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Minor in Mathematical Finance

This interdisciplinary minor was created for students in Business, Economics, and 
Mathematics, whose majors already require some of the introductory coursework.  
Students in other programs are welcome but should expect the minor to require more 
units than it does for students in those programs. 
As with all minors, students must include at least four upper-division courses and four 
courses dedicated exclusively to this minor (which may be the same four courses).  
Finally, students must select four courses outside their major department.  ECON majors 
must choose four courses outside of Economics; MATH majors must choose four courses 
outside of Math; BUAD majors must choose four courses outside the Marshall School of 
Business.  These may be the same courses used to meet the first two conditions.   
 This minor was created in collaboration among the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, 
the Viterbi School of Engineering, and the Marshall School of Business.  For advisement, 
contact the Mathematics department of USC College. 
    
Requirements
ECON 203  Principles of Microeconomics, and     8 units  
ECON 205  Principles of Macroeconomics 
Choose one of the following two sequences: 
ECON 303 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory    8 units   
  (pre-reqs: ECON 203, 205, MATH 118x or 125), and 
ECON 305 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory 
  (pre-reqs: ECON 203, 205, MATH 118x or 125) 
    or 
BUAD 350  Macroeconomic Analysis for Business Decisions  
(pre-reqs: ECON 203 and 205), and 
BUAD 351  Economic Analysis for Business Decisions  
(pre-reqs: 203, 205, and MATH 118) 
Choose two courses, one from each of the following pairs: 
MATH 118x Fundamental Principles of the Calculus   4 units 
    or MATH 125  Calculus I 
   and 
MATH 218  Probability for Business (pre-req: MATH 118x or 125) 4 units 
   or MATH 407  Probability Theory (pre-req: MATH 226) Choose two courses from the following list:      8 units 
MATH 126 Calculus II, or MATH 127 Enhanced Calculus I 
MATH 225 Linear Algebra and Linear Differential Equations 
        or 245 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I 
MATH 226 Calculus III or MATH 227 Enhanced Calculus II 
MATH 408 Mathematical Statistics (pre-req: MATH 407) 
        or 467 Theory and Computational Methods for Optimization (pre-req: 226) 
Choose one course from the following list:      4 units 
BUAD 306  Business Finance      
BUAD 310  Applied Business Statistics 
ECON 350  The World Economy  (pre-reqs: ECON 203 or 205) 
ECON 357  Money, Credit, and Banking (pre-reqs: ECON 203 and 205) 
FBE 441  Investments (pre-req: BUAD 306 or permission of instructor) 
Choose one course from the following list:      4 units 
ECON 452  International Finance  (pre-req: ECON 305) 
ECON 457  Financial Markets  (pre-req: ECON 303) 
FBE 324  The Financial System  (pre-req: BUAD 350 or 351) 
FBE 421  Financial Analysis and Valuation  (pre-req: BUAD 306) 
FBE 443  Introduction to Forecasting and Risk Analysis   
(pre-req: BUAD 306 and 310) 
FBE 445  Topics in Economic Analysis of Business   
(pre-reqs: BUAD 350 and 351) 
FBE 459  Financial Derivatives (pre-req: BUAD 306) 
FBE 462  International Trade and Commercial Policy 
  (pre-reqs: ECON 203 and 205) 
FBE 464  International Finance  (pre-req: BUAD 310) 
Choose one course from the following two:              2 units 
ITP 068x (or 168x)  Introduction to MATLAB   
(Not available for degree credit; * 
  recommended preparation: MATH 118x or 125)  
 ITP 165x  Introduction to C++ Programming 
  (Pre-req: any high-level programming course) 
             _________ 
TOTAL Requirements, for students with no prior coursework:        42 units 

This interdisciplinary minor was created for students in Business, Economics, and Mathematics, whose majors already require some of the introductory coursework.  Students in other programs are welcome but should expect the minor to require more units than it does for students in those programs. 

As with all minors, students must include at least four upper-division courses and four courses dedicated exclusively to this minor (which may be the same four courses).  Finally, students must select four courses outside their major department.  ECON majors must choose four courses outside of Economics; MATH majors must choose four courses outside of Math; BUAD majors must choose four courses outside the Marshall School of Business.  These may be the same courses used to meet the first two conditions. 

This minor was created in collaboration among USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Viterbi School of Engineering, and the Marshall School of Business.  For advisement, contact Cynthia Mata-Flores at 213.740.3800.  

Core Requirements (8 units)
ECON 203, Principles of Microeconomics, and
ECON 205, Principles of Macroeconomics
 or
ECON  251x, Microeconomics for Business, and
ECON 252, Macroeconomics for Business 

Choose one of the following two sequences (8 units)
ECON 303, Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (pre-reqs: ECON 203, 205, MATH 118x or 125), and 
ECON 305, Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (pre-reqs: ECON 203, 205, MATH 118x or 125)
or
BUAD 350, Macroeconomic Analysis for Business Decisions (pre-reqs: ECON 203 and 205), and
BUAD 351, Economic Analysis for Business Decisions (pre-reqs: 203, 205, and MATH 118) 

Choose two courses, one from each of the following pairs (8 units) 
MATH 118x, Fundamental Principles of the Calculus
or MATH 125, Calculus I
and
MATH 218, Probability for Business (pre-req: MATH 118x or MATH 125)
or MATH 407, Probability Theory (pre-req: MATH 226)

Choose two courses from the following list (8 units)
MATH 126, Calculus II, or MATH 127, Enhanced Calculus I 
MATH 225, Linear Algebra and Linear Differential Equations
or MATH 245, Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I
MATH 226, Calculus III
or MATH 227, Enhanced Calculus II
MATH 408, Mathematical Statistics (pre-req: MATH 407)
or MATH 467, Theory and Computational Methods for Optimization (pre-req: MATH 226) 

Choose one course from the following list (4 units)
BUAD 306, Business Finance      
BUAD 310, Applied Business Statistics 
ECON 350, The World Economy  (pre-reqs: ECON 203 or 205) 
ECON 357, Money, Credit, and Banking (pre-reqs: ECON 203 and 205) 
FBE 441, Investments (pre-req: BUAD 306 or permission of instructor) 

Choose one course from the following list (4 units)
ECON 452, International Finance  (pre-req: ECON 305) 
ECON 457, Financial Markets  (pre-req: ECON 303) 
FBE 324, The Financial System  (pre-req: BUAD 350 or 351) 
FBE 421, Financial Analysis and Valuation  (pre-req: BUAD 306) 
FBE 443, Introduction to Forecasting and Risk Analysis (pre-req: BUAD 306 and 310)
FBE 445, Topics in Economic Analysis of Business (pre-reqs: BUAD 350 and 351)
FBE 459, Financial Derivatives (pre-req: BUAD 306)
FBE 462, International Trade and Commercial Policy (pre-reqs: ECON 203 and 205) 
FBE 464, International Finance  (pre-req: BUAD 310) 

Choose one course from the following two (2 units)
ITP 109x, Introduction to Java Programming
ITP 110x, Introduction to C Programming
CSCI 101, Fundamentals of Computer Programming

TOTAL Requirements, for students with no prior coursework: 42 units