English Major: Medical Professions Emphasis - Bachelor of Science (BS)

The English major: medical professions emphasis combines courses from English and biology to prepare students for careers in healthcare while they also complete some of the pre-healthcare coursework, practice their writing skills, and study the human condition through narrative. These skills are essential for health-related careers focused on writing and communication. The emphasis also dovetails nicely with existing science and pre-health tracks in other majors and provides an advantage to UWL students entering into clinical health programs.

(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

38-40 credits

Courses listed in more than one category may be counted only once unless otherwise stated.

English core requirements (18 credits)

ENG 300Introduction to English Studies3
ENG 311Critical Theory3
Language studies and linguistics3
History of the English Language
Introduction to Linguistics: Sounds and Words
Introduction to Linguistics: Phrases and Sentences
Varieties of English
Literary studies3
Foundations for Literary and Cultural Studies
Intermediate Topics in Literature
Writing and rhetoric studies3
Writing, Genre, and Style
Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric Studies
Creative or professional writing3
Creative Writing
Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing
Total Credits18

Medical professions emphasis (20-22 credits; not eligible for teacher certification)

Biology core coursework
BIO 105General Biology4
BIO 312Human Anatomy and Physiology I 14
BIO 313Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
English medical emphasis elective 3
Writing in the Sciences
Literature, Medicine, and Culture
Grant Writing
Rhetoric, Health, and Medicine
Cell Biology
Latin and Greek Roots in Scientific Terminology
Human Endocrinology 2
Biology of Cancer 2
Molecular Mechanism of Disease and Drug Action 2
Neurophysiology 2
Medical Ethics
Any 300/400-level ENG course not used above
ENG 412Capstone in English for Medical Professions3
or ENG 413 Capstone Research Project
Exit Portfolio
Will be introduced to students in ENG 300 and assembled throughout their studies
Total Credits20-22

CHM 103 (GE05) is prerequisite. CHM 103 requires a grade of "C" or higher in MTH 150 (GE02) or placement into MTH 151 or higher. These courses fulfill the noted general education requirements. 


Check to make sure prerequisites have been met prior to selecting an elective.

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CASSH/VPA) Bachelor of Science core requirements

The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:

  1. Students majoring in English (writing and rhetoric or literary and cultural studies emphases) or in the department of global cultures and languages must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree; English major: medical professions emphasis majors may earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
  2. Students majoring in other CASSH programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
  3. Language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) used to fulfill general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
  4. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 42 credits required in the General Education Program.
  5. At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CASSH designated diversity course.
  6. Applicable courses may be found on the CASSH B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.

Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).

Bachelor of Science students complete four courses outside the department of the student's major as follows:
  1. A lab science course (from the general education list); and
  2. A social science course; and
  3. Another social science or general education natural science, or math course, or an approved CASSH alternative (ENV 101, PHL 334, PHL 339); and
  4. One additional course in humanities or fine arts or complete a global cultures and languages course 102 level or higher.
In addition to all other College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities core requirements, all students in CASSH must complete a second major, minor, or program option by satisfying one of the following:
  1. Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
  2. Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
  3. Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

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.
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. 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.


The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.

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

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level. 

Note: New students and transfer students with 15 or fewer credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
Gen Ed Math (MTH 150 or higher)14BIO 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4
Gen Ed Global Studies3FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3
Gen Ed Self & Society3Gen Ed Math/Logical Systems3-4
Gen Ed Arts2Gen Ed Arts2-3
 15 15
Year 2
ENG 300 (ENG Core)3Literary Studies (ENG Core)3
English Medical Emphasis Elective3Creative/Professional Writing (ENG Core)3
CHM 10315CASSH Core Diversity Course3
Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3Minor Course3
 Gen Ed World History3
 14 15
Year 3
ENG 311 (ENG Core)3Language Studies & Linguistics (ENG Core)3
BIO 31224BIO 3134
Minor Course3Writing & Rhetoric (ENG Core)3
Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3Minor Course3
University Elective3Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
 16 16
Year 4
University Elective3ENG 412 or 4133
CASSH Core Course3English Medical Professions Elective2-4
CASSH Core Course3Minor Course3
University Elective3Minor Course3
Minor Course3University Elective3
 Exit Portfolio3 
 15 14
Total Credits: 120

CHM 103 (GE05) requires a grade of "C" or higher in MTH 150 (GE02) or placement into MTH 151 (GE02) or higher. These courses fulfill the noted general education requirements.


Grade of "C" or higher is required in BIO 105 and CHM 103.


Will be introduced to students in ENG 300 and assembled throughout their studies.