Curriculum Requirements

Completion of the core curriculum requires a minimum of 33 credits. Depending on your course of study, there are additional requirements differentiating the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees.

Core Competency Requirements

Course Name Credits  
First-year Experience Course 1  
College Writing I (ENGLISH 1130) 3  
College Writing II (ENGLISH 1230) 3  
Math (MATH 1630 and higher) 3  
Speech 2  
Wellness (HHP 1000, MUSIC 1820 WOMGENDR 2430) 1  
Physical Activity (HHP 1000-level) 1  
Foreign Language * 0–8  
Core Humanities, Fine Arts, and History Requirements:  9 credits  
Humanities (Includes: English, Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish, second level or higher), Philosophy, Social and Environmental Justice) 3  
Fine Arts (Includes: Art, Music, Theatre) 3  
Historical Perspective 3  
Core Social Sciences Requirements: 6 credits  
Includes: AgBusiness, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, Media Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Speech  
First Discipline 3  
Second Discipline 3  
Core Natural Sciences Requirement: 4 credits  
Includes: Biology, Chemistry, Physical Geography, Geology, Physics, or Physical Science. Labs required.  
Natural Science with Lab 4  
International, Gender and Ethnic Studies: 9 credits
Many courses in Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, and International Education double-count with one of the other general education requirements.
International Education 3  
Ethnic Studies 3  
Gender Studies 3  

* For a Bachelor of Science degree, the foreign language requirement is completed if a student has obtained a "C" or better in one year of high school foreign language. For a Bachelor of Arts degree, the foreign language requirement is completed if a student has obtained a "C" or better in two years of high school foreign language. This requirement is waived for students for whom English is already a second language.

Additional Requirements for the Bachelor of Science: 7 credits
Course Name Credits
Second Discipline Natural Science with a laboratory component 4
Additional Mathematics, Natural Science, or Social Science 3
Additional Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts: 6-10 credits
Two courses at 2000 level or higher in two of the following areas: Fine Arts, Historical Perspective, or Humanities 6
Second semester of a Foreign Language (Completed if a student has achieved a “C” or better in two years of one foreign language in high school) 0-4

First-Year Experience

Required of all students who enter UW-Platteville with fewer than 30 credits.

  • An introduction to college course (1 credit)
    • All sections must contain:
      • A core component of “survival skills” for freshmen (e.g. time management skills, information about campus resources, advising, etc.)
      • Information about engagement opportunities (e.g., PACCE)
      • Discussion of diversity issues
      • A participation requirement. Students are required to attend/participate in a minimum of three events or activities during the semester (may count participation in one meeting of a student organization as one event).


A total of 13–17 credits. At UW-Platteville, these basic competencies are comprised of the following skills:

  1. College Writing (6 credits)
    Students must be able to write and read effectively.
  2. Foreign Language (0-4 credits)
    Students must be able to use a language other than English. One year of the same high school language with a minimum of "C" fulfills this requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree. Two years of the same high school language with a minimum of "C" fulfills this requirement for a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. Mathematics (3 credits)
    Students must have a basic competency in computation, problem solving, and quantitative reasoning.
  4. Speech (2 credits)
    Students must be able to understand spoken English and communicate using it effectively.
  5. Wellness/Physical Activity (2 credits)
    Students must know how to achieve and maintain both their physical and mental well being.

The design of the basic competency program assumes that high school graduates have met the minimum standards of the university. Opportunities for testing out of certain basic requirements for the baccalaureate degree exist. Students with exceptionally strong high school backgrounds may earn general education credit by CLEP (College Level Examination Program) or AP (Advanced Placement) testing. Entering students who do not meet minimum standards on the UW System English and Mathematics Placement Tests may be required to take remedial courses in these areas, and such courses will not count toward general education or graduation requirements.

Liberal Studies Areas

Students must take a minimum 19 credits.

Ethnic Studies (3 credits)

The purpose of ethnic studies is to awaken the minds and spirits of students to the issues of race and ethnicity in the United States and the social realities and moral challenges of racism in U.S. culture. It strives to help students fulfill their intellectual, moral, and social potential, and encourages them to remove barriers that can prevent others from achieving their own potential.

Fine Arts/History/Humanities (9 credits)

  • The purpose of the study of fine arts is to help students become familiar with the historical and cultural heritage of the fine arts. They should also gain a basic understanding of the creative processes, forms, and concepts used in the arts.
  • The purpose of the study of history is to challenge students to understand and assess our past, in order to form a clearer perception of the present and to deal more effectively with public issues.
  • The purpose of the study of humanities is to explore the range of human thought and experience—achievements and failures, joys and sorrows, comedy and tragedy, life and death. It should challenge students to understand and evaluate how others, past and present, historical and fictional, have struggled with these issues. This requirement is met by taking at least three credits in approved courses in each of these three areas: fine arts, history, and humanities.

Gender Studies (3 credits)

The purpose of gender studies is to help students come to a better understanding of themselves as responsible individuals operating within a gendered cultural context, paying special attention to perspectives involving women.

International Education (3 credits)

The purpose of international education is to challenge students to understand our place within the world and to provide basic knowledge about cultures, people, or nations beyond the borders of the United States.

Natural Sciences (4 credits)

The purpose of studying the natural sciences is to help students understand nature and how the processes of scientific investigation lead to new discoveries. The credits must be taken in approved courses in one of the natural science areas (i.e., biology, chemistry, geography, geology, physics and physical science). The natural science course must include a laboratory component.

Social Sciences (6 credits)

The purpose of studying the social sciences is to develop an understanding of social systems, the dynamics of individual and group behavior and the forces that operate in social relationships. The 6 credits must be taken in approved courses in two different disciplines (i.e., agricultural industries, communication, criminal justice, economics, ethnic studies, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, speech, and women’s studies).

A course may fulfill more than one liberal arts requirement, but no student may use a single course to fulfill more than two liberal studies requirements. Courses that double-count must be approved by both sponsoring programs (e.g., ethnic studies and social sciences).

General Rules

  1. Only approved courses may be used to fulfill the core curriculum requirements. All approved core curriculum courses must meet at least four of the UW-Platteville Student Learning Outcomes. Multiple sections of core curriculum courses must have the following items in common: course title, course description, and student learning outcomes.
  2. Every student must earn a minimum of 42 credits in upper-division courses (courses numbered 3000 or above).
  3. All students must earn 32 credits in residence at UW-Platteville and also 23 of their last 32 credits in residence.

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