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Academics

Are you into biology or theatre arts? Math or English literature? Are you associate degree-focused or bachelor's degree bound?

However you like it, UW-Whitewater at Rock County has classes and degree paths to help you discover your passions and meet your career goals. Here, you'll find professors dedicated to teaching, and course options that fit your life. The 2019-2020 course schedule will be available this November.

To see previous course offerings:

Academic Offerings

You'll find the following academic departments represented at UW-Whitewater at Rock County.  

  • Anthropology & Sociology
  • Art
  • Biological Science
  • Business & Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Communication & Theatre Arts
  • Computer Science, Engineering, Physics & Astronomy
  • English
  • Geography & Geology
  • Health, Exercise Science & Athletics
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology & Education
  • Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program
  • World Languages

Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree

The Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree is the foundation for many college majors and for the bachelor's degree. The AAS degree provides a two-year, general education liberal arts-based academic program with training in the fine arts and humanities, mathematical and natural sciences, and social sciences.

The AAS degree is a foundation for many majors in the University of Wisconsin System and is generally accepted by other University of Wisconsin System institutions as fulfilling the university-wide general education breadth requirements. Students may earn the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree with Emphasis.

About the Degree
The degree requires that core requirements in writing and mathematics be completed as well as a distribution of credits in breadth of knowledge categories.The breadth categories in the degree are defined as follows:

Fine Arts and Humanities
Students must acquire knowledge of ideas, beliefs, and abiding concerns pertaining to the human condition as represented in literature, philosophy and cultural history. They must acquire a level of aesthetic appreciation of the human imagination as expressed in the fine arts, and appreciation of the impact of the arts upon the quality and character of human life.

Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Students must know of the nature and workings of the physical universe. They must understand the scientific method, the functions of numerical data and the solving of problems through mathematical and statistical computations, as well as the application of the scientific method in laboratory and experimental work. For this, an appropriate level of computer literacy is required. Students must also be aware of environmental conditions and challenges, the interrelationships of life forms and ecosystems, and the impact of human activities upon natural environments.

Social Sciences
Students must understand the nature and dynamics of human social systems and how and why people organize their lives and resources. In doing so, students will learn about both their own and diverse cultures to acquire a historical perspective on long-term characteristics and consequences of social change and an informed understanding of the variety of human conditions and the interrelationships of nations, regions, peoples and individuals.

Application and Performance
Students must demonstrate an understanding of concepts, theory and knowledge through the application of their skills and understanding to specific problems and activities.

Ethnic Studies
Students must become aware of and sensitive to diversity issues and problems. Courses fulfilling this requirement will have a substantial emphasis on cultural diversity within the United States and examine these issues from at least one of the following perspectives: African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, and American Indian topics.

Interdisciplinary Studies
Students must acquire an appreciation for the multiple dimensions of any given subject by applying the content, methods and assumptions of two or more disciplines. Students will learn to integrate knowledge from across the curriculum. A course is an interdisciplinary studies course if instructors from two or more disciplines teach the course.

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

The University of Wisconsin Colleges Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences completion degree program is currently suspended.  As of January 18, 2018 UW Colleges is no longer accepting new student admissions to the UW Colleges Bachelor Applied Arts and Sciences completion degree program.

Currently enrolled BAAS students, contact your advisor for the most current information.

Collaborative Degree Programs

Students enrolled at UWW Rock County may complete a bachelor's degree through one of the following Collaborative Degree Programs:

  • UW-Milwaukee College ConnectionMajors Include: Organization Administration, Communication, Information Resources
  • UW-Oshkosh - Majors Include: Human Services Leadership
  • UW System eCampus - Earn a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, Business Administration, Nursing, Sustainable Management and many more majors with online bachelor's degree programs offered by our UW four-year partners.
  • UW Platteville Collaborative Engineering
  • Madison Connections -  A dual admission program to the University of Wisconsin- Madison and to the University of Wisconsin-Washington County. UW-Madison offers this program to a select group of UW-Madison freshman applicants. The program allows Wisconsin residents to start at UW-Washington County and complete their bachelor's degree at UW-Madison. 

At UW-Whitewater at Rock County, we offer a number of special academic programs to support and supplement our curriculum and co-curricular offerings.

The First Year Experience Program helps students transition to college by offering classroom opportunities that maximize academic success, building positive relationships among faculty, staff and students; and providing campus-wide resources tailored to first-year students.   

The centerpiece of our First-Year Experience Program is LEC 100, our one-credit, first-year courses that focus on the skills students need for academic and career success. LEC 100 not only helps students in their transition to college, but it also counts towards their associate degree.


Students who maintain a GPA at or above 3.5, earn a grade of B or better in 12-credits of honors sections, and earn the AAS degree, may apply to graduate with honors.


Service learning means using what you learn in the classroom to find solutions to real-life problems in your community. Though service learning, you not only learn the practical applications of your studies, you become an engaged citizen and community member. In that way, service learning helps both you and the community.

In and out of the classroom, UW-Whitewater at Rock County faculty and staff strive to prepare students to become lifelong learners, responsible citizens, and community leaders. For example, our LEC 100 course includes a service learning component, where students participate in out-of-class activities to learn the real-world value of the classes they are taking. 


TRIO SSS's mission is to provide equal educational opportunities for low-income, first-generation and people with disabilities who are highly motivated, eligible students seeking their college degree.

Eligibility

TRIO SSS serves 150 students who are first-generation, low-income or disabled.

If neither one of your parents has earned a bachelor's degree or if you have a diagnosed learning ability or any physical disability, or if you meet federal low-income guidelines, TRIO SSS is for you!

If you aren't sure if you meet any of these criteria, make an appointment to see one of our advisors who will help determine your eligibility.

Application

If you are eligible, it is necessary to make a half-hour appointment with one of our advisors. The advisor will help you complete some paperwork and discuss your unique needs and how TRIO SSS can assist you in earning your four-year degree.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Often, special arrangements can be made if you need to see someone at other times.

Make an Appointment

Call: 608-758-6565 ext. 450
Stop by: Room A02 in Andrews Hall
E-mail: rcktrio@uwc.edu

Staff

We serve only 150 students, so we have the benefit of working with each of you one-on-one. Don't be surprised when we greet you by name. Each of the TRIO SSS staff members are personally committed to the success of our TRIO SSS students. We believe the relationships we build are essential to your success as a student and to the success of our program. Our staff puts forth every effort to provide a supportive community that nurtures the academic and personal growth of each student. In other words, our goal is to help you to help yourself. We are all looking forward to getting to know you as we work together.

Click on the person's name to view their bio page and contact info.

Dave Carlson
Meta Dreiser
Julie Janiak
David McKay
Nicholas French

Services

  • Academic advising
  • Tutoring in math and writing
  • Transfer planning
  • Career exploration
  • Assistance with financial aid and scholarships

You may meet with a staff member as often as once a day or as seldom as once a month. It depends on your unique needs. Most students meet with a tutor once a week and meet with an advisor when they have questions or want to share good news.


The Early College Credit Program presents exciting educational options for eligible Wisconsin high school juniors and seniors. By meeting some general requirements and following specific guidelines, you may be able to take university-level courses at UW-Whitewater at Rock County, earning both high school and college credit. What's more, you do not have to pay for a course if your school board determines the course is not comparable to a course offered in the school district. All public high schools participate in the Early College Credit Program. And so, all juniors and seniors who meet the program requirements are eligible.


The Learning Support Center (LSC) provides free tutoring for all UWW Rock County students. Our friendly, caring, qualified staff can assist individuals or groups in mathematics, writing, Spanish, and other subjects on request. Students of all abilities are welcome.

Our library catalog can be accessed from any computer with internet capability and provides an instant link to the holdings of our library as well as the libraries of the other 12 UW Colleges campuses and the 13 four-year universities.

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) is housed in the Student Resources section of the UW Colleges website website and is available to all students at UWW Rock County.


Academic advising is a very important part of your college experience at UWW Rock County. Advisors are available to assist you in developing educational plans that are compatible with your life goals. The ultimate responsibility for making decisions about your educational plans rests directly with you, but your academic advisor can help!

Your academic advisor helps you to:

  • Explore your academic and career goals
  • Select classes that promote your progress toward your degree
  • Choose classes that help you to explore your interests, identify your major, or identify courses needed for a major already chosen
  • Build a class schedule that balances your homework and class load

New freshmen meet with an advisor from the Solution Center prior to the start of their first semester as part of our freshmen orientation program. As the first semester begins, new students can meet with an advisor whenever the need arises.

Advising for Transfer/Re-entry Students

Returning adult students most likely will meet an advisor prior to the start of first semester and throughout your attendance at UWW Rock County.In addition to working individually with an advisor, the university provides a number of other resources to assist students in the academic and career exploration process.

Advising Appointments

To make an appointment with an academic advisor, contact the Solution Center by calling 608-758-6565 ext. 200 during regular business hours, sending an e-mail to rckinfo@uwc.edu, or stopping by the Solution Center in Hyatt Smith Hall during regular business hours.Use this advising syllabus to help you get the most out of your appointment. 

Online Advising Resources

To further explore majors and careers, check out these helpful Web sites:

  • Major Mania
    Information about majors available throughout the UW System
  • WISCAREERS
    Career exploration and information

Visit the UW Colleges Catalog for official and archived information about admission, registration, financial aid, academic regulations, course descriptions and more. Your campus is part of the UW Colleges network.

Please see the Policies section in the UW Colleges Catalog for information about academic policies including class attendance, grade appeals, and academic integrity and misconduct.


The UW Colleges Copyright Policy (UWCAP #53) complies with UW System guidelines for respecting copyright and fair use. As established by Title 17 of the U.S. Code, copyright provides the creators of original works of authorship with a limited set of exclusive rights to copy, distribute, and perform their works. The UW Colleges Appropriate Use Policy may also be consulted.

Please visit the Copyright section of the UW Colleges website for complete information.


Housed on the UW Colleges website, the Online GPA Calculator was created by Carl Adler and modified with permission.

Use the online GPA calculator to:

  1. Estimate current semester GPA
  2. Find out how this semester's grades affect you cumulative GPA
  3. Find out how the grades you anticipate recieving in your current courses will affect your overall GPA
  4. Determine what it will take and how many credit hours you will need to raise your GPA to a new specified level
  5. Determine what grade average you need to achieve this term to raise your cumulative GPA to a new specified level

The Continuing Education Department at UWW Rock County provied test proctoring for students taking exams in online courses.


The UWW Rock County Bookstore is your source for textbooks and a variety of other merchandise from items with the UWW Rock County or Rattlers logos to art supplies, school supplies, convenience items and more. Visit the bookstore website to learn more.


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