What to Expect

Thinking about joining our program? Find out what you can expect as a student at UIC.

Everyone begins the semester with three days of orientation the week before classes begin with a day of introductions, tours, administrative, and informational sessions. During orientation, our new students attend a full day workshop at Vitruvian Studio, where they work with artists Melinda Whitmore and David Jamison to create a scale écorché figure before beginning the gross anatomy course.

Required courses

ANAT 441 Gross Human Anatomy 5 hours
BHIS 499 Information Sources in BHIS 1 hour
BVIS 505 Visual Learning & Visual Thinking I 2 hours
BVIS 510 Anatomical Visualization 3 hours
BVIS 595 Seminar in BVIS 1 hour

Electives

BVIS 500 Biomedical Visualization Techniques 1 hours

Opportunities

Resources

You’ll begin your research in the spring by selecting topics and research advisors. Courses in illustration, design, modeling and animation provide you with a solid foundation in visual problem solving and critical thinking.

Required courses

BHIS 500 Strategic Inquiry in BHIS (first 8 weeks) 3 hours
BVIS 552 Graphic Design 2 hours
BVIS 597 Project Research (last 8 weeks) 1 hour

Electives

ART 457 Interactive 3D 4 hours
ANAT 403 Human Neuroanatomy (first 8 weeks) 3 hours
ANAT 544 Advanced Craniofacial Anatomy 3 hours
BVIS 519 Modeling I 3 hours
BVIS 522 Illustration Techniques 3 hours
BVIS 541 Animation I 2 hours
BVIS 594 Special Topics in BVIS: Introduction to C++ Programming 2 hours
BVIS 596 Independent Study 1-4 hours
PCOL 540 Ion Channels Structure, Function Pharmacology and Pathology
Prereq: recommended one undergrad course in Biochemistry and one in Physiology, or consent of instructor
2 hours

Opportunities

BVIS summer moves fast with most students attending the AMI Annual Conference later in July. Research presentations in BHIS 595 seminar are a highlight of the summer as you’ll complete your research proposal.

Required courses

BHIS 405 Medical Sciences and Human Pathophysiology 3 hours
BHIS 595 Seminar in BHIS 1 hour
BVIS 518 Web Development 2 hours

Electives

BVIS 520 Modeling II 3 hours
BVIS 535 Visual Learning & Visual Thinking II 2 hours
BVIS 538 Medical Legal Visualization 2 hours
BVIS 542 Animation II 3 hours
BVIS 596 Independent Study 1-4 hours

 

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AMI Annual Conference
July 23-26, 2017
Austin, TX

The AMI annual meeting is a gathering of professional, student, and associate members of our association. Three days of plenary and concurrent sessions cover a rich variety of topics including art and visualization, biomedical subjects and business practices.

Register

Students agree that the Clinical Sciences course is the highlight of the semester! You’ll complete rotations through various medical specialty departments, looking over shoulders of celebrated UIC physicians and surgeons.

Required courses

BVIS 502 Clinical Sciences for BVIS 3 hours
BVIS 597 Project Research 1-3 hours

At least one of these courses

BVIS 560 Molecular Pharmacology for BVIS 3 hours
GEMS 501 Biochemistry 3 hours
GEMS 502 Molecular Biology 3 hours
GEMS 503 Cell Biology 3 hours
NEUS 501 Foundations of Neuroscience I 3 hours

Electives

ART 452 Informational Aesthetics I 4 hours
ART 454 3D Space I: Modeling (Maya) 4 hours
ART 457 Interactive 3D 4 hours
BVIS 543 Animation III 4 hours
BVIS 548 Advanced Illustration Techniques 3 hours
BVIS 562 Advanced Graphic Design 3 hours
BVIS 580 Practicum in BVIS 6-12 hours
BVIS 594 Special Topics in BVIS: Haptics I 2 hours
BVIS 594 Special Topics in BVIS: Interactive Visualization 2 hours
BVIS 596 Independent Study 1-4 hours

Opportunities

Look forward to the completion and presentation of your research! You’ll prepare for professional life after graduate school by gaining valuable insight into business practices and exploring the unique and diverse employment opportunities for which you’ve been prepared.

Required courses

BVIS 575 Business Practices 3 hours
BVIS 597 Project Research 1-2 hours

Electives

ART 453 Informational Aesthetics II 4 hours
ART 455 3D Space II: Animation (Maya) 4 hours
ART 457 Interactive 3D 4 hours
BVIS 530 Surgical Illustration 4 hours
BVIS 544 Animation IV 4 hours
BVIS 546 Virtual Reality and Stereography in BVIS 2 hours
BVIS 580 Practicum in BVIS 6-12 hours
BVIS 521 Modeling III 2 hours
BVIS 594 Special Topics in BVIS: Advanced Interactive Visualization 3 hours
BVIS 596 Independent Study 1-4 hours
CS 526 Video Game Design and Development 4 hours
GCLS 515 Receptor Pharmacology and Cell Signaling
Prereq: GCLS 501 Biochemistry or approval of the dept.
3 hours
NEUS 502 Foundations of Neuroscience II 3 hours
PCOL 540 Ion Channels Structure, Function, Pharmacology and Pathology 2 hours

Opportunities

  • Enter UIC’s Student Research Forum
  • Enter UIC Image of Research Competition – Deadline usually in late June
  • Register for the Association of Medical Illustrators Annual Conference in July and consider being an onsite student volunteer to defray some cost of your student registration
  • Enter the AMI Student Salon
  • Enter BioCommunications Association Bioimages 2017
  • Upon graduation complete your application for Professional Member status and a free year of membership in the Association of Medical Illustrators. Request a sponsor letter from a Certified Medical Illustrator such as a BVIS faculty member. Apply here »