Frequently Asked Questions
No, the electrical engineering or mechanical engineering degree you earn through UW-Platteville Engineering Partnerships is not an online degree. UW-Platteville Engineering Partnerships provides courses through a unique hybrid delivery that includes face-to-face and online courses along with hands-on lab experiences.
UW-Platteville face-to-face courses are taught at UWO-Fox Cities in mechanical and electrical engineering.
In addition, UW-Platteville engineering courses are recorded during live lectures and made available through Canvas. Some courses include a lab component that involves hands-on labs and simulations with guidance from faculty. Most mechanical engineering labs are held on Saturdays at UWO-Fox Cities. Electrical engineering labs are often held at regional locations including UWO-Fox Cities and UW-Platteville.
The time required to earn your degree varies based on the number of transfer credits you complete, your initial math placement, the number of credits taken each semester, and your internship/cooperative education experience. You may complete your degree on a part-time or full-time basis.
The cost of tuition will depend on how many courses you complete from each institution. General education courses and pre-engineering courses are often taken at institutions other than UW-Platteville. You will be billed the tuition and fees charged by the particular institution you are taking courses from.
When taking courses at UW-Platteville, you will pay tuition and fees for your professional engineering courses to UW-Platteville. Tuition does not include the application fee and lab supplies expense. For more information on UW-Platteville’s tuition and fees please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 608.342.1211.
You will need access to high speed internet. UW-Platteville issues licenses to Virtual Desktop (VMware) which enables you to access all software remotely.
UW-Platteville’s partner institutions, including UWO-Fox Cities, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Whitewater Rock County, and Madison College, offer general education and pre-engineering courses while UW-Platteville offers professional engineering courses.
UW-Platteville requires that you submit a new application, re-apply, if you do not take classes during the previous semester.
Prior to applying to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, contact Hattie Techlow, email@example.com, 920-832-2854, to discuss your intended major, specific courses that you have completed, and which UW-Platteville courses will be available for the upcoming semester.
If you are pursuing a degree in electrical engineering, you should apply during the semester you are taking Calculus I. If you are pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering, you should complete the majority of your pre-engineering courses before applying to UW-Platteville since many of the pre-engineering courses are prerequisites for professional engineering courses.
No, you don’t need an associate’s degree before applying to UW-Platteville. In fact, if you wait to apply to UW-Platteville until after you have completed an associate’s degree, it will take you longer to obtain a degree in engineering.
There are different types of associate’s degrees. An Associate of Applied Science does not satisfy UW-Platteville’s general education requirements.
An Associate of Arts and Science may be accepted if the institution has an articulation agreement with UW-Platteville. An Associate in Science from Madison College satisfies UW-Platteville’s general education requirements. This degree may be earned at any point prior to graduating from UW-Platteville with a bachelor’s degree.
Yes, you can take courses simultaneously for both your associate’s and bachelor’s degrees during your final semester. The official transcript showing the earned Associate of Arts and/or Science degree must be submitted to UW-Platteville before the bachelor’s degree is granted.
No, you should not finish your general education courses before beginning pre-engineering courses. It is recommended that you take general education and pre-engineering courses, not used as prerequisites to engineering courses, simultaneously to balance a semester with challenging engineering courses.
All required electrical engineering courses are offered on a one-year rotation. All elective courses are offered on either a one-year or two-year rotation depending on the course.
The majority of mechanical engineering courses are offered annually on a one-year rotation.
You can take general education and pre-engineering courses through any accredited institution. When taking courses at another institution you should consider the following:
- An Associate in Sciences degree from UW System partner institutions and Madison College automatically satisfies the general education requirements for UW-Platteville. If you choose to take general education courses at an institution that does not have an articulation agreement with UW-Platteville, each course will need to be evaluated individually. For more information on our transfer polices visit the UW-Platteville Catalog.
- You will want to ensure that the desired courses will transfer to UW-Platteville as the required courses and not simply as electives. Just because a course has the same title it does not mean the same content is covered in each course.
Credits may be accepted from accredited two-year and four-year institutions recognized by the Council for Higher Education. Courses that are vocational, technical, remedial, or doctrinal in nature are not transferable. UW-Platteville’s transfer policy is that once a student is admitted Admissions will provide a course to course transfer evaluation.
The Transfer Information System is a web-based interactive program that allows University of Wisconsin System and Wisconsin Technical College System students and advisors to see how credits will transfer to any UW System or Wisconsin Technical College System campus.
The Credit Transfer Wizard is especially helpful to see how courses may transfer from one UW System campus or Wisconsin Technical College to another, and which general education categories they may satisfy.
Yes, if you have extensive training or significant practical experience, you may be able to waive certain courses or pursue test-out options.
Yes, there are internships and cooperative education (co-op) opportunities available to qualified students. You can find out about these opportunities through your academic advisor, faculty, UW-Platteville’s fall and spring career fairs, and the Career and Professional Development Office.