Undergraduate Programs

Academic Programs

UW-Parkside offers approximately 40 undergraduate academic majors as well as a number of pre-professional programs; education licensure; and specialized programs such as environmental studies, sustainable management, ethnic studies and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. A consortial program is offered in nursing. The university’s academic programs are organized under four Colleges: Arts and Humanities; Business, Economics, and Computing; Natural and Health Sciences; and Social Sciences and Professional Studies. UW-Parkside is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. For information on UW-Parkside graduate programs see the Graduate Programs and Policies section of this catalog.

Majors for Bachelor’s Degrees

In order to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, every degree-seeking student must complete a major with a minimum GPA as specified by the major department or program. Usually, this minimum major GPA is 2.00 on a 4.00 scale, but some majors require a higher GPA. Students with transfer work must also attain the minimum major GPA (2.00) on a combination of transfer credits accepted toward the major and credits attempted toward the major at UW- Parkside. At least 15 credits of upper level (300 or above) major course work must be completed at UW-Parkside. UW-Parkside offers the following majors:

Concentrations for Bachelor’s Degree Majors

A number of undergraduate majors provide students with the option to pursue an area of emphasis within the major called a concentration. Some majors require a student to choose a concentration, others provide them as an option to enhance their major. Concentrations are declared, changed or removed by filing the same plan declaration form used for declaring majors. The following concentrations are offered by majors at UW-Parkside:

Applied Health Sciences Major1

  • Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Pre-Athletic Training
  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-General Health
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Public Health

Art Major

  • Art Education
  • Interdisciplinary Art
  • Three Dimensional Studio Art
  • Two Dimensional Studio Art

Biological Sciences Major

  • Pre-Health Professions

Business Management Major1

  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Human Resource Management

Business Management Major Online Completion Program1

  • General Business

Chemistry Major1

  • Biochemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Natural Products
  • Pre-Health Professions
  • Professional Chemistry

Economics Major

  • Monetary and Financial Economics
  • Quantitative Economics

English Major

  • Film and Cultural Studies
  • Language Arts

Environmental Studies Major1

  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental General
  • Environmental Geography
  • Environmental Geology
  • Environmental Policy and Society

Geography Major

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Environmental Geography
  • Planning

Geosciences Major1

  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Geosciences

Health Information Management and Technology Major1

  • Healthcare Management
  • Healthcare Technology

Liberal Studies Major1

  • Humanities
  • Leadership and Organizational Studies
  • Social Science Studies
  • Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Individually Designed

Liberal Studies Major Online1

  • Leadership and Organizational Studies
  • Social Science Studies
  • Individually Designed

Music Major1

  • Contemporary Commercial Music
  • Jazz Studies and Performance
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music Education
  • Music Performance

Political Science Major

  • Law

Psychology Major

  • Neuroscience

Special Education Major1

  • Early Adolescence-Adolescence
  • Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence

Theatre Arts Major

  • Acting
  • Design and Technology
  • Direction
  • Musical Theatre
  • Stage Management

Majors for Associate Degrees

In order to graduate with an associate degree, every degree-seeking student must complete a major with a minimum GPA as specified by the major department or program. Usually, this minimum major GPA is 2.00 on a 4.00 scale, but some majors require a higher GPA. Students with transfer work must also attain the minimum major GPA (2.00) on a combination of transfer credits accepted toward the major and credits attempted toward the major at UW- Parkside. A minimum of 24 of the 60 credits toward the associate degree must be completed at UW-Parkside. UW-Parkside offers the following majors for associate programs:

Minor Programs

UW-Parkside offers approximately 57 undergraduate minors, which consist of a formally approved program of 15 or more credits. A minor is not required for graduation.

Minors are declared, changed or removed by filing the same plan declaration form used for declaring majors. Course work in the minor must be completed with the minimum GPA as specified by the department or program under which the minor falls, usually a 2.00 on a 4.00 scale, but higher in some programs. Transfer students must attain the minimum specified GPA on a combination of transfer credits accepted toward the minor and credits attempted at UW-Parkside. At least half of the course work for the minor must be completed at UW-Parkside. UW-Parkside offers the following minors:

Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are designed to develop a particular expertise or set of skills and normally consist of 9 or more credits. A minimum of nine credits in a certificate program must be taken at UW-Parkside. Individual departments and programs may require more than nine credits to be taken at UW-Parkside. Both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students may pursue certificate programs. Certificate programs should not be confused with certification or licensure programs which lead to certification by an outside agency. Certificates are declared, changed, or removed by filing the same plan declaration form used for declaring majors.

 Flexible Option Programs

Pre-Professional Interests

Pre-professional interests pertain to preparation for professional study and to undergraduate interests not corresponding to UW-Parkside programs. A student may indicate one interest by submitting a plan declaration form to the department and may drop an interest or exchange interests by submitting another form. Special pre-professional advisors are assigned to pre-professional interest students. For those professions requiring an undergraduate degree prior to entry to professional school, students must also declare an academic major and any minor they plan to complete. As a result, students may be assigned to both an academic advisor and a pre-professional advisor.

Pre-Professional Programs

UW-Parkside offers special advising for students with pre-professional interests in the following areas:

  • Architecture
  • Athletic Training
  • Chiropractic Medicine1
  • Dentistry1
  • Engineering2
  • Genetic Counseling1
  • Health Professions1
  • Kinesiology
  • Law
  • Medicine (M.D. and D.O.)1
  • Occupational Therapy1
  • Optometry1
  • Pathology Assistant1
  • Pharmacy1
  • Physical Therapy1
  • Physician Assistant1
  • Podiatry1
  • Veterinary Medicine1

Teacher Education Program

Contact the teacher education advisor for detailed and current information regarding all licensure programs, or visit our website.

Online Programs

Undergraduate degree-completion programs:

Online degree-completion programs enable students with at least 60 transfer credits to earn their bachelor’s degree by attending classes online.

Associate Degree Programs:

Arts and Sciences (AAS)1

Undergraduate certificate programs:

Directed Study/Independent Study

Directed or independent study is available for credit in many majors and minors. It consists of focused study by an individual student or small team of students under the supervision of a faculty member. The value of directed or independent study is in focusing on a well-defined topic and working closely with a member of the faculty or teaching academic staff. Directed or independent study is generally not intended for students who are near the beginning of their academic program. An agreement must be signed between the student and the faculty supervisor and approved by the department chair or program director at the start of the directed or independent study. All directed or independent studies must conclude with a completed paper, project, report, or other product. Consult each program section of this catalog for details.

Internships

An internship is a supervised discipline related work experience that integrates career relevant leaning activities into a university education. Internships provide opportunities for students to develop and expand their knowledge and/or skills, gain experience in a work setting, put theory into practice, and expand awareness of potential careers. Internships often take place outside the university in a public or private-sector organization. Internships are offered for credit by most academic departments at the 400 level. Interns may be paid by the employer or may work as volunteers. An internship agreement describing the work involved, specific job duties, expected work products, and all required assignments must be in writing and signed by the student, faculty supervisor and the outside internship supervisor; and it must be approved by the department chair or program director by the start of the internship. An internship should include an experiential learning strategy, an emphasis on professional development, performance assessments, and student reflections. All internships must conclude with a completed paper, project, report or other product. Consult each program section of this catalog for details.

Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFROTC)

UWP students have the opportunity to participate fully in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) Program through a partnership with the host Marquette University. Students enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program attend AFROTC courses at Marquette University. Through this program, UWP offers its students the opportunity to prepare for initial active duty assignments as Air Force Commissioned Officers. In order to receive a commission, AFROTC cadets must complete all university requirements for a degree and courses specified by the Air Force. AFROTC offers four- and three-year programs leading to a commission as an Air Force officer. Four-year program students complete the general military course and the professional officer course. Consult the Center for Professional Studies section of the catalog for more information.

Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AROTC) Program

UW-Parkside students have the opportunity to participate in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AROTC) through Marquette University. AROTC is a leadership development program consisting of three interconnected components:

  1. on-campus,
  2. off-campus and
  3. the Leadership Development Program (LDP).

By design, the three components dovetail for seamless, progressive and sequential leader development and prepare men and women to receive commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard, or the U.S. Army Reserve. Consult the Center for Professional Studies section of the catalog for more information. 

Parkside Access to College Credits (PACC) Program

The Parkside Access to College Credit Program (PACC) allows eligible high school students to earn college and high school credit simultaneously by taking and successfully completing designated courses at their high school, known as concurrent enrollment. By taking college credit in high school, students also set themselves apart by demonstrating that they can succeed in college-level classes. Go to https://www.uwp.edu/learn/departments/professionalstudies/pacc/.