Many programs are offered at UW-Platteville. Some of these programs deserve special mention not only because they are unique strengths at UW-Platteville but also because they suggest the depth of our commitment to a rich and varied curriculum serving the needs of all students.

University Honors Program

Director: Dr. Nancy Turner
Office: 332 Warner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1752

The aim of this program is to provide exceptional students with opportunities to study the problems, ideas, and methods of the liberal arts with an intensity, depth, and perspective that cannot usually be achieved in regular courses.

Since 1991 the Honors Program Council, comprised of faculty members from each college in the university, has been organizing and administering special liberal-education courses for those undergraduates who have demonstrated high academic promise.

Benefits of the Honors Program

By participating in the Honors Program, students gain a number of important benefits:

Admission to the Honors Program

Each May, the Director of the University Honors Program invites qualified members of the incoming freshman class to submit applications for acceptance into the program. To qualify, a student must have a composite ACT score of at least 27, or a SAT score of 1250 or higher, or have graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class, a GPA of at least 3.3 after 30 hours of course work at UW-Platteville and/or other accredited institutions of higher education.

The director may waive the formal admission requirements for students who present evidence that their academic record does not reflect their true capacity to benefit from honors work.

Requirements for the Honors Degree

Honors students may pursue an Honors Degree at the same time they are pursuing a regular major. The Honors Degree requires:

Honors Courses

Every semester, three to six honors courses will be offered with class size in each limited to 20 students (average class size is 14 students). These courses will include general introductory courses such as History of World Civilization, General Psychology, or Introduction to American Government. Honors students in any major may take these courses in order to fulfill their general education requirements. Other honors offerings will be upper-level courses such as English Drama, International Law, or Historical Geology, which will also satisfy general education requirements for most students.

Pre-Professional Programs

Many students enroll at UW-Platteville for course work before completing their education at another professional school or college. Pre-professional curricula for a variety of professions have been developed. A student enrolling in one of the pre-professional programs will be assigned a faculty advisor who will assist in developing course schedules and preparing for entrance into a professional school of the student's choice. A faculty advisor has been identified as the contact person for each program listed below.

Each student interested in a specific pre-professional program is strongly encouraged to seek the advice of the contact person to ensure appropriate advising.


Advisor: Wayne Weber
Office: 249 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1611

Chiropractic is a natural approach to health issues that concerns itself with the integration of the body's systems and organs. The Doctor of Chiropractic specializes in the adjustment of the spine and the relationship between the spinal vertebrae and the nervous system and their relationship to health and disease without the use of drugs or surgery.

The UW-Platteville program normally requires completion of a Bachelor's degree and the fulfillment of other requirements of the chiropractic school. Occasionally a student enters chiropractic school after three years of course work.


Advisor: Wayne Weber
Office: 249 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1611

Dentistry is the science or profession concerned with the teeth and associated structures of the mouth. It involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, injury, or malfunction of the teeth, gums, and jaws. Dentists practice in several specialties using a full range of techniques.

The UW-Platteville program consists of selected courses that help to provide a basic body of knowledge to meet the admission requirements for schools of dentistry. Admission to a school of dentistry normally follows the fulfillment of requirements of the desired professional school in the completion of a bachelor of science degree in biology.


Advisor: Kristopher Wright
Office: 254 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1689

Fisheries biology is that branch of science that secures field information on the life history and environmental relationships of fish. These studies include both the study of fish in their natural environment and aquaculture.

The UW-Platteville program consists of selected courses which provide a body of knowledge necessary to meet the admission requirements for schools offering degrees in fisheries biology (a minimum of two years of course work at UW-Platteville is required); a summer school session at the Pigeon Lake Field Station is also recommended.


Advisor: Kristopher Wright
Office: 254 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1689

A degree in forestry usually involves the completion of one or two possible collateral emphases:

  1. Forest management is a degree designed to meet the traditional needs of forest science and provides an understanding of the interrelationships among soils, water, wildlife, and forestry.
  2. Forest administration is an emphasis designed to train foresters in areas of public relations, communication, and business-economics and provides an understanding and training in soils, wildlife, and water, and course work in communications, economics, marketing, public and corporate finance, computer science, and the social sciences.

The UW-Platteville program requires a minimum of two years of course work. Prerequisites for either of the above two emphases can be fulfilled by taking courses on campus and at the Pigeon Lake Field Station.


Advisor: John Rink
Office: 316 Warner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1795
Co-Advisor: Scott White
Office: 611 Pioneer Tower
Phone: 608-342-1499

Pre-Law is not an academic major or sequence of courses, but rather a program of activities designed to guide the undergraduate student interested in a career in law to make sound decisions and achieve success. This begins with the choice of an academic major of interest to the student and the selection of challenging courses which elicit and strengthen the student's talent. The student receives academic advisement from an advisor in his or her major field and pre-law advisement from an experienced pre-law advisor.

The advantages of our Pre-Law program include the following:

We advise students interested in a career in law or in a field where a law degree is an advantage to take the following steps:

We agree with the consensus of the legal profession that a broad liberal arts education which emphasizes the appreciation of human values, an awareness of socio-political thought, and concern for the community and the environment are the best preparation for law school.

Pre-Medical Technology

Advisor: Wayne Weber
Office: 249 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1611

The field of medical technology or clinical laboratory science is the medical application of the basic sciences in laboratory medicine. Members of this profession are responsible for providing accurate, reliable laboratory tests to determine the presence, absence, extent, or cause of disease. Medical technologists (clinical laboratory scientists) use sophisticated chemical procedures, complex instruments, and microscopic observation to relay information to physicians for diagnosis and treatment of disease.

The UW-Platteville program requires students to complete a two to three year course of study which fulfills the requirements for admission to a professional program.


Advisor: Amanda Trewin
Office: 255 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1527

Medical doctors prevent, diagnose, treat, and cure disease in their patients. Physicians practice in many medical specialties using a full range of health-care techniques aimed at maintaining and improving health.

The UW-Platteville program consists of selected courses which help to provide a basic body of knowledge necessary to meet the admission requirements for medical schools. Admission to a medical school normally follows the completion of a bachelor's degree.


Advisor: Shane Drefcinski
Office: 339 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1828

Professional ministry as a pastor, rabbi, youth leader, teacher, or parish worker requires that a student be aware of everything that touches the lives of people and is especially sensitive to the human hunger for meaning, perspective, and understanding.

The UW-Platteville program provides supportive counsel and helpful experiences (not only for those wishing to enter a professional religious vocation, but also for those not certain but interested). Faculty will help students:

  1. Plan a broad liberal arts academic program.
  2. Find appropriate off-campus work or study opportunities.
  3. Think through their professional plans and hopes.


Advisor: Amanda Trewin
Office: 255 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1527

Nurses meet the physical and emotional needs of patients in a broad range of settings while providing care the physicians prescribe. Nurses must pass a state examination to become registered nurses (RNs). There are two basic routes toward this end:

  1. An associate degree in nursing (ADN) obtained through a two or three year program at a technical college.
  2. A bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) obtained through a four or five year program at a comprehensive university.

The UW-Platteville program is a two year program which helps to provide a body of information necessary to fulfill the academic requirements of a school of nursing. Admission to a school of nursing normally follows the first year of studies at UW-Platteville.

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Advisor: Marilyn Tufte
Office: 253 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1664

Occupational therapy is a vital health care service that uses purposeful activity as the basis for treatment and prevention of a wide variety of physical, developmental, and emotional disabilities. Occupational therapists plan programs which enable patients to practice self-care, learn personal and social behavior skills, and gain more independence.

The UW-Platteville program for pre-occupational therapy students provides the necessary science background as well as an understanding of people and society necessary to gain enternce into the professional phase.


Advisor: Wayne Weber
Office: 249 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1611

Optometry is the branch of health services concerned with the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions or impairments of the vision system. Doctors of Optometry are highly trained, state licensed practitioners who examine eyes and related structures to detect the presence of vision problems, eye diseases, and other eye related problems. Optometrists are the major providers of vision care in this country.

The UW-Platteville program consists of selected courses that help to provide a basic body of knowledge to meet the admission requirements for schools of optometry. Admission to a school of optometry normally follows the fulfillment of requirements of the desired professional school in the completion of a bachelor of science degree in biology.


Advisor: Wayne Weber
Office: 249 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1611

Osteopathic medicine is one of two medical fields fully licensed and approved for the delivery of complete medical care. Osteopathic physicians practice in all recognized medical specialties, using the full range of health-care techniques in diagnosis and treatment. The distinctive feature of osteopathic medicine is the recognition of the interrelationship between the structure and function of the body; that is, traditional emphasis on "holistic" medicine or treating the patient as a whole person. One of the characteristic features and added dimensions of a Doctor of Osteopathy in terms of clinical practice is the utilization of manipulative therapy.

The UW-Platteville program consists of selected courses which help to provide a basic body of knowledge to meet the admission requirements for osteopathic schools. Admission to an osteopathic school normally follows the completion of a bachelor's degree.


Advisor: Charles Sundin
Office: 311 Ottensman Hall
Phone: 608-342-1015

Pharmacy has traditionally been the branch of health services concerned with the composition of medications, dosage forms, methods of preparation, tests for the purity and potency, as well as the proper medicinal use. The pharmacist is responsible for preparing, storing, and dispensing medications. As an expert on the action of medication on the body, the pharmacist is called upon by physicians and the public alike concerning the use of prescribed and over-the-counter medications.

The UW-Platteville program involves two years of study in a selected group of courses. The courses provide the necessary science background as well as an understanding of people and institutions to prepare students for pharmacy school.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Advisor: Marilyn Tufte
Office: 253 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1664

Physical therapy is a dynamic health care profession. Physical therapists are skilled in planning, organizing, and directing programs for the care of individuals of all ages who have been impaired by disease or injury. The physical therapist performs tests and evaluations which help to establish treatment objectives for the patient. In addition, the physical therapist works with the patient to carry out the objectives in ways that are realistic and consistent with daily needs.

The UW-Platteville program for pre-physical therapy students provide the necessary science background as well asan understanding of people and society to help students qualify for the professional program.

Pre-Physicians Assistant

Advisor: Wayne Weber
Office: 249 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1611

A physician assistant is a health care professional who functions as an extension of a physician and provides a wide range of medical services. Under the supervision of licensed physicians, physician assistants interview patients and record health histories, conduct physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic tests, establish treatment plans, and educate patients in preventive medicine and health maintenance.

The UW-Platteville program is usually a four year course of study resulting in a Bachelor's degree and the fulfillment of additional Physician Assistant professional school requirements.


Advisor: Amanda Trewin
Office: 255 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1527

Podiatry is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and disorders affecting the human foot and its related structures. The podiatric physician provides both medical and surgical care and may become involved in research to advance the understanding of foot care.

The UW-Platteville program is designed to meet admission requirements for a school of podiatric medicine. Most students are admitted to a podiatry school after completion of a bachelor's degree.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Advisor: Sue Price
Office: 214 Pioneer Tower
Phone: 608-342-1613

Veterinary medicine applies modern medical science to the care of animals. The study of veterinary medicine is concerned with gaining a thorough knowledge of the fundamental biological and physical sciences relating to animal functions. In the clinical years, students correlate and apply this knowledge to the many areas of professional service.

The pre-veterinary medicine program at UW-Platteville (School of Agriculture and Biology Department) consists of selected courses, specified by veterinary colleges, that prepare students for admission into a four year program which culminates in the awarding of a doctorate in veterinary medicine. (Note: This program is administered by the School of Agriculture.)

Pre-Wildlife Management

Advisor: Jeff Huebschman
Office: 262 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1742

Wildlife management is a science that secures field information concerning the life history and environmental relationships of game birds and mammals. These studies include investigations in the natural environment and game farms. A program in wildlife management is ecologically integrated and includes courses in forestry, soils, water, and general natural resource management.

The UW-Platteville program consists of selected courses which provide a body of knowledge necessary to meet the admission requirements for institutions offering degrees in wildlife management. A minimum of two years of course work is required. Students are encouraged to fulfill a summer school session at the Pigeon Lake Field Station.

Cooperative Education Programs

UW-Platteville advocates an education in which students in any major can blend theory and practice by combining classroom learning with planned and supervised field experiences. Students in the cooperative education programs alternate periods of full-time study with periods of experience in jobs closely related to their individual academic majors and career objectives. UW-Platteville is committed to the belief that cooperative education experiences make a significant contribution to the individual student's personal, social, and professional development. Academic credit is granted for the field experience.

Cooperative education programs are managed by the major/program in which the student is enrolled. Students interested in cooperative education programs should contact their departmental office for further information.

Institute for Study Abroad Programs

Contact: Donna Anderson
Office: 111 Royce Hall
Phone: 608-342-1726

This institute was created at UW-Platteville to develop and coordinate foreign study programs for the university and to provide resources in southwestern Wisconsin for international studies. The institute provides university students with an opportunity to continue their education while extending their awareness of other lands and peoples through semester, full academic year, and summer programs of study abroad. Semester and/or full academic year programs are regularly offered in London, England; Rome, Italy; Nagasaki, Japan; and Seville, Spain. In addition, through consortial arrangements, programs are available in Argentina, Australia, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Russia, Scotland, and more. Summer programs are also available. Financial aid that students receive for their studies at UW-Platteville in most cases transfers directly for use in study abroad programs.

Students wishing to travel independently are invited to draw on the resources of the institute to assist them in any matters pertaining to their travel plans.

National Student Exchange Program

Contact: Admission & Enrollment Office
Office: 120 Brigham Hall
Phone: 608-342-1125

The National Student Exchange Program is designed to provide UW-Platteville students an opportunity to study at more than 170 other NSOFTWARE member institutions for a semester or academic year while paying UWP tuition and fees. This program is nationally sanctioned and has placed more than 55,000 since its inception in 1968.

In order to be eligible , UWP students must have a cumulative grade average of 2.50 or higher, must be a full-time student and must agree to remain a full-time student during the exchange period. Since UWP is designated as an "even" exchange program, it is most important to know that unless otherwise stipulated, there should be the same number of students coming to UWP in the exchange program that are attending other NSOFTWARE institutions.

For further information about this highly successful and unique program, please contact the NSOFTWARE Coordinator or Assistant by calling 608-342-1127 or by stopping in Brigham 120. The application and advising process is highly involved; consequently several months of careful planning before the annual March placement date is strongly suggested.

Continuing Education

Contact: Marian Maciej-Hiner
Office: 305 Warner
Phone: 608-342-1314

The Office of Continuing Education, in a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and University of Wisconsin-Extension, carries out the Wisconsin Idea of extending university resources beyond campus boundaries to the citizens of southwestern Wisconsin. The office coordinates credit classes, which are designed to meet the needs of adults who wish to continue or renew their course work to meet certification requirements. Some cless sessions are delivered through a mixed media approach, including interactive video, to enhance access for students living and working at a distance from campus. Community education (non-credit) workshops, seminars and camps are also conducted by Continuing Education to enrich the lives of adults and young learners in southwestern Wisconsin.

For more information, contact (608) 342-1314 or toll-free 1-888-281-9472. Access course offerings electronically via

Teacher Education

The Office of Continuing Education coordinates credit classes to meet the needs of educators who want to learn about communicating with special student groups, new teahcing strategies, social issues, educational research, and technology in a school setting.

Courses taken through the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Office of Continuing Education are acceptable for renewal for Wisconsin's five-year teaching license. More information on this license is available on the DPI website:

Child Care Administration Education

Continuing Education offers a 6-course, 18-credit series (undergraduate credit or non-credit) to help child care professionals earn the Wisconsin Professional Credential for Child Care Administrators. Coure topics include Administration/Supervision, Operations Management, Financial Managementand Planning, the External Environment, and Best Practices.

Living History Education

Living history classes allow students and community members to directly participate as re-enactors in pre-1848 Wisconsin or the Civil War. Participation in these "period-correct" classes with educators, historians, and others bring these historic times to life - in the classroom, community, and other settings.

Independent Learning

Independent Learning provides you an opportunity to take courses at your convenience. You enroll at any time, complete assignments as your schedule permits, take your exam when you are ready, and most importantly, complete the course you've always wanted to take or have needed for your degree. Over 300 university, high school, vocational and continuing education courses are available.

Independent Learning offers print-based courses, many with an e-mail option, through the following UW departments: Business and Economics, Engineering Professioal Development, Environmental Resource Center, Professional Development and Applied Studies, Liberal Studies and the Arts, and the Office of Education Outreach. We draw talent from resources throughout the entire University of Wisconsin System.

UW Learning Innovations Independent Learning is a part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Independant Learning has offered courses since 1892. Independant Learning's university-level courses are developed and taught by faculty and instructors affiliated with UW institutions, accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Independent Learning catalogs are available through the Office of Continuing Education, 308 Warner Hall, or you may visit their website at or call their toll-free number (800) 442-6460. Independent Learing advisors are available to answer questions regarding course selection, registration, policies, and procedures.

Wisline Teleconference Service

WisLine is the easy, fast, and affordable way to meet with colleagues without leaving your office or building. The conference call service operated by the University of Wisconsin-Extension has the features and lines to serve your conference call needs.

WisLine offers you these advantages:

Available to all government, educational and nonprofit organizations, WisLine utilizes the state of Wisconsin's STS system for outgoing calls, so you receive the lowest long distance rates.

For more information, contact: WisLine reservations at (608) 262-0753 (M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.) or online at

Remedial Courses in English and Mathematics

UW-Platteville entered a consortium agreement with the Southwestern Wisconsin Technical College at Fennimore, Wisconsin, whereby technical college faculty provide instruction in English and mathematics to students who are deficient in the above subject areas.

Entering new students at UW-Platteville who do not meet the minimum requirements on the UW-System English and Mathematics Placement Tests are expected to take one or both of the above classes prior to their being allowed into an entry level English or mathematics course at UW-Platteville. The courses are noncredit; therefore, they do not count toward the total number of credits needed to satisfy degree requirements at UW-Platteville.

The courses, 10 Fundamentals of English, 10 Technical Mathematics, and 15 Intermediate Algebra, are taught by Fennimore faculty. Students attend the above classes on the Platteville campus as is the case with all other course work.

Students may not register for more than a total of 15 credits of academic work per term until they have satisfied their deficiencies. An entering new student must pass the UW-System English and Mathematics Placement Tests to be allowed into credit level courses in the above subjects. Students who attain low placement tests results are required to successfully complete Fundamental English and/or Technical Mathematics before they are allowed to register for credit level English or mathematics courses. Questions concerning remedial course work may be directed to the Humanities Department (608) 342-1826 or the Mathematics Department (608) 342-1741 at UW-Platteville.

Individually Contracted Major

Coordinator: Laura Anderson
Office: 213 Warner Hall
Phone: 608-342-1117


The purpose of the Individually Contracted Major is to afford an individualized source of study to students who are unable to fulfill important educational and/or career goals via the existing majors.


  1. The student will self-assess personal, educatioal and occupational goals.
  2. The student will review the existing major and minor programs.
  3. The student will determine and demonstrate that existing majors and minors will not fulfill the student's goals.
  4. The student will employ critical thinking to prepare, with the assistance of an advisor and a committee of faculty, a detailed Individually Contracted Major specifically tailored to that student's needs.
  5. The student will master the coursework and content of the agreed-upon major.
  6. The student will devlop increased self-knowledge, occupational knowledge, creativity, flexibility and organizational skill.

Students sometimes find that the selection of a major does not fit their own unique interests or career plans. Instead, their needs can best be served by an indivivualized course sequence composed of offerings from several departments or even from more than one college within the university. To accommodate such students, the College of Liberal Arts and Education offers the Individually Contracted Major. Students, working closely with faculty members, propose and develop a course of study that will lead to the fulfillment of their personal educational goals.

The following process sets forth the steps by which students can plan and pursue an individualized course sequence constituting the equivalent of a conventional major. At the same time, it provides a means by which the faculty can monitor students' planning and subsequent activities to ensure that they meet the standard requirements for a degree. The process culminates in an agreement which sets forth the details of the proposed major.

Step One:

Any sophomore or junior with a 3.0 or higher grade point average may select a member of the faculty of the college who is willing to be the advisor. With the advisor's assistance, the student drafts a preliminary proposal which includes four elements:

  1. A justification of the projected major (including evidence both of the validity of the proposed program and of the unavailability of suitable alternatives).
  2. A rationale for the program.
  3. Evidence of the student's capability to conduct independent study
  4. A statement of the likely acceptability of the projected major to graduate schools or potential employers. The preliminary proposal is then presented to the coordinator.

Step Two:

The coordinator, after confirming the completeness of the proposal, may help the student bring together a suitable committee of at least three faculty members, a majority of whom are from the College of Liberal Arts and Education. One member of the committee serves as chairperson. The coordinator forwards the student's proposal to the committee chairperson for review.

Step Three:

The committee reviews the proposal, and if it is acceptable, requests that the student submit a more detailed proposal.

Step Four:

The student consults with his or her advisor and the members of the committee to develop the detailed proposal. The proposal contains a rationale and includes a complete list of courses which will be taken, the formal course descriptions, and the sequencing of courses where applicable. The proposal also contains a thorough report on the acceptability of the major to employers or graduate schools, depending on the student's long term goals. The complete proposal is reviewed by the committee which can approve it, send it back for revisions, or reject it.

Step Five:

The committee chairperson forwards the approved proposal to the coordinator who reviews it to make sure that college and university requirements are met. The coordinator may approve the proposal, send it back to the committee for changes, or reject it. Upon the coordinator's approval, an agreement is signed between the student and the college, and information is forwarded to the appropriate offices.