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Degree and Academic Policies

The following degrees, majors (with emphases) and minors are offered at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh:

A. Associate of Arts and Science Degree

The Associate of Arts and Science Degree is awarded in recognition of successful completion of the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 60 credits. When completing these 60 credits, students must satisfy one of the following requirements:
    • At least 30 of the 60 credits applied to the degree must be earned at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, OR
    • At least 15 of the last 30 credits must be earned at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  2. 2.0 official grade point average.
  3. Course work to include:
    • Writing 188, 101 or 110 with a grade of C or higher (3 credits)
    • Communication 111, 112 (3 credits)
  4. Explore Culture (XC) (9 credits)
    • Music/Art/Theatre (at least 3 credits)
    • One other course (at least 3 credits) in a discipline other than Music/Art/Theatre
      (Note: RTF 150 and ENG 204 will also fulfill the Music/Art/Theatre requirement.)
  5. Explore Math (XM) (3 credits)
  6. Explore Natural World and Explore Lab Science (XN/XL) (7 credits)
    • At least 7 credits of Explore Lab Science (XL) and Explore Nature (XN), with at least one XL course. To complete the XL and XN requirement, students may take all of the credits as XL credits or may combine XL and XN credits.
  7. Explore Society (XS) (9 credits)
    • Must include courses from at least two disciplines
  8. Additional Explore Courses (6 credits)
    • Courses must have an X designator
  9. Ethnic Studies (ES)
    • Selected from courses designated as “(ES)”
  10. Additional Requirements (may be met with courses from above)
    • Depth requirement (6 credits minimum)
      • A student must take at least one depth sequence. A depth sequence consists of at least 6 credits that are earned in two non-remedial courses in the same academic department.
    • High Impact Practices (6 credits minimum)
      • Completed by taking Quest (Q) courses
    • A student must take a minimum of 40 general education credits as part of the 60 credits required for a degree. The remaining credits may include courses that lead to an emphasis, a baccalaureate major or minor, other degree requirements related to a student’s educational goals, and/or additional coursework from the associate degree breadth categories.

B. Bachelor’s Degree

The Bachelor’s Degree is awarded in recognition of successful completion of a minimum of 120 credits of undergraduate university work and ordinarily is completed in four years. The following degrees are awarded:

Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS)
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Bachelor of Music (BM)
Bachelor of Music Education (BME)
Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) (pending BOR approval)
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

The following major and minor areas of study are available in conjunction with the various Bachelor’s Degrees.

C. Majors (and Emphases)

  • Advertising (BA/BS)
  • Anthropology (BA/BS)
  • Art (Also see Fine Arts) (Studio Art) (BA/BS)
  • Art (BA/BS/BFA)
    • Graphic Design
    • Studio
  • Biology (BA/BS)
    • (Cell/Molecular)
    • (Ecology)
    • Biomedical Science
  • Business, College of
    • Accounting (BBA)
    • Applied Computing (BS)
    • Economics (BBA)
    • Finance (BBA)
    • Human Resources Management (BBA)
    • Information Systems (BBA)
    • Interactive Web Management (BBA)
    • Management (BBA)
    • Marketing (BBA)
    • Supply Chain Management (BBA)
  • Chemistry (BS/BSE)
    • (Professional)
    • (Secondary Education)
    • (Biochemistry)
    • (Biomolecular)
  • Communication Studies (BA/BS)
  • Computer Science (BA/BS)
    • Software Technology
    • (Systems & Theory)
  • Criminal Justice (BA/BS/BAS)
  • Early Childhood Special Education (BSE)
  • Economics (BA/BS)
    • (General)
    • (International)
    • (Quantitative)
  • Elementary Education (BSE)
  • Engineering Technology (BS)
    • Electrical Engineering Technology
    • Environmental Engineering Technology
    • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • English (BA/BS/BSE)
    • (Liberal Arts)
    • (Secondary Education)
  • English as a Second Language-ESL (BSE)
  • Environmental Health (BA/BS)
  • Environmental Studies (BA/BS)
    • (Environmental Policy and Values)
    • (Environmental Science)
  • Exercise and Sport Science (BS)
  • Fine Arts (BFA)
    • (Art Education)
    • (Graphic Design)
    • (Studio)
  • Fire and Emergency Response Management (BAS)
    • (Emergency Management)
    • (Fire Service Management)
  • French (BA/BS/BSE)
    • (Liberal Arts)
    • (Secondary Education)
  • Geography (BA/BS)
  • Geology (BA/BS/BSE)
    • (Professional-Geology)
    • (Hydrogeology)
    • (Earth Science-Secondary Education)
  • German (BA/BS/BSE)
    • (Liberal Arts)
    • (Secondary Education)
  • History (BA/BS/BSE)
  • Human Services Leadership (BS)
  • Individually Planned (BA/BS)
  • Interactive Web Management (BBA, BA, BS)
  • International Studies (BA/BS)
    • (General International Studies)
    • (International Business)
    • (International Development)
    • (Global and National Security)
  • Japanese Studies (Collaborative) (BA)
  • Multimedia Journalism (BA/BS)
  • Leadership and Organizational Studies (BAS)
    • (Organizational Studies)
    • (Aviation Management)
  • Leadership and Organizational Development (pending BOR approval) (BPS)
  • Mathematics (BA/BS/BSE)
    • (Statistics)
    • (Teaching)
  • Medical Technology (BS)
  • Microbiology (BA/BS)
  • Music (BA/BM/BS)
    • (Composition)
    • (Instrumental Performance)
    • (Music Industry/Music Business)
    • (Piano Pedagogy and Performance)
    • (Music Industry/Audio Production)
    • (Vocal Performance)
  • Music Education (BME)
    • (Choral)
    • (General Music)
    • (Instrumental)
  • Natural Science-Secondary Education (BSE)
  • Nursing (BSN)
    • (Accelerated Nursing Program)
    • (Collaborative Nursing Program)
    • (Traditional Nursing Program)
  • Philosophy (BA/BS)
  • Physics (BS/BSE)
    • (Applied)
    • (Physics/Engineering Dual)
    • (Professional)
    • (Secondary Education)
  • Physical Education (BSE)
  • Political Science (BA/BS)
  • Psychology (BA/BS)
    • (Liberal Arts)
  • Public Relations (BA/BS)
  • Radio-Television-Film (BA/BS)
  • Medical Imaging (BS)
    • (Radiologic Science)
    • (Sonography)
  • Rehabilitation Science (BS)
  • Strength and Conditioning (BS)
  • Social Science-Secondary Education (BSE)
  • Social Work (BSW)
  • Sociology (BA/BS)
    • (General)
    • (Organization/Community/Environment)
    • (Social Control, Deviance, & Criminology)
    • (Social Equity and Diversity)
  • Spanish (BA/BS/BSE)
    • (Liberal Arts)
    • (Secondary Education)
  • Special Education (BSE)
  • Technology and Engineering Education (BSE)
  • Theatre (BA/BS)
    • (Acting)
    • (Administration)
    • (Design and Technology)
    • (Integrated)
  • Women’s and Gender Studies (BA/BS)

D. Minors

  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Advertising
  • African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Analytics
  • Art
    • Studio
    • History
  • Astronomy
  • Bilingual Education-Hmong (Elementary/Secondary Education)
  • Bilingual Education-Spanish (Elementary/Secondary Education)
  • Biology
    • (Secondary Education)
  • Business Administration
  • Canada-U.S. Studies
  • Chemistry
    • (Secondary Education)
  • Communication
    • (Communication Studies)
    • (Organizational Communication)
    • (Speech Communication Education)
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cybersecurity
  • Earth Science-Secondary Education
  • Business Economics
  • English
    • (Creative Writing)
    • (Professional Writing)
    • (Secondary Education)
    • (Linguistics)
    • (Literature)
    • (Rhetoric)
  • English as a Second Language (Elementary/Secondary Education)
  • Environmental Engineering Technology
  • Environmental Studies
  • French
    • (Liberal Arts)
    • (Elementary Education)
    • (Secondary Education)
  • Geography
    • (Elementary Education)
    • (Secondary Education)
  • Geology
  • German
    • (Liberal Arts)
    • (Elementary Education)
    • (Secondary Education)
  • Global Business
  • Health Education (Elementary/Secondary Education)
  • Health, Humanities, & Society
  • History
    • (Liberal Arts)
    • (Elementary Education)
    • (Secondary Education)
  • Information Systems
  • Insurance and Risk Management
  • International Studies
    • (African Studies)
    • (Asian Studies)
    • (European Studies)
    • (Latin American Studies)
  • Japanese Language and Culture
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Media Studies
  • Language Arts
    • (Elementary Education)
  • Law and Policy
  • Mathematics
    • (Elementary and Junior High)
    • (Liberal Arts)
    • (Secondary Education)
    • (Statistics)
  • Microbiology
  • Military Science
  • Music
  • Music Industry
  • Neurosciences
  • Operations Research
  • Philosophy
    • (Liberal Arts)
  • Physics
    • (Liberal Arts)
    • (Secondary Education)
  • Political Science
    • (Civic Engagement)
    • (Secondary Education)
  • Psychology
    • (Liberal Arts)
  • Public Relations
  • Radio-Television-Film
  • Global Religions
    • (Liberal Arts)
  • Risk Management and Actuarial Science
  • Science
    • (Elementary Education)
  • Social Justice
  • Social Science
    • (Elementary Education)
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
    • (Liberal Arts)
    • (Elementary Education)
    • (Secondary Education)
  • Theatre
  • Theatre Education (Secondary)
  • Urban Planning
  • Web & Mobile Development
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

E. Master’s and Doctoral Degrees

The Master’s Degree is awarded in recognition of successful completion of approximately 30-60 credits of graduate course work by persons who have completed a Bachelor’s Degree. The doctorate of nursing practice is a post-master’s program requiring 28 credits as well at the educational doctorate requiring 48 credits. With full-time registration, these degrees are ordinarily completed in 2-3 years. The following degrees are awarded:

Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Data Science (MS)
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Master of Science (MS)
Master of Science in Education (MSE)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

 

The following are areas of academic study that award Master’s or Doctoral degrees.

Applied Biotechnology (MS)
Athletic Training (MS)
Biology/Microbiology (MS)
Business Administration (MBA)
Cybersecurity (MS)
Data Science (MS)
Educational Leadership (MS, Ed.D.)
English (MA)
Information Technology Management (MS)
Literacy (MSE)
Mathematics Education (MS)
Nursing (MSN, DNP)
Professional Counseling (MSE)
Professional Science (MS)
Psychology – Cognitive and Affective (MS)
Public Administration (MPA)
Social Work (MSW)
Special Education (MSE)
Sustainable Management (MS)
Teaching & Learning (MSE)

Refer to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Studies Bulletin for comprehensive information on all graduate programs.


Final Term Seniors

A final term senior at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh or another accredited college or university may be permitted to register for graduate course work during the term in which the baccalaureate degree will be awarded. Final term seniors must submit a statement from their undergraduate advisor certifying the requirements needed to complete the baccalaureate program. The student should have no more than nine (9) credits of undergraduate work remaining in a semester and no more than three (3) credits of undergraduate work remaining in a summer session. To be eligible to register as a final term senior, the student must meet all requirements for full standing admission to the graduate degree program with the exception of the baccalaureate degree requirement. Final term seniors are limited to a total undergraduate and graduate load of 12 credits in a semester or six (6) credits in a summer session. Graduate credits earned in this status may apply to baccalaureate degree requirements only as allowed in approved programs. Note that graduate credits counted toward a baccalaureate degree might not be applied toward a graduate degree and will be billed at the graduate rate of tuition.  Students are responsible for checking with a graduate department regarding the availability of a graduate class.

 

III. Undergraduate Degree Requirements

 

A.  The University Studies Program: General Education at UW Oshkosh

At UWO, general education is delivered through the University Studies Program (USP). This name was chosen for general education at UWO to convey that it is intentionally designed to support high impact practices and inclusive excellence. Courses in this program integrate Essential Learning Outcomes that every UWO student achieves by graduation.

Student learning is demonstrated in USP courses through the application of knowledge, skills and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems. Students select USP Explore courses from the disciplinary categories of Culture, Nature, and Society. A minimum number of credits is required in each category. At least one Explore course should include an element of Global Citizenship and another should include an element of Ethnic Studies. All Explore courses ae approved in at least one essential learning outcome.

Explore courses that are designated as Quest courses have gone through an approval process to evaluate them for specific high impact practices. There are three types of Quest courses:

  • Quest I is a learning community course that includes a student peer mentor, an academic adviser class visit, co-curricular activities, and exposes students to campus resources. A section of Quest I may be paired with either a section of COMM 111 or a section WRT 188.
  • Quest II is a future-planning course with learning outcomes in ethical reasoning. It includes class visits from alumni and career advisers, exposes students to undergraduate research, and encourages students to explore major, minor, and certificate options.
  • Quest III is a community engagement course. Students extend their classroom into a community setting, working with a local nonprofit, community group, or campus partner. They bring that experience back to the classroom with higher proficiency.

The Quest courses are all Explore courses and cover academic disciplinary content. The Quest courses have small class sizes and minimal prerequisite requirements. Every Quest course also carries one of the following UWO Signature Questions:

  • Sustainability: How do people understand and create a more sustainable world?
  • Civic Learning: How do people understand and engage in community life?
  • Intercultural Knowledge: How do people understand and bridge cultural differences?

Through signature question coursework, students are taught responsibility, as individuals and members of communities. Paired courses explore the same signature question from different disciplinary perspectives. A current list of Quest options, with Signature Questions and information about pairings with or unpaired options, is available on TitanWeb.

Advisors assist students in choosing Explore courses with the goal of completing their USP requirements sooner rather than later.

Students may access an official statement of their Academic Requirements (degree audit) and individual progress to degree using TitanWeb. Assistance in understanding these requirements is available through the Undergraduate Advising Resource Center.

Entering first-year students and those with less than 15 transfer credits have Quest course requirements. For students seeking a bachelor’s degree, the Quest courses are structured to fit into students’ schedules like this:

  • First Semester
    • Quest I
    • WRT 188 or COMM 111
  • Second Semetser
    • Quest II
    • WRT 188 or COMM 111, whichever has not been taken
  • Second Year (Fall or Spring)
    • Quest III
  • Semester after Quest III
    • WRT 288
  • Any Time in College Career
    • An Ethnic Studies course, designated ES in TitanWeb
    • A Global Citizenship course, designated GC in TitanWeb
    • Explore courses to meet the minimum credits and
      distribution of credits requirements

A first-year Writing course such as WRT 188 (3 credits) UWO requires a minimum of 38 credits in USP approved coursework. Special considerations such as transfer student, type of degree program, CAPP or AP credits, Math placement, English placement, Foreign Language placement, and other special situations affect requirements and course selection. For students seeking a bachelor’s degree, the distribution of those credits is shown below:

  • An Introduction to Public Speaking course such as COMM 111 (3 credits)
  • An advanced Writing course, such as WRT 288 (3 credits)
  • Explore (Remember to include Quest courses in the appropriate area below.)
    • Explore Culture: 9 credits of XC coursework from at least 2 different departments.
    • Explore Nature: 3 credits of XM (Mathematics) and 8 credits of XL (Lab Science)
    • Explore Society: 9 credits of XS coursework from at least 2 different departments.

There is a lot of flexibility built into this curriculum. Students can find USP courses that match their interests, expose them to new subjects, and keep them on track to complete their requirements. You can find out more about USP on the program website.

The University Studies Program embraces the traditional breadth of a liberal arts education in the modern context of liberal education. This approach to learning inspires intellectual curiosity, encourages the understanding of responsibilities, and lays the foundation for the skills and knowledge to succeed both as a student and as a citizen. The University Studies Program is General Education, done better.

 

B. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Summary of Degree Requirements Common to All Colleges

  1. All baccalaureate degrees require the completion of at least 120 earned term credits (passing grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, or P or their equivalents). Credits from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, other accredited institutions, and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh approved Prior Learning programs may be used to meet this requirement. Note: Remedial courses do not count in the 120 credits required.
  2. At least 38 credits of the 120 credit total must be earned in University Studies Program coursework.
  3. At least 30 credits of the 120 term credits applied to the degree must be earned in University of Wisconsin Oshkosh courses.
  4. At least 15 of the last 30 term credits applied to the degree must be earned in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh courses.
  5. A minimum of 35 of the 120 term credits must be earned in upper level courses (those earned at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh numbered 300 and above or credits earned at a transfer institution and defined as upper-level by the standards of that institution).
  6. All degrees require that a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) be achieved in each of the following categories;
    • official UW Oshkosh grade point average. Credits attempted shall be defined as any credits for which a grade of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, or F, or their equivalents, has been assigned;
    • all upper-level credits attempted;
    • all credits attempted in courses identified by departments or programs as applicable to the major and/or minor requirements; (unless otherwise specified)
    • all courses eligible for application to the English composition requirement portion of the University Studies Program requirement.

NOTES: All calculations of the official grade point average will be based upon the academic record as maintained by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. If a course is repeated, the best grade received will be the one calculated in the grade point average. A grade of Incomplete from another institution will not be carried into the record maintained at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

7. All baccalaureate degrees require the completion of the University Studies Program (USP) requirements.
In addition, special course and grade point requirements of a particular degree, curriculum, major and/or minor selected by the student must be met.

8. The Bulletin used to determine these requirements must have been current during the student’s attendance at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, or at any other regionally accredited college or university, and may be no more than 6 years old at the time of graduation. Within this 6-year time frame, students may choose a more recent Bulletin published for degree, major, minor or general education requirements.

Exceptions to this policy include:

  • Changes in policy and/or procedures made during the six-year period will automatically be effective for the transfer or readmitted student unless the policy change(s) specifically allows continuance under the old policy and/or procedures.
  • When outside agencies such as the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) or professional accrediting agencies mandate changes in major/minor or curriculum requirements, the six-year period is not applicable.

C. Special Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees

In addition to the University Studies Program requirements (Section III. A), students working toward either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Letters and Science are required to complete as stated below, an approved academic major; completion of an approved minor is usually optional. However, some majors require that a minor also be completed.

1. Additional Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (BA)

  • Foreign Languages: Students without previous foreign language preparation must complete credits in a single foreign language by passing the final course in the sequence (110, 111, 203 and 204 in French, German, Russian, or Spanish; or 110, 111, 210 and 211 in Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese, or American Sign Language III (Special Education 404/604), or obtain a proficiency waiver through the Department of Global Languages and Cultures. For students with a foreign language background, a portion of this requirement may be awarded through advanced placement. See the Department of Global Languages and Cultures for details.
  • Humanities: At least 12 credits are required from departments comprising the Humanities Division.  All Explore: Culture (XC) courses in the USP are considered Humanities courses.  Of these, at least one course must be taken from the following areas: 1) Art, Drama, Music; 2) Literature; and 3) Philosophy, Religious Studies.  Foreign Language may NOT be used as one of the areas in the Humanities component of the BA degree requirements, although they may be used as one of the areas in the University Minimum Requirement.  For the BA, there is a separate Foreign Language Requirement.  See above for details.
  • Social Science: At least 12 credits must be taken from at least two of the Social Science areas. One must include 3 credits of history.
  • Speech Communication: Fundamentals of Speech Communications, Communication 111 must be completed or the oral communication competency exam must be passed. (See Communication Department for details.)

 

2Additional Requirements for the Bachelor of Science (BS)

  • Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science:
    • Math 104* or Math 105 or Math 108* or Math 109 or Math 110 or Math 187 or Math 188 or Math 189 or Math 204.
    • One course from the following in Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science:
      • Calculus: Mathematics 161, 162, 171, 172, 175, 206
      • Statistics: Mathematics 201, 301, Economics 210, Geography 385, Psychology 203, 341, Sociology 281, Criminal Justice 281
      • Computer Science: Computer Science 221, 262.Each course listed has a Mathematics course as a prerequisite. Students must complete the prerequisite course with a grade of “C” or better prior to enrolling in any of the listed courses. In some cases the prerequisite can be met via the UW System Mathematics Placement Exam.
      • Math 207
  • Humanities: At least 12 credits must be taken from the Humanities area. All Explore: Culture (XC) courses in the USP are considered Humanities courses. Of these credits, one course must be taken from Literature; and two courses from at least two of the following three course areas: 1) Art, Drama, Music; 2) Philosophy, Religious Studies; and 3) Foreign Languages.
  • Social Science: At least 12 credits must be taken from at least two of the Social Science areas. One must include 3 credits of history.
  • Speech Communication: Either Fundamentals of Speech Communications, Communication 111, must be completed or the oral communication competency exam must be passed. (See Communication Department for details.)
  • Natural Science (NS): Four courses are required:
    • Two must be from laboratory science courses from one of the following departments: Biology/Microbiology, Chemistry, Engineering Technology, Geography, Geology, and Physics/Astronomy. The first course must be the prerequisite for the second.
    • A third course must be a laboratory science course from a department other than the one offering the two courses above.
    • The fourth course must be either: a) a course for which the third course is a prerequisite, OR b) a laboratory science course from a third department, OR c) a course from those listed under the B.S. Math Requirement (not used to fulfill the Math Requirement).

D. Specific College and Program

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
The University offers eleven baccalaureate degrees; all degrees require a minimum of 120 credits for graduation. Specific requirements for all degrees may be obtained from this Bulletin, the appropriate College, or from an academic advisor.

Many program areas have special requirements, which must be met before students can begin a particular area of study. For example, some professional, clinical, and other sequences accept students into the program only after a period of prior academic preparation. Such programs have academic requirements for admission, which are published, either in the Bulletin or in a separate document available from the appropriate department.

College of Letters and Science
Students completing the baccalaureate degree with a College of Letters and Science major must complete a minimum of 35 credits of upper level course work.

College of Education and Human Services
Students completing a baccalaureate degree with a College of Education and Human Services major must earn at least 42 credits in upper-level courses. In addition, all grade point and other requirements must be met prior to entry into Admission I, Practicum, Clinical, and Admission II for education majors. Also, all course and grade point average requirements must be met by Human Services majors prior to entry into intermediate, and major fieldwork.

Additional degree requirements include the following:

  • Earning a “C” or better in Communication 111
  • Completing an English literature course
  • Completing one Biology course (XL) and one non-Biology (XL) course from the following (Anthropology 202, Chemistry, Geography (Physical), Geology, Physical Science 101, Physics/Astronomy
  • 12 credits of Society from three different departments

College of Nursing
Requirements must be met as published at the time of the student’s application for acceptance into the nursing clinical sequence.

Division of Online and Continuing Education (OCE)
Some credits from technical colleges transferred to an OCE program may not transfer to other UW Oshkosh programs. Please check with your advisor for more information.

E. Second Bachelor’s Degree

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh who wishes to complete a second and different undergraduate baccalaureate degree must:

  • earn a minimum of 16 credits in residence (the credits must not have been applied to the requirements of the first degree);
  • meet all specific requirements of the new degree.

Both degrees may be awarded at the same commencement ceremony.
A graduate of another accredited college or university may be awarded an undergraduate baccalaureate degree in the same or another academic area at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh by successfully completing:

  • 28 weeks (e.g., two semesters) in residence on the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus;
  • a minimum of 30 term credit hours;
  • all requirements of the degree being sought;
  • The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh General Education Requirements.

NOTE: If degree is from a UW System School, general education requirements have been met.

NOTE: Completion of an additional major within the same University of Wisconsin Oshkosh baccalaureate degree will not result in the awarding of a second degree. Before embarking on a program leading to a second degree, students should contact an advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Resource Center (UARC), Student Success Center, Suite 202.

IV. COURSES, GRADES AND ACADEMIC STANDARDS

A. Interpreting Course Numbers

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh courses are designated by a subject code, which identifies the department or program offering the course, and a three-digit course catalog number. Some 300- and 400- level courses also provide graduate level credit. In these cases, two course numbers will appear; e.g., International Studies 302/502. Students enrolled in such courses for graduate credit must meet requirements beyond those for undergraduate credit.

The subject codes are assigned to the various departments or programs according to the following key:

Subject Area Description
ABT Applied Biotechnology
ACAD Academic Skills
ACCT Accounting
AF AM ST African American Studies
ANTHRO Anthropology
APC Applied Computing
ARABIC Arabic
ARAPAHO Arapaho
ART Art
BIOLOGY Biology
BUSINESS Business Administration
CHEM Chemistry
CHINESE Chinese
COMM Communication
COMP SCI Computer Science
CRIM JUS Criminal Justice
CYB Cybersecurity
ECON Economics
ED FOUND Educational Foundations
ED LDRSP Educational Leadership
EGR Engineering
EGRT Engineering Technology
ELEM ED Elementary Education
ENGLISH English
ENV STDS Environmental Studies
FERM Fire & Emergency Response Mgmt
FINANCE Finance
FRENCH French
GEOG Geography
GEOLOGY Geology
GERMAN German
GLBL REL Global Religions
GLC Global Languages & Culture
GMBA Global Master Business Admin
HISTORY History
HLTH EDU Health Education
HMONG ST Hmong Studies
HNRS Honors
HUMAN SV Human Services
HWM Health and Wellness Management
INFO SYS Information Systems
INTRDSCP Interdisciplinary Studies
INTRNTL International Studies
ITM Info Tech Management
JAPANESE Japanese
JOURNAL Journalism
KINESLGY Kinesiology
LITERACY Literacy & Language
MARKET Marketing
MATH Mathematics
MED TECH Medical Technology
MHR Management & Human Resources
MIL SCI Military Science
MPA Master of Public Admin
MSDS MS in Data Science
MUSIC Music
NURS-ACC Accelerated Nursing Program
NURS-CNP Nursing Collaborative Program
NURSING Nursing
PHIL Philosophy
PHY ED Physical Education
PHYS SCI Physical Science
PHYS/AST Physics/Astronomy
POLI SCI Political Science
PRF CNSL Professional Counseling
PSYCH Psychology
PUB ADM Public Administration
RTF Radio TV Film
RUSSIAN Russian
SCM Supply Chain Management
SEC ED Secondary Education
SHOSHONE Shoshone
SMGT Sustainability Management
SOC Sociology
SOC JUST Social Justice
SOC WORK Social Work
SPANISH Spanish
SPEC ED Special Education
SRVC CRS Service Courses in Education
SUCCESS Success
THEATRE Theatre
URB PLNG Urban Planning
USP University Studies Program
UWX UW Exchange
WG STDS Women’s & Gender Studies
WRT Writing

Course descriptions are found in each department’s section. The course title is followed by one or two sets of numbers. The numbers in parentheses (when these appear) indicate the division of time between lecture and laboratory. The first number indicates the number of lecture or problem hours (discussion group), and the second number indicates the number of laboratory hours. The number outside the parentheses indicates the number of credits the course carries; for example, in a science course listed (3+4) 5 crs., the numbers in parentheses indicate 3 lecture hours and 4 laboratory hours. The 5 crs. indicates course credits. If there is no breakdown listed, assume the course is lecture only.

Abbreviations

Designations on course titles that can be used to satisfy General Education.  Please see your academic advisor if you have any questions.
(ES) Ethnic Studies
(XC) Culture
(XM) Mathematics
(XN) Nature
(XL) Laboratory Science
(GC) Global Citizenship
(GS) Global Scholar
(XK) Connect
(XS) Society

B. Prerequisites

A number of courses have class level, college or specified course(s) as a pre-registration requirement. These prerequisites are determined by each appropriate department or college based on educational or curricular reasons. Students desiring an exemption from a course prerequisite should discuss their interests with the professor of the course in question.

C. Grade Policies

  1. Grade point averages are calculated by dividing the number of grade points earned by the number of units (crs.) attempted. The University’s grading scale changed from an 8 point scale to a 12 point scale effective Fall 2009. This does not affect grades awarded prior to Fall 2009. Letter grades and corresponding point values are as follows:
    Grade Scale Effective Fall 2009

     

    Letter Grade Grade Points per Credit
    A
    4.00
      A-
    3.67
       B+
    3.33
    B
    3.00
      B-
    2.67
       C+
    2.33
    C
    2.00
      C-
    1.67
       D+
    1.33
    D
    1.00
      D-
    0.67
    F (Failure)
    0.00

    Grade Scale Prior to Fall 2009

    Letter Grade Grade Points per Credit
    A
    4.00
    AB
    3.50
    B
    3.00
    BC
    2.50
    C
    2.00
    CD
    1.50
    D
    1.00
    F (Failure)
    0.00
  2. Students transferring to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus from a college or university, that has a different grading system, may calculate the transferred grade points as follows:
    Letter Grade
    Grade Points per Credit
    A
    4.00
    A-
    3.67
    AB
    3.50
    B+
    3.33
    B
    3.00
    B-
    2.67
    BC
    2.50
    C+
    2.33
    C
    2.00
    C-
    1.67
    CD
    1.50
    D+
    1.33
    D
    1.00
    D-
    0.67
    F (Failure)
    0.00

    Grades for courses transferred to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh are not calculated in the official grade point but may be used in calculating the student’s combined (cumulative) grade point average on the Advisement Report.

  3. The transfer student’s Advisement Report will display:
    1. Transfer institution(s) credits earned, and grades;
    2. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh course numbers and titles, credits earned, grades, grade point average;
    3. All institutions’ credits earned, and combined (cumulative) grade point average.
  4. The Official Transcript of the transfer student will display:
    1. Transfer institution(s) course numbers and titles as transferred, credits attempted, credits earned, and grades;
    2. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh course numbers and titles, credits attempted, credits earned, grades, grade points and term grade point averages;
    3. All institutions’ credits attempted, credits earned, grade points;
    4. The official grade point average.
  5. Several other grade designations are assigned in special circumstances. They may include the following:
    1. Pass/Fail (P/F).  Some University of Wisconsin Oshkosh courses are offered on a Pass/Fail basis. Credits in these courses are included as part of the credit load. Pass credits are recorded as credits earned but credits passed are not considered as credits attempted in computing the term and cumulative grade point averages. Grades of Failure (F) in a Pass/Fail course are considered as credits attempted in computing the term and cumulative grade point averages.
    2. Incomplete (I).  The designation of Incomplete (I) is assigned when a student is unable to complete the course work because of illness, injury, or other extenuating circumstances. Incomplete “I” designations may also be assigned to students in project-centered courses in which instruction is highly individualized, or in individually paced courses in which the material is extensively organized and students can progress at rates determined by their abilities. In the latter case, an Incomplete “I” may be assigned only if at least two-thirds of the course objectives have been accomplished within the grading period, and the student has maintained a consistent rate of progress in the course. The student and instructor will make written arrangements allowing the Incomplete “I” to be replaced with a final (official) grade within the next 14-week term. These arrangements must be described in full on a “Work Incomplete” form (form available from each college) to be filed with the appropriate department chairperson before the final (official) grade is recorded. Courses for which an Incomplete “I” has been assigned are included as part of the term credit load. Incomplete “I” designations are not included in grade point computations. NOTE: A student may not graduate from the University if an Incomplete “I” appears on the student’s transcript. In order to qualify for graduation, all Incomplete “I” grades must be recorded as a final (official) letter grade before the end date of the term in which the student wishes to graduate. The student may request that an Incomplete “I” be converted to an “F” grade in order to be allowed to graduate. AFTER GRADUATION, NO GRADE CHANGES ARE PERMITTED. Incomplete “I” designations that have not been changed to final (official) grades through instructor action by the end date of the following 14-week term, will automatically lapse to an “F” grade. The Registrar’s Office will alert students and department chairpersons to the impending grade assignments at least two weeks prior to the deadline. Extensions of time must be arranged through the appropriate department chairperson or equivalent.
    3. Audit (AU). Students may wish to audit a course to learn more about a subject of personal interest, or to prepare for future courses, which they may wish to take or are required. The signature of the instructor is required prior to enrolling in a course taken for audit. If a course is taken for audit, the student will receive a designation of AU on their grade report and transcript. An Audit (AU) is not a grade and is not calculated in the grade point average; it carries no degree credit. Students who audit courses are expected to attend class regularly but need not take examinations or complete course work that requires instructor evaluation. The instructor may withdraw the student for non-attendance. Students may change the status of a course from audit to credit during the first 20 class days of a 14- week term; during the first 10 days of 8- or 7-week term, or during the first 3 days of a 4- or 3-week term. The signature of the instructor is required to change registration of a course from audit to credit. Students changing from credit to audit after the first week of a term will be charged the full per credit fee for the course.

D. Repeated Courses

Students may register to repeat courses to improve their grade(s) on a space available basis at the time they are scheduled to register. However, students should check with their advisor to find out if their major has additional regulations on course repeats. Each course may be repeated only once. Students may appeal that restriction through the Department or College which offers the course.

Students may only repeat a course if they have received a grade lower than a C. The best grade awarded will be used in the computation of grade point averages and credit earned. If a student repeats a course and earns a lower grade, the higher grade will be used in the computation of grade point averages. Although grades earned at other post-secondary institutions will be included on the credit evaluation and on the official transcript, the official UW Oshkosh grade point average is not affected by grades earned elsewhere (See Official Grade Point Policy). Undergraduate courses repeated after graduation will not change the undergraduate official grade point average.

Note: Although TitanWeb will allow registration for all repeats of courses, students may only repeat courses in which they received a grade lower than a C. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of this policy and to adhere by the rules. Courses repeated with a C or higher will not be counted in any University academic requirements and flagged as such on the transcript. Any request to repeat a course with a C or higher, needs to be appealed to the appropriate college and approved before registration in the course. Students are responsible for any fees associated with repeated courses dropped due to lack of appeal.

Note: Courses that are repeatable for credit may not be repeated to improve a student’s grade point average unless content is the same in both courses.  Appeals must be approved prior to registering for the course.

E. Class Standing

A student’s class standing is determined by successful completion of credits.

Credits Earned
Class Standing
90+ Senior
60-89 Junior
30-59 Sophomore
0-29 Freshman

F. Requirements of Colleges, Departments or Professional Programs

Each college, department, or professional program may establish its own grade point average requirements for admission, retention or graduation and/or licensure, but computation of the official grade point average will be based upon UW Oshkosh courses only. The combined (cumulative) grade point, which will appear on the Advisement Report, will include all credits attempted in all applicable courses.

G. Honors

1.  Graduation Honors

a. Graduation Honors (Degree Honors) is determined by the official grade point average and whether graduation is cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude.
b. Students whose official grade point average qualifies them for graduation with honors the term before they graduate will be recognized at the Commencement Ceremony. Honors designation on transcripts will be based upon the student’s completed academic record.
c. Official grade point requirements for graduation honors:

      • Cum Laude: 3.5 grade point average
      • Magna Cum Laude: 3.75 grade point average
      • Summa Cum Laude: 3.90 grade point average

d. A minimum of 60 credits must be earned at UW Oshkosh for a transfer student to be eligible for Graduation Honors.

2.  College Honors – While our Undergraduate Honors policy is consistent with national and UW System honors policies, we continue to increase our transfer and articulation agreements with other universities and colleges in the region. As a result, we anticipate a growing number of students to graduate who have not accrued the 60 credits necessary to be eligible for Graduation (Degree) Honors at commencement. Therefore, the four colleges and the OCE will award College Honors to those students who have earned 30 to 59 credits at UW Oshkosh and have a 3.5 official grade point or higher. Those who have met these standards will wear a white honors cord and be asked to rise so that they can be recognized by the audience at the Commencement ceremony. College Honors is not designated on the official transcript, only at commencement.

3.  Term Honor Roll – A student who has completed a program of at least 12 Term credit hours (not including P/F courses) during that term and has received a term grade point average of 3.30 or better, with no individual course grade below “C”, no grades of ”I” incomplete, and no non-reported grades at the time the process is run, is placed on the University Honor Roll.

4.  Dean’s List – A student who has completed a program of at least 12 Term credit hours (not including P/F courses) during that term and has completed a term grade point average of 3.75 or better, with no individual term course grade below a “C”, no grade of “I” incomplete, and no non-reported grades at the time the process is run, is placed on the Dean’s List.

H. Graduation From the University

Students planning to graduate from the University should obtain information regarding the Application for Graduation online at www.uwosh.edu/registrar. The graduation application is completed online using the TitanWeb Student Center.  The completed online application must be submitted before the end of the term preceding the term in which the student plans to graduate.

A graduation status review will be completed in the Registrar’s Office and emailed to the student. Students whose records are incomplete (e.g., course incomplete, official transcripts for transfer courses not on file, grades not recorded) or who fail to meet degree requirements may be considered for graduation in a subsequent term provided the graduation examiner is notified via email, gradexaminer@uwosh.edu. These students may need to file another Application for Graduation.

A student may not graduate from the University if an incomplete grade appears on the student’s transcript. In order to qualify for graduation, all Incompletes must be recorded as a final letter grade before the official end of the term the student wishes to graduate. The student may request that an Incomplete be converted to a grade of F in order to be allowed to graduate. After graduation, no grade changes are allowed.

Oshkosh Commencement ceremonies are held in December and May at the end of each 14-week semester. Students whose graduation date is at the end of the J-term will attend the December ceremony and students whose graduation date is at the end of the May-term will attend the May ceremony. Students whose graduation date is at the end of the summer term have the option of participating in the graduation ceremony of either the spring or fall commencement nearest their graduation date.

A student’s official graduation date will be the final day of classes of the 14-week fall or spring term, or the end of the 3-week J-term/May-term, or the 8-week summer term in which they complete the graduation requirements. All requirements for graduation must be completed by the final day of the term in which the student wishes to graduate.

Students may apply for and be granted their degrees at the end of a term without having been registered for course work during that term.

I. Good Standing Requirements

Students are expected to meet requirements to remain in good academic standing. Requirements involve both academic and credit completion standards. All students enrolled for 6 or more credits are reviewed each term following completion of the 14-week term.

The official grade point average is used for determination of academic standing.

  • Academic standards
  1. Maintain a minimum 2.0 official cumulative grade point average.

      2. Earn a minimum of 1.0 term grade point average.

  • Credit completion standards1. Earn a minimum of 9 credits per term if a full-time student (enrolled for 12 or more credits).2. Earn a minimum of 5 credits per term if a part-time student (enrolled for 6-11 credits).3. The credit completion requirement must be met each term and is cumulative. Thus, a student who enrolls for 12 or more credits each term must complete the following: after 1 term – at least 9 credits after 2 terms – at least 18 credits after 3 terms – at least 27 credits after 4 terms – at least 36 credits. 4. Courses taken during May/J-terms or summer session contribute to the cumulative credit totals but do not eliminate a prior term’s failure to satisfy the credit completion requirements.

J. Probation and Suspension Policies

Students are placed on probation or suspension following the 14-week term when they fail to satisfy the Good Standing Requirements. However, if, by the end of the May-term or J-term, additional course work has been completed and/or a grade(s) has been changed which improves the student’s academic record, the status will be reviewed and adjusted appropriately. Academic probation status is determined through a review process by the appointee of all the colleges. The Review Process includes the following:

  1. On Probation A student whose record does not meet the requirements for good standing will be placed on probation in accordance with the particular requirements of the University.
  2. Suspension Suspension is a classification of probation resulting in the complete severance of the student from the university for at least one term and a summer session. Suspension will generally occur when:
    1. A student fails to achieve Good Standing in three consecutive semesters; or
    2. A student fails to achieve Good Standing in one or two consecutive semesters if he/she was admitted to the university as a transfer or reentry student who did not meet the Good Standing Requirements; or
    3. A student who, after having been academically suspended and allowed to continue or reenter the university, fails to meet the Good Standing Requirements; or
    4. A student who has a term grade point average below 1.00; or
    5. A student has failed to meet satisfactory academic progress standards.
  3. Notification of probation/suspension status  Each student who has been placed on probation or suspension will be notified by email from the Registrar’s Office. For students enrolled in interim this status is subject to change.
  4. Suspension Appeals University suspension may be appealed if the student believes there are circumstances that warrant an appeal. Normally, such circumstances would involve situations external to the student, which prevented the achievement of minimum academic standards. Students must document the situation with second party confirmation.Students who are appealing need to file a Suspension Appeal. The Suspension Appeal and supporting documents (e.g. second party confirmation) must be submitted on or before the established appeal deadline to the appropriate University designee specified in the email notification. The suspension appeal decision is final.

Reentry to the University after Suspension After a term and summer session of suspension, a student may request re-admission to the University by completing the REENTRY APPLICATION, which is available from the Admission Office, Dempsey 135. THE APPLICATION FOR REENTRY MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JULY 15 FOR THE FALL TERM AND DECEMBER 15 FOR THE SPRING TERM. In order to be formally considered for reentry, a student must provide evidence that the problems leading to suspension have been resolved and that they are now prepared to be successful. Requests for reentry should only be made when one or more of the following have been accomplished:

  1. UW Oshkosh “Incomplete” grades have been completed, resulting in an academic record, which meets the required grade point standards and the academic standards of the University.
  2. Courses completed at another college or university (or through correspondence work), with acceptable grades and academic progress, are documented on an official transcript reentry application. Note: transfer courses will not affect the UW Oshkosh official grade point.
  3. Progress has been made toward resolving personal concerns, which previously had hampered academic achievement. Written confirmation by the appropriate professional must be submitted with the reentry application (Example: medical statement).

For additional information contact: The Registrar’s Office, Phone: 920-424-3007, Dempsey Hall 130, 144C.

K. Developmental Education Policy

In accordance with UW System Policy, UW Oshkosh requires students who place into developmental courses to successfully complete these courses before they earn 30 credits at UW Oshkosh.

Based on scores from the required Regional Placement Test, and ACT score for reading remediation, students are placed into appropriate developmental courses.  The following UW Oshkosh courses require completion before the 30 credit threshold:

Mathematics     81 (crs.)
Topics in Geometry
This course will focus on basic concepts of Geometry and real-world objects, as well as to understand the principles of inductive and deductive reasoning. Students will learn to understand common geometric terminology and to recognize geometric shapes. This course study will incorporate the ability to be able to estimate, measure, and deduce measures of length, angles, area, and volume, to understand concepts relating to triangles and quadrilaterals, to learn the Pythagorean Theorem and how to apply it, and to be able to use formulas appropriately for finding perimeter, area, surface area, and volume. Only students who have not taken Geometry in high school will be required to take this course. This course does not count toward the 120 credits necessary for graduation. A grade of D or better is required to remove this mathematics deficiency. (Fall/Spring)
Mathematics     90 2 – 3 (crs.)
Basic Mathematics
Designed for students with minimum algebra background or who have been away from mathematics for several years. Subject areas to be covered include arithmetic of whole numbers, fraction and decimals, ratios and percents, and basic algebraic concepts. Prepares the student for Elementary Algebra. This course does not count toward the 120 credits necessary for graduation.
Mathematics    100 (crs.)
Elementary Algebra 1
The course will focus on basic concepts about real numbers, fundamental operations of arithmetic, algebraic expressions, an introduction to linear equations and problem solving, graphing linear equations, and exponents. Only those students failing to meet the prerequisites for courses at the Mathematics 101 level will be recommended for this course. This course does not count toward the 120 credits necessary for graduation. A grade of C or better is required to remove mathematics deficiency. (Fall/Spring)
Mathematics    101 (crs.)
Elementary Algebra 2
The course will focus on basic concepts about problem solving, factoring, polynomials, rational expressions and equations. Only those students failing to meet the prerequisites for courses at the Mathematics 103 level will be recommended for this course. This course does not count toward the 120 credits necessary for graduation. A grade of C or better is required to remove mathematics deficiency. Prerequisite: Mathematics 100 with a C or better or placement.
Mathematics    103 (crs.)
Intermediate Algebra
Functions, tables and graphs, problem solving, inequalities in one variable, exponents and radicals, quadratic functions and exponential functions. This course does not count towards the 120 credits necessary for graduation. Prerequisites: Mathematics 101 with a C or better or placement. (Fall-Spring)
Writing     98
Introduction to College Writing
A composition course focusing on the conventions of academic writing, the composing process, critical thinking, and critical reading. Emphasis will be on reading and writing activities designed to prepare students for successful transition to college-level writing. Credits earned in WRT 098 do not apply towards the General Education (USP) requirement or toward the minimum 120 credits required for graduation.
Writing     99
Writing Studio
A tutorial course designed to enhance instruction in WRT 188 and WRT 100. In this weekly Writing Center tutorial, students will work with a tutor on their WRT 188 or WRT 100 assignments and their general writing development. Credit earned in WRT 099 does not apply toward the 38-unit general education/University Studies requirement or toward the minimum 120 credits required for graduation. For students with an WRT 100 placement, registration in WRT 099 is required the same semester as WRT 100, and students must receive a grade of “Pass” in WRT 099 in order to receive a grade for WRT 100 and be eligible (with an WRT 100 grade above C-) to move on to WRT 188. For students with a WRT 188/WRT 099 placement, registration in WRT 099 is required in the same semester as WRT 188, and grade of “Pass” in WRT 099 is required for students to receive a grade for WRT 188, and to remove the English deficiency. Prerequisite: To register for this course, students must either a) receive a WRT 188/WRT 099 placement and register concurrently for WRT 188, or b) receive an WRT 100 placement and register concurrently for WRT 100.
Writing    100
Foundations of College English
A course designed to enhance competencies and habits of mind for academic writing. Students will register concurrently for WRT 099, which provides tutorial instruction to supplement classroom instruction. Students who achieve a grade higher than C- in WRT 100 and a grade of “Pass” in WRT 099 may move on to WRT 188. Credits earned in WRT 100 do not apply toward the 38-unit general education/University Studies requirement or toward the minimum 120 credits required for graduation. Prerequisites: Open to students who have taken the English Placement Test and placed into WRT 100 or to students who have placed into WRT 188/WRT 099 but would prefer to start with WRT 100; others may enroll only with department consent. Oshkosh-campus students must register simultaneously for both WRT 100 and WRT 099. Not open to students who have received credit for WRT 188, WRT 101 or WRT 110. Students will be required to retake both WRT 100 and WRT 99 if they do not pass their concurrent WRT 099 tutorial. AAS-Fox and AAS-FDL students must register simultaneously for WRT 100 and a WRT 100 lab section.
English  99 (crs.)
Writing Studio
A small group and individualized instruction course that helps students develop college-level writing and critical reading skills. Emphasizes writing process strategies. Taken concurrently with a composition course or another writing-intensive class. Credits earned in English 099 do not apply towards the General Education (USP) requirement or toward the minimum 120 credits required for graduation.
Academic Skills    100 (crs.)
Developmental Reading Skills
Developmental Reading Skills is a basic reading course designed to strengthen the reading skills needed for college level work. Diagnostic evaluation will be followed by group and individual instruction stressing comprehension and vocabulary skills. Students should consult their advisor about the appropriateness of this course for their program. This course does not count toward the 120 units (crs.) necessary for graduation. (3+0)

 

Students will be required to complete all of the above developmental course(s) prior to reaching 30 earned credits.  Registration holds may be placed on a student’s record requiring them to meet with their UARC academic advisor.  Students will need permission to drop the course.

Failure to complete the courses in a timely manner may delay graduation.

Students are expected to meet requirements to remain in good academic standing. Requirements involve both academic and credit completion standards. All students enrolled for 6 or more credits are reviewed each term following completion of the 14-week term.

V. COURSE AND ACADEMIC POLICIES

 

A. Official Grade Point Policy

As of Fall 2007, the official UW Oshkosh grade point includes only UW Oshkosh courses. This will NOT remove any previous transfer credits posted prior to Fall 2007 from your official grade point average. This is only for transfer credits that newly appeared on your transcript starting in Fall 2007.

B. Course Attendance

While attendance and punctuality are under the control of each instructor, students are expected to be present for each scheduled class session. Instructors may drop students from their class who do not attend the first session of the semester.
Note: Primary responsibility of dropping a class resides with the student.

  1. Students are directly responsible to each of their instructors for attendance in each scheduled class.
  2. Instructors may initiate their own policies regarding attendance; if an instructor teaches more than one section of a course, the same policy should be used for all sections.
  3. Instructors are expected to announce their attendance policy to each class, but it is the responsibility of the student to know the policies of each of their instructors.
  4. If students must be absent to participate in a group activity sponsored by the University and approved by the Vice Chancellor, the group’s faculty advisor or the instructor in charge should provide a signed excuse at the request of a participating student.
  5. A college dean may recommend to the instructor that a student who incurs an absence for personal reasons be excused.
  6. A University physician may, at their discretion, recommend to the instructor that a student who incurs an absence for health reasons be excused.
  7. In all cases of absence, excused or otherwise, the student is responsible for completing missed work. The instructor is not required to do extra teaching unless so assigned.
  8. Students may only attend courses/sections for which they are registered.

C. Maximum Student Credit Loads

One credit is generally equivalent to 14 class hours of instruction (lecture) work per term (laboratory, discussion, studio and physical activity experiences normally require more time per credit).
Recognizing that precise definitions of student credit load are difficult to realize in all cases, the following credit load maximums have been established for undergraduates.

   
14-week term 18 credits
7-week term 9 credits
3-week term 3 credits
8-week term 9 credits
4-week term 6 credits

In extraordinary circumstances, students may file a written request to exceed these limits. Students should see an advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Resource Center for application for permission to schedule an overload. Final decisions on overload requests are made by the Academic Advisor or Dean’s Designee.

Credits dropped after the first week may incur a cost. See Fee Table for clarification.

D. Changing a Student’s Registration

ADDING A COURSE
If you add or drop courses during the 11-20th academic calendar day of the fall or spring term resulting in your having added or dropped 19 or more credits for the 14-week term, you will incur an additional tuition charge on a per credit basis. A student may add courses as follows:

Course Length: Course adds are allowed to the end of class day (without instructor’s signature): Course adds are allowed to the end of class day (with instructor’s signature):
14 weeks 5th day 20th day
7 weeks 5th day 10th day
3 weeks 2nd day 5th day
8 weeks 5th day 10th day
4 weeks 2nd day 5th day

A student wanting to add a course after the deadline (instructor signature required) must complete a REQUEST FOR LATE ADD FORM describing relevant extenuating circumstances. This form is available online or in the Registrar’s Office, Dempsey 130, and can be completed in conjunction with the instructor of the course and your advisor. The appeal must be approved by the appropriate College Dean’s Office.

DROPPING A COURSE

Course Length: Course drops are allowed to the end of the class day:
14 weeks 33rd day
7 weeks 20th day
3 weeks 10th day
8 weeks 22nd day
4 weeks 11th day

Course drops completed during the above time periods will not be reflected on the student’s transcript. Courses dropped after the deadlines may receive a grade of Withdrawal “W”.

A student wanting to drop a course after the above deadlines must complete an APPLICATION FOR LATE DROP for approval describing relevant extenuating circumstances. Applications need to be submitted to the Dean of Students Office for review no later than the last day of the current semester.  Late submissions will not be accepted. Students should consult the Fee/Refund Schedule for refunds and charges, as fee policy may not coincide with academic policy.

The drop policy also pertains to changes from credit to audit.

Instructors may drop students from their class who do not attend the first session of the semester.

Note: Primary responsibility of dropping a class resides with the student.

E. Withdrawal from the University

A withdrawal is defined as a student dropping all courses after the start of the term.  A student may request withdrawal after the opening day of classes in any term by completing a TERM WITHDRAWAL FORM, available online (see Registrar’s Office website). Withdrawal deadlines:

Course Length: Withdrawals are allowed with advisor’s signature to the end of the class day:
14 weeks 33rd day
7 weeks 20th day
3 weeks 10th day
8 weeks 22nd day
4 weeks 11th day

Students seeking to withdraw after the deadlines must complete an APPLICATION FOR LATE WITHDRAWAL for approval describing relevant extenuating circumstances. Applications need to be submitted to the Dean of Students Office for review up to 45 calendar days following the end of the academic semester.  Late submissions will not be accepted. Total withdrawal from the university after the late drop deadline automatically assigns W grades to all courses except completed courses for the term. If the request is not approved, grades will be placed on the student’s record as assigned by instructors.

NOTE: Withdrawal does not remove the obligation for costs incurred by a student during a term.

Students who have already completed a course during the term and wish to leave the University will retain the grade of the completed class (i.e. a seven-week class) and should drop the remaining courses. Total withdrawal from the University automatically assigns “W” grades to all courses, except completed courses for the term.

A student who withdraws and does not register for the following term must complete reentry procedures to return for a subsequent term.

F. Exceptions to Academic Policy

Students may request exceptions to academic policy, including but not limited to, period to add a course; period to drop a course; period to withdraw from a term; number of times a course may be repeated; maximum number of credits per term; General Education requirements; and degree requirements.

Students who want to request exceptions can work with their advisor to complete the necessary paperwork and provide supporting documentation. The decision made by the College Dean or Dean’s Designee is final.

G. University Email Policy

Email is considered an official method for communicating with University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students because it delivers information in a convenient, timely, cost effective and environmentally aware manner. The University expects that email communications will be received and read by students in a timely fashion. This policy establishes the University’s expectation that faculty and other University staff may routinely communicate important information to students using the University’s established email system.

Email is an official method for communication at UW Oshkosh. The University may send communications to students via email. Students are responsible for the consequences of not reading in a timely fashion University-related communications sent to their official UW Oshkosh student email account.

All students at UW Oshkosh are provided with an official UW Oshkosh student email account. This email account is the official address to which the University will send email communications. This official email address will be recorded in the University’s electronic directories and records for that student.

Students are expected to check their UW Oshkosh official email account on a frequent and consistent basis in order to remain informed of University-related communications. The University recommends checking email at least twice per week. “I didn’t check my email,” errors in forwarding email, or email returned to the University with “mailbox full” or “user unknown” are not acceptable reasons for missing official University communications via email.

Since faculty and instructional academic staff determine how email is used in their classes, they can require students to check their email on a specific or more frequent basis. Faculty and instructional academic staff messages sent to class lists, including class lists for Blackboard courses, are also considered official communication.

In general, email is not appropriate for transmitting sensitive or confidential information unless it is matched by an appropriate level of security or permission. All use of email will be consistent with other University policies, including UW Oshkosh Acceptable Use of Computing Resources Policy: https://uwosh.edu/it/policies/. All use of email will also be consistent with local, state and federal law, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The University provides an email system, through which students from off campus can access their official UW Oshkosh email account. Instructions for the use of email are available at: https://uwosh.edu/it/service-offering/email-accounts/.

H. Electronic Submission of Grades

Students can view their grades and print grade reports using the TitanWeb Student Information System. The Registrar’s Office no longer mails grade reports to students. If there is hesitancy on the part of the student or third party to which the grade report is sent to accept the TitanWeb grade report, the student is advised to order an official transcript.

The submission of grades by instructors and the posting of grades by the Registrar’s Office are processes that recur regularly throughout the academic year and may cause a student’s grade point average to change. This is particularly true if a student repeats courses.

I. Credit for Prior Learning

The University has a Credit for Prior Learning Policy which formally recognizes course work acquired through non-formal learning. For policy requirements, please contact the college from which you are requesting credit.

Credit for prior learning through portfolio assessment is an available option at the undergraduate level at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. A learning portfolio is a formal document that identifies the knowledge and skill acquired through non-formal learning, and provides evidence to support a request for credit. Credit for prior learning is not granted for the experience itself, but for the verifiable learning outcomes which grew out of the experience. This credit can be granted for demonstrated learning that results from life experiences (e.g., employment, volunteer work, community service, travel, military service). The student’s learning should relate to a particular discipline, academic program or field of study at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and reflect a balance of theoretical and practical learning appropriate to the subject matter. The learning which occurred as a result of these experiences must be validated in accordance with this policy to ensure it is equivalent to that acquired at the college level in terms of quality and outcomes.

Evaluation of credit for prior learning through portfolio assessment shall follow college guidelines which must be consistent with this University Policy, and with assessment principles outlined by the University Assessment Committee. These guidelines outline the assessment process for the college program areas, establish criteria for the number of credits to be awarded, and set standards for assessment based on established department and college learning outcomes. College guidelines must outline practices for validation at both the departmental/program and college levels and establish a process for student appeal of the final decision.

  1. The portfolio is a formal document that identifies the knowledge and skills acquired as a result of non-university experiences and that provides evidence to support these claims. Students wishing to apply for credit using the portfolio option must, with consent of instructor, enroll in Assessment of Prior Learning (Interdisciplinary Studies 145). This course will establish guidelines for portfolio construction.
  2. After successfully completing this course, students who wish to apply for credit for prior learning must submit their portfolios for assessment to the relevant departments or programs where they are seeking credit. The portfolios must be prepared according to guidelines established in Interdisciplinary Studies 145 and meet the guidelines of the relevant departments or programs. Additional portfolios may be submitted in subsequent semesters without re-enrollment in the course. Portfolios must be submitted prior to the student’s senior year.
  3. Upon receiving a portfolio for review, a department appointed assessor in the relevant discipline must assess prior learning in accordance with college guidelines to determine if the learning which occurred as a result of the identified life experiences is equal to university-level learning, and sufficient to meet expectations in a particular course presently offered by the University. An assessor is a member of the department in which the student is seeking credit. Training for assessors will be provided to ensure consistent application across disciplines. The assessor conducting the review will indicate the specific course(s) for which the credit is to be awarded.
  4. Upon assessment of learning and determination of credits to be awarded, the assessor will submit the evaluation to the appropriate college department chair or equivalent; it will then be forwarded to the dean or equivalent for validation.
  5. Once the college or equivalent validates credits earned, it will forward the evaluation form to the appropriate administrative office of Online and Continuing Education (OCE), which will then forward the information to the Registrar’s Office. If the department or college does not validate the award of credits for prior learning, it will notify both the department and the student in writing.
  6. Upon receipt of written notification from the college denying validation of credits for prior learning, the student may invoke the college or equivalent’s appeal process.

The University will grant a maximum of 24 credits for prior learning through portfolio assessment. Credit for prior learning may not be applied to courses in which a student has already earned a grade. No grade will be attached to the credit received for prior learning.
Portfolio reviewers will receive a stipend for each portfolio examination. A fee to defray the costs incurred for the preparation and examination of the portfolio will be borne by the student.

To qualify for credit for prior learning, the student:

  • Must be enrolled as a student at UW Oshkosh.
  • Must be an undergraduate student in good standing.

 

J. Student Complaints Against Faculty and Academic Staff

  1. A student who believes that the staff member has violated University rules, professional ethics or performed in a way warranting disciplinary procedures, may start proceedings in a formal manner by preparing a written complaint to be submitted to the Chancellor or his designee.
  2. A student with a complaint about classroom treatment, grades or other matters should follow the policies of the College or Division under which the course is being offered. These policies can be obtained from the College or Division office or found on the website of each College or Division:

College of Business

College of Education and Human Services

College of Letters and Science

College of Nursing

Division of Online and Continuing Education

Should the student be unsure as to the choice of procedure (1 versus 2 above), it is advisable to discuss the matter with personnel in the Dean of Students office.

 

K. Independent Study and Related Readings

The purpose of Independent Study is to allow a student to explore in-depth topics of scholarly interest, which are not attainable through University course work.

Related readings permit the student to pursue research usually well beyond that required in established courses. Before beginning the course, the student must present a bibliography of readings that he/she and the instructor have agreed upon and which are to be reviewed and discussed. The outcome is a research paper critiqued by the instructor.

Independent Study offerings are not to be used as a substitution for General Education requirements.

Before registering for an IS/RR course, students must obtain the proper contract form from the department, complete it, and secure all necessary signatures. Students may count no more than 12 credits in IS/RR combined toward the 120 required for graduation. General prerequisites: Junior standing (60 credits) or above, preparation in the academic area, and grade point average of 3.0 or above. Not to exceed 3 credits in any academic term.

Special Limitations for IS/RR within the various colleges:

College of Letters & Science

  • Psychology 446 A maximum total of 6 credits of IS/RR and Special Problems in Psychology may be counted in meeting the minimum credit requirements of any Psychology major or minor.
  • Chemistry 446 Independent Study/Research course in Chemistry and Chemistry 456 Related Readings/Chemistry course maximum of 9 credits.
  • Art 446 (May be repeated) Independent Study/Art course – maximum of 3 credits.

 

L. Correspondence Courses

A maximum of 16 credits earned by correspondence may be applied toward a degree at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Questions concerning accreditation of another college and its correspondence course offerings should be directed to the Transfer Evaluator in the Registrar’s Office at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Upon completion of a correspondence course, the student must request that an official transcript be sent from the college offering the course to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
A student who has paid full-time fees at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is entitled to a waiver of course fees (but not administrative fees or text costs) for University of Wisconsin Extension correspondence courses taken concurrently with full-time course work at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Evidence of payment of full-time fees must be obtained from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Cashier’s Office and included with the University of Wisconsin Extension application. If a fee waiver is desired, a student must obtain written approval from any advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Resource Center prior to taking the course.

M. Admission to Professional Programs

The professional programs within the Colleges of Education and Human Services, Nursing and Business require completion of special courses and achievement of minimum grade levels before continuation at the upper level is permitted. The following table lists those requirements. Any questions about admission to these professional programs should be directed to the appropriate college office.

ADMISSION TO PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS

College

Education and Human Services

Nursing

Business

Professional Programs

Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education

Human Services
Leadership
(HSL)

Nursing

               Business

Credits earned before admitted

28

60

45

44

Overall GPA needed

2.75

HSL GPA of 2.50 = cum.
2.75 = major

Pre-nursing GPA 3.00*

2.50 combined

Special grade requirements

See COEHS (PEP) Admission requirements

See HSL Admission requirements

“C” or better in pre-nursing courses

“C” or better in all pre-core courses

Maximum number accepted

Not applicable

Not applicable

Limited enrollment

Not applicable

Clinical/Internship

Admission to the college

Admission to the program

Admission to the program

Admission to the College of Business

Student Teaching/Advanced Internship

A 3.00 GPA in the major (2.75 GPA in the major for math and science), minor, all education course work, and cumulative (combined)

Apply after completion of all HSL Core Courses with a GPA of 3.00 in HSL courses and cumulative overall GPA of 2.75.

Not applicable

Not applicable

Health Exam

Required on file for all field experiences (TB testing only)

Required on file for all field experiences (TB testing only)

Required for admission (including immunization) CPR certification

Not applicable

Program Appeal for Readmission

Admission Committee

Admission Committee

Academic Standing Committee

Readmission Appeal Review Committee

Application deadline

Program Entry: Applications accepted during the semester completing requirements; Priority dates are Oct 1 for fall admission and March 1 for spring admission. Student Teaching December 1 for the following fall term admission; June 1 for the following spring term admission

March 15 for fall and summer terms admission; October 15 for spring term admission

January 30 for fall term admission; August 30 for spring term admission

Applications are accepted during the term in which the student will complete 44 credits and the pre-business courses.

*In the event that more than the maximum students that can be accommodated meet the minimum requirements, they will be ranked in order by grade point for the selection. See College of Nursing admissions/progression policy.