Loyola University Chicago

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Majors/Minors & 4 Year Plans

To earn an undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago, a student must complete the requirements for at least one major program, any additional requirements determined by the college or school where the major is housed, and 120 credits hours (a typical class is worth three credit hours). Undergraduate students may choose from 80 unique majors and minors in seven different colleges and schools.

Unsure what you want to major in? That’s okay! You can begin taking coursework at Loyola University Chicago while you explore your interests. The Undergraduate Admission office offers a fun quiz to help you identify potential major options. 

Below you will find sample academic plans for some of the most popular majors at Loyola. These are to give a overview of what a student can general expect in the typical 4 years/8 academic semesters. Please note each student has a unique path to their Loyola degree based on their placements, credits they brought to Loyola and other factors. 

Please note: Students will learn how to build their own personal academic plans as part of the UNIV 101 experience and with guidance of their academic advisor. These are general understanding and were based on Fall 2017 requirements. 

You may find that your individualized plan may be different depending on a number of factors, including

  • Math placement results
  • Foreign language placement results
  • A desire to complete pre-professional requirements such as pre-health requirements
  • Any AP/IB and transfer credits you may receive 

Please note: These are only sample plans and are subject to change. These requirements are based on Fall 2017 requirements.

Sample Academic Plans

College of Arts & Sciences

Biology  Sample Academic Plan - BIOL 1196
Biochemistry Sample Academic Plan - BCHM 1196 
Chemistry Sample Academic Plan - CHEM 1196 
Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Sample Academic Plan - NRCB 1196
Computer Science Sample Academic Plan - COMP 1196
Criminal Justice and Criminology Sample Academic Plan - CJCR 1196
Forensic Science Sample Academic Plan - FRSC 1196
Global & International Studies Sample Academic Plan - GIST 1196
Mathematics  Sample Academic Plan - MATH 1206
Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience Sample Academic Plan - NRMC 1206
Political Science Sample Academic Plan - PLSC 1196 
Psychology  Sample Academic Plan - PSYC 1196


Institute of Environmental Sustainability 
Environmental Science Environmental Science - Sample Academic Plan


Niehoff School of Nursing 
Nursing  Nursing - Sample Academic Plan


Quinlan School of Business 
Accounting Sample Academic Plan - ACCT 1196 
Finance Sample Academic Plan - FINC 1196 
International Business Sample Academic Plan - INTL 1196 
Marketing  Sample Academic Plan - MARK 1196


School of Communication 
Advertising Creative Sample Academic Plan - ADCR 1206
Advertising and Public Relations Sample Academic Plan - ADPR 1206
Advocacy and Social Change Sample Academic Plan - CMAS 1206
Communication Studies Sample Academic Plan - CMUN 1206
Film and Digital Media

Sample Academic Plan - FDMD Intl Film 1206

Sample Academic Plan - FDMD Production 1206

Multimedia Journalism Sample Academic Plan - MJRN 1206 


Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health 
Public Health

Sample Academic Plan - BS in Public Health

Sample Academic Plan - BS in Public Health with Pre-Med Requirements