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What will I learn?

The department offers coursework for the degrees of Bachelor of Science with three different majors: agricultural business, business economics, and economics. A minor in agricultural business and a minor in economics are also possible. In addition, the department participates in four interdepartmental programs: international agriculture and global resources systems offered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and international studies and women's studies offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For further discussion of programs in agricultural business, see the statement below under College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. For programs in business economics, see the statement below under College of Business.

Graduates of the Department of Economics learn skills that distinguish them from other graduates. Economics teaches the abilities to think and reason clearly, to address complex issues using tools and decision-making models of economics, mathematics, and statistics, as well as concepts from the biological, physical, and social sciences. The study of Economics also helps students develop understanding of the interaction of technology, human activity, and the environment, learn to apply economic and business concepts associated with making optimal choices among economic alternatives, and communicate them, using a variety of means, to other professionals, collective organizations, governments, and the general public.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$26,140.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 August 2020


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

202 Catt Hall,

2224 Osborn Dr,



50011, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a high school or equivalent qualification.

For international students

Students must meet the requirements for admission as indicated below: 4 years of English or your native language; 3 years of science (including at least two years of laboratory science courses which emphasize elements of biology, chemistry, or physics); 3 years of math (including algebra and geometry); 2 years of social studies; SAT or ACT test scores are not required for admission, but providing them will speed up your admission decision. SAT or ACT is required for freshman scholarship consideration.

English Language Requirements:

TOEFL - Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) score of 71 with a minimum score of 17 in both the Writing and Speaking sections and Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT) score of 530

IELTS - Overall band score of 6.0 with no sub score below 5.5

PTE - Score of 48

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About this uni

There are eight distinct colleges with more than 300 programs, where passionate faculty are challenging some of the world’s most pressing issues.

  • Scholarships available for freshmen and transfer students
  • Eight colleges offering over 300 programs
  • Based in Ames, at the heart of Iowa
  • Stunning campus with plenty of student-run activities