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Immerse yourself in a hands-on learning experience filled with travel experiences, research opportunities, academic clubs and challenging internships. Our 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio means professors take as much pride in your college success as you do. The proof? Within six months of graduation, more than 90 percent of our students are working in their chosen fields or entering grad school. Request Info »

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Accounting

Accounting

Accounting

Most people think an “accountant” and a “CPA” are the same thing. Not in the business world! That’s why our accounting program is designed to prepare you for the most important test you will ever take — the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination. Read More »

Art

Art

Art

Art is more than a four-year program of study at Briar Cliff. It’s the beginning of a lifetime of experiences, growth, ideas and expression. Study painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics or any other traditional or non-traditional technique or form. Read More »

Biochemistry

Biochemistry

Biochemistry

Learn inside one of the region’s only educational cadaver labs; revamped, state-of-the-art chemistry labs and a molecular biology workshop that makes DNA analysis a breeze. Read More »

Biology

Biology

Biology

Equip yourself with the skills necessary for graduate school in the health sciences or other biology related field. Gain hands-on experience inside state-of-the-art laboratories, including one of the region′s only educational cadaver labs. Read More »

Business Administration

Business Administration

Business Administration

Learn from veteran faculty, land engaging internships — even launch your own business with help from the Roth Center for Entrepreneurship. Also, join award-winning student organizations, including an ENACTUS team that takes “suiting up” to a whole new level! Read More »

Chemistry

Chemistry

Chemistry

Explore the fascinating world of chemistry inside revamped, state-of-the-art chemistry laboratories and with professors who know you by name (not a number). You’ll have the opportunity to grow as a professional chemist, or to prepare for professional careers in other areas, such as medicine or teaching. You can even earn a stipend conducting research with our faculty! Read More »

Computer Science

Computer Science

Computer Science

Gain a solid background in the fundamental concepts of computer science, skills that translate into an immediate job in our technology driven world! Research what interests you most, from website development to video game production, and compete in the Annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest — a chance to test your problem-solving skills against students from across the Midwest. Read More »

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Compete in regional crime scene investigation (CSI) competitions. Be a part of mock trials. Shadow local law enforcement professionals. Prepare yourself for immediate career options in law enforcement at the state and local levels, the court system, correctional facilities or private security. This major can also prepare you for graduate programs in law, criminal justice and related fields. Read More »

Elementary Education

Elementary Education

Elementary Education

Gain real experience, in real classrooms, at the Professional Development School — a collaborative relationship between Briar Cliff and neighboring Leeds Elementary School. Our program also includes a reading endorsement, a student teaching internship and is fully approved by the Iowa Department of Education. Read More »

English

English

English

Gain essential insights into human nature and thought, as well as an appreciation of the written word as a mode of expression. Help produce The Briar Cliff Review, an internationally acclaimed literary magazine. Attend poetry, fiction, and non-fiction readings by well-known authors. Most of all, be part of a close family of faculty and students who support one another’s efforts to dream big and to achieve. Read More »

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Commit to solving challenges like pollution, habitat destruction and loss of biological diversity. You’ll also explore the Sioux City Prairie, the nation’s largest urban tall grass prairie, sitting in BCU’s own backyard! Read More »

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Graphic design is everywhere: Billboards and signs on buildings. Ads in a magazine. Posters in your room. The Internet you are surfing right now! Welcome to the digital world, where your screen is the new blank canvas! Enjoy 24-hour access to the Integrated Multimedia Center, a laboratory with workstations that include large-screen iMac computers equipped with the full Adobe Creative Cloud software suite. Read More »

History

History

History

Learn from a faculty that includes two Fulbright Scholars. Compete for a paid internship in museum studies. Embark on educational field trips to some of the most historic places on earth — it’s all part of the History Program at BCU! Read More »

Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management

Be part of an H.R. program that is fully approved and aligned with guidelines set by the The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) — the largest HR association in the world. Read More »

Journalism and Digital Media

Journalism and Digital Media

Journalism and Digital Media

Gain experience writing for the Cliff News online student publication. Learn to write, announce and produce for the university’s on-air radio station. Shoot and edit footage for Cliff News TV, BCU’s student video department. You’ll have 24-hour access to the Integrated Multimedia Center, which includes large-screen iMac computers equipped with the full Adobe Creative Cloud software suite. Read More »

Management Information Systems

Management Information Systems

Management Information Systems

What do you get when you combine business and computer science? Management Information Systems (MIS) — the science of taking data, processing it and transforming it into meaningful information that people can use! Read More »

Marketing

Marketing

Marketing

Bridge the gap between marketing theory and practice, using classrooms equipped with the latest technology, thought-provoking courses taught by veteran faculty, engaging internships sure to boost your portfolio, and award-winning student organizations — including an ENACTUS team that takes suiting up to a whole new level! Read More »

Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics

Math classes at BCU are small in size, so professors will know you by name — not a number (you have enough numbers to worry about!). You’ll delve into challenging mathematics, physics and computer science coursework with the latest in computing technology at your fingertips. Read More »

Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science

The purpose of the medical laboratory science major is to provide students who wish to become medical laboratory scientists a broad liberal arts background which they can take advantage of throughout their professional careers. Read More »

Music

Music

Music

Travel the world with the Cliff Singers, study under a renowned faculty with more than 100 combined years of teaching experience, and develop your musicianship through musical productions and performing ensembles. Read More »

Basic Nursing

Basic Nursing

Basic Nursing

No other nursing program in Iowa provides more clinical experience. Our state-of-the-art laboratories include one of the region’s only working cadaver labs. Our programs are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and we are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Read More »

Physical Education

Physical Education

Physical Education

If you have your sights set on becoming a successful teacher and coach in elementary, middle or high school; or becoming a middle/high school athletic director, this program is for you. Our nationally recognized physical education program employs a modified version of National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s Standards for Advance Programs in Physical Education Teacher Education. Read More »

Psychology

Psychology

Psychology

As a psychology major, you’ll typically follow one of three tracks: prepping for graduate school; pursuing a specific, psychology related job following graduation; or obtaining a bachelor’s degree and entering the general workforce. Read More »

Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology

A Bachelor of Science in radiologic technology consists of two years of coursework on our campus, plus two years of additional clinical work at an accredited school of radiologic technology. Briar Cliff has a cooperative program with the St. Luke’s College School of Radiologic Technology. Read More »

Secondary Education

Secondary Education

Secondary Education

Teach your passion! As a secondary education major (grades 7-12), you are essentially a double major in education and whichever academic discipline you decide to pursue. The program includes a student teaching internship, and is fully approved by the Iowa Department of Education. Read More »

Social Work

Social Work

Social Work

Our program, which has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1974, will help you develop the skills to carry out what the profession is all about: helping people. Read More »

Sociology

Sociology

Sociology

Why do humans behave the way we do? Sociology helps find the answer, by turning data and statistics into useful information that can help make the world a better place. You’ll get to work with our Siouxland Research Center, which partners with public, private and non-profit organizations to conduct affordable research; and gives you professional experience with the some of today’s most modern research technology and techniques. Read More »

Spanish

Spanish

Spanish

Learn to listen, speak, write and read fluent Spanish — but that’s not all. Our Spanish program emphasizes a cultural understanding of the Hispanic people through an international study abroad experience. You’ll embark on a four-week trip to somewhere Spanish heritage runs deep, a place in which you’ll immerse yourself in Spanish language, culture and literature. Read More »

Sports Management

Sports Management

Sports Management

Pursue a career in sports management, sports promotion, sports sales or sports facilities. Sioux City is a sports town, brimming with opportunity. Intern with the athletic department on campus, with one of three minor league sports organizations in town, at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA, or even at the Tyson Events Center — home of two major NAIA national tournaments (volleyball and women’s basketball). Read More »

Sports Science

Sports Science

Sports Science

The sports science degree is an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree with required course work from three disciplines: HPER, Biology and Chemistry. In addition to these courses, there will be three additional supporting courses from two different disciplines. Read More »

Theology

Theology

Theology

Be part of an engaging lecture series. Gain experience through student teaching or other volunteer opportunities. Present your own findings and research at the Great Plains Undergraduate Theology Conference. Most importantly, serve with one of our community outreach programs — because as St. Francis is thought to have said, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.” Read More »

Writing

Writing

Writing

“To learn to write is to learn to have ideas,” Robert Frost wrote, and our writing program helps you develop your ideas and your voice — in creative writing, journalism, composition, business writing, technical writing and new media. Learn from teacher/mentors — real working writers — in the classroom and beyond. Get involved in the editing and publishing of our national award-winning literary magazine, The Briar Cliff Review. Read More »