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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
College of Letters and Science
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901-8660

Office:
Nursing Education Building
Room 101

Phone: (920) 424-1222
Email: cols@uwosh.edu

Degree Requirements

From the 2013-2015 Undergraduate Bulletin

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

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

Students who select the Bachelor of Arts degree study a foreign language in addition to the general education program and the major.

Students who select the Bachelor of Science degree take more courses in natural science and mathematics.

General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
Summary of Degree Requirements Common to All Colleges
  1. All baccalaureate degrees require the completion of at least 120 earned term credits (passing grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D- , or P or their equivalents. Credits from UW Oshkosh, other accredited institutions and UWO approved Prior Learning programs may be used to meet his requirement. Note: Remedial courses do not count in the 120 credits required.
  2. At least 42 credits of the 120 credit total must be earned in General Education coursework.
  3. At least 30 credits of the 120 credit total applied to the degree must be earned in UW Oshkosh courses.
  4. At least 15 of the last 30 credits applied to the degree must be earned in UW Oshkosh courses.
  5. A minimum of 35 of the 120 credits must be earned in upper level courses (those earned at UWO numbered 300 and above or credits earned at a transfer institution and defined as upper-level by the standards of that institution).
  6. All degrees require that a minimum GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) be achieved in each of the following categories:
    • Official UW Oshkosh GPA. Credits attempted shall be defined as any credits for which a grade of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, or F or their equivalents, has been assigned.
    • All upper-level credits attempted
    • All credits attempted in courses identified by departments or programs as applicable to the major and/or minor requirements (unless otherwise specified)
    • All courses eligible for application to the English composition requirements portion of the University’s General Education requirement
    • Note: All calculations of the official GPA will be based upon the academic record as maintained by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. If a course repeated, the last grade received will be the one calculate in the GPA. A grade of Incomplete from another institution will not be carried into the record maintained at UW Oshkosh.
  7. All baccalaureate degrees require the completion of the University’s General Education requirements.
  8. The Bulletin used to determine these requirements must have been current during the student’s attendance at UW Oshkosh, or at any other regionally accredited college or university, and may be no more than six years old at the time of graduation. Within this six year timeframe, students may choose a more recent Bulletin published for degree, major, minor or general education requirements.

Exceptions to this policy include:

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

Students without previous foreign language preparation must complete credits in a single foreign language by passing the final course in the sequence (110, 111, 203 and 204 in French, German, Russian or Spanish; or 110, 111, 210 and 211 in Arabic, Chinese or Japanese or obtain a proficiency waiver through the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures).

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

Humanities

At least 12 credits are required from departments comprising the Humanities Division. All Explore: Culture (XC) courses in the USP are considered Humanities courses. Of these, at least one course must be taken from the following areas:

  1. Art, Drama, Music
  2. Literature
  3. Philosophy, Religious Studies

Foreign Language may NOT be used as one of the areas in the Humanities component of the BA degree requirements, although they may be used as one of the areas in the University Minimum Requirement.

For the BA, there is a separate Foreign Language Requirement. See above for details.

Social Science

At least 12 credits must be taken from at least two of the Social Science areas. One must include 3 credits of history.

Additional Requirements for the Bachelor of Science
Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science
  • Math 104* or Math 108* or Math 204
  • One course from the following in Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science:
    • Calculus: Math 171, 172, 175, 206
    • Statistics: Math 201, 301, Economics 210, Geography 385, Psychology 203, 341, Sociology 281, Criminal Justice 281
    • Computer Science: Comp Sci 221, 262

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

Each course listed has a Mathematics course as a prerequisite. Students must complete the prerequisite course with a grade of “C” or better prior to enrolling in any of the listed courses. In some cases the prerequisite can be met via the UW System Mathematics Placement Exam.

Humanities

At least 12 credits must be taken from the Humanities area. Of these credits, at least one course must be taken from three of the following four course areas:

  1. Art, Drama, Music
  2. Literature,
  3. Philosophy, Religious Studies
  4. Foreign Language
Social Science

At least 12 credits must be taken from at least two of the Social Science areas. One must include 3 credits of history.

Natural Science

Four courses are required:

  • Two must be from laboratory science courses from one of the following departments: Biology/Microbiology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology and Physics/Astronomy. The first course must be the prerequisite for the second.
  • A third course must be a laboratory science course from a department other than 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 BS Math Requirement (not used to fulfill the Math Requirement)
University Studies Program: General Education for the 21st Century

Academic Policies – Section 3: Undergraduate Degree Requirements – Section 1: University Studies Programs

Requirements for COLS Majors

Students completing the baccalaureate degree with a College of Letters and Science major must complete a minimum of 35 credits of upper level coursework. Also, at least 96 credits must be in Letters and Science coursework. No more than 24 of the 120 credits 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 credits
  • physical education majors’ courses for teachers
  • all business courses (Business Administration) except Business Administration 131
  • mathematics courses for teaching arithmetic
  • Physic/Astronomy 201 (Statistics) & Physics/Astronomy 202 (Dynamics)
  • courses in surveying, engineering drawing (Practical Arts)