Where business studies the organizations and functions that deliver goods and services to customers, economics studies those goods and services with respect to production, distribution, and consumption, and the choices we make about how to best utilize the resources we have.

Now Iowa State University’s Ivy College of Business and Department of Economics have partnered to introduce a business economics major. This new offering fills a gap in the curriculum, as students will no longer have to major in one discipline and add electives from the other discipline.

The major in business economics provides a high-quality education with a balanced emphasis in both business and economics. Graduates from the business economics major possess a unique mix of analytical and applied business skills well-suited for employment in upper level management and public service positions. Graduates also have solid preparation for graduate studies in law, economics, and in master of business administration (MBA) programs.

Students majoring in business economics are not permitted to take agricultural business or economics as a double major, or economics as a minor.

Business Economics Requirements

Finance Department

Ivy College of Business
2330 Gerdin Business Building
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

p: 515-294-8112
f: 515-294-3525

Economics Department

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
174 Heady Hall
Ames, IA 50011

p: 515-294-5436
e: econundergrad@iastate.edu
w: www.econ.iastate.edu

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“I was always interested in studying economics, but when I saw the opportunity that the Ivy College of Business offers with the degree of business economics at the same time, to have the knowledge of economics with the ability to manage a business, I did not have any doubt on undergraduate in this program. ”

Jorge Utrilla Burge, '18 Business Economics