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1 The Bendheim Center for FINANCE Undergraduate Certificate in Finance (UCF) Sophomore Open House Program Representative: Yacine Ait-Sahalia Program Administrator: Melanie Heaney-Scott April 4, 2014

2 How to Apply **APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 31 ST Electronic Application via SharePoint access is granted to the Class of 2016 on April 1, 2014

3 What is finance? How are financial securities such as stocks, bonds, currencies and derivative assets priced? How to manage a portfolio of financial and real assets? How should a corporation or other business finance its real assets? How should corporations be organized? What should businesses invest in?

4 Marketable Skills Flexible - allows you to have any major Multidisciplinary - courses across departments Why should I do it?

5 Economics, ORFE Woodrow Wilson, Politics Engineering, Physics, Math, Molecular Biology Architecture, Music, Religion, History, English, Art Certificate in Finance Who Can Apply? Every Major

6 What does the certificate accomplish? The certificate attests to your proficiency in finance Upon graduation you will receive your degree (e.g. A.B., B.S.E.) as well as this certificate You enter the program in your junior (and in special cases, senior) year

7 How do I obtain an UCF? Prerequisites –Mathematics –Probability and statistics –Microeconomics Two required core courses in finance Three additional electives Senior thesis must be finance related or separate finance independent work

8 Prerequisites: Math Statistics Microeconomics B- average* ECO Electives: > C+ average Grade requirements A 5 in AP Stats DOES fulfill the statistics prerequisite *Grade requirements for ECO/ORF majors

9 ECO 310 ECO 202/MAT 222/ORF245/ PHY301 & PHY312/POL 345/ PSY251/SOC301/WWS332 MAT175 or higher {MAT201 & 202 or MAT 203 & 204} Prerequisites

10 ECO202 Statistics and Data Analysis for Economists ORF245 Fundamentals of Engineering Statistics MAT222 Introduction to Statistics WWS332 Quantitative Analysis for Public Policy PSY251 Quantitative Methods SOC301 Sociological Research Methods WWS 200 Statistics and Social Science PHY301/ PHY312 Statistical Mechanics and Politics APStats Score = 5 Statistics Requirement

11 Microeconomics and Mathematics ECO 310: Microeconomic Theory: A Mathematical Approach MAT 175: Mathematics for Economics/Life Sciences { or higher…for example, MAT 201 and MAT202 0r MAT 203 and MAT 204}

12 ECO 362: Financial Investments Fall Term Only ECO 363: Corporate Finance and Financial Institutions Spring Term Only

13 List 1 Electives At least 2 for Eco/Orfe; 1 for all others List 2 Electives Total of 3 electives

14 List 1 - Financial Applications COS 445:Networks, Economics and Computing EAP 402: The Japanese Financial System ECO 207: Financial Accounting ECO 326:Economics of the Internet: The Digital Revolution ECO 332:Economics of Health and Health Care ECO 342: Money and Banking ECO 348:The Great Recession: Causes, Consequences, and Remedies ECO 353: International Monetary Economics ECO 365:Empirical Methodology of Finance ECO 414: Introduction to Economic Dynamics ECO 462: Portfolio Theory and Asset Management ECO 463: International Financial Markets ECO 464: Corporate Restructuring ECO 465: Options, Futures and Financial Derivatives ECO 466: Fixed Income: Models and Applications ECO 467: Institutional Finance ECO 468: Behavioral Finance ECO 469: Valuation and Security Analysis ECO 490:Financial Accounting ECO 491:Cases in Financial Risk Management ECO 492:The Rise of Asian Capital Markets ECO 493:Financial Crisis

15 List 1 (cont.) ORF 335: Introduction to Financial Engineering ORF 350:Analysis of Big Data ORF 435: Financial Risk Management POL345: Quantitative Analysis and Politics POL348: Politics and Finance WWS 332: Quantitative Analysis for Public Policy WWS 340: History of Financial Crises WWS 408:Finance and Public Policy WWS 451: Special Topics in Public Affairs WWS 524:Advanced Macroeconomics

16 List 2 - General Methodology for Finance APC 350: Introduction to Differential Equations CEE 460: Risk Assessment and Measurement COS 318: Operating Systems COS 323: Computing for the Physical and Social Sciences COS 333:Advanced Programming Techniques COS 423: Theory of Algorithms COS 424:Interacting with Data COS 425: Database and Information Management Systems COS 432: Information Security COS 436: Human-Computer Interface Technology COS 444: Internet Auctions: Theory and Practice COS 461:Computer Networks ECO 311: Macroeconomics: A Mathematical Approach ECO 312: Econometrics: A Mathematical Approach ECO 313: Econometric Applications ECO 315: Topics in Macroeconomics ECO 317:The Economics of Uncertainty ECO 321: Industrial Organization ECO 322: Theory of Contracts and the Firm ECO 341: Public Finance ECO 370:American Economic History ECO 385:Ethics and Economics ECO 418:Strategy and Information

17 List 2 (cont.) ELE 491: High-Tech Entrepreneurship HIS 364: International Economic History in the 20 th Century MAT 325: Analysis I: Fourier Series and Partial Diff Equations MAT 330:Complex Analysis with Applications MAT 335:Analysis II: Complex Analysis MAT 385:Probability Theory MAT 486:Random Processes MAT 391: Mathematics in Engineering I (ODE, PDE)[MAE305/EGR305/CBE305] MAT 392:Mathematics in Engineering II (PDE, Complex Variables)[MAE306] ORF 307: Optimization ORF 309: Probability and Stochastic Systems ORF 311: Optimization Under Uncertainty ORF 374: Special Topics in Operations Research and Financial Engineering ORF 401: Electronic Commerce ORF 405: Regression and Applied Time Series ORF 409:Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation ORF 474: Special Topics in Operations Research and Financial Engineering

18 Course Substitution Approval for Electives Courses not listed may be taken as an elective if you submit the request in writing ( ) to Professor Ait-Sahalia and prove that it forms part of a coherent program in finance

19 Not all courses are offered every year Check with the relevant department to confirm course offerings

20 Typical Course Map for the Finance Certificate Freshman: FallECO100, MAT201 or 175 Freshman: SpringECO101, MAT202 Sophomore: FallECO202 Sophomore: SpringECO310 Junior: FallECO362, elective(s) Junior: SpringECO363, elective(s) Senior:elective(s), thesis / indep. work **See website for details on electives:

21 Senior Thesis If you are an ECO or ORFE major * You must write a senior thesis in your major department which contains significant finance content which will be verified with your thesis advisor in April of your senior year

22 Independent Work If you are NOT an ECO or ORFE major: You are encouraged to integrate finance into your junior independent work or senior thesis or You can submit an independent paper (approximately pgs). This can be written in conjunction with ECO 362 (fall) or ECO363 (spring) or as a separate independent paper with significant finance content

23 Tracks: How to Select Electives Selection of electives is based upon: Individual needs and preferences Following a suggested track, wherein the courses form a coherent group –Math Finance Track –Corporate Finance Track –Derivatives Pricing and Risk Management Track –Investment Management Track –Information Technologies for Finance Track

24 Mathematical Finance Track Consider this track if you are interested in financial engineering or the design of financial securities that help manage risk You will study the mathematics of financial asset pricing –stochastic calculus –application of stochastic calculus to arbitrage and equilibrium in dynamic economies

25 Derivatives Pricing and Risk Management Track Consider this track if you are interested in risk management and financial engineering You will learn –how to price options, futures and other derivative securities –how to use these securities to manage risk

26 Investment Management Track Consider this track if you are interested in applying macroeconomic analysis and statistical forecasting techniques to portfolio management You will learn about –the design and functioning of securities markets –the behavior and determinants of the returns or profits on these securities –how to construct optimal portfolios of securities –how to manage these portfolios

27 Information Technologies for Finance Track Consider this track if you are interested in applying computer-based technologies to the financial and business world You will study –the design of efficient trading systems –the security of computer networks –managing large databases –parallel processing –algorithms, multimedia and web interfaces

28 Corporate Finance Track Consider this track if you are interested in working for a corporation or starting your own business You will learn –how to choose and finance investment projects –about financial restructuring - is there an optimal debt-equity ratio (capital structure) –merger and acquisition analysis –what determines dividend policy –about management and regulation of banks/financial institutions

29 About UCF Students…..


31 How to Apply Complete the application at Submission Deadline: MAY 31 OF YOUR SOPHOMORE YEAR

32 How to obtain more information Contact Professor Ait-Sahalia phone: office:Bendheim 204, 26 Prospect Avenue Contact Melanie Heaney-Scott phone: office:Bendheim 203, 26 Prospect Avenue

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