Catalog 2010-2012

Undergraduate Curricula

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Two programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree are available.

  1. Bachelor of Arts - Teaching Program - 120 semester hours
    Note:
    Programs requiring more than 120 semester hours to graduate (see major requirements) are identified and may include up to144 semester hours.
    On this program students are prepared as:
    1. Secondary teachers of art, business, biology, chemistry, communications, earth science, geography, English, foreign languages, health, industrial arts, mathematics, modern languages, music, physical education, physics, science, social science subjects (economics, history, etc.), and speech.
    2. Special teachers of art, industrial arts, music, physical education, special education, and speech.
    3. Early childhood and elementary teachers (kindergarten through sixth grade).
    4. Middle level education teachers in various areas of instruction.
  2. Bachelor of Arts - 120 semester hours
    Note:
    Programs requiring more than 120 semester hours (see major requirements) are identified.
    On this program students are prepared in the following areas:
    1. Liberal Arts - accounting, art, biology, business, chemistry and biochemistry, communications, computer science, criminology, design, textiles, gerontology & family studies, economics, English, finance, geology, health, industrial technology, leisure services, management, marketing, mathematics, modern languages, music, philosophy, physical education, physics, psychology, speech, social science, social work, science, and theatre.
    2. Program for Registered Nurses.
      A student certified or licensed as a registered nurse (R.N.) may be recommended for a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in General Studies in accordance with the following provisions:
      1. A student who has taken the work required for certification or licensure, including the successful completion of required agency examinations, will have 34-45 semester hours accepted for transfer to apply on the bachelor's degree. Such work may have been earned in a two-year associate degree program or in an approved hospital diploma program.
        These hours of transfer work may be affected by a general university requirement that a maximum of 65 semester hours may be accepted from a two-year institution. The 34-45 semester hours of transfer credit for R.N. certification is considered part of this limit. Thus, a student who has earned more than 20 semester hours of other two-year college credit may not be able to use all of the nursing credits for graduation requirements. Such individuals should consult the Director of Admissions concerning the application of this requirement in her/his situation.
      2. Eleven of the total number of semester hours accepted as advanced standing for R.N. certification are applied to Liberal Arts Core requirements in the areas of biology, chemistry, and interpersonal relationships. Specifically, the 11 hours would be dispersed in the following way:
        Category 4. Natural Science and Technology
        (a) Life Sciences - 3 hrs.
        (b) Physical Sciences - 3 hrs.
        Category 5. Social Science
        (a) Group A (1 course) - 2-3 hrs.
        (b) Group B (1 course) - 2-3 hrs.
        One course from Group A, B, or C is required.
        The student will be held to courses required in the remaining Liberal Arts Core categories.
      3. The student shall complete a minimum of 15 hours of 100-level* courses from each of two of the five colleges** for a total of 30 hours. The student's program will be planned in consultation with the Individual Studies Program Coordinator.
        *See course descriptions for 4-digit numbers (to be implemented Fall 2011) associated with 100-level courses.
        **Plans are in progress to consolidate the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the College of Natural Sciences by June 30, 2011.
      4. As an alternative to item c, the student may complete the requirements for a major offered by any department and graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in the chosen major.
      5. A student may not earn duplicate credit for courses taken at another institution and judged to be equivalent.
      6. The student shall earn enough credit in elective courses to have a total of 120 hours of academic credit.
      7. This program is under the jurisdiction and general supervision of Individual Studies. Students entering this program will confer with the Program Coordinator.
        This degree program is not recommended for students intending to work in nursing education at the collegiate level, in such areas as public health, or psychiatric nursing, nor those for whom the primary intention is graduate work in nursing.
    3. Joint Program
      • Students interested in one of the following professional programs may complete the basic work on the University of Northern Iowa campus and transfer to UNI a year's credit from the professional school to complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree at UNI:
        • Chiropractic
        • Cytotechnology
        • Dentistry
        • Medicine
        • Medical Technology
        • Optometry
        • Physician Assistant
        • Pharmacy
        • Physical Therapy
        • Podiatry
        • Veterinary

          A student shall complete at UNI all the requirements in the Liberal Arts Core (45 semester hours) and the requirements for the B.A. (Joint Program Option) in Biology and have a total of at least 92 semester hours at UNI. The professional courses transferred must bring the total hours to at least 120 semester hours. Credit is accepted only from professional schools which are fully accredited. Details of the B.A. (Joint Program Option) are available from the Biology Department.
          The student must know the requirements for entrance to the professional school so as to be able to take at the University of Northern Iowa the work required for admission while at the same time meeting UNI degree requirements. The student will work with the Biology Department advisor who will help in the selection of proper courses.
          Acceptance of credit from professional schools of chiropractic, cytotechnology, dentistry, medicine, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, podiatry, and veterinary medicine toward meeting part of degree requirements:
          A student who has completed three years or more of college work with a minimum of 92 semester hours, of which at least the last 30 hours of work were completed at the University of Northern Iowa before admission to an accredited professional college, may use professional credit to satisfy the remaining hours required for the baccalaureate degree at the University of Northern Iowa. The student shall have completed all of the specific requirements for the B.A. (Joint Program Option).

  3. Other Programs
    1. Pre-professional.
      Suggested programs are available for those planning to complete programs in allied health, biomedical, chiropractic, dentistry, engineering, law, medical technology, medicine, mortuary science, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatry, theology, and veterinary medicine. These program guides may be requested from the Office of Admissions or visit the Web site www.uni.edu/majors/other/preprograms.
    2. Physics/Engineering Dual-Degree Program.
      Qualified students may pursue a dual-degree program leading to a B.S. Applied Physics degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a B.S. Engineering degree from Iowa State University or the University of Iowa. For details, please refer to the section of this catalog under Physics, Bachelor of Science Degree Programs, Applied Physics/Engineering Dual-Degree Major, on page xxx.
    3. Cooperative Programs.
      1. The University of Northern Iowa offers prerequisite coursework for students planning to apply to other colleges for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Allen College has a cooperative agreement with UNI for students admitted into their nursing and radiography programs.
      2. Three-year Program in Medical Technology. The University of Northern Iowa cooperates with St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids and University of Iowa Medical School in Iowa City, to offer the first three years of work; St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids and University of Iowa Medical School in Iowa City offer the fourth year.
      3. Three-year Program in Cytotechnology. The University of Northern Iowa cooperates with Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences, Rochester, Minnesota; School of Cytotechnology, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, Madison, Wisconsin; and Mercy School of Cytotechnology, Des Moines, Iowa. The first three years of work are done at UNI; during the fourth year, cytotechnology will be taken at one of the three cooperating schools.
      4. Three-year program in chiropractic medicine with Logan College of Chiropractic, Chesterfield, MO; Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, IA. The first three years of work are done at UNI; during the fourth year, chiropractic classes will be taken at the cooperating school.
        A student who expects to transfer to another institution should declare her/his special interest at the time of admission. The student will be assigned to an advisor who is familiar with the type of program being sought. Before seeing her/his advisor for the first time, the student should secure a current copy of the catalog of the school to which the transfer is planned.
    4. Community College Partnerships. The A.A. Degree from all Iowa community colleges fulfills the majority of the Liberal Arts requirements at UNI. In addition, other partnerships, also known as articulation agreements, have been developed between UNI and all Iowa community colleges for some UNI baccalaureate degree programs. These agreements show specific courses that need to be taken at each school to complete a program. If available, an articulation agreement typically results in the quickest route to graduation for a transfer student.
      These partnerships are often known as 2+2 programs, although the time to complete a degree may take more than four years depending on individual circumstances. Contact the UNI Office of Admissions to find out if an agreement is available in a specific area of interest.
      In certain instances, the UNI portion of a 2+2 program is offered at the  community college for students who are place bound or career changing. These include B.A. degrees in elementary education teaching and early childhood education endorsement.
      When offered on-site, the second two years are taught by UNI faculty through a mix of delivery systems including on-site classes, classes over the Iowa Communication Network, or Web-based course work. All 2+2 programs offer the same classes as programs offered on the UNI campus.
      For more information contact the UNI Office of Admissions, Cedar Falls, IA; phone 319-273-2281.
    5. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
      1. The Four-Year Program. The Army ROTC Four-Year Program consists of two parts: the Basic Course and the Advanced Course.
        The Basic Course is usually taken during the freshman and sophomore years. Students taking a Basic Course class do not incur a military service obligation (except for scholarship students). The Basic Course teaches the student leadership, oral and written communication skills, survival skills, and basic soldier skills. There is no prerequisite that the basic courses be taken in sequence; however, a student must complete the basic course or the equivalent (see paragraph b. below), before progressing into the advanced course.
        The Advanced Course is usually taken during the junior and senior years. Students enrolled and contracted in the Advanced Course will incur a military obligation (either active or reserve). The Advanced Course teaches the student about small unit tactics, leadership, ethics, management of military organizations and resources, as well as military law. The Department of the Army will pay all contracted cadets up to $4,000 a year during the last two years of the program.
      2. Accelerated Program. The accelerated program is designed specifically to fill the needs of the students who did not take Army ROTC during the first two years. Placement credit for the basic course may be obtained in several ways. The most common methods are prior military service, enlisted basic training, or successful completion of a six-week summer ROTC basic camp.
      3. The Simultaneous Membership Program. The Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) allows contracted cadets to be members of the Iowa Army National Guard or the Army Reserve and Army ROTC simultaneously.
        ROTC SMP cadets are paid at the rate of a Sergeant (E-5) for their one weekend a month training assemblies, plus up to $4,000 a year subsistence allowance from the ROTC Advanced Course, and New G.I. Bill educational assistance benefits. Many ROTC SMP cadets also qualify for the Student Loan Repayment Program.
      4. ROTC Scholarships. U.S. Army ROTC three- and four-year scholarships are available. They cover up to $20,000 per year toward tuition and required educational fees at UNI, and provide $600 per semester for textbooks, supplies, and equipment.
        Army ROTC scholarships also provide a subsistence allowance of up to $4,000 for each school year that the scholarships are in effect. Winning and accepting an ROTC scholarship does not preclude accepting other scholarships. Additional ROTC scholarship information is contained on page xxx.
      5. Military Science Minor. The Military Science Department offers a minor in Military Science. Requirements for the minor are 33-39 hours and include Military Science courses as well as elective courses. More information is contained on page xxx.
      6. Additional Information. Additional information regarding the U.S. Army ROTC program is contained under the section titled Military Science, on page xxx. The specific courses offered by the Department of Military Science are listed under the Department of Military Science on page xxx. For additional information, write to the University of Northern Iowa, Department of Military Science, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0142; come in person to West Gym (Room 203), UNI campus; or call the student advisor at 319-273-6178 or 319-273-6337. Please visit our Web site www.uni.edu/rotc.

 

Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Arts Curricula

A minimum of 120 semester hours is required to complete the B.A. Liberal Arts degree. All candidates on this program will complete the following pattern:

Semester Hours
Liberal Arts Core Minimum 45
Major, minor, foreign language, electives  75
Minimum 120*

Not later than the beginning of the sophomore year, each student enrolled in this program will choose one major from the list below. A knowledge of a foreign language is required or recommended for several majors. Specific information regarding the foreign language requirements will be found with the departmental listings. It is recommended that the student include in her/his electives a course in the literature of some language or languages other than English (in translation if not in the original).

*Programs requiring more than 120 hours are identified (see specific major requirements).

Majors and Minors

Specific requirements for the various majors and minors will be found with the departmental listings.

Majors

Accounting

Anthropology                   

Art

Athletic Training

Biochemistry

Biology

Biology: Ecology and Systematics Emphasis

Biology: Biomedical Emphasis

Biology: Microbiology Emphasis

Biology: Plant Bioscience Emphasis

Biotechnology

Chemistry

Chemistry-Marketing

Communication

Communication/Electronic Media

Communication/Public Relations

Communicative Disorders

Computer Science

Criminology

Earth Science

Earth Science: Interpretive Naturalist Emphasis

Economics

English

Family Services

Finance

General Studies

General Studies for Registered Nurses

Geography

Geography: Environmental Systems Emphasis

Geography: Urban and Regional Spatial Analysis Emphasis

Geology

Gerontology

Global Studies

Graphic Technologies

Health Promotion

History

Humanities

Individual Studies

Interior Design

Leisure, Youth and Human Services

Management

Management Information Systems

Marketing

Mathematics

Mathematics-Statistics/Actuarial Science

Movement and Exercise Science

Music

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Philosophy

Physics

Political Communication

Political Science

Psychology

Public Administration

Real Estate

Social Work

Sociology

Spanish

Study of Religion

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Technology Management

Textile and Apparel

Theatre

World Languages and Culture - Dual

World Languages and Culture - French

World Languages and Culture - German

World Languages and Culture - Russian     

 

Minors

Accounting

Accounting-Business

Anthropology

Art

Art History

Asian Studies

Astronomy

Bioinformatics

Biology

Business Communication

Chemistry

Communication

Communication/Journalism

Communication/Public Relations

Comparative Literature

Computer Science

Criminology

Dance

Earth Science

Economics

Educational Technology

Electrical and Electronics Technology (EET)

English

Ethics

Family Studies

Finance (for Business and Non-Business Majors)

French Studies

General Business Concepts

Geography

Geology

German

Gerontology

Graphic Technologies

Health Promotion

History

International Affairs

International Business

International Business (non-business majors)

Jazz Studies

Leadership Studies

Leisure Services

Manufacturing Technology Design

Marketing

Mathematics

Meteorology

Military Science

Music

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Natural History Interpretation

Philosophy

Physics

Political Science

Politics and Law

Portuguese

Psychology

Real Estate

Real Estate-Business

Religion

Russian

Russian and East European Studies

Sociology

Spanish

Statistics and Actuarial Science

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Technology Management

Textile and Apparel

Theatre

Women's and Gender Studies

Writing

Youth Services Administration

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

 The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is generally recognized as the professional undergraduate degree in the visual arts. Students are required to pass a portfolio review for admission to the B.F.A. program in the Department of Art. Once admitted, students opt for an emphasis in one of the nine studio areas in the Department of Art: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, jewelry/metals, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. During their senior year, candidates for this degree are required to present an exhibition of their creative works demonstrating competency in the studio arts. (See Department of Art, page xxx, for detailed information about this program.)

A minimum of 130 semester hours is required to complete the B.F.A. degree. This degree does not provide for licensure to teach; additional hours are necessary to meet licensure requirements.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Curricula

Candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree will complete the following pattern of work:

Art Major      Semester Hours
Liberal Arts Core 45
Major Requirements 78
General Electives 7
B.F.A. Senior Exhibition 0
  130

Major

Art: Studio B.F.A.

 

Bachelor of Music Degree

Majors in this degree program have the choice of an educational major or two professional majors. The Music Education major carries licensure to teach music in grades K-8 and 5-12. The Performance major with emphases in voice, piano, organ, and band-orchestral instruments, and the Composition-Theory major are professional programs designed to prepare students for careers as artists-performers or composers, or for entrance to graduate schools where further excellence in a performance area might be pursued. Students earning the Bachelor of Music degree are prepared as performers, college teachers, and in all areas where a high degree of music or performing skill is required.

 

Bachelor of Music Degree Curricula           

All candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree will complete a pattern similar to the following. A minimum of 120 semester hours is required for the Bachelor of Music degree.  However, total hours to graduate may range from 121-149 depending on the major chosen (see pages xxx-xxx for specific major requirements).

Semester Hours  
Liberal Arts Core 42

Music requirements (applied, theory, history and literature, conducting, ensembles, recital, composition, electives)

66-80
General electives/professional sequence* 0-36

 

The following majors are offered on this degree program:

Composition-Theory 79 hours
Music Education (teaching) 66, 67, or 77 hours

Performance (voice, piano, organ, band-orchestral instruments)

80 hours

*Music Education majors must also complete the Professional Education Requirements (see page xxx). The minimum semester-hour requirements vary with the specialization chosen. The Music Education major carries licensure to teach in grades K-8 and 5-12.

The approval of the faculty, and the Associate Director of the School of Music must be secured before a student is admitted formally to this degree program. All students who have been admitted to the school and wish to pursue a music major curriculum must undertake a common core of required courses during the freshman year. During the second semester of the freshman year, an extensive evaluation of each music major will be conducted. In addition to the entrance audition required of all students who intend to major in music, transfer students are required to take a placement exam in music theory or start with level l in Theory, Aural Training, and Sight Singing. The music faculty will evaluate the performance in these areas to determine School of Music admissibility for each transfer student.

Participation in a performance organization such as band, chorus, orchestra, and other ensembles, is required of all degree students every semester in residence.

(See the School of Music, page xxx, for additional information.)

Majors

Composition-Theory

Music Education

Performance

 

Bachelor of Science Degree Curricula

The Bachelor of Science degree should be elected by those students who are preparing for careers in areas where effective application of knowledge and training requires a higher degree of concentration in subject matter and cognate areas, particularly in advanced-level course work. This degree is especially appropriate for students planning post-baccalaureate study in graduate or professional schools.

Since this degree assumes a higher degree of concentration in subject matter, a major leading to this degree will ordinarily require at least eight 100-level* semester hours of credit more than an identically-named major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. A minimum of 126 semester hours is required for the Bachelor of Science degree.

Requirements include:

  1. a minimum of 56 hours in the subject and cognate areas with:
    1. at least 36 hours in the subject area;
    2. at least one 100-level* course in cognate areas;
  2. the completion of undergraduate research or internship carrying 1-2 semester hours of credit applicable to either the subject or cognate area(s). This project should result in the completion of a written report. The major department must certify to the Registrar that the research requirement has been met before the degree is granted;
  3. the completion of the Liberal Arts Core requirements selected from courses included in the six Liberal Arts Core categories.

*See course descriptions for 4-digit numbers (to be implemented Fall 2011) associated with 100-level courses.

 

Majors

Applied Physics

Biochemistry

Bioinfomatics

Biology

Chemistry

Computer Science

Construction Management           

Electrical Engineering Technology (EET)

Geographic Information Sciences

Geology

Manufacturing Technology

Networking and System Administration

Physics

 

Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (B.L.S.) program is offered by the three Iowa Regents= Universities: University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Iowa. The purpose of the B.L.S. is to offer educational opportunities to those students who are unable to attend college as full-time, on-campus students. Students may complete the degree at their own pace without attending on-campus courses. Students often use guided independent study and other distance learning opportunities to earn credit.

Admission to the Program.  Each student entering the program must have earned:

  1. an Associate of Arts degree from an accredited, two-year college, or at least 60 semester hours of college credit acceptable toward graduation at UNI;
  2. a minimum 2.00 grade point average.

Total Credit Requirements. A total of at least 120 semester hours of credit, including transferable credit earned, is required for graduation. The total must fulfill the following specifications:

  1. 45 semester hours of credit earned at four-year colleges in courses defined as upper-level at the colleges in which courses are taken. At the University of Northern Iowa, upper-level courses are those numbered 100* and above;
           *See course descriptions for 4-digit numbers (to be implemented Fall 2011) associated with 100-level courses.
  2. at least 30 hours of credit earned in the junior and/or senior years in courses at UNI. This total may include nonresidence credit.

Liberal Arts Core Requirements. Students must meet the basic undergraduate core requirements as specified and determined by the policies of the degree-granting institution.

Program Distribution Requirements. To insure sufficient breadth of study, each student's program must include, in addition to the credit used to fulfill the Liberal Arts Core requirements previously stated, a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit in each of the three (3) areas selected from the following list. Of the total 36 semester hours of credit applied to fulfill this requirement, 24 semester hours must be in upper-level credits as defined by the institution in which the courses are taken, with at least 6 semester hours of upper-level credits in each of the three areas chosen.

  1. Humanities
  2. Communications and Arts
  3. Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  4. Social Sciences
  5. Professional fields (such as business, design, textiles, gerontology & family studies, social work, and education)

Information and details regarding admission to the B.L.S. program, evaluation of prior academic work, program advising, and declaration of major may be obtained from Continuing and Distance Education, 2637 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0223. Students may also call the B.L.S. advisor at 1-800-772-1746 or 319-273-2504. Students are also encouraged to visit the B.L.S. Web site www.uni.edu/continuinged/bls.

 

Change of Degree Program

Students who change from one degree program to another will be held for all specific requirements of the program on which they expect to graduate. There will be little difficulty in making such a change if it is made not later than the beginning of the junior year. However, if the change is made later than that, there is no assurance that the student will be able to complete the work required for graduation within a four-year period.