Grow your future with a STEM degree

Upper Iowa University is an active member of the LSAMP* IINspire Alliance, which is responding to the national call to expand the STEM workforce. Two-thirds of all STEM jobs require at least a bachelor's degree. Completing a degree in one of the majors (or a double major) from the UIU School of Arts and Sciences prepares you to enter the fast-paced, high-paid STEM fields.

Benefit from...

  • Individual advising to help you develop the competitive portfolio that will make you stand out from other bachelor's degree graduates
  • Pre-professional advising to prepare you for graduate or professional school
    • The critical thinking and problem-solving skills you will develop while earning a STEM degree will prepare you for the rigors of any Master's or Doctorate degree program
    • Prepare for graduate and professional degrees such as Engineering, Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Veterinary
    • Make sure you're headed in the right direction and stay on the right path throughout your undergraduate years
    • Prepare for entry tests for graduate and professional programs
  • The STEM first-year initiative for students in the physical sciences
    • Enjoy outside speakers
    • Develop a group of peers
    • Benefit from a learning community/support network
    • Accelerate the educational impact of your courses
  • STEM Success Center in Colgrove-Walker Hall for students in all STEM majors
    • Free tutoring services and mentoring
  • Science and Environmental Club
  • IT/Computer Club
  • Four federally funded work study positions
  • Stipends for internships, conference fees and travel to present student work, research opportunities
  • Experience the natural outdoor laboratory of northeast Iowa and the Upper Mississippi valley, a diverse ecosystem offering field-based, hands-on interdisciplinary research and experiences
    • Located on Silurian Escarpment of Northeast Iowa
    • Includes Mississippi River, "Driftless Area", karst-influenced Paleozoic bedrock, river-formed limestone cliffs, glacial landforms, and intensely farmed agroecosystems
    • Associated challenges include land use change and planning, soil and water conservation, invasive species control, preservation and restoration of native species and habitats
    • Near state and national recreation areas and fish and wildlife refuges
  • Eligibility for federal, state, community, private and institutional scholarships
  • Financial Support for STEM Students
    • The UIU Department of STEM and the School of Arts and Sciences have developed some external grants through which eligible students majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields may receive financial support (scholarships, stipends, additional resources). Funding for Academic Year 2016-2017 is dependent on grant awards. See more at:

*The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), funded by a National Science Foundation Grant aims to increase the quality and quantity of students successfully completing STEM baccalaureate degree programs, and to increase the number of students who earn doctorates in STEM fields, particularly those from underrepresented populations.

STEM Majors

STEM targeted as national priority

Increasing the number of STEM workers is a national priority. The United States has fallen behind where it matters – the supply of high technology workers and the creativity and innovation they bring. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are the engine that generates new ideas, launches new companies, sustains growth and drives economic stability. Check out the stats:

Fastest Growing. Highest Paying.

  • In terms of salary (with a bachelor's degree) all of the top 5 and 15 of the 20 fastest careers are in STEM fields
    • Workers with a STEM degree earn 26% more, even if not working in a STEM field
    • Women in STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than women in other occupations
  • All of the top 10 jobs with greatest growth potential are STEM
    • All jobs expected to grow by 10.4%; STEM jobs expected to increase by 21.4%
    • Growth in STEM jobs three times as fast as non-STEM jobs

Job Variety. Stability.

  • STEM unemployment rates 5.3 percent; non-STEM careers nearly 10 percent (2010)
  • 46% of STEM jobs are within computer and math fields
  • 33% are engineering and surveying
  • 13 % are physical and life sciences
  • 19 % in STEM management
  • STEM bachelor's degrees can lead to careers in teaching, law, and health care practitioners or technicians

Opportunity. Especially for Women and Minorities.

  • 1 in every 18 workers is in a STEM field (2010)
  • 1 million STEM job openings by 2018; but only 16% of bachelor's degrees awarded in U.S. are STEM related
  • Out of every 100 9th graders, only 6 graduate from college with a STEM degree
  • Disproportionate numbers of blacks and Hispanics pursue STEM field
    • African Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanics comprise 28.5% of the U.S. population, but represent only 9.1% of college-educated Americans in STEM workforce
    • Of all degree-holding African-Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanics, only 30% go into STEM jobs
    • Women are nearly 50% of college-educated workforce and hold 48% of all jobs, but only 24% of STEM jobs
    • Of those women, only 14 percent are in engineering jobs; 17 % computer/math; 40% physical/life sciences.

Data from the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Commerce Department, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and National Academy of Science

Contact Dr. Kata McCarville for more information.