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College of Business and Economics

Curricula and Degrees Offered


General College Requirements for Graduation

Undeclared Status

Mario Reyes, Dean (301A J. A. Albertson Bldg.; 208/885-6478); Jeff Bailey, Interim Associate Dean; Dana Stover, Assistant Dean; Chandra Zenner Ford, Assistant Dean.

The college was established as a professional division of the university in 1925. Long known as the College of Business Administration, it became the College of Business and Economics (CBE) in 1969. Its vision is to be a leader in integrated business education and provide a sound background in basic business principles that prepare graduates for positions of responsibility in firms and organizations including entrepreneurial ventures. As part of a state-supported land grant university, the CBE also aims to give its students an appreciation of the social importance and responsibilities of businessmen and businesswomen, and both the values and the knowledge to discharge those responsibilities.

The college's mission is to provide a collaborative learning environment that prepares students to be responsible leaders, managers, entrepreneurs and professionals. Students are prepared to succeed personally and professionally and to practice exemplary principles of citizenship. We accomplish this mission by:

  • Delivering a high quality and team-based undergraduate curriculum that integrates accounting, economics, and business disciplines.
  • Delivering and supporting focused graduate and outreach programs that build on our competencies within the college and meet the needs of our stakeholders.
  • Providing experiential learning opportunities for our students.
  • Engaging in research that makes meaningful contributions to management practice and business education.
  • Sharing our business expertise in support of our state, our professions and the academic community.

The college has adopted a set of learning goals that mirrors this mission. These goals are: 1) Business Knowledge and Environment - CBE students will acquire an integrated understanding of business, accounting, and economic principles; 2) Critical Thinking and Ethical Problem-Solving - CBE students will be able to use appropriate tools of analysis to identify and address problems or opportunities; 3) Communication - CBE students will develop the ability to effectively obtain, organize, and communicate information; 4) Clarify purpose and perspective – CBE students will develop a better understanding of self and their place in the world; 5) Teamwork and Collaboration – CBE students will acquire the ability to interact effectively and professionally with people of varied backgrounds, abilities, and values.

International Business Programs. There are various programs by which a UI student can pursue international business. The following programs are available in connection with a business degree (B.S.Bus.): a major or minor in a foreign language; a major or minor in international studies; a major or minor in political science. For students seeking a business degree (B.S.Bus.), a minor is offered in international business (see Department of Business below). In addition, a student may have a dual major in business and foreign languages or major in foreign languages (B.A.) with a business option. A third option is the international studies program (B.A.), which may be selected by itself or as a dual major with business. Contact the Dean's Office in the College of Business and Economics for further information on international business programs.

Curricula and Degrees Offered

Undergraduate. The degree of Bachelor of Science in Business is offered with seven majors through two departments, as follows: Department of Accounting (accounting) and the Department of Business (business economics, finance, information systems, management and human resources, marketing, and operations management).

Specific requirements for each major are described in the individual department section. The program of study includes three principal components: the general university requirements, the business and economics core, and the requirements for the selected CBE major field. Detailed statements of college requirements are under "General Requirements for Graduation."

Graduate. The CBE, through the College of Graduate Studies, offers the degrees of Master of Accountancy (M.Acct.) in accounting and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). The M.Acct. degree qualifies students to enter the public accounting profession in auditing, tax, or other positions ultimately requiring a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. The M.B.A. degree is designed to teach management concepts and an integrated view of business decision making to professionals who have been targeted in succession plans to take on greater managerial responsibility and leadership roles in an organization.

Graduate students must fulfill the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and the department in which they study.


Fully accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, (AACSB International), and the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, the College of Business and Economics keeps apace of developments in business through membership in various professional organizations and by consultation with Idaho business leaders, particularly through the CBE Advisory Board. The quality of the program has been recognized by Idaho leaders through the awarding of the Idaho Quality Award. In addition, the outstanding achievements of CBE graduates in business and government, and in professional certification examinations, such as the CPA exam, also attest to the quality of the programs.

General College Requirements for Graduation

University Requirements. See regulation J-3 for requirements that all students in the university must meet.

College Requirements. Before proceeding to upper-division work, students registered in the College of Business and Economics must: (1) complete at least 58 semester credit hours with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.00, and (2) pass each of the following predictor courses and earn at least a 2.35 grade-point average in Econ 272 Foundations of Economic Analysis or Econ 201-Econ 202 Principles of Economics; Acct 201-Acct 202 Introduction to Financial Accounting and Introduction to Managerial Accounting; BLaw 265 Legal Environment of Business; and Stat 251 Statistical Methods or Stat 301 Probability and Statistics.

Undergraduate students enrolled as majors in the College of Business and Economics may not take any course required for the major on a pass/fail basis, with the exception of those courses offered only on a P/F basis.

Courses completed at a two-year college for transfer into the CBE core or major must be validated before they will be accepted for upper-division course requirements. Validation procedures are established by the faculty members of the CBE department offering these courses. Validation techniques include a proficiency examination, CLEP testing, or successful completion of an additional advanced course in the given field.

Before enrolling in upper division College of Business and Economics courses, a CBE student must apply and be accepted into the college's junior or senior level curriculum.

Candidates for the B.S.Bus. degree must be accepted officially as majors in the College of Business and Economics for at least their last two semesters before graduation, excluding summer sessions, and complete at least the last 24 credit hours applicable toward their degree during this period.

At least 27 upper division College of Business and Economics credits applied to a B.S. Bus. Degree must be earned in residence on the University of Idaho campus. In addition, at least 12 upper division credit hours of the course requirement in the major must be earned on the UI campus.

All majors require the completion of at least 128 credit hours. The required program of study includes: (1) 34 credit hours in the business and economics core, and (2) the major-specific required credit hours in the selected CBE major field. Additional undesignated electives are included in the 128 required credit hours.

A. CBE General Core Requirements:


Comm 101

Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2 cr)

One of the following (3 cr):

Engl 207

Persuasive Writing (3 cr)

Engl 208

Personal and Exploratory Writing (3 cr)

Engl 313

Business Writing (3 cr)

Engl 317

Technical Writing (3 cr)


One of the following (3 cr):

Stat 251

Statistical Methods (3 cr)

Stat 301

Probability and Statistics (3 cr)

At least two courses from the following list (6-8 cr)

Math 130

Finite Mathematics (3 cr)

Math 143

Pre-calculus Algebra and Analytic Geometry (3 cr)

Math 160

Survey of Calculus or

Math 170

Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4 cr)

Math 175

Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4 cr)

Math 176

Discrete Mathematics (3 cr)

Math 326

Linear Optimization (3 cr)

Math 330

Linear Algebra (3 cr)

Stat 431

Statistical Analysis (3 cr)

Stat 422

Sample Survey Methods (3 cr)

Stat 433 or Econ 453

Econometrics (3 cr)*

Stat 451 or Math 451

Probability Theory (3 cr)

*Note: If Stat 433 or Econ 453 Econometrics is used to fulfill this requirement, it cannot be used to satisfy the Upper-Division Economics requirement.

Social Sciences (4-6cr):

Econ 201

Principles of Macroeconomics (3 cr)

Econ 202

Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr)


Econ 272*

Foundations of Econ Analysis (4 cr)


Phil 103

Ethics (3 cr)

Literature elective (3 cr)

Other courses:

Acct 201 and Acct 202

Intro to Financial Acct and Managerial Accounting (6 cr)

Bus 100

The World of Business (1 cr)

BLaw 265

Legal Environment of Business (3 cr)

Bus 339

Spreadsheet Modeling (1 cr)

Select one Environmental Related Course from the following (3 cr):

CORS 207

Integrated Science: Sustainable Forestry (3 cr)

Econ 385

Environmental Economics (3 cr)***

EnvS 101

Introduction to Environmental Science (3 cr)

EnvS 225

(s) International Environmental Issues Seminar (3 cr)

EnvS 428

Pollution Prevention (3 cr)

EnvS 479

Introduction to Environmental Regulations (3 cr)

EnvS 482

Natural Resource Policy and Law (3 cr)

For 221

Ecology (3 cr)

For 235

Society and Natural Resources (3 cr)

For 462

Watershed Science and Management (3 cr)

Geol 361

Geology and the Environment (3 cr)

Hist 424

American Environmental History (3 cr)

Phil 552

Environmental Philosophy (3 cr)

PolS 364

Politics of the Environment (3 cr)

Nonbusiness electives (5-10 cr)

* Students selecting Econ 272 must take one additional UI general education course in humanities or social science.

** To be chosen from courses that will satisfy regulation J-3.

***Note: If Econ 385 is used to fulfill the environmental requirement, it cannot double count as the upper-division economics requirement.

B. CBE Common Program Requirements (Integrated Business Curriculum):

Acct 310

Accounting for Business Decisions I (2 cr)

Bus 340

Team Building and Group Dynamics (2 cr)

Bus 341

Business Systems (4 cr)

Bus 342

Product and Process Planning (3 cr)

Bus 343

Planning and Decision-Making in Organizations (2 cr)

Bus 344

Managing the Firm's Resources (3 cr)

Bus 345

Business Operating Decisions (3 cr)

Econ 340

Managerial Economics (2 cr)

Upper-division economics electives (3 cr)

One of the following (3 cr):

Bus 415

New Venture Creation (3 cr)

Bus 490

Strategic Management (3 cr)

C. Requirements in Major (major-specific required credits).

D. Electives. Chosen in consultation with the student's advisor.

Undeclared Status

A student may enter CBE as a freshman in an undeclared status. Because the first two years are nearly equivalent programs in all CBE majors, he or she may remain in the undeclared status until reaching junior level (completion of 58 credits). At that time, a major in the college should be selected. The undeclared status allows a student time to become acquainted with the majors within the college and to solidify career objectives before choosing a major.