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Business Analytics and Information Systems


Business Analytics and Information Systems (BBA)
Business Analytics
Information Systems
Honors Courses
Four-Year Graduation Plan
Selective Admission

Professionals in Business Analytics and Information Systems (BAIS) use advanced computation and mathematical techniques to solve critical business problems. As a BAIS student, you'll become skilled at using computer technology to develop quantitative models and create database systems that will help you apply your knowledge of management decision making.

Why Study at Iowa? 

The Department of Management Sciences specializes in operations management, business analytics, information systems, and quantitative methods.

Business Analytics and Information Systems (BAIS) is one of six Undergraduate Business Majors offered by the Tippie College of Business, which is known for the strength of its academic departments and the community built by its students, faculty, and staff. U.S.News & World Report ranks Iowa's undergraduate business program in the top 25 public universities nationwide.

Iowa business students focus on a core academic discipline but are able to supplement their degree with interdisciplinary certificates, minors, or a second degree in another college. Academic pursuits are complemented by an array of leadership opportunities, internships, and study abroad programs.

Course Work 

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in BAIS teaches students to use advanced mathematical and computation techniques to solve business problems.

In addition to completing the Tippie College of Business General Education Requirements in courses such as rhetoric, literature, historical perspectives, and the natural sciences, BBA students in all majors also take business-related core courses in statistics, communication, law, management, and marketing.

Once admitted to the BAIS program, the curriculum includes:

Required courses:

  • Business process analysis
  • Database management
  • BAIS capstone project

Business Analytics Track:

  • Decision support systems
  • Business intelligence
  • Optimization and simulation modeling
  • BAIS elective

Information Systems Track:

  • Business programming
  • Software design and development
  • Data communications
  • BAIS elective

See Management Sciences in the UI General Catalog to learn more about the major and graduating with honors.

Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted to the Tippie College of Business either through Direct Admission or Standard Admission. Direct Admission is for first-year students with a 3.70 high school grade-point average and an ACT composite of 27 of higher. Standard Admission is for current UI prebusiness students that meet the established admission criteria, typically after their first year. More information on admission can be found at http://tippie.uiowa.edu/undergraduate/admissions.

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Student Opportunities 

In addition to having nearly 500 Student Organizations, Iowa students choose from multiple Living-Learning Communities, Study Abroad Programs, and Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

First-year Business students may be interested in living in the BizHawks Living-Learning Community in the UI residence halls.



Over 90 percent of the college's May 2013 graduates reported that they found permanent employment, were accepted to graduate school, or were not seeking employment within six months of graduation. The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

The BAIS major will prepare you for careers in data mining, supply chain management, and the design and management of information technology.

For more information about careers, visit What Can I Do with a Major in Business Analytics and Information Systems.





Over 300 scholarships are available to business students; some designed specifically for first-year students.

Review the websites of the Office of Admissions, College of Business, and Office of Student Financial Aid for more scholarship opportunities.

Application Process

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