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Accounting

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Master's
This program is a hybrid of in-person and online.

What can Accounting do for you?
Accounting is the art and science of managing and reporting financial transactions. It is aimed at preparing individuals for key roles in both profit and nonprofit sectors, helping them develop professional, practical acumen and leadership skills grounded in ethical practices.

Accounting majors are prepared for diverse financial roles and are equipped with strong technical and interpersonal skills to excel as global corporate citizens in the business world.

Why Study Accounting at UTC?
UTC’s accounting program combines rigorous academic training with practical experience, fostering an environment where students can develop both their technical skills and ethical judgment. Collaborating closely with esteemed faculty and industry professionals, the program ensures that students are fully prepared to meet the demands of the accounting profession and are well-equipped to handle complex financial issues. 

UTC accounting students engage directly with the business community and participate in experiential learning opportunities, facilitated by the robust career development services offered in the Gary W. Rollins College of Business. This practical approach ensures graduates are primed to assume leadership roles in their fields.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Accounting, B.S.B.A.
  • Accountancy, M.Acc.
  • Accountancy: Forensic Data Analytics, M.Acc.

Explore Accounting at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Principles of Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Taxation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Accounting Information Systems

UTC Student Organizations:
The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) is a worldwide organization for professionals working in the business. The IMA student organization is a chapter associated with the Chattanooga IMA chapter. The purpose of the UTC chapter is to help students network with local professionals and gain exposure to a variety of accounting experts and professionals.

Career Options:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Auditor
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Tax Advisor
  • Corporate Controller
  • Chief Financial Officer

Marketable Skills:

  • Ethical judgement and integrity
  • Analytical thinking
  • Financial reporting
  • Strategic management
  • Tax planning
  • Risk assessment

Career Development:
UTC helps students explore career options, connect with the business community and engage through job shadowing, internships and mentorship programs on day one. Career advising services support students throughout their academic journey, ensuring they are equipped to make informed decisions about their professional futures.

Preparing for the CPA Exam:
The UTC accounting program is designed to thoroughly prepare students for the CPA exam through a curriculum that covers all essential topics and skills. This includes specialized courses and review sessions that focus on key areas of the exam, helping ensure students are well-prepared to achieve this critical professional certification.

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Anthropology

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

What can Anthropology do for you?
Studying anthropology prepares you for a variety of careers. You will be ready for professions in the humanities and the social and natural sciences—from teaching, business and public service to medicine and law.

Why major in Anthropology?
UTC’s anthropology curriculum includes a professionalism course to help you figure out the right career path and prepare you for the job market after you graduate. Faculty take an applied approach to anthropology, which means your courses emphasize the utility of anthropological skill sets to real-world problems and actual careers. UTC offers a hands-on archaeological field school course where you and your classmates excavate an archaeological site around Chattanooga. The curriculum also includes a ‘technical skills’ category to ensure you develop marketable skills.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Sociology and Anthropology: Anthropology, B.A.
  • Sociology and Anthropology: Anthropology, B.S.
  • Anthropology Minor

Explore Anthropology at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:
Along with core courses in anthropological theory and best practices, anthropology majors study impactful social, cultural and scientific subjects to better understand the past, the present and even the future!

  • Food, Society and Identity
  • Underwater Archeology
  • Bodies of Evidence: The Science of CSI

Marketable Skills:

  • Experiment design
  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Technical and argumentative writing
  • Cross-cultural communication research and investigation
  • Analyzing and solving social issues
  • Public speaking and presentation skills
  • How biological, ecological and cultural factors influence human behavior
  • In-depth knowledge about global issues
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Applied Leadership

Degree(s) available: Bachelor
This is an online program.

What is the Bachelor of Applied Leadership?
The Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Leadership (BAS-AL) is part of UTC's innovative LEAD Programs, designed specifically for nontraditional students who need a flexible educational pathway that aligns with their professional life. This fully online program equips students with essential leadership skills and is tailored for those who are actively working and engaged in professional practice.

Why Study Applied Leadership at UTC?
The BAS-AL program at UTC responds to the need for flexible, high-quality educational options that cater to working adults. It is uniquely structured to foster reflective practitioners who are equipped to handle organizational challenges and changes effectively. This program is perfect for those seeking to advance in or re-enter the workforce, requiring a bachelor’s degree to elevate their career.

Features:

  • Online Flexibility: Specifically designed for working adults, offering all courses online to accommodate diverse schedules and commuting challenges.
  • Interdisciplinary Approach: Integrates leadership, decision-making and learning theories to prepare students to lead transformational change.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Applied Leadership, B.A.S.
  • Applied Leadership Minor

Explore Applied Leadership at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Practice of Applied Leadership
  • Ethics and Leadership Practice
  • Emotional Intelligence and Leadership
  • Current Topics
  • Adopting Innovation and Change
  • Influence and Practice
  • Outcomes Measurement for Decision-Making

Careers:

  • Corporate Management
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Healthcare Management
  • Educational Leadership
  • Government Administration

Marketable Skills:

  • Leadership and Learning Integration: Equip participants with an understanding of how learning influences leadership.
  • Reflective Practice: Develop reflective practitioners capable of leading diverse teams and organization.
  • Organizational Change: Focus on the competencies required for driving effective organizational change.
  • Informed Decision-Making: Emphasize cognitive, ethical and data-informed decision-making within professional practices
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Art

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

What is the Study of Art?
Studying art at UTC is an immersive journey in creative expression, critical thinking and technical mastery that equips students with the skills to innovate and influence the world.

The mission of the UTC Department of Art is to offer an accessible, rigorous and supportive learning environment that exposes students to a range of creative processes and intellectual models for contemporary practice.

Why Major in Art at UTC?
Offering both BA and BFA degrees, UTC art programs teach students how to express their unique voice and vision, not just how to master techniques. Mentor-based instruction by professional artist-professors and individual attention set students up for career success in diverse fields beyond fine and commercial art.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Art Education, B.A. 
  • Art History, B.A.
  • Studio, B.A.
  • Graphic Design, B.F.A.
  • Painting and Drawing, B.F.A.
  • Photography and Media Art, B.F.A.
  • Sculpture, B.F.A.
  • Art History Minor

Explore Art at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Critical Theory for the Visual Artist
  • African American Art from the Middle Passage to Black Lives Matter
  • Politics and Ethics of Design
  • Observational Drawing
  • Visual Literacy for the Graphic Design
  • Modern Art in Asia
  • Figure Paintings

UTC Student Organizations:

Careers:

  • Art Educator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Museum Curator
  • Art Gallery Manager
  • Fine Artist
  • Photographer
  • Art Therapist
  • Illustrator
  • Industrial Designer
  • Art Director
  • Set/Production Designer

Marketable Skills:

  • Visual communication
  • Critical analysis
  • Technical proficiency
  • Project management
  • Cultural awareness and diversity
  • Entrepreneurial skills

UTC Events:
The UTC Department of Art partners with local art organizations and businesses to give students practical and fun experiences in the Chattanooga art community and juried campus exhibitions, workshops and lecture events throughout the year.

Career Development:
UTC helps students explore career options, connect with the business community and engage through job shadowing, internships and mentorship programs on day one. Career advising services support students throughout their academic journey, ensuring they are equipped to make informed decisions about their professional futures.

Opportunities:
The UTC Department of Art provides students with portfolio-building opportunities to show their work, participate in internships and land freelance gigs. Students also get ample opportunities to gain experience in art-related industries including adv agencies, media organizations, museums and galleries.

The UTC Fine Arts Center was renovated in 2018, transforming it into a state-of-the-art facility. It is also home to the Institute of Contemporary Art Chattanooga, connecting students to professional artists for valuable networking and exhibition opportunities.

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Biology

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

What is the Study of Biology?
Biology is the study of life, a broad discipline allowing students to pursue various passions and careers. Students interested in organisms can focus on courses in animals, plants, fungi or microbes. Students interested in medical fields can focus on courses in molecular genetics and cellular biology. Students interested in teaching biology can focus on STEM education.

Why Major in Biology at UTC?
A biology degree from UTC prepares students for dynamic and diverse positions in everything from healthcare and forensics to ecology and park management. UTC biology faculty conduct student-focused research locally, nationally and abroad. Students can earn credit supporting this work and participate in internships.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Biology: General, B.S.
  • Biology: Preprofessional, B.S.
  • Biology: STEM Education, B.S.
  • Biology Minor

Explore Biology at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Cell Biology
  • Mammalogy
  • Microbiology
  • Mycology
  • Parasitology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Tropical Marine Ecology

UTC Student Organizations:

Careers:

  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Lab Scientist/Technician
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Food Scientist
  • Park Ranger
  • Science Teacher
  • Molecular Biologist

Marketable Skills:

  • Data management
  • Laboratory skills (genetics, microbiology, etc.)
  • Scientific writing
  • Behavioral observation
  • Animal care
  • Geospatial Information Science (GIS)
  • Microscopy
  • Horticulture

UTC Events:

  • BGE Fall Festival
  • BGE Celebration of Darwin Day
  • BGE Teaching and Learning Garden
  • Sustainable Mocs Residential Learning Community
  • MEDIC Residential Learning Community
  • MOCS Explore First Year Experience Learning Community
  • Integrative Biology Research Symposium
  • National Science Foundation Summer Research Program
  • Wildlife Conclave
  • Mapping Invasive Species at Reflection Riding
  • Chattanooga Creek Litter Clean-up
  • Field Trips to the Chattanooga Zoo and Tennessee Aquarium
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Chemical Engineering

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Master's
This program is a hybrid of in-person and online.

What is the Study of Chemical Engineering?
Chemical engineering is the application of chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics to solve problems involving the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food and more. This field involves designing processes and equipment for large-scale manufacturing, testing manufacturing methods and byproducts, and overseeing production to ensure safety and sustainability.

Chemical engineering students are equipped with the skills to innovate in diverse sectors such as pharmaceuticals, environmental health and energy solutions, in pursuit of fostering a safer, more efficient world.

Why Study Chemical Engineering at UTC?
The UTC chemical engineering program is distinguished by its commitment to undergraduate education, with faculty members actively teaching both introductory and advanced courses. Students benefit from a curriculum that emphasizes lab work and hands-on design projects, preparing them for real-world challenges in chemical engineering. The program’s mission is to educate students for professional practice or further study while contributing to the body of knowledge in chemical engineering education.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Chemical Engineering, B.S.Ch.E.
  • Chemical Engineering: Environmental, B.S.Ch.E.
  • Engineering: Chemical (Traditional or Online), M.S.

Explore Chemical Engineering at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Introduction to Chemical Processes
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Process Design
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

UTC Student Organizations:

UTC Events:

  • Annual Tech Symposium showcasing student projects to the local community
  • Fall Career Fair hosted by the College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Networking Nights with industry leaders
  • Solar Decathlon Competition
  • Workshops on emerging technologies in chemical engineering

Careers:

  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Food and Beverage Production
  • Cosmetic Development
  • Petrochemical Processing
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Renewable Energy

Marketable Skills:

  • Problem solving
  • Innovation in product development
  • Process optimization
  • Safety management
  • Sustainable design
  • Research and data analytics
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Chemistry

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

Why Choose Chemistry at UTC?
The UTC Department of Chemistry and Physics is committed to a student-centered program based in the physical and life sciences. Emphasis on undergraduate research to generate new knowledge enriches students’ education and serves the public good. Students get a solid foundation in basic concepts and theories and dynamic, safe laboratory experiences. Advisors and seminars connect students with career opportunities in the field and with graduate and professional schools for advanced studies.

  • Successful advancement rate to medical and professional schools, graduate schools and industry employment.
  • Paid teaching-assistant positions for undergraduates (typically 60 per semester)
  • More than 45 scholarships (worth approx. $100,000 annually) specifically for UTC Chemistry and Physics students, including the renewable Westbrook Scholarship (applications due early February)
  • Undergraduate research opportunities including a paid summer research programs and one-on-one mentorships with faculty
  • Labs and introductory courses taught by professionals (not graduate students)
  • Hands-on training with more than $1 million worth of advanced instrumentation

Available Degree Programs:

  • Chemistry, B.S.
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry, B.S.
  • Chemistry: STEM Education, B.S.
  • Chemistry Minor

Explore Chemistry at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Proteins and Nucleic Acids
  • Methods of Environmental Analysis
  • Organometallic Chemistry

UTC Student Organizations:

  • UTC American Chemical Society Student Affiliates/Chemistry Club

Careers:

  • Patent Attorney
  • Pre-Health Professions
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Research and Development Manager and Scientist
  • Forensic Investigator
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Civil Engineering

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Master's
This program is a hybrid of in-person and online.

What is the Study of Civil Engineering?
Civil engineering is one of the oldest branches of engineering, encompassing the planning, design, construction, operation and management of infrastructure. This includes roads, bridges, dams, irrigation systems, transportation systems, water supply and treatment systems and waste management, among other responsibilities. Civil engineers ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public, adhering to strict ethical standards and impacting virtually every aspect of community infrastructure.

The field has diversified into several major branches, including structural engineering, environmental engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, water resources engineering, construction engineering and hydraulic engineering.

Why Study Civil Engineering at UTC?
The UTC civil engineering program is distinguished by a commitment to undergraduate education with hands-on learning experiences, provided by faculty members who teach early-level courses instead of graduate students. The curriculum offers a broad exposure to civil engineering disciplines, emphasizing both theoretical knowledge and practical application through state-of-the-art labs and real-world projects.

Students benefit from small class sizes in upper-level courses, facilitating close interaction with professors who bring substantial industry experience and professional engineers licenses. An external advisory board composed of local engineering professionals ensures UTC civil engineering curriculum aligns with industry needs, making graduates highly competitive for both professional roles and top-tier graduate schools.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Civil Engineering, B.S.C.E.
  • Civil Engineering: Environmental, B.S.C.E.
  • Engineering: Civil (Traditional or Online), M.S.

Explore Civil Engineering at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Structural and Foundation Design
  • Transportation Planning and Facilities
  • Pavement Design
  • Environmental Systems Design
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering

UTC Student Organizations:

Careers:

  • Urban Planning and Development
  • Structural Engineering
  • Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
  • Transportation Systems Management
  • Construction and Project Management
  • Geotechnical Engineering

Marketable Skills:

  • Project management
  • Technical design and analysis
  • Environmental and sustainability planning
  • Safety and risk management
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Infrastructure development

UTC Events:

  • Annual picnics and social gatherings with the ASCE Chattanooga branch
  • Community service projects with Habitat for Humanity
  • Professional networking events and industry partnerships
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Classics

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

What is the Study of Classics?
Classics is an academic discipline dedicated to exploring ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. It examines their languages, literature, history and culture, tracing their enduring impacts on modern society, philosophy, art and government. This field offers deep insights into the foundations of Western thought and culture.

Why Major in Classics at UTC?
At UTC, Classics students gain timeless skills and insights from ancient cultures, enhancing their career prospects. As part of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, the program offers a close-knit community where students share passions and form lasting friendships, connecting with diverse cultures in Chattanooga and beyond.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures: Classics, B.A.
  • Classics Minor
  • Greek Minor

Explore Classics at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Study Abroad
  • Classical Mythology
  • Latin and Ancient Greek

UTC Student Organizations:

Careers:

  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Museum, Archival and Cultural Preservation
  • Publishing
  • Business

Marketable Skills:

  • Interpretation and analysis of complex texts
  • Formal writing skills
  • Language acquisition
  • Multicultural understanding
  • Research methods
  • Historical perspective

UTC Events:

  • Regular study abroad trips to Greece and Rome
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Communication

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

What is Communication?
UTC offers a BS degree in communication that focuses primarily on the study of mass communication and media. Students learn to analyze and craft powerful messages tailored for diverse audiences across various media channels. They also acquire marketable skills and graduate from UTC prepared for different careers in journalism, public relations, photojournalism, film and video production, publication and web design, advertising and social media.

Why Major in Communication at UTC?
The faculty and curriculum give students the freedom and flexibility to focus on specific areas of interest within this broad field of study. Communication majors complete a set of core courses that they supplement with electives to form an individual focus. Graduates go on to be ethically informed, culturally sensitive and engaged communicators.

Undergraduate and Minor Degrees:

  • Communication, B.S.
  • Communication Minor

Explore Communication at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Strategic Communication
  • Film and Video Production
  • Graphics and Design
  • Podcasting
  • Writing
  • Photojournalism

UTC Student Organizations:

Student Media:

Careers:

  • Journalism
  • Corporate Communications
  • Social Media Management
  • Digital Content Creation
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Film and Video Production

Marketable Skills:

  • Digital communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Visual communication
  • Public relations
  • Practical research
  • Storytelling
  • Media literacy 
  • Collaboration
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Computer Engineering

Degree(s) available: Bachelor
This program is in person.

What is the Study of Computer Engineering?
Computer engineering integrates the principles of electrical engineering and computer science to develop advanced computer systems. This discipline focuses on the design, analysis and application of computers and on their applications as components of systems.

Why Study Computer Engineering at UTC?
The UTC computer engineering program offers a comprehensive curriculum that spans computer science, electrical engineering and basic engineering principles, emphasizing a solid understanding of computer organization and architecture and the interaction between hardware and software.

Unique in its hands-on approach, the program features faculty-led teaching throughout all levels of the curriculum, ensuring that students receive guidance from experienced professionals from their first year. The program's small class sizes foster an interactive and engaging learning environment where students thrive. Graduates are well-equipped for the challenges of modern tech environments thanks to the department’s focus both on theoretical foundation and practical application. 

Available Degree Programs:

  • Computer Engineering, B.S.Cp.E.

Explore Computer Engineering at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Fundamentals of Computer Science
  • Data Structures and Program Design
  • Software Design and Development
  • Introduction to Operating Systems
  • Computer System Organization and Assembly Language Programming
  • Digital Logic and Introduction to Computer Hardware
  • Computer Architecture

UTC Student Organizations:

  • ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)
  • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Student Chapter

Careers:

  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Software Applications Engineer
  • Embedded Systems Engineer
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Controls Engineer

Marketable Skills:

  • Software development
  • Hardware design
  • System integration
  • Network design and implementation
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Project management

UTC Events:

  • Annual Engineering Design Showcases
  • Guest Lectures from Industry Experts
  • Professional Networking Events
  • Workshops on Emerging Technologies

Career Development:
The computer engineering program at UTC is designed with career readiness in mind. From their first year, students engage in practical experiences and build connections with industry professionals through internships and cooperative education opportunities. The department's strong industry ties and active career services prepare students to enter the workforce with confidence and competence.

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Computer Science

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

What is the Study of Computer Science?
Computer science is the study of computer systems and computational processes, combining elements of mathematics, engineering and logic to design software and solve complex problems. This dynamic field equips students with the critical thinking skills and technical proficiency to thrive in numerous technology-driven career paths.

Why Major in Computer Science at UTC?
The UTC computer science program is uniquely structured to provide students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills across various specializations. The program is designed to prepare students for rewarding careers or further academic pursuits. Through a combination of core courses and specialized tracks, students gain a robust understanding of computer science fundamentals along with specialized knowledge tailored to their career interests.

The curriculum is supported by experienced faculty and a commitment to life-long learning, professional development and community engagement. This comprehensive approach ensures that graduates are proficient in technical skills and excel in communication and problem-solving, making them well-prepared for leadership roles in a technological society.

Available Degree Programs:

  • IT Cybersecurity, B.A.S.
  • Computer Science: Cyber Security, B.S.
  • Computer Science: Data Science, B.S.
  • Computer Science: Software Systems, B.S.
  • Computer Science Minor

Explore Computer Science at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Computer Network Security
  • Principles of Data Analytics
  • Software Design and Development
  • Gaming Application Developer
  • Computer Crime Investigating
  • Marketing Data Scientist

UTC Student Organizations:

  • MocSec Cyber Defense
  • UTC InfoSec Center: Recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, the center collaborates with multiple colleges to promote excellence in cybersecurity education.

Careers:

  • Cyber Intelligence Analyst
  • Gaming Application Developer
  • Java Software Developer,
  • Data Warehouse Manager
  • Cyber Intelligence Analyst
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Criminal Justice

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor, Master's
This program is a hybrid of in-person and online.

What is Criminal Justice?
The study of criminal justice is an exploration and examination of laws, institutions and procedures designed to maintain social order; deter and punish criminal behavior and ensure fair and equitable treatment of individuals involved in the legal process.

Why Choose Criminal Justice at UTC?
Geared for traditional college students and working professionals, the UTC Criminal Justice degree program offers flexible in-person and online options. Graduates become ethically informed, culturally sensitive and engaged scholars and practitioners. Students can tailor their degree to meet their career and academic goals through elective and graduate prepared for a variety of careers in law enforcement, the court system, social services and education.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Criminal Justice, B.S.
  • Criminal Justice Minor
  • Criminal Justice, M.S.C.J.

Explore Criminal Justice at UTC:

High-Interest Courses:

  • Bodies of Evidence: The Science of CSI
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Gender-Based Violence
  • Media and the Criminal Justice System
  • Race, Class, Gender and Crime
  • Social Work Policy and Practice
  • Statistics for Decision Makers
  • Violence in America

UTC Student Organizations:

  • Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society
  • Criminal Justice Club

Careers:

  • Law Enforcement (Local, State, Federal): Officer, Investigator, Detective, Analyst
  • Courts (Local, State, Federal): Investigator, Court Officer/Liaison, Victim Advocate/Witness Coordinator, Attorney
  • Corrections: Probation Officer, Parole Officer, Corrections Officer

Choose Your Path:
In addition to a traditional experience, you can get your degree 100% online at UTC! Program requirements and coursework are the same for both the online and traditional undergraduate criminal justice programs. The material is simply delivered in a different format. Online courses are asynchronous, meaning students complete their work at different times throughout the day and week. Online courses are not independent study courses or self-paced and require a daily and/or weekly time commitment, which includes online interaction with faculty and other students in the class. Students need access to a computer, the internet and they also need to have basic computer skills.

Marketable Skills:

  • Research
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Legal knowledge
  • Cultural competence
  • Conflict resolution
  • Data analysis
  • Leadership
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Economics

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

What is the Study of Economics?
Economics is the science of decision-making, exploring how individuals, businesses and governments allocate resources and respond to incentives. It examines a wide range of topics, from microeconomic issues like individual consumer behavior to macroeconomic issues like global market forces, providing insights into all aspects of human capital, labor markets and financial investments.

Why Study Economics at UTC?
Studying economics at UTC in the Gary W. Rollins College of Business equips students with analytical and critical thinking skills essential for interpreting complex economic issues such as inequality, unemployment and economic growth. The program is known for its rigorous approach to teaching both theoretical and applied economics, preparing students for diverse careers and further academic pursuits.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Economics, B.A.
  • Economics: International Public Policy, B.A.
  • Economics, B.S.B.A
  • Economics: Financial Economics, B.S.B.A.
  • Economics Minor

Explore Economics at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Environmental Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Managerial Economics
  • International Economics
  • Money and Banking
  • Econometrics
  • Public Finance

UTC Student Organizations:

  • Economics Club

Careers:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Economic Consultant
  • Credit Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Investment Analyst 

Marketable Skills:

  • Analytical reasoning
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Strategic thinking
  • Policy formulation
  • Economic forecasting

UTC Events:

  • Annual economic forecasting conferences
  • Regular seminars and guest lectures from industry experts
  • Workshops on career development and economic research techniques
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Electrical Engineering

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Master's, Certificate
This program is a hybrid of in-person and online.

What is the Study of Electrical Engineering?
Electrical engineering is a dynamic and versatile field that focuses on the development and application of electrical systems and technology. This discipline covers a wide range of areas, from digital and analog electronics to power systems and communications, preparing students for a diverse range of industry roles by blending theoretical knowledge with practical skills.

Why Study Electrical Engineering at UTC?
The UTC electrical engineering program is distinguished by its commitment to hands-on education and a strong focus on real-world application. Faculty members directly teach all course levels, ensuring high-quality education and personal interaction. The curriculum emphasizes laboratory-based learning and multiple design projects, allowing students to apply classroom knowledge to practical challenges.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Electrical Engineering, B.S.E.E.
  • Electrical Engineering Minor
  • Engineering: Electrical (Traditional or Online), M.S
  • Electrical Engineering Smart Grid Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
  • Electrical Engineering Smart Power Distribution Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Explore Electrical Engineering at UTC

High-Interest Classes:

  • Analog and Digital Electronics
  • Instrumentation and Control
  • Communications Systems
  • Power Systems
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Microprocessors

UTC Student Organizations:

Careers:

  • Electrical Engineer
  • Control Systems Engineer
  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • Power Systems Engineer
  • Embedded Systems Engineer

Marketable Skills:

  • Circuit design
  • Systems analysis
  • Project management
  • Technical innovation
  • Collaborative design and teamwork

UTC Events:

  • Annual Engineering Design Competitions
  • Guest Speaker Series from Leading Engineering Firms
  • Networking Nights with Industry Professionals
  • Workshops on Emerging Technologies
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Engineering Technology Management

Degree(s) available: Bachelor
This program is in person.

What is the Engineering Technology Management (ETM)?
Engineering Technology Management (ETM) is an interdisciplinary field that combines principles of engineering and management to oversee and lead technical projects and teams.

Why Study Engineering Technology Management at UTC?
The UTC ETM program equips students with a blend of engineering acumen and management skills, ideal for overseeing technical projects and teams. The curriculum focuses on practical and theoretical aspects of the field, preparing graduates to effectively manage engineering processes, optimize project outcomes and lead innovations within technology-driven industries. Students can choose to concentrate in engineering or construction management

Available Degree Programs:

  • Engineering Technology Management: Engineering Management, B.S.
  • Engineering Technology Management: Construction Management, B.S.
  • Construction Management Minor
  • Engineering Management Minor
  • Mechatronics Engineering Technology Management Minor
  • Production and Operation Systems Minor

Explore Engineering Technology Management at UTC

High-Interest Classes:

  • Project Management
  • Quality Control
  • Engineering Economics
  • Systems Engineering
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behavior

Careers:

  • Project Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Product Development Manager
  • Construction Manager

Marketable Skills:

  • Leadership and team management
  • Strategic planning
  • Technical communication
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Risk management
  • Process optimization

Career Development:
UTC's ETM program fosters career readiness through internships, cooperative education and strong industry ties. Career advising is integral from day one, helping students map out their professional pathways effectively.

UTC English Students in class

English

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor, Master's
This program is in person.

What is the Study of English?
“Unless you are at home in metaphor,” Robert Frost wrote—unless you are able to deal with the complexities, implications and surprises of the world that surrounds us —then “you are lost.”

As one of the humanities, the discipline of English concerns itself with how literature, language and writing work in the world. English majors engage in the critical and creative study and practice of how these three threads intertwine, shape the self and our perceptions of others and create and govern the cultures of the world.

Why Choose English at UTC?
The English Department offers specialization tracks in Rhetoric and Professional Writing, Creative Writing and Literary Studies, taught by dedicated faculty who have won awards both for their publications and for their teaching. Classes are small and foster discussion, providing opportunities for community in and out of the classroom. English majors have a faculty mentor to help them navigate the program and provide direction for life after graduation. Our programs offer insight into the human condition and help students develop their creativity and rhetorical savvy. English majors are employed in a wide range of careers, and our Internship Program has placed students at City Farms, SoLit, Scenic Trend, Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, PBS, local law firms, local realtors, and the UTC Library.

Undergraduate, Graduate, and Minors Degrees

  • English: Creative Writing, B.A., M.A. and Minor
  • English: Literary Studies, B.A., M.A. and Minor
  • English: Rhetoric and Writing, B.A., M.A. and Minor

Explore English at UTC

High-Interest Classes and Opportunities
Regardless of which track students pursue, English majors have five common courses that introduce them to the skills of literary and rhetorical analysis, as well as provide firm grounding in the British and American literary traditions.

Course offerings at the junior and senior levels have included, for example:

  • Literary Editing and Publishing
  • Mental Illness in American Literature
  • Working Class Rhetorics
  • Speculative Fiction Workshop
  • Shakespeare and Revenge Tragedy Writing for Social Change
  • Interactive Narratives
  • Black Women Writers
  • Parody, Humor and Satire

A senior capstone experience can be satisfied through the Senior Seminar, which rotates topics in the three tracks from semester to semester, an internship with a Chattanooga business or the University, a traditional or creative B.A. thesis or by work on a major departmental project such as the Sequoya Review.

UTC Student Organizations:

  • The English Club features talks by faculty, job-profiling and professionalization sessions and the occasional field trip to see a play in Nashville or Atlanta
  • The Creative Writing Club hosts talks by visiting writers and provides opportunities to grow as a writer or publish in the department's literary and arts magazine Sequoya Review.

Careers:

  • Law
  • Narrative Design
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Copywriting
  • Technical and Scientific Writing
  • Social Media Management and Content Creation
  • Corporate Communications
  • Teaching
  • Editing and Publishing Industry
  • Journalism
  • Library Information Science
  • Grant Writing
  • Nonprofit Advocacy and Management
  • Human Resources
  • Script Writing
  • Master's Degree and Ph.D. programs leading to specialized professions

Marketable Skills:

  • Critical reading
  • Clear communication and persuasive writing
  • Analyzing and building arguments
  • Synthesizing and researching information
  • Making meaning through texts
  • Understanding other points of view
  • Imaginative and collaborative problem solving
  • Historical and cultural understanding

 

UTC Entrepreneurship student speaking at a seminar

Entrepreneurship

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

What is the Study of Entrepreneurship?
Entrepreneurship is one of the fundamental drivers in a free market economy and the primary source of U.S. job growth. The UTC entrepreneurship major recognizes this role in the global economy and prioritizes preparing students for business careers and success as entrepreneurs. All graduates receive a thorough foundation in critical aspects of business, such as marketing, accounting, management and finance, with a more in-depth understanding of entrepreneurship through topics like cash flow management. Additional course work in creativity, innovation and developing business plans for new ventures rounds out the entrepreneurship major. For non-business majors, UTC's Gary W. Rollins College of Business also offers an entrepreneurship minor.

Why Study Entrepreneurship at UTC?
Entrepreneurship helps prepare students to successfully ideate, develop, launch and commercialize their ideas for products and services, art, science or professional expertise. It helps students develop the skillsets and mindsets they need to start their own business and successfully think and act like entrepreneurs within a corporation, nonprofit organization or government agency.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Entrepreneurship, B.S.B.A.
  • Entrepreneurship Minor

Explore Entrepreneurship at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Entrepreneurship: Mindset and Skillset
  • Foundations of Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Essentials of Entrepreneurial Finance 

UTC Student Organizations:

  • Entrepreneurship Club
  • Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Society (National Honor Society)

Careers:

  • Social Media and Digital Business
  • Start-ups
  • Professional Services
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Design and Manufacturing
  • Entertainment

Marketable Skills:

  • Creative and innovative
  • Risk taking and tolerance for ambiguity
  • Planning and implementing
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Networking

UTC Events:

  • Fly Pitch Competition Lunch and Learn

More Information:
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is an epic center of entrepreneurship education at UTC and sponsors two annual student pitch competitions. Inspiring students to move beyond classroom theory to actual application, these events provide invaluable lessons in salesmanship and business analysis.

After excellent mentoring from UTC entrepreneurship faculty and community members, UTC students have represented UTC and Chattanooga at regional and national competitions. UTC has been fortunate to receive sponsorship from the LampPost Group, an anonymous donor and Launch Tennessee for participating in its statewide University Venture Challenge Competition. At UTC, students also benefit from the insight and experience of the area’s most successful entrepreneurs, who partner with the University to ensure that fresh minds are exposed to the tried and true. The Department of Entrepreneurship works closely with the TSBDC (Tennessee Small Business Development Center), the INCubator (Hamilton County's business development center), Co.Lab and the Edney Innovation Center in the Innovation District of downtown Chattanooga.

UTC Environmental Science students outside examining a garden

Environmental Science

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor, Master's, Certificate
This program is in person.

What is the Study of Environmental Science?
Environmental science is the interdisciplinary systematic study of the environment and the proper place of human beings within it. It is a mix of the natural sciences, the social sciences and even the humanities, and typically revolves around issues of population, resources and pollution. It is both empirical and applied in addressing environmental problems.

Why Study Environmental Science at UTC?
UTC trains scientists to be well-equipped to solve today’s environmental problems. This degree allows a student to work as a professional while also making a meaningful difference in the modern world.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Environmental Science: Biodiversity, Conservation and Natural Resources, B.S.
  • Environmental Science: Earth, Atmosphere and Geological Resources, B.S.
  • Environmental Science: Environmental Health, B.S.
  • Environmental Science: Environmental Policy and Planning, B.S.
  • Environmental Science: Geographic and Cartographic Science, B.S.
  • Environmental Science: Natural Resources Administration and Enforcement, B.S.
  • Environmental Science Minor
  • Environmental Science, M.S.
  • Environmental Science: Environmental Administration and Management, M.S.
  • Environmental Science Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Explore Environmental Science at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Environmental Law
  • World Resources
  • Values and the Environment
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • Geospatial Information Science (GIS)
  • Air and Water Pollution Control
  • Environmental Survey Methods

UTC Student Organizations:

  • Ecological Decisions for a Global Environment (EDGE)
  • Geology Club
  • Student Chapter of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • Beta, Beta, Beta
  • Wildlife Zoology Club
  • Women in Natural Sciences

Careers:

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Wetland Delineation Specialist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Field Technicians/Scientist
  • Environmental Economist
  • Stormwater Management Specialist
  • Remote Sensing/Imagery Analyst
  • Forest Rangers Fish and Wildlife Officer
  • Law/Policy Analyst
  • Science Teacher

Marketable Skills:

  • Application of the scientific method solid
  • Solid grounding in the natural sciences
  • Broad training that includes a consideration of the human element/influence
  • Statistics and basic math skills
  • Ability to analyze, interpret and report data and conclusions

UTC Events:

  • BGE Fall Festival
  • BGE Celebration of Darwin Day
  • BGE Teaching and Learning Garden
  • Chattanooga Creek litter clean-up
  • Integrative Research Symposium (undergraduate students)
  • Mapping invasive species at Reflection Riding
  • MOCS Explore First Year Experience Learning Community
  • National Science Foundation supported summer research program
  • Student trips to Chattanooga Zoo and TN Aquarium
  • Sustainable Mocs Residential Learning Community
  • Wildlife Conclave

More Information:
UTC environmental science faculty conduct student-focused research locally, nationally and in other countries. Students can enroll in credit to support this work and also can participate in internships. The department encourages students to pursue their passion in environmental science while making a difference with the scientific and technical skills they acquire in the program.

UTC Finance student in a computer lab

Finance

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor, Master's
This program is a hybrid of in-person and online.

What is the Study of Finance?
Finance is the comprehensive study of money management, encompassing creation, management and investment. It integrates principles from fields such as statistics, economics and mathematics to analyze banking, credit, investments and financial instruments like stocks, bonds and derivatives.

Why Study Finance at UTC?
The finance program at UTC equips students with robust analytical, interpretative and communication skills, essential for navigating the complexities of the financial world. Through specialized tracks in business finance and investments, students are prepared for diverse careers in corporate finance, financial institutions, investment strategies and portfolio management. These tracks offer thorough preparation for professional roles and certifications, including the CFA Level I exam.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Finance: Business Finance, B.S.B.A.
  • Finance: Investments, B.S.B.A.
  • Personal Finance Minor
  • Real Estate Finance Minor
  • Business Administration: Finance (Traditional or Online), M.B.A.

Explore Finance at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Real Estate Finance
  • Small Business Finance
  • Mathematics of Finance
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Finance in Sport, Outdoor Recreation and Tourism
  • Personal Finance

UTC Student Organizations:

Careers:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Banker
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Corporate Finance Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • Personal Finance Manager

Marketable Skills:

  • Financial Analysis
  • Risk Assessment
  • Strategic Investment Planning
  • Statistical and Quantitative Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Finance Reporting

UTC Events:

  • Entrepreneurship Breakfast/Chattanooga Startup Week
  • Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame
  • Fly! Hatch It! Business Pitch Competitions
  • Monthly Entrepreneurship Brown Bag Lunch and Learns
  • Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference
City scene with the Eiffel tower

French

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

What Can French Do for You?
French is one of the great world languages used in global politics, international law, diplomacy, culture and commerce with a significant presence the world over.

Knowledge of the French language and culture can enhance professional opportunities in a range of domains and provide access to an outstanding body of literature, criticism and research in the arts, humanities and social and natural sciences.

The French faculty at UTC are specialists in French and Francophone languages, linguistics, cultures, literature and cinema from the Early Modern Period to the present.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures: French, B.A.
  • French Minor

Explore French at UTC

Study Abroad Opportunities:
Many French majors and minors choose to participate in study abroad programs (summer, single semester or full academic year) to gain first-hand experience with the French language and culture.

The Center for Global Education connects students with various academic language experiences in several Francophone countries. Students may opt for a homestay with a French family or to live in a residence hall with other students.

Living Learning Community:
‘Life Out Loud’ is a Living Learning Community housed in the UTC Decosimo Apartments residence hall and sponsored jointly by the UTC Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures and the English department. The experience pairs students who enjoy languages and literature with others pursuing similar interests in books, films, music and cultural experiences. Residents live and learn from each other, participate in cultural activities together and get opportunities for meaningful encounters with faculty in both departments.

Important Notes:

  • Elementary French is a required prerequisite for French majors and minors
  • Intermediate French is a required prerequisite for a French major
  • Students may place out of up to four semesters of French (Elementary French I and II, Intermediate French I and II) by taking a placement test
  • Students must maintain a C average in the major and minor programs
  • FREN 3230 may be fulfilled by participating in a 28-day study abroad program in a Fracnophone country
UTC Geology Students with a virtual map

Geology

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

What is the Study of Geology?
Geology is the study of the Earth. Geologists and geoscientists use knowledge of Earth processes and materials to solve a diverse array of problems. Some geologists also study other planets using our knowledge of Earth processes

Why Study Geology at UTC?
Geology students benefit from more individualized attention in this small program, including academic advising from geology faculty. Students graduate having designed and implemented their own research project.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Geology: Environmental Geology, B.S.
  • Geology: Geoarchaeology, B.S.
  • Geology: Geology, B.S.
  • Geology: Geospatial Science, B.S.
  • Geology: Hydrogeology, B.S.
  • Geology: STEM Education, B.S.
  • Geology Minor

Explore Geology at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Paleontology
  • Introductory Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Geology of Tennessee
  • Environmental Geology
  • Mineralogy
  • Remote Sensing for Geoscientists Field Methods in Structural Geology

UTC Student Organizations:

Careers:

  • Working for local, State or Federal Government Agencies
  • Geologist
  • Science Teacher
  • GIS Specialist
  • Geologist at State and Federal Environmental Protection Agencies
  • Geologist at Geotechnical or Environmental Firms

Marketable Skills:

  • Problem solving and critical thinking using the scientific method
  • Spatial thinking
  • Knowledge and use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Communication of scientific information (oral and written)

UTC Events:

  • BGE Fall Festival
  • BGE Celebration of Darwin Day
  • Free, public, mineral and fossil ID events
  • Geology Welcome Week
  • MOCS Explore First Year Experience Learning Community
  • Sustainable Mocs Residential Learning Community

More Information:
UTC geology faculty conduct student-focused research locally, nationally and in other countries. Students can enroll in credit to support this work. The department is a great place for a students to call ‘home’ while earning their degree. Geology students become successful problem solvers for their communities and are successful in their endeavors whether they choose graduate school or going directly into a career.

HHP Students using exercise equipment

Health and Human Performance

Degree(s) available: Bachelor
This program is in person.

What is Health and Human Performance?
Studying in the Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP) at UTC is a lively exploration of fitness, health and how they intersect with fields like sports, recreation and tourism. It's about enhancing wellness and designing exciting recreational experiences that blend scientific understanding with hands-on practice in these diverse areas. Choose from three exciting HHP majors at UTC. Each program offers hands-on learning and diverse career paths, from fitness and wellness to education and event management.

Why Choose HHP at UTC?
Our programs offer students real-world, marketable skills and amazing opportunities in a region known for epic natural beauty and a city that was twice-voted America’s “Best Outdoor City.” With a focus on practical knowledge and community engagement, we help set you up for success in a variety of exciting careers in health, education and tourism.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Health Human Performance: Exercise and Health Sciences, B.S.
  • Health Human Performance: Exercise and Health Sciences Applied Professional, B.S.
  • Health Human Performance: Exercise and Health Sciences Pre-Health Professional, B.S.
  • Health Human Performance: Health and Physical Education K-12, B.S.
  • Health Human Performance: Sport, Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management, B.S.
  • Nutrition Minor

Explore HHP at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Exercise Prescription for Healthy Populations
  • Physical Activity and Chronic Disease

Careers:

  • Exercise and Health Sciences: Exercise Physiologist, Clinical Exercise Specialist, Wellness Consultant
  • Health and Physical Education: Athletic Coach, Wellness Program Coordinator
  • Sport, Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management (SORT): Park Ranger, Event Coordinator

More Information:
HHP students get a variety of opportunities to work and play in their fields of study at UTC. From working at the Aquatic Recreation Center to hosting running shoe workshops for a class, students get professional experiences before graduating through the hands-on, service-learning activities and curriculum.

UTC History students examining old texts

History

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

What is the Study of History?
Studying history at UTC is an immersive journey into the human experience and our collective past that goes beyond merely memorizing dates and facts. We teach students to examine people, places and events while challenging assumptions and exploring nuance to understand how the past shapes the present and the future. Graduates leave with tangible skills and valuable perspectives for success in a wide range of jobs and professions.

Why Choose History at UTC?
The UTC Department of History empowers students to become thoughtful, well-informed citizens prepared for life and work in an increasingly globalized world. Our curriculum covers a wide range of historical periods, regions and perspectives. We teach students to understand and assess change over time and recognize bias, to evaluate the impact of context and complex causes, and to provide ethical leadership with this versatile and valuable degree.

Available Degree Programs:

  • History, B.A. 
  • History Minor
  • Africana Studies Minor
  • Asian Studies Minor

Explore History at UTC:

UTC Student Organizations

Careers:

  • Public- or Private-sector Historian
  • Archivist
  • Museum Curator
  • Teacher/Educator
  • Writer/Author
  • Librarian
  • Policy Analyst or Political Advisor
  • Administrator
  • Information and Communications Technologist
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Business Operator
  • Salesperson

Marketable Skills:

  • Research and data analysis
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Ability to assess evidence
  • Organizational and planning skills
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Empathy and cultural awareness
  • Project management
  • Information synthesis 

How the Degree Works:
History courses are designed to produce a marketable set of skills that are introduced, reinforced and mastered at successive course levels throughout the degree. Early in the program, students learn the basics of historical thinking, such as how to synthesize, analyze and interpret historical knowledge, as well as how to communicate this knowledge in speaking and writing for different audiences. As they advance in the program, students practice and master these skills, culminating in small seminar classes and capstone project. The degree is structured so students are exposed to United States, European and world histories at all course levels and different chronological rates. 

History Department Opportunities:

  • Internships: we have partnered with many of our area's most outstanding historical and cultural institutions to offer for-credit internships at a wide variety of museums, cultural centers and national parks.
  • Minors: usually six courses in a particular field of study; we are home to the History and Africana Studies minors.
  • Events: we sponsor a number of annual guest lectures, faculty debates and responses to current events and other opportunities for students to enrich their history education and enhance their professional networks throughout the year.
UTC Humanities students

Humanities

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

What is the Study of Humanities?
The humanities explore human culture—including literature, philosophy, history and the arts—to understand and appreciate the complexities of the human experience.

Why Major in Humanities at UTC?
UTC offers a flexible and interdisciplinary approach to earning a humanities degree, allowing students to choose one of three concentrations: international studies, liberal arts or women, gender and sexuality studies. Students customize much of their coursework based on their interests and career goals. Graduates leave equipped with skills needed for a range of careers in the public and private sectors.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Humanities: International Studies, B.A.
  • Humanities: Liberal Arts, B.A.
  • Humanities: Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, B.A.
  • Environmental Studies Minor
  • Humanities Minor
  • International Studies Minor
  • Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor

Explore Humanities at UTC:

Careers:

  • Human Rights Officer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Marketing Manager
  • Writer Across Disciplines
  • Community Outreach Coordinator

Marketable Skills:

  • Research skills
  • Adaptability
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Writing proficiency
UTC Integrated Studies internship

Integrated Studies

Degree(s) available: Bachelor
This program is a hybrid of in-person and online.

What is the Integrated Studies Program?
Integrated Studies programs are common in the U.S. and are often called interdisciplinary studies. At UTC, the integrated studies major offers a tailor-made program for traditional, transfer and adult students with significant workplace experience. Students craft their personal academic path by blending courses from diverse campus disciplines to create truly unique educational journeys. UTC assists students with evaluating prior training for degree credit to align their interests, goals and schedules. 

An Integrated Studies Degree is Perfect for Students Who...

  • Want to pursue a major not offered at UTC
  • Want to fuse different areas of study for a unique degree and learning experience
  • Are returning to college with a variety of hours in different fields and wish to complete a degree
  • With workforce training or education equivalent to college-level coursework seeking credit for those efforts

Available Degree Programs:

  • Integrated Studies, B.I.S.
  • Community Engagement Minor
  • Gerontology Minor
  • Pre-Health Minor

Explore Integrated Studies at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Business (online options)
  • Criminal Justice (online options)
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education (online options)
  • Health and Human Performance (online options)
  • Interior Design
  • Marketing
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration and Nonprofit Management

Careers:

  • Project Manager
  • Nonprofit Organizer/Coordinator
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Public Relationships Specialist
  • Research Analyst
  • Educational Program Developer
  • Community Outreach Specialist
  • Marketing Strategist
  • Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator
  • Entrepreneur/Business Owner

Marketable Skills:

  • Interdisciplinary thinking
  • Adaptability
  • Research proficiency
  • Critical analysis
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Self-directed learning

Combined Studies:
Integrated studies is a versatile, customizable degree program that allows students to create a curriculum that best serves their career goals. Here are some examples of past integrations:

  • A student pursuing health care administration integrating accounting, biology and pre-med
  • A student pursuing medical illustration integrating art and biology
  • A student pursuing art administration integrating music and business
  • A student pursuing historical restoration integrating interior design and art

Your work experience could earn you college credit. Find out how!
Prior Learning Assessment, or PLA, is a nationally recognized process that provides an alternative method to assess and award college credit for learning gained outside the traditional classroom including work, military education, seminars, training programs, certification programs and volunteer/community service.

Our PLA portfolio assessment offers an opportunity for students who feel they have gained knowledge equivalent to college-level credit through prior learning to validate their claim. It was designed to provide students who have acquired knowledge through legitimate means outside an academic environment to gain college credit for those experiences through careful explanation and insight into the knowledge they have gained.

Students with experience that could be equivalent to college credit, want to learn more or are interested in there Prior Learning Assessment by Portfolio Credit should fill out this interest form.

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Interdisciplinary Educational Studies

Degree(s) available: Bachelor
This program is in person.

What is Interdisciplinary Educational Studies?
Interdisciplinary educational studies is an academic field that integrates principles and methodologies from various disciplines to comprehensively address diverse educational needs. This approach equips future educators with a broad, adaptable skill set to create inclusive and effective learning environments for all students.

Why Major in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies at UTC?
The interdisciplinary educational studies program offers distinct concentrations, each tailored to specific educational careers, enabling students to specialize according to their interests and career aspirations.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Interdisciplinary Educational Studies: Child and Family Studies, B.S.
  • Interdisciplinary Educational Studies: Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education, B.S.
  • Interdisciplinary Educational Studies: Elementary Education K-5 and English as a Second Language PreK-12, B.S.
  • Interdisciplinary Educational Studies: Exceptional Learning K-8 Interventionist, B.S.
  • Interdisciplinary Educational Studies: Exceptional Learning K-12 Comprehensive, B.S.
  • Interdisciplinary Educational Studies: Exceptional Learning 6-12 Interventionist, B.S.
  • Child and Family Studies Minor

Explore Interdisciplinary Educational Studies at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Exceptional Learning K-8 Interventionists
  • Elementary Education K-5 and English as a Second Language Pre-K-12
  • Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education
  • Exceptional Learning K-12 Comprehensive
  • Exceptional Learning 6-12 Interventionists

UTC Student Organizations:

  • Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society)
  • Multicultural Educators of Tomorrow
  • Stem Education Student Organization

Careers:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • ESL Teacher
  • Family Support Specialist
  • Child Development Coordinator

Marketable Skills:

  • Instructional design
  • Classroom management
  • Special education expertise
  • Multicultural competence
  • Family and community engagement
  • Educational assessment and evaluation

UTC Events:

  • Undergraduate Teacher Education Program
UTC Interior Architecture Students working on a wood project

Interior Architecture

Degree(s) available: Bachelor
This program is in person.

What is Interior Architecture?
Interior architecture is the professional practice of creating an interior environment that addresses, protects and responds to human needs. It is the planning of creative, technical, sustainable and functional interior solutions that correspond to the architecture of a space while incorporating the well-being and safety of the public.

Why Major in Interior Architecture at UTC?
Majoring in interior architecture at UTC offers students the opportunity to explore creativity, blend design with functionality and shape environments that inspire and improve quality of life.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Interior Architecture, B.S.
  • Historic Preservation Minor

Explore Interior Architecture at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Architectural Drafting
  • Space Planning
  • Ideation and Visualization 
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Residential Interiors
  • Commercial Interiors

UTC Student Organizations:

  • Interior Design Alliance (IDA)

Careers:

  • Hospitality Design
  • Corporate Office Design
  • Healthcare Design
  • Manufacturer Representative
  • Product Design
  • Lighting Designer
  • Kitchen and Bath Design

Marketable Skills:

  • Hand drafting
  • Computer-aided drafting (CAD)
  • Digital rendering
  • Space planning
  • Sustainable design
  • Research
  • Conceptualization

UTC Events:

  • Freshman Welcome
  • IDA Guest speaker meetings
  • Holiday events
  • Open House
  • Senior Exhibit
  • Student Social Gatherings

More Information:
UTC interior architecture students love that classes typically are 20 people or less and that faculty are very hands-on with guidance and help. This allows for a very engaging classroom environment.

UTC Latin American Studies student in front of a mural

Latin American Studies

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

What is Latin American Studies?
This degree program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures explore the diverse cultures, histories and societies of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures: Latin American Studies, B.A.
  • Latin American Studies Minor
  • Latin Minor

Explore Latin American Studies at UTC:

Careers:

  • International Business 
  • Foreign Services
  • U.S. State Department
  • Media Arts
  • Entertainment
  • Nonprofit
  • Education
  • Humanities

Course Requirements:
A B.A. in Latin American Studies requires a minimum of 120 credit hours, which includes required courses for the major, general education, electives and all University requirements. Students must be in good standing with the University and must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA. Students are strongly encouraged to spend a semester abroad in Latin America, Spain, France or Portugal, which can be supported through financial aid.

Mission:
The Latin American Studies program cultivates and promotes UTC’s mission as a driving educational force that prioritizes “embracing diversity and inclusion” while preparing students to “go into the global community.” The Latin American Studies major provides students the opportunity to explore Latin America through a cross-disciplinary curriculum, examining the cultural, historical, economic and literary forces affecting our understanding of the Americas.

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Management

Degree(s) available: Bachelor
This program is a hybrid of in-person and online.

What is the Study of Management?
Management is a versatile field that equips students with the necessary skills to oversee operations and lead teams within various organizational settings. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for leadership roles across both public and private sectors, as well as to provide a strong foundation for graduate studies.

Why Major in Management at UTC?
Getting a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) provides a comprehensive understanding of how organizations function and prepares students to handle complex business challenges effectively. Through specialized concentrations, students can tailor their education to match their career goals and interests, enhancing their readiness for a variety of managerial roles.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Human Resource Management, B.S.B.A.
  • Management (Traditional or Online), B.S.B.A.
  • Management: Business Analytics, B.S.B.A.
  • Management Minor
  • Business Administration Minor

Explore Management at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Management Concepts, Theory and Practice
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Database Management
  • Strategic Management

UTC Student Organizations:

  • E-Club (Coaching for Student Entrepreneurs)
  • Economics Club
  • FMA (Financial Management Association)
  • SMILE Fund (Undergraduate-led Investment Fund)
  • Trading and Investment Club

Careers:

  • Operations Manager
  • Human Resources Director
  • Business Development Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Project Coordinator

Marketable Skills:

  • Strategic planning
  • Team leadership
  • Organizational development
  • Conflict resolution
  • Effective communication

UTC Events:

  • Entrepreneurship Breakfast during Chattanooga Startup Week
  • Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame
  • Fly! and Hatch It! business pitch competitions
  • Monthly Entrepreneurship Brown Bag Lunch and Learns
  • Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference
UTC Marketing female students in class

Marketing

Degree(s) available: Bachelor
This program is in person.

What is the Study of Marketing?
Marketing is the study of how to effectively promote and sell products or services by understanding consumer behavior and market dynamics. It involves strategies for engaging audiences, building brand awareness and driving sales through various channels and platforms.

Marketing majors are prepared for many career opportunities in fields such as digital marketing, product and brand management, advertising and public relations, market research and analytics, services and retail management, sales and supply chain management.

Why Study Marketing at UTC?
UTC marketing students are taught to think both analytically and creatively, build relationships with buyers and sellers, develop and manage products and services and find solutions to tough problems faced by both organizations and society. UTC marketing students receive instruction in critical aspects of business such as consumer behavior, digital marketing, professional selling, marketing research, integrated marketing communications and new product development. Marketing majors can choose to concentrate in general marketing or marketing sales.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Marketing, B.S.B.A.
  • Marketing: Professional Sales, B.S.B.A.
  • Marketing Minor
  • Professional Sales Minor

Explore Marketing at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Principles of Marketing
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Digital Marketing 
  • Professional Sales
  • International Marketing
  • Foundations of Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
  • New Product Development and Marketing
  • Integrating Marketing Communications

UTC Student Organizations:

Marketable Skills:

  • Analytic skills
  • Market research
  • Strategic planning
  • Brand management
  • Data analytics
  • Sales

UTC Events:

  • AMA Seminar in Sales
  • AMA Photoshop Seminar
  • AMA Seminar in Digital Marketing
  • Guest Speaker Series

More Information:
Marketing is one of the most popular majors at UTC. The Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship also offers minors in general marketing and marketing sales.

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Mathematics

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor, Master's
This program is in person.

What is the Study of Mathematics?
The study of mathematics involves the exploration and understanding of patterns, structures and abstract concepts, often bridging the gap between theory and real-world applications. Students delve into mathematically formulated problems that range from highly theoretical to very practical, including applications in science, engineering and business.

Why Study Mathematics at UTC?
Offering a comprehensive grounding in fundamental mathematical principles, UTC math students learn tools and techniques and gain problem-solving skills that enable them to tackle existing and emerging problems in diverse fields. The undergraduate degree program in mathematics is designed to prepare students for a math-based career in a field that best suits their interests.

Students select a concentration in either General Mathematics (as preparation for graduate school and various positions in business and industry), Actuarial Science (that often leads to employment in the insurance industry) or, for those aspiring to teach at the high school level, STEM Education. The department also offers the option of a math minor.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Mathematics: Actuarial Science, B.S.
  • Mathematics: General Mathematics, B.S.
  • Mathematics: STEM Education, B.S.
  • Mathematics Minor
  • Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, M.S.
  • Mathematics: Applied Statistics, M.S.
  • Mathematics: Education, M.S.
  • Mathematics: Pre-professional Mathematics, M.S.

Explore Mathematics at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Differential Equations
  • Logic and Proof
  • Communicating Mathematics
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Numerical Analysis

UTC Student Organizations:

Careers:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Statistician
  • Teacher or Professor
  • Quantitative Researcher

Marketable Skills:

  • Analytical reasoning
  • Computational proficiency
  • Research
  • Abstract reasoning
  • Data interpretation
  • Statistical analysis

Scholarships and Awards:
The UTC Department of Mathematics offers several scholarships and awards to deserving students. There are two scholarships given to incoming freshmen majoring in mathematics. Seven scholarships and awards are given to upperclassmen based on academic excellence in the field of mathematics.

Apply Your Mathematics Education:
UTC provides mathematics students with meaningful learning experiences inside and outside the classroom, including:

  • Internships, including the Unum Scholar Intern Program
  • The Math Plaza (free walk-in tutoring for math classes)
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • UTC Study Abroad programs, including the Cadiz International Summer Research Program
  • Mathematics Department Colloquium Series
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Mechanical Engineering

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Master's
This program is a hybrid of in-person and online.

What is the Study of Mechanical Engineering?
Mechanical engineering is a discipline that explores the principles of motion and energy, focusing on the transformation, transmission and utilization of energy. Mechanical engineers design, develop and oversee the production of a wide range of machinery and systems, including those for energy conversion, environmental control and materials processing, making it one of the broadest fields of engineering.

Why Study Mechanical Engineering at UTC?
The UTC mechanical engineering program lays a solid foundation in engineering fundamentals while offering advanced studies critical for the development of a successful mechanical engineer. The program is designed to support progressive professional growth in various areas of mechanical engineering such as biomechanics, fluid dynamics and automated manufacturing.

Program Highlights:

  • Creative Design and Innovation: Students engage in the creative process of designing and developing new systems and technologies.
  • Applied Research and Development: The curriculum encourages participation in applied research, contributing to innovative engineering solutions.
  • Management and Leadership: Prepares graduates for management roles within engineering projects and teams.
  • Mechanical engineering students collaborate on projects that address real-world challenges, such as designing equipment for individuals with disabilities and developing innovative solutions for medical needs during health crises.
  • Participation in prestigious competitions, where students showcase their engineering solutions and compete at national and international levels.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Mechanical Engineering, B.S.M.E.
  • Engineering: Mechanical (Traditional or Online), M.S

Explore Mechanical Engineering at UTC

High-Interest Classes:

  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Machine Design
  • Thermal Component Design

UTC Student Organizations:

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Rocket Mocs
  • Racing Mocs
  • SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society)

Careers:

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • HVAC Engineer
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer

Marketable Skills:

  • Technical proficiency
  • CAD software mastery
  • Analytical thinking
  • Communication skills

UTC Events:

  • Annual Tech Symposium 
  • CECS Speaker Series (Industry Leaders, Researchers, Experts)
  • Concrete Canoe
  • Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
  • Mocs Motorsports/UTC Formula SAE Electric
  • Solar Splash
  • Steel Bridge
UTC Mechatronics students working with wiring in a lab

Mechatronics

Degree(s) available: Bachelor
This program is in person.

What is the Study of Mechatronics?
Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary field that blends mechanical engineering, electronics, computer engineering and control engineering to design and create innovative products and processes. This field is crucial in developing machines and systems that interact with their environment through mechanical movements and electronic sensors controlled by software programming.

Why Major in Mechatronics at UTC?
The UTC mechatronics program is designed to meet the increasing demand for skilled professionals who can innovate in the highly automated and technologically advanced manufacturing industry of the 21st century. Graduates are equipped with a deep understanding of engineering fundamentals along with expertise in systems integration, project management and technical communication.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Mechatronics Engineering Technology, B.A.S.

Explore Mechatronics at UTC

High-Interest Classes:

  • Applied Electric Power and Machinery
  • Applied Math for Engineering Technology
  • Automation Systems
  • Control Systems Technology
  • Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers
  • Robotics and Motion Control

UTC Student Organizations:

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Rocket Mocs
  • SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society)

Careers:

  • Design Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Plant Manager
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Sales Engineer
  • Project Manager

Marketable Skills:

  • Systems integration
  • Automation technology
  • Robotics programming
  • Electrical and mechanical troubleshooting
  • Computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Software development

UTC Events:

  • Annual Tech Symposium
  • CECS Speaker Series (Industry Leaders, Researchers, Experts)
  • Concrete Canoe
  • Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
  • Mocs Motorsports/UTC Formula SAE Electric
  • Solar Splash
  • Steel Bridget
  • UTC Racing Mocs

Program Highlights:

  • Systems Integration: Gain expertise in integrating mechanical, electrical and software components to create complex systems.
  • Project Management: Learn to lead projects from conception through implementation, ensuring they meet specifications, time frames and budgets.
  • Technical Communication: Develop skills to effectively communicate technical information between varying teams and stakeholders.
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Middle Grades Education

Degree(s) available: Bachelor
This program is in person.

What is the Study Middle Grades Education?
The middle grades education program at UTC offers specialized endorsements in four key subject areas: language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Students engage in rigorous coursework and practical experiences designed to cultivate effective teaching strategies, classroom management techniques and student-centered learning environments.

Why Major in Middle Grades Education at UTC?
This specialized field prepares educators to teach students in grades 6-8, a pivotal period in children’s academic and personal development. With a focus on fostering critical thinking, communication skills and subject mastery, this program equips future middle school teachers with the tools to inspire and guide young minds and become certified in the state of Tennessee.

Available Program Degrees:

  • Middle Grades: English, B.S.
  • Middle Grades: Mathematics, B.S.
  • Middle Grades: Natural Sciences, B.S.
  • Middle Grades: Social Sciences, B.S.

Explore Mechatronics at UTC

High-Interest Classes:

  • Literacy Instruction in the Intermediate Grades and Middle School
  • Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas
  • Designing Instruction for the Inclusive Classroom
  • Technology and Learning
  • Designing Instruction and Assessment
  • *Concentration-Driven Electives in English, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences

UTC Student Organizations:

  • Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society)
  • Multicultural Educators of Tomorrow
  • STEM Education Student Organization

Careers:

  • Middle School Teacher
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Education Consultant
  • Instructional Coach
  • Educational Administrator

Marketable Skills:

  • Curriculum development
  • Classroom management
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Technology integration
  • Cultural competence
  • Student engagement techniques

UTC Events:

  • Undergraduate Teacher Education Program
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Music

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor, Master's, Certificate
This program is in person.

What is the Study of Music?
The study of music involves refining one’s performance skills while acquiring a deep understanding of the theoretical principles of music, including music’s historical and present-day role as a form of meaningful cultural and personal expression. Music study also includes career preparation in specific music-related fields.

Why Study Music at UTC?
The UTC Department of Music offers comprehensive Bachelor of Music degrees in performance, music education, composition and music therapy, and a BA in music. UTC music faculty are published scholars and in-demand clinicians, active in service across campus and in their professional organizations. They are also innovative and engaging in their classrooms and ensembles. Most importantly, they care deeply about the success and wellbeing of every one of their students. The UTC Department of Music has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1933.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Music, B.A.
  • Music: Composition, B.M.
  • Music: Instrumental Music Education, B.M.
  • Music: Instrumental Performance, B.M.
  • Music: Music Therapy, B.M.
  • Music: Piano Performance and Pedagogy, B.M.
  • Music: Vocal Music Education, B.M.
  • Music: Vocal Performance, B.M.
  • Collaborative Music Minor
  • Music Composition Minor
  • Music Performance Minor
  • Music: Music Education, M.M.
  • Music Pedagogy and Conducting Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
  • Music Teaching and Learning Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Explore Music at UTC

UTC Student Choral Ensembles:

  • Chattanooga Singers
  • Chamber Singers
  • Singing Mocs
  • Clarion Chorale
  • Men's Chorus
  • Opera Workshop
  • Guthrie Quartet

UTC Student Instrumental Ensembles:

  • Marching Mocs
  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Moc Fleet Pep Band
  • Chamber Ensembles

Careers:

  • Music Teacher
  • Performer
  • Music Therapist
  • Church Musician
  • Composer/Songwriter
  • Arts Administrator
  • Music Producer/Sound Engineer
  • Music Critic/Journalist

Marketable Skills:

  • Technical proficiency on instrument or voice
  • Collaborative performance skills
  • Music theory and analysis
  • Critical listening and aural skills
  • Cultural and historical music knowledge
  • Time management and discipline
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Nursing

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Doctoral
This program is a hybrid of in-person and online.

What is Nursing?
Nursing is a vital healthcare profession centered on caring for individuals, families and communities to help them achieve, maintain or recover optimal health and well-being. Nurses are distinguished from other healthcare providers by their approach to patient care, comprehensive training and scope of practice.

Why Study Nursing at UTC?
The UTC School of Nursing is one of the nation’s top-rated nursing programs. The curriculum is designed not only to prepare students for immediate success in healthcare settings but also to provide a solid foundation for advanced studies in specialized nursing fields.

With a combination of rigorous academic coursework and diverse clinical experiences, UTC prepares students for leadership roles in nursing and enables them to pursue further educational opportunities in graduate programs.

High NCLEX Pass Rates: Our students consistently exceed national and state averages on licensure exams, reflecting the quality of our training and preparation.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Nursing, B.S.N.
  • Nursing: RN to B.S.N.
  • Nursing: Accelerated, B.S.N.
  • Nursing, D.N.P.
  • Nursing: Anesthesia, D.N.P.
  • Nursing: Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care, D.N.P.
  • Nursing: Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner - Lifespan, D.N.P.
  • Nursing: Nursing Administration Systems, D.N.P.

Explore Nursing at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Pathophysiology
  • Health Assessment
  • Maternal Newborn Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Nursing Research
  • Nursing Leadership

UTC Student Organizations:

Careers:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Manager
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Educator
  • Public Health Nurse

Marketable Skills:

  • Clinical competence
  • Patient care management
  • Technical proficiency 
  • Empathy and cultural awareness
  • Health promotion and maintenance
  • Ethical judgement and professionalism
  • Evidence-based practice

UTC Events:

  • Annual NightinGala
  • The UTC School of Nursing and Pre-Health Professions Advising program host conferences, seminars and various healthcare industry and career-building events throughout the academic year.
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Philosophy and Religion

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

What Can You Do with a Philosophy and Religion Degree?
Philosophy and religion majors learn highly transferable work skills. They are taught how to understand other cultures and traditions, which is key to working in a global setting, and how to analyze and solve complex problems and research any topic.

Why Study Philosophy and Religion at UTC?
With internationally renowned professors teaching and guiding student research, students can write their own theses, participate in internships and present at regional and national conferences. A variety of scholarships and students clubs are available to UTC philosophy and religion majors.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Philosophy and Religion: Combined, B.A.
  • Philosophy and Religion: Philosophies of Health, Medicine, and Illness, B.A.
  • Philosophy and Religion: Pre-Law, Ethics, and Justice, B.A.
  • Philosophy and Religion: Philosophy, B.A.
  • Philosophy and Religion: Religious Studies, B.A.
  • Philosophy Minor
  • Religious Studies Minor

Explore Philosophy and Religion at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Values and the Environment
  • Popular Culture, Religion and Philosophy
  • Existentialism
  • Biblical Literature
  • The Philosophy of Dune
  • Religions of India
  • History of Judaism
  • Holocaust and Genocide
  • Gender and Sexuality in Religion

UTC Student Organizations:

Careers:

  • Physician
  • Attorney
  • IT Professional
  • Seminarian
  • Pastor/Minister
  • Interfaith Coordinator
  • Civil Service

Marketable Skills:

  • Logical argumentation
  • Religious literacy
  • Public speaking
  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical/Ethical reasoning
  • Cultural understanding

Scholarships:

  • Robert Mildram Scholarship
  • Robert Mildram Prize
  • North Callahan Philosophy Essay Competition
  • New Major Scholarship
  • Outstanding Senior Awards
  • Leba and Moses Lebovitz Scholarship
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Physics

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

Why Choose Physics at UTC?

  • Successful advancement rate to medical and professional schools, graduate schools and industry employment
  • Paid teaching-assistant positions for undergraduates (typically 60 per semester)
  • More than 45 scholarships (worth $100,000 annually) specifically for UTC Chemistry and Physics students, including the renewable Westbrook Scholarship (applications due early February)
  • Undergraduate research opportunities including a paid summer research program and one-on-one mentorships with faculty
  • Labs and introductory courses taught by professionals (not graduate students)
  • Hands-on training with more than $1 million worth of advanced instrumentation

Available Degree Programs:

  • Physics: Physics, B.S.
  • Physics: Biophysics, B.S.
  • Physics: STEM Education, B.S.
  • Physics Minor

Explore Physics at UTC:

Core Classes:

  • Theoretical Mechanics and Electromagnetism
  • Optics and Thermodynamics
  • Methods of Experimental Physics
  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
  • General Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Physics of Living Systems

UTC Student Organizations:

Careers:

  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Research and Development Manager
  • Materials Scientist
  • Hazardous Waste Manager
  • Technical Sales
  • Data Scientist
  • Medical Physicist
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Political Science and Public Service

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor, Certificate
This program is in person.

What is the Study of Political Science and Public Service?
Studying political science and public service at UTC is an immersive journey into the foundations and dynamics of power, policy and public good. The Political Science and Public Service Department provides students with hands-on learning experiences to understand and operate in the complex realm of politics, public administration, nonprofit management and community leadership. Graduates go on to impactful careers in public service and beyond.

Why Study Political Science at UTC?
Political science and public service education at UTC is built on an interdisciplinary approach that provides students with experience working on real-world issues. They tackle everything from Chattanooga politics and social services to international conflict, building critical thinking skills and a foundation for ethical leadership. With a focus on both theory and practical application, the programs are ideal for students aspiring to make a difference in their communities and the world.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Political Science and Public Service: American Politics, B.S.
  • Political Science and Public Service: International and Comparative Studies, B.S.
  • Political Science and Public Service: Politics, B.S.
  • Political Science and Public Service: Public Administration and Nonprofit Management, B.S.
  • Political Science and Public Service: Public Law, B.S.
  • Political Science and Public Service: Public Policy, B.S.
  • Political Science Minor
  • Public Administration and Nonprofit Management Minor
  • Public Administration, M.P.A.
  • Public Administration: Non-Profit Management, M.P.A.
  • Public Administration: Local Government Management, M.P.A.
  • Public Administration Non-Profit Management Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Explore Political Science and Public Service at UTC:

UTC Student Organizations:

Careers:

  • Data Analyst
  • Campaign Strategist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Nonprofit Manager
  • Government Relations Manager
  • Development Officer
  • Political Consultant
  • Legislative Aide
  • Attorney
  • Public Policy Analyst

Marketable Skills:

  • Problem solving and negotiation
  • Political literacy
  • Active listening
  • Collaboration and teamwork

Opportunities:

  • UTC Moc Trial
  • Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature
  • Pre-law advising
  • Career mentoring with PSPS Professional Network
  • Chief Justice Muecke Barker Emerging Leaders program
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Psychology

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor, Master's
This program is in person.

What is Psychology?
Psychological sciences explore human thinking and behavior, sparking a lifelong journey toward personal growth and understanding. Psychology majors acquire marketable knowledge and skills that prepare them for a variety of careers and graduate studies, both within and outside the field of psychology.

Why Study Psychology at UTC?
Classes in the UTC Department of Psychology help students develop transferable skills valuable to future employers. Focused on both research and applied psychology, the department also is home to Modern Psychological Studies, an evidence-driven publication for undergraduate psychological research managed by students. UTC is home to two nationally recognized graduate programs, the MS in Psychological Science and the MS in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Available Degrees:

  • Psychology, B.S.
  • Psychology Minor
  • Psychology: Industrial-Organization, M.S.
  • Psychology: Psychological Science, M.S.

Explore Psychology at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Psychology of black experience
  • Sensing and perception
  • Psychopathology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychology and law

UTC Student Organizations:

Careers:

  • Human Resources
  • Behavior Analyst
  • School Psychologist
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Lawyer
  • Victim Advocator

Marketable Skills:

  • Psychological Assessment
  • Research Methodology
  • Ethical Awareness
  • Data Interpretation

UTC Events:

  • My Life as a Psychologist in a Women's Prison: It's Not All CSI and Orange is the New Black
  • Mysticism and Modern Science
  • UTC Mental Health Awareness Fair
  • UTC Psychology Study Abroad
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Secondary Education

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Master's
This program is in person.

What is Secondary Education?
Secondary education is the stage of education that follows primary school and includes middle and high school, typically covering grades 6 through 12. It focuses on specialized subject areas to prepare students for higher education or vocational training.

Why Study Secondary Education at UTC?
Choosing to major in Secondary Education at UTC empowers students to influence and inspire the next generation. Specializing in economics, English, geography, history or political science, secondary education majors gain the skills to teach students in grades 9-12, fostering their intellectual growth and preparing them for future academic and career success.

Available Degrees:

  • Secondary Education: Economics, B.S.
  • Secondary Education: English, B.S.
  • Secondary Education: Geography, B.S.
  • Secondary Education: History, B.S.
  • Secondary Education: Political Science, B.S.
  • Secondary Education: English as a Second Language, M.Ed.
  • Secondary Education: Licensure, M.Ed.
  • Secondary Education: Non-Licensure, M.Ed.
  • Secondary Education: Reading Specialist, M.Ed.

Explore Secondary Education at UTC

High-Interest Classes:

  • Designing Instruction and Assessment
  • Technology and Learning
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Teaching Strategies and Materials in Secondary and Middle Grades Social Science
  • Adolescent Development

UTC Student Organizations:

Careers:

  • High School Teacher
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Education Consultant
  • Instructional Coach
  • Educational Administrator

Marketable Skills:

  • Curriculum development
  • Classroom management
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Student Engagement techniques

UTC Events:

  • Undergraduate Teacher Education Program
UTC Social Work students laughing in class

Social Work

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Master's
This program is in person.

What is Social Work?
Social work is a profession dedicated to helping individuals, families, groups, and communities enhance their individual and collective well-being. It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems. Social work is focused on finding solutions and fostering change to improve the quality of life for everyone.

Why Study Social Work at UTC?
The UTC social work program combines academic rigor with practical experience, ensuring graduates are well-prepared for the demands of the field. Supported by a strong affiliation with the National Association of Social Workers, these programs offer extensive resources and opportunities for professional development.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Social Work, B.S.W.
  • Social Work, M.S.W.

Explore Social Work at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations
  • Crisis Intervention and Trauma Skills
  • Diversity and Cultural Competence
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
  • Social Work Practice with Groups
  • Social Work Healthcare Services and Policies
  • Mental Health Perspectives
  • School Social Work and the Law

UTC Student Organizations:

  • Best Buddies UTC
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Campus hubs such as the Multicultural Center, the Center for Wellbeing, the Counseling Center and the Center for Women and Gender Equity sponsor various student organizations and events that would be of interest to UTC social work majors.

Careers:

  • Clinical Social Worker
  • School Social Worker
  • Healthcare Social Worker
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Child and Family Social Worker
  • Social Service Manager

Marketable Skills:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Case management
  • Research and evaluation
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Effective communication
UTC Sociology students smiling in a classroom

Sociology

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

What is the Sociology?
Sociology is an exploration of the intersection of human behavior and society. Students examine topics in culture, religion, politics and economics to gain valuable insights on social dynamics and cultural norms.

Why Study Sociology at UTC?
The UTC sociology program equips students with skills in critical thinking, communication and research experience through a range of courses, from modern social theory to gender and society. UTC sociology professors are experts in various aspects of environmental and urban sociology and connect students with life-changing opportunities, including internships, field research and study abroad programs. Many courses are cross listed with UTC’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Environmental Studies departments.

Available Degrees:

  • Sociology and Anthropology: Sociology, B.S.
  • Sociology Minor

Explore Sociology at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Sociology of Social Problems
  • Sociology of Social Movements
  • Mental Health Perspectives
  • Crisis Intervention and Trauma Skills
  • Sociology of Hip-Hop
  • Psychology of Culture, Ethnicity and Race

UTC Student Organizations:

Careers:

  • Social Media Analyst
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • User Experience (UX) Researcher
  • Cultural Advisor
  • Nonprofit Manager
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst

Marketable Skills:

  • Data/Policy analysis
  • Field research
  • Report writing
  • Facilitating groups
  • Cultural and social diversity insight

Opportunities:
Sociology students at UTC also can participate in service-learning projects with local nonprofits and organizations working on environmental and food justice issues.

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Spanish

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

What is the Study of Spanish?
Studying Spanish involves more than learning to speak a new language. It encompasses an exploration of diverse Spanish-speaking cultures, literatures and histories, enhancing linguistic proficiency and cultural understanding. This field of study sharpens critical thinking and communication skills, making it an essential discipline in our globalized world.

Why Study Spanish at UTC?
The UTC Spanish program offers students a robust educational pathway through its major and minor in Spanish. These options allow students to tailor their educational experience to their career goals, whether in education, business, healthcare or government. The curriculum is designed to build high proficiency in Spanish while fostering a deep understanding of the cultures where Spanish is spoken. Through immersive learning experiences, rigorous coursework and opportunities for study abroad, students develop marketable skills that are highly valued in today's job market.

Programs are flexible, allowing majors and minors to take classes from both. Additionally, bilingual employees tend to earn more money on average than their counterparts and they are more likely to be hired.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures: Spanish, B.A.
  • Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures: Spanish for the Professions, B.A.
  • Spanish Minor

Explore Spanish at UTC:

High-Interest Classes:

  • Faculty-led Study Abroad
  • Hispanic Film
  • Spanish and Latin American Literature

UTC Student Organizations:

Careers:

  • Business
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  • Interpretation and analysis of complex texts
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UTC Theatre students performing on stage

Theatre

Degree(s) available: Bachelor, Minor
This program is in person.

What is the Study of Theatre?
Theatre students dive into the art of live performance, covering everything from acting and directing to design and playwriting. Blending practical skills with critical analysis, this discipline explores how theatre reflects and influences culture and society.

Why Study Theatre at UTC?
The program, which includes the UTC Theatre Company, combines performance and production experiences to transform students into collaborative artists serving the community. Theatre faculty and staff empower student-artists to take risks, make compelling choices and think independently while preparing them for a variety of career paths.

The UTC Theatre Company is the production module of the Department of Performing Arts and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Available Degree Programs:

  • Theatre, B.A.
  • Theatre: Acting, B.A.
  • Theatre: Design and Technology, B.A.
  • Theatre: Directing, B.A.
  • Theatre: Theatre Education, B.A.
  • Theatre: Theatre Entrepreneurship, B.A.
  • Drama Minor
  • Theatre Minor

Explore Theatre at UTC:

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Undecided

Degree(s) available: Bachelor
This program is in person.

No Major, No Problem?
Haven’t decided on a major? Don’t fret—you’re not alone. Advisors, professors and support staff from UTC’s five academic colleges can provide clear insights for your academic journey. Explore resources designed to help you choose a major that matches your passions and goals.

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