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Changes to the 2015–2017 Undergraduate Catalog

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COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL AND SCIENCES

Academic Policies and Procedures

Under the heading Graduation Issues, Senior year in residence requirements, first sentence replaced. Old sentence: A student must be "in residence"; that is, the student must have a CALS undergraduate classification, while earning the last 30 credits for the bachelor's degree. New sentence: CALS students must complete their final 30 credits for the bachelor’s degree “in residence”; that is, students must have the CALS undergraduate classification during the last 30 credits of their degree, and the last 30 credits must be UW–Madison coursework or courses earned on an approved UW–Madison study abroad program. (catalog update 5/3/16)

Biochemistry

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, first paragraph, number of biochemistry credits changed to 9–10. (catalog update 10/29/15)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, Foundation Courses for the Major, Biochemistry Core, number of credits changed to 9–10. (catalog update 10/29/15)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, Foundation Courses for the Major, Biochemistry Core, Capstone, text revised. New text:
Capstone (3 cr) Biochem 651 (prior to spring 2016)
Capstone (4 cr) Biochem 551 (starting spring 2016)
(catalog update 10/29/15)

Under the heading Honors in the Major, first paragraph, second sentence replaced to reflect change in requirements for honors in the major, effective fall 2016. Old sentence: Within the biochemistry department, students must take Biochemistry 507–508 with 289 for one additional honors credit. New sentence: In addition, students must take both Biochemistry 507 and 508 for honors. (catalog update 3/10/16)

Biological Systems Engineering

Second paragraph, items 1 through 5 replaced with new language. Old language:

To be admitted to the degree-granting designation of ABE (biological systems engineering), a student must have:

  1. A minimum of 24 degree credits
  2. A minimum of 17 credits of calculus, statistics, chemistry, biology, computer science, statics and physics courses required for an engineering degree. These credits must include Math 222.
  3. A grade point average of at least 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. For any course that a student repeats, only the most recent grade will be used in the calculation.  Any transfer course from another university that is included in the previous list must be included in the GPA calculation.
  4. A grade point average of at least 2.00 for all courses not included in requirement 3.
  5. Successful completion of introductory chemistry (Chem 103/104 or 109 or equivalent); EMA 201; math through Math 222; and InterEGR 101, 111 or 160 or another first year seminar course from the approved list. (The introduction course may be waived for transfer students).

(catalog update 3/17/16)

Biology

Language updated to reflect curricular changes effective fall 2015. (catalog update 6/22/15)

Under the heading A. Biology Major Intermediate/Advanced Courses, next to last sentence revised. Old sentence: A course(s) must include a lab/field component totaling at least 3 hours/week of laboratory/field instruction. New sentence: Course(s) must include an approved laboratory course. (catalog update 6/22/15)

Under the heading B. Biology Major with Evolutionary Biology Option Intermediate/Advanced Courses, next to last sentence revised. Old sentence: A course(s) from above, or from e. Applied Biology, Agriculture and Natural Resources, must include a lab/field component totaling at least 3 hours/week of laboratory/field instruction. New sentence: A course(s) from above, or from e. Applied Biology, Agriculture and Natural Resources, must include an approved laboratory course. (catalog update 6/22/15)

Under the heading C. Biology Major with Neurobiology Option Intermediate/Advanced Courses, next to last sentence revised. Old sentence: A course(s) from above, or lists e. Applied Biology, Agriculture and Natural Resources or f. Other Lab Courses, must include a lab/field component totaling at least 3 hours/week of laboratory/field instruction. New sentence: A course(s) from above, or lists e. Applied Biology, Agriculture and Natural Resources or f. Other Lab Courses, must include an approved laboratory course. (catalog update 6/22/15)

Under the heading D. Biology Major with Plant Biology Option Intermediate/Advanced Courses, next to last sentence revised. Old sentence: A course(s) must include a lab/field component totaling at least 3 hours/week of laboratory/field instruction. New sentence: Course(s) must include an approved laboratory course. (catalog update 6/22/15)

Under the heading Biology Major Requirements, second paragraph added. (catalog update 2/29/16)

Under the heading Biology Major Options, C. Biology Major: Neurobiology Option, note added. (catalog update 2/29/16)

Wildlife Ecology

Under the heading Wildlife Ecology Major, Track Courses, Natural Sciences Track, 2 courses added. Under Wildlife Resource Electives, 424 added to list. Under Conservation Biology Electives, 660 added to list. (catalog update 6/22/15)

Under the heading Wildlife Ecology Major, Capstone, course number 375 changed to 577. Old language: 375 (Complexity & Conservation of White-tailed Deer). New language: 577 (formery 375, Complexity & Conservation of White-tailed Deer). (catalog update 5/17/16)

ARTS INSTITUTE

Text replaced. View new text. View archived text. (catalog update 1/25/16)

WISCONSIN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Academic Regulations

Under the heading Pass/Fail Privilege, second paragraph, number of credits changed from 12 to 16. Change effective fall 2015. Old language: A maximum of 12 total credits may be completed as pass/fail. New language: A maximum of 16 total credits may be completed as pass/fail. (catalog update 8/24/15)

Actuarial Science

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, Math 531 removed from list. (catalog update 8/10/16)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, last set of courses, "one of the following three" changed to "one of the following two"; Econ 301 and Math 632 removed; Act Sci 655 added. (catalog update 8/10/16)

BBA Curriculum

Under the heading Business Preparatory Requirement, text replaced. (catalog update 7/8/15)
Old language:

Preparatory business requirements must be taken within the first two semesters after admission to the Wisconsin BBA

General Business 365 BBA Compass, 1 cr
Economics 102 Principles of Macroeconomics, 3 cr or
Economics 111 Principles of Economics—Accelerated Treatment, 4 cr
Accounting 100 Introduction to Financial Reporting, 3 cr
Accounting 211 Principles of Managerial Accounting, 3 cr
General Business 300 Professional Communication, 3 cr
General Business 303 Business Statistics, 3 cr or
General Business 365 Business Analytics I, 3 cr or
Economics 310 Stats: Measurement in Economics, 4 cr or
Statistics 201 Principles of Statistics, 3 cr or
Statistics 224 Intro Stats for Engineers, 3 cr or
Statistics 301 Statistics, 3–4 cr or
Statistics 309 Intro to Math Statistics, 4 cr or
Statistics 324 Intro Applied Statistics for Engineers, 3 cr or
Statistics 371 Introductory Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences, 3 cr or
Math 431 Intro Theory of Probability, 3 cr

Under the heading Liberal Studies Requirements, Advanced Math/Statistics, note added: *Students admitted to the WSB fall 2015 and beyond must take Business Analytics II as part of the preparatory requirements, which will automatically satisfy the advanced math/statistics requirement. Students admitted to the WSB fall 2014 and prior must complete the advanced math/statistics requirement and may choose one course from the list above. (catalog update 8/24/15)

Under the heading Liberal Studies Requirements, Advanced Math/Statistics, General Business 365, number changed to 307. (catalog update 8/10/16)

Under the heading Business Preparatory Requirement, first sentence, "must be taken" changed to "are typically taken." (catalog update 8/10/16)

Under the heading Business Preparatory Requirement, General Business 365 Business Analytics I, number changed to 307; General Business 365 Business Analytics II, number changed to 307. (catalog update 8/10/16)

Under the heading Business Preparatory Requirement, Act Sci Majors only, Act Sci 655 added to list. (catalog update 8/10/16)

Courses

Transportation and Public Utilities removed from list. (catalog update 8/1016)

Finance, Investment, and Banking

Under the heading Requirements for the major, course added to list: Gen Bus 365 Business Analytics II, 3 cr. (catalog update 8/24/15)

Under the heading Requirements for the major, note deleted at foot of page: *The undergraduate Business Statistics sequence, GB 303 and 304, is being revised. The proposed sequence will still be two courses, but the numbers will change reflecting the substantial change in content. If and when this new sequence is approved, Finance majors taking the new sequence will have the same requirements as above, except the first course in the new sequence will take the place of GB 303 and the second course in the new sequence will take the place of GB 304. (catalog update 8/24/15)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, first paragraph edited.
Old paragraph:
Undergraduate finance majors should enroll in General Business 303 Business Statistics or its equivalent as early as possible in preparation for this major. Before enrolling in Finance 320, 325, or 330, students must complete (a) Finance 300; (b) Mathematics 213 or Mathematics 222; (c) either complete or concurrently enroll for General Business 304. Accounting 301 must be completed before enrolling for Finance 325.
New paragraph: Undergraduate finance majors should enroll in General Business 306 Business Analytics or its equivalent as early as possible in preparation for this major. Before enrolling in Finance 320, 325, or 330, students must: (a) complete Finance 300; (b) complete Mathematics 213 or Mathematics 222; (c) either complete or concurrently enroll for General Business 307. Accounting 301 must be completed before enrolling for Finance 325.
(catalog update 8/10/16)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, second paragraph, General Business 303 changed to General Business 307. (catalog update 8/10/16)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, list of courses edited. Gen Bus 365 changed to Gen Bus 307; Gen Bus 304 removed from list; Stat 333 removed from list. (catalog update 8/10/16)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, last paragraph edited.
Old paragraph: And complete one 3-credit Finance course numbered above 400. When experimental courses are offered under the number Finance 365, they may also be used to satisfy this requirement.
New paragraph: Complete one 3-credit Finance course numbered above 400. Finance 340 and 365, may be used to fulfill this requirement.
(catalog update 8/10/16)

Management and Human Resources

Third paragraph, second set of numbered items; under 1. Students may complete only two of three options, sentence added: Students interested in pursuing two options should see an academic advisor to ensure that they are taking their courses efficiently. (catalog update 8/10/16)

Under the heading Entrepreneurship Option, Elective Courses, MHR 310 added to list. (catalog update 8/10/16)

Under the heading Management Option, Elective Courses, MHR 310 added to list. (catalog update 8/10/16)

Operations and Technology Management

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, Business Analytics, Gen Bus 304 removed from list; Gen Bus 365 number changed to 307. (catalog update 8/10/16)

Risk Management and Insurance

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, text replaced. Changes effective summer 2015. (catalog update 7/8/15)

Old language:

1. RMI 300, Principles of Risk Management, 3 cr
2. Complete three of the courses below OR two of the courses below
AND one elective course
RMI 610 Property Risk Management, 3 cr
RMI 615 Liability Risk Management, 3 cr
RMI 620 Employee Benefits Management, 3 cr

Elective Courses

Any 600-level RMI course, including the third course in the above list not taken to fulfill that requirement, 3 cr
Act Sci 303 Theory of Interest and Life Insurance, 3 cr
Any 600-level Actuarial Science course, 3 cr
Finance 325 Corporate Finance, 3 cr
Finance 330 Derivative Securities, 3 cr
MHR 305 Human Resource Management, 3 cr

Specializations, Certificates, and Other Programs

Under the heading Health Care Management Specialization, two courses added to list: I Sy E 559 and Real Est 365. (catalog update 8/10/16)

Two headings and text removed: Certificate in German Studies for Business Students; Certificate in Spanish Studies for Business Students. (catalog update 8/10/16)

Text removed:

Certificate in German Studies for Business Students

Contact the German department for information on this option.

Certificate in Spanish Studies for Business Students

Admission to the School of Business is required before declaring this certificate.

  1. Students must complete the following Spanish coures for a total of 15 credits:
    Spanish 329 Spanish for Business*
    Spanish 359 Spanish Business Area Studies*
    Spanish 361 or Spanish 363
    Any additional coursework at the 300–400 level to bring total credits to 15
    *Spanish 329 and 359 are offered alternating spring semesters. Students should plan accordingly.
    Please note that at least 6 of these credits must be taken while physically on the UW–Madison campus.
  2. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all required courses.
  3. Although not required, candidates for this certficate are strongly encouraged to participate in the Business Internship Program offered by the School of Business or to seek an equivalent internship experience in Spain or another Spanish-speaking country. It is recommended that students participate in the university's Year-Abroad Study Program.
  4. Please contact the Spanish department for additional infomation or advising.

 New heading and text added: Certificate in a World Language. (catalog update 8/10/16)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Athletic Training Degree Program

On the page for Application and Admission Information, new heading and paragraph added. (catalog update 6/30/15)

New page added to the catalog. Technical Standards. (catalog update 6/30/15)

Educational Policy Studies: Undergraduate Certificate Program

Under the heading Application Process, text replaced. (catalog update 9/16/15)

Old text:

  • Complete at least one EPS course with a grade of B or better.
  • Make an advising appointment with the department chair.
  • Submit the Declaration of Intent form at time of advising appointment.

New text:

  • Complete at least one Ed Pol course with a grade of B or better, then submit the certificate declaration form.
Certificate Completion Process
  • Submit the certificate completion form during the semester that all certificate requirements will be completed

Elementary Education—Early Childhood/English as a Second Language Option Requirements

Heading and text removed for last item on the page, Bilingual/Education option. Text removed: Students interested in obtaining an additional certification in Bilingual/Bicultural Education must be proficient in Spanish, as determined by passing a language proficiency exam. The student teaching semester will take place in a bilingual classroom at the appropriate grade level. Students will be certified in Early Childhood, English as a Second Language and Bilingual/Bicultural Education upon completion of the program. (catalog update 5/11/16)

Under the heading Professional Sequence, third sentence removed. Sentence removed: An additional certification in Bilingual/Bicultural Education is available for qualified students. (catalog update

Elementary Education—Middle Childhood–Early Adolescence/English as a Second Language Option Requirements

Under the heading Professional Sequence, third sentence removed. Sentence removed: An additional certification in Bilingual/Bicultural Education is available for qualified students. (catalog updatee 5/11/16)

Under the heading Additional Information about the Sequence, second bullet point edited. Old text: Students will do their student teaching in a mainstream classroom (within the appropriate license-specific grade levels) containing the appropriate number of English learners, unless also seeking bilingual/bicultural certification; see below. New text: Students will do their student teaching in a mainstream classroom (within the appropriate license-specific grade levels) containing the appropriate number of English learners. (catalog update 5/11/16)

Under the heading Additional Information about the Sequence, third bullet point removed. Text removed: Bilingual/Bicultural certification option. Students wishing to also become certified in Bilingual/Bicultural Education must be proficient in Spanish, as determined by a language proficiency exam. Student teaching will take place in a bilingual classroom within the appropriate license-specific grade levels. Certification will be earned in three areas; Middle Childhood though Early Adolescence, English as a Second Language, and Bilingual/Bicultural Education at the MC–EA level. (catalog update 5/11/16)

Under the heading Additional Information about the Sequence, last bullet point edited. Old text:
The Praxis II content exam for Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence must be taken and passed prior to starting the student teaching semester. The Praxis II ESL and Bilingual/Bicultural exams must be taken and passed after completing the student teaching semester. These tests are required to obtain certification. New text: The Praxis II ESL exam must be taken and passed prior to starting the student teaching semester. The Praxis II ESL exam must be taken and passed after completing the student teaching semester. (catalog update 5/11/16)

Music

Under the heading Special Education, course subject and number corrected. Old language: Complete RP & SE 300 Strategies for Inclusive Schooling, 3. New language: Complete Curric 506 Strategies for Inclusive Schooling, 3. (catalog update 4/25/16)

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

General Academic Information

Opening page, second paragraph removed. Paragraph removed: High school graduates enter the college with the classification EGR. They become degree candidates only after they meet program admission requirements, apply, and get accepted into a degree granting department. At the end of the first year, students with 24 or more credits and other admission requirements (see Admission, below) may gain the classification of a degree-granting program: BME (biomedical), CHE (chemical), CEE (civil), CMPE (computer), EE (electrical), EM (engineering mechanics), EP (engineering physics), GLE (geological), IE (industrial), ME (mechanical), MSE (materials science and engineering), and NE (nuclear). (catalog update 3/3/16)

Under the heading Preparation for Admission, College English Requirement, first paragraph, last sentence removed. Sentence removed: Therefore, the college has established a basic English requirement that must be satisfied before a degree classification will be granted; the requirement coincides with the Communication Skills Part A general education requirement of the university. (catalog update 3/3/16)

Under the heading Preparation for Admission, College English Requirement, last paragraph, second sentence revised. Old sentence: Non-native speakers of English transferring from universities outside the United States to an engineering degree classification must present a current Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) score of 600 or better on the paper test, 250 on the computer test, or 100 on the Internet-based test; or they must present a score of 7 or better on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. New sentence: Non-native speakers of English transferring from universities outside the United States to an engineering degree classification must present a current Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) score of 100 on the Internet-based test; or they must present a score of 7 or better on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. (catalog update 3/3/16)

Under the heading Second Bachelor's Degree, four paragraphs added at top. (catalog update 3/3/16)

Under the heading Other Services and Opportunities, two sections removed. Sections removed:

Dual Degree Program

The College of Engineering has established an Intercollegiate Dual Degree Program with the following institutions:

South Carolina State University, SC
Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI
Edgewood College, Madison, WI
UW–Superior, Superior, WI
Xavier University, New Orleans, LA
Oakwood College, Hunstville, AL
Ripon College, Ripon, WI
Carthage College, Kenosha, WI
UW–Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
UW–La Crosse, La Crosse, WI
UW–Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI
UW–River Falls, River Falls, WI
UW–Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
Tougaloo College, MS

Under this plan, students attend one of these colleges for approximately three years. Depending on the particular campus, students usually pursue a major in physics, mathematics, or chemistry.  They then transfer to the UW–Madison College of Engineering to complete coursework for the bachelor’s degree in an engineering program and the bachelor’s degree from the dual degree institution.

Because of their classification as transfer students, applicants must meet all requirements for transfer.  Interested students should contact the transfer admissions coordinator in the EGR Office or the dual degree coordinator at one of the participating institutions.

Engineering Transfer Blueprint Program

The Engineering Transfer Blueprint is a program for Madison Area Technical College (Madison College) students interested in guaranteed admission to participating degree programs in the College of Engineering. To qualify, students must be enrolled at Madison College and sign the program declaration form prior to completing 30 college transfer credits at Madison College. Upon completing the Blueprint requirements, they are guaranteed admission to their specified program of interest. Madison College also offers a suggested two-year curriculum that incorporates the required Blueprint courses.

(catalog update 3/3/16)

COLLEGE OF LETTERS & SCIENCE

American Indian Studies

Under the heading Certificate Program, text replaced. Changes effective fall 2016. (catalog update 11/4/16).

Old text:

To receive a certificate in American Indian studies, a student must contact the American Indian studies advisor to fill out the necessary forms. Students are required to complete a total of 18 classroom credit hours. Nine classroom credit hours must be selected from at least three separate subject areas from the following list:

  • American Indian Studies: 100, 150, 151, 274, 301, 302, 325, 371, 401, 402, 431, 450, 474, 578, 639, 658, 699
  • English: 172, 274, 275, 594, 649, 650
  • Anthropology: 208, 314, 317, 354, 356, 471, 676
  • History: 490, 516, 546, 941, 942

Students must complete an additional 9 credit hours of AISP/cross-listed courses approved by the American Indian studies advisor.

The cumulative grade point average received in courses to be counted toward the certificate must be at least 2.50. In some special circumstances students may have courses not listed on the AISP list of courses count toward the credits required for the certificate.

Additional requirements: At least 9 of the total 18 classroom credit hours must be taken at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Of the total classroom credit hours required, only 6 credits may be taken as pass/fail. All other credits must be taken for a letter grade. The certificate is open to Special students and undergraduate students regardless of the college of enrollment.

Anthropology

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, 112 Principles of Archaeology, course number 112 changed to 112. (catalog update 1/26/16)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, first full paragraph, course number 112 changed to 212. (catalog update 1/26/16)

Under the heading Honors in the Major, first sentence, course number 112 changed to 212. (catalog update 1/26/16)

Under the heading Certificate in Archaeology, first bullet point, course number 112 changed to 212. (catalog update 1/26/16)

Applied Mathematics, Engineering, and Physics (AMEP)

Under the heading Requirements for the Degree, Foundation Courses, 6. Computational, Mathematics added to second sentence. (catalog update 3/10/16)

Asian Studies

Under the heading Concentration in East Asian Studies, subheading changed from Requirements for the Major to Requirements for the Concentration. (catalog update 9/2/15)

Under the heading Concentration in Southeast Asian Studies, subheading changed from Required Coursework to Requirements for the Concentration, and first paragraph replaced. Old language: Southeast Asia content courses: Concentrators are required to take 30 credits of content courses on Southeast Asia. These courses must include: . New language: A minimum of 30 credits in courses related to Southeast Asia selected according to the guidelines below is required for the major. To assure familiarity with language, general breadth of knowledge about Southeast Asia, and rigor in a single discipline, the following are required: . (catalog update 9/2/15)

Biochemistry

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, first paragraph, number of biochemistry credits changed to 9–10. (catalog update 10/29/15)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, Foundation Courses for the Major, Biochemistry Core, number of credits changed to 9–10. (catalog update 10/29/15)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, Foundation Courses for the Major, Biochemistry Core, Capstone, text revised. New text:
Capstone (3 cr) Biochem 651 (prior to spring 2016)
Capstone (4 cr) Biochem 551 (starting spring 2016)
(catalog update 10/29/15)

Under the heading Honors in the Major, first paragraph, second sentence replaced to reflect change in requirements for honors in the major, effective fall 2016. Old sentence: Within the biochemistry department, students must take Biochemistry 507–508 with 289 for one additional honors credit. New sentence: In addition, students must take both Biochemistry 507 and 508 for honors. (catalog update 3/10/16)

Biology

Language updated to reflect curricular changes effective fall 2015. (catalog update 6/22/15):

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, 5. Intermediate/Advanced Biology Courses (13 credits minimum), first paragraph, second sentence revised. Old sentence: These courses must include at least one lab or field course with three hours or more per week of laboratory/field instruction. New sentence: These courses must include at least one approved laboratory course/field instruction. (catalog update 6/22/15)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, 6. Laboratory or Field Research (2 credits minimum), paragraph revised.
Old paragraph:
Additional laboratory or field research experience is required. Two credits of directed study or research-based senior thesis in a biological science discipline can count. With advisor approval, these courses can also fulfill the CALS requirement for a capstone experience. 699 credits received simultaneously or prior to introductory biology (section 4 above), such as those received for Biology 152, cannot fulfill these requirements. Also, literature reviews and experiences that are focused on teaching assistance, even if the course number used is a 699 course, are not appropriate. This requirement can also be fulfilled with one or more intermediate/advanced laboratory or field biology courses involving a total of at least of 3 hours/week of lab or field instruction beyond that done for requirement 5. "Hours/week" refers to a normal 16-week semester and courses taken in other formats may be substituted where the total time commitment is equivalent. However, only a subset of the lab/field courses automatically fulfills the CALS requirement for a capstone experience. See capstone policy and list of approved courses.
New paragraph: Additional laboratory or field research experience is required. This requirement can be fulfilled with an approved laboratory course beyond that done for requirement 5. Two credits of directed study or research-based senior thesis in a biological science discipline can count. With advisor approval, these courses can also fulfill the CALS requirement for a capstone experience. 699 credits received simultaneously or prior to introductory biology (section 4 above), such as those received for Biology 152, cannot fulfill these requirements. Also, literature reviews and experiences that are focused on teaching assistance, even if the course number used is a 699 course, are not appropriate. However, only a subset of the lab/field courses automatically fulfills the CALS requirement for a capstone experience. See capstone policy and list of approved courses.
(catalog update 6/22/15)

Under the heading Requirements for the Evolutionary Biology Option, 5. Intermediate/Advanced Biology Courses (13 credits minimum), first paragraph, second sentence revised. Old sentence: These courses must include at least one lab or field course with three hours or more per week of laboratory/field instruction. New sentence: These courses must include at least one approved lab course. (catalog update 6/22/15)

Under the heading Requirements for the Evolutionary Biology Option, 6. Laboratory or Field Research Experience (2 credits minimum), paragraph revised.
Old paragraph: Additional laboratory or field research experience is required. Two credits of directed study or research-based senior thesis in a biological science discipline can count. With advisor approval, these courses can also fulfill the CALS requirement for a capstone experience. 699 credits received simultaneously or prior to introductory biology (section 4 above), such as those received for Biology 152, cannot fulfill these requirements. Also, literature reviews and experiences that are focused on teaching assistance, even if the course number used is a 699 course, are not appropriate. This requirement can also be fulfilled with one or more intermediate/advanced laboratory or field biology courses involving a total of at least of 3 hours/week of lab or field instruction beyond that done for requirement 5. "Hours/week" refers to a normal 16-week semester and courses taken in other formats may be substituted where the total time commitment is equivalent. However, only a subset of the lab/field courses automatically fulfills the CALS requirement for a capstone experience. See capstone policy and list of approved courses.
New paragraph: Additional laboratory or field research experience is required. This requirement can be fulfilled with an approved laboratory course beyond that done for requirement 5. Two credits of directed study or research-based senior thesis in a biological science discipline can count. With advisor approval, these courses can also fulfill the CALS requirement for a capstone experience. 699 credits received simultaneously or prior to introductory biology (section 4 above), such as those received for Biology 152, cannot fulfill these requirements. Also, literature reviews and experiences that are focused on teaching assistance, even if the course number used is a 699 course, are not appropriate. However, only a subset of the lab/field courses automatically fulfills the CALS requirement for a capstone experience. See capstone policy and list of approved courses.
(catalog update 6/22/15)

Under the heading Requirements for the Neurobiology Option, 5. Intermediate/Advanced Courses (13 credits minimum), first paragraph, third sentence revised. Old sentence: At least three hours per week of laboratory/field instruction must be taken in intermediate/advanced courses from categories a–f. New sentence: These courses must include one approved lab course from "a" through "f." (catalog update 6/22/15)

Under the heading Requirements for the Neurobiology Option, 6. Independent Research or Laboratory Experience (2 cr minimum), paragraph revised.
Old paragraph: Additional laboratory or field research experience is required. Two credits of directed study or research-based senior thesis in a biological science discipline can count. With advisor approval, these courses can also fulfill the CALS requirement for a capstone experience. 699 credits received simultaneously or prior to introductory biology (section 4 above), such as those received for Biology 152, cannot fulfill these requirements. Also, literature reviews and experiences that are focused on teaching assistance, even if the course number used is a 699 course, are not appropriate. This requirement can also be fulfilled with one or more intermediate/advanced laboratory or field biology courses involving a total of at least of 3 hours/week of lab or field instruction beyond that done for requirement 5. "Hours/week" refers to a normal 16-week semester and courses taken in other formats may be substituted where the total time commitment is equivalent. However, only a subset of the lab/field courses automatically fulfills the CALS requirement for a capstone experience. See capstone policy and list of approved courses.
New paragraph: Additional laboratory or field research experience is required. This requirement can be fulfilled with an approved laboratory course beyond that done for requirement 5. Two credits of directed study or research-based senior thesis in a biological science discipline can count. With advisor approval, these courses can also fulfill the CALS requirement for a capstone experience. 699 credits received simultaneously or prior to introductory biology (section 4 above), such as those received for Biology 152, cannot fulfill these requirements. Also, literature reviews and experiences that are focused on teaching assistance, even if the course number used is a 699 course, are not appropriate. However, only a subset of the lab/field courses automatically fulfills the CALS requirement for a capstone experience. See capstone policy and list of approved courses.
(catalog update 6/22/15)

Under the heading Requirements for the Plant Biology Option, 5. Intermediate/Advanced Courses (13 credits minimum), first paragraph, third sentence revised. Old sentence: These courses must include one or more lab or field courses with a total of 3 hours or more per week of laboratory/field instruction. New sentence: These courses must include one approved lab course. (catalog update 6/22/15)

Under the heading Requirements for the Plant Biology Option, 6, Independent Research or Laboratory Experience (2 cr minimum), paragraph revised.
Old paragraph: Additional laboratory or field research experience is required. Two credits of directed study or research-based senior thesis in a plant science discipline can count. With advisor approval, these courses can also fulfill the CALS requirement for a capstone experience. With advisor approval, students may count any directed study or research-based senior thesis credits offered through one of the four participating plant science departments (Agronomy, Botany, Horticulture, Plant Pathology) for this section. 699 credits received simultaneously or prior to introductory biology (section 4 above), such as those received for Biology 152, cannot fulfill these requirements. Also, experiences that are focused on teaching assistance, even if the course number used is a 699 course, are not appropriate. This requirement can also be fulfilled with one or more intermediate/advanced laboratory or field biology courses (listed in section 5 above) involving a total of at least of 3 hours/week of lab or field instruction beyond that done for requirement 5. “Hours/week” refers to a normal 16-week semester and courses taken in other formats may be substituted where the total time commitment is equivalent. However, only a subset of the lab/field courses automatically fulfills the CALS requirement for a capstone experience. See capstone policy and list of approved courses.
New paragraph: Additional laboratory or field research experience is required. This requirement can befulfilled with an approved laboratory course beyond that done for requirement 5. Two credits of directed study or research-based senior thesis in a plant science discipline can count. With advisor approval, these courses can also fulfill the CALS requirement for a capstone experience. With advisor approval, students may count any directed study or research-based senior thesis credits offered through one of the four participating plant science departments (Agronomy, Botany, Horticulture, Plant Pathology) for this section. 699 credits received simultaneously or prior to introductory biology (section 4 above), such as those received for Biology 152, cannot fulfill these requirements. Also, experiences that are focused on teaching assistance, even if the course number used is a 699 course, are not appropriate. However, only a subset of the lab/field courses automatically fulfills the CALS requirement for a capstone experience. See capstone policy and list of approved courses.
(catalog update 6/22/15)

Language updated to add omitted sentence (catalog updates 8/20/15):

Under the heading Evolutionary Biology Option, 5. Intermediate/Advanced Biology Courses, sentence added to first full paragraph. New sentence: The course or courses used to satisfy any category must be at least, or add up to, 2 credits.

Under the heading Plant Biology Option, 5. Intermediate/Advanced Biology Courses, sentence added to first full paragraph. New sentence: The course or courses used to satisfy any category must be at least, or add up to, 2 credits.

Under the heading Requirements for the major, second paragraph added. (catalog update 2/29/16)

Under the heading Neurobiology Option, note added. (catalog update 2/29/16)

Celtic Studies

Statement added to top of page:
The requirements for the Undergraduate Certificate in Celtic Studies are being reorganized. Admission to the program has been suspended, effective fall 2015. The information that appears in this entry is provided for the benefit of students currently admitted to the program. (catalog update 6/22/15)

Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program

This page was updated 9/14/16. View old page. View new page. Changes to requirements are effective fall 2016.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Under the headings Honors in the Major and Distinction in the Major, course number and title changed. Old text: 1. Undergraduate Honors Seminar CS&D 455H. New text: Undergraduate Junior Honors 481. (catalog update 8/22/16)

Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies

Statement added to top of page: Effective fall 2016, the name of the undergraduate major in comparative literature will change to Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies. Student transcripts will reflect the new name for all degrees completed after December 1, 2016. (catalog update 8/24/15)

Under the heading Certificate in Folklore, statement added: Effective fall 2016, students will not be allowed to complete both the major in comparative literature and folklore studies, and the undergraduate certificate in folklore studies. (catalog update 8/24/15)

Computer Sciences

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, Required Coursework, (2b), Stat 324 added to list of courses. (catalog update 7/8/15)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, Required Coursework, (3c), Comp Sci 524 added to list of courses. (catalog update 7/8/15)

Under the heading Computer Sciences Certificate, new heading added after first paragraph: Requirements for Students Who Enrolled in the Certificate Program Before Fall 2016. Last paragraph replaced. Old paragraph: Students wishing to obtain a computer sciences certificate must see a member of the department's Undergraduate Advising Committee to prepare a course plan and submit a certificate declaration form. Office hours of committee members are posted outside the student coordinator's office and at this link. New paragraph: Students wishing to obtain a computer sciences certificate should declare the certificate. For details, see CS Certificate Requirements on the department website. (catalog upadate 2/5/16)

Under the heading Computer Sciences Certificate, new section added: Requirements for Students Who Enroll in the Certificate Program Fall 2016 or Later. (catalog update 2/5/16)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, Required Coursework, (1) Basic Comp Sci Courses: course list revised. Previous list: 240, 302, 367, 352, 354. New list: 240, 252 or 352, 302, 354, 367. (catalog update 2/22/16)

East Asian Languages and Literature

Under the heading Certificate in Japanese Professional Communication, last paragraph, item 2, added parenthetical phrase after course number 374: (through summer 2016). (catalog update 2/5/16)

East Asian Studies Certificate

Under the heading Certificate in East Asian Studies, Requirements for the Certificate, second bullet point, course number changed from 222 to 255. Old language: East Asian Studies 222, unless specific exception (per approval of the center director) is given. New language: East Asian Studies 255, unless specific exception (per approval of the center director) is given. (catalog update 9/16/15)

French and Italian

Undergraduate Certificate in Italian added to catalog. (catalog update 8/12/15)

Gender and Women's Studies

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, Standard Track, 3.d. Feminist Theory: course 423 removed from list. (catalog update 1/8/16)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, Standard Track, 4.c. Sexuality (2): course 442 removed from list. (catalog update 1/8/16)

Under the heading Standard Track—30 credits, 3. "One intermediate or advanced course" changed to "One course." (catalog update 10/24/16).

Under the heading Standard Track—30 credits, 4. "One intermediate or advanced course" changed to "One course." (catalog update 10/24/16).

General Academic Information

Under the heading Course Designations and Breadth Requirement, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), fourth paragraph, first sentence removed. Sentence removed: Courses with a breadth designation of I (Interdivisional) count as elective credit only and do not satisfy the breadth requirement. (catalog update 12/4/15)

Geography

Under the heading Double Major in Geography and Cartography/GIS, Five Groups of Geography Courses, 2. People–Environment Interaction, 377 added to list of courses. (catalog update 10/27/15)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems, 4. Other Required Courses, At least 3 credits from the following courses, removed "Forestry 875 (when related to Remote Sensing)." (catalog update 1/7/16)

Under the heading Honors in the Major, To earn a B.A. or B.S. with Honors in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems, students must complete: 3.: graduate seminar changed to advanced seminar. (catalog update 1/7/16)

Under the heading Honors in the Major, To earn a B.A. or B.S. with Honors in Geography, 4. students must complete: 4.: graduate seminar changed to advanced seminar. (catalog update 1/7/16)

History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Under the heading Honors in the Major, third paragraph, end of sentence, "at the upper-division or graduate level" changed to "at the upper-division level." (catalog update 1/8/16)

International Studies

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, GPA requirement added to first sentence. Old language: To be accepted as a major in international studies, a student must complete (or be in progress of completing) prerequisite coursework and file major declaration form with an International Studies advisor. New language: To be accepted as a major in international studies, a student must have a GPA of 2.0 both in the major and overall, must complete (or be in progress of completing) prerequisite coursework, and file major declaration form with an International Studies advisor. (catalog update 2/1/17)

Jewish Studies

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, 3. Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts, course 519 Englishness and Jewishness removed; course 539 Jewish Literatures in Diaspora added. Effective 12/25/15. (catalog update 1/6/16)

Mathematics

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, third paragraph, Math 425 changed to Math 471. Old language: All math courses above 306 (except for Math 425) count toward this requirement. New language: All math courses above 306 (except for Math 471) count toward this requirement. (catalog update 8/11/15)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, Option I, second paragraph, Math 425 changed to Math 471. Old language: A minimum of seven mathematics courses numbered above 306, excluding 320, 425 and 490. New langauge: A minimum of seven mathematics courses numbered above 306, excluding 320, 471 and 490. (catalog update 8/11/15)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, Option II, (b) Math 425 changed to Math 471. Old language:
(b) Six mathematics courses numbered above 306, excluding 425 and 490. New language: (b) Six mathematics courses numbered above 306, excluding 471 and 490. (catalog update 8/11/15)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, Option II, fourth paragraph, sentence added: Note that 471 can be used as one of the four application courses for students who choose the secondary education program. (catalog update 8/11/15)

Under the heading Mathematics Certificate, third bullet point, Math 425 changed to Math 471. Old language: (excluding 425 and 490). New language: (excluding  471 and 490). (catalog update 8/11/15)

Under the heading General Levels of Competence in Mathematics, Intermediate and Advanced, fourth paragraph, Math 425 changed to Math 471. Old language: Mathematics courses numbered above 306 (except for Math 425). New language: Mathematics courses numbered above 306 (except for Math 471). (catalog update 8/11/15)

Under the heading Mathematics Certificate, second paragraph, language revised to reflect changes in requirements effective fall 2016. (catalog update 9/9/16)

Old language:

The department also offers a mathematics certificate. Most undergraduate and Special students are eligible for this program. To earn a mathematics certificate, an overall grade point average of 2.0 is required.

Certificate students must complete the following requirements:

  • At least 25 credits of Mathematics courses numbered above 200 and 13 of those have to be in residence.
  • Of the minimum 25 credits of required mathematics coursework, at least 12 credits must be courses numbered above 306.
  • Of the minimum 25 credits of required mathematics coursework, at least 3 credits must be courses numbered above 400 (excluding 471 and 490).

New language:

Certificate students who declared during or after the fall 2016 semester must complete the following requirements:

  • At least 12 credits of Mathematics courses numbered above 306, and at least 9 of those must be in residence.
  • Of the minimum 12 credits of required mathematics coursework, at least 3 credits must be courses numbered above 400 (excluding 471 and 490).

Certificate students who declared before the fall 2016 semester must complete the following requirements:

  • At least 25 credits of Mathematics courses numbered above 200 and 13 of those have to be in residence.
  • Of the minimum 25 credits of required mathematics coursework, at least 12 credits must be courses numbered above 306.
  • Of the minimum 25 credits of required mathematics coursework, at least 3 credits must be courses numbered above 400 (excluding 471 and 490).

Under the heading Note on Courses, Lower-Level Math, sentence revised. Old sentence: Note that Math 95 does not carry degree credit but counts 3 credits for determining fees and a student's semester study load. L&S students whose mathematics placement test scores place them in Math 95 must complete that course or a higher-level mathematics course by the time the 30th degree credit is earned. New sentence: Note that Math 95 does not carry degree credit but counts 3 credits for determining fees and a student's semester study load. L&S students whose mathematics placement test scores place them in Math 95 must complete that course by the time the 30th degree credit is earned. (catalog update 9/9/16)

Microbiology

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, first paragraph, second sentence revised. Old sentence: Students majoring in microbiology complete a minimum of 23 credits, including the core courses—Microbio 303, 304, 450, 470, 526, 527 and 551. New sentence: Students majoring in microbiology complete a minimum of 23 credits, including the core courses—Microbio 303, 304, 305, 450, 470, 526, and 527, in addition to the Microbio 551 Capstone course. (catalog update 9/27/16)

Under the heading Supporting Courses Required, Biological Science, Option A, in first and second lines, slash changed to and in 101/102 and in 151/152, and Biology added to Botany /Zoology crosslisting in second line. (catalog update 9/27/16)

Under the heading Supporting Courses Required, Math/Physical Sciences, third line revised. Old language: Math 112–113 or 114; Calculus 171–217, 211 or 221. New language: Calculus 171-217 or 211 or 221. (catalog update 9/27/16)

Under the heading Supporting Courses Required, Math/Physical Sciences, slash changed to and in Chemistry 103/104; Physics 103/104, 201/202, 207/208. (catalog update 9/27/16)

Neurobiology

New major effective fall 2016. Page added to the catalog 3/24/16.

Under the heading Requirements for the Neurobiology Major, Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry and Physics, second line, "or Botany 575" added. (catalog update 7/15/16)

Under the heading Requirements for the Neurobiology Major, Biological Sciences Credits, Distributed Neuroscience, four courses added to list: NTP 675 Topic: Brain Mapping in Health and Disease: Applications; Psych 486 Psychology of Perception Honors; Zoology 655 Modeling Neurodevelopmental Disease. (catalog update 7/15/16)

Under the heading Requirements for the Neurobiology Major, Biological Sciences Credits, Distributed Neuroscience, three courses deleted from list: Psych 411 Topic: Cognition & Emotion: Cognitive Affective Neuroscience; Psych 504 Affective Neuroscience; Zoology 400 Topic: Modeling Neurodevelopmental Disease. (catalog update 7/15/16)

Under the heading Requirements for the Neurobiology Major, Lab/Research Experience Option, 2. Directed Study, Kines added to the list. (catalog update 7/15/16)

Physics

Under the heading Requirements for the Certificate, second paragraph, Physics 240 changed to ME 240. (catalog update 12/9/15)

Political Science

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, third paragraph, two courses added to the list of research methods courses—Poli Sci 376 and Poli Sci 544. (catalog update 9/14/15)

Psychology

Under the heading Depth Courses, Psych 532 added to the list. (catalog update 10/16/15)

Under the heading Capstone Courses, list of courses, Psych 417 changed to Psych 517. (catalog update 2/1/16)

Under the heading Foundation Courses, note replaced. Old note: *Majors must have an average GPA of 2.75 or better across #1 and #2 in order to enroll in Research Methods. New note: *Research Methods has a prerequisite of a grade of C or higher in #1 and #2. (catalog update 4/20/16)

Scandinavian Studies

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, 3. a. Language, Culture and History, courses 411 and 633 added to the list. (catalog update 2/1/16)

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, 3. b. Modern Scandinavian Literature, course 633 Survey of Scandinavian Literature 1300–1500 removed from list. (catalog update 2/1/16)

Sociology

Under the heading Requirements for the Major, "CAR" Distribution Courses, Research Electives, 663 added to list of courses. (catalog update 1/22/16)

Southeast Asian Studies

Text for the certificate in Southeast Asian studies added to the catalog. See the headings Certificate in Southeast Asian Studies, and Requirements for the Certificate. (catalog update 6/22/15)

Statistics

Under the heading Honors in the Major, 4, (F) changed to (G). Old language: 4. The student must complete at least 2 courses from major requirement (F) for “Honors” credit using courses other than Stat 699. New language: 4. The student must complete at least 2 courses from major requirement (G) for “Honors” credit using courses other than Stat 699. (catalog update 9/14/15)


SCHOOL OF NURSING

Admission

First paragraph, last sentence removed; second paragraph removed. Effective fall 2016, Freshman Direct Admission no longer offered.

Language removed:

There are two entry options for admission to the undergraduate nursing major: Freshman Direct Admission and Upper Division Admission.

Freshman Direct Admission is designed for a small cohort (about 25) of prospective students entering UW–Madison as freshmen who have made a considered decision to pursue a career in nursing. Interested applicants apply concurrently to UW–Madison and the School of Nursing; students who complete both applications by the deadlines and are admitted to the university will be reviewed for freshman admission to the School of Nursing. Freshman admission to the major will be based on a holistic review considering high school academic performance, extracurricular commitments, and health care experience and professional goals. Students admitted to the nursing program as freshmen will receive an early introduction to the content, programs, and resources of the School of Nursing. They will be guaranteed progression into the clinical sequence in year three of the program upon completion of required prerequisite course work and satisfactory progress, namely a 3.0 cumulative and prerequisite GPA. These students will also be eligible for early scholarship support.

(catalog update 6/10/16)