Engineering Mathematics and Science

Dean: Richard D. Shultz
Assistant Dean:
Office: Lisa A. Riedle
Phone: 100 Ottensman Hall
Fax: 608-342-1561
Technical Support:
Clyde A. Holverson
Computer Support:
Alma Valencia
James Wiese
Director, Women in Engineering Program:
Tammy J. Salmon-Stephens
Director, Engineering Advising Office:
Tammy J. Salmon-Stephens
Program Assistants:
Carol Beals
Jean A. Olson

College of EMS

General Science Program
Chemistry and Engineering Physics
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computer Science and Software Engineering
Electrical Engineering
General Engineering
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

The College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science offers degree programs in chemistry, computer science, engineering physics, mathematics, general science, civil, electrical, environmental, industrial, mechanical, and software engineering. Curricular requirements provide a strong foundation in the student's major field of study, supplemented by a broad background in the social sciences and humanities. In this way, the college enables its graduates to be adaptable to change, to be productive citizens, and to practice their professions with proficiency and integrity.

The college also provides general education courses in mathematics and some of the natural sciences.

Placement for graduates of the college has always been excellent. Most graduates find they are placed in challenging positions at competitive salaries.

The college strives to be a leader in innovative, high-quality undergraduate education. Some of the opportunities our students may take advantage of include the following.

Educational Goals and Objectives

The College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science's educational vision, goals and objectives are presented in the college strategic plan. The strategic plan is available in the Dean's Office and is on the college web site.

International Exchange Program

The College of EMS has International Exchange Programs with Germany, Ireland, Turkey, Norway, Sweden, Australia, and hte Netherlands. Programs are based on a one-to-one exchange with host universities, and automatically fulfill international requirements. Participation in this program will not delay a student's graduation date. The program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain technical and international experience while paying UWP tuition and fees. Grades and credits earned at a partner institution will be included in the calculation of the UWP grade point average. This is a valuable learning experience to broaden a students's awareness of other cultures and diverse situations.

For more information visit the web at and click on International Exchange Program.

Distance Education

Our distance education facility allows UW-Platteville to exchange course instruction with cooperating universities through an interactive compressed video or full motion video system. Through the use of this facility, professors at other institutions may teach students at UW-Platteville, and professors here may teach students at other sites. The video system or full motion video which is also available for continuing education programs, guest lectures, and professional meetings enables interaction between participants in this facility and participants in a compatible facility elsewhere.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements provide opportunities for students to complete their first two years of study at one university before transferring to a cooperative university to complete the course work necessary for their engineering degree. UW-Platteville has articulation agreements with several other UW institutions, including UWC-Baraboo/Sauk County, UWC-Fox Valley, UWC-Richland, UW-Parkside, UW-Stout, UW-Oshkosh, and UW-Whitewater. The agreement with UW-Stout also provides for students to move with ease to UW-Stout after two years at UW-Platteville.

Cooperative Education and Internships

The college offers many cooperative education and internship programs for qualified students. Co-ops, which combine classroom learning with on-the-job experience allow students to relate theory to practice. A time frame for a Co-op is considered one semester plus a summer session. The work period is spent in full-time employment with private industry or a governmental agency. The college considers internships to be summer positions related to the students' major field of study. The engineering co-op and internship program is administered by the assistant dean of the college.

Information Technology

The college has a number of computer laboratories located primarily in Ottensman Hall. Most computer labs are accessible during the open building hours. In addition to the program computer labs, whose computers carry discipline specific hardware, the college maintains the Engineering Instructional Center (EIC) as a combined teaching and open lab facility with software applicable to a variety of disciplines. The college maintains several site licenses which allow students to access software packages in their residence halls.

The requirements of the engineering majors meet or exceed the general education requirements in many areas, particularly mathematics and natural sciences. Therefore, the number of credits necessary to meet the university's general education requirements is not listed with each program. Students should check with their advisor or their department chair to determine the additional courses necessary for graduation beyond those required by their major.

Curricular patterns and courses do change. The college and the university reserve the right to change both the college and the general university requirements at any time in order to better serve the long-range interests of students.

Engineering Policies and Procedures

Programs in civil, electrical, environmental, industrial, and mechanical engineering and engineering physics are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Our new program in software engineering started in 1999, will apply for accreditation as soon as they are eligible. In addition, general engineering courses are provided for pre-engineering students working towards degrees in each of the engineering disciplines. After completing two years at UW-Platteville, students usually may transfer without loss of credits to a university offering other engineering degrees.

Transfer of credits from other institutions must be approved by the department chair of the program in which the student plans to major. Each program has specified courses which must be taken in residence.

Students seeking admission to the engineering programs, either as new freshmen or as transfer students, must demonstrate that they have achieved a score of 22 or higher in the mathematics portion of the ACT, or have earned a grade of "C" or better in MATH 2640 Calculus and Analytic Geometry or its equivalent.

Placement into mathematics courses is based primarily on the student's performance on the UW System Mathematics Placement Test. Students with only three years of secondary mathematics normally start with MATH 2450 Precalculus Mathematics, which carries no credit toward an engineering degree. Students with good records in four years of secondary school mathematics are usually placed directly in MATH 2640 Calculus and Analytic Geometry, the first course in the mathematics sequence for engineering students. All engineering students must complete at least 15 credits in a mathematics sequence.

Students are admitted to engineering degree programs after successfully completing the set of fundamental core courses and meeting specific program requirements. Additional details are provided in the General Engineering Program description.

Students enrolled in an engineering program are governed by both the academic standards of the university and of the engineering programs. In some cases, academic standards and requirements of the engineering programs are more rigorous than those of the university. Interested students may obtain detailed descriptions of the engineering academic standards and program requirements from the Office of the Dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, 100 Ottensman Hall.

All engineering courses may be repeated only once. If a student fails to obtain the required grade in a required course twice, that student will be dismissed from the engineering programs for failing to make satisfactory progress.

Each degree program may stipulate grade requirements in specified engineering courses. In some programs, the requirement might be a "C" in each of those courses. In other programs, the requirement might be a "C" or 2.00 grade point average over a number of courses.

Students who receive a "D" or "F" twice in the same course will be placed on probation and have one semester to achieve the required grades. After the one semester, if students do not achieve a higher grade they may be dismissed from the engineering program by the associated department with the concurrence of the Dean.

The Engineering Admissions and Academic Standards Committee (EAASC) reviews readmissions to the engineering programs. This committee is the primary appeal body for academic decisions within the engineering programs. The EAASC also reviews charges of academic misconduct and makes appropriate recommendations consistent with facts established in the review process. Under circumstances of proven academic misconduct, the EAASC may impose penalties that include reprimand, probation, and dismissal from the engineering programs.

Students dismissed from the university are automatically dismissed from the engineering programs; readmission to the university does not imply readmission to engineering programs. Students dismissed from the engineering programs must petition the EAASC for readmission. Students who have been dismissed from an engineering program may not enroll in any engineering courses except those offered during summer session or as approved by the members of the EAASC.

The Women in Engineering Program


The mission of the Women in Engineering Program is to inform students, parents and educators on the value of gender diversity as it relates to the Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (SMET) workplace. The program promotes a supportive community to individuals through activities such as advising, mentoring and networking. The Women in Engineering Program supports this mission for both continuing and prospective students through:

The goals of the Women in Engineering Program are:

The Engineering Advising Office

The Engineering Advising Office provides a comprehensive set of services that assists engineering students in maximizing their educational experience at UW-Platteville while working through a challenging curriculum. The advising office does this by providing faculty and students with the most recent changes in program requirements, assisting students with scheduling questions when their assigned advisor is not available, and encouraging students to utilize the numerous services on campus which have been established to assist students through their academic career. In addition, the advising office is committed to providing assistance and support to those students in transition to other career choices.