UNI and ISU partner on dual physics and engineering degree program

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa President Bill Ruud and Iowa State University President Steven Leath signed a memorandum of understanding at the Board of Regents meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25, offering students the opportunity to earn a physics and engineering degree from each university in five years.

The program will enable a student to spend three years at UNI before transferring to ISU for their final two years. The student will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from UNI and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Iowa State.

“This is an example of the very high level of collaboration and cooperation between ISU and UNI,” said UNI Provost Jim Wohlpart. “The faculty initiated this conversation and have worked together to create an opportunity for ISU to receive outstanding physics majors from UNI into their engineering programs and for UNI to offer a pathway into engineering for our students.”

Provost Wohlpart sees this as a remarkable recruitment tool for UNI, allowing engineering students who might prefer to start their college career on a smaller campus to take advantage of the atmosphere at UNI, before transferring to ISU.

“I would add that our physics faculty do a remarkable job offering students opportunities for high levels of learning both inside and outside the classroom -- hands on, engaged learning that applies what they are learning in the class to real world settings. It is a remarkable program; our students will excel in the ISU engineering programs.”

Students interested in this new degree path are encouraged to meet with an academic adviser to discuss a plan that would place them on the dual degree track.


Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, blake.ruane@uni.edu