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Undergraduate Bulletin 2011-2013
Academic Policies

Jan 2011  

I. Admissions Policies

A. Admission of New Freshmen

  1. Steps for Admission
  2. Admission Requirements
  3. Assistance Program
  4. Key Dates for Application and Admission

B. Admission of Reentry Students

  1. Reentry Students
  2. Steps for Reentry Admission

C. Admission of Transfer Students

  1. Admission Requirements
  2. Admission
  3. Procedures for Transfer of Units (crs.)
  4. UWS/WTCS Uniform Policy Statement
  5. Key Dates for Application and Admission

D. Admission of Non-Degree Seeking Students

  1. Special Students
  2. Steps for Admission

II. Degrees and Areas of Study

A. Associate of Arts and Science Degree
B. Bachelor's Degrees
C. Majors and Emphases
D. Minors
E. Master's Degrees

III. Undergraduate Degree Requirements

A. General Education Requirements - Grid
B. Ethnic Studies - Grid
C. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
D. Special Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees
E. Specific College and Program Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
F. Second Bachelor's Degree

IV. Courses, Grades and Academic Standards

A. Interpreting Course Numbers
B. Prerequisites
C. Grade Policies
D. Repeated Courses
E. Class Standing
F. Requirements of Colleges, Departments or Professional Programs
G. Honors
H. Graduation from the University
I. Good Standing Requirements
J. Probation and Suspension Policies

V. Course and Academic Policies

A. Academic Advisement
B. Course Attendance
C. Maximum Student Unit (cr.) Loads
D. Changing a Student's Registration (Course Drop and/or Add)
E. Withdrawal from the University
F. 165 Credit Policy
G. Exceptions to Academic Policy
H. University Email Policy
I. Student Complaints Against Faculty and Academic Staff
J. Independent Study and Related Readings
K. Correspondence Courses
L. Admission to Professional Programs

I. ADMISSION POLICIES (for undergraduate first-year students, reentry students, transfer students and special students)

A. Admission for First-Year Students
A first year student is one who has not earned any transferable college credit after high school graduation. (an applicant who earns college transferable credit while simultaneously enrolled as a high school student is considered a first-year student.) Students may apply for admission for the fall term starting on September 15th during the year prior to the desired fall term for entrance. High school seniors and others are encouraged to apply during the fall term or as early as possible after that time. Applications will be accepted until the first-year class is full or until the start of the fall term whichever comes sooner. Late applications will be processed only as time and space allow.

  1. Steps for admission (steps and fees subject to change upon University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents)

a. Application-All applicants must submit the UW System application available at www.apply.wisconsin.edu. Use of the on-line application is highly encouraged, but a paper application may be requested from the UW Oshkosh Admissions Office (Dempsey Hall 135) or downloaded and printed from the on-line application site.

b. High School Transcript or GED/HSED test scores-All applicants must submit official high school transcripts.  In the event that the applicant has successfully completed the Graduation Equivalency Diploma (GED) or High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED), a copy of the test scores and official copies of any partial high school transcripts must also be submitted.  Home school students must submit official transcripts from all home school and traditional high schools attended.

c. ACT/SAT I test scores-All upcoming and recent high school graduates must submit their ACT (American College Testing Program) or SAT I (College Board) test results.  There is no preference given to either testing instrument.  However, in addition to the 5 national ACT test dates given once in October, December, February, April and June individuals may also take the ACT exam at the UW Oshkosh testing center during the other months.  To contact the UW Oshkosh testing center call 920-424-1432.

d. $44 application fee-All applicants applying as a first-year, degree-seeking student must submit a $44 application fee.  The fee may be waived for applicants with demonstrated financial need. (e.g. Applicant qualifies for free or reduced lunch program or, in the case of nontraditional students, provides verification of unemployment, or an official letter or form from a support organization such as Workforce Development, DVR, or Social Services illustrating financial need.

2. Admission guidelines (guidelines subject to change on an annual basis)

The Admission Decision
Applicants for admission are provided a comprehensive review. Determinants for admission include a number of academic and non-academic factors. Among the academic factors considered are a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that includes and ideally exceeds the minimum course preparation outlined below, cumulative grade point average, college preparatory grade point average, high school class rank and test scores for either the ACT or the SAT. Nonacademic factors include, but are not limited to, leadership experiences, community service, motivation and life circumstances that will positively contribute to the University’s strength and reflect its mission and values. Applicants are encouraged to provide documentation that supports consideration for admission, including their own personal statement and letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak directly to the applicant’s ability to succeed academically.

Academic Factors
Academic preparation and, in particular, the strength of the college preparatory coursework, are important components of any admissions decision. The course requirements listed below represent the minimum distribution expected. Most applicants will exceed this distribution.

    •  English                                                4 units
    •  Social Science                                     3 units
    •  Mathematics                                        3 units
    •  (Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2)
    •  Natural Science                                   3 units
    •  Additional Academic Electives             4 units
    •  (additional courses from above or foreign language or fine arts or computer science)

UW Oshkosh Profile of Admitted Freshmen (2010)
The following information provides a profile for admitted freshmen from 2010. Applicants may wish to use this as a benchmark to estimate the likelihood of admission. Since all applications are given a comprehensive review that takes into consideration factors already noted, the data should not be interpreted as a guarantee of admission or prediction for denial.

The information below profiles the middle 50% range, so 25% of admitted freshmen are above this range and 25% are below

Criteria                                   Middle 50%
Class rank                              Top 17-41%
Graduating GPA                     3.05-3.62
ACT Composite Score           21-24

3. Project Success

Some applicants may be eligible for admission to the University’s Project Success program. Project Success is a remedial program for students with language-based learning disabilities attending the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Currently the program serves approximately 320 students who come from Wisconsin, the Midwest, and from as far away as New York, California and foreign countries to enter the program.

There is no charge for Project Success services during the academic year above and beyond the student's normal resident or nonresident tuition. For more information about Project Success and admissions guidelines please visit www.uwosh.edu/success.

4. Important follow up steps to admission

  • Enrollment deposit—To secure a spot in the first-year student class, an admitted student must submit a $100 enrollment deposit that is a credit toward the student’s first term tuition. At the time the deposit is submitted, the admitted student also selects a class registration and orientation date. More information about this process is provided in the admission packet.
  • Financial Aid—All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid. The only application necessary is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The UW Oshkosh priority-filing deadline is March 15th prior to the start of the fall term. However, students may file at any time and financial aid will be awarded to eligible students as long as funding is available. In order to submit the application, the student/parents must have filed the previous year’s federal income tax forms.
  • Placement testing—All first-year admits must complete the UW System placement testing for English and math prior to scheduling classes. Testing for foreign language placement is optional. Information on the testing sites, dates, registration and policies is available in February prior to the fall term.
  • Housing— admitted students who have submitted the $100 enrollment deposit will be eligible to enter the online Housing portal to search for a compatible roommate. All first-year students are guaranteed on-campus, residence hall housing. UW Oshkosh complies with the Board of Regents Housing Policy which states: “those freshmen and sophomore students who are not veterans, married or living with parents or legal guardians shall be required to live in a University-operated residence hall when such accommodations are available.”  Students who have reached the age of 21 prior to the first day of classes are exempt. A $150 housing pre-payment and housing contract must be submitted to reserve a residence hall room. The deposit is refundable (less a $25.00 administrative fee) with a written cancellation notice provided no later than June 15. 
B. Admission for Re-entry Students

Any student who has previously enrolled at the UW Oshkosh but has not been enrolled during the most recent term, must apply for re-entry admission to the University to activate their student record. 

Re-entry applicants will fall into 1 of 3 categories including re-entry, re-entry from suspension, and transfer re-entry.

  1. Re-entry students are those who left the University in good academic and disciplinary standing and attended no other college or university following withdrawal from UW Oshkosh.  An application may be submitted on-line at www.apply.wisconsin.edu or by requesting a paper application available in the UW Oshkosh Admissions Office, Dempsey Hall 135. No application fee is required.
  2. Re-entry from suspension students are those who were suspended from the University due to poor academic performance.  An application may be submitted on-line at www.apply.wisconsin.edu or by requesting a paper application available in the UW Oshkosh Admissions Office, Dempsey Hall 135.  In addition, re-entry from suspension applicants must also submit a suspension appeals form and supporting documents.  The appeals form is available in the admissions office.  No application fee is required.
  3. Transfer-re-entry students who left UW Oshkosh, earned college credit elsewhere at one or more colleges or universities after leaving UW Oshkosh, and now wish to return to UW Oshkosh. In addition to the application form, the applicant must submit official transcripts from all institutions attended since last enrolled at UW Oshkosh. No application fee is required. 

Important follow up steps to admission

  • Enrollment deposit—A $100 enrollment deposit is required in order to be assigned a class registration date.  The deposit is a credit applied to the first term tuition.  It is refundable with a written cancellation notice received no later than July 1 for the fall term and December 1 for the spring term.
  • Class registration—Re-entry students are assigned a class registration date comparable to their continuing student counterparts who have earned a similar number of credits. Class registration is done on-line using Titan Web from any location.
  • Academic Advising—Although re-entry students are not required to meet with an academic advisor, it is critical that students who are basing their current degree status on academic courses taken more than 10 years ago do so. The advisor will be able to 1) determine if the content of prerequisite courses or required courses in the major have changed enough that they do not meet current requirements, and 2) help the student identify how to meet the current requirements. These steps allow the student to be successful in upper-level courses and in working in a profession. Information about academic advising for re-entry students is provided at the time of admission. 
  • Financial Aid—All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid.  The only application necessary is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  The UW Oshkosh priority-filing deadline is March 15th prior to the start of the fall term.  However, students may file at any time and financial aid will be awarded to eligible students as long as funding is available.  In order to submit the FAFSA application, the student/parents must have filed the previous year’s federal income tax forms.
  • Housing— Housing—admitted students who have submitted the $100 enrollment deposit will be eligible to enter the online Housing portal to search for a compatible roommate. The University makes every effort to provide on-campus, residence hall housing for all admitted students. UW Oshkosh complies with the Board of Regents Housing Policy which states: “those freshmen and sophomore students who are not veterans, married or living with parents or legal guardians shall be required to live in a University-operated residence hall when such accommodations are available.” Students who have reached the age of 21 prior to the first day of classes are exempt. A $150 housing pre-payment and housing contract must be submitted to reserve a residence hall room. The deposit is refundable (less a $25.00 administrative fee) with a written cancellation notice provided no later than June 15.  

C. Admission for Transfer Students

Any student who has earned college or university credit from another institution after high school graduation must apply as a transfer student.  Post-secondary institutions include two and four year colleges and universities as well as technical colleges. Students may apply for admission for the fall term starting on September 15th during the year prior to the desired fall term for entrance. Students may apply for the spring term starting on July 1 during the year prior to the desired spring term for entrance. Applications will be accepted until the transfer class is full or until the start of the term whichever comes sooner. Applications received less than two weeks prior to the start of the term will be processed as time and space allow.

1. Steps for admission
(steps and fees subject to change upon University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents)

a. Application-All applicants must submit the UW System application available at www.apply.wisconsin.edu. Use of the on-line application is highly encouraged, but paper applications are available in the UW Oshkosh Admissions Office (Dempsey Hall 135) or by downloading and printing the on-line version.
b. Official college transcripts-All applicants must submit official college transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended.
c. High School Transcript or GED/HSED test scores-In the event that the applicant has not completed a minimum of 30 transferable college credits, he/she must submit official high school transcripts. 
d. $44 application fee-All applicants except those transferring directly from a two-year UW System College are required to pay a $44 application fee.

2. Admission guidelines
(guidelines subject to change on an annual basis)

The Admission Decision for Transfer Students
Transfer applicants for admission are provided a comprehensive review. Determinants for admission include a number of academic and non-academic factors. Academic factors for admission include the academic rigor of the completed college courses, the earned number of college transfer credits, individual course grades and the collegiate cumulative grade point average. A transfer applicant’s high school academic record, including curriculum, GPA, class rank and ACT or SAT score will also be considered when less than 30 semester transfer credits have been earned at the time of application. Nonacademic factors include, but are not limited to, leadership experiences, community service, motivation and life circumstances that will positively contribute to the University’s strength and reflect its mission and values. Applicants are encouraged to provide documentation that supports consideration for admission, including their own personal statement and letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak directly to the applicant’s ability to be academically successful.

Admission to UW Oshkosh Professional Colleges and Programs
The application to UW Oshkosh is an application for admission to the University. It does not serve as application or admission to a professional college or program that has separate and distinct admission procedures. Since admission to many UW Oshkosh programs requires a second admission process based often times on college grades, particular attention will be given to a transfer applicant's college cumulative GPA, the trend of college grades, earned number of transfer credits, desired major and rigor of coursework.

3. Important follow up steps to admission

  • Enrollment deposit—To secure a spot in the transfer student class, an admitted student must submit a $100 enrollment deposit that is a credit toward the student’s first term tuition. At the time the deposit is submitted, the admitted student is assigned a class registration date that is based upon the cumulative number of college credits earned at the time of admission. The class registration date will coincide with that of UW Oshkosh continuing students who have earned a similar number of credits. Registration for classes is done on-line using Titan Web.
  • Academic Advising-Students are encouraged to secure an academic advising appointment following admission. Although academic advising is not required of all students, it is required for certain majors and is highly recommended for all. Advising is also critical for students with courses taken more than 10 years ago. The advisor will be able to 1) determine if the content of prerequisite courses or required courses in the major have changed enough that they do not meet current requirements, and 2) help the student identify how to meet the current requirements. These steps allow the student to be successful in upper-level courses and in working in a profession. Information about academic advising options is provided at the time of admission. The student may also request a transfer credit report, an evaluation of transfer credits.
  • Financial Aid—All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid. The only application necessary is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The UW Oshkosh priority-filing deadline is March 15th prior to the start of the fall term. However, students may file at any time and financial aid will be awarded to eligible students as long as funding is available. In order to submit the application, the student/parents must have filed the previous year’s federal income tax forms.
  • Placement testing—Any admitted transfer student who has not already completed a college level English and math class and who has not previously taken the UW System math and English placement tests will be required to do so before enrolling in a math or English course. Placement testing for foreign language is optional.
  • Housing—admitted students who have submitted the $100 enrollment deposit will be eligible to enter the online Housing portal to search for a compatible roommate. The University makes every effort to provide on-campus, residence hall housing for all admitted students. UW Oshkosh complies with the Board of Regents Housing Policy which states: “those freshmen and sophomore students who are not veterans, married or living with parents or legal guardians shall be required to live in a University-operated residence hall when such accommodations are available.” Students who have reached the age of 21 prior to the first day of classes are exempt. A $150 housing pre-payment and housing contract must be submitted to reserve a residence hall room. The deposit is refundable (less a $25.00 administrative fee) with a written cancellation notice provided no later than June 15.  

4. Transfer of credits

Units/credits earned at other accredited colleges and universities are evaluated on the basis of official transcripts submitted as part of the admissions credentials.  Course equivalencies are posted to the student’s permanent academic record.  Posted transfer courses may not meet specific major and degree requirements at UW Oshkosh.  The professional college or the department housing the intended UW Oshkosh major determines how courses accepted in transfer apply to the degree and program requirements.  Students transferring within the UW System are able to view transferable course equivalencies by utilizing the UW System Transfer Information System (TIS) on-line at www.uwsa.edu/tis.  All UW System institutions and the Wisconsin Technical College institutions provide course-by-course detail on this web site. 

Grades for courses transferred to UW Oshkosh are not used in calculating the student’s official UW Oshkosh grade point average. However, transfer course grades do appear on the transcript and may be used by the professional colleges and departments in determining admissibility into specific programs and majors. 

The UW Oshkosh GPA will be calculated using only UW Oshkosh credits earned.  For various university level honors designations students must have earned at least 60 credits at UW Oshkosh and only those grades are considered. 

Students who have completed an associate degree at a University of Wisconsin two-year UW College may transfer to UW Oshkosh and receive credit for having met most General Education requirements. UW College transfer students should utilize transfer guides posted on the Admissions Office web site at: http://admissions.uwosh.edu/transfers/ to determine general education requirements fulfilled by completion of the AAS degree. A maximum of 72 units/credits may be transferred to UW Oshkosh from any accredited two-year college.

Upon being admitted, transfer students may request a transfer credit report.  The credit evaluation will provide UW Oshkosh equivalency data for all transferred courses. Upon submitting the $100 enrollment deposit students will be able to access their STudent Academic Report (STAR), a degree audit that shows how the transferred credits apply toward the particular program and degree requirements.

Students should contact the Assistant Director of Admissions-Transfer Director, at 920-424-0404 or via email at transfer@uwosh.edu, with questions about transfer of credits or to receive information to appeal a credit transfer decision. 

In general, credits earned at non-accredited institutions do not transfer or apply toward program or degree requirements at UW Oshkosh.  However, the student may appeal this on a course-by-course basis to the department housing the intended major.  Students may also receive credit by examination (CLEP).  Information about CLEP may be obtained from the Testing Center in Polk Library 3, 920-424-1401.

5. UW System/Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Uniform Policy Statement on Unit/Credit Transfer

Students enrolled at a WTCS campus who wish to continue their education in the University of Wisconsin System may be eligible to transfer units/credits toward their bachelor’s degree in the following ways:

  • College parallel liberal arts programs at five Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) campuses (Madison Area Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Nicolet Area Technical College, Chippewa Valley Technical College, and Western Technical College) allow you to transfer up to 72 credits to UW Oshkosh.
  • UW Oshkosh will transfer up to 30 credits of general education course work (communications, behavioral sciences, social sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences) from WTCS Applied Associate degree programs.
  • In some cases, UW Oshkosh may also accept occupational/technical courses from specific WTCS associate degree programs. It is a good idea to be aware of transfer agreements, requirements, and policies. As a potential transfer student, you should consult advisers and admission staff well before the intended semester of transfer.
  • The Bachelor of Applied Studies degree program in Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW Oshkosh recognizes in transfer most WTCS Applied Associate degrees. For information on these specific degree programs see: http://www.uwosh.edu/llce/cnl/programs/bas-los.
  • Students transferring from the WTCS may be eligible for credit by earning appropriate scores on national standardized examinations; e.g. College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
  • UW Oshkosh generally will not grant unit/credit for technical college courses taken before January 1990. Students may request exceptions through the appropriate Assistant Director of academic advising.

D. Admission of Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students not seeking to earn a baccalaureate degree at the time of enrollment in undergraduate course work are known as special students.  Special students fall into a variety of different categories and circumstances including the following:

  • Persons who have earned a baccalaureate degree but are not seeking a second degree or certification.
  • Persons who have graduated from high school but are not seeking a degree.
  • High school students who are participants in the Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP).
  • High school students who are involved in the Youth Options Program (YOP).
  • Other high school students who meet certain admissions eligibility requirements and have permission from their school district to enroll at UW Oshkosh as a high school special on campus.
1. Steps for admission
  • Application—All applicants must submit the UW System application available at www.apply.wisconsin.edu. Use of the on-line application is highly encouraged, but a paper application may be requested from the UW Oshkosh Admissions Office (Dempsey Hall 135) or by downloading and printing the on-line version.
  • Application fee—No application fee is required.
  • Transcripts—Students concurrently enrolled in high school at the time of application must provide official high school transcripts. Other applicants may be required to provide transcripts upon submitting the application.
  • The Admissions Office will request transcripts when they are needed.
2. Important follow up steps to admission
  • The admissions notification will contain information regarding class registration.
  • Special students are eligible to register shortly before the beginning of the intended term of enrollment only after all continuing and degree seeking students are eligible to do so.
  • Special students are not eligible for financial aid, cannot participate in intercollegiate athletics and are not entitled to academic advising. 
  • Special students may live in University owned residence halls.
  • Special students must re-apply for each term of enrollment. Admission is granted to special students on a term-by-term basis.

E. Academic Amnesty

Under this policy prior grades may be excluded from the computation of a student’s official cumulative grade point average.

  • Transfer, re-entry, or transfer/re-entry students seeking admission or readmission to UW Oshkosh who have not earned a baccalaureate degree may be eligible for exclusion of grades, not credits or courses, earned five or more years prior to their current term of admission as a degree seeking student.  This policy does not apply to graduate programs.
  • If a student is not eligible for admission to the University with her/his incoming GPA, the student may make formal written application to an Admissions Standards Consideration Team (ASCT) to invoke Academic Amnesty.  The ASCT consists of a faculty member, an admissions officer, an academic advisor, and a Dean. The student needs to provide reasons for previous performance and information about current educational plans.  The ASCT will assess the student’s record and application and consult with the student to determine the course of action.

Students who are admissible to the University are eligible to apply for application of this policy no later than the end of their first semester at UW Oshkosh.

A student can apply for and receive Academic Amnesty only once. The decision of the ASCT is final.  There is no appeal process.

If Academic Amnesty is granted, all courses and grades taken during an identified academic term(s) five years before admission/readmission will continue to appear on the student’s record.  If multiple terms are included in the granting of academic amnesty, the terms must be continuous.  If granted, the grades of all classes in that term(s) will be excluded in the official GPA.  The computation of the student’s official cumulative GPA will not include the excluded grades. Credit hours earned with a .67 (D-) or better may be used to satisfy degree requirements, even though they are not included in the student’s official GPA.  Academic Amnesty does not adjust the GPA and number of credits attempted and counted toward Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid.

Academic Amnesty applies to admission to the University, not to particular programs.  The colleges retain ultimate authority to determine admission to the college.  Likewise, colleges retain the right to limit the number of repeated courses.  If, after the successful granting of an Academic Amnesty application, a student achieves eligibility for admission to a program, a college cannot reject the student’s eligibility for admission.

All other University policies (for example, UW Oshkosh Repeat Policy) remain in effect and are not changed by the Academic Amnesty policy.  Only the official GPA will be considered for eligibility for graduation honors.

 

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II. DEGREES AND AREAS OF STUDY

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:

A minimum of 60 units (crs.

    a) At least 30 of the 60 term units (crs.) applied to the degree must be earned in University of Wisconsin Oshkosh courses.

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

2.00 official grade point average

Specific course work as indicated below:

a) 9 unit/credits of writing

    • 3 units (crs.) of entry level writing selected from: English 101, 110, 111, Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS) 188
    • 3 units (crs.) of literature based writing courses selected from: English 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, English 224/Women's Studies 224, English 225, 226, 227, 228, 231, 238, 239, 240, 243/Environmental Studies 243, 247 or Interdisciplinary Studies 245, Liberal Studies 201, 202
    • 3 units/credits of upper level writing courses selected from: English 302, 307, 309, 310, 316, 317, 318, 321, 389

    b) 3 units (crs.) of quantitative skills selected from: Problem Based Inquiry Seminar (PBIS) 187, 188, 189 or Math 109 or completion of approved higher level mathematics course.

    c) 3 units (crs.) of Communication: Communication 111

    d) 2 units (crs.) of Physical Education and Health: Kinesiology 105

Course work selected from the approved General Education course list to include:

a) 6 units (crs.) of Humanities and Fine Arts, course work must be selected from two of the four following areas: Fine Arts; Foreign Language; Philosophy; Religious Studies; or Interdisciplinary/Women's Studies. Refer to General Education Grid.

b) 8 units (crs.) of Natural (Laboratory) Science selected from: Biology and Microbiology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, or Physics and Astronomy. Refer to General Education Grid.

c) 9 units (credits) of Social Sciences:

  • 3 units (crs) from History
  • 6 units (crs.) from two of the following areas: Anthropology; Criminal Justice; Economics; Environmental Studies (some exemptions, see General Education Grid); Geography (some exemptions, see General Education Grid); History; Interdisciplinary Studies (only 102, 132, 246 apply); International Studies; Political Science; Psychology (some exemptions, see General Education Grid); Sociology (some exemptions, see General Education Grid); Social Work; Urban Planning; or Women's Studies (some exemptions, see General Education Grid)

d) 3 units (crs.) of Non-Western Culture selected from courses designated as "(NW)" in Undergraduate Bulletin

e) 3 units (crs.) of Ethnic Studies selected from courses designated as "(ES)" in Undergraduate Bulletin

Elective courses will vary from 14-20 units (crs.) to complete degree.

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B. Bachelor’s Degree
The Bachelor’s Degree is awarded in recognition of successful completion of a minimum of 120 units (crs.) 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 Liberal Studies (BLS)
Bachelor of Music (BM)
Bachelor of Music Education (BME)
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

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

C. Majors (and Emphases)
Degree
Anthropology BA/BS
Art (Also see Fine Arts) (Studio Art) BA/BS
Athletic Training BS
Art BA/BS/BFA
  • (2-D Studio)
  • (3-D Studio)
  • Design
  • Art Education
 

Biology

  • (Cell/Molecular)
  • (Ecology and Organismal)
  • (Liberal Arts)
  • (Secondary Education)
  • (Healthcare-Business)
  • (Healthcare-Science)
BA/BS/BSE
Business, College of

Accounting

BBA
Economics BBA
Finance BBA
Human Resources Management BBA
Information Systems BBA
Marketing BBA

Supply Chain and Operations Management

  • (Computer Science)
  • (Cost Management)
  • (Entrepreneurship)
  • (Financial Services)
  • (Healthcare Management)
  • (Information Management)
  • (Insurance)
  • (International Management)
  • (Legal Studies)
  • (Production/Operations Management)
  • (Real Estate)
  • (Tax Planning)
  • (Web Presence Management)
BBA
Chemistry BS/BSE
  • (Professional)
  • (Secondary Education)
  • (Biochemistry)
  • (Biomolecular)
 
Communication Studies BA/BS/BSE
  • (Speech Communication Education)
 
Computer Science BA/BS
  • (Computer Information System)
  • (Computer Science)
  • (Software Engineering)
 
Criminal Justice BA/BS
Economics BA/BS
  • (General)
  • (International)
  • (Quantitative)
 
Elementary Education
Elementary/Special Education (Dual)

BSE
BSE

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)
 
   
Fine Arts BFA
  • (2-D Studio)
  • (3-D Studio)
  • (Design)
  • (Art Education)
 
Fire and Emergency Response Management BAS
French BA/BS/BSE
  • (Liberal Arts)
  • (Secondary Education)
 
Geography and Urban Planning BA/BS/BSE
  • (Global Insights)
  • (Geographic Information Systems)
  • (Environmental Analysis and Management)
  • (Secondary Education Geography)
 
Geology BA/BS/BSE
  • (Professional-Geology)
  • (Hydrogeology)
  • (Earth Science-Secondary Education)
  • (Liberal Arts)
 
German BA/BS/BSE
  • (Liberal Arts)
  • (Secondary Education)
 
History BA/BS/BSE
Human Services Leadership BS
Individually Planned BA/BS
International Studies BA/BS
  • (General International Studies)
  • (International Business)
  • (International Development)
  • Global and National Security)
 
Journalism BA/BS
  • (Advertising)
  • (Media Studies)
  • (Public Relations)
  • (Visual Journalism)
  • (Writing/Editing)


 
Kinesiology BS
  • (Exercise and Fitness)  
  • (Healthcare-Science) 
  • (Strength and Conditioning)  
 
Leadership and Organizational Studies BAS
Liberal Studies BLS
  • (Organizational Administration)
 
Mathematics BA/BS/BSE
  • (Applied)
  • (Liberal Arts)
  • (Secondary Education)
  • (Statistics)
 
Medical Technology BS
Microbiology BA/BS
Music BA/BM/BS
  • (Composition)
  • (Instrumental Performance)
  • (Liberal Arts)
  • (Music Industry)
  • (Piano Performance)
  • (Recording Technology)
  • (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
  • (Civic Engagement)
  • (Legal Studies)
 
Psychology BA/BS
  • (Liberal Arts)
  • (Healthcare-Business)
  • (Healthcare-Science)
 
Radio-Television-Film BA/BS
Religious Studies BA/BS
Social Science-Secondary Education BSE
Social Work BSW
Sociology BA/BS
Spanish BA/BS/BSE
  • (Liberal Arts)
  • (Secondary Education)
 
Special Education BSE
Theatre BA/BS
  • (Acting)
  • (Design)
  • (Integrated)
 

Urban Planning

BA/BS
  • (Economic Development)
  • (Urban Planning)

Women's Studies BA/BS
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D. Minors

Adaptive Physical Education (Secondary Education/BA/BS)
African American Studies
Anthropology
Art

Bilingual Education-Hmong (Elementary/Secondary Education)

Bilingual Education-Spanish (Elementary/Secondary Education)

Biology

Business Administration

Canada-U.S. Studies

Chemistry
Civic Engagement

Communication

Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Earth Science-Secondary Education
Economics
English

English as a Second Language (Elementary/Secondary Education)
Environmental Studies
French

Geography

Geology

German

Health Education (Elementary/Secondary Education)
History

Insurance and Financial Planning
International Studies

Japanese Language and Culture

Journalism

Language Arts

Legal Studies (emphasis only)

Library Science

Mathematics

Microbiology

Military Science

Music
Music Industry

Neuroscience

Operations Research

Philosophy

Physics

Political Science
Psychology

Public Administration

Radio-Television-Film
Reading

Religious Studies

Science

Social Justice

Social Science

Sociology

Spanish

Theatre

Theatre Education (Elementary Education/Secondary)
Urban and Regional Studies
Women's 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. 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 Public Administration (MPA)
Master of Science (MS)
Master of Science in Education (MSE)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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

ACADEMIC AREA DEGREE
Biology/Microbiology MS
Business Administration MBA
Professional Counseling MSE
Curriculum and Instruction MSE
Educational Leadership MS
English MA
Mathematics Education MS
Nursing MSN
DNP
Psychology - Experimental MS
Public Administration MPA
Reading Education MSE
Social Work MSW
Special Education 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 credit 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.

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III. Undergraduate Degree Requirements

General Education
The General Education Program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is designed to help all students learn to see, think about and understand human beings, human interactions, and human societies.  The program prepares students to grow intellectually and to adapt to changes by suggesting how they might apply faculties of reason to come to a better understanding of their surroundings.  The General Education Program helps students grow to be liberally educated persons capable of making reasoned decisions and establishes a common liberal arts based experience before the student engages in a specialized field of study.

The grid on the next several pages shows how the general education requirements at the University are linked to undergraduate degrees offered at UW Oshkosh.  Students can use this tool to make decisions about courses they want to take on the basis of degree requirements and their own interests.

Category Minimum University Requirement Bachelor of Science (Letters & Science) Bachelor of Arts (Letters & Science) Bachelor of Social Work Bachelor of Fine Arts / Music Bachelor of Business Bachelor of Science Education/B.S. Human Services Bachelor of Science Nursing

*English Composition (EN)Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS)

88-188, or 38-101, 110, 111 Minimum (may vary according to major) Minimum (may vary according to major) Minimum Minimum (may vary according to major) 88-188 or 38-101 or 110 Human Services: Minimum Education: minimum (minimum B grade for Special and Dual Ed.) Minimum (minimum C grade)
*Advanced Composition *Cumulative 2.0 or better required in composition 38-202, 302, 307, 309, 310, 316, 317, 318, 321 or 389 Minimum (may vary according to major) Minimum (may vary according to major) Minimum Minimum 38-309 or 310 Human Services: Minimum Education: may select according to licensure level 38-316 or 389 or any from approved minimum list
Mathematics (MA) Problem-based Inquiry Seminar (PBIS) 89-187, 188, 189; 67-109, or completion of approved higher level math

Math 104, 108 or 204 and one course from the following: 67-171, 172, 175, 201, 206, 301; 35-281; 36-210; 50-385; 86-203, 341; 92-281; 34-221, 262. Note: These courses all have math prerequisites. Please see course descriptions

Minimum (may vary according to major) 89-189; 67-201; 86-203, or 92-281 Minimum 67-204 and 67-206 Human Services: Minimum Secondary Ed.: Minimum or based on major Elementary and Dual Ed.: 67-110, 211 & 217; Special Ed.: 67-110, & 211 Minimum
Physical Ed. (PE) 79-105 Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum

Category Minimum University Requirement Bachelor of Science (Letters & Science) Bachelor of Arts (Letters & Science) Bachelor of Social Work Bachelor of Fine Arts / Music Bachelor of Business Admin. Bachelor of Science Education/B.S. Human Services Bachelor of Science Nursing
Non-Western Culture (NW) 3 credits of one of the following: Anthropology: 21-122, 232, 318, 322, 326, 330, 338, 360; Art: 22-317; Economics: 36-319 English: 38-227, 238, 239, 240, 244, 367; Environmental Studies: 37-244; Geography: 50-102, 104, 319, 338, 347, 353; History: 57-313, 346, 347, 349, 351, 355, 359, 360, 375, 376, 377, 378, 381, 382, 383, 384; International Studies: 59-308, 309, 312; Philosophy: 76-211, 221, 223; Political Science: 84-101, 107, 311, 336, 379; Religious Studies: 87-102, 110, 202, 203, 221, 222, 240, 265, 335, 337; Women's Studies: 98-265 Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum Minimum

Category Minimum University Requirement Bachelor of Science (Letters & Science) Bachelor of Arts (Letters & Science) Bachelor of Social Work Bachelor of Fine Arts / Music Bachelor of Business Admin. Bachelor of Science Education/B.S. Human Services Bachelor of Science Nursing
Communication (Speech) See Degree 96-111 or 112 96-111 or 112 96-111 or 112 none 96-111 or 112 96-111 or 112 (Min. C grade for Ed. Majors) 96-111 or 112
Humanities (HU)

9 credits from two areas;* choose from the following list only: Literature: 38-210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 231, 238, 239, 240, 243, 244, 247, 393; Interdisciplinary Studies 94-245; Environ. Studies 243, 244; Liberal Studies: 31-201, 202; Philosophy or Religious Studies: 76-101, 105, 106, 109, 110, 207, 215, 225; 87-104, 105, 106, 162, 204, 210; Fine Arts: Art- 22-101, 105, 109, 110, 115, 203, 243; Music-73-102, 216, 218, 219, 221, 243; Communication- 96-101, 347; Theatre 97-161, 162, 243; Foreign Language: -110, 111, 203, 204, 207, 208, 248 These courses can be used with any of the following prefixes:
French (41), German-(43); Japanese (44) and Arabic (42) may also take 210, 211; Russian (48); Spanish (49); Arabic (42);
Chinese (56).
*Interdisciplinary Studies: Environmental Studies: 37-162, 282; Interdisciplinary Studies: 94-104, 200, 283; African Amer. Studies: 23-100; Communication: 96-316, 347; Honors 175; Liberal Studies: 31-200, 203; Religious Studies: 265; Women's Studies: 98-224, 225, 243, 265, 316, 347; *Courses in this area do not apply to the two area requirement.

At least 12 credits must be taken from the Humanities area (See approved courses under Minimum Requirement). Literature course must be taken.

At least one course must be taken from two of the following areas:

1) Art, Drama, Music

2) Philosophy, Religious Studies

3) Foreign Language

 

At least 12 credits must be taken from the Humanities area (See approved courses under Minimum Requirement). Literature course must be taken.

At least one course must be taken from each of the following areas:

1) Art, Drama, Music

2) Philosophy, Religious Studies.

(Foreign Language may not be used as one of the areas.)
In addition to the University Minimum Req., Students earning a B.A. must demonstrate proficiency of a single foreign language by passing the final course in the sequence (110, 111, 203, 204) in Spanish, French, German, or Russian; or 110, 111, 210, 211 in Arabic, Chinese or Japanese) or obtain a proficiency waiver through the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Minimum Minimum Minimum

Human Services: Minimum Elementary, Special and Dual: 22-203; Literature: Minimum; and one course from the following: Comm 101, or Theatre 161 or 162, or Foreign Language or Music or Philosophy or Religious Studies from Minimum Requirement List.
Secondary: Literature: Minimum; one course from two of the following areas (a total of two courses): Theatre 161 or 162, or Comm 101, or Art or Music; or Foreign Language; or Philosophy or Religious Studies; from the Minimum Requirement List.

 

Minimum

Category Minimum University Requirement Bachelor of Science (Letters & Science) Bachelor of Arts (Letters & Science) Bachelor of Social Work Bachelor of Fine Arts / Music Bachelor of Business Admin. Bachelor of Science Education/B.S. Human Services Bachelor of Science Nursing

Natural Science(Laboratory) (NS)

Any two Lab Science courses (8 credits) from the following departments: Biology/Microbiology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Physics/Astronomy,
Anthropology (only Anthropology 202).

Four courses are required: Two must be 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. The 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 (that was not used to fulfill the Math Requirement). Minimum (may vary according to major) 26-104, 105 or 108 and an additional four credit lab science course Minimum Minimum

Human Services: Minimum Education: 26-104, 105 or 108 and an additional non-Biology four credit lab science course.
May vary according to major/minor.

32-101 & 102; 26-105 or 108; 211, 212, and 233

Category Minimum University Requirement Bachelor of Science (Letters & Science) Bachelor of Arts (Letters & Science) Bachelor of Social Work Bachelor of Fine Arts / Music Bachelor of Business Admin. Bachelor of Science Education/B.S. Human Services Bachelor of Science Nursing
Social Science (SS)

Minimum University Requirement: (9 credits); Coursework must come from at least two of the following departments/programs: Anthropology (any course); Criminal Justice (any course); Economics (any course); Environmental Studies (any course except 162, 243, 244, 260, 282, 332, 342, 343); Geography (any course except 121, 122, 304, 335, 342, 352, and 363); History (any course); Interdisciplinary Studies only 102, 210, 235, 246; International Studies (any course); Liberal Studies only 105, 107, 108, 303, 320; Political Science (any course); Psychology only 101, 104, 110, 205, 220, 271, 291, 302, 303, 304, 324, 331, 338, 355, 390, 473, 481, 495; Public Admin.(any course); Social Work (any course); Sociology (any course except 281); Urban Studies (any course); Women's Studies (any course except 224, 225, 243, 265, 316, 324, 332, 345, 347, 371 and 391).

 

12 credits required:
1) Must take 3 credits from History
2) 9 additional credits from the Minimum University Requirement Social Science list with coursework coming from at least one department/program other than History.

Same as B.S. 36-106, 204 or 209, 206, or 208; 57-202 or 203; 84-105, 106, 86-101 or 104; 92-101 or 103 Minimum 36-204 and 36-206 and one course from a department/ program other than Economics Human Services: Minimum Education: 57-101, 102, 201 or 202 and two courses from two different departments from the following departments on the General Ed. Social Science list: 21-, 36-, 50-, 84 (only 101, 105, 115), 86-, 92- 86-101; two additional courses from at least one area other than Psychology

Category Minimum University Requirement Bachelor of Science (Letters & Science) Bachelor of Arts (Letters & Science) Bachelor of Social Work Bachelor of Fine Arts / Music Bachelor of Business Admin. Bachelor of Science Education/B.S. Human Services Bachelor of Science Nursing
Ethnic Studies (ES)

3 credits required from the following list:
African American Studies: 23-100; Anthropology: 21-123, 312; Business: 28-295; Communication: 96-318, 347; Economics: 36-307; English: 38-218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 229, 319, 331, 361, 370, 371, 393; Geography: 50-316; History: 57-358, 363, 385; Interdisciplinary Studies: 94-210; Liberal Studies: 31-303; Music: 73-215, 218; Nursing: 74-340; Philosophy: 76-205; Political Science: 84-304; Psychology: 86-271; Religious Studies: 87-104, 105, 215, 265, 285; Sociology: 92-359; Social Work: 93-167; Women's Studies: 98-265, 307, 314, 347, 350, 371.

Minimum Minimum 93-167 Minimum Minimum Human Services: Minimum Education: (see academic advisor) Minimum 74-340 for 2 credits may be used to meet the full requirement if a student graduates with a BSN degree.
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A. 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:

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

In addition to the general education 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)

2. Additional Requirements for the Bachelor of Science (BS)

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.

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C. Specific College and Program

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
The University offers eleven baccalaureate degrees; all degrees require a minimum of 120 units (crs.) 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 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) except Business 131; mathematics courses for teaching arithmetic, Physics/Astronomy 201 (Statistics) and Physics/Astronomy 202 (Dynamics); and courses in surveying, engineering drawing (Practical Arts).

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 units (crs.) 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.

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

Center for New Learning
Some credits from technical colleges transferred to a CNL program may not transfer to other UW Oshkosh programs. Please check with your advisor for more information.

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D. Second Bachelor's Degree

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

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:

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.

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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 unit (cr.). In these cases, two course numbers will appear; e.g., International Studies 302/502. Students enrolled in such courses for graduate unit (cr.) must meet requirements beyond those for undergraduate unit (cr.).
The subject codes are assigned to the various departments or programs according to the following key:

 

Dept.

Subject

STAR Codes

ANTHRO Anthropology
21
AF AM ST African American Studies
23
ARABIC Arabic
42
ART Art
22
BIOLOGY
Biology and Microbiology
26
BUSINESS Business
28
CHEM Chemistry
32
CHINESE Chinese
56
CNSLR ED Counselor Education
29
COMM
Communication
96
COMP SCI Computer Science
34
CRIM JUS
Criminal Justice
35
ECON Economics
36
ED FOUND Educational Foundations
12
ED LDRSP Educational Leadership
17
ELEM ED Elementary Education
13
ENGLISH English
38
ENV STDS Environmental Studies
37
FRENCH French
41
GEOG Geography
50
GEOLOGY Geology
51
GERMAN German
43
HISTORY History
57
HEALTH Health
55
HUMAN SV Human Services Leadership
18
INTRDSCP Interdisciplinary Studies
94
INTRNT’L
International Studies
59
JAPANESE Japanese
44
JOURNAL Journalism
61
KINESIOL Kinesiology
77
LIB STDS
Bachelor of Liberal Studies
31
MATH Mathematics
67
MED TECH
Medical Technology
68
MIL SCI Military Science
70
MPA Master of Public Affairs
83
MUSIC Music
73
NUR-ANP Nursing
78
NURS-CNP Nursing
71
NURSING Nursing
74
PHIL Philosophy
76
PHY/AST Physics/Astronomy
82
PHY ED Human Kinetics and Health Education
79
PHYS SCI Physical Science
80
POL SCI Political Science
84
PRAC ARTS
Practical Arts
85
PBIS PBIS Problem-Based Inquiry Seminar
89
PSYCH Psychology
86
PUB ADM
Public Administration
81
READING
Reading Education
15
RELSTDS Religious Studies
87
RUSSIAN Russian
48
SOC Sociology
92
SEC ED Secondary Education
14
SOC WORK Social Work
93
SPANISH Spanish
49
SPEC ED Special Education
16
SRVC CRS
Service Courses in Education
11
WBIS WBIS Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar
88
THEATRE Theatre
97
URB/REG
Urban Planning
99
WOM STDS Women’s Studies
98

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 units (crs.) the course carries; for example, in a science course listed (3+4) 5 cr., the numbers in parentheses indicate 3 lecture hours and 4 laboratory hours. The 5 cr. indicates course units (crs.). 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.

(EN) English
(ES) Ethnic Studies
(GE) General Education
(HU) Humanities
(MA) Mathematics
(NS) Natural Science
(NW) Non-Western
(PE) Physical Education
(SS) Social Science

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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. Point values are related to the various letter grades as follows:

    Grade Scale Effective Fall 2009

    Letter Grade Grade Points per Unit (cr.)
    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 Unit (cr.)
    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, which has a different grading system, may calculate the grade points transferred according to the following table:

    Letter Grade
    Grade Points per Unit (cr.)
    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 Student Academic Report (STAR).

  3. The transfer student's Student Academic Report (STAR) will display:

    1. Transfer institution(s) course numbers and titles as transferred, units (crs.) attempted, units (crs.) earned, grades, and grade points;
    2. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh course numbers and titles, units (crs.) attempted, units (crs.) earned, grades, grade points, grade point average;
    3. All institutions-units (crs.) attempted, units (crs.) earned, grade points, 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, units (crs.) attempted, units (crs.) earned, and grades;
    2. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh course numbers and titles, units (crs.) attempted, units (crs.) earned, grades, grade points and term grade point averages;
    3. All institutions units (crs.) attempted, units (crs.) 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
    Some University of Wisconsin Oshkosh courses are offered on a Pass/Fail basis. Units (crs.) in these courses are included as part of the term unit (cr.) load. Pass units (crs.) are recorded as units (crs.) earned but units (crs.) passed are not considered as units (crs.) attempted in computing the term and cumulative grade point averages. Grades of Failure (F) in a Pass/Fail course are considered as units (crs.) 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. "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 "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 to be removed within the next 17-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 official grade is recorded.
    Courses for which an Incomplete has been assigned are included as part of the term unit (cr.) load. Incomplete designations are not included in grade point computations.
    NOTE: A student may not graduate from the University if an Incomplete appears on the student's transcript. In order to qualify for graduation, all incomplete grades must be recorded as a final letter grade before the official end of the term in which the student wishes to graduate. The student may request that an Incomplete be converted to an F grade in order to be allowed to graduate. AFTER GRADUATION, NO GRADE CHANGE IS ALLOWED.
    Incomplete designations that have not been changed to appropriate course letter grades through instructor action by the last day of the following 17-week term are automatically assigned an "F". The Registrar's Office will alert both the student and the department chairperson to these impending grade assignments at least two weeks before they are made. Extensions of time must be arranged through the appropriate Department Chairperson or equivalent.

    3. Audit (AU)
    Students may wish to audit a course in order to learn more about a subject, which is of personal interest, and/or to prepare for future courses, which they may wish to take or be required. The signature of the instructor is required in order to register for a course for audit.
    If a course is audited, the student will receive a designation of AU on their grade report and transcript. An audit is not a grade and is not calculated in a grade point average; it carries no degree unit (cr.).
    Students who audit courses are expected to attend class regularly but need not take examinations or do other course work which would require evaluation by the instructor. The instructor may withdraw the student for non-attendance. Students may change the status of a course from audit to unit (cr.) during the first 20 class days of a 17- or 14- week term; during the first 10 days of 10-, 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 unit (cr.).
    Students changing from unit (cr.) to audit after the first week of a term will be charged the full per unit (cr.) fee for the course.

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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 advisors 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 most recent 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 lower 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.

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E. Class Standing

A student's class standing is determined by successful completion of units (crs.).

Units(crs.)
Earned

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

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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 STAR, will include all units (crs.) attempted in all applicable courses.

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G. Honors

  1. Graduation Honors

    a. Graduation 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 units (crs.) must be earned at UW Oshkosh for a transfer student to be eligible for Graduation Honors.

    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 University Honors at commencement. Therefore, the four colleges and the Center for New Learning 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.

  2. Term Honor Roll
    A student who has completed a program of at least 12 Term units (crs.) 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.
  3. Dean's List
    A student who has completed a program of at least 12 Term units (crs.) 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.

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H. Graduation From the University

Students planning to graduate from the University should obtain information regarding the Application for Graduation on-line at www.uwosh.edu/registrar. The completed application must be filed with the Registrar's Office, Dempsey 130, before the end of the term preceding the term in which the student plans to graduate.

A graduation check will be completed in the Registrar's Office and mailed 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. These students will 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.

Commencement ceremonies are held in December and May at the end of each 14-week term. 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 17-week fall or spring or 8-week summer term in which he or she completes 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.

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I. Good Standing Requirements

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

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

  1. Academic standards
    1. Maintain a minimum 2.0 official cumulative grade point average.
    2. Earn a minimum of 1.0 term grade point average.
  2. Unit (cr.) completion standards
    1. Earn a minimum of 9 units (crs.) per term if a full-time student (enrolled for 12 or more units (crs.)).
    2. Earn a minimum of 5 units (crs.) per term if a part-time student (enrolled for 6-11 units (crs.)).
    3. The unit (cr.) completion requirement must be met each term and is cumulative. Thus, a student who enrolls for 12 or more units (crs.) each term must complete the following:
      after 1 term - at least 9 units (crs.)
      after 2 terms - at least 18 units (crs.)
      after 3 terms - at least 27 units (crs.)
      after 4 terms - at least 36 units (crs.).
    4. Interim courses taken in weeks 15-17 of the fall and spring semesters are counted in this requirement.
    5. Courses taken during summer session contribute to the cumulative unit (cr.) totals but do not eliminate a prior term's failure to satisfy the unit (cr.) completion requirements.

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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 17th week of a 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.
  5. 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 he/she is 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).
  6. For additional information, Contact: the Undergraduate Advising Resource Center, Phone: 920-424-1268, Student Success Center, Suite 202.

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V. COURSE AND ACADEMIC POLICIES

A. Official Grade Point Policy

Starting in 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 taken that newly appeared on your transcript starting in Fall 2007.

Please review the Question and Answer section located on the Registrar's web page at the following link: http://www.uwosh.edu/registrar/policies/gradept.php for additional information. Please see your UARC advisor for any questions.

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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 his/her 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 his/her 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.

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C. Maximum Student Unit (cr.) Loads

One unit (cr.) 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 unit (cr.).)
Recognizing that precise definitions of student unit (cr.) load are difficult to realize in all cases, the following unit (cr.) load maximums have been established for undergraduates.

17-week term 21 units (crs.)
14-week term 18 units (crs.)
7-week term 9 units (crs.)
3-week term 3 units (crs.)
8-week term 9 units (crs.)
4-week term 6 units (crs.)

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.

Units (crs.) dropped after the first week may incur a cost. See Fee Table for clarification.

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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 units (crs.) for the 17-week term, you will incur an additional tuition charge on a per unit (cr.) 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):
14/17 weeks 5th day 20th day
7 weeks 5th day 10th day
3 weeks 2nd day 5th day
8/10 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 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:
14/17 weeks 33rd day
7 weeks 20th day
3 weeks 10th day
8/10 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 a REQUEST FOR LATE DROP FORM describing relevant extenuating circumstances. This form is available 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. 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 unit (cr.) 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.

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E. Withdrawal from the University

Withdrawal is a complete severance of attendance from the University. A student may request withdrawal after the opening day of classes in any term by completing a TERM WITHDRAWAL FORM, available in the Registrar's Office, Dempsey 130. Withdrawal deadlines:

Course Length: Withdrawals are allowed with advisor's signature to the end of the class day:
14/17 weeks 33rd day
7 weeks 20th day
3 weeks 10th day
8/10 weeks 22nd day
4 weeks 11th day

Students seeking to withdraw after the deadlines must complete a TERM WITHDRAWAL FORM for approval by the appropriate Assistant Director of Advising and Dean's Designee. 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.

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F. 165 Excess Credit Policy

Wisconsin resident undergraduate students who have earned 165 credits (or 30 credits more than required for their degree programs, whichever is greater) will be charged a surcharge, equal to 100 percent of the regular resident tuition, on credits beyond that level. The surcharge will be applied to students in the semester following the one in which they reach the earned credit limit.

This policy covers all Wisconsin resident undergraduate students pursuing their first Bachelors degree, including students pursuing a double major. Minnesota residents and non-residents, graduate, post-baccalaureate, and non-degree students are not affected. This policy applies to all credits earned at UW System and Wisconsin Technical College System transfer credits accepted toward a degree. Retroactive, AP, military, and other college transfer credits do not count toward the total.

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G. 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 units (crs.) 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.

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H. 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 D2L 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: http://www.acs.uwosh.edu/documentation/acceptable-use.html). All use of email will also be consistent with local, state and federal law, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Students may elect to redirect (auto forward) messages sent to their UW Oshkosh official student email account to a non-University account. Students who redirect email from their official account to a non-University account (such as AOL, Yahoo, Hotmail), however, do so at their own risk. Having email lost as a result of redirection does not absolve a student from the responsibilities associated with communication sent to her or his official email account. The University is not responsible for the handling of email by outside vendors or unofficial servers.

The University provides a WebMail system, through which students from off campus can access their official UW Oshkosh email account. Instructions for the use of WebMail are available at: www.uwosh.edu/vms/webmail.

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I. Electronic Submission of Grades

Students may view their grades and print grade reports using the TitanWeb Registration System. The Registrar's Office does not mail grade reports to students. If there is hesitancy on the part of the student (or third party to which the TitanWeb grade report is sent) to accept the electronic version as official, the student is advised to request an official transcript from the Registrar's Office located in Dempsey Hall 130.

Since the submission of grades by instructors and posting of grades by the Registrar's Office are processes occurring throughout the academic year, a student's grade point average may change. This is particularly true if a student repeats courses.

J. 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.

K. Student Complaints Against Faculty and Academic Staff

Students who have complaints against faculty or academic staff have two procedures they may follow if the alleged misconduct is not judged serious enough to seek dismissal.
The two procedures are as follows:

  1. 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. 2. A student with a complaint about classroom treatment, grades or other matters will normally wish to seek resolution of the matter informally as follows:
    1. Meet with the staff member. Most complaints are resolved this way.
    2. Should the complaint not be resolved by this meeting, the student next meets with the staff member's supervisor.
      The supervisor is in the Dean's Office in the College of Nursing and the College of Business. For the College of Letters and Science, the College of Education and Human Services, and the Graduate School, the supervisor is the Department Chairperson. In the Bachelor of Liberal Studies Program, the supervisor is the Director.
    3. The staff member's supervisor will give the student written procedures covering complaints. The supervisor will determine the facts, and try to mediate between staff member and student and resolve the complaint.
    4. Should the supervisor's efforts be unsatisfactory to the student, the written procedures provide more formal steps. The student must prepare a written complaint for a grievance committee within a specified time period. Inaction by the student at this point indicates that the complaint has been dropped.

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.

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L. 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 units (crs.) in IS/RR combined toward the 120 required for graduation. General prerequisites: Junior standing (60 units (crs.)) or above, preparation in the academic area, and grade point average of 3.0 or above. Not to exceed 3 units (crs.) in any academic term.

Special Limitations for IS/RR within the various colleges:

College of Letters & Science

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M. Correspondence Courses

A maximum of 16 units (crs.) 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 Admissions 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.

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N. 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, Dual- Elementary/Special Education

Human Services
Leadership
(HSL)

Nursing

Business

Units (crs.) earned before admitted

40

60

45

54

Overall GPA needed

**2.75

HSL GPA of 2.50 = cum.
2.75 = major

2.75*

2.50

Special grade requirements

See COEHS (PEP) Admission requirements

See HSL Admission requirements

"C" or better in pre-nursing courses

2.20 GPA in pre-business core courses and C or better

Maximum number accepted

Limited enrollment

Not applicable

Limited enrollment

Not applicable

Clinical Internship

Admission to the college

Admission to the program

Admission to the program

Not applicable

Student Teaching/Advanced Internship

A 3.00 GPA in the major, 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 program entry

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 September 15 for fall term review and admission; February 15 for spring term review and admission.
Student Teaching March 1 for fall term admission; October 1 for spring term admission

March 1 for fall and summer terms admission; October 1 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 60 units (crs.) 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.

**May vary from term to term in the event that more than the maximum students meet the minimum requirements. Due to enrollment management, not all students who meet minimum requirements may be admitted. Enrollment management is in effect for all teacher licensure majors. For more information Contact: the Professional Education Program (PEP) Office,
Phone: 920-424-0115
Nursing Education113.

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