University Of Northern Iowa

Introduction

The University of Northern Iowa offers a high-quality and diverse educational experience, purposefully guiding students to find and develop their strengths and prepare them for success after college. Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, UNI has developed outstanding programs in business, humanities, arts, sciences and social and behavioral sciences. Advanced degrees are available in many programs. UNI enjoys national recognition for its high educational standards. U.S. News & World Report has ranked UNI in the top three Midwest public universities for the past 14 years. UNI's size -- just under 12,000 students -- allows us to offer the faculty, facilities and academic choices of a large university, while retaining a friendly, small-college atmosphere on a compact, park-like campus.

University Of Northern Iowa

History and Traditions

UNI has a long and rich history of service dating back to the mid-1800’s. In 1866, an orphanage for children affected by the Civil War was established in Cedar Falls. In a few years’ time, it became apparent that the building’s usefulness would shortly be coming to an end as orphans grew up and moved out into the world. Iowans saw an opportunity and seized it; the Iowa State Normal School – an institution created for and devoted to the training of teachers – was founded in 1876. Since its inception, the institution has also gone by the names of the Iowa State Normal School, Iowa State Teachers College, State College of Iowa, and most currently, University of Northern Iowa.

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True to its roots, UNI continues to emphasize hands-on service learning and retains the proud distinction of leading Iowa’s number-one teacher education program. Today’s UNI also offers more than 90 majors to choose from, giving students the opportunity to explore a variety of interests and prepare for success after college. Outside of the classroom, UNI’s vibrant campus is home to 300+ student clubs and organizations, 17 Division I collegiate sports teams, a multitude of fine arts options, and more.

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National Rankings and Honors

In the college search process, bigger is not always better, and cheaper is not always the best value. The award-winning and nationally-recognized programs listed below are just a few of the reasons our most successful graduates consistently cite UNI as a major factor in preparing them for their achievements in life and in the workplace.UNI is one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review. The education services company selected the school as one of the institutions it profiles in its "Best in the Midwest" section of its website feature 2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.

The UNI College of Business Administration has an outstanding reputation and thanks to its small, selective MBA program. UNI Business has been recognized consistently as being one of the "Best Business Schools" by Princeton Review. US News Best Colleges - Regional Midwest UniversityUS News Best Colleges - Regional Midwest UniversityUS News Best Colleges - Best Colleges for BusinessThe UNI MBA has been listed among U.S. News & World Report's top part-time MBA programs. U.S. News & World Report's rankings are among the most widely sought-after university recognition sources in the world. The ranking is limited to AACSB International-accredited part-time programs. Criteria include assessment by business school deans, admission selectivity and students' prior work experience.

The University of Northern Iowa is ranked second in the "Best Regional Universities (Midwest)" category for public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015 "America's Best Colleges" guidebook. UNI also was 18th on a combined list of all public and private Midwest regional universities. The Educate to Career University of Northern Iowa is ranked among the nation's top 650 undergraduate colleges and universities in the Forbes' 2013 annual ranking of top colleges.

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Social and Environmental Responsibility

UNI received The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll again in 2013. Launched in 2006, the Honor Roll annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service. UNI has consistently made the honor roll. UNI earned a "Gold" rating from the (STARS) in 2011. The highest rating for any school in Iowa, UNI received this designation for its commitment in making operational decisions that are socially responsible, make economic sense and are environmentally friendly.

The Princeton Review has recognized UNI as one of the country's most environmentally-responsible colleges in the "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges-2012." The Carnegie Foundation granted the University of Northern Iowa a special designation in Community Engagement: Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships. This new designation reflects the foundation's recognition of UNI's strong commitment to community service on a local, regional, national and global level. UNI serves and shares its expertise with the larger community in a variety of ways, as well as involving students in this important process. Research shows that the more students participate in meaningful experiences inside and outside of the classroom, the more they gain from their education.

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Bachelor in Interactive Digital Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

A new innovative program, Interactive Digital Studies (IDS) is about creatively addressing the future. Students in IDS gain an arsenal of digital skills, a firm understanding of digital culture and theory, and a means for responding to our digital world. [+]

A new innovative program, Interactive Digital Studies (IDS) is about creatively addressing the future. Students in IDS gain an arsenal of digital skills, a firm understanding of digital culture and theory, and a means for responding to our digital world. Most significantly, the program is a central meeting place for enabling collaboration among the many digitally oriented classes and professors at UNI. The Interactive Digital Studies (IDS) major is interdisciplinary in nature and is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Communication Studies. The Interactive Digital Studies major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours. The Interactive Digital Studies major does not limit the double-counting of credit hours from the Liberal Arts Core. However, no double counting of credit hours is allowed between the different emphases of the Interactive Digital Studies major. Students who are taking Interactive Digital Studies as a second major must take course emphasis areas that do not significantly overlap with the coursework of the first degree program. According to university requirements, students in a second major program must earn "not less than 32 hours of credit beyond the hours required for the degree the student chooses to declare as the first degree." Similarly, for students taking Interactive Digital Studies as a minor, we recommend that the course emphasis area for the minor does not significantly overlap with the coursework of the major degree program. The .ids Major The .ids major is a customizable program of study that can be personalized to your own interests. It consists of three foundation courses, any two digital “bundles” of your choice, and a practicum. The .ids Minor The .ids minor is a great tech-fueled addition to any specialized major program of study. It consists of three foundation courses and one “bundle” of study. The .ids Foundation First our students take foundation classes in the “3 C’s”: Communication, Context, and Culture. COMMUNICATION Interactive Digital Communication (COMM 2555) gives you a solid foundation in creative digital production skills and creative problem solving that you’ll need for all your other .ids classes. This is where you will learn Photoshop to manipulate digital images, Dreamweaver and WordPress to master the design and coding of websites, and After Effects to get a taste of motion graphics and animation. But it’s not just a skills class - You’ll also learn about visual design, writing, and graphic design history to give you powerful visual communication strategies to amplify your ability to articulate and communicate big ideas. CONTEXT Mass Communication and Society (COMM COR 1010) acknowledges that every media industry has been drastically impacted by the Internet and the digital turn. It combines discussions about the media, history and culture, and focuses on how both media industries and audiences create our shared entertainment and information culture. The core ideas of this course are that a diverse media is essential to democracy, culture is an ongoing and cyclical process, and media convergence is the future of mass communication. CULTURE Digital Culture and Communication (COMM 4544/5544) gets you to begin thinking seriously about how the Web connects us, and what kinds of digital innovations are shaping our future. You will learn about the Internet as a positive, social networked sphere with a thriving creative commons, but you will also begin to see the dark side of our hyper-connected world: a digital culture plagued with questions about copyright, government and corporate controls, and issues about privacy and unethical digital citizenship. You will also begin to consider how a life increasingly connected to digital tools is affecting our daily lives. [-]

Bachelor in Physics

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

The Department of Physics offers major programs in two baccalaureate areas: the bachelor of science and the bachelor of arts. All physics students must complete 47 hours of Liberal Arts Core courses in addition to their major requirements. [+]

The Department of Physics offers major programs in two baccalaureate areas: the bachelor of science and the bachelor of arts. All physics students must complete 47 hours of Liberal Arts Core courses in addition to their major requirements. The physics major (67 to 70 hours) leading to the bachelor of science degree is recommended for students who wish to prepare for graduate study in physics; engineering; and other sciences, such as geophysics, astronomy, biophysics and medical physics. The applied physics major (65 to 68 hours) leading to the bachelor of science degree is especially suitable for students seeking industrial or other applied employment after the B.S. degree. It can also serve as a background for graduate study in some applied science or engineering areas. The applied physics/engineering dual-degree major (65 to 68 hours) leads to a B.S. applied physics degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a B.S. engineering degree from the University of Iowa or Iowa State University. This program requires approximately three years of attendance at UNI, followed by approximately two years of attendance at UI or ISU. The B.A. physics major (53 to 54 hours) is for students (including double majors) desiring a broad background in science or who are taking a substantial amount of work in other areas. With appropriate choice of electives, the B.A. physics major meets the needs of pre-medical and pre-law students and students planning careers in science-related administration, business or technical writing. The B.A. physics major-teaching program (42 hours) is for students preparing to be physics teachers at the secondary school level. Sufficient work should be taken for licensure approval in a second subject area, as well. Completion of this major will satisfy the requirements of the Iowa Department of Education for physics approval. The B.A. physics major with environmental emphasis (64 to 72 hours) is designed to prepare students for careers in environmental areas. This degree is also appropriate for students planning graduate work in one of the multidisciplinary environmental fields, such as oceanography, limnology, natural resources, geophysics or global studies. Common minors pursued Physics majors are encouraged to complete minors, or do substantial course work, in one or more of the following areas: computer science, chemistry, earth science, mathematics, industrial technology, business and biology. Completion of work in any of the above areas, along with the requirements of the major, enables graduates to accommodate a wide variety of career goals and be qualified for many types of employment. Physics Minor The physics minor is an excellent route for students interested in learning more about the natural world and gaining expertise in various technical skills, but who may not have time to commit to a full major. Required Physics Courses (8 hrs) : PHYSICS 1511 or 1701, PHYSICS 1512 or 1702.Electives in Physics (12 hrs): 2000+ courses with no more than 3 hours total of PHYSICS 3000 and/or 4450 Total: 20 hours Nanoscience Minor The nanoscience minor is an interdisciplinary sequence of courses to introduce students to nanoscience and nanotechnology. This minor is highly accessible to biology, chemistry, and physics students with an interest in this rapidly changing field. The minor requires 2 semesters of introductory chemistry and 2 semesters of introductory physics for background, followed by two hands-on laboratory courses in nanoscience and nanotechnology which can be taken for credit in either Physics or Chemistry. Required Science (13-16 hrs): CHEM 1110 & 1120 or CHEM 1130, PHYSICS 1511 or 1701, PHYSICS 1512 or 1702 Required Nanoscience (6 hrs): PHYSICS/CHEM 4200 and PHYSICS/CHEM 4210 Total: 19-22 hours CAREERS: Physics provides the foundation for our modern technological society. At UNI, we take pride in offering a high quality program of study in physics with several options to suit many different career goals. Under “Degree programs” on the first page, we have described the career opportunities available to students who complete the B.A. or the B.S. degree options. In general, an undergraduate degree in physics provides a broad background of basic knowledge that can be used to great advantage in many fields: Applied mathematician Computer programmer Dentist Engineer Energy resources consultant/research Environmental specialist Health physics Industrial hygienist Manufacturing Metallurgist Museum curator Oceanographer Patent attorney Physicist Physics teacher Physician Pollution control specialist Production supervisor Radiologist Remote sensing technician Safety specialist Science journalist Systems analyst Technical illustrator Technical/scientific writer/editor The B.S. applied physics program provides a strong preparation for work in a variety of applied areas. Examples are manufacturing industries, engineering firms, medical facilities and government laboratories. It also offers a good background for graduate study in some applied science or engineering programs. Students acquire a broad-based foundation in physics along with the skills for analyzing and solving a variety of practical problems. UNIQUE FEATURES: Early and active involvement of Physics majors in faculty research. The department provides a supportive atmosphere, close student-faculty interactions and a wealth of research opportunities for undergraduates in a variety of funded research projects including applied optics, surface physics, acoustics, solid state physics and spectroscopy. A well-qualified and caring faculty specializing in several areas of physics research as well as in physics and science education. An emphasis on laboratory work. An emphasis on student involvement in projects and research; students report their work at state, regional, and national scientific meetings. Cooperative education program which permits working in industry before graduation.* A department that is small enough to provide the personal attention common to small college programs while having many of the advantages and facilities associated with a university setting. The Department is the home of the internationally recognized physics teaching program known as PRISMS which has had a major impact on teaching of physics in nearly 1500 high schools in the United States and abroad. The Department offers several merit scholarships and many work opportunities for qualified students. [-]

Bachelor Movement & Exercise Science

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

The Movement and Exercise Science major prepares students for careers in such diverse areas as the fitness industry, college or university strength programs for athletes, hospital or business wellness programs, sport psychology, and for more advanced professional degrees such as physical therapy, chiropractics and medicine. [+]

What is Movement and Exercise Science? The Movement and Exercise Science major prepares students for careers in such diverse areas as the fitness industry, college or university strength programs for athletes, hospital or business wellness programs, sport psychology, and for more advanced professional degrees such as physical therapy, chiropractics and medicine. What will I do with a major in Movement and Exercise Science? Graduates with a major in Movement and Exercise Science acquire the following types of jobs: personal trainer, exercise instructor/leader in commercial fitness facilities and wellness programs, strength and conditioning coach, youth sports coach, motivational trainer, sport psychology consultant. Because of their background in anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, some graduates are employed in medical device sales and pharmacological sales. Where can I work? Commercial fitness and performance facilities, work-site wellness programs, hospital-based wellness programs, college and university wellness and athletic programs, school-based athletic programs. Why should I study Movement and Exercise Science at UNI? The vast majority of classes taken for the Movement and Exercise Major are taught by full-time faculty, not graduate assistants This results in high quality instruction and easy access to faculty. Class sizes are generally 25 students or less and instructors are available for appointments on a regular schedule. Most classes incorporate laboratory experiences and experiential learning which enhances the learning of content. Our laboratories have the latest in technology and equipment. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects. Students interested in Strength and Conditioning have the opportunity to work with the UNI strength coaches and athletes. Movement and Exercise Science requires a minimum of 120 hours to graduate. These hours include Liberal Arts Core requirements, major requirements and electives. CAREERS: Physical education graduates often continue their education at the graduate level or are employed in related fields, such as commercial and industrial fitness, personal training and sports management. Physical education-teaching graduates from UNI are highly recruited by school districts throughout the state of Iowa and across the nation. Recent graduates are employed as teachers at the elementary, middle school and secondary levels. UNIQUE FEATURES: Movement and Exercise ScienceExcellent teaching faculty recognized for their contributions to the field, nationally and internationally Opportunities to participate in state and national organizations for physical educators Opportunity to participate in the student Physical Education Club National recognition by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance of an outstanding physical education major and dance minor selected annually by the Physical Education Division faculty Kappa Delta Pi international honor society for education students with cumulative grade point averages above 3.25 Student can build a program to meet their career goals Excellent laboratory facilities to support student research and independent study Opportunities to pursue research in a direction of the students choosing, with faculty guidance Experiential learning opportunities with participants of all age groups Excellent teaching major Endorsement in all states Teacher education induction convocations to honor students admitted to teacher education Variety of student teaching sites, including 10 centers in Iowa, plus centers in Omaha; San Antonio; and Okinawa, Japan, as well as other state and international sites Opportunities to student teach in major and minor without additional time requirement All-Iowa Teacher Recruiting Fair and the UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair, regarded worldwide as one of the foremost teacher recruiting events Student Outcomes Assessments developed to ensure that students meet outcomes faculty feel are important in becoming a quality physical educator Endorsement to be a head coach of any sport upon completion of teaching degree Experiential learning opportunities with students from preschool through high school SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS: The Physical Education Division offers several undergraduate scholarships available for both men and women who exhibit promising ability and who need financial assistance to prepare for physical education. Recently established scholarships also provide money to a limited number of students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship. [-]

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BS and BA Computer Sciences

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

The department offers two traditional degrees in computing that serve as the foundation for most CS students. Each of these majors aims at a particular group of students. [+]

The department offers two traditional degrees in computing that serve as the foundation for most CS students. Each of these majors aims at a particular group of students. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science provides the broader and deeper coverage of the two. It gives students the sturdiest foundation for a long career in computing and also for graduate study in CS. The Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science is a shorter program of study, making it more suitable for a liberal arts-style education. Students still study deeply in one area of CS but have more time for a minor or second major. Students interested in the combination of computer science and business are encouraged to pursue the B.A. major in Computer Science and minor in business, such as General Business Concepts or Business Communication. These programs share, along with the major in Networking and System Administration, a common core of courses that introduce students to computer programming, data structures, discrete mathematics, and computer organization. As a result, students can switch among these majors during their first year of study without losing ground in departmental courses. The B.A. and B.S. in Computer Science and the Computer Information Systems programs offer a flexible curriculum that allow students to specialize in one or more of four areas within computer science: information science, software engineering, systems and traditional computer science. These programs can be completed in three years and have a common first year. The Networking and System Administration (NaSA) program prepares graduates for careers and research opportunities in all fields related to reliable and distributed network computing. These programs can be completed in four years. CAREERS: Examples of companies that hire UNI computer science graduates: Team Quest Corp. Employers Mutual Video Connection ASI Computer Systems Power Engineering Arthur Andersen APAC Teleservices Miller Medical Century Companies of America Schwan’s Sales Principal Financial Group Frontier Coop National Computer Systems MCI AEGON USA John Deere Rockwell International FACILITIES: The Department of Computer Science is located on the third floor of the recently renovated (2006) Innovative Teaching and Technology Center (ITT/ITTC) with laboratory space in Wright Hall. The classrooms and laboratories are modern and comfortable. Computer science classes use a wide range of hardware facilities and software tools. After completing a major or minor in the Computer Science Department, students will be comfortable using personal computers, workstations, servers and mainframe computers. Many students use their own computers. Often, software for particular courses will be available to students at zero or low cost. In other cases the department, College of Natural Sciences (CNS), or University Information Technology Services (ITS) will have the needed software available in their laboratories. Often, those systems and their software can be accessed over the net. SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS: College of Natural Sciences offers several four-year scholarships for incoming new freshmen who will major in Computer Science. The department also has several scholarships available mostly to students in their junior or senior years. The department, college and university also hire some students to help support research grants, computing facilities, and instruction. [-]

BS Biochemistry

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

Students majoring in chemistry are not required to obtain a minor. However, many students in the chemistry program obtain minors, or in some cases double majors, in the related areas of biology, earth science, physics and mathematics. [+]

Students graduating with majors in chemistry or biochemistry have tremendous career potential whether you are interested in medicine, law, research, teaching, or working in industry (including sales). Some of the career directions our students have taken are listed in the panel on the right. Students majoring in chemistry are not required to obtain a minor. However, many students in the chemistry program obtain minors, or in some cases double majors, in the related areas of biology, earth science, physics and mathematics. We are pleased that nearly 100% of our BS Chemistry or Biochemistry majors who apply to medical schools have been accepted. Many of our BA majors also double major in another area such as Biology, Psychology, Music, or a Foreign Language. All our majors have the opportunity to get involved in research with our faculty. Many of our students are co-authors on published papers and several are co-inventors in patent applications. Research is conducted during the academic year and also in summer, with summer research students being paid a stipend. Each year we send 10-15 students to the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society to present their research results. The Department also has a number of scholarships available for students. There are two scholarships available for incoming freshmen and a variety of additional scholarships and awards available for current students. Our students are also competitive for awards at the Department, College, University, and National level. Finally, students may apply to be laboratory assistants, a paid position helping prepare the laboratory component of our courses. The Governor's STEM Advisory Council has developed a Chemistry Transition Guide for transfer students. This guide was developed to help students manage a succesful transfer from community colleges, and includes general understandings and prerequisites needed for our Chemistry and Biochemistry programs. CAREERS: University of Northern Iowa chemistry graduates have found employment in a variety of careers. More than 50 percent of the chemistry graduates go on to graduate school and professional schools including medical school. Many of these students have completed or are pursuing M.S., Ph.D. or M.D. degrees. More than 30 percent of UNI chemistry graduates obtain technical jobs at the bachelor degree level without additional graduate school. A typical job in this case would be a bachelor-degree-level chemist with a chemical or pharmaceutical company. Approximately 10 percent find employment as high school science teachers with an emphasis on chemistry. Examples of careers pursued by UNI Chemistry graduates include: Research chemist Analytical chemist Quality control chemist Biochemist Synthetic chemist Organic chemist Environmental chemist Pharmaceutical chemist Materials chemist Polymer chemist University professor Physician Dentist Attorney High school teacher Pharmaceutical sales UNIQUE FEATURES: The most productive undergraduate program in the state of Iowa in terms of the numbers of majors that annually graduate with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry The opportunity to work with enthusiastic faculty who enjoy teaching chemistry and who have won teaching awards at the college and university levels Small classes that facilitate student-teacher dialogue and interactions Undergraduate research projects with faculty that can result in papers at scientific meetings and publication in journals Laboratory courses that are taught and supervised by faculty and not by graduate students Laboratory assistant work under the direct supervision of faculty in chemistry courses A summer undergraduate research program in which students receive a stipend and work closely with faculty on a wide range of interesting research projects Excellent advising by qualified chemistry faculty on the chemistry program, course scheduling and post-graduate studies, and work after graduation Students attend and participate in a chemistry seminar program which hosts prominent scientists from a variety of university and industrial laboratories. Progress of each student is monitored through the development of a portfolio. SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS: Tuition scholarships are available to incoming freshmen from the Chemistry Department (Wilson and Kercheval scholarships) and the College of Natural Sciences (Science, Mathematics and Technology Symposium and McKay scholarships). The Chemistry Faculty Scholarship, the Wanda Wehner Scholarship and other scholarships are available to sophomores and above. [-]

BS Electrical Engineering Technology (EET)

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

Students majoring in EET have great opportunities for a bright career since the major content of the curriculum they study will not become obsolete. Practical industrial experiences offered by the EET program expose students to the world of work. [+]

The Electrical Engineering Technology program (EET) offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) that prepares students for application oriented engineering technology careers in circuits, conventional and renewable electrical power, analog/digital electronics, microcomputers, control systems, instrumentation, telecommunications and wired/wireless networking. The EET curriculum is a broad-based, technically-oriented education that emphasizes the application of today's technology to solve problems, design and develop products, and improve processes, procedures, equipment, and facilities. The BS degree program in EET offers a wide choice of courses in a variety of technical areas including: Circuits Conventional and Renewable Electrical Energy Industrial Controls and PLCs Electrical Machinery and Power Systems Embedded Microcomputers Instrumentation and Data Acquisition Wireless/RF Telecommunications Audio/Analog Electronics Computer/Digital Electronics Computer Hardware and Networking Coursework is applications-oriented, and hands-on experience is gained through laboratory experiences that are carefully integrated into the courses. In addition, EET students benefit from the strong emphasis placed on internship, Co-op opportunities, senior design projects in local and regional industries, and the development of written and oral communication skills. UNI EET graduates are firmly rooted in modern technology and are able to offer their employers immediate contribution as team players who have problem solving, troubleshooting, production, implementation, and technical project management experience. DEFINITIONS OF ENGINEERING/ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY/INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY According to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET): ENGINEERING is the profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize economically the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind. ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY is the part of the technological field that requires the application of scientific and engineering knowledge and methods combined with technical skills in support of engineering activities; it lies in the occupational spectrum between the craftsman and the engineer at the end of the spectrum closest to the engineer. Although housed under the Technology Department, UNI EET program is NOT an industrial technology major, instead it is an engineering technology major. Industrial Technology is a profession, which requires such education and experience as is necessary to understand and apply technological and managerial sciences to industry. A typical technology major does not require Math/Science core of 8 credits in Calculus, 3 credits in Statistics and 8 credits in College Physics as seen at UNI EET curriculum. CAREERS: Students majoring in EET have great opportunities for a bright career since the major content of the curriculum they study will not become obsolete. Practical industrial experiences offered by the EET program expose students to the world of work. Students have the opportunity for hands-on experiences in the classroom, the EIET laboratories, or at local industries through cooperative education and senior design projects. This prepares them for a variety of engineering technology and technical leadership positions. Program graduates have an excellent reputation among employers in Iowa, as well as other states. Most of our junior and senior students are employed part time by local industry based on their skills and qualifications. According to our recent statistics, starting salaries of our graduates are between $39K and $45K per year, depending on qualifications and job responsibilities. Please click on the “Alumni” button in the EET web site to see testimonials of some of our recent graduates. UNIQUE FEATURES: A friendly environment where you interact on a daily and personal basis with your professors A flexible program offering a wide variety of options and emphases with sufficient rigor to prepare for a productive career in the EET area Individualized hands-on training using state-of-the-art equipment and trainers used in industry Small class sizes make the difference Iowa’s first four-year BS degree granting engineering technology program Excellent part-time job opportunities for EET juniors and seniors in local industries Articulation agreements with all Iowa Community Colleges, which may provide transfer credits up to 65 semester hours Several annual competitive scholarships Program Industrial Advisory Board, in addition to the Department of Industrial Technology Advisory Board IEEE (Institute of Electrical Electronics Engineers) active student organization for great leadership skills and, also other departmental professional organization chapters Opportunities for local industry-sponsored senior design projects and part-time jobs Dedicated departmental student computer labs with continuously updated software tools SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS: Several full-tuition industrial technology scholarships are available to incoming freshmen on a competitive basis through the College of Natural Sciences Mathematics, Science and Technology Symposium. Other departmental and college level scholarships include the W&H Wagner Scholarship, J.P. LaRue Scholarship, W.E. Luck Scholarship, Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics (CEMS) Scholarships, Students First Scholarship, and others. [-]

BS Geographic Information Science

Campus Full time 8 semesters September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

Geography today is probably not what you think. Geography is a high-tech discipline which examines the science of place and space on the earth. [+]

Geography today is probably not what you think. Geography is a high-tech discipline which examines the science of place and space on the earth. Geographers look at human and physical elements on the earth and wonder why they are located where they are, how they differ from place to place, and how humans interact with and shape the natural world. There are two main branches of geography: physical geography and human geography. Physical geographers study the natural systems of the earth and how they impact, and are impacted by, humans. Human geographers examine the spatial expressions of people. A third and very important area in geography is Geographic Information Science (GISc). GISc comprises a series of tools and techniques, such as geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, global positioning systems (GPS), and cartography. These tools and techniques are used by physical and human geographers to study and understand the complex spatial patterns of the earth. Geography is the study of place, or space, in the sense that history is the study of time. A primary tool of the geographer is the map, whether at the local scale of a shopping center market or at the global scale of climatic change. The constantly changing physical and human landscapes on the Earth’s surface challenge the geographer to provide continuing interpretations of all parts of the world from a spatial point of view. Geography is both a natural science and a social science as it examines people and their environment and serves as a bridge between the physical and cultural worlds. Individual geographers tend to emphasize different aspects of the spatial continuum. Some specialize in physical geography by devoting their studies to the natural environment, including the analysis of climate, vegetation, soils and landforms. Others concentrate on the spatial associations of the human environment that result from the political, social and economic activities of people. While some geographers focus their studies at home, others engage in the study of foreign lands. Geography is currently experiencing rapid growth in data collection, resulting in increased use of data-processing techniques such as statistical analysis, aerial photograph interpretation, remote sensing, computer mapping and geographic information systems (GIS). The department also offers a liberal arts major with an environmental emphasis which examines the natural physical landscape as well as human-environment interaction. A program certificate in cartography and geographic information systems is available to geography majors and to students in other programs. CAREERS: Environmental officer Park ranger Hazardous waste manager Cartographer GIS specialist Remote sensing analyst Urban and community planner Transportation planner Business location analyst Market researcher Real estate agent Foreign area specialist Travel agent Teacher UNIQUE FEATURES: Gamma Theta Upsilon, geography student honor society Geography Club Microcomputer teaching labs with sophisticated GIS and computer mapping software including ArcView, ArcInfo, ERDAS and others Host of the Geographic Alliance of Iowa, providing services for geographic education with a focus on the K-12 level Physical geography, soils analysis and cartography laboratories SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Scholarships are available to incoming freshmen in half to full in-state tuition amounts. Applicants must complete a test and interview on campus. Each year the Department of Geography awards the Janice Clark Memorial Scholarship to transfer or current geography students. [-]

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BA Actuarial Science

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

The Mathematics Department at the University of Northern Iowa has a long and rich history in mathematics education, a nationally acclaimed program in actuarial science [+]

The Mathematics Department at the University of Northern Iowa has a long and rich history in mathematics education, a nationally acclaimed program in actuarial science, undergraduate degree programs in mathematics (pure mathematics, mathematics education, and statistics and actuarial science) and has been recognized for a commitment to teaching. Graduates of these programs are well prepared to enter the professional workplace or continue studies in mathematics. Housed in Wright Hall, the department has several technologically equipped teaching rooms and access to three computer labs. Student resources include a study-tutor room and the Mathematics Education Lab housing a collection of manipulatives, resources and literature to be used in mathematics classrooms. CAREERS: There are significant career opportunities for mathematicians. Graduates of our program are now teaching, working as actuaries in the insurance industry, and managing and serving as business executives. Among the other careers of our mathematics graduates are: Industrial engineer Judge Cryptologist Computer technician Biometeorologist Insurance administrator Banker Financial officer Store manager Sales manager Store owner Accountant Statistician Independent consultant Chemical researcher Educational counselor Congressional liaison for the U.S. Air -Force Savings and loan examiner Librarian Examples of positions held by graduates Project engineer Tool designer Production supervisor Manufacturing engineer Production planning and control Technical sales Foundry engineering manager Quality control/assurance UNIQUE FEATURES: Math ClassOpportunities for undergraduate research and one-on-one work with faculty Three computer laboratories for student use, including IBM-compatible computers, Macintosh computers and Linux workstations networked together as an internet domain Kappa Mu Epsilon honor society for students with a qualifying GPA Available software includes Mathematica, S-Plus, Matlab, Maple and Derive. Support for student attendance and presentations at national, regional, state and university conferences Support for student internship and cooperative education opportunities Student clubs for students interested in mathematics, mathematics teaching and actuarial science. Opportunities for students to work in the department as tutors, paper graders and faculty assistants [-]

BA Biology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

If you want to customize your courses to emphasize your special interests, this general biology major is ideal for you. If you want a broad education in biology, or your interest is in specific areas such as plants, this major is designed for you. [+]

The Bachelor of Arts major provides a broad training in biology and allows specializations through choice of electives. It offers basic preparation for entry-level positions, graduate work, or an advanced degree in all health-related areas. The combination of required and elective courses needs to equal a minimum of 58 credit hours. In the Department of Biology at UNI, you will be surrounded by students who are curious and intent upon learning more about the broad discipline of biology. All of our students are given a broad exposure to the field of biology in a series of four-core biology classes to be taken during their freshman and sophomore years. From there, the curriculum allows for students in their junior and senior years to "specialize" and choose biology courses that best fit their interests and needs. All of our faculty are involved in research and students are encouraged to become a part of this endeavor. In the research setting students can have hands-on learning throughout a variety of different research studies. Lecture class size in the upper division courses is typically small and students in all lab courses will find they have access to individualized attention. So, if you wish to be surrounded by award winning teaching faculty and students, caring faculty and staff, to have access to working in the research setting, and to be a part of something exciting and dynamic, the Department of Biology at the University of Northern Iowa is the right place for you. Are you looking for more challenge? Look into a B.S. in biology. Some of our strongest students choose this degree. You would take more science and math than with the other degrees and would work with a professor doing your original scientific research. This degree is ideal if you are planning to go into scientific research or on to further education. In addition to the regular courses, you should take calculus in freshman or sophomore year. Majors and Minors B.A. in biology (General) If you want to customize your courses to emphasize your special interests, this general biology major is ideal for you. If you want a broad education in biology, or your interest is in specific areas such as plants, this major is designed for you. B.A. in biology: biomedical emphasis If you want to become a doctor or other medical professional, this major is designed for you. You will concentrate on courses in biomedical areas such as physiology and anatomy. B.A. in biology: teaching (Extended program—requires extra time) This degree prepares you to teach biology, life science, and other secondary science courses. It includes a lot of biology, plus teaching methods courses. B.A. in biology: ecology and systematics emphasis This emphasis prepares you for careers with private or government agencies involved in ecological restoration, endangered species recovery, biological surveys, or for work in zoos, nature centers, museums or botanical gardens. Minors and double majors for biology students Our biology majors all require chemistry classes, and you could add a chemistry minor by taking additional ones. For some programs this involves only one extra course. Or you could branch out to minors in other areas, such as psychology or anthropology. Also, each year a few students graduate with a double major, e.g., biology and chemistry, psychology, music, or another major. This is a demanding but feasible combination. CAREERS: Sample Careers in Biology doctor or other medical professional secondary science teacher environmental biology private or government agencies endangered species recovery health sciences or industry graduate school biological surveys work in zoos nature centers museums or botanical gardens modern biotechnology fields interpreter with park systems UNIQUE FEATURES: Outstanding faculty have won many teaching and research awards and are dedicated to educating students. These faculty understand the value of blending classroom teaching with experiential learning outside the classroom A full-time biology academic advisor to assist majors with their academic needs Many small classes and laboratories allowing close contact with professors Opportunities to pursue undergraduate research Cooperative arrangements with several medical and graduate schools for summer research experiences at other locations Field trips to natural and agricultural areas SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS: College of Natural Sciences tuition scholarships are available. Applicants must compete in a test at UNI’s Science, Mathematics and Technology Symposium in the fall of their senior year of high school for some scholarships. [-]

BA Communication Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

The Communication Program is a very visible part of the department, college, and university. Many students will be familiar with it through the oral communication course, a general education requirement for all university students. [+]

About communication Talk to someone before class. Watch television or a movie. Read a newspaper. Listen to your ipod, or browse this web site. We are communicating when we do any of these things. Communication, or using messages to share meanings, occurs in virtually everything we do. In our changing society, the means and methods of communication are constantly evolving, but the basic principles of communication remain the same.communication class The Communication Program will help you learn more about the principles of communication, and help you discover ways to apply them that will make you a more effective and civil communicator in the classroom, at home, in the courtroom, in the board room, in the workplace and in every role you play in society. Effective communication skills top the lists of prerequisites for personal success both in business and in life. Surveys of businesses and industries rank speaking, listening and critical thinking as three of the top five skills employers seek in potential workers. About the program The Communication Program is a very visible part of the department, college, and university. Many students will be familiar with it through the oral communication course, a general education requirement for all university students. And many others will work with us as they pursue undergraduate majors and minors in the program taking courses in interpersonal communication, communication education, organizational communication, rhetoric, visual communication and performance studies, to name but a few of the areas we offer courses in. And many others will work with us at the graduate level in Masters courses that we offer. Our students travel across the country to participate in speech and debate competitions. Others represent the university at conferences and programs where research and artistic works are performed. And many of them work with us in programs such as SAVE and the UNI Interpreters Theatre, writing, designing, directing and acting in productions for many diverse audiences and purposes both on campus and off. Our faculty is diverse, and active across the discipline of communication in teaching, research and creative activity and service. Our award-winning faculty are known for their engaging work in the class room, as well as for having written, published and produced many respected publications and creative projects in the field of communication and beyond, and they hold offices in many highly respected organizations in our discipline. Log on to your future with the Communication Program at UNI. You'll learn the communication skills and abilities that will make you an effective, successful communicator, and citizen of the world, today and far into the future! CAREERS: Communication graduates enter such diverse occupations as: Advertising Broadcasting Digital journalism Fundraising Health services Human resources development Law Management Political Consultant Nonprofit organizations Personnel work Public relations Research Sales Social media coordinator Teaching Video editing and digital effects Web development ACTIVITIES: Some of the most valuable learning occurs outside the traditional classroom. Co-curricular opportunities are available in a nationally recognized Speech and Debate Program, an award-winning Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) organization, an innovative Interpreters Theatre, Cedar River Productions (video), KULT 94.5 FM student radio station, KUNI 90.9 FM radio station (Iowa Public Radio), the Society for Professional Journalism, the Digital Collective, and the Communication Student Association. SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS: The Department of Communication Studies offers these scholarships for incoming students: Forensics (Debate) Forensics (Individual events) Kenneth Kohn (Debate) Carol Denter Bodensteiner (Minority public relations) Melvene Draheim Hardee (General) Other scholarships offered to current communication studies students include: Journalism (Journalism) Bill Henderson (Debate and Individual events) Bartlett Freeland (Debate) Eugene & Mary Grossman (Electronic media) Communication Studies Robert and Dorothy White (Communication) IBA Media Leadership (Electronic media - Media leadership) Iowa Broadcasters Association (Electronic media - production) [-]

BA Criminology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

Criminology is the study of criminal behavior, and how society defines and responds to crime. Criminologists attempt to identify the causes of crime as they occur in society and in individuals. [+]

Criminology is the study of criminal behaviour, and how society defines and responds to crime. Criminologists attempt to identify the causes of crime as they occur in society and in individuals. They also study the political and social aspects of defining crime: what is a crime and who is a criminal. Criminologists also examine societal responses to crime, by studying such topics as how the criminal justice system functions, the effectiveness of public policies and programs aimed at controlling crime, the portrayal of crime in the popular culture, and related subjects. Alternatively, you might want to try the course Principles of Sociology. This Liberal Arts Core course is also the first course required for the criminology major. In addition to required courses on the criminal justice system, juvenile delinquency, corrections and punishment, and statistics and research methods, students choose from a range of specialized elective courses on such topics as youth gangs, correctional treatment, drug abuse, violence and social inequality. Students also have the opportunity to participate in experiential learning and internships for major credit. Common minors and second majors pursued Sociology Psychology Political Science Spanish Social Work CAREERS: The research, critical thinking and communication skills obtained through the study of criminology help prepare students for a variety of opportunities. Many of our graduates may be found pursuing careers in corrections, juvenile justice, law enforcement and private security. Another option is a career in research and planning with a state or federal agency; these careers may require further (graduate) education. A major in criminology can be excellent preparation for post-graduate study in law, sociology, criminology, criminal justice or public policy. Advanced degrees in these fields open the door to career opportunities in law, public policy, research and teaching. UNIQUE FEATURES: Faculty who are committed to teaching and who give students individual attention Opportunities for experiential learning through internships with criminal and juvenile justice agencies College of Social and Behavioral Science support for undergraduate research projects SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS: The John Chase Memorial Scholarship is a partial scholarship awarded to a criminology student in his or her junior or senior year. College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Scholarships are available to incoming freshmen in $5000 per year rate on a competitive basis. Applicants must complete a test and interview on campus in the spring semester. Alderman scholarships, approximately $5000, may be awarded to “worthy, needy and appreciative” students by the college. [-]

BA Economics

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

A career in the field of economics demands a unique way of looking at the world. If you're constantly thinking about the outcomes of situations and how one action can influence another, you're already thinking like an Economist [+]

What Can You Do with an Economics Degree? Almost Anything! A career in the field of economics demands a unique way of looking at the world. If you're constantly thinking about the outcomes of situations and how one action can influence another, you're already thinking like an Economist. An Economics degree will give you the understanding of the national economy and teach you how to think critically about how materials, money, and resources are bought, traded, and sold. The ability to understand and analyze the modern economy is a valuable skill - one which will allow you can make a big impact on many different industries. What will I learn? An Economics degree from the UNI College of Business Administration will teach you how to effectively analyze and predict market activity, economic growth, and price fluctuations. With classes like Directed Research in Economics and Law & Economics, our faculty will prepare you for a successful career in the field of economics or post-graduate studies. UNIBusiness offers four emphasis areas in economics based on your interests and future career goals. Business Economics Designed for those planning a career in a business field, you'll receive an in-depth economics education with a solid business core. Quantitative Techniques The Quantitative Techniques emphasis is highly mathematical and perfect if you're planning to pursue an advanced degree in Economics. Applied Economic Analysis The Applied Economic Analysis emphasis is a multidisciplinary program that combines economics, mathematics, accounting, information systems, and finance. The emphasis offers math majors the opportunity to integrate math with economics and business courses, thus enhancing career opportunities after graduation. General Economics The General Economics emphasis is broad based and is the traditional program for students who plan no further study in economics after graduation. This emphasis is highly recommended for students who are planning to go to law school. What kind of job will I get? There are three principal career paths available to an Economics major in the fields of business, government, and academics. The Business Economist The primary role of a Business Economist is to help firms understand and adapt to a changing economic environment. Business Economists interpret and forecast the general economic climate, analyze conditions specific to their firm, and aid the firm's operational efficiency. The Government Economist The range of jobs for Economists is as broad as government itself. Government Economists work for agencies in the fields of Agriculture, Business, Banking and Insurance, Finance, Labor, Transportation, Utilities, Urban Economics, and International Trade. The Academic Economist There are many opportunities for Economics majors to teach at the high school and college levels. At the collegiate level, Ph.D. Economists will continuously be in high demand. Beyond these paths, Economics majors find work in almost all industries. Economics will teach you how to develop your analytical problem-solving skills that are in demand in every sector of the economy. Below are some occupations you can receive with an Economics degree: Account Representative Benefits Consultant Attorney Brand Manager Energy Analyst International Tax Manager Legislative Aid Operations Manager Professor Service Manager Underwriter Vice President [-]

BA Environmental Science

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

The B. A. degree in Environmental Science is to prepare students for a career in measuring, evaluating and addressing issues related to a variety of environmental problems. [+]

The B. A. degree in Environmental Science is to prepare students for a career in measuring, evaluating and addressing issues related to a variety of environmental problems. Students can choose to concentrate their work in specific environmental areas, including air quality, water quality and geoscience, or choose a path that incorporates all three. Environmental Science Courses Air Quality - 4 hours, offered even spring semesters Air Dispersion Modeling - 2 hours, offered even fall semesters Measurement and Analysis of Air Quality - 2 hours, offered odd spring semesters Environmental Geology - 3 hours, offered odd fall semesters Environmental Hydrology - 3 hours, offered even spring semesters Field and Laboratory Methods in Hydrology - 2 hours, offered odd fall semesters. Hydrogeology - 3 hours, offered odd spring semesters UNIQUE FEATURES: Faculty with doctorates in their areas of specialization who are committed to quality teaching Opportunities for undergraduate research and working one-on-one with faculty Housed in Latham Hall, featuring well-equipped laboratories and classrooms Excellent computer facilities, including a student computer lab A 25-seat planetarium; 16-inch and 12-inch computer-controlled telescopes X-ray diffraction and fluorescence equipment Petrographic microscopes; thin-section equipment Unidata McIDAS weather display system; roof-top weather station Sigma Gamma Epsilon Earth Science honorary for students with earth science GPA of 3.0 or higher Home of the federally funded Science Center for Teaching, Outreach and Research on Meteorology (the STORM Project) Field trips Faculty members are actively involved in field work, and the department regularly offers spring field trips and summer field courses. Past trips have included: Floating the Colorado River in Arizona Diving in coral reefs in the Florida Keys Investigating active volcanoes in Hawaii, Italy and the Caribbean Studying geologic sites in Iowa and surrounding states Observing solar eclipses in North Dakota, Missouri and the Caribbean Observing Comet Halley in Texas Studying the Big Bend area of Texas and Mexico Backpacking in Colorado Exploring caves in Iowa, Kentucky and New Mexico Investigating the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Canada Field studies in the Appalachians Geological and environmental studies of Alaska and the Canadian Rockies Field trips and activities of the Geological Society of Iowa and the Tri-State Geological Field Conference [-]

BA Finance

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

To be successful in the business world, proficiency in the skill of managing finances is key. [+]

To be successful in the business world, proficiency in the skill of managing finances is key. With a Finance degree from UNIBusiness, you'll be highly capable in organizing and managing assets for a variety of companies and individuals in the field of finance. Depending on your career and education goals, our program consists of four emphases that will help pinpoint the direction of your Finance degree. Financial Management Investments Financial Institutions Personal Wealth Management In addition, the Finance Department in the College of Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa offers special workshops designed to prepare you for major courses within the department. This is an advantage if you're still undecided on how you plan to use your interest in business. What will I learn? Involvement in UNIBusiness' Finance degree program will provide you with the tools to excel in finance immediately following graduation. With classes like Principles of Investments and Advanced Financial Management, you'll quickly learn how to analyze, manage, and invest money for financial firms, groups of individuals, or individual investors. All finance classes are taught by faculty who have years of experience preparing students like you for life in the financial world. What kind of job will I get? The career paths in Finance are as varied as the industries and organizations who hire Finance degree graduates. Some careers include: Financial Analyst Financial Management Loan Analyst Mortgage Analyst Portfolio Analyst Stock Broker Financial Planner Loan Officer Personal Banker Securities Analyst UNIQUE FEATURES: Nationally recognized teaching faculty: two Fulbright Awards for international study, one State Farm Dissertation Fellowship, one Kemper Research Fellowship and one AACSB Federal Faculty Fellowship A financial services and real estate program providing faculty with extensive teaching, work and research experience in the fields of banking, insurance, investments, commercial real estate, financial planning and asset management, mortgage banking, and real estate appraisal A chartered financial analysts program that provides financial support and instruction to prepare students for level one of the CFA exam Two student-managed equity portfolios Scholarship funding for majors in finance and real estate: Firstar Bank Scholarship, Chartered Financial Analyst Scholarships, Hawkeye Bank Scholarships, Healthcare Financial Management Association Scholarship, Financial Executives Institute Scholarship, CCIM Scholarship, IAR Scholarship, Mel Foster Co., Tom Nordstrom, Koestner Scholarship, SIOR Scholarship, IREM scholarship, Appraisal Institute, eight scholarships from the Iowa Association of Realtors Foundation, the Trapp Realtor Scholarship and the Lloyd Van Solen Scholarship Two lectureship series which bring in nationally recognized speakers in banking and real estate: the Firstar Lecture Series in Financial Institutions and The Emerging Issues Conference in Real Estate [-]

BA in Accounting

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

Accounting majors at UNI can elect to double major or minor in economics, finance, marketing, management, and management information systems within the College of Business Administration or in an academic discipline from another college. [+]

Accounting is the language of business, and, as such, accounting plays an important role in every business enterprise. Accountants analyze business events and transactions and use the information to determine the financial condition and operating results of businesses. Students interested in the financial aspects of the business world should consider a career in accounting. The UNI Department of Accounting challenges students to become leaders in the accounting profession. That expectation of excellence is most visible in the students' consistent ranking among the nation's top universities in passing the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. Common double majors and minors pursued Accounting majors at UNI can elect to double major or minor in economics, finance, marketing, management, and management information systems within the College of Business Administration or in an academic discipline from another college. The opportunity to pursue a double major or minor enhances the diversity of the educational experience that students receive in their undergraduate years. CAREERS: Accounting seniors are recruited by all components of the accounting profession. All four of the largest international public accounting firms, other national, regional and local public accounting firms, industry, and not-for-profit organizations all recruit UNI accounting graduates. Approximately 60 percent of the graduates remain in Iowa with the balance locating primarily in the surrounding states. UNIQUE FEATURES: CPA 150-hour Requirement Accounting students who plan to practice as a Certified Public Accountant must complete 150 hours of college credit. A variety of options are available to comply with this requirement. One option is to enter the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program and earn a graduate degree during the fifth year. This degree is an attractive option for those students that meet the program admission requirements. It should be noted that graduate study for the additional 30 hours is not a CPA requirement. Therefore, another option is to take undergraduate courses as a second major or minor. Students electing this option should work closely with their advisor to develop an individualized program of study that meets their needs. SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS: Scholarships range from the J. Michael McBride Scholarship, which provides student tuition, room and board, fees and books, to those scholarships that provide a small portion of tuition reimbursement. Each year the department offers students approximately 40 scholarships with a monetary value of approximately $70,000. These scholarships primarily are available for fourth and fifth year accounting students. [-]

BA Music

Campus Full time 8 semesters September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

The Music major under the Bachelor of Arts degree is a liberal arts program for the student interested in combining the discipline of music training with the breadth offered by a liberal arts curriculum. [+]

The Music major under the Bachelor of Arts degree is a liberal arts program for the student interested in combining the discipline of music training with the breadth offered by a liberal arts curriculum. The Composition-Theory and Performance majors are professional degrees designed to prepare the student for a career as a composer or an artist-performer, or entrance to graduate schools where further excellence in composition or in a performance area might be pursued. The Music Education major prepares the student for a teaching career and provides licensure in music for grades K-6 and 7-12. General Requirements for Undergraduate Majors>/strong> Music majors on all degree programs must choose an area of applied music (540:xxx) for specialization and must meet the proficiency standards of the School of Music. The total required applied hours indicated for each major must be completed on one of the specialization instruments or voice on which the student auditioned. Dividing the required applied hours among various instruments, or voice and instrument(s), will not satisfy the applied music portion of any of the degree programs. Auditions Admission to the School of Music requires successful completion of an audition in the main performance area. Music Theory On the first day of classes at UNI, freshman music majors/minors will take a diagnostic test in Music Theory fundamentals. The results of this test will help determine which section of Music Theory would be appropriate for your skill level. The link below will allow you to download a PDF of a sample of this diagnostic. We encourage you to complete this test to help you determine if your theory skills may need sharpening. Piano Proficiency Required of all majors. All freshmen will enroll in group piano class or applied piano continuously (semester by semester) until piano proficiency has been passed. For Music Education majors, requirements must be completed prior to student teaching. Vocal and Instrumental Competency Required of all Music Education Majors. Vocal/choral students (Specialization A) will complete one semester of Introduction to Instrumental Techniques (570:015); instrumental students (Specialization B) will attend special sections of Instrumental Techniques (570:010) taught by vocal/choral faculty. Keyboard majors enrolling for Specialization A must also satisfy vocal proficiency as determined by the voice faculty. Foreign Language Bachelor of Music Performance voice majors are required to complete one semester (5 credits-UNI) at the college/university level in each of two of the following foreign languages, listed in order of preference: Italian, German, French. Ten (10) semester hours of credit in a foreign language are strongly recommended for students whose applied concentration is voice (Music Education Major) and for all non-voice majors on the Bachelor of Music Performance program. Large Ensembles In addition to applied music, all music majors must participate in at least one of the designated large ensembles for a minimum of 8 semesters (7 semesters for students in the music education program). Participation in large ensembles will be continuous from the first semester of residence until completion of the requirement. Participation in ensemble (530:012; 530:112) does not satisfy the large ensemble requirement. Auditions are required for all ensembles in the School of Music, and students will be assigned to ensembles according to audition results. Wind and percussion students will be assigned to an appropriate instrumental ensemble. All wind and percussion students who are pursuing the degree of Bachelor of Music in Music Education are required to participate in marching band for a minimum of two semesters. (It is strongly recommended that this requirement be fulfilled during the freshman and sophomore years.) In the fall semester, participation in either Concert Band or Jazz Band II may satisfy the large ensemble requirement for those students who have completed their respective marching band requirements and have met audition requirements for the two above ensembles. String players will participate in the orchestra. The initial choral ensemble for all freshmen voice students will be either UNI Singers or Women's Chorus. Freshmen are limited to participation in only one large vocal ensemble. Students performing targeted roles in UNI Lyric Theatre main stage productions are exempt from ensemble participation for four (4) weeks preceding the final performance of the production. Composition and Keyboard majors will audition for either an instrumental ensemble or a choral ensemble. Keyboard majors in the music education program shall participate in an ensemble appropriate to their specialization. CAREERS: The area of music offers many opportunities and choices. The road you choose could range from teaching to merchandising to performing. The following list gives an idea of what careers are available to musicians: Teaching Pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle or junior high school, high school College (usually requires significant graduate-level study) School and college music administration Independent/private studio Community ensembles: bands, choruses, orchestras, musical shows Performing: Classical areas Symphony orchestras, chamber groups, solo recitalist Operas and choruses Recording artist or back-up player/singer Administration work for large ensembles and organizations Armed Forces; playing, singing, directing, administering, teaching in one of the many organizations in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard Popular music Playing, singing, recording Churches and synagogues; playing, directing, singing of music for worship services Other areas Music business and service Music instrument repair Publishing, librarianship, therapy, communications Sheet music and instrument sales UNIQUE FEATURES: Excellent ensemble performance opportunities with regularly scheduled national and international tours Solo and group performance opportunities, including student recitals, competitions and possible professional experience, such as playing with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra Outstanding and dedicated faculty who know and care about their students Faculty members who enhance UNI’s music program through their varied backgrounds as teachers, performers, composers and scholars Small classes that foster camaraderie between students and faculty An excellent jazz program including the award-winning Jazz Band I (winner of several Downbeat Magazine CD awards) Participation in workshops presented by well-known professional jazz and classical musicians School of Music Student Advising Board Opera/music theatre performances Minors: Jazz Studies Music [-]

BA Political Science

Campus Full time 8 semesters September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

Political science is the study of government and governing systems [+]

The Department of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa offers a number of unique undergraduate programs taught by nationally and internationally known scholars. Our mission is to promote systematic analyses of local, national and international political processes by disseminating knowledge, equipping students with critical thinking and analytical skills, and contributing scholarly research and publication to the discipline. Political science is the study of government and governing systems. Its origins reach back to Aristotle, who referred to politics as the “queen of the sciences.” Today political scientists are interested in many of the same normative questions that engaged ancient scholars, such as how should governments be structured and how should power be distributed. In addition, modern political scientists are concerned with accurately measuring and explaining a wide variety of political phenomenon, such as voting behavior and international conflict. At present, we have 14 faculty members who teach a wide variety of courses in American politics, public administration, comparative politics, international relations and political theory. Our classes are generally small, and students have easy access to faculty outside of the classroom. Since all professors teach freshmen and sophomores as well as upper division courses, students get to know their teachers early in their college careers. Our graduates are prepared for careers in civil and foreign service, public and private sector management and administration, political organizations and consulting, and education. And, every year many of our graduates choose to continue their education in doctoral programs and law schools. Political Communication, B.A. Political communication majors must complete 36 to 37 semester hours, including an internship. Students are required to take a set of core courses in politics and communications and then select two areas of concentration for their remaining coursework. The political communication major combines the strengths of the communication studies and political science fields to create a major for those interested in careers in public affairs management. Jobs in this area include public relations for governments and non-profit organizations, campaign management, political journalism in electronic or print media, political speech writing and advertising, survey research, and public opinion consulting. Students who have been active in debate teams, newspapers, student government or community organizations will find that this major allows them to combine their interests in these activities with their academic coursework. Minors: International Affairs Political Science Politics and Law CAREERS: Civil service: local, state and national Foreign service Law enforcement agencies: FBI, CIA Lawyer Legislative assistant Political analyst Lobbyist Fundraiser Business manager Civic and public leader Teacher UNIQUE FEATURES: Outstanding faculty recognized nationally and internationally for their contribution to the discipline Internship programs Student organizations including Political Science Society, Daniel Webster Law Society, International Affair Organization, and Model United Nations National and international exchange programs SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS: Each year the Department of Political Science awards the Black Hawk County Bar Association Pre-Law Scholarship, Charles Ray and Ada May Hoxie Scholarship, Dennis Jensen Memorial Scholarship, and the Glasener Endowed Political Science Scholarship to current political science, public administration and political communication majors. [-]

BA Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

Psychology is the study of human and animal behavior (normal and abnormal) and the psychological, social and biological processes related to that behavior. Majoring in psychology can prepare an individual for a number of different roles: teacher, researcher, service provider, administrator or consultant. [+]

Psychology is the study of human and animal behavior (normal and abnormal) and the psychological, social and biological processes related to that behavior. Majoring in psychology can prepare an individual for a number of different roles: teacher, researcher, service provider, administrator or consultant. Because of the diversity of psychology’s areas, there is room for students with many different personal qualities. Common minors pursued Typical minors are biology, sociology, family services, criminology, women’s studies, business, community health education and political science. CAREERS: Psychology graduates from the University of Northern Iowa have had job opportunities in a number of different areas. Typical work settings include community mental health centers, vocational rehabilitation offices and correctional programs. Another occupation for those with at least bachelor’s level training is teaching psychology in secondary schools. UNIQUE FEATURES: Award-winning faculty who are committed to teaching and personal attention to students Active Psychology Club and Psychology Honor Society Opportunities to work one-on-one with faculty in research and teaching Variety of community volunteer experiences for course credit Annual Social Sciences Research Conference Opportunities to present at professional meetings SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Scholarships are available to incoming freshmen in half to full in-state tuition amounts. Applicants must complete a test and interview on campus. To be considered for many University of Northern Iowa scholarships, you need only complete the application for admission. For additional scholarship opportunities complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Jan. 1. Colleges and departments within the university have separate application procedures, deadlines and interviews that may be required for scholarship consideration. Declaring a Psychology Degree Students who wish to declare psychology as a major or minor should go to Bartlett Hall, room 1078, to fill out necessary paperwork. Students must have completed 9 hours of psychology courses (including Introduction to Psychology) with a minimum GPA of 2.50. Only psychology courses with an earned grade of C- or higher will count toward the major and minor. It is possible for psychology majors to graduate with departmental honors if they have an overall GPA of 3.50 or higher and complete a research project deemed worthy of honors by the department. Generally such a project is done in the context of 3 hours of PSYCH 4705, Research Experience in Psychology. Introduction to Psychology (PSYCH 1001) is a prerequisite for most psychology courses, and therefore must be taken by all majors and minors. It also fulfills Liberal Arts Core 5B. Undergraduate Advising Coordinator: Mike Gasser [-]

BA TESOL

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Cedar Falls

A major in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) focuses on understanding the components of languages--sounds, words, and syntax or grammar [+]

A major in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) focuses on understanding the components of languages--sounds, words, and syntax or grammar--and the interrelationship between language and cultural attitudes, values, and practices, and then on applying this understanding to teaching English to those whose first or native language is not English (English language learners). TESOL alumThis major offers excellent preparation for vocations such as teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) both within the United States and in other countries, developing instructional materials--including resources for assessing language fluency--and working in government agencies and non-profit organizations in international settings. In addition, students who complete the Professional Sequence for Teacher Education and who enroll in TESOL courses may apply a given number of TESOL credits toward an ESL K-12 Endorsement on an Iowa Teacher license. TESOL B.A. major: Courses focus on learning skills such as second language assessment, literacy, and instruction methods for non-native speakers of English. Minors: English: Literacy Studies English: Film Studies English-Teaching Interdisciplinary Language Studies: French Spanish Spanish-Teaching TESOL TESOL-Teaching Writing: Creative Writing Writing: Professional Writing CAREERS: These vocations range from secondary and post-secondary teaching and careers in writing, technical writing, public information, editing and publishing to professional positions in such areas as the arts, law, business, banking, and insurance, computer technology and software, library services, and local, state and national government service. Examples of positions held by recent graduates Middle school teacher High school teacher School guidance counselor College/university teacher College student services director School librarian/media specialist Public library director Free-lance writer Technical writer Newspaper reporter, feature writer Newspaper sports editor Magazine writer, editor UNIQUE FEATURES: Highly productive and student-centered faculty Distinguished visiting writers and scholars teach occasional courses Broad range of literature courses, traditional to contemporary Courses in multicultural literature, women's studies, and film and media studies Minor programs in creative writing and professional writing Small classes emphasizing discussion and student participation Home of the North American Review, Prolepsis, and Inner Weather SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS: Margaret Divelbess Scholarship Mary Wheat Graves Award Frank and Otelia Kraft Scholarship Myrtle Telleen Collins Spirit of Life Creative Writing Scholarship Irene M. Thompson Scholarship Critical Writing Essay Competition Erlene Hubley Literary Prize Selina Terry Poetry Award James Hearst Award Dean's Award Roberta S. Tamres Sci-Fi Award [-]

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