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Degree Requirements

From the 2013-2015 Undergraduate Bulletin

In addition to their major, students also select the degree they wish to obtain. The College of Letters and Science offers the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Social Work

Students who select the Bachelor of Arts degree study a foreign language in addition to the general education program and the major. Students who select the Bachelor of Science degree take more courses in natural science and mathematics.

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 units (crs.) (passing grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, or P or their equivalents). Units (crs.) 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 42 units (crs.) of the 120 unit (cr.) total must be earned in General Education coursework.

  3. At least 30 units (crs.) of the 120 term units (crs.) applied to the degree must be earned in University of Wisconsin Oshkosh courses.

  4. At least 15 of the last 30 term units (crs.) applied to the degree must be earned in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh courses.

  5. A minimum of 35 of the 120 term units (crs.) must be earned in upper level courses (those earned at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh numbered 300 and above or units (crs.) 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. Units (crs.) attempted shall be defined as any units (crs.) 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 units (crs.) attempted

    • All units (crs.) 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's General Education 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 last 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's General Education 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.

 

Requirements for College of Letters and Science Majors

Students completing the baccalaureate degree with a College of Letters and Science major must complete a minimum of 35 units (crs.) of upper level course work. Also, at least 96 units (crs.) must be in Letters and Science course work. No more than 24 of the 120 units (crs.) required for graduation may be taken from professional college courses.

Courses classified as "professional" for this purpose are: All nursing courses (Nursing); all education courses (Services Courses through Human Services and Counselor Education), departmental courses for teaching methods, physical education activity courses beyond 4 units (crs.), physical education majors' courses for teachers; all business courses (Business Administration) except Business Administration 131; mathematics courses for teaching arithmetic, Physics/Astronomy 201 (Statistics) and Physics/Astronomy 202 (Dynamics); and courses in surveying, engineering drawing (Practical Arts).

 

Additional Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts

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 obtain a proficiency waiver through the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. For students with a foreign language background, a portion of this requirement may be awarded through advanced placement. See the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for details.

Humanities

At least 12 units (crs.) 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 units (crs.) must be taken from at least two of the Social Science areas. One must include 3 units (crs) of history.

Speech Communication

Fundamentals of Speech Communications (Communication 111) must be completed or the oral communication competency exam must be passed. (See the Department of Communication for details.) 

 

Additional Requirements for the Bachelor of Science

Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science

  • Math 104* or Math 108* or Math 204

*It is possible to meet this requirement via the UW System Mathematics Placement Exam.

  • One course from the following in Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science:
    • Calculus: Mathematics 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.

Humanities

At least 12 units (crs.) must be taken from the Humanities area. Of these units (crs.), at least one course must be taken from three of the following four course areas; 1) Art, Drama, Music; 2)Literature; 3) Philosophy or Religious Studies; and 4) Foreign Language.

Social Science

At least 12 units (crs.) must be taken from at least two of the Social Science areas. One must include 3 units (crs) of history.

Speech Communication

Either Fundamentals of Speech Communication, Communication 111, must be completed or the oral communication competency exam must be passed (see the Department of Communication for details).

Natural Science

Four courses are required:

  • Two must be from laboratory science courses from one of the following departments: Biology/Microbiology, Chemistry, 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 then 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).

University Studies Program: General Education for the 21st Century

Go to Academic Policies - Section 3: Undergraduate Degree Requirements - Section 1: University Studies Program  to see general education requirements.
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