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 three tracks: business, policy, or analytical. In addition to the B.B.A. common 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., including 18 s.h. of work for the major.

The B.B.A. program focuses on economic theory, mathematical tools, and field applications. 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 economics major for the B.B.A. requires a set of courses in mathematics and statistics, which students take as part of the B.B.A. common requirements, and a set of courses in economic theory (6 s.h.). It also requires a set of applied field courses (12 s.h.) in one of three tracks: business, policy, or analytical.

The business track is designed for students who seek employment in the private sector or who plan to earn an 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. The analytical track is designed for students interested in a technical/analytical position in the public or private sector or who plan to earn a graduate degree in a discipline that is highly quantitative.

Students may request permission to apply a limited amount of transfer credit toward the 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. Course work in the major may not be taken pass/nonpass.

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

All students must complete the B.B.A. common requirements; see "Common B.B.A. Requirements" in the Bachelor of Business Administration section of the Catalog. The economics major (B.B.A.) requires the following course work.

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

Economic Theory Courses

Both of these:
ECON:3100Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECON:3150Intermediate Macroeconomics3

Applied Field Courses

Students complete a total of four applied field courses (12 s.h.).

Business Track

Four of these:
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:3610Development of Local and Regional Economies3
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:3790Antitrust Economics3
ECON:3800Law and Economics3
ECON:3875Topics in Policy Economics3
And:
One additional economics course numbered from ECON:3250 through ECON:4700, excluding these three courses: ECON:3870, ECON:3999, and ECON:4050.

Analytical Track

Three of these:
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 three courses: ECON:3870, ECON:3999, and ECON:4050.

Sample Plan of Study

Economics (B.B.A.)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
RHET:1030 Rhetoric 4-5
MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business 4
GE: Social Sciences (excluding ECON:1100 and ECON:1200) 3
GE: Historical Perspectives 3
 Hours14-15
Spring
ENGL:1200 The Interpretation of Literature 3
STAT:1030 Statistics for Business 4
ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics 4
MSCI:1500 Business Computing Essentials 2
Non-business elective course 2
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall
GE: Values, Society, and Diversity 3
ECON:2800 Statistics for Strategy Problems 3
ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
GE: Natural Sciences without a lab 3
 Hours16
Spring
ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting 3
MSCI:3005 Information Systems 3
MGMT:2000 Introduction to Law 3
BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol 1 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Third Year
Fall
ECON:3100 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management 3
FIN:3000 Introductory Financial Management 3
GE: International and Global Issues 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Spring
ECON:3150 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
Economics track course 3
Elective course 3
Elective course 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
Economics track course 3
Economics track course 3
MKTG:3000 Introduction to Marketing Strategy 3
Non-business elective course 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
Spring
Economics track course 3
MSCI:3000 Operations Management 3
Elective course 3
Non-business elective course 3
Non-business elective course 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours120-121
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BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol must be taken in the first semester after admission to the Tippie College of Business. Direct admits take BUS:3000 their second year.

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, visit What Can I Do with a Major in Economics on the Pomerantz Career Center website.