Pre-Professional and Dual Programs
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Western Illinois University offers nine 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 advisor is assigned to each of the pre-professional programs. Students should consult with the advisor for information on the entrance requirements of professional schools, recommended WIU courses for professional preparation, and degree completion requirements and options.
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 from the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana/ Champaign (UIUC). Any student planning to attend an Engineering school other than UIUC should inform his or her advisor 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 advisor in the Department of Physics.
ENG 180; ET 105; MATH 133*; PHYS 211**
CS 225; MATH 134; PHYS 212; Elective
*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 211 has MATH 133 or the equivalent as a corequisite.
CHEM 201; MATH 231, 311; PHYS 213
CHEM 202; ENG 280; MATH 333; PHYS 214; PHYS 310 or 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 advisor; 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/GER/SPAN 121, 122, 223, 224, 325, 326 (Review of high school preparation required by University of Illinois.)
HIST 105, 106, 115, 116, 300
MUS 190, 195, 393, 397
Philosophy: all courses except PHIL 140 and 340
Religious Studies: all courses
THEA 110, 390, 391
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 advisor 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; HORT 180
Mathematics (2 semesters)
COMM 241; ECON 231; FOR 208; ENG 280
Humanities (2 semesters)
Social Science (2 semesters)
Physics (2 semesters)
Pre-Health Program (Medicine, Optometry, Dentistry, Physical Therapy)
Western Illinois University provides excellent instruction to prepare students for a health-related professional degree in Medicine, Optometry, Dentistry, and Physical Therapy. Most students at Western who wish to pursue a professional degree in a health-related field major in Biological Sciences, but other majors may be appropriate, as well. See the Biological Sciences program page in the catalog for information about Western’s Medical Sciences option offered by the Department of Biological Sciences. The Medical Sciences option requires a minimum 2.75 grade point average in the major.
Law schools do not require any particular undergraduate major. Students are encouraged to pursue a course of study in line with their intellectual interests. They 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 communication (written and verbal), 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.
All students, whatever their major, may request a Pre-Law advisor 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, Centennial Honors College, and Jill Joline Myers, Juris Doctorate, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, are available for advising students interested in a legal career.
Pre-Law Major Options
Some degree programs at Western Illinois University include a Pre-Law option. Pre-Law options allow students to prepare for success in law school within their major area of study. Brief descriptions of Western’s Pre-Law options are provided below.
The B.A. in History Pre-Law Option, offered by the Department of History, emphasizes the origins and evolution of American legal traditions—in enlightenment thought, in the foundations of British and American constitutionalism, and in the evolution of American legal history. Students’ History courses will also help them develop the analytical and problem-solving skills, critical reading ability, writing skills, oral communication and listening skills, and general research skills that they will need in law school and when practicing law. For more information about the History Pre-Law Option, see the History program page in the catalog.
The B.A. in Philosophy Pre-Law Option, offered by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, provides undergraduates a course of study which emphasizes the development of 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, see the Philosophy program page in the catalog.
The B.A. in Political Science Pre-Law Option, offered by the Department of Political Science, provides students the opportunity to explore law-related topics by studying constitutional law directly. In addition, it emphasizes courses related to law making and interpreting institutions, including the courts, Congress, and state legislatures. This option helps students understand the role of law in society while providing a basis for them to gauge their interest in law school. By analyzing cases, as well as presenting and critiquing arguments, students will develop reading, writing, and presentation skills that foster success in a legal career. For more information about the Political Science Pre-Law Option, see the Political Science program page in the catalog.
The interdisciplinary Minor in Law and Society helps prepare students for careers in law and related fields, such as the administration of justice. Its interdisciplinary nature provides a solid background in the history and philosophy of law, as well as its current relevance for resolving social, political, and moral questions. In addition to helping students understand legal concepts and the role of law in contemporary society, the minor helps build skills in critical thinking and communication. For more information about the Minor in Law and Society, see the Interdisciplinary Studies Minors and Courses page of the catalog.
The Minor in Legal Studies, offered by the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, complements all majors and helps students prepare for law school, paralegal programs, or careers in court related services. The courses selected for the minor offer legal theory and applied knowledge. The minor will assist students in articulating the various processes by which different types of cases proceed within the American legal system, in understanding and analyzing legal conflicts through reading and discussing the practical and theoretical bases of case law, and in communicating effectively through classroom presentations and demonstrations of courtroom activities. For more information about the Minor in Legal Studies, see the Law Enforcement and Justice Administration page in the catalog.
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, see the Centennial Honors College page in the 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 Western Illinois University.
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 at 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 advisor in the Business Advising Center in Stipes Hall 133 or (309) 298-1619 in Macomb or (309) 762-9481 at the WIU—Quad Cities Riverfront Campus.
Minor in Pre-MBA: 21–27 s.h.
- ACCT 307 (or ACCT 201 and 202): 3–6 s.h.
- ECON 408 (or ECON 231 and 232): 3–6 s.h.
- FIN 331: 3 s.h.
- IS 340: 3 s.h.
- MGT 349: 3 s.h.
- MKTG 327: 3 s.h.
- STAT 171: 3 s.h.
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 advisor 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 advisor consultation.
BOT 200; CHEM 201, 202, 330, 421; ENG 180 and 280 or COMM 241; PHYS 114, 115 or 124, 125; ZOOL 200
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, 322, 424; MICR 200; ZOOL 430
Mathematics—calculus, trigonometry, and statistics
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 University has an agreement with the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois, whereby students may obtain the bachelor’s degree from 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 or the University of Iowa. 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 advisor 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 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 bachelor’s in Engineering, the Engineering Physics curriculum (see the Physics program page) is recommended.
Similar dual-degree programs are available with other Engineering Schools, including the Binary Program with Case Western Reserve University. Please consult your advisor 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.
BIOL 170; BOT 200; CHEM 201, 202; ENG 180; MATH 128, 129 or 133 or equivalent (see advisor); ZOOL 200
Social Science elective (FYE)
Human Well-Being elective (UNIV 100)
CHEM 330 or 331 and 421 (or 332); ENG 280; F L 121, 122 or equivalent (see advisor); MICR 200, 434
Social Science elective
Social Science elective
COMM 241; PHYS (see advisor) 125, 125 or 114, 115; STAT 171; ZOOL 430 2 Electives—BIOL 330 or 340; MICR 400 or 463 or 464 or 460
Multicultural Studies elective
Taken at an approved School of Medical Technology (approximately 32 s.h.)
Clinical Microbiology (bacteriology, parasitology, mycology)
Clinical Serology and Immunology
Dual Program in General Studies and Chiropractic
Western Illinois University has an agreement with Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa, whereby students can earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer and a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree from Western. The dual degree program requires admission into WIU’s Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree program and 90 semester hours of credit in approved prerequisite courses prior to enrolling at Palmer. A minimum of 30 semester hours of academic credit from Palmer may be transferred back to WIU to complete the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree.