Undergraduate Studies Catalog
Official notices may be presented to students through the deans' bulletin boards. Students are individually responsible for posted information and should review their college's board regularly.
At the core of Loyola's and the Jesuits' mission are recognition of the dignity of the individual and respect for the human person. At times, students with disabilities may wish to avail themselves of the University's ancillary services. Students who would like accommodations at the University need to contact the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities at Damen Hall 101, 6525 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60626. Phone: 773-508-2741; TTY: 773-508-2771; Fax: 773-508-3123.
Since the guidance and instruction received from experienced teachers in the classroom are integral parts of a student's education, every student is expected to attend all classroom and laboratory exercises. The value placed on class participation as a component of the final grade in any course is at the discretion of the individual professor. Interference with or obstruction of instruction is considered unacceptable conduct. Students should inform their dean's office and instructors about prolonged absences due to illness or other grave cause; the dean's office will notify instructors about the absence.
Final examinations are given during the scheduled examination period in each session. Students are expected to take no more than three final examinations in one day. Tests or examinations may be given during the semester or summer sessions as often as deemed advisable by the instructor.
Students who miss a final examination will not be permitted to take a make-up examination on the official make-up examination date without the approval of the appropriate dean. Permission will be given only on the basis of sufficient reason such as illness, and the dean may request written evidence to support the reason for the absence. Students are expected to inform the dean's office immediately in case of illness.
If an absence is approved, the student must take the make-up examination(s) at the assigned time(s) for such examinations or receive permission from the dean to take the examination(s) at another time not more than six weeks (three weeks in the summer sessions) from the end of final examinations. Failure to do so results in a grade of "WF" assigned for the course.
The credit hour, sometimes called the semester hour, is the standard for computing the amount of a student's scholastic work. A credit hour is normally defined as one lecture, recitation, or other class exercise of 50 minutes per week per semester. Two 50-minute periods of laboratory or studio work are frequently equivalent to one credit hour. Three or four 50-minute periods of clinical or fieldwork in some areas are equivalent to one credit hour.
Earned credit hours are those received in the successful passing of a course. Attempted credit hours indicate the amount of work the student attempted without reference to grades received. The hours for any course with a final grade other than "W" (withdrawal) or "AU" (audit) are included in attempted credit hours. Attempted credit hours (with the exception of pass-fail courses) are used in computing a student's scholastic average or standing.
The credit point is used to measure the quality of a student's academic work. The grade of "A" in a course earns 4 credit points for every credit hour; "B+" earns 3.5 credit points per credit hour; "B" earns 3 credit points per credit hour; "C+" earns 2.5 credit points per credit hour; "C" earns 2 points per credit hour; "D+" earns 1.5 points per credit hour; "D" earns 1 point per credit hour; and "F" and "WF" earn 0 points. Quality points are the result of multiplying credit points by credit hours.
The academic average or scholastic standing at the end of a semester is determined by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of attempted credit hours carried in the semester, less hours attempted under the pass-fail option. For example, a student who earned 34 quality points while carrying a total of 17 credit hours has an academic average of 2.0. If a student earns the grade of "A" in a three-credit-hour course, he or she has earned a total of 12 quality points for the course (4 credit points for the "A" multiplied by 3 credit hours for the course). A student who earns a "B+" for a three-credit-hour course, therefore, earns a total of 10.5 quality points for the course. Courses meriting grades of "F" or "WF" are counted in the total attempted credit hours.
Courses with the grade of "I" or "X" are not counted in the total credit hours until they have been replaced by a permanent final grade. If the grade of "I" or "X" is not replaced with a permanent final grade within a six-week period after the end of a semester or three weeks at the end of a summer session, the "I" or "X" will be replaced automatically at the end of that period with a grade of "WF" and this grade will be computed into the academic average.
No grades earned by a student for courses taken at a college other than Loyola or at a program or college not formally affiliated with Loyola shall be computed into Loyola's term or cumulative grade point averages. Transfer credit will count toward the number of hours required for graduation from Loyola, but will not be reflected on grade reports under cumulative average.
The final or semester grade earned in a course is computed on the basis of class work, exercises, assignments, and the results of tests and examinations. These semester grades are entered on the student's permanent record, which is kept in the Office of Registration and Records.
Final grade reports are mailed to the students at the end of each semester. The grade report indicates the courses taken in a semester, the number of credit hours attempted and earned, the number of quality points earned and the scholastic average for the semester's work. The grade report also indicates the student's cumulative or total credit hours attempted or earned and the total quality points earned while at Loyola University, and the overall or cumulative Loyola University scholastic average.
Approximately two weeks after the final examination period, final grades may also be obtained using the Touch-Tone and QuikCHEK systems.
Loyola University uses a letter grading system in all undergraduate programs. Although other methods of grading such as points, percentages, or verbal evaluation may be used at the discretion of the individual professor throughout a course, the official grades of record are letters, and other systems are converted to letters based on the standards described.
A (4 credit points) Excellent. Indicates the highest level of achievement in the subject and an outstanding level of intellectual initiative.
B+ (3.5) Very good. Indicates a very good level of achievement and an intelligent fulfillment of course requirements in a manner that approaches the quality of the highest grade.
B (3) Good. Indicates a good level of achievement, intelligent understanding and application of subject matter.
C+ (2.5) Above satisfactory. Indicates a level of achievement and fulfillment of course requirements in a manner that exceeds the average requirements.
C (2) Satisfactory. Indicates academic work of an acceptable quality and an understanding of the subject matter.
D+ (1.5) Unsatisfactory. Indicates work done was less than satisfactory.
D (1) Poor. Minimum credit. Indicates the lowest passing grade, unsatisfactory work and only the minimum understanding of the subject matter.
F (0 points) Failure. Indicates a lack of even the minimum understanding and application.
P (0 points) Pass with credit. In an elective course for which the student has opted for the pass-fail privilege, indicates the quality of work required to earn a grade between "A" and "D". Credit hours for which the student earns a grade of "P" will count toward graduation, but the grade will not be computed in the grade point average.
NP (0 points) Failure without grade point penalty. In an elective course for which the student has opted for the pass-fail privilege, indicates the quality of work that would earn a grade of "F". Credit hours for which the student earns a grade of "NP" will not count toward graduation, and the grade will not be computed in the grade point average.
W Indicates official withdrawal from a course with permission of the student's dean through the first ten weeks of the semester or first four weeks of a summer session. The grade "W" is not counted in computation of academic standing.
I Indicates the course is still incomplete. "I" grades must be requested by the student's instructor and approved by the student's dean, and must be removed within six weeks after the final examinations or three weeks in a summer session; otherwise the incomplete is converted into a "WF," failure. Unapproved "I" grades will be converted to "WF."
X Indicates absence from the final examination. To make up the final examination, students must obtain permission from their dean. The make-up final examination must be taken on a date specifically approved by the dean. Unapproved absence or failure to make up a final examination will result in the conversion of the "X" grade to "WF." (See page 234 for further information.)
WF Indicates withdrawal from class without proper authorization at any time and is also assigned for withdrawal after the ten-week deadline (or four-week deadline in summer). It is also assigned for failure to remove the grade of "X" or "I." A course with "WF" is counted as attempted credit hours in the computation of academic standing.
Loyola University Chicago understands education to be a process of academic development and growth; therefore academic progress is an important element in an individual's life at the university. The university has instituted formal procedures for warning and ultimately dismissing those who are not progressing as required. Academic probationary status and even academic dismissal should be understood as necessary, albeit unfortunate, consequences for those students directly involved. During the period of probation no student will be allowed to represent the university publicly. Any exception to this restriction must come explicitly from the student's dean. The student's dean determines when a student is placed on academic probation or dismissed for academic reasons. Generally, academic status is determined by two main criteria, the grade point average (GPA) and the quality point deficit. Graduation from the university requires at least a 2.00 average for all coursework attempted. In addition, a grade point average of at least 2.00 must be maintained in order for a student to be in good academic standing (see p.8 for the effect of probationary status on financial aid).
Another way that Loyola University Chicago calculates academic standing is through quality points. It is expected that students will earn quality points totaling at least twice the number of attempted credit hours. Any total of quality points that is less than twice the number of attempted credit hours is a quality point deficit.
Any student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.00 but who displays a quality point deficit of between 1 and 14 points will be placed on probation. Any student whose cumulative GPA is 2.00 or better but who fails to show timely progression toward completion of his/her degree requirements may, at the discretion of his/her dean, be placed on probation. In such cases, the dean may require a contract defining the terms under which the student can remove him/herself from probation (see below for exceptions for Mundelein College students).
Any student who achieves a term GPA of at least 2.33 during the probationary semester, while not yet achieving a cumulative GPA of 2.00, will be continued on probation.
Any student who is placed on probationary status more than one time will be allowed only one semester in which to return to good standing. If the student does not return to good standing at the end of that probationary semester, he/she may be dismissed for poor scholarship.
Any student who has a quality point deficit of 15 or more points, even if he/she has not had a previous semester of probationary status, may be dismissed for poor scholarship at the end of any term. Any student who fails to achieve a term GPA of at least 2.33 for the probationary semester (unless he/she restores his/her cumulative GPA to a minimum of 2.00 at the end of that semester) will be dismissed for poor scholarship.
A student who transfers to Loyola's Mundelein College from another institution with a GPA of less than 2.00 (as computed by Loyola) is required to remove any deficit before graduation, but this transfer deficit is not used in determining academic probation or dismissal as described above; only the Loyola GPA is used. A student who transfers to Loyola's Mundelein College from another undergraduate division of Loyola with a Loyola quality point deficit, however large, will be allowed to continue his/her enrollment as long as that student is making progress toward removing this deficit. The student is considered to be on probation during this time and will be dismissed if acceptable progress is not made each semester. Once a student is placed on probation, evidence of immediate improvement during the next enrolled term must occur to assure that the student will be able to continue with future enrollments at Loyola. Any student dismissed twice from a Loyola undergraduate college will not be readmitted to Loyola through Mundelein College.
The primary objective of the pass-fail option is to encourage students in good standing to explore and experiment in academic areas outside their major or minor field. Students should be aware that the appearance of "P" and "NP" grades on their transcripts may have an adverse effect on changing their major or minor curriculum, transferring to other schools, and acceptance by graduate or professional schools. The following conditions govern this option:
Students wishing to take a course without receiving credit may audit the course, for which applicable tuition will be charged. Class attendance is required of auditors. If they do not attend class, the final grade of "W" will be assigned. Assignments, including examinations and term papers, are not required, but auditors have the right to participate in class discussion. A course which is audited does not count as hours attempted. A course may not be converted to audit status after the first two weeks of the semester or the first week of a summer session.
The basic commitment of a university is to search for and to communicate the truth as it is honestly perceived. The university could not accomplish its purpose in the absence of this demanding standard. To the extent that this standard is respected, a genuine learning community can exist. Students of this university are called upon to know, to respect, and to practice this standard of personal honesty.
Plagiarism is a serious form of violation of this standard. Plagiarism is the appropriation for gain of ideas, language, or work of another without sufficient public acknowledgement that the material is not one's own. It is true that every thought probably has been influenced to some degree by the thoughts and actions of others. Such influences can be thought of as affecting the ways we see things and express all thoughts. Plagiarism, however, involves the deliberate taking and use of specific words and ideas of others without proper acknowledgement of the sources.
The faculty and administration of Loyola University Chicago wish to make it clear that the following acts are regarded as serious violations of personal honesty and the academic ideal that binds the university into a learning community:
Submitting as one's own:
Purchasing, acquiring, and using for course credit a pre-written paper.
The critical issue is to give proper recognition to other sources. To do so is both an act of personal, professional courtesy and of intellectual honesty. If, after giving proper recognition to sources other than one's own, the student has nothing left to call his/her own, insufficient work has been done.
In the course of completing a written assignment, a student, just as a professional, has access to several kinds of assistance and advice. The student, however, must do the revising.
Obtaining, distributing, or communicating examination materials prior to the scheduled examination without the consent of the teacher; providing information to or obtaining information from another student during the examination; attempting to change answers after the examination has been submitted; and falsifying medical or other documents to petition for excused absences all are violations of the integrity and honesty standards of the examination process.
Plagiarism on the part of a student in academic work or dishonest examination behavior will result minimally in the instructor assigning the grade of "F" for the assignment or examination. In addition, all instances of academic dishonesty must be reported to the chairperson of the department involved. The chairperson may constitute a hearing board to consider the imposition of sanctions in addition to those imposed by the instructor, including a recommendation of expulsion, depending upon the seriousness of the misconduct. In the case of multiple instances of academic dishonesty across departments, the academic dean of the student's college may convene a hearing board. Students retain the right to appeal the decision of the hearing board to the academic dean of the college in which they are registered. The decision of the dean is final in all cases except expulsion. The sanction of expulsion for academic dishonesty may be imposed only by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs upon recommendation of the dean.
In order to provide a forum for the fair resolution of academic disputes involving individual student complaints of the appropriateness of course grades and accusations of academic dishonesty, the following procedure has been developed and will be applied to all cases involving Loyola undergraduate students. Students should be aware that in cases in which a grade is disputed, the grade will be changed by the dean only if the grading is found to be capricious, is found to be in significant violation of clearly established written college policies, or is a result of improper procedures. Capricious grading is the assignment of a grade to a student which is:
The student may appeal the decision of the hearing board in writing to the dean of the appropriate school, or the dean's designee, within thirty days of notice of the hearing board's decision. The dean or designee may approve, modify, or reverse the decision of the board and will notify the student of his/ her decision within two weeks of receiving the appeal if practicable. In those cases where the appeal was heard by the dean's designee, the student may have a final appeal to the dean if a request in writing is made within 30 days of the designee's decision. The decision of the dean is final in all cases except expulsion. The sanction of expulsion for academic dishonesty may be imposed only by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs upon recommendation of the dean.
Laudatory status for the degree will be based on certification of all requirements and may differ from the status announced at graduation ceremonies if degree requirements are not certified at the time of the ceremony.
For academic honors conferred by individual schools or departments within schools, consult appropriate sections of this catalog.
Students may not carry more than 18 credit hours in one semester without approval of their dean. Exceptions to this regulation may be made only in the following cases: Students who maintain at least a "B" (3.0) average may carry excess hours with the specific permission of their dean and on payment of tuition for the excess hours. Students who carry excess credit hours without the requisite permission may be denied the application of these credits toward their degree. Freshmen and sophomores ordinarily are not given permission to carry excess hours.
Students on academic probation may be required to reduce their number of semester hours. Students with outside employment are urged to carry reduced programs of study so as to ensure sufficient time for the academic preparation needed in obtaining their education.
Students may repeat a course in which they previously received a passing grade only with the specific authorization of their academic dean. Such repetition may be required if students received a "D+" or lower grade in a course in the major or minor field (e.g., biology courses only for biology majors), or if specific departmental regulations so require. Authorization to repeat courses merely to improve the grade will rarely be given. A grade of a repeated course does not replace the original grade earned. In an authorized repetition of a course the student will not receive additional credit hours toward graduation since credit hours in the course have already been earned. The repeated course, however, is counted for attempted hours and quality points for the accurate computation of grade point averages. A student who repeats a course without permission of the dean earns neither credit hours nor quality points for the repeated course.
While academic advising is available in each school and college, each student is responsible for developing an accurate and appropriate schedule of classes each term. The schedule of classes being offered by the university for the coming term is made available to all students in print and online in sufficient time to plan.
Registration is the procedure whereby a student enrolls for specific classes. The process of registration should be completed by all students before every term prior to attending classes. No one is permitted to attend any class without first officially registering for that course. Students may not register for classes after the late registration period. A fee is charged for late registration.
For registration purposes, a student with 29 or fewer earned hours is classified as a freshman; a student who has earned 30-59 hours is classified as a sophomore; a student with 60-89 earned hours is classified as a junior; and a student with 90 or more hours is classified as a senior.
Registration at Loyola University Chicago is done through the Touch-Tone telephone registration system, the QuikCHEK on-line registration system, or Loyola's Online Connection to University Services (LOCUS). For specific information on registration, please refer to the current Schedule of Classes, or the web at www.luc.edu/academics/schedules.
Change In Registration
Students are allowed to change their registrations in conformity with the guidelines set forth in the Schedule of Classes that is published for each academic term.
Registering For Courses At Another University
Students who are granted written permission to enroll in a course at another university will be issued a statement of good standing if the other institution requires it. This statement is not a transcript of record.
All official transcripts of Loyola University academic records are issued by the Office of Registration and Records. Students desiring transcripts should apply in writing to the Office of Registration and Records at least two weeks before the transcript is needed. Transcripts cannot be issued on the day they are requested. Transcripts cannot be issued immediately after final examinations. A fee is charged for each transcript. No transcript will be issued unless all of the studentís financial obligations have been satisfied.
Loyola University Chicago uses the social security number for student identification. Students who do not have a social security number must obtain one by applying at a Social Security Office. Consistent use of the social security number is imperative in preventing confusion in record keeping. Every student is also assigned a PIN - personal identification number (month and year of birth) - which allows them access to QuikCHEK (the student online information system). Students are strongly encouraged to change this default PIN on QuikCHEK to ensure further the privacy of their records.
An enrolled student who wishes to withdraw from the university must either in person or in writing notify the dean of his/her school. A student is considered to be in attendance until such notice has been received by the dean. All financial refunds or obligations are dated from the date of the formal notice of withdrawal and not from the date of the last class attended (see Schedule of Classes for tuition refund policy).
It is the student's obligation to inform the dean promptly of the intention to withdraw. Telephone messages and/or non-attendance in class are not official notification.
A student may be required to withdraw from the university because of academic deficiency, lack of sufficient progress toward completion of degree requirements, failure to adhere to university requirements and/or degree requirements, failure to adhere to university requirements and regulations for conduct, or failure to meet financial obligations to the university.
After the official late and change of registration period ends, official withdrawals from class are made only with the permission of the appropriate dean and according to the procedure for change in registration.
Students who withdraw from class merely by being absent will receive the final grade of "WF," which is a penalty grade and equivalent to a grade of "F", and incur full financial obligation to the university. Voluntary and repeated unofficial withdrawals from class may result in the student's being barred from further attendance in the university. Students may withdraw from class with the final grade of "W" through the first ten weeks of the semester or first four weeks of a summer term.
Students contemplating official withdrawal from a class and receiving or expecting to receive financial assistance should consult with the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Students who have been called into the armed services of the United States and who are consequently withdrawing from the university before the end of the withdrawal period will receive a refund of all tuition and fees paid for the period in question, but no academic credit. If they withdraw after the end of the withdrawal period, they will receive full academic credit for the semester with grades as of the date of withdrawal, but no refund of tuition.
Summer entrants who plan to continue studies as students of Loyola University in the fall semester should follow the admission procedure for students described in this catalog. Admission of new students to Loyola University's summer sessions does not constitute admission to any undergraduate college in the fall.
To assist the various offices in maintaining accurate mailing, record keeping, and business transactions, it is necessary for all students to report in writing at once to the dean, registrar, and the student business office any change in names, addresses, or telephone numbers. This may be done by completing one form in the registrar's office or (for address and telephone number) through QuikCHEK.
Students who change their names after marriage should retain their original names on their records and add their married names. Students who join religious communities should use both the name in religion and the family name.
Lake Shore Campus:
Loyola's campus in Rome provides students with the cultural advantages of study abroad without interruption to their college programs. The Rome Center of Liberal Arts is a program of the College of Arts and Sciences. Academic standards are those of the College of Arts and Sciences. Due to the shorter period of attendance by students at the Rome Center the time and norms for academic probation and/or dismissal are stricter than those applying to degree-seeking students in the undergraduate colleges. With the exception of Italian language courses and some Italian literature courses, classes are conducted in English.
The Rome Center accepts students from all the undergraduate colleges of Loyola as well as from any accredited college or university in the U.S. Non-Loyola students are admitted to the Rome Center as visiting students. Enrollment is confined to full-time attendance. It is recommended that students take at least one semester of Italian language before attending the Rome Center. If this is not possible, students must take a course in beginning Italian their first semester in Rome.
During each semester of the academic year, some 140-190 students attend the Center. Students can choose courses in the following areas: anthropology, classical civilization, classical languages and literature, English or Italian literature, fine arts/art history, communication, history, Italian, international studies, philosophy, political science, Rome Studies, sociology, theology, and economics.
Rome Center students live and study on Loyola's own campus, about four miles from downtown Rome. Travel opportunities and time to travel are provided for within the nine-month program, and there are several school-sponsored excursions.
Students who have maintained a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average may apply for admission to the Rome Center. Students must have the recommendation of the dean of their college and their dean of students. Admission to the program is based upon a student's academic record, maturity and motivation for entering the program. Students not in good academic or good disciplinary standing are not accepted.
The summer sessions at Loyola University Chicago provide courses ranging from first-year college through graduate level. The courses offered during the summer sessions are equivalent in content and credit to those offered during the academic year and may be applied toward any appropriate degree conferred by the university. The faculty of the summer sessions is composed of members of the university teaching staff supplemented by visiting professors.
Summer sessions classes are open to students who are candidates for undergraduate or graduate degrees, as well as to students not seeking degrees who wish to take courses to aid in professional development or intellectual enrichment. In addition, spring high school graduates may begin their college studies during the summer sessions prior to the upcoming fall term.
The calendar of the summer sessions encompasses a number of terms beginning in late May and ending in mid-August. Classes are held on all four Chicago-area campuses as well as in a number of international locations including Loyola's Rome Center.
Students who are currently enrolled at Loyola and those who have been admitted for the upcoming fall term need not apply separately for admission to the summer sessions. Visiting students must apply for admission to Loyola through the Office of the Summer Sessions, and are not be eligible to continue at Loyola beyond the summer. Therefore, eligible students intending to start their enrollment at Loyola in the summer and continue at Loyola in the fall semester are urged to apply either to the Mundelein College (the college for adult education and continuing studies) or to the Undergraduate Admission Office (for traditional-aged students wishing to enroll either part-time or full-time) rather than to the Office of the Summer Sessions.
For almost 130 years, Loyola University Chicago has maintained a respected position among the nation's top colleges and universities. Behind this reputation is an approach to education that aims at the development of liberally educated individuals. Every academic program at Loyola stresses a broad liberal arts background, which is considered to be the base from which all students can branch out into special interests, specific fields and vocations. The university realizes that preparation beyond the undergraduate degree is necessary for many students who are increasingly concerned about making contributions to their society and the professions. Loyola is proud of the traditions of service and assistance its alumni have established in various professions.
The existence of professional schools on the campuses and the admirable records achieved by the university's alumni have encouraged Loyola to give special consideration to undergraduate programs for pre-professional students. Faculty from the professional schools contribute to undergraduate programs, and special attention is devoted in university curriculum planning to the unique needs of students planning to attend professional schools.
A pre-law committee and a pre-health professions program counsel the pre-professional students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Pre-law advisors and pre-health advisors are available to students enrolled in Mundelein College.
The pre-health professions program administered by the College of Arts and Sciences on Lake Shore Campus is designed to help pre-health students prepare to enter schools of medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, podiatry, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. Other health professions can be explored, as well, through the pre-health professions office. This program offers an excellent advisory system and an ample opportunity to explore areas of interest while allowing the student to receive a broad education in the core curriculum.
The post-baccalaureate pre-professional health sciences program, established in 1983 in Mundelein College, is designed for students who already hold bachelor's degrees in a non-science or non-allied health field but who now wish to prepare themselves to apply for admission to a professional health science school. The backgrounds of the students range from accountant to attorney to musician.
Graduates of Loyola University Chicago attend a wide range of regionally and nationally recognized law schools. The Pre-Law Office coordinates advising and special programming for Loyola students to help best prepare them for a career in law. In consultation with the pre-law advisor, students learn how to: assess whether or not law is an appropriate career choice, prepare adequately for law school, and succeed in gaining law school admission. The Pre-Law Office, in conjunction with the undergraduate Pre-Law Society, also sponsors a series of annual on-campus seminars and workshops about law related topics and the law school admission process.
While there is no set pre-law major or series of prerequisite courses for entry into law school, students are encouraged to develop exceptionally strong writing, analytical and critical thinking skills. This can be done in a variety of majors. It is important to pursue both a rigorous course of study and one that reflects a given student's interests and aptitudes. Students are encouraged to see the pre-law advisor early in their academic career to start planning appropriately.
Accelerated Law School Admission
Careful and early planning is needed to achieve accelerated admission. Students should see the pre-law advisor during their freshman year to plan accordingly.
The Pre-Health Professions Program prepares students primarily to enter schools of medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine as well as other health professions. Pre-health students are advised to major in any discipline in the College of Arts and Sciences which interests them.
Students in Mundelein College may likewise choose any discipline to their liking among the B.A. and B.S. degree program offerings.
The requirements for admission to most health professional schools across the nation do not specify a major in any particular field. The important consideration for pre-health students is that they select a major in which they can be sincerely interested. To choose a major, students should consult an academic advisor and should be aware of requirements at professional schools of their choice. Many pre-health students, including about 80 percent of those at Loyola, major in biology. However, students who choose to major in physics, chemistry, mathematics, the humanities, and social sciences also qualify for admission to health professional schools. A student's general educational background and familiarity with concepts and vocabulary common to the sciences is considered more important than a specific major.
Although requirements for admission to medical and other health professional schools vary, guidelines exist to help students plan their pre-health programs. In general, medical school applicants should meet the following requirements: eight semesters hours of general biology, eight semester hours of inorganic chemistry, eight semester hours of organic chemistry, eight semester hours of physics, and six to eight semester hours of mathematics. A third biology course (e.g., cell biology, genetics, physiology, or histology) and biochemistry are highly recommended. Students must also take an entrance exam before acceptance into health professional schools. Pre-medical students will take the Medical College Admission Test. This test is typically taken in the spring of the junior year of college. The Pre-Health Professions Program director counsels students on specific requirements for additional health careers as well as provides opportunities for students to explore various health professions.
Nationwide, 95 percent of all applicants to medical schools have a college degree. It is difficult to gain entrance to many health professional schools with only three years of undergraduate work. Loyola University's Stritch School of Medicine requires a college degree before entrance.
Early Assurance Program
This program is designed so that students enter Loyola University's College of Arts and Sciences as freshmen and complete two years of coursework before even being considered for this program. If the student completes the required coursework and completes the required application, they will be considered for one of the up to ten seats available to them through this program. In the remaining two years of undergraduate education, the accepted student will continue to maintain certain standards and will participate in programs designed for them. After their undergraduate education they will apply and be accepted directly into the Stritch School of Medicine. Because it is necessary to carefully plan out the college career, it is necessary to see the Pre-Health Professions Office early in the freshman year.
Dual Acceptance Program
This program allows applicants of Loyola University Chicago to apply through the Dual Acceptance Program to Midwestern University. If the applicant meets the criteria and is accepted into the program, they will start out their education with Loyola University Chicago's College of Arts and Sciences. The students will have a rigorous schedule that must be completed in two years. If the accepted students maintain certain standard and participate in certain programs designed for them, they will matriculate to Midwestern University's Chicago College of Pharmacy. It will not be necessary for the student to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). The student will then complete their remaining four years and receive a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Because it is necessary to carefully plan out the college career, it is necessary to see the Pre-Health Professions Office early in the freshman year.
The Graduate School of Business at Loyola University Chicago provides professional education through courses leading to the Master of Business Administration degree. Loyola places emphasis on problem-solving and decision-making skills, stressing the role of business in society and the responsibility of global business leaders to society.
The Loyola Graduate School of Business is fully accredited by the International Association of Management Education-AACSB. The program integrates the major areas of business and offers 13 fields of specialization, including accounting, business ethics, derivative markets, economics, finance, health care administration, information systems, international business, legal environment, management, marketing, operations management, and strategic decision making. Students can also choose joint programs with law, pharmacology, nursing and information systems to choose to attend the Master of Accountancy, Master of Integrated Marketing Communication or Master of Information Systems Management programs.
The Graduate School of Business operates on the quarter system, with ten weeks per quarter. Students may enter at the beginning of the autumn, winter, spring, or summer terms. For further information contact the Graduate School of Business, 820 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.
WorkPlace Studies houses three professionally oriented graduate programs in human resources and industrial relations, organization development, and training and development. Although each graduate program offers unique perspectives on the workplace and provides different sets of professional tools, these programs share a fundamental belief that the development of human potential can create a competitive advantage for employers.
Courses are offered primarily in the evenings and on Saturdays. No specific undergraduate background is required but students will find coursework in psychology, economics, and business administration helpful. Many of our students are part-time and have substantial business experience.
Institute of Human Resources and Industrial
For more information, please call 312-915-6595 or visit our web site: www.luc.edu/depts/hrir
The Jesuit Collegian Program is sponsored by the Chicago and Detroit Provinces of the Society of Jesus. It is designed primarily for Jesuits who are pursuing graduate level philosophical and theological studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Society of Jesus and the Roman Catholic Church for ordination to priesthood. As part of the Collegian Program, the Jesuits engage in supervised ministries both on and off campus. They live in some of the Jesuit communities at Loyola together with other Jesuits who are teachers, chaplains or administrators at Loyola. Typically, a Jesuit in the Collegian Program studies here for two or three years, often completing a master's degree in philosophy. There are usually twenty or more Jesuits enrolled in the program in any given year.
NOTE: The above dates are representative of a typical undergraduate academic year. These dates were accurate at press time but are subject to change. Consult most current Schedule of Classes for the detailed and confirmed calendar.