Finance Major

Finance is concerned with how individuals and firms allocate resources over time. Solutions to allocation problems rely upon the existence of capital markets that allow the exchange of resources over time and firms that allow individuals to transform current resources into resources available in the future. In particular, finance deals with the financial management of firms, investment management, and the management of financial institutions.

Advising Information

Advisor: Isela Phelps
Office: Business 309
Phone Number: 435.797.2272
Email: isela.phelps@usu.edu

Academic Advising Materials

About This Degree

In the finance degree, students learn to manage the monetary resources of organizations, countries, and individuals. They also gain the knowledge and preparation necessary to pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst exam after they graduate.

The CFA is the most internationally recognized and credible credential for financial professionals and is earned by passing a series of analytically rigorous exams. To become a CFA, candidates must pass each of the three, six-hour exams, possess a bachelors’ degree, and have 48 months of qualified, professional work experience.

Becoming a CFA can help individuals become elite in the profession. The Economics and Finance Department is committed to providing the necessary background to enable undergraduate students to successfully pass the level 1 CFA exam through integrating CFA topics into the curriculum. The department also offers competitive scholarships to help cover the cost of taking the level 1 exam and provides access to curriculum materials to help students prepare for the exam.

The oldest business school west of the Mississippi, USU has offered business degrees since 1894 and has long held prestigious accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International and continues to be on the forefront of advanced business education.

Career Options

With a degree in finance, students can pursue the following careers:

  • Loan officer
  • Financial analyst
  • Credit manager
  • Financial officer
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Claims adjuster
  • Actuary
  • Financial planner
  • Risk manager
  • Asset management
  • Appraiser
  • Economic consultant
  • Economic loss specialist
  • Statistical analyst