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Entrance Requirements for Undergraduate Majors

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Students should consult an advisor as early as possible to explore appropriate majors, and assure that they are preparing appropriately for their intended major.

Admission to UW–Madison does not necessarily guarantee admission to the major of a student's choice. Indicating an "intended" major on the application does not automatically enroll a student in a major. All majors have required procedures, and often prerequisites, for enrolling in the major.

Majors entered by declaration: Students enter some majors simply by completing a declaration of major form. All interested students who meet the minimum qualifications are admitted to the major. Students should review the program entry in the Undergraduate Catalog and contact the program advisor to declare the major.

Majors entered by application: Some majors have limited space and are entered by application. Entrance to these majors is competitive, which means that not all students will necessarily be accepted, even if they have the minimum qualifications. For programs that require a strong GPA for admission but don't specify a minimum GPA, the minimum GPA is listed in the chart as "competitive." Students should review the program entry in the Undergraduate Catalog and contact the program advisor to initiate the application process.

fThe chart below is a guide to the process for entrance into all UW–Madison undergraduate majors. For each major it indicates whether students enter by declaration or application; what requirements students must complete before they declare or apply to the major; when they should seek entrance into the major; and where to get complete, up-to-date information and advice or begin the entrance process.

Graduating in four years. Most majors can be completed in four years with good planning. A "yes" in the "4-year plan" column indicates that a plan for completing in four years is available from advisors. For more information see Graduating in Four Years.

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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
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African Languages & Literature Declaration     Any time. Yes Call department (262-2487) for a declaration form and procedures.
Afro-American Studies Declaration     Any time. Yes Call department (262-1642) for a declaration form and procedures.
Agricultural & Applied Economics Declaration     Before having earned 86 credits. Yes Faculty advise students. Call the department office (262-9489) for an appointment.
Agricultural Business Management Declaration     Any time. Yes Faculty advise students. Call the department office (262-9489) for an appointment.
Agronomy Declaration     Any time. Yes Faculty advise students. Call the department office (262-1390) for an appointment.
Animal Sciences Declaration     Any time. Yes Faculty advise students. Call the department office (263-4300) for an appointment.
Anthropology Declaration     Any time. Yes Program advisor,  6329 Social Sciences Building, 265-1993
Applied Math, Engineering & Physics Application  
    Program advisor, 809 Van Vleck, 262-3220
Art Declaration 2.5 overall or on last 60 credits. See the Undergraduate Catalog.   As early as possible. Yes Program advisor, Art Department Office, 262-1660
Art: BFA Application 2.5 overall or on last 60 credits, and 3.0 on major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. Prerequisite course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. During the semester the student becomes eligible. Minimum of sophomore standing. Portfolio review required. Yes Program advisor, Art Department Office, 262-1660
Art Education Application 2.5 overall or on last 60 credits. See the Undergraduate Catalog. Minimum 72 credits. Prerequisite major and aesthetics course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. During the year that the student becomes eligible, usually Jr year. Application deadline: October 1
Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
Art History Declaration     As early as possible. Yes Undergraduate advisor, Art History Department Office, 232 Conrad A. Elvehjem Building,   263-2340
Asian Studies Declaration     Any time. Yes East Asia: Program advisor, 331 Ingraham Hall, 265-4745
Southeast Asia: Program advisor, 207 Ingraham Hall, 263-1755 
Astonomy–Physics Declaration   Physics 247–248–249 or 207–208–241 or 201–202–205. After completing the first two of the three intro sequence physics courses. Yes Program advisor, 2554 Sterling Hall, 890-3775
Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences Declaration 2.25 or better in the admission courses
Math 221, 222, 234. Physics 207–208 or 201–202. One Chem course, One computer programming course. Minimum GPA 2.25. After completing pre-major courses. Yes Undergraduate coordinator, 849 Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Building, 262-2827
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
Biochemistry (CALS) Declaration 2.5 in previous semester
  Any time. Yes Undergraduate advisor, 420 Henry Mall, room 1142, 265-9846, UndergraduateAdvisor@biochem.wisc.edu
Biochemistry (L&S) Declaration 2.5 in previous semester
  Any time.   Undergraduate advisor, 420 Henry Mall, room 1142, 265-9846, UndergraduateAdvisor@biochem.wisc.edu.







Biological Systems Engineering Application 2.50 for all math courses 217 and above, statistics courses 224 and above, chemistry (all courses), computer science (302 and above), EMA 201, and physics courses 201 and above. 2.0 for courses not included above. Math 222. 17 cr in calculus, statistics, chemistry, computer science, statics and physics. Chem 103/104 or 109 or equivalent; EMA 201; math through Math 222; and either InterEGR 102, 111 or 160 another first year seminar course from the approved list. Before having earned 86 credits. Yes Undergraduate Program Coordinator, 115 Agricultural Engineering Building, 262-3310
Biology (CALS) Declaration     Before having earned 86 credits. Yes Student Services Program Manager, 2536 Microbial Sciences Building, 890-0677, info@biologymajor.wisc.edu
Biology (L&S) Declaration     As early as possible. Yes Program advisor, 2536 Microbial Sciences Building, 890-0677, info@biologymajor.wisc.edu
Biomedical Engineering Application Competitive, per capacity limitations  General College Requirements, which specify minimum course, GPA, and credits to be considered for admission. Additional considerations when program capacity is limited. An essay is frequently required; when this occurs, the EGR office notifies applicants of the essay question and deadline.  2nd, 3rd, or 4th semester, and when General College Requirements are satisfied. Required courses may be in progress at time of application. Students in other schools/colleges must carry a minimum of one 12-credit-hour semester and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.0 GPA in the most recent semester; overall record at UW–Madison will also be considered. Application deadline: November 1 for spring semester, March 1 for fall semester Yes Engineering General Resources (EGR) Office, 1150 Engineering Hall, 262-2473, EGRadvisor@engr.wisc.edu
Botany Declaration   Minimum GPA 2.5 in science courses taken in first two years. Any time. Yes Program coordinator, 139 Birge Hall; 262-0476; botany@ls.wisc.edu
Business: Accounting Application Competitive Pre-Business courses. See the Undergraduate Catalog. After completing 24 credits and prebusiness courses, but not more than 100 credits. Application deadline: in spring for fall admission Yes Wisconsin BBA Advising Center, School of Business, 3150 Grainger Hall, 262-0471
Business: Actuarial Science Application Competitve Pre-Business courses. See the Undergraduate Catalog. After completing 24 credits and prebusiness courses, but not more than 100 credits. Application deadline: in spring for fall admission Yes Wisconsin BBA Advising Center, School of Business, 3150 Grainger Hall, 262-0471
Business: Finance, Investment & Banking Application Competitive Pre-Business courses. See the Undergraduate Catalog. After completing 24 credits and prebusiness courses, but not more than 100 credits. Application deadline: in spring for fall admission Yes Wisconsin BBA Advising Center, School of Business, 3150 Grainger Hall, 262-0471
Business: Information Systems Application Competitive Pre-Business courses. See the Undergraduate Catalog. After completing 24 credits and prebusiness courses, but not more than 100 credits. Application deadline: in spring for fall admission Yes Wisconsin BBA Advising Center, School of Business, 3150 Grainger Hall, 262-0471
Business: International Business Application Competitive Pre-Business courses. See the Undergraduate Catalog. After completing 24 credits and prebusiness courses, but not more than 100 credits. Application deadline: in spring for fall admission Yes Wisconsin BBA Advising Center, School of Business, 3150 Grainger Hall, 262-0471
Business: Management & Human Resources Application Competitive Pre-Business courses. See the Undergraduate Catalog. After completing 24 credits and prebusiness courses, but not more than 100 credits. Application deadline: in spring for fall admission Yes Wisconsin BBA Advising Center, School of Business, 3150 Grainger Hall, 262-0471
Business: Marketing Application Competitive Pre-Business courses. See the Undergraduate Catalog. After completing 24 credits and prebusiness courses, but not more than 100 credits. Application deadline: in spring for fall admission Yes Wisconsin BBA Advising Center, School of Business, 3150 Grainger Hall, 262-0471
Business: Operations & Technology Management Application Competitive Pre-Business courses. See the Undergraduate Catalog. After completing 24 credits and prebusiness courses, but not more than 100 credits. Application deadline: in spring for fall admission Yes Wisconsin BBA Advising Center, School of Business, 3150 Grainger Hall, 262-0471
Business: Real Estate & Urban Land Economics Application Competitive Pre-Business courses. See the Undergraduate Catalog. After completing 24 credits and prebusiness courses, but not more than 100 credits. Application deadline: in spring for fall admission Yes Wisconsin BBA Advising Center, School of Business, 3150 Grainger Hall, 262-0471
Business: Risk Management & Insurance Application Competitive Pre-Business courses. See the Undergraduate Catalog. After completing 24 credits and prebusiness courses, but not more than 100 credits. Application deadline: in spring for fall admission Yes Wisconsin BBA Advising Center, School of Business, 3150 Grainger Hall, 262-0471
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
Cartography & Geographic Information Systems Declaration     As early as possible. Yes Program advisor, 144 Science Hall, 262-4438
Chemical Engineering Application Competitive, per capacity limitations. General College Requirements, which specify minimum course, GPA, and credits to be considered for admission. Additional considerations when program capacity is limited. When General College Requirements are satisfied. Required courses may be in progress at time of application. Engineering students have up to four semesters to apply. Students in other schools/colleges must carry a minimum of one 12-credit-hour semester and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.0 GPA in the most recent semester; overall record at UW–Madison will also be considered. Application deadline: November 1 for spring semester, March 1 for fall semester.
Yes
Engineering General Resources (EGR) Office, 1150 Engineering Hall, 262-2473, EGRadvisor@engr.wisc.edu
Chemistry Declaration  2.5 overall in chemistry courses
One chemistry course after general chemistry Any time after completion of one chemistry course beyond general chemistry. Yes Program advisor, 1328 Chemistry Building, 263-4852
Chinese (Education) Application 2.75 overall or on last 60 credits, and on major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. Prerequisite major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog  During year that student becomes eligible, usually So or Jr year. Application deadline: February 1.    Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
Civil Engineering Application Competitive, per capacity limitations. General College Requirements, which specify minimum course, GPA, and credits to be considered for admission. Additional considerations when program capacity is limited. When General College Requirements are satisfied. Required courses may be in progress at time of application. Engineering students have up to four semesters to apply. Students in other schools/colleges must carry a minimum of one 12-credit-hour semester and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.0 GPA in the most recent semester; overall record at UW–Madison will also be considered. Application deadline: November 1 for spring semester, March 1 for fall semester.
Engineering General Resources (EGR) Office, 1150 Engineering Hall, 262-2473, EGRadvisor@engr.wisc.edu
Classical Humanities Declaration     Any time. Yes Program advisor, 910 Van Hise Hall, 262-2041, classics@mhub.facstaff.wisc.edu
Classics Declaration     Any time. Yes Program advisor, 910 Van Hise Hall, 262-2041, classics@mhub.facstaff.wisc.edu
Communication Arts Application  
Strongly encouraged to declare the major during sophomore year.
  Program advisor, 6070 Vilas Hall, 262-2547
Communication Sciences and Disorders Declaration   Comm Dis 201, Comm Dis 202, Comm Dis 240. Minimum GPA 3.0. After completing pre-major courses. Yes Program advisors, Goodnight Hall, 262-3951
Communication Sciences and Disorders (Education) Application 3.0 for prerequisite and major course work; 2.75 overall or on last 60 credits. See the Undergraduate Catalog. Comm Dis 201, Comm Dis 202, Comm Dis 240. Minimum GPA 3.0. During the semester that the student becomes eligible, usually So or Jr year.   Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
Community and Environmental Sociology Declaration     Before having earned 86 credits. Yes Faculty advise students. Call the department office (262-1510) for an appointment.
Community and Nonprofit Leadership Application Competitive   As early as possible. Applications typically accepted October and February. Dates vary by year.  Yes SoHE Student Academic Affairs, 262-2608, acadaffairs@mail.sohe.wisc.edu
Comparative Literature Declaration 3.0 At least one 200-level course in Comparative Literature. At least Sophomore standing. Yes Director of Undergraduate Studies, 262-1158, 262-3059
Computer Engineering Application Competitive, per capacity limitations. General College Requirements, which specify minimum course, GPA, and credits to be considered for admission. Additional considerations when program capacity is limited. When General College Requirements are satisfied. Required courses may be in progress at time of application. Engineering students have up to four semesters to apply. Students in other schools/colleges must carry a minimum of one 12-credit-hour semester and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.0 GPA in the most recent semester; overall record at UW–Madison will also be considered. Application deadline: November 1 for spring semester, March 1 for fall semester. Yes Engineering General Resources (EGR) Office, 1150 Engineering Hall, 262-2473, EGRadvisor@engr.wisc.edu
Computer Sciences Declaration   To declare the Comp Sci major, a student must complete one Comp Sci course at UW–Madison and achieve a grade of C or better in that course. The course must be worth 2 or more credits. Suggested courses include Comp Sci 202, 240, 252, 301, 302, 354, and 367.
After fulfilling the declaration requirements. Yes Undergraduate coordinator, 5351 Computer Science, 262-1204
Conservation Biology Declaration

   Anytime
Program advisor, 445 Henry Mall, Room 118, 262- 9690, bac@biology.wisc.edu
Consumer Affairs No new admissions 
   
SoHE Student Academic Affairs, 262-2608, acadaffairs@mail.sohe.wisc.edu 
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
Dairy Science Declaration     Before having earned 86 credits. Yes Faculty advise students. Call the department office (236-3308) for an appointment.
Dance Application and audition  2.5 overall or on last 60 credits. See the Undergraduate Catalog.   As early as possible. Audition required. Yes Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
Economics Declaration 2.0 in all economics courses taken at UW–Madison
Two economics courses taken at UW–Madison with a 2.0 GPA; one calculus course; for option B, Math 221 or higher is required.
After completing two of the three pre-major courses. Yes Program advisor, 7238 Social Science Building, 262-8762,
Electrical Engineering Application Competitive, per capacity limitations. General College Requirements, which specify minimum course, GPA, and credits to be considered for admission. Additional considerations when program capacity is limited. When General College Requirements are satisfied. Required courses may be in progress at time of application. Engineering students have up to four semesters to apply. Students in other schools/colleges must carry a minimum of one 12-credit-hour semester and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.0 GPA in the most recent semester; overall record at UW–Madison will also be considered. Application deadline: November 1 for spring semester, March 1 for fall semester.  Yes Engineering General Resources (EGR) Office, 1150 Engineering Hall, 262-2473, EGRadvisor@engr.wisc.edu
Elementary Education Application 2.5 overall or 2.5 on last 60 credits, or passing Praxis I (PPST) SCORES. See the Undergraduate Catalog.   During the year that the student becomes eligible, usually So year. Application deadline: February 1
Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
Engineering Mechanics Application Competitive, per capacity limitations. General College Requirements, which specify minimum course, GPA, and credits to be considered for admission. Additional considerations when program capacity is limited. When General College Requirements are satisfied. Required courses may be in progress at time of application. Engineering students have up to four semesters to apply. Students in other schools/colleges must carry a minimum of one 12-credit-hour semester and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.0 GPA in the most recent semester; overall record at UW–Madison will also be considered. Application deadline: November 1 for spring semester, March 1 for fall semester.  Yes
Engineering General Resources (EGR) Office, 1150 Engineering Hall, 262-2473, EGRadvisor@engr.wisc.edu
Engineering Physics Application 3.5 in at least 54 credits.  General College Requirements, which specify minimum course, GPA, an credits to be considered for admission. Additional considerations when program capacity is limited. When General College Requirements are satisfied. Required courses may be in progress at time of application. Engineering students have up to four semesters to apply. Students in other schools/colleges must carry a minimum of one 12-credit-hour semester and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.0 GPA in the most recent semester; overall record at UW–Madison will also be considered. Students who satisfy the General College Requirements before achieving 54 credits may apply first to nuclear engineering or to engineering mechanics; after admission they may apply to transfer to engineering physics. Application deadline: November 1 for spring semester, March 1 for fall semester.  Yes Engineering General Resources (EGR) Office, 1150 Engineering Hall, 262-2473, EGRadvisor@engr.wisc.edu
English Declaration   6 cr of literature courses. Any time. Yes Program advisor, 7195 Helen C. White, www.english.wisc.edu/undergraduate-declaring.htm
Entomology Declaration     Before having earned 86 credits. Yes Undergraduate advisor. Call the department office (262-9926) for an appointment.
Environmental Sciences (CALS) Declaration

Before having earned 86 credits. Yes Undergraduate advisor. Call 807-7391 information. Current UW–Madison undergraduates may schedule an appointment with Kathryn Jones through the WiscCal Scheduling Assistant.
Environmental Studies Declaration

Any time. Yes Program Coordinator, 70 Science Hall, 262-7520, undergrad@nelson.wisc.edu
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
Family, Consumer and Community Education No new admissions       
SoHE Student Academic Affairs, 262-2608, acadaffairs@mail.sohe.wisc.edu 
Food Science Declaration     Before having earned 86 credits. Yes Faculty advise students. Call the department office (262-3046) for an appointment.
Forest Science Declaration     Before having earned 86 credits. Yes Undergraduate advisor. Call the department office (262-9926) for an appointment.
French Declaration   French 228 and French 271 Any time. Yes Undergraduate Program Coordinator, 618 Van Hise Hall, 262-5074, 262-3941
French (Education) Application 2.75 overall or on last 60 credits, and on major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. Prerequisite major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog During the year that the student becomes eligible, usually So or Jr year. Application deadline: February 1.
Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
Gender and Women's Studies Declaration   Gen&WS 101, Gen&WS 102, or Gen&WS 103 with a grade of B or better After completing Gen&WS 101, Gen&WS 102, or Gen&WS 103 with a grade of B or better
Yes Department advisor, 3321 Sterling Hall,  263-1785
Genetics Declaration     Before having earned 86 credits. Yes Faculty advise students. Call the department office (262-1069) for an appointment.
Geography Declaration     Any time. Yes Program advisor, 144 Science Hall, 262-4438
Geological Engineering Application Competitive, per capacity limitations. General College Requirements, which specify minimum course, GPA, and credits to be considered for admission. Additional considerations when program capacity is limited. When General College Requirements are satisfied. Required courses may be in progress at time of application. Engineering students have up to four semesters to apply. Students in other schools/colleges must carry a minimum of one 12-credit-hour semester and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.0 GPA in the most recent semester; overall record at UW–Madison will also be considered. Application deadline: November 1 for spring semester, March 1 for fall semester. Yes Engineering General Resources (EGR) Office, 1150 Engineering Hall, 262-2473, EGRadvisor@engr.wisc.edu
Geology & Geophysics Declaration   To declare the major, students must have taken one of the following courses: Geosci 202, 204, or 360.
As early as possible. Yes Student Records Office, 213 Weeks Hall, 262-9266
German Declaration     Any time. Yes Program advisor, 818 Van Hise Hall, 262-9750
German (Education) Application 2.75 overall or on last 60 credits, and on major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. Prerequisite major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. During the year that the student becomes eligible, usually So or Jr year. Application deadline: February 1.
Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:







Hebrew (Education) Application 2.75 overall or on last 60 credits, and on major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog.  Prerequisite major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. During the year that the student becomes eligible, usually So or Jr year. Application deadline: February 1.    Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
History Declaration   Some course work in history. Any time. Yes Undergraduate advisor, 3211 Humanities Building, 263-1800
History & History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Declaration  
Any time. Yes Undergraduate advisor, 3211 Humanities Building, 263-1800
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Declaration     Any time. Yes Program advisor, 263-1562
Horticulture Declaration     Before having earned 86 credits. Yes Undergraduate advisor. Call the department office (262-1490) for information. Current UW–Madison undergraduates may schedule an appointment with Kathryn Jones through the WiscCal Scheduling Assistant.
Human Development and Family Studies Application Minimum of 2.8 preferred.  Preferred evidence of success in human development and family studies and/or related course work. As early as possible. Applications typically accepted October and February. Dates vary by year. Yes SoHE Student Academic Affairs, 262-2608, acadaffairs@mail.sohe.wisc.edu 
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
Industrial Engineering Application Competitive, per capacity limitations. General College Requirements, which specify minimum course, GPA, and credits to be considered for admission. Additional considerations when program capacity is limited. When General College Requirements are satisfied. Required courses may be in progress at time of application. Engineering students have up to four semesters to apply. Students in other schools/colleges must carry a minimum of one 12-credit-hour semester and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.0 GPA in the most recent semester; overall record at UW–Madison will also be considered. Application deadline: November 1 for spring semester, March 1 for fall semester. Yes Engineering General Resources (EGR) Office, 1150 Engineering Hall, 262-2473, EGRadvisor@engr.wisc.edu
Interior Design Application 2.75 (to declare Pre-Interior Design) Pre-major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. After completing pre-major courses. Application deadline: late April. Dates vary by year.  Yes SoHE Student Academic Affairs, 262-2608, acadaffairs@mail.sohe.wisc.edu 
International Studies Declaration   Completed or enrolled in Intl St 101 and one of the following combinations: Econ 101 & 102, AAE 215 & Econ 102, or Econ 111.
As early as possible. After completing pre-major courses.  Yes Program advisor, 301 Ingraham Hall, 262-2631
Italian Declaration     Any time. Yes Undergraduate Program Coordinator, 618 Van Hise Hall, 262-5074, 262-3941,
Italian (Education) Application 2.75 overall or on last 60 credits, and on major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog Prerequisite major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. During the year that the student becomes eligible, usually So or Jr year. Application deadline: February 1.
Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
Japanese Declaration   Two years Japanese language. Minimum GPA 3.0. Any time. Yes Undergraduate advisor, 1114 Van Hise Hall, 262-9219
Japanese (Education) Application 2.75 overall or on last 60 credits, and on major course work. See the Undergradute Catalog. Prerequisite major course work. See Undergraduate Catalog.  During the semester that the student becomes eligible, usually So or Jr year. Application deadline: February 1.    Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
Jewish Studies Declaration     Any time. Yes Undergraduate advisor, 4223, Mosse Humanities Building, 265-4763, undergrad-adviser@cjs.wisc.edu
Journalism Application Competititve Journalism 201 After completing 24 credits, and with at least 3 terms remaining until graduation. Application deadlines: December 1 and May (approximate—see journalism.wisc.edu for exact dates). Yes Program advisor, 263-7699 or 262-3690
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
Kinesiology, Option: Athletic Training Application 2.75 overall or on last 60 credits, and on major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. Prerequisite course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog During the year that the student becomes eligible, usually So year. Application deadline: February 1
Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
Kinesiology, Option: Exercise & Movement Science Application 2.75 overall or on last 60 credits, and on major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. Prerequisite course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. During the year that the student becomes eligible, usually So year. Application deadline: February 1 Yes Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
Kinesiology, Option: Physical Education Application 2.75 overall or on last 60 credits. See the Undergraduate Catalog. Prerequisite course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. During the year that the student becomes eligible, usually So or Jr year. Application deadline: February 1 Yes Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
Landscape Architechure (BS-LA) Application Competitive Six prerequisite courses: Land Arc 201, Land Arc 250, Land Arc 262,
Land Arc 312, DS 120 or     Art1 102 or Art 112; ME 160.
Mid-April. Contact department for speciflc date. Yes
Faculty advise students. Call the department office (263-7301) for an appointment.
Landscape Architechure (BS) Declaration     Before having earned 86 credits. Yes Faculty advise students. Call the department office (263-7301) for an appointment.
Latin Declaration

Any time. Yes Program advisor, 910 Van Hise Hall, 262-2041, classics@mhub.facstaff.wisc.edu
Latin (Education) Application 2.75 overall or on last 60 credits, and on major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. Prerequisite major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. During the year that the student becomes eligible, usually So or Jr year. Application deadline: February 1.
Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
Latin American, Caribbean, & Iberian Studies Declaration

As early as possible.
Program advisor, 209 Ingraham Hall, 262-0616, skripp@wisc.edu
Legal Studies Declaration   Communications Part A, Quantitative Reasoning Part A, Legal St 131 or Legal St 217, all with a grade of C or better. After completing prerequisite courses.   Program advisor, 8137 Social Science Building, 262-2083
Life Sciences Communication Declaration     Any time. Yes Faculty advise students. Call the department office (262-1241) for an appointment.
Linguistics Declaration     Any time. Yes Program advisor, 262-2292
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
Materials Science & Engineering Application Competitive, per capacity limitations. General College Requirements, which specify minimum course, GPA, and credits to be considered for admission. Additional considerations when program capacity is limited. When General College Requirements are satisfied. Required courses may be in progress at time of application. Engineering students have up to four semesters to apply. Students in other schools/colleges must carry a minimum of one 12-credit-hour semester and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.0 GPA in the most recent semester; overall record at UW–Madison will also be considered. Application deadline: November 1 for spring semester, March 1 for fall semester.  Yes Engineering General Resources (EGR) Office, 1150 Engineering Hall, 262-2473, EGRadvisor@engr.wisc.edu
Mathematics Declaration   Math 221, 222, 234. Minimum GPA 2.5. After completing pre-major courses. Yes Undergraduate program coordinator, 207 Van Vleck, 263-6374
Mechanical Engineering Application Competitive, per capacity limitations. General College Requirements, which specify minimum course, GPA, and credits to be considered for admission. Additional considerations when program capacity is limited. When General College Requirements are satisfied. Required courses may be in progress at time of application. Engineering students have up to four semesters to apply. Students in other schools/colleges must carry a minimum of one 12-credit-hour semester and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.0 GPA in the most recent semester; overall record at UW–Madison will also be considered. Application deadline: November 1 for spring semester, March 1 for fall semester.  Yes Engineering General Resources (EGR) Office, 1150 Engineering Hall, 262-2473, EGRadvisor@engr.wisc.edu







Microbiology (CALS) Declaration     Any time. Yes Faculty advise students. Call the department office (262-2914) for an appointment.
Microbiology (L&S) Declaration     As soon as possible.   Faculty advise students. Call the department office (262-2975) for an appointment.
Molecular Biology Declaration     Any time.   Program advisor, 445 Henry Mall, Room 118, 262-9690, molecularbiologymajor@biology.wisc.edu
Music Application Minimum 2.0 overall; 2.0 in music courses; 2.0 in core music theory/history sequence; theory and history options within  major require substantially higher GPAs.   As early as possible. Audition required. Prospective transfer students should apply during their first year.    School of Music Audition & Admission Coordinator, 5561 Mosse Humanities Building, admissions@music.wisc.edu, 263-5986.
Music: Education Application 2.75 overall; 3.00 in music courses; 2.50 in core music theory/history sequence.   As early as possible. Audition required. Prospective transer students should apply during their first year.    School of Music Audition & Admission Coordinator, 5561 Mosse Humanities Building, admissions@music.wisc.edu, 263-5986.
Music: Performance Application 2.75 overall; 3.00 in music courses; 2.50 in core music theory/history sequence.   As early as possible. Audition required. Prospective transfer students should apply during their first year.    School of Music Audition & Admission Coordinator, 5561 Mosse Humanities Building, ugradmus@music.wisc.edu, 263-5986.
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
Naval Science Application 2.0 for courses not required for entrance. Communications Part A; Math 221, Math 222, Chemistry 103/104 or 109, EMA 201 or Physics 201, with min GPA 2.5; and InterEgr 101 or 160. After accumulating 24 but not more than 54 credits. Application deadline: November 1, March 1
Advising Office, 1150 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive, 262-2473
Nuclear Engineering Application Competitive, per capacity limitations. General College Requirements, which specify minimum course, GPA, and credits to be considered for admission. Additional considerations when program capacity is limited. When General College Requirements are satisfied. Required courses may be in progress at time of application. Engineering students have up to four semesters to apply. Students in other schools/colleges must carry a minimum of one 12-credit-hour semester and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.0 GPA in the most recent semester; overall record at UW–Madison will also be considered. Application deadline: November 1 for spring semester, March 1 for fall semester.  Yes
Engineering General Resources (EGR) Office, 1150 Engineering Hall, 262-2473, EGRadvisor@engr.wisc.edu
Nursing Application Competitive (minimum 2.75 cumulative and prerequisite). Chem, Microbiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Psych, Soc, Human Growth & Development. Jr standing and enrolled in or after completing prerequisite courses. Application deadline: February 1 Yes School of Nursing Academic Programs Office, Cooper Hall 1100, 701 Highland Avenue, 263-5166, ugadmit@son.wisc.edu
Nursing - Collaborative Nursing Program Application 2.5 Chem, Microbiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Psych, Soc, Human Growth & Development. After completing the Associate Degree in Nursing. Application deadline: February 1 Yes School of Nursing Academic Programs Office, Cooper Hall 1100, 701 Highland Avenue, 263-5166, ugadmit@son.wisc.edu
Nutritional Sciences (BS-Dietetics) Application Competitive  3.0 (cumulative and within prerequisite courses) Some chemistry, zoology, microbiology, nutritional sciences, physiology, and food science; see Undergraduate Catalog. Must declare Pre-Dietetics before having earned 86 credits. Applications due June 15 for fall semester; January 15 for spring semester. Yes Faculty advise students. Call the department office (262-2727) for instructions on how to declare, or see this link.
Nutritional Sciences (BS) Declaration  
Before having earned 86 credits. Yes Faculty advise students. Call the department office (262-2727) for instructions on how to declare, or see this link.
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
Personal Finance Application Competitive Preferred evidence of success in consumer science, business, and/or economics course work. As early as possible. Applications typically accepted October and February. Dates vary by year.
Yes SoHE Student Academic Affairs, 262-2608, acadaffairs@mail.sohe.wisc.edu 
Pharmacology and Toxicology Application Competitive 4-5 cr Calc, 8 cr Chem w/labs, 8 cr OrgChem w/labs, 8 cr Biol w/labs, 4 cr Phys w/labs, Communications Part A, 3–6 cr Soc Studies. 60 cumulative credits. During So year. Application deadline: February 1 Yes Student and Academic Affairs Office, School of Pharmacy, 2220 Rennebohm Hall, 608-262-6234
Philosophy Declaration     Any time. Yes  Undergraduate advisor, 5117 Helen C. White Hall
Physician Assistant No new admissions




Physics Declaration  
Any time.
Yes Pick up a form in 2320 Chamberlin Hall.
Plant Pathology Declaration     Before having earned 86 credits. Yes Undergraduate advisor. Call the department office (262-9926) for an appointment.
Polish Declaration     Any time.   Program advisor, ugadvisor@slavic.wisc.edu
Polish (Education)           Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
Political Science Declaration     Any time. Yes Program advisor, 263-2414
Portuguese Declaration     Any time. Yes Program advisor, 702 Van Hise Hall, 265-3183
Portuguese (Education) Application 2.75 overall or on last 60 credits, and on major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog Prerequisite major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. During the year that the student becomes eligible, usually So or Jr year. Application deadline: February 1
Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
Poultry Science Declaration     Before having earned 86 credits. Yes Faculty advise students. Call the department office (263-4300) for an appointment.
Psychology Declaration 2.0 or better in Psych 202 or Psych AP score of 4 or 5.  Psych 201, 202, or 281; or Psychology AP score of 4 or 5. After successful completion of Introductory Psychology.
Program advisor, advisor@psych.wisc.edu
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
Rehabilitation Psychology Application 2.5 overall or on last 60 credits. See the Undergraduate Catalog.   During the semester that the student becomes eligible, usually in the So year. Application deadline: November 1, March 1 Yes Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
Religious Studies Declaration     Any time. Yes 7143 Sewell Social Sciences Building, 265-1854
Retailing Application Competitive Preferred evidence of success in consumer science, business and/or economics course work. As early as possible. Applications typically accepted October and February. Dates vary by year. Yes SoHE Student Academic Affairs, 262-2608, acadaffairs@mail.sohe.wisc.edu 
Russian   Declaration   Any time Yes Program advisor, ugadvisor@slavic.wisc.edu
Russian (Education)           Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
Scandinavian Studies Declaration     Any time. Yes Program advisor, 1368 Van Hise Hall, 262-2128, 262-2090
cial Welfare Declaration 2.0 overall
Soc Work 205 or Soc Work 206 Sophomore standing
Yes Program advisor, 263-3660
Social Work Application 2.5 overall
Soc Work 205, 206. Enrolled in or completed Stats. 2nd semester jr. year, 71 credits completed. Application deadline: early February. Competitive.
Yes Program advisor, 263-3660
Sociology Declaration     Any time. Yes Undergraduate advisor,   8128D Social Science Building, 262-3572, 262-3261
Soil Science Declaration     Before having earned 86 credits. Yes Faculty advise students. Call the department office (262-2633) for an appointment.
Spanish Declaration     Any time.   Program advisor, 702 Van Hise Hall, 265-3183
Spanish (Education) Application 2.75 overall or on last 60 credits, and on major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. Prerequisite major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. During the year that the student becomes eligible, usually So or Jr year. Application deadline: February 1.
Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
Special Education Application 2.5 overall or on last 60 credits. See the Undergraduate Catalog. RP&SE 300. Must be completed by end of summer of application year.  During the year that the student becomes eligible, usually So year. Application deadline: February 1
Education Academic Services, Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Suite 139, 262-1651
Statistics Declaration   Math 221, 222, 234. Minimum GPA 2.0 After completing pre-major courses. Yes Program advisor, 1110 Medical Science Center, 263-5812
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
Textile and Apparel Design Application 2.75 (to declare Pre-Textile & Apparel Design) Pre-major course work. See the Undergraduate Catalog. After completing pre-major courses. Application deadline late April. Dates vary by year. Yes SoHE Student Academic Affairs, 262-2608, acadaffairs@mail.sohe.wisc.edu 
Theatre & Drama Declaration    
Any time
Yes Undergraduate advisor, 6173 Vilas Hall, 263-2329
Theatre & Drama, Option: Acting Specialist Application   Theatre 150 and Theatre 250. During So or Jr year. Audition required. Application deadline: October, March Yes Undergraduate advisor, 6173 Vilas Hall, 263-2329
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
Wildlife Ecology Declaration     Before having earned 86 credits. Yes Faculty advise students. Call the department office (262-9926) for an appointment.
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Major Name Application or Declaration Minimum GPA Specific Courses When to apply/declare? Deadline, if any 4-Year Plan For more information, contact:
Zoology Declaration     Any time. Yes Program advisor, 234 Noland Hall, 262-2742