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Colleges / University of Wisconsin-Madison

UW Madison Academics

University of Wisconsin-Madison requires at least 120 semester hours to graduate with a bachelor's degree. If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program.

UW Madison does accept transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, UW Madison has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.

Around 88% of students who started college at UW Madison complete all the credits required within six years.

UW Madison offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

What Classes Do I Have To Take at UW Madison?

UW Madison has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students are not required to fulfill a lanuage requirement, but there is a math and science requirement. Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.

Majors at UW Madison

When choosing a major, UW Madison students have several choices to make. Scroll down to see a full list of majors offered at UW Madison below.

Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major. Declaring a double major may require more work but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to grad school.

If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, they can design their own major. UW Madison does not require students to complete a senior project.

Does UW Madison Offer Learning Disability Services?

UW Madison offers services for students with disabilities. Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does UW Madison Offer Online Classes?

UW Madison has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does UW Madison Offer AP Credit?

UW Madison offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does UW Madison Have An Honors Program?

UW Madison offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.

Does UW Madison Require Internships?

UW Madison does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors. Students can look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.


The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every university. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

UW Madison has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.

Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at UW Madison include: - an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus - a Navy ROTC branch unit on campus - an Air Force branch unit on campus

Dual Degree Programs at UW Madison

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.

UW Madison offers these dual degree programs: - 3-2 dual degree program in business administration

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UW Madison Majors & Subject Areas

Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Business and Management, Other
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
Agricultural Communication/Journalism
Animal Sciences, General
Dairy Science
Poultry Science
Food Science
Agronomy and Crop Science
Horticultural Science
Soil Science and Agronomy, General
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Environmental Studies
Environmental Science
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
Forest Sciences and Biology
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Landscape Architecture
Asian Studies/Civilization
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies
Scandinavian Studies
South Asian Studies
Southeast Asian Studies
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
African-American/Black Studies
Women's Studies
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Engineering, General
Agricultural Engineering
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Computer Engineering, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Systems Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Geological/Geophysical Engineering
Engineering, Other
Comparative Literature
African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Russian Language and Literature
Polish Language and Literature
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
French Language and Literature
Italian Language and Literature
Portuguese Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Latin Language and Literature
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Consumer Economics
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Family and Community Services
Apparel and Textiles, General
Legal Studies, General
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General
Programs for Foreign Lawyers
English Language and Literature, General
Creative Writing
Library and Information Science
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Molecular Biology
Botany/Plant Biology
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Microbiology, General
Microbiology and Immunology
Zoology/Animal Biology
Genetics, General
Plant Genetics
Human/Medical Genetics
Physiology, General
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Oncology and Cancer Biology
Environmental Toxicology
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Conservation Biology
Mathematics, General
Applied Mathematics, General
Statistics, General
Nutrition Sciences
International/Global Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Religion/Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Chemistry, General
Environmental Chemistry
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Physics, General
Psychology, General
Counseling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis, General
Social Work
Economics, General
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Development Economics and International Development
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government, General
Rural Sociology
Dance, General
Interior Design
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Art/Art Studies, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Music, General
Music Performance, General
Fine and Studio Arts Management
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Physician Assistant
Athletic Training/Trainer
Medical Scientist
Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other
Public Health, General
Health/Medical Physics
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor
Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Pathology and Pathobiology
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Nursing Practice
Business/Commerce, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Finance, General
Financial Planning and Services
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science
Actuarial Science
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Real Estate
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Retailing and Retail Operations
History, General
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology

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