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Academic Program Guide

Financial Planning

ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Fall 2023 and after)

*Please Note: This major is ONLY available Online/Distance Learning to all FSU students via the Panama City, FL campus. This program is NOT available via Face-to-face/in-person instruction. Contact the College of Applied Studies for specifics.*

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and diversity requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

The Financial Planning program aims to prepare students to become effective and successful financial planners who, upon graduation, will be eligible to sit for the Certified Financial Planning (CFP) exam and be knowledgeable in both the academic and people skills required for financial planning practice. Students will learn from professors who have applied experience as well as academic credentials for Financial Planning.

Mapping Coordinator: Angie Sexton

Sample Schedule

Term 1 hrs
ENC1101 Freshman Composition3
MAC1105 College Algebra or higher mathematics 3
CGS2100 Computer Apps. for Business, ECO2013 Macroeconomics or ECO2023 Microeconomics3
GE History3
Writing (W) Course3
Milestones 1
Complete ENC1101 (≥ C minus)
Complete (or waive) MAC1105 (≥ C minus)
Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 Research, Genre, and Context3
MAC2233 Calculus for Business3
CGS2100 Computer Apps. for Business, ECO2013 Macroeconomics or ECO2023 Microeconomics3
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice/Ethics3
Writing (W) Course3
Milestones 2
Complete ENC2135 (≥ C minus)
Complete MAC2233 (≥ C minus)
Complete 2 Admission Prerequisites (≥ C minus) in each
Term 3 hrs
CGS2100 Computer Apps. for Business, ECO2013 Macroeconomics or ECO2023 Microeconomics3
STA2023 Business Statistics3
ACG2021 Introduction to Financial Accounting3
GE Natural Science3
ENT2000 Introduction to Entrepreneurship3
Milestones 3
Complete 4 Admission Prerequisites (≥ C minus) in each
Term 4 hrs
ACG2071 Introduction to Managerial Accounting3
GE Humanities/Cultural Practice/Ethics3
GE Core Natural Science with Lab 4
SIP course3
Elective (general or specialized) 3
Milestones 4
Complete all 7 Admission Prerequisites (≥ C minus) in each
Term 5 hrs
FIN3124 Introduction to Personal Financial Planning3
TAX4006 Personal Income Tax Concepts3
FP Core Course *prefer Family Consumer Economics3
Elective (specialized)3
Elective (specialized)3
Milestones 5
Complete ENT2000 (≥ C minus)
Civic Literacy requirement
Term 6 hrs
FIN3xxx Advanced Personal Financial Planning3
FIN4xxx Personal Risk Management & Insurance Planning3
FP Core Course *prefer Retirement Planning3
FP Core Course3
Elective (specialized)3
Milestones 6
No Milestones
Term 7 hrs
FIN4xxx Personal Investment Concepts I3
FIN3xxx Ethics and Financial Planning3
FP Core Course *prefer Estate Planning3
Elective (specialized)3
Elective (specialized)3
Milestones 7
Complete 6 Core Courses with a C minus or better in each
Term 8 hrs
FIN4xxx Personal Investment Concepts II3
FIN4xxx Senior Seminar and Capstone3
FP Core Course3
Elective (specialized)3
Elective (general or specialized)3
Milestones 8
Apply for Graduation in 1st two weeks

Employment Information
A financial planning degree can lead to a variety of employment fields: Personal Financial Planner, Investment Advisor, Wealth Manager, Financial Therapist, Compliance Specialist, Entrepreneur, Consultant, Financial Planning Analyst and Client Services. Explore challenging and rewarding career opportunities while helping clients make the most of their money and other finances.

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