This concentration combines financial theory with a solid grounding in quantitative methods. Recent innovations in financial markets have led to an increased demand for analytically skilled professionals. Understanding pricing models in derivatives and other exotic securities requires knowledge in finance and also statistics, stochastic processes and differential equations.
Quantitative finance has more required courses than the other concentrations. However, some of the courses can count to fulfill upper-level liberal arts requirements. The School of Management only considers students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher for the quantitative finance concentration, as well as a grade of B or higher in FIN 311.
The current schedule for these courses is available in the Schedule of Classes on the BU Brain. Descriptions of courses are listed in the Binghamton University Bulletin and course descriptions for the upcoming semester are available on the BU Brain.
Here's a sample of courses you can take to fulfill this concentration. Contact Academic Advising for the most updated list of core courses and electives.
MATH 224 & MATH 225 are Calculus I, and MATH 226 & MATH 227 are Calculus II
- MATH 224 - Differential Calculus
- MATH 225 - Integral Calculus
- MATH 226 - Integration Tech & Application
- MATH 227 - Infinite Series
- MATH 304 - Linear Algebra
- ECON 466 - Introduction To Econometrics
- FIN 322 - Investments
- FIN 450 - Derivatives
- FIN 465 - Arbitrage Strategies
- SCM 360 - SpreadsheetModeling&Dec Making
Select one of the following. Select special topics courses available - please see finance faculty or advising for approval.
- FIN 324 - Corporate Finance
- FIN 430 - Financial Statement Analysis
- FIN 440 - Fixed Income Securities
After You Graduate
Students who pursue a quantitative finance concentration will be on track for placement at investment banks. Investment banks help companies and governments issue securities, help investors purchase securities, manage financial assets, trade securities and provide financial advice. The leading investment banks — including Merrill Lynch, Salomon Smith Barney, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Chase H&Q and Goldman Sachs — have hired our students.