Bachelor Finance


Program Description

The U.S. needs knowledgeable and ethical experts who can navigate the world of finance. It’s a world that is becoming increasingly complex with emerging markets across the globe. A financial analyst is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the country, expected to grow by 11 percent from 2016 to 2026.

At ONU, you’ll receive a solid foundation in the principles of finance. You’ll explore topics like the time value of money, the tradeoff between risk and return, capital budgeting, working capital management, the cost of capital, capital structure, mergers and acquisitions, portfolio management, derivatives, and more. To become even more marketable, you have the option of adding a minor or becoming a double major.

With our small class sizes, you’ll get to know your professors, and they will get to know you. In fact, you’ll be assigned a faculty advisor who will mentor you from day one until graduation. You’ll also interact with and learn from business leaders, entrepreneurs, and ONU alumni who’ve forged amazing careers in finance fields. All these people will open doors for you.

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to manage and build wealth – no matter where your path leads.


Count on opportunity

Your finance major will blend rigorous coursework with learning in the real world. You’ll have opportunities to solve problems for real companies, get involved in finance clubs and business organizations, and gain experience in a dream internship. In the process, you’ll build skills in leadership, teamwork, and creativity.

Student Investment Group

Imagine managing a real investment portfolio – valued at more than $360,000 – as a college student! The Student Investment Club provides a unique opportunity for ONU students to learn firsthand what it takes to be a professional investment manager. Members research and follow stocks and work together to make investment decisions. When members realize an outstanding return on investment, they get to award scholarships to deserving ONU business students.



Our mandatory internship gives you a chance to work in the field and build your résumé. We set you up with an internship that matches your interests and career aspirations. While many students intern in Ohio, others choose to complete an internship in another state or even internationally. Most internships are paid, and some result in an offer of full-time employment upon graduation.

Our graduates are making a difference all over the world. Check out where our graduates have ended up.



Student Organizations

In the College of Business, we have a variety of active and award-winning student organizations. Through participation in one or more of these groups, you’ll have the opportunity to network, be a leader, make lifelong friends, gain knowledge about your chosen profession, volunteer, travel to regional and national conferences, and more.

Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.

Beta Gamma Sigma

The mission of the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society and to serve its lifelong members.

Northern Entrepreneurship Organization

This association is a collegiate chapter of NEO. Over the last decade, NEO has helped thousands of student entrepreneurs gain the opportunities and resources to inform, support and inspire them in their entrepreneurial endeavors.

DCBA Dean's Advisory Council

The Dean’s Advisory Council is a group of student representatives who strive to improve the Dicke College of Business Administration through proactive leadership, organized teamwork, and dynamic communication with students and faculty in a manner that reflects the integrity of the college and Ohio Northern University. The council consists of four DCBA students from each undergraduate class.

Dean of the DCBA: Dr. John C. Navin

Selection of new members. All freshmen are encouraged to apply for four open spots through an application and interview process. Candidates are elected by the Dicke College of Business Administration majors. Once selected, members remain on the board for their four years at ONU.

Institute of Management Accountants

We provide a dynamic forum for management accounting and finance professionals to develop and advance their careers through certification, research and practice development, education, networking and the advocacy of the highest ethical and professional practices.

ONU Healthcare Business Professionals

The Healthcare Business Professionals serves to help members explore all aspects of business in the healthcare sector with an emphasis on the pharmaceutical industry. Students of any major are welcome to be a member of the organization. We seek to provide members with knowledge of various aspects and career opportunities in healthcare as well as to maintain working relationships with professionals in the industry.

Polar Merchandise

Polar Merchandise is Ohio Northern's first and only entirely student-run business. Polar has resided in the Dicke College providing promotional products and custom merchandise to both Ohio Northern Organizations and businesses in the Midwest since 2010.

Recently Polar has totally renovated its business model significantly reducing price and improving customer service. As of April 2014, Polar Merchandise became an authorized dealer of Kaeser and Blair which has allowed us to reduce pricing to at or below the industry standard.

Society for Advancement of Management

The mission of SAM is to provide an opportunity for the members to increase management skills and expertise through participation in programs and services designed to improve the professional quality of their knowledge, performance and leadership ability. SAM is open to all ONU students.

Society for Human Resources Management

The Society for Human Resources Management is the largest organization in the world completely dedicated to Human Resources Management. SHRM was founded in 1948 and has over 275,000 members in 160 countries. SHRM is responsible for providing resources to HR professionals and developing their skills throughout their careers.

Student Investment Group

The Student Investment Group was created in 1989 to help students learn how to invest by managing a portfolio. The primary mission is to meet our benchmark, the Standard & Poor's 500. We attempt to achieve this goal by meeting two objectives: learning about stock investment through research/analysis/discussion and maintaining a diverse portfolio.

Selection of New Members – The Student Investment Group consists of nine to eleven members, all senior and junior business students. Each fall invitations to apply are sent to all juniors holding a 3.25 or above GPA. Members are then selected based on their application and an interview.



You’ll need 120 credit hours to earn a BSBA with a major in finance. We encourage you to use your elective hours to pursue courses or a minor that will make you more attractive to potential employers.

Here are some courses you’ll take as a finance major: Principles of Finance, Intermediate Finance, Investments, Financial Markets & Institutions, and Econometrics.

Year 1

Fall Semester Credit Hours Spring Semester Credit Hours
BIZ 1001 TREX for Business Students 3 BIZ 1201 Ethical Leadership 3
ABUS 2011 PC Applications 3 BIZ 2001 Principles of Business Analytics 3
STAT 1561 Statistics for Professionals 1 3 CAMS 1301 Presentational Speaking 3
ENGL 1221 Writing Seminar 3 General Education Requirement 3
General Education Requirement 3 General Education Requirement 3
Total 15 Total 15

Year 2

Fall Semester Credit Hours Spring Semester Credit Hours
BIZ 2021 Principles of Microeconomics 3 BIZ 2031 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
BIZ 2101 Principles of Accounting 3 BIZ 2131 Legal Environment 3
BIZ 2331 Principles of Management 3 BIZ 2511 Principles of Marketing 3
BIZ 2401 Information Systems 3 BIZ 2801 Career Planning 3
ENGL 2021 Business Writing 3 BIZ 3621 Principles of Finance 3
Total 15 Total 15

Year 3

Fall Semester Credit Hours Spring Semester Credit Hours
BIZ 3631 Advanced Business Analytics 3 BIZ 3XXX Strategic Management 3
BIZ 3641 Operations Management 3 FINC 3691 Intermediate Finance 3
FINC 3611 Investments 3 FINC 4601 Financial Markets and Institutions 3
Finance Major Elective 3 General Education Requirement 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Total 15 Total 15

Year 4

Fall Semester Credit Hours Spring Semester Credit Hours
BIZ 4XXX Capstone Project 3 Finance Major Elective 3
Finance Major Elective 3 Elective 3
Finance Major Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Total 15 Total 15

BIZ 4921 Finance Internship 1

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Ohio Northern University is an independent, comprehensive University located in the scenic village of Ada, Ohio. The University comprises five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, E ... Read More

Ohio Northern University is an independent, comprehensive University located in the scenic village of Ada, Ohio. The University comprises five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law. Since our inception in 1871, we’ve been devoted to developing students who are ready to immerse themselves and progress to the next level? in everything they do. Read less