Financial Analysis

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Type

Emphasis

Department

School of Business

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.

Program Overview

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.

Program Requirements

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.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 57 credits is required including 18 credits of Tool Courses and the 12-credit Accounting Nucleus:

Tool Courses
ACC 201Introduction to Financial Accounting3
ACC 202Introduction to Managerial Accounting3
ECON 202Microeconomics3
Select one of the following:3-4
MATH 140
College Algebra (GT-MA1)
MATH 141
Precalculus (GT-MA1)
MATH 151
Calculus I (GT-MA1)
One of the following:3
ECON 216
Statistics for Business and Economics
MATH 213
Probability and Statistics
One of the following:3
BUAD 220
Spreadsheets and Analysis
CS 120
Professional Computer Skills
Accounting Nucleus
ACC 301Intermediate Financial Accounting I3
ACC 302Intermediate Financial Accounting II3
ACC 320Advanced Management Accounting3
ACC 350Income Tax3
Total Credits30-31

And the following:

Major Requirements
ACC 460Advanced Income Tax3
BUAD 210Legal Environment of Business3
BUAD 311Business Analytics3
BUAD 360Managerial Finance3
BUAD 461Investments3
BUAD 491Strategic Management3
ECON 201Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)3
Select two of the following:6
ECON 301
Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON 316
Econometrics
ECON 361
Money, Banking, and Financial Markets
Total Credits27

Capstone Course Requirement

BUAD 491 Strategic Management will fulfill the capstone requirement for the Accounting Comprehensive Major: Financial Analysis Emphasis. 

Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate programs require a minimum of 120 semester credits for graduation.  Of those 120 credits, 40 credits must be in upper-division courses (those marked 300 and above).  Fifteen of these 40 upper-division credits must be earned in courses that are part of the standard or comprehensive major program being pursued. 

Students are expected to review all graduation requirements, which can be found in the Western Undergraduate Catalog: Graduation Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
BUAD 101 Business of Life 3
ENG 102 Academic Writing (GT-CO1) 3
Gen Ed Natural Sciences w/lab 4
HWTR 100 First Year Seminar 1
MATH 140 College Algebra (GT-MA1) 3
 Credits14
Spring
BUAD 220 Spreadsheets and Analysis 3
ECON 202 Microeconomics 3
Elective Elective course 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
Gen Ed Natural Sciences w/lab 4
 Credits16
Year Two
Fall
ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
COM 202 Academic Writing and Inquiry (GT-CO2) 3
ECON 201 Macroeconomics (GT-SS1) 3
ECON 216 Statistics for Business and Economics 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
 Credits15
Spring
ACC 202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
ECON 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
Elective Elective course 6
Gen Ed Social Sciences 3
 Credits15
Year Three
Fall
ACC 301 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 3
ACC 350 Income Tax 3
BUAD 210 Legal Environment of Business 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
Elective Elective course 3
 Credits15
Spring
ACC 302 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 3
ACC 320 Advanced Management Accounting 3
ACC 460 Advanced Income Tax 3
BUAD 311 Business Analytics 3
Elective Elective course 3
 Credits15
Year Four
Fall
BUAD 360 Managerial Finance 3
ECON 361 Money, Banking, and Financial Markets 3
Elective Elective course 9
 Credits15
Spring
BUAD 461 Investments 3
BUAD 491 Strategic Management 3
Elective Elective course 9
 Credits15
 Total Credits120
Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
HWTR 100 First Year Seminar 1
ENG 102 Academic Writing (GT-CO1) 3
MATH 140 College Algebra (GT-MA1) 3
BUAD 101 Business of Life 3
Natural Science GE 3
 Credits13
Spring
BUAD 220 Spreadsheets and Analysis 3
ECON 202 Microeconomics 3
Arts & Humanities GE 3
Natural Science GE 3
 Credits12
Year Two
Fall
COM 202 Academic Writing and Inquiry (GT-CO2) 3
ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ECON 201 Macroeconomics (GT-SS1) 3
ECON 216 Statistics for Business and Economics 3
Arts & Humanities GE 3
 Credits15
Spring
ACC 202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
ECON 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
Natural Science GE 3
Social Science GE 3
 Credits12
Year Three
Fall
ACC 301 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 3
ACC 350 Income Tax 3
BUAD 210 Legal Environment of Business 3
 
 Credits9
Spring
ACC 302 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 3
ACC 320 Advanced Management Accounting 3
ACC 460 Advanced Income Tax 3
BUAD 311 Business Analytics 3
 Credits12
Year Four
Fall
BUAD 360 Managerial Finance 3
ECON 361 Money, Banking, and Financial Markets 3
 Credits6
Spring
BUAD 461 Investments 3
BUAD 491 Strategic Management 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits85

Careers

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.

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Scholarships

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The 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).

Due date has been extended to April 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.

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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 2.5 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.

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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 Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Description

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.

Get Involved

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.

Career-ready

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.

Department Information

School of Business

Dean

Peter Sherman, Ph.D.

Dean of School of Business

Executive Assistant

Christina Sorensen

Executive Assistant

Graduate Program Coordinator

Jordan L’Heureux

Program Coordinator, Outdoor Industry MBA

Contact Information

970.943.2231

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Borick Business Building 223
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231