Economics isn’t just a degree—it’s a mindset.

An economics degree from a top research institution like the University of Iowa teaches you how to think and how to unpack complex economic issues. As an econ major, you’ll gain a fundamental understanding of how modern society operates—from business to politics, healthcare, public policy, the environment, and world affairs. The University of Iowa offers three different degree options in economics:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) awarded by the Tippie College of Business. The BBA in economics emphasizes the economic foundations of business. Check out the curriculum for the BBA in economics.
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The BA incorporates a balance of economic theory, mathematical tools, and field applications. See the General Catalog  for course requirements for the BA in economics.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The BS maintains a similar balance as the BA, but emphasizes analytical skills. Learn about the course requirements for the BS in economics.

​Tracks within the BBA in economics


Perfect track if you're looking to work in the private sector, or planning to pursue a graduate business degree such as an MBA or a business master's in the future.

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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:
Introduction to Econometrics
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
Economic Growth and Development
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Regional and Urban Economics
Policy Analysis
Sports Economics
Transportation Economics 
Health Economics
Urban Transportation
Law and Economics
Behavioral 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).
Behavioral Economics
Natural Resource Economics
International Economics
Labor Economics
Public Sector Economics
Monetary Economics
Industrial Organization
Mathematical Economics
Game Theory
Topics in Analytical Economics

At a glance

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Average starting salary for econ grads

Class of 2016
97% Job Placement

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College for econ majors in Iowa, 2016