University Of Northern Iowa

Introduction

The University of Northern Iowa offers 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. UNI 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. UNI

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. UNI

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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BA

BA Actuarial Science

Campus Full time September 2018 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.... [-]


BA Biology

Campus Full time September 2018 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.... [-]


BA Communication Studies

Campus Full time September 2018 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.... [-]


BA Criminology

Campus Full time September 2018 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.... [-]


BA Environmental Science

Campus Full time September 2018 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 ... [-]

BA in Psychology

Campus Full time September 2018 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.... [-]


BA Music

Campus Full time 8 semesters September 2018 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

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.... [-]


BA Political Science

Campus Full time 8 semesters September 2018 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.... [-]


BA TESOL

Campus Full time September 2018 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.... [-]


BSc

BS Biochemistry

Campus Full time September 2018 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.... [-]


BS Electrical Engineering Technology (EET)

Campus Full time September 2018 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:... [-]


BS Geographic Information Science

Campus Full time 8 semesters September 2018 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.... [-]


Bachelor

Bachelor in Interactive Digital Studies

Campus Full time September 2018 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.... [-]


Bachelor in Physics

Campus Full time September 2018 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.... [-]


Bachelor Movement & Exercise Science

Campus Full time September 2018 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.... [-]


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