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Accounting Courses

ACCT 2110: FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING (4 credits)

This course is an introduction to accounting, which will enable you to achieve a basic working knowledge of accounting and its uses. Emphasis is placed on the need to read and interpret financial statements. Accounting theory and uses of accounting information are integrated with the conceptual framework and social role of accounting. Problem solving, ethical issues and computer skills are an integral part of the course. A major goal of the course is to develop your critical-thinking skills. Also offered in Weekend College.

ACCT 2130: MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING (4 credits)

This course emphasizes the use of accounting information to help make managerial decisions. It also covers the basics of cost accounting techniques, budgeting and the use of accounting information for management planning and control. This course helps you develop your critical-thinking and computer-spreadsheet skills. Also offered in Weekend College. Prerequisites: ACCT 2110 with a grade of C- or better.

Computer Science courses

CSCI 1060: INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS (4 credits)

Introduction to computer information systems including history, hardware, languages and impact on society; introduction to structured programming and algorithms; use of software packages such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases and web browsers. Offered annually. Prerequisites: Appropriate level on mathematics/statistics placement assessment or ACT math score.

CSCI 1110: ALGORITHMS AND COMPUTER PROGRAMMING I (4 credits)

Introduction to problem-solving methods and algorithm development; includes designing, coding, debugging and documenting programs. Implementation of problem solutions in a suitable high-level language. Offered annually. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MATH 1110, or appropriate level on mathematics/statistics placement assessment or ACT math score.

Economics courses

ECON 2250: STATISTICAL ANALYSIS FOR ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS (4 credits)

The course gives an introduction to quantitative decision making, descriptive statistics, data analysis, probability, sampling, estimation, regression, index numbers and forecasting. This course fulfills the liberal arts core mathematics/statistics requirement. Also offered in Weekend College. Prerequisites: Appropriate level on mathematics/statistics placement assessment or ACT math score. Credit is given for only one of the following courses: ECON 2200, ECON 2250, MATH 1080 or PSYC 2050.

ECON 2610: PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (4 credits)

The course gives an introduction to microeconomics: theory of the firm and the household, price determination, theory of production, income distribution, application of economic theory to current economic problems. Also offered in Weekend College. Prerequisites: High school algebra.

ECON 2620: PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (4 credits)

The course gives an introduction to macroeconomics: national income analysis, the problem of full employment and price stability, monetary and fiscal policies, international trade and finance, application of economic theory to current economic problems. Also offered in Weekend College. Prerequisites: High school algebra. Recommended: ECON 2610.

ECON 3350: MONEY AND BANKING (4 credits)

The course covers the nature, evolution and functions of money; the role of depository institutions; the structure of financial markets; the principles of central banking; monetary theory; and the instruments of monetary policy. Also offered in Weekend College. Prerequisites: ECON 2620.

ECON 3460: GLOBAL FINANCIAL ISSUES (4 credits)

This course covers institutional and theoretical issues in international finance; foreign exchange markets, currency futures and options markets, balance of payments and international economic linkages. It also examines foreign exchange risk management, multinational finances and foreign investment analyses. Prerequisites: ECON 2250, 2610, 2620.

ECON 3480: INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS (4 credits)

This course covers theory of international trade: why nations trade, gains from trade, comparative advantage, transfer costs, international factor movements, intra-industry trade, world trade and the American economy. Also examines practice of international trade, international trade relations, tariff and non-tariff trade barriers, U.S. trade policy, international trade problems of developing nations and international payment mechanisms. Also offered in Weekend College every other year. Prerequisites: ECON 2610, 2620.

ECON 3500: MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS (4 credits)

The course covers the intermediate theory of the firm from the perspective of the manager; managerial decision problems; production technology; cost concepts; demand theory; pricing and output decisions; applications to selected problems. Prerequisites: ECON 2250, 2610, 2620; MATH 1070 or higher; or permission of instructor.

ECON 3650: INVESTMENT THEORY (4 credits)

The course is an introduction to the world of investment decision making and portfolio management. It also covers the general environment for the investment process; different portfolio and asset allocation approaches; and security valuation. Prerequisites: ECON 2620, MATH 1070 or higher. Prerequisites with concurrency:

ECON 4602 or 4604: INTERNSHIP (2 or 4 credits)

Structured out-of-class learning experience that takes place on or off campus and includes a substantial work component. An internship involves you in a particular profession in an exploratory way to test career interests and potential. To initiate an internship experience, you must meet with the internship coordinator in the Career Development Office. Prerequisites: Faculty sponsorship and approval by department chair.

Mathematics courses

MATH 1070: FINITE MATH ANALYSIS (4 credits)

This course involves elementary set theory; linear equations and matrices; linear programming; finite probability and statistics; and applications in managerial, biological and social sciences. Offered every semester. Also offered in Weekend College; meets every week. Prerequisites: High school higher algebra and appropriate level on mathematics/statistics placement assessment or ACT math score. MATH 1070 does not serve as a preparation for any other mathematics course.