University College


  • Lon D. Moeller

Assistant dean

  • Andrew Beckett


Affiliated faculty

  • Julie Andsager (Journalism and Mass Communication/Community and Behavioral Health), Chris Brochu (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Cary Covington (Political Science), Steve Duck (Communication Studies/Psychology), Brooks Landon (English), Shaun Vecera (Psychology)
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University College is home to a wide range of programs for University of Iowa students and precollege students. It includes major college-level programs such as the University of Iowa Honors Program, Study Abroad, Career Center Programs, and study at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory.

University College offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Applied Studies (B.A.S.) degree and the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (B.L.S.) degree. Both programs enable students to complete a bachelor's degree by distance education. The B.A.S., which is designed for graduates of community college technical programs, provides alternatives to traditional academic majors, permitting students to plan their own emphasis areas in consultation with their advisors. The B.L.S. is a general undergraduate degree without a traditional academic major; students work with their advisors to plan study programs that meet their individual objectives.

The college also offers undergraduate certificate programs in clinical and translational science, human rights, leadership studies, nonprofit management, and sustainability. In addition, it is home to summer undergraduate research programs in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), microbiology, and medical scientist training.

Some University College programs and courses are designed to smooth entering students' transition to college life, such as College Success Initiatives courses and First-Year Seminars, or to provide opportunities for populations underrepresented in the sciences and engineering, such as Iowa Biosciences Advantage.

Lifetime Leisure Skills courses in a broad range of sport and fitness activities are offered through University College, as are special courses for students preparing for work and/or internships at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and students who design web sites for University departments and offices.

The University's Reserve Officer Training Corps programs, Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC) and Military Science (Army ROTC), reside in University College.

In addition, University College offers courses in several precollege programs: the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education, the Center for Diversity & Enrichment, the Iowa Young Writers' Studio, the Secondary Student Training Program, and University of Iowa Upward Bound.

Courses offered through University College are taught by University of Iowa faculty and staff members.