QC Economics

The Finance Major

Students who choose the finance major will gain an understanding of the basic concepts involved in financial decision-making. The curriculum is constructed to provide students with opportunities to practice what is taught through real world applications based on spreadsheet modeling, forecasting, regression analysis, and firm valuation. The major prepares students for future graduate study in business, as well as equipping them to gain the business experience necessary to pursue a graduate degree.

Requirements for Finance Majors:

1. Admission requires a GPA of 3.3 (subject to revision) in the first four courses listed below.
2. The minimum GPA is 2.7 for courses taken for the major in finance at Queens College.
3. No Individual Grade below C- is accepted.
4. No more than 21 credits can be transferred into the program from other colleges.

17 Required Courses and 4 Electives as follows:
1 ACCT 101: Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Accounting I
2 ACCT 102: Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Accounting II
3 ECON 101: Introduction to Macroeconomics
4 ECON 102: Introduction to Microeconomics
5 MATH 131: Calculus with Applications to the Social Sciences I, or
141: Calculus/Differentiation, or
151: Calculus/Differentiation & Integration
We strongly encourage students to seek placement in Math 141 (or 151).
6 ECO 249: Statistics as Applied to Economics and Business, or
MATH 241: Introduction to Probability and Mathematical Statistics
7 BUS 384: Forecasting and Regression Analysis for Business, or
ECO 382: Introduction to Econometrics (which requires ECON 249 and MATH 131)
8 ACCT 261: Business Law I, or
ACCT 367: Federal and New York State Taxes on Income
9 BUS 241: Corporation Finance
10 BUS 243: Economics of Distribution and Marketing
11 BUS 247: Business Economics
12 CSCI 48: Spreasheet Programming
13 PHIL 160 : Business Ethics
14 BUS 160W : Introduction to Business Writing
15 BUS 341W: Intermediate Finance
16 BUS 350: Investment Analysis
17 BUS 351: Financial Markets
18 Elective from 353: Options and Futures Markets,
Econ 207: Comparative Economic and Financial Systems,
215: Money and Banking,
220: Consumer Economics and Personal Finance,
229: History of International Business and Finance, 1850 to the Present,
328: International Finance,
Bus 352: Investment Management,
354: Multinational Financial Management
19 Elective from 353: Options and Futures Markets,
Econ 207: Comparative Economic and Financial Systems,
215: Money and Banking,
220: Consumer Economics and Personal Finance,
229: History of International Business and Finance, 1850 to the Present,
328: International Finance,
Bus 352: Investment Management,
354: Multinational Financial Management
20 First Globalization and Environment Elective.
21 Second Globalization and Environment Elective.


Finance majors may now minor in Financial Modeling offered through the Computer Science department.

Why take MATH 141 (or 151) as opposed to MATH 131?
We strongly encourage taking MATH 141 (or 151) over MATH 131. There are several good reasons for this:
First, it opens up many doors. MATH 141 (or 151) provides access to other courses in Math and Computer Science. Instead MATH 131 is a dead-end.
Second, it is a great investment. MATH 141 (or 151) will provide you with the mathematical skills you need to excel in courses such as ECON 201 and 202, and BUS 249, 353, 382 or 386.
Third, MATH 141 (or 151) is a pre-requisite for the Financial Modeling Minor, which is a great addition to your Economics major if you are interested in a career in quantitative finance or economics.