The B.B.A. in economics emphasizes the economic foundations of business fields—accounting, finance, marketing, business law, and management. Students majoring in economics choose one of two tracks: business or policy. In addition to the common B.B.A. requirements, students complete two sets of requirements for the major: economic theory courses that provide the tools needed for analyzing economic issues; and field courses that apply economic tools to business, social, or specialized analytical issues. The applied field course requirement varies, depending on a student's choice of track.

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree is awarded by the Tippie College of Business.

The Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in economics requires a minimum of 120 s.h. of course work, including 18 s.h. of course work for the major. To graduate, students must have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all college course work attempted, all course work attempted at the University of Iowa, all college business course work attempted, all business course work attempted at the University of Iowa, all college economics course work attempted, and all economics course work attempted at the University of Iowa. Course work in the major may not be taken pass/nonpass. They also must complete all Tippie College of Business requirements for the Bachelor of Business Administration.

The major requires a set of courses in economic theory (6 s.h.). It also requires applied field courses (12 s.h.) in one of two tracks: business or policy.

Students may be able to count a limited amount of transfer credit toward the economics major, but they are required to complete the following courses at the University of Iowa: ECON:3100 Intermediate Microeconomics, ECON:3150 Intermediate Macroeconomics, and three of the applied field courses required for their track.

The program provides an excellent educational background for a variety of positions in business and government as well as for the study of law and for graduate study.

The business track is designed for students who seek employment in the private sector or who plan to earn the M.B.A. degree after gaining necessary experience. The policy track is designed for students interested in a decision-making or advocacy position in the public or private sector or who plan to earn a law degree or a graduate degree in a discipline that is not highly quantitative. Students are required to select one of the two tracks upon declaration of the economics major.

Students should pay close attention to the order in which they take courses, since some courses are prerequisites for others.

The B.B.A. with a major in economics requires the following course work.

Economic Theory Courses6
Applied Field Courses (Business or Policy Track)12
Total Hours18

Economic Theory Courses

Both of these (must be taken at the University of Iowa):
ECON:3100Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECON:3150Intermediate Macroeconomics3

Applied Field Courses

Students complete a total of four applied field courses (12 s.h.); three of the applied field courses must be taken at the University of Iowa.

Business Track

Four of these:
ECON:3300Introduction to Econometrics3
ECON:3325Personnel Economics3
ECON:3335Money, Banking, and Financial Markets3
ECON:3345Global Economics and Business3
ECON:3350Industry Analysis3
ECON:3355Economic and Business Forecasting3
ECON:3370Household Finance3

Policy Track

Three of these:
ECON:3345Global Economics and Business3
ECON:3620Economic Growth and Development3
ECON:3625Environmental and Natural Resource Economics3
ECON:3640Regional and Urban Economics3
ECON:3650Policy Analysis3
ECON:3690Sports Economics3
ECON:3750Transportation Economics3
ECON:3760Health Economics3
ECON:3770Urban Transportation3
ECON:3790Antitrust Economics3
ECON:3800Law and Economics3
ECON:3850Behavioral Economics3
ECON:3875Topics in Policy Economics3
And:
One additional economics course numbered from ECON:3250 through ECON:4700, excluding these two courses: ECON:3870 and ECON:4050

Analytical Track

The Department of Economics is not admitting students to the analytical track at this time.

The department recommends that students complete MATH:1850 Calculus I rather than MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business before they enroll in analytical track courses.

Three of these:
ECON:3850Behavioral Economics3
ECON:4090Natural Resource Economics3
ECON:4110International Economics3
ECON:4140Labor Economics3
ECON:4160Public Sector Economics3
ECON:4170Monetary Economics3
ECON:4180Industrial Organization3
ECON:4190Mathematical Economics3
ECON:4200Game Theory3
ECON:4700Topics in Analytical Economics3
And:
One additional economics course numbered from ECON:3250 through ECON:4700, excluding these two courses: ECON:3870 and ECON:4050

Honors in the Major

Graduation with honors in economics recognizes high scholastic achievement based on grades and on completion of academic work beyond the requirements of the economics major. Students must have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.50 in all college course work attempted, all course work attempted at the University of Iowa, all college business course work attempted, and all business course work attempted at the University of Iowa. They also must successfully complete an honors project under the supervision of a faculty member. 

Students interested in graduating with honors in economics should see Honors at Tippie on the Tippie College of Business website. In the second semester of their junior year, students register for BUS:1999 Introduction to Research in Business, a seminar course in which they identify a topic of interest and arrange for a faculty member to guide and supervise their research project. Students must complete ECON:3100 Intermediate MicroeconomicsECON:3150 Intermediate Macroeconomics, and ECON:3300 Introduction to Econometrics before their senior year. In the first semester of their senior year, students begin their research. In the second semester of their senior year, students register for ECON:4999 Honors Thesis in Economics, complete their research, write their thesis, and present their research in a poster format at the Undergraduate Research Festival.

University of Iowa Honors Program

Completing the honors in economics requirements also satisfies the experiential learning requirement for the University of Iowa Honors Program. To learn more about graduating with honors through the UI Honors Program, visit the Honors at Iowa website. Membership in the UI Honors Program is not required to earn honors in the economics major.

Four-Year Graduation Plan

The following checkpoints list the minimum requirements students must complete by certain semesters in order to stay on the University's Four-Year Graduation Plan.

The following checkpoints are designed for students who enter the University as direct admission or pre-business students. In order to stay on the plan, pre-business students must maintain the grade-point averages required for admission to the Tippie College of Business and must apply for admission to the college the semester the four prerequisite courses will be completed, but no later than before the fifth semester begins. The Four-Year Graduation Plan is not available to students who choose to pursue a double major in the college or to those enrolled in a combined degree program.

Students must take BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol during their first year after admission to the Tippie College of Business, except direct admission students, who take the course during their second year.

Before the third semester begins: ECON:1100 Principles of MicroeconomicsMATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for BusinessSTAT:1030 Statistics for Business, and at least one-quarter of the semester hours required for graduation

Before the fifth semester begins: ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial AccountingACCT:2200 Managerial AccountingECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics, all General Education requirements, and at least half of the semester hours required for graduation

Before the seventh semester begins: ECON:3100 Intermediate Microeconomics, ECON:3150 Intermediate Macroeconomics, at least one major track course, all business core requirements, and at least three-quarters of the semester hours required for graduation

Before the eighth semester begins: at least two major track courses

During the eighth semester: all remaining course work in the major and a sufficient number of semester hours to graduate

Iowa Degree in Three

Iowa Degree in Three is designed for students who are academically prepared to complete more semester hours per term than average or who come to the university with completed college credits. It is a flexible, affordable option developed to meet the needs of highly motivated students.

Students sign an agreement during their first semester of enrollment; meet with an advisor at least once a semester to review their plans and progress; take courses during summer sessions, if necessary; meet specific course checkpoints; and maintain the grade-point average required for the major.

The Tippie College of Business makes several assumptions about candidates for the Iowa Degree in Three:

  • students are prepared to enroll in MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business  during their first enrollment at the University of Iowa,
  • students have fulfilled the General Education World Language requirement before matriculation,
  • students are direct admits to the Tippie College of Business,
  • students have earned at least 15 s.h. of college credit before matriculation, and
  • students are not held for more than two English as a Second Language classes.

Sample Plans of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Economics, B.B.A.

Business Track

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
Students must complete a minimum of 60 s.h. in non-business courses. a  
To fulfill the Tippie RISE experiential learning requirement, complete an approved course in at least one of the following categories: research with faculty, internship course, study abroad, experiential course. b 0 - 3
 Hours0-3
First Year
Fall
MATH:1340 Mathematics for Business c 4
ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics 4
RHET:1030 Rhetoric 4
GE: Historical Perspectives d 3
CSI:1600 Success at Iowa 2
 Hours17
Spring
MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business 4
ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
MSCI:1500 Business Computing Essentials 2
ENGL:1200 The Interpretation of Literature 3
GE: Natural Sciences without Lab d 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall
ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
STAT:1030 Statistics for Business 4
MGMT:2000 Introduction to Law 3
GE: Social Sciences (excluding ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics and ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics) d 3
Non-business elective course 2
 Hours15
Spring
ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting 3
ECON:3100 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
MSCI:2800 Business Analytics 3
GE: Diversity and Inclusion or GE: Values and Culture d 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Third Year
Fall
ECON:3150 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol 3
MSCI:3005 Information Systems 3
GE: International and Global Issues d 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Spring
Major: Business track course 3
FIN:3000 Introductory Financial Management 3
MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management 3
Non-business elective course 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
Major: Business track course 3
Major: Business track course 3
MKTG:3000 Introduction to Marketing Strategy 3
Elective course 3
Non-business elective course 2
 Hours14
Spring
Major: Business track course 3
MSCI:3000 Operations Management 3
Elective course 3
Elective course 3
Elective course 1
 Hours13
 Total Hours120-123

Policy Track

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
Students must complete a minimum of 60 s.h. in non-business courses. a  
To fulfill the Tippie RISE experiential learning requirement, complete an approved course in at least one of the following categories: research with faculty, internship course, study abroad, experiential course. b 0 - 3
 Hours0-3
First Year
Fall
MATH:1340 Mathematics for Business c 4
ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics 4
RHET:1030 Rhetoric 4
GE: Historical Perspectives d 3
CSI:1600 Success at Iowa 2
 Hours17
Spring
MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business 4
ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
MSCI:1500 Business Computing Essentials 2
ENGL:1200 The Interpretation of Literature 3
GE: Natural Sciences without Lab d 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall
ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
STAT:1030 Statistics for Business 4
MGMT:2000 Introduction to Law 3
GE: Social Sciences (excluding ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics and ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics) d 3
Non-business elective course 2
 Hours15
Spring
ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting 3
ECON:3100 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
MSCI:2800 Business Analytics 3
GE: Diversity and Inclusion or GE: Values and Culture d 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Third Year
Fall
ECON:3150 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol 3
MSCI:3005 Information Systems 3
GE: International and Global Issues d 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Spring
Major: Policy track course 3
FIN:3000 Introductory Financial Management 3
MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management 3
Non-business elective course 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
Major: Policy track course 3
Major: Policy track course 3
MKTG:3000 Introduction to Marketing Strategy 3
Elective course 3
Non-business elective course 2
 Hours14
Spring
Major: Policy track course 3
MSCI:3000 Operations Management 3
Elective course 3
Elective course 3
Elective course 1
 Hours13
 Total Hours120-123

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree provides an excellent educational background for a variety of positions in business and government. Graduates find employment in banking, financial institutions, industrial firms, and trade organizations and in federal, state, and local government agencies dealing with economic policy, regulation, and analysis. An undergraduate degree in economics also prepares students for the study of law and for graduate study in fields such as economics, business management, public administration, hospital and health administration, urban and regional planning, transportation, journalism, political science, and statistics.

Over 90 percent of students reported that they found permanent employment, were accepted to graduate school, or were not seeking employment within six months of graduation.

The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs; for more information about careers in economics, visit the Pomerantz Career Center website.