College Degree Requirements

BACHELOR OF ARTS (BA)

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BS)

To graduate from the College of Letters and Sciences, students must complete a minimum of 120 units, including coursework to satisfy all of the General Education (Communication & Calculation Skills and University Requirements), Diversity, College Degree, and major and minor requirements. Students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in the major and minor fields as well as a 2.0 UW-W overall grade point average. Certain majors and minors in the College require a grade point average above 2.0 in the major, minor and/or overall.

Students may earn either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Letters and Sciences. The BA degree emphasizes preparation in the arts, foreign languages, humanities and social sciences, while the BS degree emphasizes preparation in mathematics and sciences.

Most students are required to complete both a major and a minor from the approved majors and minors listed in the Catalog. Consult the list on the L&S website or in the Degree Planning Guide at the College of L&S. The same course units may not be counted toward both a major and a minor.

BACHELOR OF ARTS

In addition to the University Requirements, students must complete the following BA degree requirements:

1. Upper Level Breadth Requirement

6 units at the 300-400 level in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences or Race/Ethnic or Women's Studies, excluding courses in major and minor disciplines; not limited to Gen Ed courses or one course per discipline rule.

2. Foreign Language Requirement

Completion of 2nd semester foreign language (Chinese, French, German, Spanish 142 or above; Japanese 102 or above) or demonstration of equivalent proficiency by appropriate score on placement examination. Exception: students who graduated from high school before 2012 may satisfy this requirement with 2 years of the same foreign language in high school. One course taken to fulfill this requirement may count as an elective in the University Requirements.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

In addition to the University Requirements, students must complete the following BS degree requirements:

1. Two 4-5 unit laboratory science courses designated GL from 2 different disciplines (biology, chemistry, geology, geography, physics or astronomy), one of which may count in University Requirements.

2. 5 units in math beyond 141 or 3 units in math beyond 141 and 3 units in computer science courses (not limited to GM courses, but may count in University Requirements if they are GM).

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (effective Fall 2014)

In addition to the University Requirements, students must complete the following BS degree requirements:

1. SELECT 2 4-5 UNIT LABE SCIENCE COURSES DESIGNATED GL FROM 2 DIFFERENT SUBJECT AREAS (includes lab science courses used in University Requirements)

2. SELECT AT LEAST 5 UNITS OF MATH BEYOND 141 OR 6 UNITS CHOSEN FROM TWO OF THE FOLLOWING THREE OPTIONS:

a. 3 UNITS OF MATH BEYOND 141 (EXCLUDING MATH 230 AND MATH 231)

b. 3 UNITS OF STATISTICS CHOSEN FROM MATH 230, MATH 231, PSYCH 215, SOCIOLGY 295 OR ECON 245

c. 3 UNITS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

INTERDEPARTMENTAL MAJORS AND MINORS

  • International and Area Studies - Refer to International and Area Studies Section.
  • International Studies Major
  • Japanese Studies Major
  • Asian Studies Minor
  • International Studies Minor
  • Latin American Studies Minor
  • Integrated Science - Business Major - Refer to Biology Department
  • Criminal Justice Minor - Refer to Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice Department.
  • Environmental Studies Minor - Refer to Geography & Geology Department.
  • Family and Health Studies - Refer to Sociology Department
  • Human Services Foundation Minor - Refer to Social Work Department
  • Liberal Studies Major – Refer to Philosophy and Religious Studies Department
  • Physical Science Minor -Refer to Physics Department
  • Public Policy and Administration Major - Refer to Political Science Department

SOCIAL STUDIES BROADFIELD MAJOR (BSE)

Open only to students pursuing teacher licensure. This major consists of at least 53 hours in a program approved by the College of Education. This program must follow either of two basic guidelines:

1. A 33-34 unit concentration in any approved area of social studies and 20-21 units in at least two other areas of social studies.

2. A 21-22 unit concentration in any approved area of social studies and 32-33 units in at least three other areas of social studies.

If courses in the major are used to satisfy General Education requirements, the program can be completed within 120 units. Transfer students must complete at least five courses at UW-W for this major.

Note: Only those courses in Geography which relate to the cultural environment will apply toward the major. Courses in other social science areas which are primarily techniques courses will not apply to the major.

Additional Licensure Requirement:

Wisconsin law requires that persons seeking licensure to teach history or other social studies have instruction in cooperatives and conservation. The requirement in respect to cooperatives may be met by completion of ECON 213, Economic Principles for Secondary Teachers. The requirement for instruction in conservation may be met by the completion of GEOGRPY 252 Human Environmental Problems, or BIOLOGY 214 Ecology and Society.

History certification for holders of Social Studies (701) license: 15 units of upper level (300 or 400) history courses distributed as follows: 6 units of U.S. History, 6 units of European History, and 3 units of African, Asian, Latin American or Middle-Eastern History. All 15 units must have been completed within 5 calendar years. Some of the courses listed above may have prerequisites which must be taken beyond the specified 15 units.

There are nine emphases within this major. Refer to the department of the emphasis for the major requirements.

Economics Option I Political Science Emphasis
Econmoics Option II Psychology Option I
Geography Option I Psychology Option II
Geography Option II Sociology Emphasis
History Emphasis  

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION MAJOR

Elementary Education majors who have a minor in English, Foreign Language, Mathematics or Social Studies (Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology) may be certified to grade 9 with the addition of the appropriate Secondary Education methods course and Secondary Education Observation and Participation.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE MAJOR (BA/BS)

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program that teaches students to understand contemporary environmental problems and recognize potential solutions in a holistic way through broad training in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Students select a specialty area and take a majority of courses from one of three emphases –Natural Sciences, Geosciences, or Environmental Resource Management – but also take courses from each of the other areas to ensure an appropriate amount of breadth within the major. Students are also required to select a technical specialty that will provide them with at least one specialized skill area that is crucial for today’s environmental scientists. The interdisciplinary nature of this major is also emphasized within a common core of required courses, including introductory and capstone courses that are team-taught by faculty from a wide range of disciplines represented in the major.

NATURAL SCIENCES EMPHASIS

MAJOR - 58 UNITS

1. ENVSCI 200

2. GEOGRPY 252 OR HISTRY 190

3. CHEM 102

4. ENGLISH 372

5. ENVSCI 400

6. BIOLOGY 141 AND BIOLOGY 142

7. SELECT 15 UNITS (AT LEAST 9 UNITS FROM 300-400 LEVEL) APPROVE NATURAL SCIENCE COURSES

8. SELECT 6 UNITS APPROVED GEOSCIENCES COURSES

9. SELECT 6 UNITS APPROVED ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT COURSES

10. 3 CREDITS EXPERIENTAL LEARNING (UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH, INTERNSHIP, TRAVEL STUDY) (Personalization required)

UNIQUE REQUIREMENTS - 8-10 UNITS

1. CHOOSE 8-10 UNITS FROM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TECHNIQUES OPTION AREAS:

a. GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS: GEOGRPY 270, GEOGRPY 370, GEOGRPY 470

b. ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY: CHEM 104, CHEM 352

c. ECOLOGICAL FIELD AND LAB METHODS: BIOLOGY 258 AND ANY TWO 300 OR 400-LEVEL FIELD BASED BIOLOGY COURSE FROM APPROVED LIST (REQUIRES PERSONALIZATION)

d. ENVIRONMENTAL WRITING: BIOLOGY 200, ENGLISH 472, SAFETY 453

GEOSCIENCES EMPHASIS

MAJOR - 58 UNITS

1. ENVSCI 200

2. GEOGRPY 252 OR HISTRY 190

3. CHEM 102

4. ENGLISH 372

5. ENVSCI 400

6. GEOGRPY 201 AND GEOLGY 301

7. SELECT 15 UNITS (AT LEAST 9 UNITS FROM 300-400 LEVEL) APPROVE GEOSCIENCES COURSES

8. SELECT 6 UNITS APPROVED NATURAL SCIENCES COURSES

9. SELECT 6 UNITS APPROVED ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT COURSES

10. 3 CREDITS EXPERIENTAL LEARNING (UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH, INTERNSHIP, TRAVEL STUDY) (Personalization required)

UNIQUE REQUIREMENTS - 8-10 UNITS

1. CHOOSE 8-10 UNITS FROM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TECHNIQUES OPTION AREAS:

a. GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS: GEOGRPY 270, GEOGRPY 370, GEOGRPY 470

b. ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY: CHEM 104, CHEM 352

c. ECOLOGICAL FIELD AND LAB METHODS: BIOLOGY 258 AND ANY TWO 300 OR 400-LEVEL FIELD BASED BIOLOGY COURSE FROM APPROVED LIST (REQUIRES PERSONALIZATION)

d. ENVIRONMENTAL WRITING: BIOLOGY 200, ENGLISH 472, SAFETY 453

ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT EMPHASIS

MAJOR - 58 UNITS

1. ENVSCI 200

2. GEOGRPY 252 OR HISTRY 190

3. CHEM 102

4. ENGLISH 372

5. ENVSCI 400

6. SAFETY 420, SAFETY/FNBSLW 440, ECON 471

7. SELECT 15 UNITS (AT LEAST 9 UNITS FROM 300-400 LEVEL) APPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT COURSES

8. SELECT 6 UNITS APPROVED NATURAL SCIENCES COURSES

9. SELECT 6 UNITS APPROVED GEOSCIENCE COURSES

10. 3 CREDITS EXPERIENTAL LEARNING (UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH, INTERNSHIP, TRAVEL STUDY) (Personalization required)

UNIQUE REQUIREMENTS - 8-10 UNITS

1. CHOOSE 8-10 UNITS FROM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TECHNIQUES OPTION AREAS:

a. GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS: GEOGRPY 270, GEOGRPY 370, GEOGRPY 470

b. ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY: CHEM 104, CHEM 352

c. ECOLOGICAL FIELD AND LAB METHODS: BIOLOGY 258 AND ANY TWO 300 OR 400-LEVEL FIELD BASED BIOLOGY COURSE FROM APPROVED LIST (REQUIRES PERSONALIZATION)

d. ENVIRONMENTAL WRITING: BIOLOGY 200, ENGLISH 472, SAFETY 453

GENERAL SCIENCE ELEMENTARY MINOR

This is a broadfield, general science minor for students majoring in elementary education. It is intended to insure breadth of science preparation, with training from each of the four areas: biology, chemistry, physical geography/geology, and physics/astronomy. This general, introductory background from the specified courses would be appropriate for conducting science classes in the elementary schools.

MINOR - 24 UNITS

1. BIOLOGY 214 AND AT LEAST 3 ADDITIONAL UNITS FROM BIOLOGY COURSES. BIOLOGY 120 IS RECOMMENDED.

2. SELECT 4-5 UNITS FROM CHEMISTRY COURSES. CHEM 100 IS RECOMMENDED, CHEM 102 WOULD BE ACCEPTABLE.

3. SELECT 4-5 UNITS FROM PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY OR GEOLOGY COURSES. EITHER GEOGRPY 210 OR GEOLGY 100 OR GEOLGY 101 IS RECOMMENDED.

4. PHYSCS 212 AND ASTRONMY 114

5. ADDITIONAL UNITS TO TOTAL AT LEAST 24 UNITS MUST BE SELECTED FROM COURSES: GEOLGY 204, GEOLGY 205, GEOLOGY 300, GEOLGY 307, PHYSCS 100, PHYSCS 120, OR PHYSCS 240.

MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES MINOR

MINOR - 23 UNITS

1. HISTORY/RELIGST 135

2. POLISCI 471 OR HISTRY 337 OR HISTRY 338

3. COMPLETION OF ONE YEAR OF ARABIC OR OTHER APPROVED LANGUAGE OF THE MIDDLE EAST (TURKISH, PERSIAN OR HEBREW). REQUIREMENT MAY BE WAIVED ON DEMONSTRATION OF COMPARABLE PROFICENCY.

4. CHOOSE ELECTIVE COURSES TO BRING TOTAL UNITS TO 23: ARABIC 251, ARABIC 252, ENGLISH 325, HISTRY 336, HISTRY 337, HISTRY 338, POLISCI 471, RELIGST 222, RELIGST 304. THE FOLLOWING COURSES CAN BE PERSONALIZED INTO THE ELECTIVES IF APPROPRIATE (REQUIRES CONSENT OF COORDINATOR): HISTRY 110, HISTRY 225, HISTRY 445, POLISCI 247, AND ANY APPROVED INTERNSHIP, UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OR TRAVEL STUDY. NO MORE THAN THREE COURSES FROM THE SAME DEPARTMENT MAY BE USED IN THIS AREA.

5. MINOR REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 9 UNITS OF 300/400 LEVEL COURSEWORK.

PEACE AND JUSTICE STUDIES MINOR

The Peace and Justice minor offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding peace as the cumulative goal of conflict resolution and transformation. Alternatives to war and dehumanization are taught and modeled for how individuals, organizations, and governments promote peace and justice from interpersonal to global contexts. Through coursework and experiential learning students are encouraged to become active participants and leaders in creating strategies for achieving and sustaining non-violence, human rights, environmental and social justice. The primary goal of this minor is to prepare students for careers in teaching, IGO’s and NGO’s, both in the private and public sectors.

MINOR - 24 UNITS

1. PAX 200 OR POLISCI 200 OR SOCIOLGY 200

2. PAX 488 OR OTHER APPROVED 400-LEVEL COURSE

3. FIVE ELECTIVE COURSES TO BRING TOTAL UNITS TO 21 CHOOSEN FROM: COMM 328, COMM 424, ECON 352, ECON 471, ENGLISH 265, ENGLISH 368, GEOGRPY 252, GEOGRPY 332, GEOGRPY 452, GEOGRPY 455, HISTRY 324, HISTRY 338, PAX 375, POLISCI 340, POLISCI 350, POLISCI 365, POLISCI 463, POLISCI 464, RELIGST 302, SOCIOLGY 265, SOCIOLGY 340, SOCIOLGY 375, SOCIOLGY 430, WOMENST 370

SOCIAL STUDIES ELEMENTARY EDUCATION MINOR

The Department of Public Instruction has created a license to permit holders of an elementary license who teach through grade 8 to be issued a regular license to teach Social Studies through grade 9 if they complete the Social Studies minor.

This is a broadfield, social studies minor for students majoring in elementary education. It is intended to insure breadth of social studies preparation, with training from each of several areas: history, psychology, sociology, political science, economics, geography, and anthropology. This general, introductory background from the specified courses would be appropriate for teaching social studies classes in the elementary schools.

MINOR - 24 UNITS

1. SELECT 3 UNITS FROM EACH OF THE 3 HISTORY GROUPS FOR A TOTAL OF 9 CREDITS:

(A) HISTRY 124 OR HISTRY 125 OR HISTRRY 311

(B) HISTRY 154 OR HISTRY 155

(C) HISTRY 130, HISTRY 131, HISTRY 135, HISTRY 336, HISTRY 337, HISTRY 340, HISTRY 342 OR HISTSRY 343

2. SELECT 3 UNITS FROM BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE COURSES:SOCIOLGY 240, PSYCH 211 OR ANTHROPL 218

3. GEOGRYP 230

4. ECON 213

5. POLISCI 141

6. SELECT 3 UNITS FROM ANY OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES: ECON 401, ECON 354, GEOGRPY 361, GEOGRPY 362, GEOGRPY 364, GEOGRPY 365, GEOGRPY 368, GEOGRPY 332, GEOGRPY 334, GEOGRPY 340, GEOGRPY 344, POLISCI 250, POLISCI 255, POLISCI 351, PSYCH 211, SPYCH 304, PSYCH 355, PSYCH 331, PSYCH 332, SOCIOLGY 240, SOCIOLGY 252, SOCIOLGY 265, SOCIOLGY 276 OR (ANY BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE COURSE LISED ABOVE THAT HAS NOT BEEN TAKEN OR ANY HISTORY COURSE LISTED ABOVE THAT HAS NOT BEEN TAKEN).

Either PSYCH 355 or SOCIOLGY 355 may be counted in fulfilling the requirements, not both.

INDIVIDUALLY DESIGNED MAJOR (BA/BS)

This major is designed to permit you to focus your study on a topic or problem area which falls outside the limits of a conventional major. Each major is individualized. What is deemed appropriate for you may be deemed inappropriate for another student. The purpose of the major is to accommodate an integration of the courses and programs now offered by the University; it is not a means of forming special majors or degrees which the University is not authorized to offer. The Individually Designed Major, leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, must consist of an approved and coherent pattern of courses taken in more than one department. Contact the Assistant Dean of the College of Letters & Science to set up an advising appointment.

OPTION I WITH A MINOR

MAJOR - 33 UNITS

1. SELECT 33 UNITS IN CONSULTATION WITH INDIVIDUALLY DESIGNED MAJOR COMMITTEE. THE MAJOR MAY INCLUDE NO MORE THAN 21 UNITS IN ANY ONE DEPARTMENT AND MUST INCLUDE AT LEAST 17 UNITS IN COURSES NUMBERED 300 OR ABOVE.

AN APPROVED MINOR IS REQUIRED FOR THIS MAJOR

OPTION II WITHOUT A MINOR

MAJOR - 54 UNITS

1. SELECT 54 UNITS IN CONSULTATION WITH

INDIVIDUALIZED MAJOR COMMITTEE. THE MAJOR MAY INCLUDE NO MORE THAN 24 UNITS IN ANY ONE DEPARTMENT AND MUST INCLUDE AT LEAST 27 UNITS IN COURSES NUMBERED 300 OR ABOVE. NO MINOR IS REQUIRED.

Writing Proficiency Requirement: See the Assistant Dean of the College of Letters & Sciences for course(s) that satisfy this requirement.

In either Option I or II of the Individually Designed Major you will choose as an advisor a faculty member whose competence is in the area of your interest. Together with the advisor you will plan the major and submit a detailed outline of the major and a statement of its rationale and goals to the College Committee on Individually Designed Majors for its approval. The proposed major must be approved, with the possibility of subsequent amendment, no later than the beginning of your junior year. Your program of study must be planned and approved in advance of admission to the major. Any changes in your major at a later date will require written permission of the Committee.

Under either Option I or II, you may count at most 40 units from any one department for fulfillment of total degree requirements. It is a requirement that over half the units in either option must be in courses numbered 300 or above. At least 50 percent of the units counting toward your major requirements must be earned subsequent to your admission to the major. You may take work outside the College of Letters and Sciences but more than one-half the units in your major must be earned in the College. Primary supervision of the major rests with the Committee on Individually Designed Majors. Inquiries should be directed to: Assistant Dean, College of Letters and Sciences, who Chairs the Committee on Individually Designed Majors.

INDIVIDUALLY DESIGNED MINOR

MINOR - 24 UNITS

1. SELECT 24 UNITS IN CONSULTATION WITH ADVISOR AND ASSISTANT DEAN OF COLLEGE OF LETTERS AND SCIENCES

2. IF MORE THAN 15 UNITS ARE TO BE TAKEN IN ANY ONE DEPARTMENT OF THE COLLEGE OF L&S THERE MUST BE PRIOR APPROVAL BY BOTH THAT DEPARTMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF YOUR MAJOR.

 

AT LEAST 12 UNITS PROPOSED FOR THE MINOR MUST BE EARNED AFTER THE PLAN HAS BEEN APPROVED. IF MORE THAN 12 UNITS ARE FROM A SINGLE COLLEGE OUTSIDE OF LETTERS & SCIENCES, APPROVAL OF THE DEAN OF THAT COLLEGE IS REQUIRED. NO MORE THAN 9 UNITS FROM THE MAJOR DISCIPLINE(S) MAY BE INCLUDED.

A statement of the content, nature and rationale of your proposed individualized minor must be approved by your major department. The minor should consist primarily of courses above the general survey level. Further, the proposed minor shall be sent to the Office of the Assistant Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences for the Dean’s approval.

The minor should be prepared early in your college career, preferably before the second term of your junior year. Any substantial subsequent changes in your minor should be approved by your major department and the Dean.

The responsibility for certifying that you have met the requirements of your minor rests with the department of your major, if you are a Letters and Sciences major. For students who are not Letters and Sciences majors, the responsibility of certifying the completion of the minor on the application for diploma rests with the College of Letters and Sciences. Contact the Assistant Dean, College of Letters & Sciences for information and advising in the individualized minor.



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