How you spend your time, what you buy and where you work all impact the economy. A Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from the University of Idaho prepares you to analyze the choices people make about using resources, such as time and money, and helps you develop an understanding of how these decisions affect business around the world.
You may earn the general business economics degree, or a business economics degree with a finance option. With the general degree, you'll have more flexibility in taking courses in related fields in, and outside, the College of Business and Economics. The degree's financial option gives you a more focused area of specialization with specific courses in finance.
As a business economics major, you will study economic systems like socialism and capitalism. You will also explore important economic drivers such as supply and demand, inflation, international trade, unemployment and governmental policies. The program aims to build strong critical thinking, analytical and research skills. The degree provides a broad education that will open doors to many career opportunities.
As a student in the College of Business and Economics, you will learn business the way business is actually done in the real world. You will examine issues relevant in today's market and engage in hands-on programs that simulate real business situations. You’ll closely collaborate with other students, receive personal mentorship from top business faculty and network with practicing professionals.
The nationally-acclaimed Integrated Business Curriculum (IBC) is the college's signature program. In your junior year, you will work as part of a team with other business students to address problems for companies such as Boeing, Micron, Starbucks, Columbia Sportswear and Coldwater Creek. The yearlong experience strengthens your teamwork and decision-making skills, and gives you cross-functional knowledge in business systems, product and process planning, managing firm resources and business operating decisions.