Jun 13, 2024  
Spring 2020 Catalog 
Spring 2020 Catalog FINAL VERSION - Closed for Revisions

Programs & Services


Academic and Career Advising Center

The Academic and Career Advising Center provides academic and career guidance and resources to all UWSP students and alumni. 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 Academic and Career Advising Center  can help. They also help you find internship opportunities, meet and network with local employers, build your resume, and provide support in your career or graduate school search. All UWSP students have access to our career platform to search for internship and employment opportunities. Information on the Academic and Career Advising Center’s services and follow-up studies of recent graduates are available on their website. For assistance, stop by the Academic and Career Advising Center in Room 320, Albertson Hall (ALB), call 715-346-3226, or email acac@uwsp.edu.


Brad Duckworth, Director of Athletics
Room 0127, Marshfield Clinic Health System Champions Halls (MCCH)
Phone: 715-346-2694
Email: bduckwor@uwsp.edu
Web: http://athletics.uwsp.edu

UW-Stevens Point offers twenty-one (21) 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). For more information call 715-346-4494 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 21 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) or call 715-346-3226, or e-mail acac@uwsp.edu.

Continuing Education and Outreach

Wayne Sorenson, Director
Stevens Point Campus
Room 032, Main Building
Phone: 715-346-3838
Email: uwspce@uwsp.edu
Web: www.uwsp.edu/conted

UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield
2000 W 5th Street, Marshfield, WI  54449
Phone: 715-389-6520
Email: uwspce@uwsp.edu
Web: https://www.uwsp.edu/marshfield/conted

UW-Stevens Point at Wausau
625 Stewart Avenue, Wausau, WI  54401
Phone: 715-261-6294
Email: uwspce@uwsp.edu
Web: https://www.uwsp.edu/wausau/community/conted

Continuing Education and Outreach is the regional center of lifelong learning and professional development at the Stevens Point, Marshfield and Wausau campus.  The three locations offer offering programs and services for individuals and organizations in business and industry, education, government, and for individuals seeking personal enrichment in arts and leisure. As a regional outreach provider, Continuing Education and Outreach provides business counseling, certificate programs, conferences, conference and event planning services, customized trainings, degree completion programs, educational travel, summer camps, and an array of personal enrichment as well as credit and non-credit professional development opportunities.  CE facilitates the following programs and services:

Credit Classes: Offered in a variety of formats and time frames, credit courses are available for professional development.

Conference Planning: Services include planning and administering professional development conferences or workshops from initial planning to final wrap-up.  Partial services based upon specific needs are also available

Continuing Education Units: CEU’s are offered through Continuing Education and Outreach for professional development programs.

Customized Training and Talent Development Programming: Customized trainings, workshops, and non-credit certificates designed to meet non-profit, government, and business and industry needs. Certificate programming offer in-depth training for leadership, management and supervision.

Community Programming: The offices in Stevens Point, Marshfield and Wausau offer general interest programming in the arts, theater, music and a myriad of personal interests.  This programming is a touchpoint for the residents with the campuses and enhances the quality of life in the community.

Environmental Education Outreach: In collaboration with the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE), credit and non-credit professional development opportunities for formal and informal educators. In addition to forestry, energy, outdoor education, and interpretation programming we also offer credit for attending state and national environmental education workshops. More information on the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education can be found at: https://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/wcee.

Natural Resource Professional Development Training: Includes programming in forestry, wildlife, habitat management, human dimensions, soils, and waters and fisheries. Trainings are offered in a variety of formats including field-based workshops, site tours, and online. All trainings are pre-approved for CEUs through a variety of professional organizations.

Online Collaborative Degree Programs:  Fully online, semester-based programs at both the Bachelor’s and Master’s level taught in partnership with various University of Wisconsin campuses through UW Extended Campus.  They offer quality education for personal and professional development of returning adult and/or graduate students.

Learning for Older Adults:   All three campuses offer membership-based programs for adult learners, providing an opportunity to share experiences, promote intellectual and cultural enrichment, and encourage lifelong learning. Learning is Forever (LIFE) is hosted at the Stevens Point Campus, Passion for Adult Learning (PAL) is hosted at the Marshfield campus, and both the College of the Emeriti and Good Ideas programs are held at the Wausau Campus.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC): Provides no cost, confidential advising and resources as well as fee based workshops/conferences to both startup and existing businesses throughout nine counties - Adams, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Vilas, Waupaca and Wood. The center also offers trainings and conferences as for who are considering starting a business, owners of existing businesses struggling to get a handle on all of the details, and those with successful companies they want to grow.

Summer Camps: Opportunities for students in grades 5 - 12 to explore and engage topics at various camps, such as art and design, music, video production, and information technology - video game design.

Travel: Includes Multi-day Cultural Excursions: Take a few days to experience and enjoy the food, people and places you will visit with us; Weekend Retreat: Step out of your everyday and escape with us for a weekend retreat to revitalize yourself; Daycation: Experience a day trip away from the ordinary.  Trips leave from all three campuses.   

UWSP - STEAM Point Days: One day conferences geared to 7th and 8th grade collaborative problem-solvers and experiential learners who also enjoy the creative process and critical thinking. STEAM is an approach to learning that uses science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics through hands-on workshops and activities presented by UW-Stevens Point faculty, staff and professionals in various fields.

Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students works with students, faculty, and staff 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 visitors to the university, you may face student conduct disciplinary proceedings as outlined in UWSP Chapters 14, 17, and/or 18.

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, We urge you to read UWSP Chapters 14, 17, and 18, 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 registrar@uwsp.edu.

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
Web: www.uwsp.edu/datc

The Disability and Assistive Technology Center (DATC) mission is to ensure that students with disabilities are provided equal access and accommodations appropriate to their disabilities in all UW-Stevens Point programs and academic pursuits. This mission is supported by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and more recently, the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008, and UW-System Regent Policy Document 14-10: Nondiscrimination on Basis of Disability.

Eligible students receive support through formal academic accommodations, assistive technology resources, and referrals to other campus partners.  Students are encouraged to contact the DATC in advance of their enrollment for information on application and documentation processes.

Office of International Education (OIE)

Brad Van Den Elzen, Director
Room 503, Albertson Hall
Room 203, Dreyfus University Center
Phone: 715-346-2717
FAX: 715-346-3591
Email: oie@uwsp.edu
Web: http://www.uwsp.edu/oie

The Office of International Education (OIE) 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 federal and state financial aid to all Office of International Education programs.

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, and 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 www.uwsp.edu/conted. 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 https://il.wisconsin.edu 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 (www.uwsp.edu/regrec/Pages/WebHelp/transcriptInfoRequests.aspx). In order to receive a transcript or diploma, you must have paid all your financial obligations to UW-Stevens Point.

Tutoring-Learning Center (TLC)

Location: ALB 018
Phone: 715-346-3568
Email: tlctutor@uwsp.edu
Web: https://www.uwsp.edu/tlc/Pages/default.aspx

With a staff of 150-170 peer tutors and writing consultants, the Tutoring-Learning Center (TLC), located in the lower level of Albertson Hall (ALB), 346-3568, tlctutor@uwsp.edu, offers academic support to UWSP students. Each academic year, nearly 35 percent of the student body, from freshmen to graduate students, meet with TLC peer educators, peer mentors, and Writing Lab consultants.

TLC Programs

Academic Coaching. Meet with a professional academic success coach either one-on-one or in a workshop to set goals, improve time management, and hone student success skills.


  • Academic Success Courses. In these one-credit courses, students learn about, and employ, college success skills (EDUC 104 , EDUC 105 , EDUC 106 ).
  • 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.
  • Reading in the Disciplines Program (RID). Some university courses with challenging readings offer a one-credit discussion section led by a teaching assistant (EDUC 109). RID groups are scheduled at the request of the course instructor.

FastTrack Summer Math Program. This summer program offers incoming student who placed into developmental math the opportunity to increase math ability before entering UWSP in the fall.

Mentoring = Learning Enrichment and Achievement Program (LEAP). This year-long near-peer mentoring program pairs upper-class student mentors with incoming first-year students to assist in the transition to college, the promotion of student success, and the setting and realization of goals.

Learning Enrichment and Achievement Program (LEAP). This year-long near-peer mentoring program pairs upper-class student mentors with incoming first year students to assist in the transition to college, the promotion of student success, and the setting and realization of goals.

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

Technology Tutoring. Meet with trained undergraduates with expertise in software applications to assist them with their computing and software learning needs.

World Languages Tutoring. Work one-on-one or in groups with peer language consultants. You are not required to be taking a language course to avail of this language support.

Writing and Reading Consultations. 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.