University of Idaho, Idaho Falls

Mark Skinner, Associate Vice President and Center Executive Officer, (1776 Science Ctr. Dr., Suite 306, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402; 208/282-2900

The University of Idaho, in partnership with Idaho State University, operates the Center for Higher Education at University Place in Idaho Falls. University Place serves over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students in eastern Idaho. The center is ideally located on the banks of the Snake River and adjacent to the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Yellowstone and Teton National Parks, scenic forests, pristine wilderness areas, and world-class recreational activities are located nearby.

Academics. Consistent with the role and mission assigned by the State Board of Regents and the University of Idaho’s land-grant designation, the university offers select Undergraduate, Master’s, Specialist’s and Doctorate degree programs in Idaho Falls. Additional professional programs, certificates and courses are offered in response to needs of the community. Over 150 University of Idaho courses are offered at the center each semester. Courses are taught on-site by resident and adjunct faculty and are offered via interactive video, electronic media, and the Internet.

Undergraduate degrees are available in the following disciplines:

  • Environmental science
  • General studies
  • Industrial Technology.

Graduate degrees are available in the following disciplines:

  • Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Hydrology
  • Industrial Safety
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgy
  • Nuclear Engineering.
  • Technology Management

Research. The center is strategically located next to the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES). This location is ideal for research collaboration opportunities. The Idaho Falls Center is focusing on delivering advanced education and research programs addressing state and national energy and security needs in partnership with the INL, industry, and university partners. The Idaho Falls Center houses the eastern Idaho branch of the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI).

Idaho National Laboratory. In operation since 1949, the INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's missions in nuclear and energy research, science, and national defense. The laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and develop technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security and environmental missions.

The Center for Advanced Energy Studies. CAES is focused on creating a unique and collaborative environment for our energy future, including cross-organizational and peer-to-peer technical collaboration. It will address science, engineering and technology development critical to U.S. and global energy needs. CAES research will focus on energy affordability, environmental safety, and technology research in nuclear, hydrogen, fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas), plus the full spectrum of renewable energy sources. CAES' research agenda will foster collaborations and interdisciplinary studies and make its research and development facilities, and those of INL, available to a network of universities.

Idaho Water Resources Research Institute. IWRRI supports and directs water research for the State of Idaho and the region.  IWRRI research results routinely lead to cutting-edge discoveries in such vital topics as water quality, water supply and water management.  More importantly, these discoveries regularly lead to a greater understanding of our surroundings, offering sensible solutions toward maintaining a healthy balance between the economy and the environment.

Community and Statewide Services. The College of Agriculture District IV Research and Extension Office at the Idaho Falls Center provides extension programming and agriculture related activities.