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General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to fulfill a series of general education requirements that will expose you to the fields of science, communications, the humanities, social studies, interprofessional studies, and an introduction to your chosen major.

Writing and Communications

While focused on your particular major, all students take part in an extensive, communication-rich curriculum that emphasizes the use of verbal and visual communication skills within your discipline, instead of in separate courses.


All students are required to take at least one college-level statistics, geometry or pre-calculus course. Many programs, especially those in engineering and the sciences, require at least a calculus course.

Computer Science

Computers are a critical part of nearly every career in today's world. Students across all academic programs are required to take at least one introductory course in computer science. Some programs expand on this in discipline-specific programming and numerical methods courses.

Humanities and Social Sciences

All students are required to take at least seven courses in the humanities and social studies, chosen from a wide variety among history, philosophy, communications, economics, literature, music and the arts. Whether you study the arts and humanities from a technical perspective, or look at the political and social histories of cities such as Chicago, the humanities and social studies are a vital part of ensuring that you have a well-rounded perspective beyond science and technology.

Natural Science and Engineering

While automatic for those studying the sciences or engineering, even students in programs not always associated with technical fields are required to complete courses in two fields of science and/or engineering, including a two-course series in one field.

Introduction to the Profession

Recognizing how important it is for first-year students to immerse themselves in their field of study, each program offers an introductory course taught by a first-year advisor to both acclimate students to their profession as well as ensure a smooth transition into college.

Interprofessional Projects

The signature program of the Illinois Tech undergraduate experience, Interprofessional Projects (or IPROs) bring ten to fifteen students from across the disciplines together to work on a real world project, often with industry or academic sponsorship. With faculty guides and student leadership, IPROs have produced patents, products and potential employers.