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
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
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,
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.
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
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
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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of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.
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