UIC Undergrad Majors

  • First Year applications are only accepted for the Fall term. Please note that some majors have special instructions in bold.
  • Most programs accept Transfer applications for both the Fall and Spring terms. The following programs are only available to Transfer applicants for the Fall term: Architecture, Nursing, and Nutrition.
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Undecided - Undecided - Liberal Arts and Sciences

An exploratory option for students interested in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who have not yet identified their major of choice.

Accounting - BS - Business Administration

Accounting is a system for measuring and reporting the financial position and performance of a variety of entities to interested parties. These organizations include business firms, governmental units, and nonprofit organizations. Users of... [read more]

African American Studies - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

African American Studies, a comprehensive study of the African American people’s experience, combines the approaches of the humanities and the social sciences, imparting skills in critical thinking, research methods, theory building, analysis,... [read more]

Anthropology - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

Anthropology is the study of human cultural and biological diversity over time and space. An undergraduate education in anthropology provides valuable preparation for many careers that involve working with individuals of diverse national or... [read more]

Architecture - BS - Architecture, Design and the Arts

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture program provides a preprofessional education in architecture within the broader context of liberal arts courses provided by the University. The broad-based knowledge and skills provided by a... [read more]

Art - BFA - Architecture, Design and the Arts

We are artists, creators, scholars, makers, and innovators. We encourage intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, problem solving, and the unleashing of radical imaginations. The Department of Art offers students a unique program, set in one of... [read more]

Art History - BA - Architecture, Design and the Arts

The Department of Art History is devoted to the interdisciplinary exploration of artworks from antiquity to the present and across the world, including architecture, urbanism, sculpture, painting, design, and film, media, and performance arts. We... [read more]

Biochemistry - BS - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry is awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to students who successfully complete this curriculum. It is a joint program of the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Chemistry.... [read more]

Bioengineering - BS - Engineering

Bioengineering is a field of engineering science that develops and applies quantitative analysis and design to living systems and hybrid systems containing living components. Bioengineers are uniquely qualified to work at the interface between... [read more]

Biological Sciences - BS - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Biological Sciences majors study life, living organisms, and vital processes. Within this broad context, students and faculty pursue diverse programs, including, but not limited to, biochemistry, botany, cell biology, developmental, ecology,... [read more]

Chemical Engineering - BS - Engineering

In the Chemical Engineering curriculum, students learn to apply chemistry, physics, and mathematics to the industrial-scale production of chemicals, including petroleum products, polymers, pharmaceuticals, electronic devices, and foods. This... [read more]

Chemistry - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Chemistry requires fewer chemistry courses and permits a larger number of electives outside of chemistry. It provides a basis for admission to medical schools and dental schools. The degree also provides a... [read more]

Chemistry - BS - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is recommended for anyone considering a professional career in chemistry. It prepares its graduates for admission to graduate schools in chemistry, to medical schools and to professional positions in industry... [read more]

Civil Engineering - BS - Engineering

The operational goals of the Civil Engineering Program are to graduate civil engineers who have the fundamental knowledge and modern tools necessary for civil engineering practice in industry and government in the following areas of... [read more]

Classical Studies - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

Classics is the study of the civilizations of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Ancient Mediterranean. The Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies provides introductory and advanced treatments of the religion, literature, and art of the... [read more]

Communication - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

A degree in communication focuses on social science research, leading to several career paths, including market research, corporate relations, human resources, event planning, advertising, media writing, teaching, and government. The core courses... [read more]

Computer Engineering - BS - Engineering

Computer Engineering is concerned with the application of electrical engineering and computer science principles to the design of computer systems and digital networks. Through creative utilization of tools and knowledge, a computer engineer... [read more]

Computer Science - BS - Engineering

Computer science is a relatively young but extremely rich and diverse discipline. At one end of the spectrum, computer science may be viewed as the formal study of what can be computed and what resources are required for computation. At the other... [read more]

Criminology, Law, and Justice - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

Criminology, law, and justice is a social and behavioral science field of study that selects crime, law, and the criminal justice system for its subject matter. Using social science methodologies, the program examines the nature, extent, and... [read more]

Earth and Environmental Sciences - BS - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The earth and environmental sciences examine the processes that affect the earth’s surface and its interior, the history of these processes, and the materials that they produce. A degree in earth and environmental sciences may lead to employment... [read more]

Economics - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The program provides instruction on economic institutions and a rigorous foundation in the analytical tools and applied areas of economics, relying on mathematical and statistical techniques. The program provides a strong grounding for many... [read more]

Education, Urban (Elementary) - BA - Education

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education offers a program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Urban Education with a concentration in Elementary Education. The program is committed to preparing teachers... [read more]

Electrical Engineering - BS - Engineering

The Electrical Engineering curriculum is concerned with analysis and design of modern electronic systems, devices, and signals for a broad range of applications such as wireless or network communication, electrical power and control, and... [read more]

Engineering - Undecided - Engineering

An exploratory option for students interested in the College of Engineering who have not yet identified their major of choice.

Engineering Management - BS - Engineering

The College of Engineering and the College of Business Administration offer a joint program in engineering management that allows students latitude to study in both the business administration and engineering disciplines. This program prepares... [read more]

Engineering Physics - BS - Engineering

The BS in Engineering Physics is offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (College of Engineering) in association with the Department of Physics (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences). The Engineering Physics major bridges... [read more]

English - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The field of English focuses on the study and practice of various forms of writing in English. It includes: the study of written works in English; the study of literary criticism and theory, of the relationship between literature and popular... [read more]

Entrepreneurship - BS - Business Administration

The field of entrepreneurship provides knowledge of new venture opportunities, methods for creating and growing enterprises, and the role of entrepreneurship and young or smaller firms in economic development and the world economy. The program... [read more]

Finance - BS - Business Administration

Why is activity in the stock market reported daily?  Why is the financial press so focused on financial markets, interest rates, and central bankers such as Ben Bernanke? What is a derivative, an option, a dividend yield? The finance curriculum... [read more]

French and Francophone Studies - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

A major or a minor in French and Francophone Studies gives students a strong, globally oriented foundation for careers in many fields, such as education, international commerce, law, government, and journalism. Intermediate and advanced language... [read more]

Gender and Womens Studies - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that explores issues related to the history and status of women, the broad range of social roles filled by women and men across human cultures, and the place of sexuality in... [read more]

Germanic Studies - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Germanic Studies program provides the opportunity to develop skills in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing German and to learn about the language, literature, and culture of the German-speaking regions of the world. Students who... [read more]

Germanic Studies (German with a Business Minor) - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Germanic Studies program provides the opportunity to develop skills in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing German and to learn about the language, literature, and culture of the German-speaking regions of the world. When taken with... [read more]

Graphic Design - BDes - Architecture, Design and the Arts

Graphic design makes ideas visible. Instruction combines the art of typography with the skillful rendering of signs, symbols, and images. The practice of graphic design serves to communicate, distinguish, characterize, clarify, brand, instruct,... [read more]

Health Information Management - BS - Applied Health Sciences

The Health Information Management undergraduate degree program provides skilled instruction in the management and use of information and information systems for healthcare planning, provision, resource allocation, and executive decision making.... [read more]

History - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

History is the study of the human past. The discipline of history rests on the discovery, evaluation, and ordering of evidence. It sharpens critical reading and writing skills and gives students practice in the use of these basic tools of modern... [read more]

Human Development and Learning - BA - Education

The BA degree in Human Development and Learning (HDL) provides students with strong grounding in research and theory concerning learning and development from birth to death, and how to apply this knowledge to working with individuals from diverse... [read more]

Industrial Design - BDes - Architecture, Design and the Arts

Industrial design makes ideas tangible. Instruction combines conceptual and material articulation and fabrication of usable objects and systems. The practice of industrial design serves human needs and interests, be they commercial, responsible,... [read more]

Industrial Engineering - BS - Engineering

Industrial engineering is concerned with the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, material, and equipment. The Industrial Engineering program gives knowledge of principles and methods in engineering design,... [read more]

Information and Decision Sciences - BS - Business Administration

The Department of Information and Decision Sciences offers instruction in the integration of information systems design with the interdisciplinary sciences of decision making. It explores the synergy between information management, information... [read more]

Kinesiology - BS - Applied Health Sciences

First Year applicants interested in pursing a BS in Kinesiology are admitted as Undecided majors into the College of Applied Health Sciences. Transfer applicants should apply directly to one of the two available concentrations: Exercise Science... [read more]

Kinesiology, Exercise Science and Health Promotion - BS - Applied Health Sciences

The Exercise Science & Health Promotion concentration in Kinesiology allows students to learn to use and evaluate evidence based principles in real-world settings. Students learn to assess, design, develop, deliver and evaluate service... [read more]

Kinesiology, Movement Sciences - BS - Applied Health Sciences

Movement Science places significant emphasis on scientific learning through a series of rich content related courses combing practical application of scientific principles. Theory and advanced science are emphasized by faculty who are global... [read more]

Latin American and Latino Studies - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The program in Latin American Studies and Latino Studies seeks to provide students with an understanding of the history, cultures, and contemporary issues of Latin Americans and Latinos in the U.S. using interdisciplinary approaches. Students may... [read more]

Management - BS - Business Administration

The field of management is concerned with the effective organization, development, and administration of business and other organizations. Students receive both theoretical and practical preparation for a variety of responsible managerial and... [read more]

Marketing - BS - Business Administration

Marketing is the value creating function of the firm, which connects the business with its current and future customers. The Bachelor of Science in Marketing prepares students to generate this value through strategic and tactical marketing... [read more]

Mathematics - BS - Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics is the language of the sciences and of all fields where patterns and systematic processes need to be analyzed. The study of the various mathematical sciences involves learning ideas and techniques essential for the natural and social... [read more]

Mathematics and Computer Science - BS - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The BS in Mathematics and Computer Science curriculum is designed for students who seek careers in computer science and/or computer related fields requiring a strong mathematical background. The program is flexible and provides the students with... [read more]

Mechanical Engineering - BS - Engineering

Mechanical engineering is essential to a wide range of activities that include the design, development, manufacture, management, and control of engineering systems, subsystems, and their components. Typically mechanical engineers are employed in... [read more]

Music - BA - Architecture, Design and the Arts

Because the music profession is so diverse, the Music major curriculum emphasizes skills and knowledge that are fundamental to the entire discipline: music theory, music history, performance, aural and keyboard training, orchestration,... [read more]

Music Business - BA - Architecture, Design and the Arts

The B.A. in Music Business will prepare students to participate in the burgeoning fields of work connected with the music industry. The program combines traditional comprehensive studies in music with additional coursework in economics, finance... [read more]

Music, Jazz Studies - BMus - Architecture, Design and the Arts

Because the music profession is so diverse, the major curricula at the University of Illinois at Chicago emphasize skills and knowledge that are fundamental to the entire discipline: music theory, music history, performance, aural and keyboard... [read more]

Music, Performance - BMus - Architecture, Design and the Arts

Because the music profession is so diverse, the major curricula at the University of Illinois at Chicago emphasize skills and knowledge that are fundamental to the entire discipline: music theory, music history, performance, aural and keyboard... [read more]

Neuroscience - BS - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience is a joint program sponsored by the Departments of Biological Sciences and Psychology with the support of Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience (LIN) faculty from the Departments of Chemistry and... [read more]

Nursing (Chicago) - BSN - Nursing

The Bachelor Science in Nursing program utilizes face-to face instruction and hands-on practical learning to prepare students with the basic nursing preparation and eligibility to become a licensed registered nurse (RN). First year... [read more]

Nursing (Urbana) - BSN - Nursing

The Bachelor Science in Nursing program utilizes face-to face instruction and hands-on practical learning to prepare students with the basic nursing preparation and eligibility to become a licensed registered nurse (RN). Admission into the... [read more]

Nutrition - BS - Applied Health Sciences

First Year applicants interested in pursing the BS in Nutrition may select that major on the application, but will be admitted to Kinesiology-Undecided within the College of Applied Health Sciences. Transfer applicants should apply directly to... [read more]

Nutrition, Coordinated Program - BS - Applied Health Sciences

The Coordinated Program in Nutrition combines the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) required didactic course work with the required 1200 supervised practice hours that prepare graduates to take the... [read more]

Nutrition, Nutrition Science - BS - Applied Health Sciences

The Nutrition Science program provides students with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) required didactic course work. It is accredited as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Upon completion of the... [read more]

Philosophy - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

Philosophy is the study of beliefs, values, and wisdom. It develops the skills that are fundamental to reasoning clearly and evaluating the cogency of arguments found in everyday contexts such as politics, religion, and morality. Employers... [read more]

Physics - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Physics requires fewer physics courses and permits a larger number of electives outside of physics. The fundamental goal of the science of physics is to develop a basic and comprehensive understanding and... [read more]

Physics - BS - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The fundamental goal of the science of physics is to develop a basic and comprehensive understanding and description of all forms of matter and energy. This goal is pursued through experimental and theoretical investigations, with experimental... [read more]

Polish - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures offers courses at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. The undergraduate program provides the opportunity to develop skills in understanding, speaking, reading, and... [read more]

Political Science - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

Political science is the systematic study of politics and its connection to human life as a whole. Students who elect this major examine, among other things, the relationships between law and political institutions, economic and political power,... [read more]

Psychology - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

Students interested in an education that emphasizes an understanding of human behavior should consider a major in psychology. Psychology as a major/minor can lead to a broad range of career possibilities. An education that focuses on behavior... [read more]

Public Health - BA - Public Health

The mission of the baccalaureate program in public health is to engage and enlighten students about matters related to the health of societies locally, nationally, and globally. By systematically examining biological, environmental, cultural,... [read more]

Public Health - Undecided - Public Health

The Public Health-Undecided major is offered for transfer applicants who do not yet meet the prerequisite requirements for the BA in Public Health program. The mission of the baccalaureate program in public health is to engage and enlighten... [read more]

Public Policy - BA - Urban Planning and Public Affairs

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major that promotes the understanding of public problems and how governments attempt to address them. The BPP prepares students for careers within local, state, or... [read more]

Rehabilitation Sciences - BS - Applied Health Sciences

This degree is the study of rehabilitation science as it relates to human functioning in health, disease and in disability in the current social, political, and physical environment including the healthcare environment. Interdisciplinary courses... [read more]

Russian - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures offers courses at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. The undergraduate program provides the opportunity to develop skills in understanding, speaking, reading, and... [read more]

Sociology - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

Sociology is the study of social life, including individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, and societies. Sociologists investigate the social causes and consequences of human behavior and interaction, such as inequality, poverty,... [read more]

Spanish - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Spanish major program exposes students to innovative critical and theoretical approaches to literary, cultural, and linguistic studies. Thus, a student majoring or minoring in Spanish acquires skills in critical thinking, analytical ability,... [read more]

Spanish-Economics - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The curriculum in Spanish-Economics gives students a strong grounding in the analytical tools of economics, an understanding of how the national and global economies operate, and both written and oral fluency in the Spanish language, with... [read more]

Statistics - BS - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Operations Research is a joint program of the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Information and Decision... [read more]

Teaching of Chemistry (Secondary Education) - BS - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in the Teaching of Chemistry is a program for prospective high school chemistry teachers.

Teaching of English (Secondary Education) - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of English is a program for prospective high school English teachers.

Teaching of French (Secondary Education) - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of French is a program for prospective high school French teachers.

Teaching of German (Secondary Education) - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of German is a program for prospective high school German teachers.

Teaching of History (Secondary Education) - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of History is a program for prospective high school history teachers.

Teaching of Mathematics (Secondary Education) - BS - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in the Teaching of Mathematics is a program for prospective high school mathematics teachers. First Year and Transfer students are admitted as Undecided majors within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Teaching of Physics (Secondary Education) - BS - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in the Teaching of Physics is a program for prospective high school Physics teachers.

Teaching of Spanish (Secondary Education) - BA - Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of Spanish is a program for prospective high school Spanish teachers.

Theatre Design - BA - Architecture, Design and the Arts

Both the BA in Acting and BA in Theatre Design emphasize a balance between history, theory and practice, and integrate traditional performance theories and forms with contemporary interdisciplinary performance practices. With a commitment to... [read more]

Theatre, Acting - BA - Architecture, Design and the Arts

Both the BA in Acting and BA in Theatre Design emphasize a balance between history, theory and practice, and integrate traditional performance theories and forms with contemporary interdisciplinary performance practices. With a commitment to... [read more]

Theatre, Acting - BFA - Architecture, Design and the Arts

The BFA in Acting offers conservatory-style study of acting within a program that emphasizes a balance between history, theory and practice, and integrate traditional performance theories and forms with contemporary interdisciplinary performance... [read more]

Urban and Public Affairs - BA - Urban Planning and Public Affairs

The Bachelor of Urban and Public Affairs (UPA) degree offers career-minded students a great head start in the fields of urban planning, public administration, and public policy. Our programs offer a balance of broad appeal and practical focus... [read more]