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The economic mindset

A Tippie economics degree means you've got the analytical and qualitative mindset that it takes to generate the very best business strategies. And we've got a track for everyone, whether you're a numbers person or someone who's more into the business side. Either way, each track will equip you with the unique economic standpoint that employers are looking to add to their rosters.

Your economics degree

We offer three different economics degrees:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) awarded by the Tippie College of Business
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Bachelor of Sciences (BS) awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The difference? The BBA emphasizes the economic foundations of business. The B.A. incorporates a balance of economic theory, mathematical tools, and field applications. And the B.S. maintains a similar balance as the B.A., but emphasizes analytical skills.

​Tracks in economics


Perfect if you're looking to work in the private sector or planning to earn an MBA after you get the necessary experience.

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The track for you if you're interested in a decision-making position in the private or public sector or planning to earn a law or nonquantitative graduate degree.

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Nothing will prepare you for a highly quantitative position or graduate degree like the analytical track. This is the route for the technical and numbers-savvy.

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​BBA courses and course requirements

Common required courses

Intermediate Microeconomics (prereqs: ECON:1100 and MATH:1380)
Intermediate Macroeconomics (prereqs: ECON:1200 and MATH:1380)

Business track courses

Choose four of the following:
Personnel Economics
Money, Banking, and Financial Markets
Global Economics and Business
Industry Analysis
Economic and Business Forecasting
Household Finance

Policy track courses

Choose three of the following and one more from this list, the business track course list, or the analytical track course list (four courses total).
Global Economics and Business
Development of Local and Regional Economies
Economic Growth and Development
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Regional and Urban Economics
Policy Analysis
Sports Economics
Transportation Economics 
Health Economics
Antitrust Economics
Law and Economics
Topics in Policy Economics

Analytical track courses

Choose three of the following and one more from this list, the business track course list, or the policy track course list (four courses total).
Natural Resource Economics
Labor Economics
Industrial Organization
Monetary Economics
Public Sector Economics
International Economics
Mathematical Economics
Game Theory
Topics in Analytical Economics


Learn more about course requirements for the BA in economics and the BS in economics in the University of Iowa's General Catalog.

At a glance

$55k starting salary

Average starting salary for econ grads

Class of 2015
97% Job Placement

Econ alums employed or in grad school

within 6 months of graduation, 2014-2015
#1 Best College

College for econ majors in Iowa, 2016