UT and King University, a private university in Bristol, Tennessee, are forging a unique partnership that will allow students to graduate with a degree from both institutions.
The dual degree program will allow students meeting certain requirements agreed upon by both universities to spend their first three years at King before being admitted to UT’s Tickle College of Engineering in select areas.
“This is a program we are very pleased to begin offering,” said UT’s Masood Parang, associate dean of the college and a professor of mechanical engineering. “This will familiarize students with multiple fields of study and introduce them to a range of available majors.
“This agreement provides a framework for strategic collaboration between the universities.”
At King, students will focus their studies on chemistry, computer science, math, and physics, with an emphasis on developing analytical and communication skills.
Once they qualify for the program after their junior year, they will be able to transfer 96 hours toward a related engineering degree at UT.
Upon graduation, they will have a bachelor’s degree in applied science and mathematics from King and a bachelor’s degree in an engineering field from UT.
Current juniors at King who meet the criteria will be able to apply to transfer to UT in time for the upcoming fall semester, when the program begins.
Students interested in taking part are encouraged to speak to their advisor as soon as possible.
For King, the collaboration with UT gives students access to engineering degrees, something that will help students diversify their career paths while blending multiple disciplines, according to Matt Roberts, King’s dean of academic affairs.
“Employers are looking not only for technical accuracy in a field of study but proficient reasoning, interpersonal skills, and problem-solving practices that are grounded in creativity,” said Roberts. “This new dual degree effort exemplifies our comprehensive approach to learning and is an excellent opportunity for graduates to access a spectrum of science-focused careers.”
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