Advising Frequently Asked Questions

Transfer Requirements


Most University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students, whether they arrive on campus as a freshman or later in their college career, must fulfill the university's general education requirements. When you are admitted as a transfer student, our advisers will prepare a transfer credit evaluation for you, and you will receive credit for classes you have already taken that are equivalent to classes offered at Whitewater. Afterwards, you can sit down with one of our advisers to map out your plan to complete your degree.

  1. Students with fewer than 21 transfer credits should follow the General Education Program outlined here

  2. Students who have earned an Associate Degree (Assoc. of Arts, Assocof Science Assoc. of Arts and Sciences) from an approved General Education transfer program are waived from all University General Education Requirements (including World of Ideas). Contact the Admissions Office for information.

  3. Students without an approved Associate's Degree will need to fulfill Gen Ed requirements including Diversity and must have 32 units of Gen Ed coursework as outlined below.

Students must still complete specific UWW requirements for their degree (BA, BS, BSE), for their majors, and their minors.

Note: The Diversity requirement is waived for some Associate Degrees, but not others. Check your Advising Report for information.


General Education enhances students' ability to:

  1. Think critically and analytically integrate and synthesize knowledge , and draw conclusions from complex material.
  2. Make sound ethical and value judgments based on the development of a personal value system, on an understanding of shared culture heritage, and knowledge of past success, failures, and consequences of individual roles and societal choices.
  3. Understand and appreciate the culture diversity of the U.S. and other countries, and live responsibly in an interdependent world.
  4. Acquire a base of knowledge common to educated persons and the capacity to expand that base over their lifetime.
  5. Communicate effectively in written, oral, and symbolic form
  6. Understand the nature and physical world , the process by which scientific concepts are developed and modified.
  7. Appreciate the fine and performing arts .
  8. Develop the mathematical and quantitative skills necessary of calculation, analysis and problem solving.
  9. Understand the principles essential for continual mental and physical well-being.

General Education Requirements

Communication and Calculation Skills (12 credits or waivers):
English 101: Freshman Composition I
English 102: Freshman Composition II
Speech 110: Fundamentals of Speech
Math 141 (or 140): Intermediate Algebra

Quantitative and Technical Reasoning (7-11 credits)
Selected from science, math and computer science courses from at least two different disciplines. At least one course must be a 4-5 credit laboratory science.

Core Curriculum (12 credits)

  • Students with 40 or more transfer credits (no associate degree) will follow the core curriculum outlined below. World of Ideas is required.
  • Students with 21-39.9 transfer credits are responsible for the World of Ideas and one additional core. This additional Core course will be determined by the Asst. Dean of L&S and will be indicated on the students' Advising Reports.

    Cultural Heritages (6 credits)
    One course designated as General Studies Arts (GA)
    Core 900-390: The World of Ideas

    Communities (6 credits)
    One course designated as General Studies Social Sciences (GS)
    One course designated as General Studies Humanities (GH)

Personal Health and Fitness (1-2 credits)
1-2 units of Physical Education Designated as GP

Breadth Electives (7-12 credits)
Select from courses in the arts, humanities, social sciences, ethnic studies, women studies and interdisciplinary courses. (No more than one course from a discipline may be counted in electives)