Nov 29, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Finance (B.B.A.)

75-80 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours

Students in this major must also complete requirements for a degree in the Beacom School of Business .

Pre-Major Business Core (25-30 hours)

Prior to gaining admission to the Beacom School of Business majors, students complete the University’s General Education Requirements  and Pre-Major Business Core necessary for acceptance. Students are not eligible for enrollment in 300/400 level business courses until they have met the requirements for admission to their majors.


The following courses are referred to as the Pre-Major Business Core and must be completed before full admission to the School of Business major is granted:


The Mathematics course required for admission to the School of Business is MATH 121 Survey of Calculus (C) [SGR #5, HSDC] . A substitution is permitted for MATH 123 Calculus I (C) [SGR #5, HSDC] . Other mathematics courses may be required by the Mathematics Department as prerequisites to MATH 121 or MATH 123. The initial mathematics course is determined in accordance with the Board of Regent’s placement regulations.

The Beacom School of Business requires that either ENGL 205 Business Writing [SGR #1, HSDC]  or another university approved advanced composition course.

Students must complete the following courses (50 hours)

In addition to completing the pre-major business core , students must complete the following courses (USD-Sioux Falls students should reference the rotation schedule provided through the USD-Sioux Falls website.):

Additional Requirements

Students must also complete enough Advanced Electives to achieve a minimum of 60 credits at the 300/400 level. Most finance majors must complete 10 credits of Advanced Electives to meet this minimum. (See Degree Requirements on Beacom School of Business page.)  

Elective Categories

Advanced Electives

Courses at the junior-senior level chosen from any college/school at USD on the basis of the student’s interest are called Advanced Electives.

School of Business Electives

Courses at the junior-senior level that must be selected in the fields of accounting, business administration, business law, decision sciences, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, health services administration, human resource management, management, or marketing are called School of Business Electives.


Courses chosen from any college/school on the basis of the student’s interest are called Electives. These electives may be at any level and are only tested for meeting the 120 credit hour requirement. If a student majors in two or more business majors, the School of Business Elective may be used for the required coursework of the second major.

B.B.A. / M.B.A. Fast-Track Option

Business majors meeting requirements for entry into the Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program may opt to complete both the B.B.A and M.B.A. concurrently. Students who pursue this fast-track option will be awarded their undergraduate and graduate degrees simultaneously, upon completion of the two programs. Permission to be awarded the undergraduate degree prior to the completion of the graduate degree is available.

The course requirements for the B.B.A., which are listed above, are the same for USD undergraduate students planning to pursue the B.B.A./M.B.A. Fast-Track Option. The program gives students the opportunity to begin their M.B.A. program earlier and complete both programs in a timelier manner.

Students may apply for admission to the M.B.A. program using the standard graduate application process after completing 75 credit hours. Applicants for the B.B.A./M.B.A. program are required to submit only two letters of recommendation. Students applying to the B.B.A./M.B.A. program are not required to provide a GMAT exam score.

Students must complete the requirements of the M.B.A. program in accordance with the graduate catalog. The minimum number of credits to achieve both degrees is 153 hours.

Four-Year Program Guides and Costs

USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan.

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization