The Financial Analysis emphasis includes courses in the traditional areas of managerial finance, financial institutions, investments and economics and accounting. Financial analysts who can assess the viability, stability and profitability of a business are an asset to companies in every sector and field—allowing them to work in a wide range of industries and have a high earning potential.
Learn how to predict business performance and forecast investments.
If you are interested in a career in accounting or finance, but do not intend to seek Certified Professional Accountant certification, the Financial Analysis emphasis was designed for you. This emphasis includes courses in the traditional areas of managerial finance, financial institutions, investments and economics and also requires a substantial core of accounting courses. Upon graduation, you’ll be well-prepared for a wide variety of career opportunities including financial management, compliance and regulation, operations, banking, lending and investment.
Acquiring the skills to succeed
Financial Analysis students graduate with a deep understanding of how to analyze financial data — an appealing skillset that employers look for, no matter what career path they decide to pursue.
At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.
|ACC 201||Introduction to Financial Accounting||3||View|
|ACC 202||Introduction to Managerial Accounting||3||View|
|ACC 301||Intermediate Financial Accounting I||3||View|
|ACC 302||Intermediate Financial Accounting II||3||View|
|ACC 320||Advanced Management Accounting||3||View|
|ACC 350||Income Tax||3||View|
|ACC 460||Advanced Income Tax||3||View|
|BUAD 210||Legal Environment of Business||3||View|
|BUAD 220||Spreadsheets and Analysis||3||View|
|BUAD 491||Strategic Management||3||View|
|CS 120||Professional Computer Skills||3||View|
|ECON 201||Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)||3||View|
|ECON 216||Statistics for Business and Economics||3||View|
|ECON 301||Intermediate Macroeconomics||3||View|
|ECON 361||Money, Banking, and Financial Markets||3||View|
|MATH 140||College Algebra (GT-MA1)||3||View|
|MATH 141||Precalculus (GT-MA1)||4||View|
|MATH 151||Calculus I (GT-MA1)||4||View|
|MATH 213||Probability and Statistics||3||View|
Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.
Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.
The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.
Alumni Association Future Alumni ScholarshipThe Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western. Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.
- This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
- Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
- GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).
Alumni Legacy Scholarship
The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).
Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:
- This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
- Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
- The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
- The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
- GPA must be 2.0 or above (high school or college of transfer).
The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.
Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship
The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.
Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).
- Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
- The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
- The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.
The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western's highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.
There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.
For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.
Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.
For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.
Apply your education to the real-world.
Take your education outside of the classroom—build your professional network, gain practical experience and jump-start your career.
- CPA Prep: Our auditing class is designed to prepare students for the CPA.
- Office of Career Success: Business students have a department-specific career services professional.
- Study Abroad: Experience Harlaxton College in the English Midlands.
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): IRS-certified students provide free basic tax return preparation to the campus and community.
Students in the School of Business are provided guidance for professional development through on and off-campus resources, workshops, events, career counseling, and career-related document critiquing.
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