Planning & Guidance
You can never be too prepared to earn your degree. See below for helpful information that can help guide you in planning for your UWM degree.
- Log in to PAWS
- On the right side of your Student Center, find the yellow Advisor header
- All students will see a Program Advisor and some students will also see a Multicultural Advisor
- You can click on the blue details button to send your Academic Advisor an email
- You can also look up your Academic Advisor’s name in the UWM directory to call, email, or visit
Specifically, your Academic Advisor…
- Directs you to UWM support services and resources
- Helps you make realistic educational plans so you can complete your degree
- Assists you in defining your educational, professional, and life goals
- Helps you overcome educational, personal, or academic struggles
- Guides you to identify your strengths
- Shows you how to interpret UWM policies and procedures
- Recommends co-curricular activities for personal development
Here are some suggestions for making the most of your meeting:
- Bring a list of questions or concerns you want to talk about
- Figure out what you liked and didn’t like about your last semester
- Spend some time thinking about your current and future goals
- Be open to your Academic Advisor’s feedback
- Be honest about yourself and your expectations
The Honors College offers a competitive program and challenging educational opportunity. The Honors College degree is the highest undergraduate degree issued from UWM. Contact the Honors College for admission requirements and program details.
|Honors College Degree||
|Honors College Degree with Distinction||
- Log in to PAWS
- Under the yellow Academics header, click on the blue My Academics link
- Click View my advisement report next to the Academic Requirements header
- Click the UWM General Education Requirements menu to review your progress and recommended open classes
- During Open Enrollment, you can add classes to your Shopping Cart from the Academic Advisement Report
This report is a nice guideline, but you shouldn’t use it in place of a meeting with your Academic Advisor.
The Student Success Center is dedicated to helping all first year undergraduates transition to UWM with programs and support specifically for new students. Here are some suggestions for first year success:
- University Housing and Meal Plan Charges are due for the Fall Semester
- Buy or rent your Fall Semester textbooks
- Fall Semester Financial Aid Disbursement begins: Accept or decline your awards in PAWS
- Sell back or return your Summer Term textbooks
- Summer Term grades post to your PAWS account
- Pick up your UPASS for the fall semester
First day of classes for Fall Semester
- First Installment Payment Plan charge for the Fall Semester is due
- The UWinteriM Schedule of Classes is available online: Meet with your Academic Advisor to plan your UWinteriM schedule
- The Spring Semester Schedule of Classes is available online: Meet with your Academic Advisor to plan your Spring Semester schedule
- Enrollment for UWinteriM begins: Check your PAWS account for the first day you can add UWinteriM classes
- Attend the All Majors Career Day
- Enrollment for the Spring Semester begins: Check your PAWS account for the first day you can add Spring Semester classes
- Second Installment Payment Plan charge for the Fall Semester is due
Final Exams and last day of classes for Fall Semester
- Sell back or return your Fall Semester textbooks
- UWinteriM Financial Aid Disbursement begins: Accept or decline your awards in PAWS
- UWinteriM tuition is due
- Fall Semester grades post to your PAWS account
UWinteriM classes in session (beginning and ending in January)
- University Housing and Meal Plan Charges post and are due for the Spring Semester
- Buy or rent your Spring Semester textbooks
- Spring Financial Aid Disbursement begins: Accept or decline your awards in PAWS
- Pick up your UPASS for the spring semester
First day of classes for Spring Semester
- Second Installment Payment Plan charge for the Spring Semester is due
- The Fall Semester Schedule of Classes is available online: Meet with your Academic Advisor to plan your Fall Semester schedule
- Enrollment for the Summer Semester begins: Check your PAWS account for the first day you can add Summer Semester classes
- Preorder your Summer textbooks online
- Enjoy your summer!
Your first point of contact as an online student is your Academic Advisor.
Email email@example.com questions about online learning or online programs.
For technology help with D2L or your ePantherID, call the Help Desk at (414) 229-4040 or toll free at (877) 381-3459. You can also send a request at GetTechHelp.uwm.edu.
Panther Academic Support Services hold Online Exam Review Sessions and Weekly Online Tutoring Sessions for many courses. As a student who can’t come to campus, you can access Online Tutoring Rooms or archived versions of tutoring lessons in D2L. You can also request a NetTutor appointment, a 1-on-1 online session with UWM Tutoring Specialist.
For more information or to submit a request for Weekly Online Tutoring, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you find the item you’re looking for, use your Interlibrary Loan, or ILLiad account, to request free delivery of books and media to your PAWS Mailing Address or to another UW System/Wisconsin Public Library. You can also request PDF versions of articles and documents to be sent to your ILLiad Account.
To set up your ILLiad Account, send an email to email@example.com that includes your name, 9-digit Student ID number, and your major and review the Distance Education Services information.
To order a no photo PantherCard, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, including your full legal name, month and date of birth, and 9-digit Student ID number. The $15 order fee will be posted to your PAWS account, and the card will be sent to your PAWS mailing address.
Each School and College has specific fees for each online class offered. These are listed in the Schedule of Classes.
The following undergraduate degrees are offered at UWM:
- BA: Bachelor of Arts
- BBA: Bachelor of Business Administration
- BSE: Bachelor of Science in Engineering
- BFA: Bachelor of Fine Arts
- BS: Bachelor of Science
The faculty of each major have determined degree titles to be awarded upon completion of their approved programs of study. A complete list of majors and corresponding degrees offered at UWM is published below.
|College of Health Sciences||Clinical Laboratory Sciences||BS|
|Communication Sciences & Disorders||BS|
|Health Care Administration||BS|
|School of Architecture & Urban Planning||Architectural Studies||BS|
|Lubar School of Business||Accounting||BBA|
|Human Resources Management||BBA|
|Information Technology Management||BBA|
|Supply Chain & Operations Management||BBA|
|School of Education||Community Education||BS|
|College of Engineering & Applied Science||Civil Engineering||BSE|
|Peck School of the Arts||Art||BA & BFA|
|Dance||BA & BFA|
|Music||BA & BFA|
|Theatre||BA & BFA|
|College of Letters & Science||Actuarial Science||BA|
|Applied Mathematics & Computer Science||BS|
|Art History & Criticism||BA|
|Biological Sciences||BA & BS|
|Chemistry||BA & BS|
|Committee Interdisciplinary Major||BA & BS|
|Comparative Ethnic Studies||BA|
|Course in Chemistry||BS|
|Geography||BA & BS|
|Geosciences||BA & BS|
|Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies||BA|
|Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latin@ Studies||BA|
|Mathematical Sciences||BA & BS|
|Physics||BA & BS|
|Women’s and Gender Studies||BA|
|School of Information Studies||Information Science & Technology||BS|
|College of Nursing||Nursing||BS|
|Nursing (Collaborative Program)||BS|
|Helen Bader School of Social Welfare||Criminal Justice||BS|
The following degree requirements are provided as a general guide. Students should work with their academic advisor and school or college to determine exact requirements.
- A minimum of 120 undergraduate credits
- A minimum of 30 credits overall and half of upper-level credits in majors and minors must be earned in residence at UWM
- A minimum GPA of 2.000 or better both overall and in the major and minor fields
- The General Education Requirements (GER), University Requirements (UR) and all Major and/or Minor Requirements (MMR).
|School/College||Minimum Credit Total||Minimum Credits in Residence||GPA Requirements||Other Requirements|
|School of Architecture & Urban Planning||120||24||
|Peck School of the Arts||120-130 (depending on major)||30||
|Lubar School of Business||123||30||
|School of Education||128 (Community Education is 120)||30||
|College of Engineering & Applied Science||120-128 (depending on major)||30||
|College of Health Sciences||120-131 (depending on major)||30||
|School of Information Studies||120||30||
|College of Letters & Science||120||
|College of Nursing||124||30||
|Helen Bader School of Social Welfare||120||30||
You have to satisfy the GERs in these 8 areas:
- Oral & Written Communication: Achieve required placement OR earn a C or better in English 102 & a 3-credit (OWC part B) course
- Quantitative Literacy: Achieve required placement OR earn a C or better in Math 103, 105, or 175 & a 3-credit (QL part B) course
- Foreign Language: 2 years of high school or 2 semesters of college in a single language
- Arts: a 3-credit (A) course
- Humanities: Two 3-credit (HU) courses
- Natural Sciences: A 3-credit (NS) or (NS+) course and a 3-credit (NS+) course
- Social Science: Two 3-credit (SS) courses
- Cultural Diversity: A 3-credit (CD) course
Your Cultural Diversity course may be combined with your (A), (HU), or (SS) course. Always check the status of your GERs with your Academic Advisor.
For details, see the full GER policy document as approved by UWM faculty.
Most UWM programs publish a recommended year-by-year course schedule that you can use as a guide when you enroll in classes. You can also search the Undergraduate Catalog for the list of credits, courses, and requirements in your program.
A minor is an optional secondary specialty that usually backs up the major. You can take any elective courses you want, but some students choose to build a minor out of their electives.
Your Academic Advisor can walk you through the process of declaring your major or minor. If you’re having trouble narrowing down, choosing, or changing your major, the Career Development Center can guide you through making a decision.
|UWM Degree Honors|
|Honors College Degree*||
|Honors College Degree with Distinction*||
*Contact the Honors College for admission requirements and program details.