2017-18 Catalog

Publication date June 2017

Degree Requirements - Undergraduate

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Second baccalaureate degree policy

A graduate who has earned one baccalaureate degree at UWL and who subsequently becomes a candidate for a second baccalaureate degree must meet all core, professional, and major requirements for the second degree and must earn at least 30 resident credits2 beyond the first degree. Students with a previously earned baccalaureate degree from another regionally accredited institution must meet all core, professional, and major requirements for the second degree and must earn at least 30 resident credits beyond the first degree. Students wishing to use credits from their first degree to fulfill requirements of a second degree must obtain approval from the dean of the college in which they are enrolled. All general education requirements are satisfied by students who have completed the first baccalaureate degree. UW System policy requires that every student complete an ethnic studies course. If this was not done as part of the first degree, it must be fulfilled for the second degree.

Students cannot earn a second baccalaureate degree in the same major (different emphasis) as their first baccalaureate degree.


Resident credit means credit registered for and earned through UWL.


Second major or minor policy

A graduate who has earned one baccalaureate degree at UWL, who wishes to complete the requirements for another major and/or minor, must meet all professional and major/minor requirements. A notation will be made on the student’s transcript that an additional major/minor has been completed. Students with demonstrated evidence of a previously earned baccalaureate degree from another regionally accredited institution, who wish to complete the requirements for another major/minor at UWL, must enroll as a special non-degree student and fulfill all professional and major/minor requirements. If all required courses are earned in residence, a notation will be made on the student’s transcript indicating an additional major/minor has been completed.

Associate degree requirements

Candidates for the associate degree must complete the following:

  1. Earn a total of 60 or more semester credits applicable to a bachelor’s degree at UWL. At least 15 credits must be earned at UWL.
  2. Achieve a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
  3. Complete a minimum of 13 credits in general education skills courses See "Skills" section below.
  4. Complete a minimum of 36 credits of general education liberal studies courses. See "Liberal Studies" section below.
  5. Complete one two-semester sequence of courses.
  6. File an application for the associate degree with the Office of Records and Registration and pay the application fee.
  7. Remove all indebtedness to the university.


Proficiency tests are available in skills courses. Contact appropriate department for information.

Literacy: Tools for skilled communication

(Six credits required)

ENG 110College Writing I3
or ENG 112 College Writing AP (Advanced Placement)
CST 110Communicating Effectively3

Students receiving a grade lower than a "C" in ENG 110 or ENG 112 and CST 110 must repeat the course.

Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages: Tools for structured analysis and communication

(Minimum of seven credits required; minimum of four credits must be taken from the mathematics section below.)

MTH 123Mathematics for Decision Making4
MTH 135Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I4
MTH 136Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II4
MTH 150College Algebra4
or MTH 151 Precalculus
MTH 175Applied Calculus4
or MTH 207 Calculus I
MTH 208Calculus II4
MTH 265Mathematical Models in Biology4
STAT 145Elementary Statistics4
Logical systems and modern language
CHI 102Elementary Chinese II4
CHI 201Intermediate Chinese I4
CHI 202Intermediate Chinese II4
FRE 102Elementary French II3
FRE 201Intermediate French I3
FRE 202Intermediate French II3
GER 102Elementary German II4
GER 201Intermediate German I4
GER 202Intermediate German II4
RUS 102Elementary Russian II4
RUS 201Intermediate Russian I4
RUS 202Intermediate Russian II4
SPA 102Elementary Spanish II4
SPA 103Elementary Spanish I and II4
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish I4
SPA 202Intermediate Spanish II4
MLG 102World Languages: Elementary II4
MLG 201World Languages: Intermediate I4
MLG 202World Languages: Intermediate II4
MLG 204Heritage Language: Intermediate4
CS 101Introduction to Computing4
CS 120Software Design I4
CT 100Introduction to Computational Thinking3
MUS 115Musical Elements: Language and Systems4
PHL 101Introduction to Logic3

Liberal studies

Science: understanding the natural world

(Minimum of eight credits required; one course must be from the natural laboratory science section below.)

Natural laboratory science
ANT 102Introduction to Physical Anthropology4
BIO 100Biology for the Informed Citizen4
BIO 105General Biology4
CHM 100Contemporary Chemistry4
CHM 103General Chemistry I5
ESC 101Earth Environments4
MIC 100Microbes and Society4
PHY 103Fundamental Physics I4
PHY 106Physical Science for Educators4
PHY 125Physics for the Life Sciences4
AST/PHY 155Solar System Astronomy4
AST/PHY 160Stars, Galaxies and the Universe4
PHY 203General Physics I4
Science, technology and society: emphasizing the role of applied science and technology as agents of change in society
BIO 102Contemporary Issues in Biological Sciences3
ESC 211Global Warming and Climate Change3

International and multicultural studies/self and society

(Minimum nine credits required from two disciplines. Must take at least one course each from the world history, global and multicultural studies, and self and society sections; maximum of 15 cr.)

World history
ARC 200World Archaeology: Origins and Development of Human Culture and Society3
HIS 101Global Origins of the Modern World3
or HIS 102 Global Transition and Change
Global and multicultural studies 3
ANT/ECO/GEO/HIS/POL/SOC 202Contemporary Global Issues3
ANT 212Search for Economic Justice3
ART 301World Art3
CHI 320Introduction to Chinese Civilization3
ECO 120Global Macroeconomics3
ECO 212Search for Economic Justice3
ENG 208International Studies in Literature3
ENG 212Search for Economic Justice3
ENV 201Introduction to Environmental Studies3
FRE 220France and the Francophone World3
GEO 110World Cultural Regions3
GEO 200Conservation of Global Environments3
HIS 101Global Origins of the Modern World 43
or HIS 102 Global Transition and Change
HIS 360Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Latin America3
MIC 130Global Impact of Infectious Disease3
MLG 304Heritage Language: Advanced4
MUS 204Latin American Music: Its Context and Impact3
MUS 205World Music3
PHL 212Search for Economic Justice3
PHL 336International Multicultural Philosophy3
PHL 349Asian Philosophy3
PHY 142Navigating Global Nuclear Issues3
POL 212Search for Economic Justice3
POL 234Comparative Politics3
POL 244International Relations3
PSY 282Cross-Cultural Psychology3
THA 351World Theatre3
WGS 212Search for Economic Justice3
Self and society
ANT 101Human Nature/Human Culture3
ARC 100Archaeology: Discovering Our Past3
ART 251Art History I: History of Art & Visual Culture3
CST 271Contemporary Media in Everyday Life3
ECO 110Microeconomics and Public Policy3
EDS 203School, Society, and Teachers3
ENG 220Women and Popular Culture3
ERS 220Introduction to Ethnic and Racial Stereotypes in the Media3
FIN 207Personal Finance3
GEO 102Maps and Society3
GER 398German Thinkers and Popular Culture3
PH 200Public Health for the Educated Citizen3
PHL 120Introduction to Ethics and Society: The Person and the Community3
POL 101American National Government3
POL 102State and Local Government3
PSY 100General Psychology3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 120Social Problems3
SOC 261Technology in Society3
THA 130Multicultural U.S. Plays: Acting the Text3
THA/ECO 376Economics of Art and Entertainment3
WGS 150Introduction to Social Justice3
First year seminar
UWL 100First Year Student Seminar1

INS 250, INS 251 and INS 252 can satisfy this requirement if all three courses are completed successfully.


whichever not used above

Humanistic studies and the arts

(Minimum of nine credits required. One course must be from literature. Two courses must be from the arts: the aesthetic experience section, although no more than six credits may be from arts: the aesthetic experience.)

CHI 305Introduction to Modern Chinese Literature3
ENG 200Literature and Human Experience3
ENG 201American Literature I3
ENG 202American Literature II3
ENG 203English Literature I3
ENG 204English Literature II3
ENG 205Western Literature I3
ENG 206Western Literature II3
FRE 395French Literary Voices in English3
GER 399German Literature in Translation3
MLG 299Foreign Literature in Translation3
RUS 305Golden Age Russian Literature and Culture3
HIS 205Ethics and Religion3
PHL 100Introduction to Philosophy3
PHL 200Introduction to the Literature of Philosophy3
POL 251Political Theory3
Arts: the aesthetic experience
ART 102Art Appreciation2
ART 160General Art Foundations3
ART 172Photography Survey3
ART 302Visual Language in the Global Classroom3
ART 332Themes of Contemporary Art3
ESS 104Dance Appreciation2
MUS 105Music Appreciation2
MUS 110The Listening Experience in Music3
MUS 317Musical Classroom3
PHL 332Philosophy of the Arts3
THA 110Theatre Appreciation2
THA 120Acting for Non-Majors3
THA 201Dramatic Literature and Theatre Arts3

Integrated studies minority cultures/multiracial women's studies

(Minimum of three credits required.)

ANT/ERS 362Hmong Americans3
ANT 375Language, Power, and Inequality3
ECO 336Women in the U.S. Economy3
EDS 206Multicultural Education3
EFN 205Understanding Human Differences3
ENG/ERS 207Multicultural Literature of the United States3
ENG/ERS 210Literature of Black America3
ENG 212Search for Economic Justice3
ENG/ERS 215African American Authors3
ERS 100Introduction to Ethnic and Racial Studies3
ERS 253Introduction to Wisconsin Indians3
HIS 306Ethnic America3
HIS 336Latinos in the United States: 1450-20003
MUS 209History of Jazz Culture3
PHL 335Multicultural Philosophy in the United States3
POL 205Women and Politics3
PSY 285Culture and Mental Health3
PSY 318Psychology of Women3
SAH 307Changing the Culture: Women in Science3
SOC 225Racial and Ethnic Minorities3
TSL 200Introduction to English Language Learners and Advocacy1
WGS 100Gender, Race and Class in American Institutions3
WGS 130Women's Diversity: Race, Class, and Culture3

Health and well-being

(One course required.)

HED 207Youth Health Issues3
HP 105Analysis of Health, Wellness and Disease for the Health Care Consumer3
HPR 105Creating A Healthy, Active Lifestyle3

Two-semester sequence of courses

(One two-semester sequence required.)

ACC 221
ACC 222
Accounting Principles I
and Accounting Principles II
ARC 331
ARC 332
The Ancient Greek World
and Ancient Rome and the Mediterranean
ART 162
ART 164
Drawing Foundations
and Design Foundations
ART 162
ART 166
Drawing Foundations
and Three Dimensional Foundations
ART 164
ART 166
Design Foundations
and Three Dimensional Foundations
BIO 105
BIO 203
General Biology
and Organismal Biology
BIO 105
MIC 230
General Biology
and Fundamentals of Microbiology
BIO 312
BIO 313
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
CHM 103
CHM 104
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
CS 120
CS 220
Software Design I
and Software Design II
CST 110
CST 271
Communicating Effectively
and Contemporary Media in Everyday Life
ECO 110
ECO 120
Microeconomics and Public Policy
and Global Macroeconomics
ENG 200
ENG 302
Literature and Human Experience
and Intermediate Topics in Literature
ENG 201
ENG 202
American Literature I
and American Literature II
ENG 203
ENG 204
English Literature I
and English Literature II
ENG 205
ENG 206
Western Literature I
and Western Literature II
ENG 301
ENG 311
Foundations for Literary Studies
and Critical Theory
ENG 303
ENG 333
Advanced Composition
and Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric Studies
ENG 325
ENG 326
Reporting and Copy Editing
and Feature and Specialized Writing
ENG 332
ENG 331
Modern English Grammars
and Introduction to Linguistics
ENG 335
ENG 307
Introduction to Professional Writing
and Writing for Management, Public Relations and the Professions
ENG 335
ENG 308
Introduction to Professional Writing
and Technical Writing
ERS 100
ERS 220
Introduction to Ethnic and Racial Studies
and Introduction to Ethnic and Racial Stereotypes in the Media
ESC 101
ESC 221
Earth Environments
and Weather and Climate
ESC 101
ESC 222
Earth Environments
and Earth Surface Processes & Landforms
ESS 205
ESS 206
Human Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science II
HIS 101
HIS 202
Global Origins of the Modern World
and Contemporary Global Issues
HIS 102
HIS 202
Global Transition and Change
and Contemporary Global Issues
HIS 230
HIS 240
Survey of Ancient and Medieval Worlds
and Survey of Modern Europe
HIS 318
HIS 393
Exhibition Development and Design I
and Material Culture
HIS 330
HIS 326
History of Religions
and Modern Christianity
HIS 330
HIS 327
History of Religions
and History of Buddhism
HIS 330
HIS 328
History of Religions
and History of Hinduism
HIS 330
HIS 329
History of Religions
and History of Islam
HIS 331
HIS 332
The Ancient Greek World
and Ancient Rome and the Mediterranean
HIS 334
HIS 335
Themes in Chinese History
and History of China
HIS 341
HIS 342
Nineteenth Century Latin America
and Twentieth Century Latin America
HIS 350
HIS 351
Great Events in France: 1750-present
and History of France: 1750-Present
HIS 363
HIS 364
Modern South Asia
and Gandhi's India
MTH 207
MTH 208
Calculus I
and Calculus II
MUS 266
MUS 366
Theory of Music I
and Theory of Music II
PHL 205
PHL 206
History of Ancient Philosophy
and History of Modern Philosophy
PHY 103
PHY 104
Fundamental Physics I
and Fundamental Physics II
PHY 203
PHY 204
General Physics I
and General Physics II
POL 101
POL 221
American National Government
and The American Legal System
POL 101
POL 301
American National Government
and American Presidency
POL 101
POL 302
American National Government
and Legislative Process
POL 101
POL 306
American National Government
and Judicial Process
POL 202
POL 344
Contemporary Global Issues
and Global Governance
POL 202
POL 345
Contemporary Global Issues
and International Law
POL 205
POL 436
Women and Politics
and Women and Politics in the Middle East
POL 205
POL 437
Women and Politics
and Women and Politics in Africa
POL 205
POL 439
Women and Politics
and Women and Politics in Latin America
POL 234
POL 330
Comparative Politics
and Politics of Developing Areas
POL 234
POL 333
Comparative Politics
and Asian Government and Politics
POL 234
POL 334
Comparative Politics
and Post-Communist Politics
POL 234
POL 336
Comparative Politics
and Middle Eastern Government and Politics
POL 234
POL 337
Comparative Politics
and African Government and Politics
POL 234
POL 338
Comparative Politics
and European Government and Politics
POL 234
POL 339
Comparative Politics
and Contemporary Latin America
POL 251
POL 350
Political Theory
and American Political Theory
POL 251
POL 351
Political Theory
and Classical Political Theory
POL 251
POL 353
Political Theory
and Modern and Contemporary Political Theory
POL 251
POL 355
Political Theory
and Political Ideologies
PSY 100
PSY 210
General Psychology
and Developmental Psychology
PSY 100
PSY 212
General Psychology
and Lifespan Development
PSY 100
PSY 204
General Psychology
and Abnormal Psychology
PSY 100
PSY 241
General Psychology
and Social Psychology
PSY 100
PSY 205
General Psychology
and Effective Behavior
PSY 100
PSY 356
General Psychology
and The School-aged Child
PSY 204
PSY 210
Abnormal Psychology
and Developmental Psychology
PSY 204
PSY 212
Abnormal Psychology
and Lifespan Development
THA 250
THA 251
Theatre Studies I: Origins to the Middle Ages
and Theatre Studies II: Renaissance Thru Mid 19th Century
THA 350
THA 351
Theatre Studies III: Realism to the Present
and World Theatre

Special degrees

The awarding of a baccalaureate degree is the pinnacle of the undergraduate college experience. Occasionally events take place where the need to consider additional degree options arises in order to honor those who have provided exemplary service to the university or to extend sympathy and compassion to the families and friends of deceased students near completion of their degrees. UWL has policies for awarding honorary, extraordinary, and posthumous degrees in recognition of these exceptional situations. 

See the special baccalaureate degrees full policy for UWL's specific procedures.

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