Undergraduate Course Catalog 2011-2012

General Information

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Total Credit Hours: 166


Students who successfully complete the coursework requirements of the Joint Program between Lewis University and Illinois Institute of Technology will be awarded a B.S. degree in an approved Physics program from Lewis and a B.S. degree in an approved Aerospace Engineering program from IIT.  It is anticipated that a student enrolled in the Joint Program will complete both degrees within five years.  Students must satisfy all published requirements of the institution granting the degree.

Students enrolled in the Joint Program will take courses described in the curriculum below.  This curriculum may be changed upon mutual agreement by IIT and Lewis University.


Applicants to the Joint Program must be admissible to both Lewis and IIT, as determined by the respective admission offices. In addition, any Lewis student may, with Lewis University's permission, apply for the program, and will be considered for admission by IIT using its usual criteria for transfer students.  Students must meet Lewis and IIT criteria for satisfactory academic progress in order to remain in the Joint Program.   Students must have a minimum 3.0 /4.0 GPA in their Lewis courses in order to remain in the Joint Program.

If a student is dismissed from the Joint Program, he or she may be offered further probationary enrollment at either Lewis or IIT at the discretion of his or her respective dean and departmental advisor.

Lewis will compute students’ cumulative and semester grade point averages based upon courses completed at both Lewis and IIT.  Lewis will use combined cumulative averages to determine eligibility for special academic awards such as inclusion on the dean’s list and graduation with honors.  IIT will treat Lewis courses as transfer courses and will not include them in calculating grade point averages.

IIT will accept “D” grades for Lewis courses in the Joint Program only in general education courses.  Lewis will not accept “D” grades for IIT courses that substitute for required courses in the student’s major at Lewis.

Transfer credit earned from other institutions prior to enrollment at Lewis will be accepted by IIT provided it satisfies IIT transfer credit requirements.  For students enrolled in the Joint Program, IIT will accept transfer credit completed with a grade of “C” or better which has been accepted by Lewis, provided the student has obtained prior Lewis and IIT approval by filing a student petition in accordance with existing Lewis and IIT regulations.

Students enrolled in the Joint Program will be subject to the academic and general regulations and policies of both Lewis and IIT.  Where there appears to be a conflict between the regulations of the two institutions, such matters will be resolved by the appropriate academic deans of each institution or their designees.

IIT courses required in the Joint Program will be offered at the Rice Campus, Wheaton, Illinois;  on the Main Campus, Chicago, Illinois; and over the William F. Finkl Interactive Instructional Network (IITV).

All fulltime students in the Joint Program will be accorded all customary privileges of regular fulltime students at both institutions, including use of the libraries, student unions, and athletic facilities. For further information, contact the Chair of the Physics Department.