Ala. universities announce dual-degree program

LIVINGSTON, Ala. (AP) - The Univ. of West Alabama and the Univ. of Alabama have announced a dual-degree program in mathematics and engineering.

The program will allow students to spend 3 years at UWA for math and transfer to UA for an additional 2 years to complete their engineering coursework.

A UWA faculty member said the agreement will ensure students in Alabama's Black Belt have opportunities to seek engineering degrees.

UWA already has agreements in place with Auburn and UAB. Dr. Thomas Ratkovich, Mathematics Dept.

Chair at UWA, said they expect a large number of students participating in the dual degree program to eventually transfer to UA.

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