May 25, 2024  
2018-19 Catalog 
2018-19 Catalog FINAL VERSION - Closed for Revisions

Programs & Services


Academic and Career Advising Center

If you have not yet declared a major or are questioning your choice of major, the Academic and Career Advising Center  (ACAC), Room 320, Albertson Hall (ALB) can assist you. Students pursuing an Associate’s Degree also work with advisers in the Academic and Career Advising Center.


Brad Duckworth, Director of Athletics
Room 0127, Health Enhancement Center
Phone: 715-346-2694

UW-Stevens Point offers twenty (20) varsity sports, all of which are affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. Men’s sports include football, cross country, wrestling, ice hockey, basketball, swimming and diving, indoor and outdoor track and field, and baseball. Women’s sports include soccer, cross country, ice hockey, volleyball, basketball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, softball, and golf. All Pointer teams participate in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), with the exception of ice hockey. The UW-Stevens Point hockey teams participate in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA). For more information call 715-346-3888 or visit the UW-Stevens Point official Athletics website.

This division falls under Student Affairs. Coaches and student-athletes strive to embrace a spirit of teamwork and togetherness to fulfill the motto of 20 sports, 500 student-athletes, 1 POINT.

Career Services

If you would like to know more about choosing a major or how the major you have chosen might relate to employment following graduation, the Career Services Office can help. They also help you find intern opportunities, career employment following graduation, and assist with identifying/applying to graduate or professional school. Information on their services and follow-up studies of recent graduates are available on their website. For assistance, stop by their office in Room 320, Albertson Hall (ALB), call 715-346-3724, or e-mail

Collaborative Degree Programs

University of Wisconsin Colleges in Wausau, Marshfield, Fond du Lac, Fox Valley, and Marinette have joined with UW-Stevens Point to offer a bachelor’s degree with a major in American Studies. You can attend evening classes on any of the participating campuses. A combination of distance learning technologies and face-to-face instruction is used to offer upper level courses. Advisers are available on UW-Marathon and UW-Marshfield Wood County campuses. You must have accumulated 30 freshman and sophomore credits at an accredited college or university in order to enter the program. For more information call 715-346-2487.

Continuing Education and Outreach

Wayne Sorenson, Director
Room 032, Main Building
Phone: 715-346-3838 or 800-898-9472

Continuing Education and Outreach is the center of continuing education and lifelong learning at UW-Stevens Point offering programs and support services for individuals and organizations in education, government, business and industry, arts and leisure. Continuing Education and Outreachprovides credit classes (including online and face-to-face courses), certificate programs, non-credit conferences, workshops and seminars, conference and event planning services, contract training, business counseling, web survey design and implementation services, evening degree completion programs, and an array of personal enrichment and professional development opportunities for youth, working adults and special audiences. CE facilitates the following programs and services:

  • Arts and Culture Outreach: features exciting programs in music, dance, drawing, creative writing, mixed media arts and photography, with classes, lessons and workshops for children and adults.
  • Arts and Music Camps: summer camps for junior and senior high school students, including studio art, music, and theatre/dance.
  • Credit Classes (Online and Face-to-Face): offered in a variety of formats and time frames, credit courses are available for professional development and degree completion in a variety of disciplines.
  • Conference Planning: can completely plan and administer conference or small workshops from initial planning to final wrap-up, or can provide partial services based on need.
  • Continuing Education Units: CEU’s are offered through Continuing Education and Outreach for noncredit professional development programs.
  • Environmental Education Outreach: includes programs about energy, forestry, outdoor education and a dedicated MS program for K-12 educators. The aim of EE Outreach is to promote environmental leaders across the state.
    • Extended Master’s Degree in Environmental Education (MSNREE) for licensed K-12 teachers seeking workplace advancement while working from home. For more information, see the Graduate  section of this catalog.
    • Online MS in Environmental Education and Interpretation (OMSEEI) for non-formal educators and working professionals seeking workplace advancement while working from home. For more information, see the Graduate  section of this catalog.
    • Online MS in Natural Resources Leadership and Administration (OMSNRLA) for working professionals seeking workplace advancement while working from home. For more information, see the Graduate  section of this catalog.
    • Graduate Fellowship in Residential Environmental Education (GFREE) While studying in an intensive master’s degree program, UW-Stevens Point graduate fellows work as field instructors and residential life leaders at Conserve School, an independent boarding school, and Treehaven, a UW-Stevens Point natural resources and environmental education center.
    • KEEP (Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program) aims to energize Wisconsin K-12 classrooms with information and curricular activities about energy use, concepts and issues. See
    • LEAF (Learning, Education, and Activities in Forestry) provides quality forestry education materials and school forest and consulting services to formal and nonformal educators in Wisconsin. See
  • Learning Is For Ever (LIFE): a membership-based association for senior adult learners, providing many classes and special programs for personal enrichment including lectures, music and theatre events, study and discussion groups and field trips.
  • Music Lessons: private music lessons are offered in a variety of instruments and voice by experienced area musicians and advanced UW-Stevens Point music students.
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC): provides no cost, confidential business counseling on best business practices for those starting or growing a small business throughout nine Central Wisconsin counties. In addition, the SBDC offers non-credit business workshops, seminars and conferences. Through the Entrepreneurship Training Program, the SBDC guides both start-up and existing business owners through the business planning process. Fee based services such as GIS Trade Area Mapping help with location analysis and strategic marketing decisions. The SBDC and Continuing Education also customize and coordinate training programs for business and industry.
  • Study Tours: short-term international travel opportunities for adults of all ages.
  • Summer Arts Camps: (see Arts and Music Camps).
  • Travel: (see Study Tours).
  • UWSP STEM Career Day: An event offered annually to 9th through 12th grade high school students who are interested in exploring careers in science and technology, through hands-on workshops and activities presented by UW-Stevens Point faculty, staff and professionals in various fields.
  • Women & Science Day: An event offered annually for girls in 7th and 8th grade to explore and learn about careers in a variety of science disciplines through hands-on workshops presented by University faculty, staff, students, and professional women from around the state of Wisconsin.

Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students works with faculty, staff, and students respectively to provide resources, assistance, and care. The Dean of Students staff works collaboratively with several departments and oversees the University’s student conduct process to ensure student success and promote a thriving learning environment for all.

As a student at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, you have the responsibility to act appropriately and responsibly. If your actions conflict with the welfare and integrity of UW-Stevens Point or disregard the rights of other members of the university community, including guests and vistiors to the university, you may face student conduct disciplinary proceedings as outlined in Chapter UWSP 17.

The conduct process is intended to be educational and provide an opportunity for growth, development, and reflection. You will find copies of the University of Wisconsin System disciplinary procedures at UW-Stevens Point’s institutional policies under these procedures (Chapter UWSP 17) on the web, at each residence hall desk, the Reserve Desk of Albertson Hall (ALB), the Information Desk of the Dreyfus University Center, the offices of all academic deans, and the Dean of Students office. We urge you to read Chapter UWSP 17, which is part of our contract with you, since it describes what constitutes violations of appropriate conduct as a student.

Degree Progress Report

A Degree Progress Report (DPR) is an advising tool that evaluates your progress toward meeting your graduation requirements at UW-Stevens Point. Access to this document is available to both students and academic advisers through accesSPoint. The DPR is for internal use and for information purposes only. It in no way substitutes for regular meetings and guidance from your academic adviser.

A DPR provides detailed information on how completed courses at UW-Stevens Point and/or other institutions are applied toward degree requirements at UW-Stevens Point and identifies any requirements that remain incomplete. The DPR also includes a major GPA, a UW-Stevens Point GPA, and an overall GPA comprising of both UW-Stevens Point and transfer course credits. For information on how repeated courses grades are calculated and reported, see the Repeating Courses  policy.

Every attempt has been made to keep your degree and program requirements up to date. If you have questions or detect discrepancies on the report, please direct questions or concerns as follows:

  • Major/Minor - if the question or concern is related to your major/minor, please consult with your adviser or the Chair of the Department of that major/minor.
  • GEP - if the question or concern is related to the General Education Program requirements, please consult with your adviser or email the Office of the Registrar at

NOTE: The DPR is not a transcript. A transcript is an official, certified copy of your academic records that shows a complete history of all courses attempted at UW-Stevens Point, including grades received, academic standing, degrees earned, majors, minors, and certificates. A transcript reports courses in semester order and your semester and cumulative grade point averages (GPA’s) are shown after each term. Unlike the DPR, courses repeated at another institution will not replace a grade on your UW-Stevens Point transcript or be used to recalculate the cumulative grade point average on your transcript. For more information on how repeated course grades are calculated and reported, see the Repeating Courses  policy.

Disability and Assistive Technology Center

Room 609, Albertson Hall (ALB)
Phone: 715-346-3365
TTY/TDD: 715-3463362 (for hearing impaired)

Both Disability Services and Assistive Technology Services are provided through the Disability and Assistive Technology Center (DATC). If you have a disability, you may obtain information on program accessibility and accommodations for all UW-Stevens Point programs and courses, as well as physical access to all campus buildings by contacting the DATC. You may also call on the DATC or referral information regarding counseling, housing, academic advising, and tutoring. We urge you to contact the DATC before your first semester of classes in order to plan for accommodations. All segments of UW-Stevens Point comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) and its ammendments.

English as a Second Language Program

Tim Thompson, Program Coordinator
Room 020E, Student Services Center
Phone: 715-346-2226

The English as a Second Language Program provides intensive English instruction for (a) international students who wish to improve their English skills and (b) those who want to attend an American university but whose English skills are not yet ready to compete in an academic setting. As a full-time student, you will attend 20 class hours per week at levels that are appropriate for your skills. The classes emphasize the development of academic English skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening/notetaking, and speaking. As a conditionally accepted student, you will complete upper-level ESL courses, and you may begin to enroll in university courses. After completing the entire ESL program, you may enroll full time in university courses.


English as a Second Language

First Year Seminar

Todd Huspeni, Coordinator
Room 202C, Main
Phone: 715-346-4625

A First Year Seminar is a foundational course for incoming first-year students designed to introduce critical thinking skills, orient you to the academic community and campus life, and equip you with other skills necessary to be a successful student.


First Year Seminar

First Year Seminar Latent Courses: Not offered recently. See full course description in indicated (xx-xx) catalog.

Last listed in (11-13) catalog: 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163

Nontraditional Students

If you have experienced a break in your education or if you are over 24 years of age and now wish to begin your college education, you are a nontraditional student. For more information, contact Non-Traditional Student Services, Room 070D, Dreyfus University Center, 715-342-5327. Scholarships for nontraditional students are also available.

Office of International Education (OIE)

Brad Van Den Elzen, Director
Room 103, Student Services Center
Room 203, Dreyfus University Center
Phone: 715-346-2717
FAX: 715-346-3591

The Office of International Education is home to International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) and Study Abroad/National Student Exchange (SA/NSE). Our mission is to help lead the university’s development of global awareness, promote international and intercultural understanding, and enrich the academic and co-curricular environment of UWSP by facilitating the exchange of people and ideas.

ISSS provides comprehensive and longitudinal support to UWSP’s international students and exchange program participants. We assist our constituents to be productive and contributing members of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point community while encouraging campus and community utilization of the vast cultural resources embodied in the university’s international student population. To these ends, we strive for excellence in providing international students and visiting scholars with immigration services as well as dedicated academic & co-curricular advising.

Study abroad can help you complete general education and major program requirements without lengthening your time to degree. Foreign language skills are not a prerequisite for participation in many programs, and you may apply your financial aid money.

You can earn 12-17 UW-Stevens Point credits during a semester abroad and 3 credits during a short-term program.

UW-Stevens Point currently offers semester programs in Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, or Spain. Summer, Winterim and spring break programs feature varying locations and themes such as art history in China and Japan, tropical ecology in Costa Rica, and international resource management in Belize/Mexico, business internships in China, theater studies in London, music history in Austria and Germany, and architecture and design in Greece, Italy, and France. Internships are available in London year-round.

We encourage you to plan ahead and apply early. Your academic adviser can help you set up a long-term course schedule that will combine study abroad with efficient completion of degree requirements. Most student travelers consider their time spent abroad as the best experience of their college careers. For more information, visit OIE, email us, or check out our website.


National Student Exchange Program

Online, Distance, or Independent Learning Courses

UW-Stevens Point offers some online courses through Continuing Education and Outreach. See Continuing Education and Outreach   earlier in this section or visit their website at You may earn credits online or through distance or independent learning from other accredited universities and transfer the credits to apply toward your degree at UW-Stevens Point. These transfer credits must meet all the rules about transferring credits to UW-Stevens Point. See Transferred Credits .

If a course is to meet a general degree requirement, you should check with the Admissions Office, 102 SSC, about how it will transfer. If you want the course to apply to a major or minor, you need to check with the appropriate academic department.

Fee waivers for courses taken through UW-Independent Learning (Learning Innovations): If you are a full-time student at UW-Stevens Point and want to take a course through UW-Independent Learning (Learning Innovations), you may qualify for a fee waiver of all or part of the tuition for this course. You must apply for this fee waiver in the Office of the Registrar, 101 SSC, during the first half of the semester. A fee waiver will not apply to service charges, textbooks, or course materials.

UW-Independent Learning catalogs are available online at or call 877-895-3276.

Text Rental

The primary textbook usage at UW-Stevens Point is through Textbook Rental, a self-supporting service financed through student text rental fees. The Text Rental service is available to undergraduate students and is similar to a library system, where you check out most of your course books and return them at end of the semester. (The rental fee is included in the undergraduate tuition.) A UW-Stevens Point PointCard I.D. is required to check books out and in. (UW-Stevens Point has been operating a “text rental” service since its beginning in 1894.) Additional supplemental books and materials for courses are generally “purchase” items for students; i.e. study guides, workbooks, consumable items, etc.


Your transcript is an official, certified copy of your academic record at UW-Stevens Point. It shows all the courses that you have attempted; all credits, grades, and degrees you have earned; and whether you have been placed on academic or non-academic suspension.

You may order copies of your transcript online through the Office of the Registrar ( In order to receive a transcript or diploma, you must have paid all your financial obligations to UW-Stevens Point.

Tutoring Services

With a staff of 125-150 peer tutors and writing consultants, the Tutoring-Learning Center (TLC), located in the lower level of Albertson Hall (ALB), 346-3568, offers tutoring to students in most introductory level courses. Each academic year, nearly 25 percent of the student body, from freshmen to graduate students, participate in tutorials with TLC peer educators and Writing Lab consultants.

TLC Tutorial Programs

Writing and Reading. Work one-on-one with trained peer writing and reading consultants on assignments for university classes.You can also receive help with difficult course readings, test prep, and study skills in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Tutoring in Math and Sciences. Meet individually or in small groups with tutors for courses in mathematics, sciences, natural resources, and accounting.

Computer Guide Program. Meet with trained undergraduates with expertise in software applications to assist them with their computing and software learning needs.

Reading in the Disciplines Program (RID). Some university courses with challenging reading offer a one-credit discussion section led by a teaching assistant. RID groups are scheduled at the request of the course instructor.

English ‘57 Series. In this one-credit independent writing course (ENGL 157 , ENGL 257 , or ENGL 357 ), students explore various kinds of writing in one-on-one sessions with peer tutors.