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 and undergraduate certificates 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 Undergrad. Certificate 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.    
Agronomy            
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            
Biochemistry        
Biology B.S.        
Botany        
Broadcast Production          
Broadcasting and Journalism B.A.      
Business*       ✔*      
Business Analytics^ B.B^      
Cannabis and Culture^       ✔^      
Cannabis Production       ✔       
Chemistry B.S.    
Civil Engineering** B.S.**            
Clinical Laboratory Science B.S.          
Coaching            
Communication*^ B.A.*^     ✔*^  
Community Organizations*   ✔*      
Computer Science^ B.S.     ✔^  
Computer Science Education*       ✔*      
Conceptual Physics            
Construction and Facilities Management B.S.            
Construction and Facilities Technology            
Corrections^       ✔^      
Creative Writing*    ✔*        
Criminalistics            
Cybersecurity B.S.        
Dance            
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.            
Film            
Finance*^ B.B.^     ✔*^  
Fire Administration^   ✔^   ✔^    
Fire Administration & Management^         ✔^    
Fire Medic          
Fire Prevention Technology^         ✔^    
Fire Protection Services^ B.S.^          
Fire Science^     ✔^    
Foreign Languages and Cultures B.A.        
Forensic Chemistry B.S.        
Forensic Psychology          
Forensic Science            
French      
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^       ✔^      
Horticulture            
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   ✔       
Microbiology        
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            
Neuroscience            
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*   ✔*      
Paleontology          
Performance – Theatre          
Pharmacy          
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              
Zoology        

* 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.