2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog

Available Programs

Pre-Professional and Dual Programs

Pre-Professional Programs

Western Illinois University offers eight pre-professional programs designed to prepare students for professional study at other universities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Each pre-professional program consists of a series of WIU courses which students are advised to take to gain the knowledge and skills required for professional study in a specific field. An academic adviser is assigned to each of the pre-professional programs. Students should consult with the adviser for information on the entrance requirements of professional schools, recommended WIU courses for professional preparation, and degree completion requirements and options.

Pre-Agricultural Engineering

Students who wish to pursue studies in pre-agricultural engineering should contact the academic adviser in the School of Agriculture. The student in pre-agricultural engineering may elect one of two options leading to the Bachelor of Science degree: (1) Agricultural Engineering Degree through a College of Engineering, a four-year program (two years at WIU). (2) Agricultural Engineering Degree and Agriculture Degree, a five-year program (three years at WIU).

First Year

Agricultural and Biological Science electives from the following:

  • BOT 200; ZOOL 200
  • AGRI 220; AGRN 176, 278; ANSC 112
  • AGTM 250
  • ENG 180
  • MET 105
  • Kinesiology
  • MATH 133, 134
  • PHYS 197, 198
  • Humanities and Social Science electives
Second Year
  • ENG 280
  • CHEM 201, 202
  • Kinesiology
  • MATH 231, 333
  • PHYS 200, 201
  • Humanities and Social Science electives
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences not taken during First Year
Third Year
  • AGTM 365, 461 and other electives in Agricultural Technology Management
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences electives
  • ECON 231, 232
  • Humanities and Social Science electives


Students who wish to pursue studies in pre-architecture should contact an academic adviser in the Department of Physics. The suggested transfer curriculum is listed below. This is a one-year (freshman) program, since the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and many schools of architecture require students to complete a six-semester program in residence. Three years of one foreign language at the high school level or two semesters at the college level is required for admission to this program. If this work is taken or repeated at the college level, it will not count towards the degree. Admission for transfer students to the architecture program at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and other schools of architecture is competitive. To be considered for admission to an architecture program, a student should maintain a grade point average of 3.00 (A = 4.00) or higher. Transfer students will not be admitted to the University of Illinois (U/C) unless they have completed 30 s.h. of acceptable credit, excluding credit earned in basic kinesiology courses.

First Semester
  • ARTS 140 (3)
  • ENG 180 (3)
  • HIST 125 (3)
  • MATH 133 (4)*
  • Social Science sequence (3) **
Second Semester
  • CS 214*** or CS 225 (3)
  • ENG 280 (3)
  • HIST 126 (3)
  • MATH 134 (4)*
  • Social Science sequence (3) **

*PHYS 114 or PHYS 124 may be taken instead of MATH 133, and MATH 133 instead of MATH 134.
**The social sciences sequence must be selected from the University of Illinois-U/C approved list, in consultation with the pre-architecture adviser. Subjects in this category include political science, psychology, sociology, and communication arts and sciences.
***CS 211 and 212, or equivalent, is prerequisite.

Pre-Chemical Engineering

Students who wish to pursue studies in pre-chemical engineering should contact an academic adviser in the Department of Chemistry.

Freshman Year
Fall Semester
  • CHEM 201 (4)
  • ENG 180 (3)
  • MATH 133 (4)
  • PHYS 197 (4)
Spring Semester
  • CHEM 202 (4)
  • MATH 134 (4)
  • PHYS 198 (4)
  • Elective (4)
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester
  • CHEM 331 (5)
  • MATH 231 (4)
  • PHYS 200 (4)
  • Electives (2)
Spring Semester
  • CS 225 (3)
  • CHEM 332 (4)
  • ENG 280 (3)
  • MATH 333 (3)
  • Electives (3)

Pre- Chemical Engineering students should maintain at least a 3.00 (A=4.00) grade point average. Isolated D grades are accepted under certain conditions and may count toward graduation. Transfer students will not be admitted to the University of Illinois unless they have completed 60 s.h. of acceptable credit, excluding credit earned in basic kinesiology courses. Credits earned in college to remove high school deficiencies in mathematics will count as part of the 60 s.h.


Students who wish to transfer to a college of engineering after two years of pre-professional study should complete the program below which is designed to meet the requirements at the University of Illinois School of Engineering-Urbana/Champaign. Any student planning to attend a school of engineering other than at Urbana/Champaign should inform his or her adviser of this fact, so that changes in the program can be suggested. Those who start this curriculum and subsequently decide to remain at WIU usually transfer to related programs without loss of credit.

Students interested in this program should contact the pre-engineering adviser in the Department of Physics. Chemical engineers take a slightly different program and should contact the Department of Chemistry.

Freshman Year
Fall Semester
  • ENG 180
  • MET 105*
  • MATH 133 **
  • PHYS 197***
Spring Semester
  • CS 225
  • MATH 134
  • PHYS 198
  • Elective

*MET 105 is not required of electrical or computer engineering majors. Take an elective in social sciences or the humanities instead, or CS 225.
**Engineering students planning to attend the University of Illinois should keep in mind that any course below the level of MATH 133 will not count toward the engineering degree. However, several pre-calculus courses are available for students unable to take four years of college preparatory mathematics in high school.
***PHYS 197 has MATH 133 or the equivalent as a co-requisite.

Sophomore Year
Fall Semester
  • CHEM 201
  • MATH 231, 311
  • PHYS 200
Spring Semester
  • CHEM 202
  • ENG 280
  • MATH 333
  • PHYS 201, 312*

* PHYS 312 is not required of students going into electrical or computer engineering.

Students may select electives in the social sciences and humanities from a list of transferable electives which can be obtained from a pre-engineering adviser; a partial list appears below. Transfer credit for foreign languages courses at the University of Illinois will be approved only after a review of the student's high school foreign languages background. All transfer students entering the College of Engineering are required to have completed two college/university semesters of a foreign language or three years of a foreign language in high school.

Technical courses are available at WIU which may also be taken as electives. For example, civil engineers may take a course in surveying or geology. Mathematical statistics is recommended for some other fields of engineering.

  • AAS 281, 282, 283
  • ARTH 180, 282, 283, 394, 395
  • ENG 195, 200, 201, 202, 205, 228, 238, 290, 300, 301
  • Foreign Languages: FR/GERM/SPAN 121, 122, 223, 224, 325, 326
    (Review of high school preparation required by University of Illinois.)
  • HIST 105, 106, 125, 126, 300
  • MUS 190, 195, 393, 397
  • Philosophy: all courses except PHIL 140 and 340
  • Religious Studies: all courses
  • THEA 110, 390, 391
Social Sciences
  • AAS 100, 145, 251, 290, 300, 315
  • ANTH 110, 111
  • ECON 231, 232, Note: ECON 231 is a required course in some engineering curricula.
  • GEOG 100, 110
  • POLS 122, 284
  • PSY 100, 250, 251
  • SOC 100, 200, 250

Pre-engineering students should maintain at least a 3.00 (A=4.00) grade point average. Isolated D grades are accepted under certain conditions and may count toward graduation.


Students who wish to pursue studies in pre-forestry should contact the academic adviser in the School of Agriculture. This two-year curriculum is designed to prepare students to enter a school of professional forestry with advanced standing.

The following is presented as a general outline which will be modified to meet the demands of the school to which the student expects to transfer.

  • AGRI 120; FOR 200
  • BOT 200; ZOOL 200
  • CHEM 201, 202
  • ENG 180, 280
  • Kinesiology
  • Mathematics (2 semesters)
  • COMM 241
  • ECON 231
  • FOR 208; HORT 180
  • Humanities (2 semesters)
  • Social Science (2 semesters)
  • Physics (2 semesters)

Pre-Health Program (Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Physical Therapy)

Western provides excellent instruction to prepare students for a health-related professional degree in dentistry, medicine, optometry, and physical therapy.  Most students at Western who wish to pursue a professional degree in a health-related field major in biology, but other majors may be appropriate as well. See Western’s Medical Sciences option offered by the Department of Biological Sciences for more info. Students who plan to complete a major other than biology should consult with the academic adviser in the Department of Biological Sciences for information regarding admission requirements for specific medical schools.


Law schools do not require any particular undergraduate major. Students are encouraged to pursue a course of study in line with their intellectual interests, although are cautioned against narrow specialization directed too pointedly toward later professional training and practice. Many of the goals of legal education are also goals of a broad liberal education. It is advisable for students to select intellectually challenging courses which promote the development of skills of comprehension and expression in words, which enhance creative thinking, and which foster a critical understanding of the human institutions and values with which the law addresses.

Admission to law school is highly competitive. The two major criteria for admission are the undergraduate grade point average and the score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The LSAT is a standardized examination given four times a year. Students intending to apply to law school should plan to take this test no later than December of their senior year.

Pre-Law Advising

All students, whatever their major, may request a pre-law adviser to supplement their major advising and assist them in their preparation for law school.  Students considering law school are urged to seek pre-law advice as early as possible in their undergraduate career. Dr. Richard Hardy, Department of Political Science, and Jill Myers, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, are available for advising students interested in a legal career.

Pre-Law Major Option

Western’s baccalaureate degree program in Philosophy includes a pre-law option. The Philosophy pre-law option allows students to prepare for success in law school within their major area of study.  A brief description of the pre-law option is provided below.

The B.A. in Philosophy Pre-Law Option provides undergraduates a course of study which emphasizes the development skills in logical reasoning, argumentation, and linguistic analysis. Many of the courses in the option use the Socratic method and are concerned with ethics, justice, law, principles of sound reasoning, and other topics relevant to the study of law. Reasoning by cases, hypothetical situations, and philosophical problem solving skills are fostered in all the courses.  Ultimately, the philosophy pre-law option is designed to sharpen the ability to reason, to respond capably to opposing arguments, and to put one’s point clearly and precisely whether orally or in writing. For more information about the philosophy pre-law option, view of this catalog.

Pre-Law Honors Minor

The pre-law honors minor is a unique interdisciplinary minor for students who are enrolled in the Centennial Honors College and who plan careers in law. The curriculum for this minor is designed to provide students with skills and knowledge important as a foundation for the study of law. Emphasis is given to the development of effective written and oral communication, analytical and critical reasoning, and an understanding of institutions, social processes, and human values important to legal studies. Students from all majors are eligible for this honors option and upon completion of the requirements will graduate as Honors Scholars.  For more information about the Pre-Law Honors Minor, view the minors section of this catalog.


The Pre-MBA minor is designed specifically for students majoring in areas outside the Bachelor of Business who are considering graduate level study in business. Through a set of core business courses, this minor provides students with the fundamentals of business administration and gives them a solid preparation for many entry level positions in business. The minor facilitates the undergraduate’s transition to the MBA at WIU.  

The Pre-MBA curriculum has been created to include accelerated courses for the principles of accounting and economics. These are complemented by courses in finance, information systems, management, marketing, and statistics. A majority of these courses are upper-division; this allows students to begin this minor late in their undergraduate programs and complete the requirements without delaying their graduation. 

Completion of the Pre-MBA minor does not guarantee admission to an MBA program.  Students seeking an MBA at WIU are required to complete the GMAT examination.  Admission to the MBA program is based on a combination of undergraduate GPA and GMAT score. The MBA program also requires a minimum grade of “C” and a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the Pre-MBA core courses.

The Pre-MBA minor is not available to students seeking the Bachelor of Business degree.

For more information about the Pre-MBA minor, contact an adviser in the Business Advising Center.

Pre-MBA Minor Requirements (21-27 s.h.):

  • ACCT 307 (or ACCT 201 and 202)
  • ECON 408 (or ECON 231 and 232)
  • FIN 311 
  • IS 340 
  • MGT 349
  • MKTG 327
  • STAT 171


Pharmacy schools offer either a bachelor's or doctor's degree in pharmacy. Students usually enter either program after two years of pre-professional study. The bachelor's program requires a total of five years of study while the doctoral program requires six years. Pharmacy schools appear to be increasing the emphasis on the doctoral programs.

Affiliation Agreement with UIC College of Pharmacy: The WIU Department of Chemistry has entered into an agreement with the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Pharmacy (Pre-Pharmacy Scholar Program) where UIC will pre-admit five students per year from WIU who agree to complete a B.S. at WIU, maintain a 3.5 GPA, participate in a portfolio project, participate in extracurricular activity (research/internship), take prerequisite math and chemistry coursework, and the PCAT. Students interested in the Pre-Pharmacy Program should contact the Department of Chemistry or the Chemistry advisor for application.

Students should become familiar with the specific requirements of the pharmacy school they expect to attend. They should contact WIU's pre-pharmacy adviser in the Department of Chemistry at their earliest convenience to arrange their program of study. A typical two-year program of study consists of the courses listed below.

First Year
  • BOT 200; ZOOL 200
  • CHEM 201, 202
  • ENG 180
  • MATH 137
  • Business elective
  • Social Science elective
Second Year
  • CHEM 331, 332
  • COMM 130, 241
  • MICR 200; ZOOL 230, 231
  • ENG 280
  • PHYS 124/125 or 197/198
  • STAT 171
  • Humanities and Fine Arts electives. A course in Multicultural Studies should be included among the General Education courses.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

The WIU School of Agriculture offers a pre-professional program designed to meet the requirements for admission to a school of veterinary medicine. Students who wish to pursue studies in pre-veterinary medicine should contact the academic adviser in the School of Agriculture. Due to intense competition for admission to schools of veterinary medicine, most students complete a four-year bachelor's degree program prior to admission. Those students considering a career in veterinary medicine should have a good foundation in biological sciences and chemistry, including biochemistry, as the minimum knowledge base for success in the curriculum. In addition, a course or courses concerning livestock production and animal ethology are highly desirable for all students. Those seeking a career in veterinary medicine related to agriculture should consider additional background in nutrition, livestock management, and the economics of production by working toward a degree in agriculture prior to admission to veterinary school. Students may also pursue other major fields of study. The 60-hour pre-veterinary requirement and the suggested WIU courses for admission to the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois are outlined below. Admission requirements for other schools of veterinary medicine are different but can be met with adviser consultation.

  • BOT 200; ZOOL 200
  • CHEM 201, 202, 330, 421
  • ENG 180 and 280 or COMM 241
  • PHYS 114, 115 or 124, 125
  • Humanities or Social Science (12 s.h.)
  • Junior/Senior level approved agriculture and science electives (12 s.h.)
Recommended, But Not Required
  • AGRI 376
  • ANSC 112, 314, 422, 424
  • MICR 200
  • Mathematics - calculus, trigonometry, and statistics
  • ZOOL 430

Dual Programs

Western Illinois University has made arrangements with professional schools at other universities so that students can complete requirements for a bachelor's degree in the College of Arts and Sciences while working toward a professional degree or certificate. This is done in cases where credits can be transferred from the professional school in work closely related to that offered in the college. Typically, students complete three years of work at WIU and transfer one year of work from the professional school in satisfaction of WIU degree requirements.

Dual Program in Arts and Sciences and Engineering

Western Illinois has an agreement with the College of Engineering, University of Illinois, whereby students may obtain the bachelor's degree in the College of Arts and Sciences at WIU and a degree from the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. In general, students spend three years at WIU and two to two and one-half at the University of Illinois. The student becomes eligible for both degrees when the entire program is completed.

Students who wish to participate in the Arts and Sciences and Engineering dual program should contact an academic adviser in the Department of Physics. Students who enter the program must complete the Pre-engineering programs described in the Pre-Professional Programs section and the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. Since the granting of the two degrees depends on specified course requirements and not on the amount of time on each campus, care in planning a program of courses is essential for students to complete the dual program in five academic years. For students interested in pursuing the dual degree option in Physics along with a bachelors in Engineering, the Engineering Physics curriculum is recommended.

Similar dual-degree programs are available with other engineering schools, including the binary program with Case Western Reserve University. Please consult your adviser to ensure successful completion of degree requirements.

Students who begin their pre-engineering program at a community college and wish to benefit from the WIU dual program must earn a minimum of 30 s.h. at WIU and satisfy all the requirements for the WIU Bachelor of Science degree, except those requirements dealing with majors and minors.

Dual Program in Arts and Sciences and Clinical Laboratory Science

This dual program is four years in length and leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science. The first three years of the program are spent at WIU, followed by 12 months at an approved school of medical technology. The clinical year program requires a 2.75 grade point average. After completion of the four-year program, graduates take an examination for registration given by the Board of Registry of Medical Technology of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Upon successful completion of the total program, a student receives the Bachelor of Science degree at Western and the MT (ASCP) certificate from the Registry of Medical Technologists. Students enrolling in this program will be advised by the Department of Biological Sciences.The curriculum is given below.

First Year
  • BIOL 170/BOT 200; ZOOL 200
  • CHEM 201, 202
  • ENG 180
  • MATH 128, 129 or 131 or 133 or equivalent (see adviser)
  • Social Science elective
  • Humanities elective
  • Human Well-Being elective
Second Year
  • CHEM 330 or 331 and 421 (or 332)
  • ENG 280
  • F L 121, 122 or equivalent (see adviser)
  • MICR 200, 434
  • Social Science elective (POLS 122)
  • Social Science elective
Third Year
  • COMM 241
  • PHYS (see adviser) 124, 125 or 114, 115
  • STAT 171
  • ZOOL 430
  • 2 Electives--BIOL 333 or 340; MICR 400 or 463 or 464 or 460
  • Humanities elective
  • Multicultural Studies elective
    Fourth Year
    • Taken at an approved school of medical technology (approximately 30-32 s.h.)
      • Clinical Biochemistry
      • Clinical Chemistry
      • Clinical Hematology
      • Clinical Microbiology (bacteriology, parasitology, mycology)
      • Clinical Serology and Immunology
      • Blood Bank