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UNT College of Engineering to expand TWU dual degree offerings


Posted with permission from the University of North Texas

DENTON — In an effort to graduate well-rounded students who will be competitive in the tightening job market, the College of Engineering at the University of North Texas and the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Woman’s University have expanded their dual degree offerings.

The dual degree program, which began in 2007, allows students to attend both UNT and TWU, and simultaneously earn bachelor’s degrees from both schools in as little as four years. The program grew out of a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation for an innovative electrical engineering program, which included funding for scholarships to attract women and minorities to the UNT College of Engineering.

Initially, the program allowed students to earn a bachelor’s in mathematics from TWU and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from UNT. Now students have the option of pursing a degree in materials science from UNT, to pair with a TWU math or chemistry degree. The College of Engineering also is developing a dual degree option for students interested in mechanical and energy engineering, which should be available in Fall 2011.

Siemens recently showed its support for this program by providing scholarship funds to the program. The funds will be awarded on a merit basis to students enrolled in the dual degree program.

“We believe the expanded UNT-TWU dual degree offerings, which give students the choice from two additional high-quality programs, will help UNT and TWU attract more women into science, engineering and mathematics,” said Dr. Costas Tsatsoulis, dean of the UNT College of Engineering.

Adriana Blanco, a sophomore in the dual degree program, says that classmates are often surprised to learn that she attends both UNT and TWU, but she feels that the program gives her the best of both universities. Blanco, the 2009 valedictorian at Lake Worth High School and a first-generation college student, plans to work in the oil and gas industry when she completes her degrees.

“I have always liked the challenge of math, so I was excited to learn about the dual degree program,” said Blanco. “Because of the program, I know that I’ll be well-rounded and marketable when I enter the job market.”

Katie Schniebs, another of the program’s early participants, also has excelled. Schniebs received a $40,000 scholarship from NASA in 2010. The award provides two years of financial support and a summer internship at a NASA research center.

“TWU will graduate its first student from the dual degree program this year,” said Dr. Don Edwards, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the mathematics department at TWU. “The program has been good for our students, and this expansion will provide even more opportunities for them to succeed.”

For more information on the dual degree program, visit Or contact Vijay Vaidyanathan, associate dean for undergraduate studies in the UNT College of Engineering, at or 940-369-5334. Contact Edwards, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at TWU, at 940-898-2166 with TWU specific questions.

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