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.
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.
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.
At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.
|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|
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.
Alumni Association Future Alumni ScholarshipThe Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western. Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.
- This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
- Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
- GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).
Alumni Legacy Scholarship
The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).
Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:
- This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
- Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
- The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
- The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
- GPA must be 2.0 or above (high school or college of transfer).
The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.
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 Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western's highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.
There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.
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.
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.
The Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship program equips students with the mindset to plan, start, finance and manage their own profitable ventures.
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