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Undergraduate Study at UW–Madison

Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

Total Degree Credits
Exams for Degree Credit
Retroactive Foreign Language Creditt
Residence Credit
Academic Probation
General Education Requirements

The University of Wisconsin–Madison sets minimum standards that must be met by all students pursuing an undergraduate degree. The information in the following paragraphs provides general information about study at UW–Madison. Requirements may vary among the schools and colleges, and for specific programs. Students should learn about and understand the specific requirements for their program of study.

Total Degree Credits

To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits (which includes AP, IB and other test credit, transfer credit, and retroactive credit). The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements. Undergraduate Majors.

Exams for Degree Credit

Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and the UW–Madison Advanced Placement Calculus Exam all offer the possibility of earning degree credit by exam. In addition, some departments offer credit by exam for selected courses. For more information on these exams, see Admission Admission.

Retroactive Foreign Language Credit

Students may receive retroactive foreign language credit for certain lower-level courses. For more information, see Admission.

Residence Credit

Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.

Academic Probation

Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.

General Education Requirements