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Academic Programs

UW-Parkside offers approximately 40 undergraduate academic majors as well as a number of pre-professional programs; education licensure; and specialized programs such as environmental studies, sustainable management, ethnic studies and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. A consortial program is offered in nursing. The university’s academic programs are organized under four Colleges: Arts and Humanities; Business, Economics, and Computing; Natural and Health Sciences; and Social Sciences and Professional Studies.  UW-Parkside is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. For information on UW-Parkside graduate programs see the Graduate Programs and Policies section of this catalog.

Majors and Bachelor’s Degrees

In order to graduate, every degree-seeking student must complete a major with a minimum GPA as specified by the major department or program. Usually, this minimum major GPA is 2.00 on a 4.00 scale, but some majors require a higher GPA. Students with transfer work must also attain the minimum major GPA (2.00) on a combination of transfer credits accepted toward the major and credits attempted toward the major at UW- Parkside. At least 15 credits of upper level (300 or above) major course work must be completed at UW-Parkside. UW-Parkside offers the following majors:

  • Accounting (B.S.)
  • Applied Health Sciences (B.S.)
  • Art (B.A.)
  • Biological Sciences (B.S.)
  • Business Management (B.S.)**
  • Chemistry (B.S.)
  • Communication (B.A.)
  • Computer Science (B.S.)
  • Computer Science/Mathematics (B.S.)
  • Criminal Justice (B.A.)
  • Early Childhood Education (B.S.)
  • Economics (B.A.)
  • Elementary Education (B.S.)
  • English (B.A.)
  • Environmental Studies (B.S.)
  • Exercise Science (B.S.)
  • Geography (B.A.)
  • Geosciences (B.S.)
  • Graphic Design (B.A.)
  • Health Information Management and Technology (B.S.)*
  • History (B.A.)
  • International Studies (B.A.)
  • Liberal Studies (B.A.)
  • Management Information Systems (B.S.)
  • Marketing (B.S.)
  • Mathematics (B.S.)
  • Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics (B.S.)
  • Music (B.A.)
  • Nursing (B.S.)*
  • Philosophy (B.A.)
  • Physics (B.S.)
  • Political Science (B.A.)
  • Psychology (B.S.)
  • Secondary Education (B.S.)
  • Sociology (B.A.)**
  • Spanish (B.A.)
  • Special Education (B.S.)
  • Sport Management (B.S.)
  • Sustainable Management (B.S)*
  • Theatre Arts (B.A.)

*Consortial program degree is awarded by the participating campus.

**Also available as an online degree completion program.

Minor Programs

UW-Parkside offers approximately 57 undergraduate minors, which consist of a formally approved program of 15 or more credits. A minor is not required for graduation.

Minors are declared, changed or removed by filing the same plan declaration form used for declaring majors. Course work in the minor must be completed with the minimum GPA as specified by the department or program under which the minor falls, usually a 2.00 on a 4.00 scale, but higher in some programs. Transfer students must attain the minimum specified GPA on a combination of transfer credits accepted toward the minor and credits attempted at UW-Parkside. At least half of the course work for the minor must be completed at UW-Parkside. UW-Parkside offers the following minors:

  • Anthropology
  • Asian Studies
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biological Sciences for Elementary Teachers
  • Biological Sciences for Secondary Teachers
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry for Pre-Health Professionals
  • Coaching
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • English Language Arts for Elementary Teachers
  • English Language Arts for Secondary Teachers
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Exercise Science
  • French
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Geography
  • Geography for Teachers
  • Geosciences
  • Global Management
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Communication
  • Health Psychology
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Management Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Spanish
  • Music
  • Organizational Communication
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Natural Science
  • Physics
  • Political Science (Student-Designed)
  • Political Science for Teachers
  • Pre-Health Professions
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy Studies
  • Public Relations
  • Social Studies for Elementary Teachers
  • Sociology
  • Sociology for Teachers
  • Spanish
  • Sport Management
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre Arts
  • Web Development
  • Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • World Politics


A number of majors provide students with the option to pursue an area of emphasis within the major called a concentration. Some majors require a student to choose a concentration, others provide them as an option to enhance their major. Concentrations are declared, changed or removed by filing the same plan declaration form used for declaring majors. The following concentrations are offered by majors at UW-Parkside:

Applied Health Sciences

  • Pre-Athletic Training
  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Kinesiology
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Public Health


  • Interdisciplinary Art
  • Three Dimensional Studio Art
  • Two Dimensional Studio Art

Biological Sciences

  • Pre-Health Professions

Business Management

  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Human Resource Management

Business Management Online Completion Program

  • General Business


  • Biochemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Pre-Health Professions
  • Professional Chemistry


  • Monetary and Financial Economics
  • Quantitative Economics


  • Language Arts

Environmental Studies

  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental General
  • Environmental Geology
  • Environmental Policy and Society

Exercise Science

  • Fitness Management
  • Strength and Conditioning


  • Anthropology
  • Applied Environmental Geography
  • Geographic Planning


  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Geosciences

Health Information Management and Technology

  • Healthcare Management
  • Healthcare Technology

Liberal Studies

  • Cinema and Film Studies
  • Humanities
  • Organizational Studies
  • Social Science Studies
  • Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies


  • Contemporary Commercial Music
  • Jazz Studies and Performance
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music Education
  • Music Performance
  • Piano Pedagogy and Literature

Political Science

  • Law

Special Education

  • Early Adolescent-Adolescent
  • Middle Childhood-Early Adolescent

Theatre Arts

  • Acting
  • Design and Technology
  • Direction and Management

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are designed to develop a particular expertise or set of skills and normally consist of 9 or more credits. A minimum of 9 credits in a certificate program must be taken at UW-Parkside. Individual departments and programs may require more than 9 credits to be taken at UW-Parkside. Both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students may pursue certificate programs. Certificate programs should not be confused with certification or licensure programs which lead to certification by an outside agency. Certificates are declared, changed, or removed by filing the same plan declaration form used for declaring majors.


  • Art History
  • Design


  • Business Fundamentals
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • Retail Management
  • Sales

Center for Community Partnerships

  • Community Engagement


  • Green Chemistry


  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Digital and Media Literacy
  • Health Communication

Computer Science

  • Cyber Security
  • Mobile Development
  • Unix System Administration
  • World Wide Web Publishing


  • Creative Writing
  • Film Studies
  • Professional Writing and Communication

Flexible Option Programs

  • Project Management


  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Museum Studies

International Studies

  • Asian Studies
  • Global Skills

Liberal Studies

  • Leadership


  • Piano Pedagogy and Literature


  • Ethics


  • Human Measurement and Research
  • Mental Health Skills
  • Neuroscience


  • Gerontology
  • Program Evaluation
  • Urban Studies

Sustainable Management

  • Sustainable Enterprise Management
  • Sustainable Management Science

UW-Parkside Honors Program

The Honors Program is a university-wide multidisciplinary program that encourages and rewards excellence. It provides opportunities for students to expand beyond the normal boundaries of their courses through research, special projects and community-based work. Students who complete all of the program requirements receive recognition at graduation and on their transcripts. The Honors Program has two tracks: Academic Honors and Civic Honors. To enroll in honors courses or participate in honors projects in either track, students must first be admitted to the program. Admission is granted by the program steering committee.

Pre-Professional Interests

Pre-professional interests pertain to preparation for professional study and to undergraduate interests not corresponding to UW-Parkside programs. A student may indicate one interest by submitting a plan declaration form to the department and may drop an interest or exchange interests by submitting another form. Special pre-professional advisers are assigned to pre-professional interest students. For those professions requiring an undergraduate degree prior to entry to professional school, students must also declare an academic major and any minor they plan to complete. As a result, students may be assigned to both an academic adviser and a pre-professional adviser.

Pre-Professional Programs

UW-Parkside offers special advising for students with pre-professional interests in the following areas:

  • Architecture
  • Chiropractic Medicine*
  • Dentistry*
  • Engineering**
  • Genetic Counseling*
  • Health Professions*
  • Kinesiology
  • Law
  • Medicine (M.D. and D.O.)*
  • Occupational Therapy*
  • Optometry*
  • Pathology Assistant*
  • Pharmacy*
  • Physical Therapy*
  • Physician Assistant*
  • Podiatry*
  • Veterinary Medicine*

*Because of the intensely competitive nature of the pre-health fields, students with 30 or more credits must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 to be eligible for special advising in these interest areas. Students with GPAs below 2.50 will be counseled to re-evaluate their career plans and will be referred to the academic department of their chosen degree and/or the Advising and Career Center for advice.

**  The articulated pre-engineering/engineering agreement with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) creates a curriculum plan so the students at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (UWP) may complete and transfer coursework applicable to the first two years of the UWM electrical and mechanical engineering majors in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), and provides guaranteed transfer to students who complete all of the articulated pre-engineering courses and the UWM admission requirements.

Teacher Education/Educator Development Program

Contact the Educator Development adviser for detailed and current information regarding all licensure programs, or visit our website.

Master’s Degree Programs

The university offers the following graduate degree programs.

  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Master of Science in Applied Molecular Biology (M.S.)
  • Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems (M.S.)
  • Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management (M.S.)
  • Master of Science in Sport Management (M.S.)
  • Master of Science in Sustainable Management (M.S.)

Additional graduate course work is offered in other fields of study. For further information on graduate programs, consult the Graduate Programs and Policies section of this catalog.

Online Programs

Undergraduate degree-completion programs:
Online degree-completion programs enable students with at least 60 transfer credits to earn their bachelor’s degree by attending classes online.

  • Business Management (B.S.)
  • Sociology (B.A.)
  • Sustainable Management (B.S.)*
  • Health Information Management and Technology (B.S.)*

Graduate degree programs:

  • Business Administration (M.B.A.)*
  • Health and Wellness Management (M.S.)*
  • Sustainable Management (M.S.)*

Undergraduate certificate programs:

  • Business Fundamentals
  • Project Management
  • Sustainable Enterprise Management*
  • Sustainable Management Science*

*These programs are offered jointly by UW-Parkside and other UW partners.

Directed Study/Independent Study

Directed or independent study is available for credit in many majors and minors. It consists of focused study by an individual student or small team of students under the supervision of a faculty member. The value of directed or independent study is in focusing on a well-defined topic and working closely with a member of the faculty or teaching academic staff. Directed or independent study is generally not intended for students who are near the beginning of their academic program. An agreement must be signed between the student and the faculty supervisor and approved by the department chair or program director at the start of the directed or independent study. All directed or independent studies must conclude with a completed paper, project, report, or other product. Consult each program section of this catalog for details.


Internships provide opportunities for students to develop and expand their knowledge and/or skills, gain experience in a work setting, put theory into practice, and expand awareness of potential careers. Internships often take place outside the university in a public or private-sector organization. Internships are offered for credit by most academic departments at the 400 level. Interns may be paid by the employer or may work as volunteers. An agreement must be signed between the student, the faculty supervisor, and the outside internship supervisor and approved by the department chair or program director at the start of the internship. All internships must conclude with a completed paper, project, report, or other product. Consult each program section of this catalog for details.

Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AROTC) Program

UW-Parkside students have the opportunity to participate in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AROTC) through Marquette University. AROTC is a leadership development program consisting of three interconnected components: 1) on-campus, 2) off-campus and 3) the Leadership Development Program (LDP). By design, the three components dovetail for seamless, progressive and sequential leader development and prepare men and women to receive commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard, or the U.S. Army Reserve. Consult the Center for Professional Studies section of the catalog for more information.

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