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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
Probation
General Education Requirements

The University of Wisconsin–Madison sets minimum standards that must be met by all students pursuing an undergraduate degree. Many departments and programs have requirements that exceed these basic requirements. It is important that students become familiar with the specific requirements of the schools, colleges, and individual departments and programs. The information in the following paragraphs provides general information about study at UW–Madison. Requirements may vary among the schools and colleges.

Total Degree Credits

To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, most students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The total degree credits for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements. See 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. For more information on these exams, see 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. Normally these credits are completed after earning the first 90 credits toward an undergraduate degree.

Probation

Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school or college. Not doing so can result in being placed on academic probation. Some programs require students to maintain a stated GPA higher than the minimum to remain in good standing.

General Education Requirements