Finance Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) Business Administration

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Build the skills and knowledge to impact the bottom line.

Gain a competitive edge with the skills and strategies that today's employers need. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at California University of Pennsylvania combines business fundamentals with specialized courses so you'll be ready for a dynamic business environment.    

In the bachelor's degree in business administration program, you will complete business core courses for a strong foundation. In addition, you'll choose a discipline for in-depth study: Finance is one of seven concentrations that give business students the opportunity to develop focused expertise.    

Learn practical applications of finance fundamentals.   

Undergraduate business administration majors complete 27 credits in the finance concentration.  Specialized work in finance examines such topics as investment management, financial markets and institutions, and personal finance.  The introductory course in financial management covers fundamental analytical skills used in the modern corporate world.   

 In the business administration program, you also will work on building quantitative, critical thinking and analytical skills. Students graduate not only with a demonstrated competence in their subject area, but also with the ability and tools to apply that knowledge. Widely recognized and respected, Cal U's business administration program is currently seeking ACBSP accreditation.

 Business administration students are also encouraged to have a minor:

  • Some students choose a business discipline other than their concentration.
  • Other popular choices include psychology, communication studies, public relations, statistics, computer information systems, leadership, women's studies, Spanish and Arabic.
  • Students also may choose to complete dual majors or dual degrees with international studies or math.

Cal U business graduates are ready for a wide range of career opportunities. Recent Cal U business graduates also have gone on to graduate business programs at such top schools as the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University and the College of William and Mary, and to graduate economics programs at Youngstown State and Florida State.

Learn about ouraccelerated bachelor's-to-master's degree program.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Business Administration

Concentration: Cal U students complete the bachelor's degree in business administration with finance as their concentration. Students complete 27 credits in the finance concentration, adding an important specialization to general business study.    

Solid foundation: Completing Cal U's 120-credit-hour bachelor's degree in business administration means you'll be ready to explore many careers in business and industry. Your business core courses focus on the functional areas of business and business analytics. Cal U business students gain an important professional advantage by also developing skills in critical thinking, communication and teamwork.   

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Credit hours for the bachelor's degree in business administration, which can be completed in eight semesters or four years.
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Degree Benefits

The bachelor's degree in business administration program integrates business study with the liberal arts, natural and behavioral sciences, and modern quantitative and information technology methods.  You'll know the fundamentals from your business core courses and add a valuable specialization with your finance concentration. Instruction in the program focuses on student engagement and active learning, keeping you involved and engaged with your instructors and classmates. All courses in the program consider the critical role of globalization and rapid technological advance in all aspects of the business environment. You'll graduate ready to explore many professional career opportunities.

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Graduate Outcomes

Employment of business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 8% through 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations, adding about 632,400 new jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Cal U business graduates are in many careers and professions, including accountant, banker, city manager, general manager, government agency administrator, hospital administrator, industrial relations manager, insurance agent, office manager, production manager, purchasing agent, sales manager, securities analyst and stock broker. Among the many companies and industries who choose to hire Cal U business graduates are Aflac, Allegheny Steel, Bank of America, Clear Channel Media, Jackson Hewitt, T-Mobile, Tyco Electronics, U.S. Postal Service and Walmart.

Business Administration (B.S) Finance Concentration
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Expert Faculty

Our highly qualified business and economics faculty members have significant industry experience, as well as advanced degrees in their fields. They are dedicated to teaching Cal U students the skills necessary for success in business. Our professors have earned MBAs and doctorates from such top schools as American University, City University of New York, George Washington University, Northeastern University, University of Rhode Island and Wayne State University.

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Research Focus

Cal U's undergraduate business administration program emphasizes the value of doing research. Students can work one-on-one with individual faculty members, or as part of the discipline-specific research methods course. Students also have the opportunity to work with Cal U's Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship. The Center is Cal U's one-stop shop for all things related to starting and maintaining a successful business. 

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Student Recognition

Student achievement in the business administration program is recognized in several ways. Qualified students can become members of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an honorary economics fraternity; Phi Beta Lambda - Future Business Leaders; Student Accounting Association;  Economics Club; Finance Club; American Marketing Association; and the Society for the Advancement of Management. Outstanding graduating seniors are recognized with awards for excellence.

B.S., Business Administration Course Finance Concentration

Example Courses

Students will follow the core business curriclumum as well as taking finance courses.


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B.S., Business Administration Programs

  • Accounting
  • Arts Administration
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing

Business Administration Faculty

Dr. Stephanie Adam
Associate Professor

Dr. Adnan Chawdhry
Assistant Professor

Dr. M. Arshad Chawdhry
Dr. Joshua Chicarelli
Associate Professor

Mark Ciccarelli
Assistant Professor

Dr. Ismail M. Cole

Dr. Paul Hettler

David T. Jones
Associate Professor

Dr. Richard LaRosa
Associate Professor

Dr. Shirley A. Lazorchak

Dr. Mark Lennon
Associate Professor
Dr. Nan Li
Associate Professor

Dr. Edmund Matecki
Assistant Professor

Dr. John Michaels

Dr. Clyde A. Roberts