Medical & Organismal Illustration Degrees

The Art and Biology curriculum is designed to give students training in advanced perceptual skills, technical studio skills (traditional and digital media), visualization of biological information, and working knowledge of biological processes. Beyond General Biology and Chemistry, the Medical Illustration track teaches courses in cellular and molecular biology and advanced human physiology and anatomy. The Organismal Illustration track will also include advanced human physiology and anatomy but will add courses in vertebrate biology, botany, and entomology.

Students who graduate with a major in Art and Biology will:

  • Demonstrate working knowledge of instructional design and color theory; develop skill in drawn, painted and sculpted rendering from life, photograph, human dissection, and microscope; develop digital skill in photo-rendering and 3D modeling, and through guided art electives can also further develop skills in interactive media, animation, and web design.
  • Recognize core biological principles, including evolution, the relationship between structure and function, and information flow at all levels of biological organization.
  • Identify the steps of a given biological process, analyze data, identify key results and visually explain such information in a variety of printed and digital platforms.
  • Apply ethics to the daily practice of medical and organismal research and illustration.

Contact Us

Linda Fawcett

Professor of Art - Painting and Drawing 325-670-1249

Majors

  • Medical Illustration (B.A.)
  • Organismal Illustration (B.A.)

Minors

Why study Medical & Organismal Illustration at HSU?

Unique Program

According to the Association of Medical Illustrators, the median salary for a medical illustrator or medical animator is $62,000.
Hardin-Simmons is one of the only schools in Texas to offer undergraduate degrees in Medical Illustration and Organismal Illustration. With the growing need for medical professionals and the fact that Abilene holds a huge medical facility, it's a natural progression for HSU to offer this degree.

Biology Program student looking through microscope

Diversity in Learning Outcomes

Students in the Medical & Organismal Illustration program will learn and be trained in a variety of subjects - from instructional design and color theory to core biological principles to photo-rendering and 3D modeling...and many more. Students will also apply ethics to the daily practice of medical and organismal research and illustration

Broad Career Opportunities

The curriculum is designed to meet the educational needs of those students interested in entering the field of medical or organismal illustration and/or building a portfolio to apply to accredited masters programs in medical illustration. The program's goal is to prepare students to find entry-level jobs right out of school in hospitals, clinics, research institutions, medical publishers, law firms, advertising agencies, web/animation firms, and other creative service businesses.

Program Details

Core Curriculum Credits
Core Distinctive (16)
FYSM 1300 First-Year Seminar: Gateway 3
COMM 1301 Introduction to Communication 3
FSSC 1170 Wellness for Life 1
HIST 130 Making History: The Human Experience in America 3
RELI 2345 The Religious and Philosophical Life 3
ENGL 3300 Writing as Discovery 3
Writing (3)
ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302 3
Literature (3)
ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit 3
Fine Arts (3)
See Major 0
Biblical Studies (3)
BIBL 1301 or BIBL 1302 3
Fitness & Sport Sciences (2)
FSSC Activity course (X 2) 2
Math (3)
See Major 0
Natural & Physical Sciences (7)
See Major 0
Social & Behavioral Sciences (6) (Must be from outside the major and minor)
ECON, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI 6
Foreign Language (12)
One language 12
Total Core 45

MAJOR: Art courses (45)
Art 1301 Drawing I 3
Art 1302 Design I 3
Art 1311 Drawing II 3
Art 2302 3D Design 3
Art 2301 Drawing III 3
Art 2313 or 3323 Oil Painting or Acrylic Painting 3
Art 2321 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
Art 3301 Advanced Life Drawing 3
Art 3320 Photoshop for the Graphic Designer 3
Art 3322 Illustration 3
Art 3331 Computer 3D Modeling 3
Art 3333 Watercolor 3
Art 4000 Senior Project 0
Art Electives (Choose 3 from the following):
Art 2307 Art History Survey II 3
Art 3330 Computer Vector Animation 3
Art 4301 Advanced Drawing 3
Art 4313 Advanced Painting 3
Art 4325 Creative Web Design 3
Art 4330 Computer 3D Animation 3

MAJOR: Science and Mathematics courses (34-35)
Chem 1310/1110 General Chemistry I and lab 4
Chem 1311/1111 General Chemistry II and lab 4
Math 1310 College Algebra 3
Biol 1306/1106 General Biology I and lab 4
Biol 1307/1107 General Biology II and lab 4
Biol 3417 Advanced Human Physiology 4
Bio 3418 Advanced Human Anatomy 4
Advanced Biology electives (choose 2 from one of the following):
Biol 3411 Genetics 4
Biol 3324 Cell Biology 3
Biol 3420 General Microbiology 4
Biol 4330/4130 Molecular Biology and lab 4
Biol 4402 Immunology 4

Technological Competency (3)
See Major 0
Major 79-80
Core 45
Technological Competency 0
TOTAL 124-125
Note: Must complete a minimum of 124 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to graduate. 42 upper-level credits (3000 and 4000-level) required. 80 Chapel attendances and Writing Proficiency are required.

*C or better grade

All HSU students are eligible for the program.

The curriculum is designed to meet the educational needs of those students interested in entering the field of medical or organismal illustration and/or building a portfolio to apply to accredited masters programs in medical illustration. Career opportunities are diverse, including jobs in the areas of education, medical and life science research, patient care, patient education, and public relations/marketing; located at medical schools, hospitals and clinics, research institutions, medical publishers, law firms, advertising agencies, web/animation firms, and other creative service businesses.