to 1500 CE
World Civilization since 1500
United States History to 1877
United States Hist since 1877
Intro to World Religions
Intro to Philosophical Issues
Logic and Critical Thinking
Intro to Political Science
State and Local Government
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Introduction to Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment
Human Development
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Area F: Major Related
(Grades of C or better in all courses and Area F 2.25 GPA required.)
ACCT 2101Principles of Accounting I3
ACCT 2102Principles of Accounting II3
BUSA 2106The Environment of Business3
BUSA 2201Fundamentals of Computer Appli3
BUSA 2850Business Statistics3
ECON 2106Principles of Microeconomics3
Business Core
BUSA 3055Quantitative Analysis Bus Prob3
BUSA 3060Business Law3
BUSA 3070Business Ethics3
BUSA 3301Business Communications3
BUSA 3351International Business3
BUSA 3701Prof Development Seminar1
FINC 3056Principles of Finance3
LSCM 3251Principles of Supply Chain Mng3
MARK 3010Principles of Marketing3
MGIS 3351Principles Mgmt Info Systems3
MNGT 3051Principles of Management3
Finance and Applied Economics Core
ECON 3109Managerial Economics3
ECON 3112Money and Banking3
FINC 3101Intermediate Corporate Finance3
FINC 3201Investments3
Finance and Applied Economics Concentration Electives
Four 3000-4000 level Finance and Applied Economics courses, as well as ACCT 3800, not used elsewhere, excluding internships or special topics courses.12
Upper Division Business Elective
Select any 3000-4000 level Business Course not already required or taken for degree program.3
MATH 4502 is allowed for all business students to take for upper division elective credit.
Senior Requirement +
MNGT 4701Strategic Management3
Physical Education
PHED Activity Elective1
Total Hours122-123

Grade of C or higher required.


Course must be taken at Dalton State College during graduation term. If student is graduating in summer semester the course should be taken in the spring term.


FINC 3056. Principles of Finance. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduces students to financial management. Topics include the structure and analysis of financial statements, cash flow, time value of money, investment valuation, capital budgeting, long and short term financial decision making.(F,S)
Prerequisites: ACCT 2102, BUSA 2050 or MATH 2200, Upper Division eligibility.

FINC 3101. Intermediate Corporate Finance. 3-0-3 Units.

The course introduces studnet to financial management. Topics include the structure and analysis of financial statements, cash flow, financial forecasting, determination of the cost of capital and the profitability of proposed investments in fixed assets, portfolio theory, and risk return tradeoffs that must be considered in using financial leverage.
Prerequisites: Upper Division Elibility and FINC 3056.

FINC 3201. Investments. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduces financial assets and markets. Topics include an overview of security types, the role of risk in asset pricing, the capital asset pricing model, the efficient markets hypothesis, portfolio theory, characteristics of mutual funds in retirement accounts, stock options, future contracts, and valuation models for stocks and fixed income securities.
Prerequisites: FINC 3056 and Upper Division Eligibility.

FINC 4112. Real Estate Finance. 3-0-3 Units.

Application of theoretical aspects of financial economics to explain real estate financial institutions and markets. Financial and economic methods are applied to residential and commercial real estate. Special topics include real estate in a portfolio, agency problems, and the influence of the legal environment.
Prerequisites: FINC 3056 and Upper Division Eligibility.

FINC 4200. Financial Statement Analysis. 3-0-3 Units.

Basic techniques, research methods, strengths, and limitations of financial statement analysis. Computer analysis of financial data to predict earnings and other financial ratios. Use of these techniques to value equity securities and to predict takeover targets, future debt ratings, and bankruptcies.
Prerequisites: FINC 3056 and Upper Division Eligibility.

FINC 4201. Finance Case Studies. 3-0-3 Units.

Empirical case studies in corporate finance. The modern theories of capital structure, dividend policy, corporate control, investment banking, and capital budgeting, emerging areas of research such as market microstructure, venture capital financing, and comparative international corporate finance.
Prerequisites: FINC 3056 and one additional Upper Division Finance course.

FINC 4301. Risk Management. 3-0-3 Units.

Investigation of the impact of the cultural, economic, regulatory, and organizational environment in which a business operates on financial and enterprise risk. Emphasis is placed on appreciating the various sources of risk, and how they interact to form an overall risk profile for the firm. Special emphasis will be placed on financial risk management.
Prerequisites: FINC 3056 and Upper Division Eligibility.

FINC 4700. Independent Study Finance. 0-0-3 Units.

Supervised, in-depth individual research and study of one or more current topics in finance in conjunction with an associated major project. Students will be required to prepare a formal report and presentation of the research topic and project.
Prerequisites: FINC 3056.

FINC 4800. Special Topics in Finance. 3-0-3 Units.

Examines current, relevant topics in field of Finance. Each special topics course will cover a new current topic.

FINC 4900. Finance Internships. 0-0-3 Units.

Provides students with on-site work experience in finance through a coordinated academic internship experience with a pre-approved employer. A porfolio chronicling the work experience, a project relating relevent academic literature to the finance internship experience, and a final presentation encompassing the entire internship experience are required to receive academic credit.(F,S,M)
Prerequisites: FINC 3056 (Grade B or Better), plus an additional 3 credit hours of upper division FINC, and 3 credit hours of any upper division business course.