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Transferring to UW Oshkosh

Students can transfer to the majors in Engineering Technology at UW Oshkosh from any of the Wisconsin Technical College System institutions, including nearby Fox Valley Technical College, Lakeshore Technical College, Moraine Park Technical College, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. We have an array of formal articulation agreements between specific WTCS programs and our Electrical Engineering Technology, Environmental Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology degrees – see the full list at the bottom of this page. If your program is not listed, please send an unofficial copy of your transcript to Dr. Dennis Rioux () with a request to perform a transfer credit evaluation – this will show you what program requirements you have already met and what will remain to be completed at UW Oshkosh.

The tables in the articulation agreements show all course requirements, including general education, for the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology or Mechanical Engineering Technology from UW Oshkosh. In addition to the specific course requirements listed, several other requirements must be met in order to earn the degree:

  • The minimum number of credits to earn the B.S. degree from UW Oshkosh is 120.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • Upper level course work: A minimum of 35 credits must be completed at 300-level or above.
  • Credits from four-year institutions: A minimum of 48 credits must be earned from four-year institutions. This does not limit the number of credits that can be transferred from WTCS institutions to UW Oshkosh.
  • Credits from UW Oshkosh: A minimum of 30 credits must be earned from UW Oshkosh.
  • Residency requirement: 15 of the last 30 credits earned toward the degree must be completed at UW Oshkosh.
  • The articulation agreements and course equivalences listed therein apply only for students earning the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, Environmental Engineering Technology, or Mechanical Engineering Technology.


Students with an AAS degree from a WTCS institution can expect all of their general education courses to transfer to UW Oshkosh under the UW System's Universal Credit Transfer Agreement (UCTA). These are typically Communication and Social Science courses whose direct equivalents can be looked up using the Transfer Information System (TIS). In general, students from WTCS schools can expect to need another six or seven general education courses in areas such as Social Science, Humanities, Advanced Composition, and Fine Arts. See Table 1 in the articulation agreements for details about these requirements.

The WTCS institutions offer a wide variety of electrical, mechanical, and electromechanical programs that differ from one another. Generally speaking, students can expect 35-55 technical studies credits to transfer to UW Oshkosh in addition to their general education credits. Details for particular programs can be found in Table 2 of the appropriate articulation agreement – consult the list at the bottom of this page.

Advice About Math Preparation

Most WTCS math courses with titles of College Technical Math (1, 1a, 1b, and 2) transfer to UW Oshkosh as remedial algebra courses that are not suitable for the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering Technology or Mechanical Engineering Technology. No transfer credit or degree credit is given for these courses. You are better served by taking College Algebra with Applications and Trigonometry with Applications (some WTCS schools offer a combined College Algebra and Trigonometry with Applications course that is also transferrable). If at all possible, you should substitute these college level courses for the technical math courses in your AAS program because they are equivalent to the UW Oshkosh pre-calculus course and this enables you to enroll directly in the calculus sequence. Without these transferrable college level algebra and trigonometry courses you will be required to take the UW System Math Placement Exam, which is used to determine your spot in the math curriculum that spans algebra, pre-calculus, and calculus. The results of this test are not subject to appeal; that is, you cannot simply enroll in calculus because you think you can handle it with your background in mathematics. The placement exam is offered through the UW Oshkosh Testing Services Center. You can take the test more than once as long as your attempts are made at least one week apart.

The upper level curriculum in the Electrical Engineering Technology, Environmental Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology majors is calculus-based in order to satisfy criteria for ABET accreditation. As a transfer student, it is to your advantage to complete the Calculus I and Calculus II sequence as soon as possible. If you can accomplish this before you transfer you will benefit from increased flexibility in your schedule because you will have satisfied the math prerequisite for all upper level engineering technology courses (see course descriptions here and here for lists of prerequisites). At this time, the Department of Engineering Technology is seeking transfer approval for the Technical Calculus 1 and 2 sequence offered at many WTCS institutions. We anticipate securing this approval in Fall 2017. If your technical college does not offer the calculus sequence, check to see what your local UW Colleges campus offers – many of them have both face-to-face and online calculus classes.

Transfer Process

  • Up to one year in advance: Study articulation agreement for your AAS program to familiarize yourself with transfer credits. Study the curriculum for Electrical Engineering Technology, Environmental Engineering Technology, or Mechanical Engineering Technology. Contact Dr. Dennis Rioux ( – 920 424 4429) with questions and requests for advice specific to your situation.
  • Three to six months in advance: Visit the UW Oshkosh Admissions Office website for transfer procedures and access to the online application. Arrange for official transcripts to be sent from your previous schools to UW Oshkosh.
  • After admission: Take UW System Math Placement Exam if necessary; i.e., if you do not receive transfer credit for UW Oshkosh MATH 104, 106 or 108 you must take this test and enroll in the course your score indicates.
  • After admission: Meet with UW Oshkosh Undergraduate Advising Resource Center (UARC) advisor to plan and schedule general education courses.
  • After admission: Meet with Department of Engineering Technology advisor to plan and schedule major courses.

 

Articulation Agreements for Engineering Technology

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