Undergraduate Major

Finance is a term broadly describing the study and system of money, investments and other financial instruments. Finance can be broadly divided into the following distinct categories: public finance, corporate finance, personal finance and the newly emerging field of financial technology or fintech.


The Muma College of Business offers a B.S. in Finance on the St. Petersburg campus.

View more information about options on the USF Tampa and Sarasota-Manatee campuses.


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The Finance program at USF’s St. Petersburg campus equips students with understanding of banking, credit, investments, assets and liabilities that compose a financial system, as well as the role of institutions within domestic and global financial markets. Students may choose to learn about investments and trading, asset management, commercial banking, corporate finance, financial planning, insurance, investment banking, money management and real estate.

As a major in the business field, finance theory is studied and developed within the context of statistics, economics, management, accountancy and applied mathematics. Given its wide application, there are several related professional qualifications within the field, the most widely recognized ones with greatest rigor are the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP). The CFA Society of Tampa Bay encourages student members.

Finance students at USF’s St. Petersburg campus have the opportunity to gain real world investment experience by enrolling in the Student Managed Investment Fund program (SMIF) where classes are held in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Center in Lynn Pippenger Hall. Furthermore, students may also make use of the great internship opportunities available locally, thanks to strong ties with Tampa Bay’s booming financial industry. Our alumni have been hired by firms like Raymond James, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citi and PwC.


Always refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for degree requirements. Students will normally begin progress toward the major by taking at least one course from the major core, as these often serve as prerequisites for the electives. Students are urged to consult with the finance advisor to create the most beneficial set of courses.


For questions about this program, contact an Academic Advisor.