Courses

During the fall and spring semesters, Business Plus students take two communications courses and choose two quantitative courses from nearly 50 University offerings.

Communication Courses

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Business PS5004. Business Writing. 3 pts.

Description

This course will prepare non-native writers of English to draft, produce, and evaluate common forms of business written communication with grammatical accuracy and lexical sophistication. Various types of business writing are explored via themed units:

  • “Making a Good First Impression,” covers business writing related to getting a job, most commonly résumés and cover letters.

  • “Describing Data, Graphs and Charts,” reviews drafting and revising an email with data for use as a memo to be distributed.

  • “Persuading through (Digital) Marketing and Sales” asks students to craft the text for a company’s website and social media communications.

Business PS5850. Oral Communications. 3 pts.

Description

This course is for non-native speakers who wish to develop enhanced skills and greater fluency in English in order to communicate with increased confidence in business settings. Students will:

  • develop a more extensive vocabulary.

  • practice and perfect pronunciation.

  • gain cross-cultural awareness for competing in the global marketplace.

  • explore and master the nuances of discourse strategies and the language of meetings and negotiations.

  • gain comfort and expertise in networking and socializing in professional settings.

  • examine email guidelines and develop best practices for communicating in clear, concise, well-organized emails.

Course activities will include a mix of lectures, student generated oral presentations both individually and in small groups, role playing using discourse strategies and the language of meetings, and hands-on practice with exercise sheets worked on in class.

Quantitative Courses

Business PS4007. Programming in Java. 3 pts.

Business PS5001. Introduction to Finance. 3 pts.

Description

Students will be introduced to the fundamental financial issues of the modern corporation. By the end of this course, students will understand the basic concepts of financial planning, managing growth; debt and equity sources of financing and valuation; capital budgeting methods; and risk analysis, cost of capital, and the process of securities issuance.

Business PS5003. Corporate Finance. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

BUSI PS5001 Introduction to Finance or professor approval.

Description

Students will learn the critical corporate finance concepts including: financial statement analysis; performance metrics; valuation of stocks and bonds; project and firm valuation; cost of capital; capital investment strategies and sources of capital, and firm growth strategies. At the end of this course, students will understand how to apply these concepts to current business problems.

Business PS5008. Options and Futures. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

BUSI PS5001 Introduction to Finance and BUSI PS5003 Corporate Finance or professor approval.

Description

Students will learn about financial derivative securities: their role in financial management is becoming increasingly important, especially in portfolio management. By the end of this course students will be able to identify valuation of various options and futures as well as their use in risk management. By the end of this course, students will be able to understand option and futures pricing models, option strategies and index arbitraging.

Business PS5009. Financial Accounting. 3 pts.

Description

Students will examine the generally accepted account principles (GAAP) underlying financial statements and their implementation in practice. The perspective and main focus of the course is from the users of the information contained in the statements, including investors, financial analysts, creditors and, management. By the end of this class students will be able to construct a cash flow statement, balance sheet and decipher a 10K report.

Business PS5040. Security Analysis. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

BUSI PS5001 Intro to Finance and BUSI PS5003 Corporate Finance or Professor Approval required

Description

Students will learn about the valuation of publicly traded equity securities. By the end of the semester students will be able to perform fundamental analysis ("bottoms-up," firm-level, business and financial analysis), prepare pro forma financial statements, estimate free cash flows and apply valuation models.

Economics BC1007. Math Methods for Economics. 4 pts.

Description

Economics BC3018. Econometrics. 4 pts

Prerequisites

ECON BC3033 or ECON BC3035, and ECON BC2411 or STAT W1111 or STAT W1211, or permission of the instructor.

Description

Specification, estimation and evaluation of economic relationships using economic theory, data, and statistical inference; testable implications of economic theories; econometric analysis of topics such as consumption, investment, wages and unemployment, and financial markets.

Economics BC3033. Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory. 4 pts.

Prerequisites

An introductory course in economics and a functioning knowledge of high school algebra and analytical geometry or permission of the instructor.

Description

Systematic exposition of current macroeconomic theories of unemployment, inflation, and international financial adjustments.

Economics BC3035. Intermediate Microeconomic Theory. 4 pts.

Prerequisites

An introductory course in microeconomics or a combined macro/micro principles course (ECON BC1003 or ECON W1105, or the equivalent) and one semester of calculus or ECON BC1007, or permission of the instructor.

Description

Preferences and demand; production, cost, and supply; behavior of markets in partial equilibrium; resource allocation in general equilibrium; pricing of goods and services under alternative market structures; implications of individual decision-making for labor supply; income distribution, welfare, and public policy. Emphasis on problem solving.

Economics UN3213. Intermediate Macroeconomics. 4 pts.

Prerequisites

MATH UN1101 and ECON UN1105 ECON W1105 or the equivalent; MATH V1101 or MATH V1207.

Corequisite

MATH UN1201.

Description

This course covers the determination of output, employment, inflation and interest rates. Topics include economic growth, business cycles, monetary and fiscal policy, consumption and savings and national income accounting.

Economics UN3265. Money and Banking. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

ECON BC3033 and ECON BC3035 or the equivalent.

Description

Introduction to the principles of money and banking. The intermediary institutions of the American economy and their historical developments, current issues in monetary and financial reform.

Economics GU4020. Economics of Uncertainty and Information. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

ECON W3211, W3213 and STAT 1201.

Description

Topics include behavior uncertainty, expected utility hypothesis, insurance, portfolio choice, principle agent problems, screening and signaling, and information theories of financial intermediation.

Economics GU4213. Advanced Macroeconomics. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

ECON W3211, W3213, W3412 and MATH V2010.

Description

An introduction to the dynamic models used in the study of modern macroeconomics. Applications of the models will include theoretical issues such as optimal lifetime consumption decisions and policy issues such as inflation targeting. This course is strongly recommended for students considering graduate work in economics.

Economics GU4412. Advanced Econometrics. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

ECON W3211, ECON W3213, ECON W3412, MATH V2010.

Description

The linear regression model will be presented in matrix form and basic asymptotic theory will be introduced. The course will also introduce students to basic time series methods for forecasting and analyzing economic data. Students will be expected to apply the tools to real data.

Mathematics GU4041. Introduction to Modern Algebra I. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

MATH UN1102 and MATH UN1202 and MATH UN2010 or the equivalent.

Description

The second term of this course may not be taken without the first. Groups, homomorphisms, rings, ideals, fields, polynomials, field extensions, Galois theory.

Mathematics UN1003: College Algebra-Analytic Geometry. 3 pts.

Description

For students who wish to study calculus but do not know analytic geometry. Covers algebra review, graphs and functions, polynomial functions, rational functions, conic sections, systems of equations in two variables, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions and trigonometric identities, applications of trigonometry, sequences, series, and limits.

Mathematics UN1101. Calculus I. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

See Courses for First-Year Students.

Description

Functions, limits, derivatives, introduction to integrals.

Mathematics UN1102. Calculus II. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

MATH UN1101 or the equivalent.

Description

Methods of integration, applications of the integral, Taylor's theorem, infinite series.

Mathematics UN1201. Calculus III. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

MATH UN1101 or the equivalent.

Description

Vectors in dimensions 2 and 3, complex numbers and the complex exponential function with applications to differential equations, Cramer’s rule, vector-valued functions of one variable, scalar-valued functions of several variables, partial derivatives, gradients, surfaces, optimization, the method of Lagrange multipliers.

Mathematics UN1202. Calculus IV. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

MATH UN1102, UN1201, or the equivalent.

Description

Multiple integrals, Taylor’s formula in several variables, line and surface integrals, calculus of vector fields, Fourier series.

Mathematics. UN1205 Accelerated Multivariable Calculus. 4 pts.

Prerequisites

MATH UN1101 and MATH UN1102.

Description

Vectors in dimensions 2 and 3, vector-valued functions of one variable, scalar-valued functions of several variables, partial derivatives, gradients, optimization, Lagrange multipliers, double and triple integrals, line and surface integrals, vector calculus. This course is an accelerated version of MATH UN1201-1202. Students taking this course may not receive credit for MATH UN1201 and MATH UN1202.

Mathematics UN2010. Linear Algebra. 3 pts.

Prerequisite

MATH UN1201 or the equivalent.

Description

Matrices, vector spaces, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, canonical forms, applications.

Mathematics UN2030. Ordinary Differential Equation. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

MATH UN1102-MATH UN1201 or the equivalent.

Description

Special differential equations of order one. Linear differential equations with constant and variable coefficients. Systems of such equations. Transform and series solution techniques. Emphasis on applications.

Mathematics W1003. College Algebra-Analytic Geometry. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

Score of 550 on the mathematics portion of the SAT completed within the last year or the appropriate grade on the General Studies Mathematics Placement Examination.

Description

For students who wish to study calculus but do not know analytic geometry. Algebra review, graphs and functions, polynomial functions, rational functions, conic sections, systems of equations in two variables, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions and trigonometric identities, applications of trigonometry, sequences, series, and limits.

Statistics UN1001. Introduction To Statistical Reasoning. 3 pts.

Prerequisite

Some high school algebra.

Description

A friendly introduction to statistical concepts and reasoning with emphasis on developing statistical intuition rather than on mathematical rigor. Topics include design of experiments, descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, probability, chance variability, sampling, chance models, and tests of significance.

Statistics UN1101. Introduction To Statistics. 3 pts.

Prerequisite

Immediate high school algebra.

Description

Designed for students in fields that emphasize quantitative methods. Graphical and numerical summaries, probability, theory of sampling distributions, linear regression, analysis of variance, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Quantitative reasoning and data analysis. Practical experience with statistical software. Illustrations are taken from a variety of fields. Data-collection/analysis project with emphasis on study designs is part of the coursework requirement.

Statistics UN1201. Introduction To Statistics (With Calculus). 3 pts.

Prerequisite

One semester of calculus.

Description

Designed for students who desire a strong grounding in statistical concepts with a greater degree of mathematical rigor than in STAT UN1101. Random variables, probability distributions, pdf, cdf, mean, variance, correlation, conditional distribution, conditional mean and conditional variance, law of iterated expectations, normal, chi-square, F and t distributions, law of large numbers, central limit theorem, parameter estimation, unbiasedness, consistency, efficiency, hypothesis testing, p-value, confidence intervals, maximum likelihood estimation.

Statistics GU4001. Introduction to Probability and Stats. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

MATH UN1101 and UN1102 or the equivalent.

Description

A calculus-based introduction to probability theory. Topics covered include random variables, conditional probability, expectation, independence, Bayes' rule, important distributions, joint distributions, moment generating functions, central limit theorem, laws of large numbers and Markov's inequality.

Statistics GU4203. Probability Theory. 3 pt.

Prerequisites

At least one semester, and preferably two, of calculus. An introductory course (STAT UN1201, preferably) is strongly recommended.

Description

A calculus-based introduction to probability theory. A quick review of multivariate calculus is provided. Topics covered include random variables, conditional probability, expectation, independence, Bayes’ rule, important distributions, joint distributions, moment generating functions, central limit theorem, laws of large numbers and Markov’s inequality.

Statistics GU4204. Statistical Inference. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

STAT W3105 or GU4001, or the equivalent.

Description

Calculus-based introduction to the theory of statistics. Useful distributions, law of large numbers and central limit theorem, point estimation, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, maximum likelihood, likelihood ratio tests, nonparametric procedures, theory of least squares and analysis of variance.

Statistics GU4205. Linear Regression Models. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

STAT GU4204 or the equivalent, and a course in linear algebra.

Description

Theory and practice of regression analysis. Simple and multiple regression, testing, estimation, prediction, and confidence procedures, modeling, regression diagnostics and plots, polynomial regression, colinearity and confounding, model selection, geometry of least squares. Extensive use of the computer to analyze data.

Statistics GU4221. Time Series Analysis. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

STAT GU4205 or the equivalent.

Description

Least squares smoothing and prediction, linear systems, Fourier analysis, and spectral estimation. Impulse response and transfer function. Fourier series, the fast Fourier transform, autocorrelation function, and spectral density. Univariate Box-Jenkins modeling and forecasting. Emphasis on applications. Examples from the physical sciences, social sciences, and business. Computing is an integral part of the course.

Statistics GU4243. Applied Data Science. 3 pts.

Prerequisites

STAT GU4206 or the equivalent.

Description

This course will incorporate knowledge and skills covered in a statistical curriculum with topics and projects in data science. Programming will covered using existing tools in R. Computing best practices will be taught using test-driven development, version control, and collaboration. Students finish the class with a portfolio on GitHub, and deeper understanding of several core statistical/machine-learning algorithms. Biweekly project cycles throughout the semester provide students extensive hands-on experience with various data-driven applications.

Courses and descriptions are subject to change.