Natural Sciences

Within Loyola's College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), each Natural Sciences department offers academic major programs and academic minor programs. 

Academic major programs in the Natural Sciences include:

Academic minor programs in the Natural Sciences include: 

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Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences focuses on the life sciences -  from medicine, to the environment, to basic and applied research in botany, ecology and evolutionary biology, marine biology, microbiology, and molecular biology. A list of Biological Sciences faculty and staff can be viewed on the department website.

Academic Programs

Students pursuing a major in Biological Science can choose from several different concentrations. One concentration participates in Loyola’s Teacher Education track. The department also partners with the University Honors Program to deliver Honors versions of some programs. Available academic programs include:

A detailed curriculum for each program is listed below.
 

Biological Sciences major

The Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences major is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students will complete Loyola Core requirements, major requirements, adjunct courses in related sciences, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed in the Biological Sciences department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair. 

  • Overview of requirements. 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion:
    • Loyola Core: 40 crs
    • Biological Sciences major: 34 crs
    • Adjunct - Sciences: 19 crs
    • General Electives: 27 crs
       
  • Loyola Core. Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 40 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas, depending on which Math requirement is completed. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs) or MATH A245 Calculus for Life Sciences. Any pre-requisite Mathematics courses will be counted as general electives. 
    • Foundation Science requirement must be satisfied with CHEM A105 & CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (3 + 1 crs) 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the program's adjunct science requirements.   
       
  • Biological Sciences Major. Complete 34 crs of major core courses and associated major requirements: 
    • BIOL A106 Cells & Heredity Lecture
    • BIOL A107 Cells & Heredity Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A108 Biology of Organisms Lecture
    • BIOL A109 Biology of Organisms Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A208 Ecology & Evolution
    • Advanced Biology Electives for 23 credit hours; courses used to satisfy Advanced Biology Electives must be coded BIOL A300 or higher. Some Science in Context courses in the Loyola Core may be counted as Advanced Biology Electives upon approval of the departmental chair and completion of additional work. Six credit hours of this requirement may include BIOL A400, BIOL A401, or BIOL A402. 
    • BIOL A491 ETS Exam & Exit Interview requirement (0 crs)
    • Must complete 5 labs in Biological Sciences as part of the major curriculum
  • Adjunct courses - Sciences include the following 19 credit hours:
    • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II Lecture
    • CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I Lecture 
    • CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 cr)
      • Students planning on attending medical school and some graduate programs should consider taking Organic Chemistry II lecture and lab.
    • MATH A260 Statistical Inference for Scientists
    • PHYS A115 Physics for Life Sciences I
    • PHYS A112 Physics for Life Sciences I Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A116 Physics for Life Sciences II
    • PHYS A113 Physics for Life Sciences II Lab (1 cr)    
       
  • General Electives: complete 27 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Biological Sciences major - Cell & Molecular Biology concentration

The Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences major with a concentration in Cell & Molecular Biology is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students will complete Loyola Core requirements, major requirements, adjunct courses in related sciences, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed in the Biological Sciences department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair. 

  • Overview of requirements. 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion:
    • Loyola Core: 40 crs
    • Biological Sciences major: 34 crs
    • Adjunct - Sciences: 23 crs
    • General Electives: 23 crs
       
  • Loyola Core. Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 40 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas depending on the Math selection. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs) or MATH A245 Calculus for Life Sciences. Any pre-requisite Mathematics courses will be counted as general electives. 
    • Foundation Science requirement must be satisfied with CHEM A105 & CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (3 + 1 crs) 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the program's adjunct science requirements.
        
  • Biological Sciences major core requirements. Complete 11 crs of major core courses: 
    • BIOL A106 Cells & Heredity Lecture
    • BIOL A107 Cells & Heredity Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A108 Biology of Organisms Lecture
    • BIOL A109 Biology of Organisms Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A208 Ecology & Evolution
    • BIOL A491 ETS Exam & Exit Interview requirement (0 crs)
    • Must complete 5 Biological Sciences labs as part of the major curriculum
       
  • Advanced Biology Electives for 23 credit hours; courses must be coded BIOL A300 or higher. Six credit hours of this requirement may include BIOL A400, BIOL A401, or BIOL A402. Concentration courses must be completed as part of Advanced Biology Electives. 
     
  • Cell & Molecular Biology concentration courses. Complete at least 3 of the following course options or lecture/lab combinations as part of the Advanced Biology Electives.
    • BIOL A300 Microbiology & BIOL A301 Microbiology Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A305 Histology & BIOL A306 Histology Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A308 Developmental Biology & BIOL A309 Developmental Biology Lab (1 cr)
    • BIOL A326 Molecular Genetics & BIOL A327 Molecular Genetics Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A328 Genetics
    • BIOL A347 Parasitology
    • BIOL A360 Cell Biology & BIOL A361 Cell Biology Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A363 Virology
    • BIOL A365 Immunology
       
  • Adjunct courses - Sciences include the following 23 credit hours:
    • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II Lecture
    • CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I Lecture 
    • CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 cr)
    • CHEM A301 Organic Chemistry II Lecture
    • CHEM A311 Organic Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
    • MATH A260 Statistical Inference for Scientists
    • PHYS A115 Physics for Life Sciences I
    • PHYS A112 Physics for Life Sciences I Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A116 Physics for Life Sciences II
    • PHYS A113 Physics for Life Sciences II Lab (1 cr)    
  • General Electives: complete 23 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Biological Sciences major - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology concentration

The Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences major with a concentration in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students will complete Loyola Core requirements, major requirements, adjunct courses in related sciences, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed in the Biological Sciences department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair. 

  • Overview of requirements. 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion:
    • Loyola Core: 40 crs
    • Biological Sciences major: 34 crs
    • Adjunct - Sciences: 19 crs
    • General Electives: 27 crs
       
  • Loyola Core. Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 40 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas, depending on the Math selection. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs) or MATH A245 Calculus for Life Sciences. Any pre-requisite Mathematics courses will be counted as general electives. 
    • Foundation Science requirement must be satisfied with CHEM A105 & CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (3 + 1 crs) 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the program's adjunct science requirements.   
       
  • Biological Sciences major core requirements. Complete 15 crs of major core courses: 
    • BIOL A106 Cells & Heredity Lecture
    • BIOL A107 Cells & Heredity Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A108 Biology of Organisms Lecture
    • BIOL A109 Biology of Organisms Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A208 Ecology & Evolution
    • BIOL A330 Ecology
    • BIOL A331 Ecology Lab (1 cr)
    • BIOL A491 ETS Exam & Exit Interview requirement (0 crs)
       
  • Advanced Biology Electives for 19 credit hours; courses must be coded BIOL A300 or higher. Six credit hours of this requirement may include BIOL A400, BIOL A401, or BIOL A402. Concentration courses must be completed as part of Advanced Biology Electives. 
    • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology concentration courses. Complete at least 3 of the following course options or lecture/lab combinations as part of the Advanced Biology Electives.
      • BIOL A303 Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates & BIOL A304 Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates Lab (1 cr)
      • BIOL A328 Genetics
      • BIOL A334 Biology of Fishes & BIOL A335 Biology of Fishes Lab (1 cr) 
      • BIOL A336 Animal Behavior
      • BIOL A338 Plant Ecology & BIOL A339 Plant Ecology Lab (1 cr) 
      • BIOL A341 Plant Science & BIOL A342 Plant Science Lab (1 cr)
      • BIOL A345 Herpetology (2 crs) & BIOL A346 Herpetology Lab (2 crs) 
      • BIOL A347 Parasitology
      • BIOL A355 Conservation Biology
      • BIOL A356 Aquatic Microbiology
  • Must complete a total of 5 Biological Sciences labs as part of the major curriculum 

  • Adjunct courses - Sciences include the following 19 credit hours:
    • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II Lecture
    • CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I Lecture 
    • CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 cr)
      • Students planning on attending medical school and some graduate programs should consider taking Organic Chemistry II lecture and lab.
    • MATH A260 Statistical Inference for Scientists
    • PHYS A115 Physics for Life Sciences I
    • PHYS A112 Physics for Life Sciences I Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A116 Physics for Life Sciences II
    • PHYS A113 Physics for Life Sciences II Lab (1 cr)    
  • General Electives: complete 27 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Biological Sciences major - Marine Biology concentration

The Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences major with a concentration in Marine Biology is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students will complete Loyola Core requirements, major requirements, adjunct courses in related sciences, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed in the Biological Sciences department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair. 

  • Overview of requirements. 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion:
    • Loyola Core: 40 crs
    • Biological Sciences major: 34 crs
    • Adjunct - Sciences: 19 crs
    • General Electives: 27 crs
       
  • Loyola Core. Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 40 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas, depending on the Math selection. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs) or MATH A245 Calculus for Life Sciences. Any pre-requisite Mathematics courses will be counted as general electives. 
    • Foundation Science requirement must be satisfied with CHEM A105 & CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (3 + 1 crs) 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the program's adjunct science requirements.  
       
  • Biological Sciences major core requirements. Complete 15 crs of major core courses: 
    • BIOL A106 Cells & Heredity Lecture
    • BIOL A107 Cells & Heredity Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A108 Biology of Organisms Lecture
    • BIOL A109 Biology of Organisms Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A208 Ecology & Evolution
    • BIOL A330 Ecology 
    • BIOL A331 Ecology Lab (1 cr)
    • BIOL A491 ETS Exam & Exit Interview requirement (0 crs)
       
  • Advanced Biology Electives for 19 credit hours; courses must be coded BIOL A300 or higher. Six credit hours of this requirement may include BIOL A400, BIOL A401, or BIOL A402. Concentration courses must be completed as part of Advanced Biology Electives. 
    • Marine Biology concentration courses. Complete two (2) biology field courses at LUMCON or another marine station approved by the Chair and at least one (1) of the following course options or lecture/lab combinations as part of the Advanced Biology Electives.
      • BIOL A334 Biology of Fishes & BIOL A335 Biology of Fishes Lab (1 cr) 
      • BIOL A336 Animal Behavior
      • BIOL A355 Conservation Biology
      • BIOL A356 Aquatic Microbiology & BIOL A357 Aquatic Microbiology Lab (1 cr)
  • Must complete a total of 5 Biological Sciences labs as part of the major curriculum

  • Adjunct courses - Sciences include the following 19 credit hours:
    • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II Lecture
    • CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I Lecture 
    • CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 cr)
    • CHEM A301 Organic Chemistry II Lecture
    • CHEM A311 Organic Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
    • MATH A260 Statistical Inference for Scientists
    • PHYS A115 Physics for Life Sciences I
    • PHYS A112 Physics for Life Sciences I Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A116 Physics for Life Sciences II
    • PHYS A113 Physics for Life Sciences II Lab (1 cr)    
  • General Electives: complete 27 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Biological Sciences major - Pre-Health Biology concentration

The Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences major with a concentration in Pre-Health Biology is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students will complete Loyola Core requirements, major requirements, adjunct courses in related sciences, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed in the Biological Sciences department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair. 

  • Overview of requirements. 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion:
    • Loyola Core: 40 crs
    • Biological Sciences major: 34 crs
    • Adjunct - Sciences: 23 crs
    • General Electives: 23 crs
       
  • Loyola Core. Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 40 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas, depending on the Math selection. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs) or MATH A245 Calculus for Life Sciences. Any pre-requisite Mathematics courses will be counted as general electives. 
    • Foundation Science requirement must be satisfied with CHEM A105 & CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (3 + 1 crs) 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the program's adjunct science requirements.  
       
  • Biological Sciences major core requirements. Complete 14 crs of major core courses: 
    • BIOL A106 Cells & Heredity Lecture
    • BIOL A107 Cells & Heredity Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A108 Biology of Organisms Lecture
    • BIOL A109 Biology of Organisms Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A208 Ecology & Evolution
    • BIOL A405 Biochemistry or BIOL A375 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
    • BIOL A491 ETS Exam & Exit Interview requirement (0 crs)
       
  • Advanced Biology Electives for 20 credit hours; courses must be coded BIOL A300 or higher. Six credit hours of this requirement may include BIOL A400, BIOL A401, or BIOL A402. Concentration courses must be completed as part of Advanced Biology Electives. 
    • Pre-Health Biology concentration courses. Complete at least 3 of the following course options or lecture/lab combinations as part of the Advanced Biology Electives.
      • BIOL A300 Microbiology & BIOL A301 Microbiology Lab (1 cr) 
      • BIOL A303 Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates & BIOL A304 Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates Lab (1 cr) 
      • BIOL A305 Histology & BIOL A306 Histology Lab (1 cr) 
      • BIOL A308 Developmental Biology & BIOL A309 Developmental Biology Lab (1 cr)
      • BIOL A314 Anatomy & Physiology I Lecture & BIOL A315 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1 cr) 
      • BIOL A316 Anatomy & Physiology II Lecture & BIOL A317 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1 cr) 
      • BIOL A326 Molecular Genetics & BIOL A327 Molecular Genetics Lab (1 cr) 
      • BIOL A328 Genetics
      • BIOL A347 Parasitology
      • BIOL A360 Cell Biology & BIOL A361 Cell Biology Lab (1 cr) 
      • BIOL A363 Virology
      • BIOL A365 Immunology
         
  • Must complete a total of 5 Biological Sciences labs as part of the major curriculum 
     
  • Adjunct courses - Sciences include the following 23 credit hours:
    • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II Lecture
    • CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I Lecture 
    • CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 cr)
    • CHEM A301 Organic Chemistry II Lecture
    • CHEM A311 Organic Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
    • MATH A260 Statistical Inference for Scientists
    • PHYS A115 Physics for Life Sciences I
    • PHYS A112 Physics for Life Sciences I Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A116 Physics for Life Sciences II
    • PHYS A113 Physics for Life Sciences II Lab (1 cr)
       
  • General Electives: complete 23 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Biological Science program - Teacher Education Track

The Teacher Education track program is available to students in the Biological Science major. Students selecting the Teacher Education track will complete their program curriculum with itemized changes that include a specific Social Sciences requirement in the Loyola Core, a modified set of Advanced Biology Electives, and a set of approved Teacher Education courses completed within the General Electives area. 

  • Modifications to the Loyola Core: Biological Science majors pursuing the Teacher Education track program complete their Loyola Core Social Science requirement with TEAC A100 Foundations of Multicultural Education. 
     
  • Modifications to the Major: Students pursuing the  Teacher Education track program complete Advanced Biology Electives for 20 crs, and Adjunct Science courses for 19 crs (excluding Organic Chemistry II Lecture and Lab).
     
  • Teacher Education Track Courses: 30 crs of coursework is required to complete the Teacher Education track. These courses are completed within the General Electives area of the academic program. 
    • TEAC A210 The Learner with Special Needs
    • TEAC A300 Secondary Methods I - General Pedagogy 
    • TEAC A306 Secondary Methods II - Specific Field Pedagogy
    • TEAC A310 Reading in the Content Area
    • TEAC A312 Dyslexia
    • TEAC A343 Classroom Management & Organization
    • TEAC A410 Teaching Residency I
    • TEAC A412 Teaching Residency II (6 crs) 
    • PSYC A255 Adolescent Psychology 
  • Note: Teacher Education students need to complete 2 "ENGL" courses

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Biological Sciences programs - University Honors Program

Participation in the University Honors Program is available to eligible students pursuing Biological Sciences major. Students who meet Honors Program admission requirements can complete their preferred program with the Honors Curriculum taking the place of the Loyola Core and satisfying Advanced Biology Electives with BIOL A400 Research Proposal (1 cr), BIOL A401 Independent Research (1-4 crs), and BIOL A402 Research Thesis (1 cr) to satisfy the Honors Thesis requirement. The Honors Curriculum also impacts the number of credits required in the General Elective area. Completion of this academic program requires a 3.3 GPA in the student’s Loyola cumulative curriculum.

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Biology Minor Program

Loyola students can add a Biology minor to their curriculum. Completing a Biology minor requires 21 credit hours taken as part of or in addition to the General Electives area of a student’s undergraduate program, but courses used to satisfy requirements in an academic major cannot also be used to satisfy requirements in a Biology minor program. Successful completion of an academic minor requires a 2.0 GPA or higher for all courses.

  • Biology (BIOS) minor requires:
    • BIOL A106 Cells & Heredity Lecture
    • BIOL A107 Cells & Heredity Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A108 Biology of Organisms Lecture
    • BIOL A109 Biology of Organisms Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A208 Ecology & Evolution
    • Ten (10) credit hours of non-Loyola Core Biology coursework, selected in consultation with a Biology minor advisor

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Chemistry & Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry offers a comprehensive curriculum for chemistry majors, pre-professionals, and non-science majors to learn college-level chemistry. A list of Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty and staff can be viewed on the department website.

Academic Programs

Students can choose from several different programs, including those that participate in Loyola’s Teacher Education track. The department also partners with the University Honors Program to deliver Honors versions of some programs. Major programs include:

A detailed curriculum for each program is listed below.

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Biochemistry (Pre-Health) major 

The Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry major is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students complete Loyola Core requirements, Biochemistry major, adjunct courses in related sciences, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed in the Chemistry department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair. 

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 42 crs
    • Biochemistry major: 39 crs
    • Adjunct - Sciences: 20 crs
    • General Electives: 19 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 42 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs). Any pre-requisite Mathematics courses will be counted as general electives. 
    • Foundation Science requirement must be satisfied with PHYS A101 & PHYS A103 Introduction to Mechanics Lecture and Mechanics Lab (4 + 1 crs) 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the program's adjunct science requirements.
       
  • Biochemistry major courses: Complete 39 crs of major and associated major requirements: 
    • CHEM A105 General Chemistry I Lecture
    • CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II Lecture
    • CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I Lecture 
    • CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A301 Organic Chemistry II Lecture
    • CHEM A306 Physical Chemistry I
    • CHEM A314 Synthesis & Characterization (2 crs) 
    • CHEM A322 Analytical Chemistry Lab 
    • CHEM A350 Inorganic Chemistry I
    • CHEM A400 Biochemistry I
    • CHEM A402 Biochemistry I Lab (1 cr)
    • CHEM A401 Biochemistry II
    • CHEM A491 ETS Chemistry Field Exam & Exit Survey (0 cr) 
    • CHEM A493 Capstone Presentation (1 cr) 
    • Advanced Chemistry electives for 5 crs. Courses must be A300-A400 level. 
       
  • Adjunct courses - Sciences include the following 20 credit hours:
    • PHYS A102 Introduction to Electromagnetism & Relativity Lecture (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A104 Electromagnetism & Relativity Lab (1 cr) 
    • MATH A258 Calculus II (4 crs) 
    • Biology Elective for 4 crs
    • Biology Elective for 4 crs
    • Science or Math Elective for 3 crs - choose from BIOL, GEOL, MATH, or PHYS 
       
  • General Electives: Biochemistry majors are required to complete 19 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Chemistry major 

The Bachelor of Science, Chemistry major is a 120 semester credit hour academic program which is certified by the American Chemical Society. Students complete Loyola Core requirements, Chemistry major, adjunct courses in related sciences, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed in the Chemistry department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair. 

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 42 crs
    • Biochemistry major: 44 crs
    • Adjunct - Sciences: 15 crs
    • General Electives: 19 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 42 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs). Any pre-requisite Mathematics courses will be counted as general electives. 
    • Foundation Science requirement must be satisfied with PHYS A101 & PHYS A103 Introduction to Mechanics Lecture and Mechanics Lab (4 + 1 crs) 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the program's adjunct science requirements.
       
  • Chemistry major courses: Complete 39 crs of major and associated major requirements: 
    • CHEM A105 General Chemistry I Lecture
    • CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II Lecture
    • CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I Lecture 
    • CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A301 Organic Chemistry II Lecture
    • CHEM A306 Physical Chemistry I
    • CHEM A307 Physical Chemistry II
    • CHEM A314 Synthesis & Characterization (2 crs) 
    • CHEM A322 Analytical Chemistry Lab 
    • Either CHEM A332 Advanced Integrated Chemistry Lab or CHEM A498 Research (2 crs)  
    • CHEM A350 Inorganic Chemistry I
    • CHEM A400 Biochemistry I
    • CHEM A410 Instrumental Analysis (4 crs) 
    • CHEM A491 ETS Chemistry Field Exam & Exit Survey (0 cr) 
    • CHEM A493 Capstone Presentation (1 cr) 
    • Advanced Chemistry electives for 5 crs. Courses must be A300-A400 level. Restricted to a maximum of 3 crs in CHEM A486 and/or A498. Two credits must be laboratory (A315, A402, or A498)
       
  • Adjunct courses - Sciences include the following 15 credit hours:
    • PHYS A102 Introduction to Electromagnetism & Relativity Lecture (4 crs)
    • PHYS A104 Electromagnetism & Relativity Lab (1 cr) 
    • MATH A258 Calculus II (4 crs) 
    • MATH A200 Intro to Linear Algebra or MATH A310 Intro to Differential Equations 
    • Science or Math Elective for 3 crs - choose from BIOL, GEOL, MATH, or PHYS 
       
  • General Electives: Chemistry majors are required to complete 19 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Chemistry major, Forensic Science concentration 

The Bachelor of Science, Chemistry major with a concentration in forensic science is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students complete Loyola Core requirements, Chemistry major & concentration courses, adjunct courses in related sciences, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed in the Chemistry department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair. 

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 42 crs
    • Biochemistry major: 38 crs
    • Adjunct - Sciences: 22 crs
    • General Electives: 18 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 42 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs). Any pre-requisite Mathematics courses will be counted as general electives. 
    • Foundation Science requirement must be satisfied with PHYS A101 & PHYS A103 Introduction to Mechanics Lecture and Mechanics Lab (4 + 1 crs) 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the program's adjunct science requirements.
       
  • Chemistry major & forensic science concentration courses: Complete 38 crs of major and associated major requirements: 
    • CHEM A105 General Chemistry I Lecture
    • CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II Lecture
    • CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A115 Chemistry of the Crime Scene
    • CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I Lecture 
    • CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A301 Organic Chemistry II Lecture
    • CHEM A314 Synthesis & Characterization (2 crs) 
    • CHEM A315 Forensic Methods
    • CHEM A322 Analytical Chemistry Lab 
    • CHEM A400 Biochemistry I
    • CHEM A402 Biochemistry Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A410 Instrumental Analysis (4 crs) 
    • CHEM A491 ETS Chemistry Field Exam & Exit Survey (0 cr) 
    • CHEM A493 Capstone Presentation (1 cr)
    • CHEM A497 Internship or CHEM A498 Research for 3 crs
       
  • Adjunct courses - Sciences include the following 22 credit hours:
    • BIOL A106 Cells & Heredity
    • BIOL A107 Cells & Heredity Lab (1 cr) 
    • MATH A258 Calculus II (4 crs) 
    • MATH A260 Statistical Inference for Scientists or CRIM A260 Statistics in Criminal Justice
    • PHYS A102 Introduction Electromagnetism & Relativity Lecture (4 crs)
    • PHYS A104 Electromagnetism & Relativity Lab (1 cr) 
    • Natural Science or Math Elective for 3 crs - choose from BIOL, GEOL, MATH, or PHYS 
    • Natural Science or Social Science Elective for 3 crs - choose from BIOL, CHEM, CRIM, FRSC, MATH, PHYS, PSYC, or SOCI 
       
  • General Electives: Chemistry majors are required to complete 18 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Chemistry program - Teacher Education Track

The Teacher Education track program is available to students in the Chemistry major. Students selecting the Teacher Education track will complete their program curriculum with itemized changes that include a specific Social Sciences requirement in the Loyola Core, a modified set of Chemistry major requirements, modified Adjunct requirements, and a set of approved Teacher Education courses completed within the General Electives area. Completing the Teacher Education Track modifications do not increase the 120 credit hours required to complete the program. 

The Bachelor of Science, Chemistry Liberal Arts major with Teacher Education Track is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students complete Loyola Core requirements, Chemistry major, adjunct courses in related sciences, Teacher Education track courses, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed in the Chemistry department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair. 

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 42 crs
    • Chemistry Liberal Arts major: 30 crs
    • Adjunct - Sciences: 9 crs
    • Teacher Education track: 30 crs
    • General Electives: 9 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 42 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs). Any pre-requisite Mathematics courses will be counted as general electives. 
    • Foundation Science requirement must be satisfied with PHYS A101 & PHYS A103 Introduction to Mechanics Lecture and Mechanics Lab (4 + 1 crs) 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the program's adjunct science requirements.
    • Social Science requirement is satisfied by Teacher Education track requirement TEAC A100 Foundations of Multicultural Education. 
  • Chemistry Liberal Arts major courses: Complete 30 crs of major and associated major requirements: 
    • CHEM A105 General Chemistry I Lecture
    • CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II Lecture
    • CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I Lecture 
    • CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A301 Organic Chemistry II Lecture
    • CHEM A314 Synthesis & Characterization (2 crs) 
    • CHEM A350 Inorganic Chemistry I
    • CHEM A491 ETS Chemistry Field Exam & Exit Survey (0 cr) 
    • CHEM A493 Capstone & Oral Presentation (1 cr) 
    • Advanced Chemistry electives for 9 crs. Courses must be A300-A400 level. 
       
  • Adjunct courses - Sciences include the following 9 credit hours:
    • PHYS A102 Introduction Electromagnetism & Relativity Lecture (4 crs)
    • PHYS A104 Electromagnetism & Relativity Lab (1 cr) 
    • MATH A258 Calculus II (4 crs) 
       
  • Teacher Education Track Courses: 30 crs of coursework is required to complete the Teacher Education track. These courses are completed within the General Electives area of the academic program. 
    • TEAC A210 The Learner with Special Needs
    • TEAC A300 Secondary Methods I - General Pedagogy 
    • TEAC A306 Secondary Methods II - Specific Field Pedagogy
    • TEAC A310 Reading in the Content Area
    • TEAC A312 Dyslexia
    • TEAC A343 Classroom Management & Organization
    • TEAC A410 Teaching Residency I
    • TEAC A412 Teaching Residency II (6 crs) 
    • PSYC A255 Adolescent Psychology 
  • Note: Teacher Education students need to complete 2 "ENGL" courses.
     
  • General Electives: Chemistry majors are required to complete 9 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Chemistry & Biochemistry programs - University Honors Program

Participation in the University Honors Program is available to eligible students. Students who meet Honors Program admission requirements can complete their preferred Chemistry & Biochemistry program with the Honors Curriculum taking the place of the Loyola Core and completing an Honors Thesis sequence with CHEM A493 and CHEM A498 as part of their major coursework. The Honors Curriculum also impacts the number of credits required in the General Elective area. Completion of this academic program requires a 3.3 GPA in the student’s Loyola cumulative curriculum.

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Chemistry Minor Programs

Loyola students can add a minor to their curriculum in either Chemistry or Forensic Chemistry. Curriculum for Chemistry minors require 22 credit hours taken as part of or in addition to the General Electives area of a student’s undergraduate program, but courses used to satisfy requirements in an academic major cannot also be used to satisfy requirements in a minor program. Successful completion of an academic minor requires a 2.0 GPA or higher for all courses.

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department offers the following academic minor programs: 

Chemistry minor

Students complete 22 credit hours of coursework with a 2.0 GPA. 

  • CHEM A105 General Chemistry I Lecture
  • CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lab (1 cr) 
  • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II Lecture
  • CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
  • CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I Lecture 
  • CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 cr) 
  • CHEM A301 Organic Chemistry II Lecture
  • CHEM A311 Organic Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
  • Chemistry Elective for 6 credit hours. Electives must be A300-A400 level courses. 
  • Cannot use CHEM A486 for the minor. 

Forensic Chemistry minor

Students complete 22 credit hours of coursework with a 2.0 GPA. 

  • CHEM A105 General Chemistry I Lecture
  • CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lab (1 cr) 
  • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II Lecture
  • CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
  • CHEM A115 Chemistry of the Crime Scene
  • CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I Lecture 
  • CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 cr) 
  • CHEM A301 Organic Chemistry II Lecture
  • CHEM A311 Organic Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
  • CHEM A315 Forensic Methods
  • Cannot use CHEM A486 for the minor

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Mathematics & Computer Science

The Department of Mathematics & Computer Science offers programs in six concentrations and specializations. A list of Mathematics & Computer Science faculty and staff can be viewed on the department website.

Academic Programs

Several academic programs in Mathematics and Computer Science are available, and one concentration participates in Loyola’s Teacher Education track. The department also partners with the University Honors Program to deliver Honors versions of these programs. Academic programs include:

A detailed curriculum for each program is listed below.

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Computer Information Systems

The Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems major is a 120 semester credit hour academic program.The program is available to students via online or in-person delivery. Students complete Loyola Core requirements, Computer Science courses for the major, Business Administration and Entrepreneurship courses for the major, as well as general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum.

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 39 crs
    • CIS Major: 54 crs including:
      • Computer Science core courses for 24 crs
      • Business Administration core for 15 crs
      • Entrepreneurship core courses for 15 crs
    • General Electives: 27 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 39 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A116 Survey of Calculus. Any pre-requisite Mathematics courses required for this course will be counted as general electives. 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the Computer Science section of the major.
       
  • Computer Information Systems major courses. Complete 24 credit hours of Computer Science courses, 15 credit hours of Business Administration core courses, and 15 credit hours of Entrepreneurship courses. 
     
  • Computer Science Core: 
    • Choose one of the following courses: COSC A208 Information Systems Theory OR MGT B250 Management Information Systems & Cybersecurity OR ACCT B340 Accounting Analytics
    • COSC A211 Introduction to Programming I
    • COSC A212 Introduction to Programming II
    • COSC A270 Introduction to Relational Databases
    • Computer Science Core Electives: choose 9 crs of coursework from COSC A200-A499, or COSC Y200, in consultation with an advisor
    • COSC A497 Computer Science Practicum/Internship
       
  • Business Administration Core: 
    • BA B100 A.I. and the Future of Business
    • MKT B100 Marketing & Consumer Insights
    • ACCT B202 Financial Accounting
    • ECON B200 Microeconomics
    • MGT B245 Managing People & Organizations
       
  • Entrepreneurship Core: 
    • BA B101 Compelling Business Communications
    • LGST B105 Law in Business
    • BUAN B205 Business Analytics
    • Choose one of the following: 
      • BUAN B305 Business Decision Modeling
      • BUAN B310 Decision Support Systems
    • Choose one of the following: 
      • ENTR B300/MGT B300 Entrepreneurship
      • MGT B375 Contemporary Management Decision Making
         
  • General Electives: complete 27 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Computer Science

The Bachelor of Science, Computer Science major is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students complete Loyola Core requirements, Computer Science courses for the major, adjunct courses in mathematics, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. Students in the Computer Science major can also specialize with the Cybersecurity concentration or the Game Programming concentration

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 40 crs
    • Computer Science Major: 39 crs
    • Adjunct - Mathematics: 10 crs
    • General Electives: 31 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 40 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs). Any pre-requisite Mathematics courses required for this course will be counted as general electives. 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the adjunct courses.
       
  • Computer Science Major. Complete the following 39 crs: 
    • COSC A211 Introduction to Programming I
    • COSC A212 Introduction to Programming II
    • COSC A217 Object-Oriented Programming
    • COSC A270 Introduction to Relational Databases
    • COSC A315 Computer Organization
    • COSC A317 Data Structures
    • COSC A361 Languages & Paradigms
    • COSC A365 Operating Systems
    • COSC A451 Software Engineering
    • COSC A497 Practicum/Internship
    • Advanced Computer Science electives for 9 crs
       
  • Adjunct - Mathematics. Complete the following 10 crs: 
    • MATH A200 Introduction to Linear Algebra
    • MATH A258 Calculus II(4 crs) 
    • Choose one of the following for 3 crs: 
      • MATH A204 Discrete Math Structures
      • MATH A260 Statistical Inference for Scientists
      • MATH A271 Applied Scientific Computing
      • PHIL A206 Introduction to Symbolic Logic
         
  • General Electives: complete 31 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Computer Science - Cybersecurity concentration

The Bachelor of Science, Computer Science major with a Cybersecurity concentration is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students complete Loyola Core requirements, Computer Science courses for the major, adjunct courses in mathematics, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum.

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 40 crs
    • Computer Science Major: 30 crs
    • Cybersecurity concentration: 24 crs
    • Adjunct - Mathematics: 10 crs
    • General Electives: 16 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 40 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs). Any prerequisite Mathematics courses required for this course will be counted as general electives. 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the adjunct courses.
       
  • Computer Science Major. Complete the following 30 crs: 
    • COSC A211 Introduction to Programming I
    • COSC A212 Introduction to Programming II
    • COSC A217 Object-Oriented Programming
    • COSC A270 Introduction to Relational Databases
    • COSC A315 Computer Organization
    • COSC A317 Data Structures
    • COSC A361 Languages & Paradigms
    • COSC A365 Operating Systems
    • COSC A451 Software Engineering
    • COSC A497 Practicum/Internship
       
  • Cybersecurity Core. Complete the following 15 crs:
    • COSC A241 Computing Ethics
    • COSC A242  Introduction to Cybersecurity
    • COSC A243 Corporate Cybersecurity Strategy
    • Choose one of the following courses:
      • COSC A319 Internet Technologies
      • COSC A471 Communication and Network Systems
    • COSC A441 Cryptography and Its Applications
       
  • Cybersecurity electives. Complete 9 crs of advanced Cybersecurity electives chosen in consultation with an advisor:
    • COSC A319 Internet Technologies
    • COSC A341 Ethical Hackin/Penetration Testing
    • COSC A342 Digital Forensics
    • COSC A405 Artificial Intelligence
    • COSC A406 Machine Learning
    • COSC A430 Database Management
    • COSC A471 Communication & Network Systems
    • One 3 crs elective may be a 200-level or higher CRIM or FRSC course.
       
  • Adjunct - Mathematics. Complete the following 10 crs: 
    • MATH A258 Calculus II (4 crs) 
    • MATH A260 Statistical Inference for Scientists
    • Choose one of the following courses: 
      • MATH A200 Linear Algebra
      • MATH elective numbered A300 or above
         
  • General Electives: complete 16 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Computer Science - Game Programming concentration

The Bachelor of Science, Computer Science major, Game Programming concentration is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students complete Loyola Core requirements, Computer Science courses for the major, concentration courses, adjunct courses in mathematics, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum.

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
  • Loyola Core: 40 crs
  • Computer Science Major: 42 crs including
    • Game Programming electives: 9 crs
  • Adjunct - Mathematics: 6 crs
  • General Electives: 32 crs
     
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 40 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs). Any pre-requisite Mathematics courses required for this course will be counted as general electives. 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the adjunct courses.
       
  • Computer Science Major. Complete the following 33 crs: 
    • COSC A211 Introduction to Programming I
    • COSC A212 Introduction to Programming II
    • COSC A217 Object-Oriented Programming
    • COSC A280 Introduction to Computer Graphics
    • COSC A315 Computer Organization
    • COSC A317 Data Structures
    • COSC A361 Languages & Paradigms
    • COSC A365 Operating Systems
    • COSC A451 Software Engineering
    • COSC A497 Practicum/Internship
    • COSC A426 Game Programming Capstone
       
  • Game Programming concentration. In consultation with an advisor, students take 3 of the following courses (9 crs) with at least 1 course from each pool. 
    • Artistic Pool:
      • CMMN O202 Game as Art
      • CMMN X237 Media Play
      • DSGN M276 Interactive Design
      • ENGL A222 Doing Things with Videogames
      • ENGL N205 Videogames & Literature
      • MUIN M225 Digital Audio Production
      • Any Visual Arts VISA A100+ 
    • Technical Pool: 
      • COSC A319 Internet Technologies
      • COSC A405 Artificial Intelligence
      • COSC A406 Machine Learning
      • COSC A425 Computer Graphics
      • COSC Y200 World Wide Web & Script
      • MATH A375 Computational Math
      • PHYS A340 Classical Mechanics
      • PHYS Y231 Physics of Sound
         
  • Adjunct - Mathematics. Complete the following 6 crs: 
    • MATH A200 Introduction to Linear Algebra
    • Choose one of the following for 3 crs: 
      • MATH A204 Discrete Math Structures
      • MATH A258 Calculus 2 (4 crs) 
      • MATH A260 Statistical Inference for Scientists
      • MATH A271 Applied Scientific Computing
      • PHIL A206 Introduction to Symbolic Logic
         
  • General Electives: complete 32 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Mathematics

The Bachelor of Science, Mathematics major is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students complete Loyola Core requirements; Mathematics courses for the major; adjunct courses in language, computer science and physics; and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. Students in the Mathematics major can also specialize in the Mathematics Liberal Arts concentration or the Mathematics Liberal Arts - Teaching Track concentration

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 42 crs
    • Mathematics Major: 37 crs
    • Adjunct - Language: 6 crs
    • Adjunct - Computer Science & Physics: 8 crs
    • General Electives: 27 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 42 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs). Any pre-requisite Mathematics courses required for this course will be counted as general electives. 
    • Foundation Science requirement must be satisfied with PHYS A101 Introduction to Mechanics (4 crs) & PHYS A103 Mechanics Lab (1 cr) 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the adjunct courses.
       
  • Mathematics Major. Complete the following 37 crs:
    • MATH A200 Intro to Linear Algebra
    • MATH A258 Calculus II (4 crs) 
    • MATH A259 Calculus III 
    • MATH A310 Introduction to Differential Equations
    • MATH A320 Linear Algebra
    • MATH A340 Math Probability
    • MATH A341 Statistics Theory & Methods
    • MATH A400 Abstract Algebra
    • MATH A410 Advanced Calculus I
    • MATH A411 Advanced Calculus II
    • Advanced MATH electives for 6 crs at the A300-A400 level
       
  • Adjunct courses - Language requirement: Mathematics majors are required to complete 6 crs of language credit, up to the 201 level of proficiency. This requirement can be satisfied with courses in spoken languages like French or Spanish, or in classical languages like Greek or Latin. Students will complete a placement activity to begin the language sequence. Students who initially place into the 201 level of proficiency will have a modified language requirement of only 3 crs, with the additional 3 crs attributed to General Electives.
     
  • Adjunct - Computer Science & Physics. Complete the following 8 crs: 
    • COSC A211 Introduction to Programming I
    • PHYS A102 Introduction to Electromagnetism & Relativity (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A104 Electromagnetism & Relativity Lab (1 cr) 
       
  • General Electives: complete 27 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Mathematics Liberal Arts

The Bachelor of Science, Mathematics Liberal Arts major is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students complete Loyola Core requirements; Mathematics courses for the major; adjunct courses in language, computer science and physics; and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum.

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 42 crs
    • Mathematics Major: 31 crs
    • Adjunct - Language: 6 crs
    • Adjunct - Computer Science & Physics: 8 crs
    • General Electives: 33 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 42 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs). Any pre-requisite Mathematics courses required for this course will be counted as general electives. 
    • Foundation Science requirement must be satisfied with PHYS A101 Introduction to Mechanics (4 crs) & PHYS A103 Mechanics Lab (1 cr) 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the adjunct courses.
       
  • Mathematics Major. Complete the following 31 crs:
    • MATH A200 Intro to Linear Algebra
    • MATH A258 Calculus II (4 crs) 
    • MATH A259 Calculus III 
    • MATH A310 Introduction to Differential Equations
    • MATH A410 Advanced Calculus I
    • Advanced MATH electives for 15 crs at the A300-A400 level
       
  • Adjunct courses - Language requirement: Mathematics majors are required to complete 6 crs of language credit, up to the 201 level of proficiency. This requirement can be satisfied with courses in spoken languages like French or Spanish, or in classical languages like Greek or Latin. Students will complete a placement activity to begin the language sequence. Students who initially place into the 201 level of proficiency will have a modified language requirement of only 3 crs, with the additional 3 crs attributed to General Electives.
     
  • Adjunct - Computer Science & Physics. Complete the following 8 crs: 
    • COSC A211 Introduction to Programming I
    • PHYS A102 Introduction to Electromagnetism & Relativity (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A104 Electromagnetism & Relativity Lab (1 cr) 
       
  • General Electives: complete 33 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Mathematics Liberal Arts - Teacher Education track

The Teacher Education track program is available to students in the Mathematics Liberal Arts major. Students selecting the Teacher Education track will complete their respective program curriculum described above with itemized changes that include a specific Social Sciences requirement in the Loyola Core, a modified Adjunct requirement in Language, and a set of approved Teacher Education courses completed within the General Electives area.

  • Modifications to the Loyola Core: Mathematics Liberal Arts majors pursuing the Teacher Education track program complete their Loyola Core Social Science requirement with TEAC A100 Foundations of Multicultural Education. 
     
  • Modifications to the Major requirements: Students pursuing the Teacher Education track program add a required course MATH A345 Topics in Geometry in place of a major elective.
     
  • Modifications to Adjunct - Language requirement: Mathematics Liberal Arts majors pursuing the Teacher Education track program are required to complete 3 crs of language credit, up to the 201 level of proficiency. This requirement can be satisfied with courses in spoken languages like French or Spanish, or in classical languages like Greek or Latin. Reducing the Adjunct - Language credit requirement by 3 crs.

Middle School Education

  • Teacher Education Track for Middle School Education Courses: 33 crs of coursework is required to complete the Teacher Education track. These courses are completed within the General Electives area of the academic program. 
    • TEAC A205 Foundations of Early Literacy
    • TEAC A210 The Learner with Special Needs
    • TEAC A300 Secondary Methods I - General Pedagogy 
    • TEAC A306 Secondary Methods II - Specific Field Pedagogy
    • TEAC A310 Reading in the Content Area
    • TEAC A312 Dyslexia
    • TEAC A343 Classroom Management & Organization
    • TEAC A410 Teaching Residency I
    • TEAC A412 Teaching Residency II (6 crs) 
    • PSYC A255 Adolescent Psychology 
       
  • Note: Teacher Education students need to complete 2 "ENGL" courses
     
  • Remaining General Electives: Mathematics Liberal Arts majors pursuing the Teacher Education track are required to complete 3 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, Adjunct, or Teacher Education track curriculums.

Secondary School Education

  • Teacher Education Track for Secondary School Education Courses: 30 crs of coursework is required to complete the Teacher Education track. These courses are completed within the General Electives area of the academic program. 
    • TEAC A210 The Learner with Special Needs
    • TEAC A300 Secondary Methods I - General Pedagogy 
    • TEAC A306 Secondary Methods II - Specific Field Pedagogy
    • TEAC A310 Reading in the Content Area
    • TEAC A312 Dyslexia
    • TEAC A343 Classroom Management & Organization
    • TEAC A410 Teaching Residency I
    • TEAC A412 Teaching Residency II (6 crs) 
    • PSYC A255 Adolescent Psychology 
       
  • Note: Teacher Education students need to complete 2 "ENGL" courses
     
  • Remaining General Electives: Mathematics Liberal Arts majors pursuing the Teacher Education track are required to complete 6 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, Adjunct, or Teacher Education track curriculums.

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Mathematics and Computer Science programs - University Honors Program

Participation in the University Honors Program is available to eligible students. Students who meet Honors Program admission requirements can complete their preferred Mathematics and Computer Science programs with the Honors Curriculum taking the place of the Loyola Core and completing an Honors Thesis sequence with MATH A498 as part of their major coursework. The Honors Curriculum also impacts the number of credits required in the General Elective area. Completion of this academic program requires a 3.3 GPA in the student’s Loyola cumulative curriculum.

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Mathematics and Computer Science Minor Programs

Loyola students can add a minor to their curriculum in Computer Science and Mathematics. Curriculum for minors requires credit hours taken as part of or in addition to the General Electives area of a student’s undergraduate program, but courses used to satisfy requirements in an academic major cannot also be used to satisfy requirements in a minor program. Successful completion of an academic minor requires a 2.0 GPA or higher for all courses. The following minors are available: 

Computer Science Minor (22 crs)

  • COSC A211 Introduction to Programming I
  • COSC A212 Introduction to Programming II
  • COSC A217 Object-Oriented Programming
  • COSC A317 Data Structures
  • COSC Elective for 3 crs, selected in consultation with an advisor
  • MATH A200 Intro to Linear Algebra
  • MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs) 

Mathematics Minor (20 crs)

  • MATH A200 Intro to Linear Algebra 
  • MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs) 
  • MATH A258 Calculus II (4 crs) 
  • Choose one of the following: 
    • MATH A259 Calculus III 
    • MATH A310 Introduction to Differential Equations
  • Advanced Mathematics electives for 6 crs. Must be MATH A300 level or higher.

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Physics

The Department of Physics facilitates student learning in their discipline and builds research skills. A list of Physics faculty and staff can be viewed on the department website.

Academic Programs

Several academic programs in Physics are available, and one concentration participates in Loyola’s Teacher Education track. The department also partners with the University Honors Program to deliver Honors versions of these programs. Academic programs include:

A detailed curriculum for each program is listed below.

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Biophysics Pre-Health major

The Bachelor of Science, Biophysics Pre-Health major is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students complete Loyola Core requirements, Biophysics major, adjunct courses in related sciences, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed in the Physics department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair.

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 41 crs
    • Biophysics Pre-Health major: 35 crs
    • Adjunct - Sciences: 35 crs
    • General Electives: 9 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 41 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs). Any prerequisite Mathematics courses will be counted as general electives. 
    • Foundation Science requirement must be satisfied with CHEM A105 General Chemistry I and CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lab (3 + 1 crs) 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the program's adjunct science requirements.
       
  • Biophysics Pre-Health major courses. Complete 35 credit hours of major courses and associated major requirements. 
    • PHYS A101 Introduction to Mechanics (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A103 Mechanics Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A102 Introduction to Electromagnetism & Relativity (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A104 Electromagnetism Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A120 Intro to Physics & Engineering (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A240 Intro to Waves & Quantum Physics (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A241 Intro to Thermal Physics
    • PHYS A340 Classical Mechanics (4 crs) 
    • Choose either PHYS A350 Electricity & Magnetism (4 crs) or PHYS A450 Quantum Mechanics (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A445 Advanced Laboratory Physics 
    • Choose two Biophysics electives from PHYS in consultation with an advisor (6 crs)
       
  • Adjunct courses - Sciences include the following 35 credit hours:
    • BIOL A106 Cells & Heredity 
    • BIOL A107 Cells & Heredity Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A108 Biology of Organisms
    • BIOL A109 Biology of Organisms Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II Lecture
    • CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I 
    • CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A301 Organic Chemistry II 
    • MATH A200 Intro to Linear Algebra
    • MATH A258 Calculus II (4 crs) 
    • MATH A259 Calculus III
    • MATH A310 Intro to Differential Equations
    • Advanced Science course. Select from BIOL, CHEM, COSC, MATH, or PHYS in consultation with student’s academic advisor. 
       
  • General Electives: complete 9 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Physics major

The Bachelor of Science, Physics major is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students complete Loyola Core requirements, Physics major, adjunct courses in related sciences, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed in the Physics department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair. Students in the Physics major can also choose concentrations in Physics Liberal Arts, Physics Liberal Arts - Teaching Track, and Physics Pre-Engineering

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 41 crs
    • Physics major: 42 crs
    • Adjunct - Sciences: 20 crs
    • General Electives: 17 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 41 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs). Any prerequisite Mathematics courses will be counted as general electives. 
    • Foundation Science requirement must be satisfied with CHEM A105 General Chemistry I and CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lab (3 + 1 crs) 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the program's adjunct science requirements.
       
  • Physics major courses. Complete 42 credit hours of major courses and associated major requirements. 
    • PHYS A101 Intro to Mechanics (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A103 Mechanics Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A102 Intro to Electromagnetism & Relativity (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A104 Electromagnetism Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A120 intro to Physics & Engineering (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A240 Intro to Waves & Quantum Physics (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A241 Intro to Thermal Physics
    • PHYS A340 Classical Mechanics (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A350 Electricity & Magnetism (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A445 Advanced Laboratory Physics 
    • PHYS A450 Quantum Mechanics (4 crs) 
    • Advanced Physics electives for 9 crs. Must be A300-A400 level PHYS courses. 
       
  • Adjunct courses - Sciences include the following 20 credit hours:
    • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II Lecture
    • CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
    • MATH A200 Intro to Linear Algebra
    • MATH A258 Calculus II (4 crs) 
    • MATH A259 Calculus III
    • MATH A310 Intro to Differential Equations
    • Advanced Math (MATH A200-A400 level) or Computer Science (COSC) course approved by advisor. 
       
  • General Electives: complete 17 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Physics major, Liberal Arts concentration

The Bachelor of Science, Physics major with a Liberal Arts concentration is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students complete Loyola Core requirements, Physics major & concentration requirements, adjunct courses in related sciences, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed in the Physics department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair.

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 41 crs
    • Physics major: 36 crs
    • Adjunct - Sciences: 17 crs
    • General Electives: 26 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 41 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs). Any prerequisite Mathematics courses will be counted as general electives. 
    • Foundation Science requirement must be satisfied with CHEM A105 General Chemistry I and CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lab (3 + 1 crs) 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the program's adjunct science requirements.
       
  • Physics major courses. Complete 36 credit hours of major courses and associated major requirements. 
    • PHYS A101 Intro to Mechanics (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A103 Mechanics Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A102 Intro to Electromagnetism & Relativity (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A104 Electromagnetism Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A120 Intro to Physics & Engineering (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A240 Intro to Waves & Quantum Physics (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A241 Intro to Thermal Physics
    • PHYS A340 Classical Mechanics (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A350 Electricity & Magnetism (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A445 Advanced Laboratory Physics 
    • PHYS A450 Quantum Mechanics (4 crs) 
    • Advanced Physics elective for 3 crs. Must be A300-A400 level PHYS courses. 
       
  • Adjunct courses - Sciences include the following 17 credit hours:
    • Choose one sequence: 
      • BIOL A106 Cells & Heredity & BIOL A107 Cells & Heredity Lab (1 cr)
      • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II Lecture & CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
    • MATH A200 Intro to Linear Algebra
    • MATH A258 Calculus II (4 crs) 
    • MATH A259 Calculus III
    • MATH A310 Intro to Differential Equations
       
  • General Electives: complete 26 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Physics Liberal Arts program - Teacher Education Track

The Teacher Education track program is available to students in the Physics major, Liberal Arts concentration. Students selecting the Teacher Education track will complete their program curriculum with itemized changes that include a specific Social Sciences requirement in the Loyola Core and a set of approved Teacher Education courses completed within the General Electives area.

  • Modifications to the Loyola Core: Physics Liberal Arts majors pursuing the Teacher Education track program complete their Loyola Core Social Science requirement with TEAC A100 Foundations of Multicultural Education. 
     
  • Modifications to the Adjunct Requirements: Complete Adjunct courses - Sciences for the following 13 credit hours:
    • MATH A200 Intro to Linear Algebra
    • MATH A258 Calculus II (4 crs)
    • MATH A259 Calculus III
    • MATH A310 Intro to Differential Equations
       
  • Teacher Education Track Courses: 30 crs of coursework is required to complete the Teacher Education track. These courses are completed within the General Electives area of the academic program. 
    • TEAC A210 The Learner with Special Needs
    • TEAC A300 Secondary Methods I - General Pedagogy 
    • TEAC A306 Secondary Methods II - Specific Field Pedagogy
    • TEAC A310 Reading in the Content Area
    • TEAC A312 Dyslexia
    • TEAC A343 Classroom Management & Organization
    • TEAC A410 Teaching Residency I
    • TEAC A412 Teaching Residency II (6 crs) 
    • PSYC A255 Adolescent Psychology 
  • Note: Teacher Education students need to complete 2 "ENGL" courses

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Physics major, Pre-Engineering concentration

The Bachelor of Science, Physics major with a Pre-Engineering concentration is a dual degree where 94 semester credit hours of the academic program are completed at Loyola. Students will then transfer to an articulated Engineering program at an accredited institution to complete requirements for an Engineering degree. Once the requirements for the Engineering degree at the partner institution are complete, and total over 120 semester credit hours, participating students are awarded the Loyola degree.  

For the Loyola side of the dual degree, students complete Loyola Core requirements, Physics major & concentration requirements, and adjunct courses in related sciences. Courses from the participating Engineering program will satisfy the area usually reserved for Loyola general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses within the Loyola side of the dual degree must be completed in the Physics department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair.

  • Overview of requirements: 94 credit hours (crs) required by Loyola
    • Loyola Core: 41 crs
    • Physics major: 33 crs
    • Adjunct - Sciences: 20 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 41 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs). Any prerequisite Mathematics courses will be counted as general electives. 
    • Foundation Science requirement must be satisfied with CHEM A105 General Chemistry I and CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lab (3 + 1 crs) 
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied within the program's adjunct science requirements.
  • Physics major courses. Complete 33 credit hours of major courses and associated major requirements. 
    • PHYS A101 Introduction to Mechanics (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A103 Mechanics Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A102 Introduction to Electromagnetism & Relativity (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A104 Electromagnetism Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A120 Introduction to Physics & Engineering (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A240 Introduction to Waves & Quantum Physics (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A241 Introduction to Thermal Physics
    • PHYS A340 Classical Mechanics (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A350 Electricity & Magnetism (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A445 Advanced Laboratory Physics 
    • PHYS A450 Quantum Mechanics (4 crs) 
  • Adjunct courses - Sciences include the following 20 credit hours:
    • Choose one sequence: 
      • BIOL A106 Cells & Heredity & BIOL A107 Cells & Heredity Lab (1 cr) 
      • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II Lecture & CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
    • MATH A200 Intro to Linear Algebra
    • MATH A258 Calculus II (4 crs) 
    • MATH A259 Calculus III
    • MATH A310 Intro to Differential Equations
    • Advanced adjunct elective in Math or Computer Science approved by advisor. This course will usually be determined based on the Engineering program the student is pursuing at a partner institution.

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Physics programs - University Honors Program

Students who meet University Honors Program admission requirements can complete their preferred Physics program with the Honors Curriculum taking the place of the Loyola Core and satisfying a major elective with PHYS H498 Honors Thesis. The Honors Curriculum also impacts the number of credits required in the General Elective area.  Completion of this academic program requires a 3.3 GPA in the student’s Loyola cumulative curriculum.

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Physics Minor Programs

Loyola students can add a Physics minor as part of or in addition to the General Electives area of a student’s undergraduate program, but courses used to satisfy requirements in an academic major cannot also be used to satisfy requirements in a Physics minor program. Successful completion of an academic minor requires a 2.0 GPA or higher for all courses.

Physics minor

Students complete 18-20 credit hours of coursework with a 2.0 GPA. 

  • Complete one of the following Lecture & Lab sequences: 
    • PHYS A101 Intro to Mechanics (4 crs) & PHYS A103 Mechanics Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A115 Physics for Life Sciences 1 & PHYS A112 Physics for Life Sciences 1 Lab (1 cr) 
  • Complete one of the following Lecture & Lab sequences: 
    • PHYS A102 Intro to Electromagnetism & Relativity (4 crs) & PHYS A104 Electromagnetism Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A116 Physics for Life Sciences 2 & PHYS A113 Physics for Life Sciences 2 Lab (1 cr) 
  • PHYS A240 Intro to Waves & Quantum Physics (4 crs) 
  • PHYS A241 Intro to Thermal Physics
  • Advanced Physics elective for 3 crs. Must be A300-A400 level PHYS courses

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Psychological Sciences

The Department of Psychological Sciences offers a curriculum that presents numerous opportunities for students to gain research and career experience. A list of Psychological Sciences faculty and staff can be viewed on the department website.

Academic Programs

Students pursuing a major in the Psychological Sciences can choose from several different concentrations. The department also partners with the University Honors Program to deliver Honors versions of some programs, and the Online Programs to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology fully online. Programs include:

A detailed curriculum for each program is listed below.

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Psychological Sciences major

The Bachelor of Science, Psychological Sciences major is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students will complete Loyola Core requirements, Psychological Sciences major requirements, adjunct courses in language, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed in the department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair. Students in the Psychological Sciences major can also choose the concentration in Psychology Pre-Health

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 39 crs
    • Psychological Sciences major: 34 crs
    • Adjunct - Languages: 6 crs
    • General Electives: 41 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 39 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Math requirement is MATH A110 Concepts in College Algebra, MATH A115 Introduction to Finite Math, MATH T122 Math Models, or higher MATH.
    • Foundation Science requirement is satisfied within the major.
       
  • Psychological Sciences major core courses for 34 crs. Requirements include: 
    • PSYC A100 Introduction to Psychology
    • PSYC A301 Introduction to Research
    • PSYC A303 Statistics & Methods
    • Social Science Area. Choose 2 courses for 6 crs from:
      • PSYC A230 Developmental Psychology
      • PSYC A235 Abnormal Psychology
      • PSYC A240 Social Psychology 
    • Natural Science Area. Choose 2 courses for 6 crs from: 
      • PSYC A315 Behavioral Neuroscience
      • PSYC A416 Sensation & Perception
      • PSYC A422 Cognitive Neuroscience
      • PSYC A428 Psychology of Learning
    • Psychology Lab Elective for 1 cr
    • Psychology Major Electives for 9 crs
    • Psychology Capstone. Choose 1 course for 3 crs from: 
      • PSYC G222
      • PSYC G255
      • PSYC G311
      • PSYC G327
      • PSYC G430
      • PSYC G441
      • PSYC G485
      • PSYC G488 (2 crs) + PSYC G489 (1 cr) 
      • PSYC G495
      • PSYC G496
      • PSYC G497
      • PSYC G498
      • PSYC G499
    • PSYC A491 ETS Exam (P/IP) 0 crs. All majors must take the comprehensive ETS exam in their senior year, preferably in the first semester.
       
  • Adjunct courses - Language requirement: Complete 6 crs of language credit, up to the 201 level of proficiency. This requirement can be satisfied with courses in spoken languages like French or Spanish, or in classical languages like Greek or Latin. Students will complete a placement activity to begin the language sequence. Students who initially place into the 201 level of proficiency will have a modified language requirement of only 3 crs, with the additional 3 crs attributed to General Electives.  
     
  • General Electives: complete 41 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Psychological Sciences major, Pre-Health concentration

The Bachelor of Science, Psychological Sciences major, Pre-Health concentration is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students will complete Loyola Core requirements, Psychological Sciences major requirements, adjunct courses in language, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed in the department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair. 

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 41 crs
    • Psychological Sciences major: 34 crs
    • Adjunct - Languages: 6 crs
    • Adjunct - Sciences: 27 crs
    • General Electives: 12 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with at least 41 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Math requirement is MATH A245 Calculus for Life Sciences (3 crs) or MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs). Any prerequisite courses will count towards general electives. 
    • Foundation Science requirement is PHYS A115 Physics for Life Sciences I & PHYS A112 Physics for Life Sciences I Lab (1 cr).
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is PHYS A116 Physics for Life Sciences II & PHYS A113 Physics for Life Sciences II Lab (1 cr)  
    • Social Sciences requirement is satisfied in the major. 
       
  • Psychological Sciences major courses for 34 crs. Requirements include: 
    • PSYC A100 Introduction to Psychology
    • PSYC A301 Introduction to Research
    • PSYC A303 Statistics & Methods
    • Social Science Area. Choose 2 courses for 6 crs from:
      • PSYC A230 Developmental Psychology
      • PSYC A235 Abnormal Psychology
      • PSYC A240 Social Psychology 
    • Natural Science Area. Choose 2 courses for 6 crs from: 
      • PSYC A315 Behavioral Neuroscience
      • PSYC A416 Sensation & Perception
      • PSYC A422 Cognitive Neuroscience
      • PSYC A428 Psychology of Learning
    • Psychology Lab Elective for 1 cr
    • Psychology Major Electives for 9 crs
    • Psychology Capstone. Choose 1 course for 3 crs from: 
      • PSYC G222
      • PSYC G255
      • PSYC G311
      • PSYC G327
      • PSYC G441
      • PSYC G430
      • PSYC G485
      • PSYC G488 (2 crs) + PSYC G489 (1 cr) 
      • PSYC G495
      • PSYC G496
      • PSYC G497
      • PSYC G498
      • PSYC G499
    • PSYC A491 ETS Exam (P/IP) 0 crs. All majors must take the comprehensive ETS exam in their senior year, preferably in the first semester.
       
  • Adjunct courses - Language requirement: Complete 6 crs of language credit, up to the 201 level of proficiency. This requirement can be satisfied with courses in spoken languages like French or Spanish, or in classical languages like Greek or Latin. Students will complete a placement activity to begin the language sequence. Students who initially place into the 201 level of proficiency will have a modified language requirement of only 3 crs, with the additional 3 crs attributed to General Electives.  
    • Alternatively, PSYP majors can take the following computer science courses for adjunct  language requirements: 
      • COSC A211 Intro to Programming I
      • COSC A212 Intro to Programming II
         
  • Adjunct courses - Sciences requirement: Complete 27 crs from the following: 
    • BIOL A106 Cells & Heredity 
    • BIOL A107 Cells & Heredity Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A108 Biology of Organisms 
    • BIOL A109 Biology of Organisms Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A105 General Chemistry I 
    • CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II
    • CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A301 Organic Chemistry II 
    • CHEM A311 Organic Chemistry II Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A400 Biochemistry I
       
  • General Electives: complete 12 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Psychology programs - University Honors Program curriculum

Students who meet University Honors Program admission requirements can complete their program with the Honors Curriculum taking the place of the Loyola Core and completing PSYC G488 Senior Research (2 crs) and PSYC G489 Senior Thesis (1 cr) as their Honors Thesis. The Honors Curriculum also impacts the number of credits required in the General Elective area.  Completion of this academic program requires a 3.3 GPA in the student’s Loyola cumulative curriculum.

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Psychology Minor Program

Curriculum for minors requires credit hours taken as part of or in addition to the General Electives area of a student’s undergraduate program, but courses used to satisfy requirements in an academic major cannot also be used to satisfy requirements in a minor program. Successful completion of an academic minor requires a 2.0 GPA or higher for all courses.

Psychological Sciences minor 

Students complete the following 21 credit hours: 

  • PSYC A100 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC A301 Introduction to Research
  • PSYC A303 Statistics & Methods
  • Psychology electives for 12 credit hours in consultation with an advisor.

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Online Programs - Psychology

The Psychological Sciences department participates in Loyola’s Online Arts & Sciences area for adult distance learners. The online Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Sciences is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students will complete Loyola Core requirements, Psychology major requirements, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed in the department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair. 

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 39 crs
    • Psychology major: 36 crs
    • General Electives: 45 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 39 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Math requirement is MATH A110 Concepts in College Algebra, MATH A115 Introduction to Finite Math, MATH T122 Math Models, or higher MATH.
    • Foundation Science requirement is satisfied within the major.
       
  • Psychological Sciences major core courses for 18 crs. Requirements include: 
    • PSYC A100 Introduction to Psychology
    • PSYC A230 Developmental Psychology
    • PSYC A235 Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYC A240 Social Psychology
    • PSYC A301 Introduction to Research
    • PSYC A303 Statistics & Methods
    • Psychology Major Electives for 18 crs
      • Students select online Psychology courses from the A200-A470 levels. 
         
  • General Electives: complete 45 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core or Major curriculum. 

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