Nursing 3+1: Biology track

Nursing is a rewarding career path, offering the chance to make an impact on the lives of patients.

Through UNI’s unique Nursing 3+1 Biology program, you can earn two degrees in four years – saving you money, and fast-tracking your career.

For the first three years, students will study biology at the University of Northern Iowa, gaining a solid science background that is beneficial in nursing and advanced nursing practice.  Students then transfer to Allen College in Waterloo, where they will complete an accelerated 12-month BSN program. By the end, students will be awarded a BA Biology degree from UNI and a BSN from Allen College. Having a degree in biology also allows students opportunities outside of nursing in healthcare or other fields. 

Students wishing to join this program would declare a BA Biology major and indicate an interest in the Biology 3+1 program. 

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Stay in the Cedar Valley

Allen College in Waterloo is close to the UNI campus. Learn more about the Allen College Accelerated BSN Program.

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2 Degrees

Earn two degrees: a BA in Biology from UNI and a Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) from Allen College.

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Your Education

Through our condensed program, students can enter the high-demand nursing field faster, saving them time and money.


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Contact us directly at:

Department of Biology
University of Northern Iowa
144 McCollum Science Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0421

Phone: (319) 273-3406

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Explore the UNI biology department's 3+1 program

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How does the program work?

Complete three years at UNI.

Students will complete three years at UNI, where they will meet UNI’s liberal arts core requirements, Department of Biology foundational science courses, and the Nursing program prerequisites.

Complete one year at partnering institution.

During their fourth year, students will transfer to Allen College in Waterloo, where they will complete an accelerated 12-month BSN program.

Get your degree.

At the end of your four years, you’ll be awarded a BA in Biology from UNI and a BSN from Allen College.

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Strength in Partnership

Allen College, Waterloo

Our partnering institution – Allen College in Waterloo, Iowa – has a tradition of more than 90 years of excellence in healthcare education. The UNI Department of Biology has a strong working relationship with Allen College Admissions and academic administrators. This relationship provides students access to accurate dual advising, timely application information and upon admission to Allen, a smooth transition.