BS with a Major in Integrated Health Studies

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and departmental degree requirements. The degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Majors in Integrated Health Studies must complete either the Behavioral Health Concentration or the Health and Science Concentration.

Summary of Requirements
Required Prerequisite and Collateral Courses14
Major Requirements40-54
General Education and Electives to reach Minimum Total Hours52-66
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements. Students should consult the course lists below and their advisors to determine which courses are counted toward the General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline requirements.

Note: Students are strongly encouraged to satisfy the quantitative reasoning requirement by taking STAT 130 or calculus at the level of MATH 170 or above.

Required Prerequisite and Collateral Courses

Required Courses
Select one of the following sequences in general chemistry:10
General Chemistry I Lecture a
General Chemistry Laboratory I a
General Chemistry II Lecture a
General Chemistry Laboratory II a
OR
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry I
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry II
ECON 120Principles of Microeconomics4
Total Hours14
a

Each of the following pairs of courses will be considered one course in meeting the LAS General Education requirements or requirements of the major: CHEM 122/CHEM 123, CHEM 124/CHEM 125, PHYS 105/PHYS 106.

Major Requirements

Of the 40–54 semester hours for the major, no more than 22 hours may be at the 100 level and at least 6 semester hours must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Required Core Courses
AHS 200Introduction to Integrated Health Sciences3
BIOS 100Biology of Cells and Organisms5
BIOS 101Biology of Populations and Communities5
PSCH 100Introduction to Psychology4
AHS 375Ethics, Law and Professionalism in Health Sciences a3
Content Area Courses
Students must select one course from each of the following content areas:
Applied Health3-5
Nutrition
Introduction to Exercise Science and Health
Human Physiological Anatomy I
Human Anatomy and Physiology I b
Health and the Public
Health Economics3-4
Tobacconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Health Economics
Humanities/Social Sciences3
Medicine, Culture, and Society
Disability in U.S. Society
Medical Ethics
Community Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Social Problems
Natural Sciences3-6
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory c
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I c
Introductory Physics I - Lecture
and Introductory Physics I - Laboratory c
Physics in Modern Medicine
Concentration Courses8-16
In addition to Core and Content Area courses, students are required to earn either the Concentration in Behavioral Health or the Concentration in Health and Science.
Concentration in Behavioral Health (8-13 hours)
Select three courses from either the following list or the Applied Health and/or Humanities/Social Sciences Content Areas. Courses taken to satisfy the Content Area requirement may not be used to satisfy the requirements of the concentration.
Human Sexuality and Health Science
Physical and Mental Health Issues in Rehabilitation
Field Experience in the Health Sciences d
Health Inter-professional Seminar
Disability, Health, and Society
Human Physiological Anatomy II
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Exercise Psychology
LAS Internship d
Introduction to Research in Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Social Bases of Health Behavior
Health and Medicine
Concentration in Health and Science (8-16 hours)
Select three courses from either the following list or the Natural Sciences and/or Health Economics Content Areas. Courses taken to satisfy the Content Area requirement may not be used to satisfy the requirements of the concentration.
Field Experience in the Health Sciences d
Health Inter-professional Seminar
Mendelian and Molecular Genetics
and Genetics Laboratory
Principles of Animal Physiology
The Biology of the Brain
Behavioral Neuroscience
Developmental Biology
and Developmental Biology Laboratory c
Introductory Biochemistry
Advanced Mammalian Physiology
Organic Chemistry II
Human Nutrition and Metabolism
LAS Internship d
Total Hours40-54
a

AHS 375 satisfies the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

b

Credit is not given if the student has credit in KN 251.

c

Each of the following pairs of courses will be considered one course in meeting the LAS General Education requirements or requirements of the major: BIOS 222/BIOS 223, BIOS 320/BIOS 321, CHEM 232/CHEM 233, PHYS 105/PHYS 106.

d

Students who select AHS 393 or LAS 289 must enroll for a minimum of 3 credit hours. Only one course may be counted toward the major.

Recommended Plan of Study—Integrated Health Studies Major, Concentration in Behavioral Health

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
Select one of the following: b 5
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry I  
General Chemistry I Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
 
Quantitative Reasoning Requirement a 4-5
General Education Requirement 3
 Hours15-16
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
BIOS 100
Biology of Cells and Organisms b
or Biology of Populations and Communities
5
Select one of the following: b 5
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry II  
General Chemistry II Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
 
AHS 200 Introduction to Integrated Health Sciences 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIOS 100
Biology of Cells and Organisms b
or Biology of Populations and Communities
5
ECON 120 Principles of Microeconomics 4
PSCH 100 Introduction to Psychology 4
Foreign Language 4
 Hours17
Spring Semester
Applied Health Selective c 3-5
Humanities/Social Sciences Selective d 3
General Education Requirement 3
General Education Requirement 3
Foreign Language 4
 Hours16-18
Third Year
Fall Semester
Health Economics Selective e 3-4
Natural Sciences Selective f 3-6
Behavioral Health Concentration Selective g 3-4
General Education Requirement 3
Foreign Language 4
 Hours16-21
Spring Semester
Behavioral Health Concentration Selective g 3-4
Behavioral Health Concentration Selective g 2-5
General Education Requirement 3
Foreign Language 4
 Hours12-16
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
AHS 375 Ethics, Law and Professionalism in Health Sciences h 3
Electives 12
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Electives 13
 Hours13
 Total Hours120
a

Majors are strongly encouraged to satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning requirement by taking either STAT 130 or calculus at the level of MATH 170 or above. A grade of C or better is required to satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

b

The two Analyzing the Natural World and the two General Education course requirements can be satisfied with BIOS 100, BIOS 101, CHEM 116 or CHEM 122/CHEM 123, and CHEM 118 or CHEM 124/CHEM 125.

c

Applied Health Content Area requirement may be satisfied by taking one of the following: HN 196, KN 152, KN 251, KN 253, PUBH 100.

d

Humanities/Social Sciences Content Area requirement my be satisfied by taking one of the following: ANTH 216, DHD 101, PHIL 116, PSCH 231, PSCH 270, SOC 105.

e

Health Economics Content Area requirement may be satisfied by taking one of the following: ECON 106, ECON 121, ECON 215.

f

Natural Sciences Content Area requirement my be satisfied by taking one of the following: BIOS 222/BIOS 223, CHEM 232/CHEM 233, PHYS 105/PHYS 106, PHYS 118. PHYS 105/PHYS 106 must be taken concurrently. However, it is recommended that the BIOS and CHEM lecture and lab be taken over two semesters.

g

Courses that may be used to satisfy the Behavioral Health Concentration are: AHS 304, AHS 330, AHS 393, AHS 402, DHD 202, KN 252, KN 254, KN 335, LAS 289, PSCH 242, PSCH 320, PSCH 415, SOC 251, in addition to courses listed under Applied Health and/or Humanities/Social Sciences Content Areas. Courses taken to satisfy Content Area requirements may not be be used to satisfy the requirement of the concentration.

h

AHS 375 satisfies the LAS Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

Note: Of the total credit hours used to satisfy the requirements of the major, no more than 22 hours may be at the 100 level and at least 6 semester hours must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Recommended Plan of Study—Integrated Health Studies Major, Concentration in Health and Science

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
Quantitative Reasoning Requirement a 4-5
Select one of the following: b 5
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry I  
General Chemistry I Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
 
General Education Requirement 3
 Hours15-16
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
BIOS 100
Biology of Cells and Organisms b
or Biology of Populations and Communities
5
Select one of the following: b 5
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry II  
General Chemistry II Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
 
AHS 200 Introduction to Integrated Health Sciences 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIOS 100
Biology of Cells and Organisms b
or Biology of Populations and Communities
5
ECON 120 Principles of Microeconomics 4
PSCH 100 Introduction to Psychology 4
Foreign Language 4
 Hours17
Spring Semester
Health Economics Selective c 3-4
Natural Sciences Selective d 3-6
General Education Requirement 3
General Education Requirement 3
Foreign Language 4
 Hours16-20
Third Year
Fall Semester
Health and Science Concentration Selective e 3-6
Applied Health Selective f 3-5
Humanities/Social Sciences Selective g 3
General Education Requirement 3
Foreign Language 4
 Hours16-21
Spring Semester
Health and Sciences Concentration Selective e 3-6
Health and Sciences Concentration Selective e 2-4
General Education Requirement 3
Foreign Language 4
Elective 3
 Hours15-20
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
AHS 375 Ethics, Law and Professionalism in Health Sciences h 3
Electives 9
 Hours12
Spring Semester
Electives 13
 Hours13
 Total Hours120
a

Majors are strongly encouraged to satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning requirement by taking either STAT 130 or calculus at the level of MATH 170 or above. A grade of C or better is required to satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

b

The two Analyzing the Natural World and the two General Education course requirements can be satisfied with BIOS 100, BIOS 101, CHEM 116 or CHEM 122/CHEM 123, and CHEM 118 or CHEM 124/CHEM 125.

c

Health Economics Content Area requirement may be satisfied by taking one of the following: ECON 106, ECON 121, ECON 215.

d

Natural Sciences Content Area requirement my be satisfied by taking one of the following: BIOS 222/BIOS 223, CHEM 232/CHEM 233, PHYS 105/PHYS 106, PHYS 118. PHYS 105/PHYS 106 must be taken concurrently. However, it is recommended that the BIOS and CHEM lecture and lab be taken over two semesters.

e

Courses that may be used to satisfy the Health and Science Concentration are: AHS 393, AHS 402, BIOS 220/BIOS 221, BIOS 240, BIOS 286 or PSCH 262, BIOS 320/BIOS 321, BIOS 352, BIOS 443, CHEM 234, HN 307, and LAS 289, in addition to courses listed under the Natural Sciences and/or Health Economics Content Areas. Courses taken to satisfy the Content Area requirement may not be be used to satisfy the requirement of the concentration.

f

Applied Health Content Area requirement may be satisfied by taking one of the following: HN 196, KN 152, KN 251, KN 253, PUBH 100.

g

Humanities/Social Sciences Content Area requirement may be satisfied by taking one of the following: ANTH 216, DHD 101, PHIL 116, PSCH 231, PSCH 270, SOC 105.

h

AHS 375 satisfies the LAS Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

Note: Of the total credit hours used to satisfy the requirements of the major, no more than 22 hours may be at the 100 level and at least 6 semester hours must be at the 300 or 400 level.