Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship (ICE)

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Type

Minor, Emphasis

Department

School of Business

All businesses, nonprofits and government entities require leaders with the dynamic skills to orchestrate strategic negotiations, enforce business ethics and support growth and innovation. If you aspire to start your own business or rise in the ranks of a corporation, you’ll need a comprehensive understanding of both hard and soft business skills.

Program Overview

Become the business leader you’ve always aspired to be.

The Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship (ICE) emphasis and minor will prepare you with the dynamic skills you need to be a leader who challenges the status quo. In the comprehensive curriculum, you’ll learn about cutting-edge innovation and problem-solving techniques necessary to solve commercial, social and environmental challenges. The program will teach you how to recognize opportunity, frame problems, think creatively and manage risk.

Before graduating, you’ll have the opportunity to start your own company as an ICE Project. By talking to customers, partners and competitors, you’ll get first-hand experience managing the chaos, uncertainty and rewards of launching a startup. If you have an idea of a product you want to make, you can take advantage of the ICEstation, a student-run space for prototyping materials including 3D printing and app development. No matter what career path you choose, the ICE emphasis will add a useful and complementary set of skills to your business education.

ICElab

As an entrepreneurial hub, the ICElab supports new and growing businesses with coworking space, professional development and a diverse network of mentors, programs, and opportunities.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
ACC 350 Income Tax 3 View
BUAD 100 Business in Society 3 View
BUAD 240 Strategic Negotiations 3 View
BUAD 275 Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship: Mindset (ICE: Mindset) 3 View
BUAD 300 Business Ethics 3 View
BUAD 311 Essential Excel Skills for the Workplace 3 View
BUAD 315 Business Law 3 View
BUAD 335 Marketing Communications 3 View
BUAD 340 Global Business 3 View
BUAD 345 Consumer Behavior 3 View
BUAD 350 Human Resource Management 3 View
BUAD 375 Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship: Toolkit (ICE: Toolkit) 3 View
BUAD 425 Marketing Research 3 View
BUAD 491 Strategic Management 3 View
BUAD 494 Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship: Launch (ICE: Launch) 3 View
BUAD 499 Internship in Business Administration 1-6 View
ECON 201 Macroeconomics (GT-SS1) 3 View
ECON 302 Intermediate Microeconomics 3 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.

Scholarships

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

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Get Involved

Expand your community and your network.

There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance your career.

  • Fellowship: Travel to Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) as a University Innovation Fellow.
  • ICE Project Design Days: A student-led program that introduces innovation and entrepreneurship to local middle school students through co-development of their projects.
  • ICE Project: A group of students and community members that works together to move their visions to ventures.
  • ICELab: A modular, high-tech workspace for students and community startups.
  • ICEstation: A student-run space for prototyping materials including microelectronics, sewing and textiles, 3D printing and app development.

Empowering entrepreneurs

The Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship program equips students with the mindset to plan, start, finance and manage their own profitable ventures.

Department Information

School of Business

Dean

Peter Sherman, Ph.D.

Dean of School of Business

Program Coordinator

Veronica Wilde

Program Coordinator

Graduate Program Coordinator

Jordan L’Heureux

Program Coordinator, Outdoor Industry MBA

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Borick Business BUilding 213
1 Wester Way
Gunnison, CO 81231