Majors

Engineering and Physics 3+2

Engineering and Physics 3+2

Qualified students may pursue a dual-degree major leading to a B.S. Physics degree from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and a B.S. Engineering degree from Iowa State University (ISU). This requires three years of attendance at UNI followed by two years of attendance at ISU. Students who are on track to successfully complete the B.S. Physics requirements after three years at UNI are guaranteed admittance into an engineering program at ISU if they have:

  • A grade-point average of at least 2.5 in physics, mathematics and science course work required for the B.S. Physics degree at UNI and

  • An overall grade-point average of at least 2.0 in all courses (major, Liberal Arts Core and electives) that count toward the B.S. degree.

The dual degree combines the skills in analysis and computation acquired in the study of physics with the practical knowledge and experience characteristic of an engineer. The wide range of skills and abilities acquired in this dual-degree program make for a highly flexible worker with the capacity to model, calculate, code, design and build. These are precisely the skills needed to succeed in an industrial workplace where technology changes rapidly.

TRANSFER TIP

Students should declare their interest in the 3+2 program as early as possible by informing their advisor or the Physics Department Head.

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research

Future engineers have the opportunity to engage in high-level physics research at UNI, even as first-year students. Each summer, approximately 15 students participate in research projects under the supervision of UNI faculty members in the Physics Department. Many students continue their research into the following academic year and frequently become co-authors of articles published in high-quality research journals.

Variety of Research Areas
Variety of Research Areas

Faculty in UNI’s Physics and Engineering 3+2 program have a wide range of research interests that students have the opportunity to partner on, including nanomaterials, surface physics, optical spectroscopy, experimental and theoretical magnetic materials, biophysics and science education.

Out-of-Classroom Opportunities
Out-of-Classroom Opportunities

Many students continue their research into the following academic year and frequently become co-authors of articles published in high-quality research journals. This research experience strongly complements course work in physics and engineering as well as internships in industry by providing skills such as experiment design, data analysis and computer modeling.

CAREERS

96% of last year's UNI graduates are employed or continuing their education

FIND OUT MORE

Have questions or want more information? Fill out the form below and someone from the department will contact you directly. To receive general university information from UNI’s admissions office, please click on ‘Request More Info About UNI’.

Paul M. Shand
Department Head
319-273-2420
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