Undergraduate Catalog

Undergraduate Programs

Western Illinois University’s undergraduate academic programs are offered through five academic colleges, which house several academic departments and schools. Information about the colleges is given in the Colleges section of this catalog. Most departments and schools offer one or more undergraduate programs of study leading to the baccalaureate degree. Information about departments and degree program requirements is given in the Academic Departments, Programs, and Courses section.

The chart below provides page references for information in this catalog about major and minor programs of study available at the undergraduate level. The chart shows whether a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Business (B.B.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences (B.L.A.S.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), or Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) is offered. Fields of study for which “Option” is indicated lead to degrees through the completion of option requirements in a broader field of study. For example, students majoring in Zoology earn a B.S. in Biology by completing the Zoology option requirements in the Biology degree program. The chart also shows the fields of study that are available for Teacher Education and as academic minors at the University. “GradTrac” is indicated for the disciplines that are included in the GradTrac program. Information about GradTrac is given in the GradTrac section. “Integrated Degree” is indicated for the disciplines for which an integrated baccalaureate and master’s degree program is offered. For more information about integrated degree programs, please see the Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Programs section, the respective academic department, and the WIU Graduate Catalog.

Academic Program Degree Option Teacher Education Minor GradTrac Integrated Degree
Accountancy*^ B.B.*^     ✔*^
Actuarial Science          
Adapted Recreation and Inclusion            
Advertising and Public Relations      
African American Studies*   ✔*  
Aging Studies          
Agricultural Business      
Agricultural Economics          
Agricultural Science      
Agricultural Technology Management          
Agriculture B.S.  
Algorithms and Data Management          
American Government      
American Sign Language          
Animal Science          
Anthropology^ B.A.^     ✔^
App Development          
Applied Mathematics          
Applied Meteorology            
Applied Music        
Art B.A.; B.F.A.    
Art History          
Art Studio          
Biology B.S.      
Broadcast Production        
Broadcasting and Journalism B.A.    
Business*       ✔*    
Business Analytics^ B.B^    
Cannabis and Culture^       ✔^    
Cannabis Cultivation       ✔     
Chemistry B.S.  
Civil Engineering** B.S.**          
Clinical Laboratory Science B.S.        
Communication*^ B.A.*^     ✔*^
Community Forestry          
Community Organizations*   ✔*    
Computer Science^ B.S.     ✔^
Computer Science Education*     ✔* ✔*    
Conceptual Physics          
Construction and Facilities Management B.S.          
Construction and Facilities Technology          
Corrections^       ✔^    
Creative Writing          
Cybersecurity B.S.      
Data Science and Statistics      
Dietetics, Nutrition and B.S.        
Early Childhood Education*   ✔* ✔*      
Economics*^ B.A.^; B.B.^     ✔*^
Educational Studies B.S.Ed.          
Electrical Engineering** B.S.**          
Elementary Education* B.S.Ed.*   ✔*      
Emergency Management^ B.S.^     ✔^
Emergency Management - Operational^       ✔^    
Emergency Management - Tactical^       ✔^    
Engineering** B.S.**          
Engineering Physics        
Engineering Technology* B.S.*          
English* B.A.*   ✔*  
English as a Second Language Education*   ✔* ✔*      
Enterprise Marketing^   ✔^    
Environmental Biology        
Environmental Geology        
Environmental Studies          
Event Planning and Management*       ✔*    
Exercise Science B.S.          
Finance*^ B.B.^     ✔*^
Fire Administration^   ✔^   ✔^  
Fire Medic        
Fire Protection Services^ B.S.^        
Fire Science^     ✔^  
Foreign Languages and Cultures B.A.      
Forensic Chemistry B.S.      
Forensic Psychology        
Forensic Science          
French Teacher Education        
General Studies*^ B.A.*^        
Geoenvironment and Planning^   ✔^    
Geographic Information Science^ B.S.^      
Geographic Information Systems^       ✔^    
Geography^       ✔^    
Geology B.S.      
Geospatial Science^   ✔^    
Global Politics          
Graphic Design    
Health Communication*       ✔*    
Health Services Management B.S.      
History*^ B.A.^   ✔*^
Homeland Security^       ✔^    
Hospitality Management          
Human Resource Management*^ B.B.*^     ✔*^
Industrial Technology^       ✔^    
Information Systems* B.S.*     ✔*  
Information Technology          
International Business*       ✔*    
International Relations/Comparative Politics      
International Studies          
Jazz Studies          
Journalism, Multimedia        
Law and Society          
Law Enforcement and Justice Administration*^ B.S.*^     ✔*^
Legal Studies*       ✔*    
Liberal Arts and Sciences* B.L.A.S.*      
Literature and Language*   ✔*      
Management*^ B.B.*^     ✔*^
Manufacturing Technology*       ✔*    
Marketing^ B.B.^     ✔*^
Marketing Technology      
Materials Science          
Mathematics* B.S.   ✔* 
Mechanical Engineering** B.S.**          
Medical Sciences        
Mental Health*       ✔*    
Meteorology B.S.      
Meteorology, Applied   ✔     
Meteorology, Operational   ✔     
Middle Level Education B.S.Ed.        
Middle Level Literacy Teaching        
Middle Level Mathematics Teaching        
Middle Level Science Teaching        
Middle Level Social Studies Teaching        
Military Science          
Multilingual Education*   ✔* ✔*      
Multimedia Journalism        
Music B.M.    
Music Business        
Music Therapy          
Musical Theatre B.F.A.          
Natural Resources Conservation          
Network Technologies          
Nonprofit Administration*       ✔*    
Nursing^ B.S.N.^          
Nutrition^       ✔^    
Nutrition and Dietetics B.S.         
Nutrition and Foodservice Management B.S.          
Occupational Safety          
Omni-Channel Marketing      
Operational Meteorology       ✔ 
Operations Management*       ✔*    
Outdoor Leadership          
Outdoor Recreation      
Paired Minors*   ✔*    
Performance – Theatre        
Philosophy^       ✔^    
Physical Education B.S.        
Physics B.S.  
Plant Breeding          
Political Science^ B.A.^     ✔^
Pre-Law Honors          
Pre-Law - History      
Pre-Law - Political Science      
Pre-MBA*       ✔*    
Precision Agriculture          
Production/Design – Theatre        
Professional Writing*^   ✔*    ✔*^    
Psychology*^ B.S.*     ✔*^    
Public Administration and Public Service          
Public Administration/Public Policy^   ✔^    
Public Health* B.S.*        
Queer Studies          
Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration*^ B.S.*     ✔*^
Religious Studies^       ✔^    
Scuba Diving          
Security Administration*^       ✔*^    
Sign Language, American          
Social Media*^       ✔*^    
Social Work B.S.W.        
Sociology*^ B.A.^     ✔*^
Spanish*     ✔*
Spanish Teacher Education      
Special Education B.S.Ed.        
Speech Pathology and Audiology B.S.        
Sports Broadcasting    
Stage Combat          
Supply Chain Management*^ B.B.*^     ✔*^
Sustainable Business*       ✔*    
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages*^       ✔*^    
Theatre B.A.      
Therapeutic Recreation          
Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management      
Weather and Climate          
Women's Studies^       ✔^    
Youth Leadership            

* Program is available at WIU-Quad Cities.
** Final two years are completed at WIU-QC campus.
^ Program is available online

Information about WIU’s Teacher Education requirements appears in the Teacher Education section. Information about interdisciplinary minors appears in the Interdisciplinary Studies Minors and Courses section.

In addition to the programs of study listed on the chart, pre-professional programs are offered at the University in the following fields:

  • Engineering
  • Forestry
  • Health
  • Law
  • MBA
  • Veterinary Medicine

Dual programs are available in Clinical Laboratory Science, Engineering, and Law in cooperation with approved schools of medical technology, University of Illinois at Chicago Law School, and the University of Illinois. Students can complete requirements for a bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences while working toward a professional degree or certificate. An additional dual program is available in Doctor of Chiropractic with Palmer College of Chiropractic. Students can complete requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies while working toward a professional degree or certificate. For more information, please see the Pre-Professional and Dual Programs section.