UW-Madison: Academics: Undergraduate Catalog


The University of Wisconsin-Madison was founded in 1849, becoming one of the nation's first land-grant colleges in 1868. The founders of the University promoted the "Wisconsin Idea." This is the concept that the University, through teaching, research, and community service, is an asset with offerings for every corner of the state.

Today the Wisconsin Idea goes beyond the boundaries of the state to every corner of the globe. Students from every county in Wisconsin, every state, and more than 125 nations attend UW-Madison.

This university is ranked third in the nation for enrollment of students from other countries, yet two-thirds of the total enrollment is from Wisconsin. The number of living alumni is almost 300,000, with about a third residing in Wisconsin.

Growing with the times to meet changing needs in education and research has kept the University great. With an eye to the future, the University continues to change, guaranteeing a community and environment where true learning can take place.

This Undergraduate Catalog contains information about the many academic programs that make UW-Madison one of the world's foremost institutions of higher education.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides information about fees and tuition, living costs, schools and colleges, and housing. For admission information, Wisconsin residents can go to their high school or public library. Others may write to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 140 Peterson Office Building, 750 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706.

UW-Madison summer timetables, brochures, and program information are available from the Division of Continuing Studies, 905 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715; 608/262-2115.

All entering students, to protect their interests, should become well acquainted with the regulations regarding student academic and nonacademic misconduct which are published in Resources: New Student Information Handbook, which is a guide to studying, working, and living in the University community. It also contains faculty, regent, and state regulations governing UW-Madison, including information on the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. It is distributed during Wisconsin Welcome or may be obtained at the information desk in the Peterson Office Building or at the Campus Assistance Center.

The Undergraduate Catalog

This first edition of the Undergraduate Catalog, for 1995-97, describes only the undergraduate programs of the UW-Madison. It provides information about all the programs offering undergraduate degrees, minors, certificates, and courses. The Undergraduate Catalog replaces the individual Bulletins formerly published for each school and college. It is intended to complement other University publications such as the Guidebook (formerly the New Student Catalog), and specific materials supplied by schools, colleges, departments, and programs.

How to Use This Catalog

The information in the front section of this catalog applies to all undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison regardless of their classification or their school/college affiliation. Information in the individual school/college sections applies specifically to students who intend to graduate from one of those schools or colleges. It is very important for students to be familiar with all of the information that applies to them. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisers at least once each semester to be certain they are completing requirements that apply to their degree programs.

Computing Services

Students at UW-Madison have access to a growing collection of on-line computing, networking, and information services. These on-line services are available at any InfoLab on campus or by dialing in through a computer modem. The on-line campuswide information system is called WiscINFO. WiscINFO's menus provide access to many sources of information, from local campus events to national and international topics.

Many University publications are accessible on WiscINFO. Publications that are particularly relevant to prospective and enrolled undergraduate students are this Undergraduate Catalog, the Guidebook, and Resources: New Student Information Handbook.

MadCat, available in PC and Macintosh versions, allows graphical access to the on-line catalog of the UW-Madison libraries. One may access MadCat through the Electronic Library. The Registrar's Office provides EASI (Extended Access to Student Information) to allow students access to their student record information and the opportunity to keep their addresses and telephone numbers up to date. EASI terminals are available in the A.W. Peterson Building, the Campus Assistance Center, and various computer InfoLabs. Electronic mail (email) is available to all enrolled students.

For a brochure describing these services and dial-in access in detail, visit the DoIT Customer Center at 1210 West Dayton Street or call 608/262-2254. Also see Computer Facilities and Labs later in this section.

Campus Assistance Center

The Campus Assistance Center (CAC), which is part of the Dean of Students Office, has information on social events, student organizations, health services, and many other subjects. CAC also lists available off-campus housing. CAC's Directory of Campus and Community Resources is accessible through WiscINFO. The CAC also operates the Visitor and Information Place (VIP), UW-Madison's central starting point for campus visitors. VIP staff provide parking assistance, directions, and general information about things to see and do on the campus. The VIP is located on the Park Street side of Memorial Union. The CAC is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday (reduced hours in summer, during semester breaks, and vacations); 420 North Lake Street, 608/263-2400. More information about CAC appears later in this section.

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