Accounting program major

Computational Finance

Computational Finance

The integration of computer science with the field of finance is one of the emerging areas of growth in the financial arena. Studying computational finance at SBU will equip you in both computing and finance to prepare you for a variety of careers.

As financial securities become more complex and technology continues to evolve the field, demand is growing for people who understand math, financial securities and technology. You will learn about a variety of financial tools as well as how to develop an approach to effectively utilize those tools.

94%
Job
placement
rate

(For College of Business and Computer Science graduates in fall 2016 within six months of graduation)

SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • Receive a well-rounded education and career preparation through SBU's unique comprehensive degree that blends the fields of finance, computer science and mathematics. SBU offers the only undergraduate computational finance degree program in the Midwest and one of only a few in the entire nation.
  • Thrive within a close-knit community where class sizes are small enough for dedicated faculty to provide personalized attention that builds lifelong friendships.
  • More than 75% of students in the business administration department complete at least one internship before graduation.

Faith Integration

Faculty are committed to intentionally integrating Christian faith in the classroom with the goal of producing future business leaders who are also servant leaders.

Psalm 15 — The SBU College of Business and Computer Science's Psalm 15 initiative provides intentional integration of faith and academic discipline. Using Psalm 15 as a basis, the College has identified eight character traits that should be the hallmark of the College's students and graduates. These character traits are emphasized in coursework and in a special lecture series. The highlighted character traits are: Integrity, Service, Respect, Charity, Faithfulness, Truthfulness, Humility and Perseverance.

Ethics and Professional Development — As part of an intentionally Christian education, all students in the College of Business and Computer Science take a senior-level course in Ethics and Professional Development. The course teaches Christian personal and professional ethics and equips students with life skills such as career development, etiquette, and personal financial planning, with the goal of producing ethical business leaders who will be servant leaders in the workplace.

Clubs and organizations

ENACTUS

Formerly known as Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), Enactus is an international nonprofit organization (headquartered in Springfield, Mo.) dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. More than 69,000 students at more than 1,740 universities in 36 countries plan and implement community development projects to improve the world around them. At the end of each school year, the teams present their projects at a regional competition. Select teams advance to the national competition with the winner advancing to the Enactus World Cup where one team is chosen the winner among all participating universities.

SBU Enactus has won its regional competition nearly ever since 1985 and has gone on to succeed consistently at the national level, ranking as high as the top 8 in the nation in 2017.

Delta Mu Delta

Delta Mu Delta is an international honor society established to recognize and reward superior scholastic achievement of students in business administration. The purpose of Delta Mu Delta is to promote higher scholarship in education for business, and to recognize and reward scholastic attainment in business subjects. Delta Mu Delta is an invitation-only society for juniors and seniors in the top 20% of their class with a minimum GPA of 3.25.

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student business organization in the world. PBL is for college students whereas FBLA is for high school students. PBL has more than 10,000 members and more than 500 chapters. 

SBU's PBL chapter consistently excels at the yearly state and national competitions. In 2017, SBU PBL competed against 208 students and 15 universities at the state competition and had 20 top-five finishes, including six first-place winners. At the 2017 national competition, SBU PBL had nine students compete and brought home eight top-10 finishes!

Financial Management Association (FMA)

Financial Management Association (FMA) offers amazing opportunities for business students. In the SBU FMA chapter, students have the opportunity to meet and network with local finance professionals, engage in investment competitions, participate in community service, and network with SBU peers. As a member of FMA, a national organization, students gain access to FMA's extensive online library, online forecasting competition, job posting board, and international networking and award opportunities.

Scholarships

The Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science (COBACS) offers many privately funded department and college-level scholarship opportunities for its students. During the 2015-16 academic year, more than $64,000 was awarded in private scholarships to COBACS students.

  • Aric Beckham Memorial Scholarship
  • Bill & Geneva Williams Memorial Scholarship
  • Business College Scholarship
  • Clifford & Marie Gouge Memorial Scholarship
  • Dexter Yager Business Scholarship
  • Gary & Jane Black Excellence Scholarship
  • Gladys Henderson Memorial Scholarship
  • Jack Henry & Associates Scholarship
  • Lynn & Dean Credille Memorial Scholarship
  • Melvin & Minnie Hall Memorial Scholarship
  • Nebraska Book Company Scholarship
  • Ralph Stufflebam Memorial Scholarship
  • Ruby Letsch-Roderique Business Scholarship
  • W. Lee Beaver Trust Scholarship

computational finance Four-Year Plan

Freshman

Fall Semester

MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
BUS 1013 Introduction to Business 3
FAR 1023 Introduction to Fine Arts 3
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 1033 Foundations of Computer Science 3
MAT 1173 Discrete Mathematics 3
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication    3
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
Total hours 16
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

CIS 1144 Computer Science I 4
BUS 2013 Business Communications 3
ACC 2013 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics 3
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 1154 Computer Science II 4
BUS 2023 Business Statistics 3
ACC 2043 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
ECO 2033 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
FIN 3003 Personal Financial Planning 3
Total hours 16
 

Junior

Fall Semester

BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
CIS 2253 Web Engineering and Development 3
MGT 3013 Principles of Management 3
ECO 3023 Money and Banking 3
FIN 4073 Insurance (fall, odd) 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

PHS 1004 Introduction to Physical Science 4
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
PSY 1013 General Psychology 3
MKT 3023 Principles of Marketing 3
FIN 4053 Investments (spring, even) 3
Total hours 16
 

Senior

Fall Semester

MGT 3033 Operations Management 3
FIN 3053 Business Finance 3
  Upper-Level COBACS Course 3
  Cultural Studies 3
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
BUS 3073 Legal Environment of Business I 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

LDR 4043 Ethics and Professional Development 3
MGT 4083 Strategic Management 3
CIS 3303 Systems Management 3
FIN 4033 Introduction to Derivatives (odd, spring) 3
SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
  Elective 1
Total hours 15

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

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