Real Estate Program

Undergraduate Real Estate Courses

Required to earn the Real Estate Certificate

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FINA 4380 – Real Estate Finance and Investment (3 CH)
The course provides an overview of financing for all major real estate asset classes. It includes the principles and practices of real estate finance and investment, focusing on the fundamentals of commercial real estate, the financial tools needed to analyze and make decisions related to real estate financing, and the variables to be identified and quantified as part of the process. Examination of leverage, its impact on projects, and how to calculate various forms of debt structures used in the finance of commercial real estate. Case studies will be utilized to illustrate the common practices in the business.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: FINA 4330 Corporate Finance

FINA 4381 – Essentials of Real Estate (3 CH)
Introductory, overview course covering all major aspects of real property and estate business, including land title and ownership interests, title, encumbrances and title insurance policies, surveys, laws and regulations controlling real estate, development and construction, financing of real estate, roles and responsibilities of participants in real estate development and related topics.

FINA 4382 – Developing a Real Estate Project (3 CH)
Introduction to the real estate development industry including applied processes and best practices used on actual development projects. The course follows the development process from an entrepreneurial and “deal making” point-of-view. Course topics include market analysis, site selection, project budgeting/financial analysis, land acquisition, marketing and leasing, joint ventures, financing, design and construction management, and dispositions. In addition, this course will utilize case studies to illustrate these practices, and illustrate the multidisciplinary nature of real estate development teams.

FINA 4383 – Real Estate Market Analysis & Valuation (3 CH)
This introductory course covers the fundamentals of market research in real estate and determination of development project feasibility. Topics include land economics, shift-share analysis, market demand forecasts, and assessment of competitive conditions, determination of market risk plus project vacancy and absorption projections for residential, commercial and mixed-use projects.

Elective Courses

FINA 4397 – Multifamily Real Estate (3 CH)
Overview of the major divisions of residential real estate, multi-family, single family, community development and homebuilding in which students gain knowledge and skills in all professional aspects of the residential business, financial analysis, market analysis, financing, development, sale or leasing, and operations. This is an “enterprise-based course,” meaning how a multifaceted residential real estate company is organized and operates at the corporate level.



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Real Estate Certificate Curriculum Pathway Undergraduate Degree Plan

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Note: Courses, curriculum and pre-requisites are subject to change without prior notice.

BBA Finance: Junior and Senior Year Curriculum

120-Credit Degree, Elective Courses FINA Advanced Electives-12, FINA Electives-6 (Total 18 CH)


(required for all business majors)

  • SCM 3301: Service and Manufacturing Operations (prerequisite: MATH 1313): 3 CH
  • FINA 3332: Principles of Finance (prerequisites: MATH 1313, MATH 1314, and ACCT 2331): 3 CH
  • MANA 3335: Introduction to Organizational Behavior and Management: 3 CH
  • MARK 3336: Elements of Marketing Administration; 3 CH
  • MARK 3337/COMM 3356*: Professional Selling/Business & Professional Speaking [TCCN: SPCH 1321 or 1315]: 3 CH

Global Studies Courses:

  • INTB 3354*: Introduction to Global Business (INTB 3350 or INTB 3351 may substitute for INTB 3354): 3 CH
  • INTB 3355*: Global Environment of Business (INTB 3352 or INTB 3353 may substitute for INTB 3355: 3 CH
  • Prerequisites: ECON 2304 and 2305, or ECON 2301 for non-business majors)


  • ENB 4350 Business Law & Ethics (prerequisite: GENB 2301, 3301, or 3302): 3 hrs

Finance: 36 CH

  • FINA 4320: Investment Management: 3 CH
  • FINA 4330: Corporate Finance: 3 CH
  • FINA ADV ELECS: Advanced Finance Electives: 12 CH*
  • ADV BUS ELECS: Any 3000-4000 level business course: 6 CH*
  • ADV ELECS: Any 3000-4000 level course: 6 CH
  • GEN ELECS: Any 1000-4000 level course: 6 CH
  • Consult Finance Advisor for specialty tracks in Global Energy Management, Risk Management and Insurance, Personal Financial Planning and Commercial Banking, and Real Estate.

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12 CH Required Courses, 6 CH Elective Courses

Prerequisites (Prior to admission to program)

  1. Admission to Program and Real Estate Orientation (Junior or higher with 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA)
  2. FINA 4330: Corporate Finance (with a grade of B or higher)

Required Real Estate Certificate Courses

4 courses, 12 CH

  • FINA 4397: Essentials of Real Estate Principles (3 CH)
    (Mixed Grad/UG Course)
  • FINA 4380: Real Estate Financial Analysis (3 CH)
    (Undergraduate Only)
  • FINA 4397: Developing a Real Estate Project (3 CH)
    (Mixed Grad/UG Course)
  • FINA 4397: Real Estate Market Research & Valuation (3 CH)
    (Mixed Grad/UG Course)

Elective Real Estate Courses

2 courses, 6 CH

  • FINA 4397: Residential Real Estate (3 CH)
    (Mixed Grad/UG Course)
  • FINA 4397: Mastery of Real Estate - Capstone (3 CH)
    (Mixed Grad/UG Course)