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Course Objectives

  • Introduction to the theories and applications associated with the functions of capital markets. This includes the conceptual foundations of portfolio theory, risk management, and asset valuation. We will examine the markets for equity, money, bonds, mortgages, futures, options and swaps.
  • Familiarization with some of the technologies which dominate the business world into which the student will graduate.


  • Successful completion of Finance 221.
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Working knowledge statistics and basic linear regression techniques. The Regression and Excel skills learned in Econ 203 will be used in the Equity Project.

Registration Notes

  • Finance 300 is a required course for all finance majors. For this as well as several other good reasons Professors are not allowed to mess with registration for this course. If you have trouble getting into finance 300 please consult the Finance Department Advisor.
  • If you must re-take Finance 300 for any reason then you must do with a different Professor. If you register with the same Professor for more than one semester then the Department will de-register you.
  • The reason that finance 300 is only 3/4 of a unit for graduate students is that it is an undergraduate course and thus should not count for a full graduate credit. You are free to take the course and we would be happy to see you in class but you must recognize that an undergraduate course - even with a paper tacked on the end - is not taught at the same level as a graduate course covering the same material.

Letters of Recommendation

Finance 300 is a required course in Finance. For those students who plan to continue their education in Finance it is expected that you do well in fundamental courses - an A is expected as minimum level of expertise in Finance 221, 300, and 321. You will need to take advanced courses in Finance and do well enough in these advanced courses to generate your letters of recommendation. Most Universities also require work experience before continuing into a Masters level program.