Welcome to UIC
Important Note: This is the archived version of the 2013–2015 Undergraduate Catalog. The information on these pages was archived on August 6, 2013 and will not be updated as requirement and/or program changes are approved. Please see www.uic.edu/ucat for the most up-to-date requirements.
UIC provides the broadest access to the highest levels of intellectual excellence. UIC’s mission is:
- To create knowledge that transforms our views of the world and, through sharing and application, transforms the world.
- To provide a wide range of students with the educational opportunity only a leading research university can offer.
- To address the challenges and opportunities facing not only Chicago but all Great Cities of the 21st century, as expressed by our Great Cities Commitment.
- To foster scholarship and practices that reflect and respond to the increasing diversity of the U.S. in a rapidly globalizing world.
- To train professionals in a wide range of public service disciplines, serving Illinois as the principal educator of health science professionals and as a major healthcare provider to underserved communities.
The University of Illinois at Chicago is a major research university offering the unique cultural, business, and entertainment opportunities synonymous with a world-class city. UIC ranks alongside University of Chicago and Northwestern University as one of the top research-funded institutions in the nation. In many ways, UIC discovers what other institutions teach. UIC is comprised of 15 academic colleges including the UIC College of Medicine, which educates one in six Illinois physicians and is the largest medical school in the nation.
UIC boasts one of the most diverse student bodies in the country, offering a cultural experience second to none with more than 15,000 undergraduate and 9,000 graduate and professional students.
On our 240-acre, eco-friendly campus, students will find 100 buildings, 5,000 trees, geothermal energy plants and two state of the art fitness centers. And whether living in residence hall, near campus or commuting, students enjoy a busy social life. With nationally ranked athletic teams, numerous social events, sororities and fraternities, and nearby entertainment venues, there are a lot of opportunities to have fun.
To learn about UIC's leadership and role as one of three campuses of the University of Illinois, please consult the following web pages: Chancellor and Leadership http://www.uic.edu/uic/about/leadership/index.shtml and the University of Illinois website http://www.uillinois.edu/.
The University takes great pride in its faculty. Many of its members have gained national and international reputations as scholars and researchers, artists, writers, clinicians, and educators.
The quality of UIC faculty members is measured by the recognition they receive through publications, national awards, and the level of grant support for their research and teaching. For example, faculty members have earned awards, fellowships, and grant support from such sources as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Academy of Science, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Education, and many other philanthropic organizations and state and federal agencies. Two of our faculty are recipients of MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" fellowships.
One of the best measures of faculty excellence is the federal research funding it receives, and UIC ranks 54th among all U.S. universities in this category. A separate survey released recently by Times Higher Education (UK) ranked UIC among the top 200 research universities worldwide in a survey that looked at research, economic activity and innovation, international diversity and other factors.
UIC faculty researchers are actively engaged in their disciplines and constantly working to advance their areas of study and students benefit directly as the latest trends and insights are brought into the classroom. Research faculty guide advanced undergraduate and graduate students and provide them with research opportunities that may inspire them to enter research careers themselves. Publication of books and articles is another key measure of faculty strength and UIC’s faculty is highly productive, with many holding editorships of prestigious journals. Their scholarship and practices reflect and respond to the increasing diversity of the United States as they create new knowledge both within the traditional disciplines and in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary endeavors.
The University of Illinois at Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413, (312) 263-0456, (800) 621-7440, http://www.higherlearningcommission.org. The Higher Learning Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In 2007, HLC voted to continue accreditation of UIC for the maximum period of 10 years. The next comprehensive evaluation of UIC is scheduled for 2016–2017. Verification of accreditation status is available in the Office of the Chancellor (312) 413-3350.
The undergraduate academic degree programs (and including the Doctor of Pharmacy degree) described in this catalog have been approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, 431 East Adams, Second Floor, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1404, (217) 782-2551, (888) 261-2881 (TTY).
In addition to institutional accreditation, certain individual programs are accredited by the following organizations.
Art and Design
BFA programs in Graphic Design and Industrial Design
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, Virginia 20190-5248
Please note: Effective Fall 2013, the BFA programs in Graphic Design and Industrial Design are no longer admitting new students. UIC now offers Bachelor of Design programs in Graphic Design and Industrial Design.
BS programs in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information and Decision Sciences, Management, and Marketing
AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750
Tampa, Florida 33602
BS programs in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
The BS program in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET)
111 Market Place, Suite 1050
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-4012
Health Information Management
BS in Health Information Management
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
233 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150
Chicago, Illinois 60601-5800
BS in Nutrition
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Academy of Nutrion and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
BS in Nursing
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, D.C. 20036
Doctor of Pharmacy
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100
Chicago, Illinois 60603-4810
State Teacher Licensure
The curricula for the preparation of elementary and secondary school teachers as listed in this catalog have been approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Illinois State Board of Education, and the University.