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Services & Special Programs




























A key ingredient to your success as a student at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is for you to become familiar with the various services, programs and sources of support available to you. Changing majors and re-thinking career decisions is a common occurrence. Perhaps you need assistance with personal concerns or academic skills. Maybe you are interested in special programs to augment your classroom learning. The university provides many resources to assist you in your development.





Faculty advisers are assigned to each student based on academic major. Students are notified of this assignment by the dean’s assistant in the appropriate college. Advisers may be consulted for program development, major and career choices and concerns, course sequencing and selection. Students should schedule a minimum of one conference per semester with their advisers. Frequently this is done when planning next semester’s class schedule. Advisers receive SNAP (Student Notice of Academic Progress) reports for each advisee a few weeks prior to registration. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate contact with an adviser. Office hours are posted on their office doors.


Other advising resources include the Career Services Office, Counseling and Testing Center, and Academic Discovery Lab, all located in Wilder Hall. The staff in these offices provide academic, career and personal counseling, and make referrals when appropriate. These resources, particularly the Academic Discovery Lab, are useful for students who are uncertain about an academic major or career.


Academic assistants to the deans are knowledgeable about university policies and procedures. They assign faculty advisers and notify students of their academic status. They determine whether students have completed all general education, college core, major, minor and university requirements for graduation. Students should schedule an appointment with the assistant in their college dean’s office one semester prior to graduation to confirm that all requirements will be met.


 The SNAP report is an important advising tool. Each semester, a report is generated and sent to the student’s faculty adviser.   The report identifies requirements that have been completed and those that remain.


Using one’s SNAP is the best way to ensure that you are taking exactly the courses you need for graduation. SNAP search allows a student to get a SNAP report for any major. This provides an opportunity to determine how one’s courses fit into a different major, and what requirements would need to be met. SNAP reports and SNAP searches are available for minimal cost at the Records and Registration Office transcript window.



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008 Wilder Hall; (608)785-6950



The Academic Discovery Lab (ADL) provides a centralized location on campus that will assist students learning about academic programs that correspond to their career plans. ADL was established to extend and improve services to students who are undecided regarding their academic plans or have decided to change majors or career direction. The lab functions as the hub of an advising referral network that is coordinated with the colleges, departments, and faculty advisers. Students have access to resources to assist them with their academic and career decisionmaking, including computer assisted

DISCOVER WCIS (Wisconsin Career Information System) and World Wide Web programs which help students match their interests and skills with potential majors and occupations. Staff meet individually with students uncertain about their major or career choice, refer students to other campus resources, and make confidential referrals for vocational testing and career counseling as appropriate.


The Peer Advising Lab is located in the lower level of Wilder Hall in the Academic

Discovery Lab. It was established at the request of and in collaboration with the Student Government Association to provide a student-to-student component for the advising system that already is established at UW-L. Peer advisers are available to help other undergraduate students successfully plan their academic and non-academic experiences. Not intended to replace faculty advisers, peer advisers primarily act as a resource to help students understand the process of registration, academic planning and major selection. In addition, peer advisers are able to refer students to appropriate campus offices for further assistance.



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2nd Floor Wilder Hall; (608)785-8514



The Career Services Office assists students and alumni in identifying their career options, and in developing job search strategies that can lead to meaningful employment. Many resources are available to assist in this process: experienced staff members, a Career Resource Center, and the Cooperative Education/Internship program. Workshops on

writing resumes and letters, interviewing for jobs, developing job campaigns, and other career-related topics are offered on an ongoing basis.


Career Services lists job vacancies on its Web site. Bulletins from other post-secondary institutions are provided in the Career Resource Center to assure a wide range of job vacancy information. The Career Services Office also offers a web based job referral service for students and alumni.


Career Services sponsors several events on campus. A Graduate and Professional School Fair, an Accounting Career Expo and Interview Days, a fall semester Career Exploration Day, a spring semester Career Fair and Interview Day, and both a fall and spring semester Job Search Seminar for Educators. A Health Science Career Fair is also co-sponsored with Viterbo University and Western Wisconsin Technical College.


Additionally, representatives from business, industry, government and education conduct on-campus recruiting interviews for graduating students. For these interviews and for off-campus interview opportunities, students can register with Career Services on its website. The Career Services Office also maintains a list of alumni and various community leaders who are willing to provide advice about career opportunities.


All students are encouraged to explore these resources. It is recommended that seniors complete Career Services registration on the web the semester preceding graduation. Alumni and others are welcome to inquire about services appropriate to their needs.



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112 Wilder Hall; (608) 785-8073



The UW-L Counseling and Testing Center, accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc., offers services designed to help the typical college student adjust to the university environment, cope with academic and social pressures, and prevent more serious problems from developing. The staff helps students be more effective in their academic work, personal life, and their relationships with people.

Individual counseling provides an opportunity to talk with a professional counselor about any topic or personal concern.  Groups and workshops help students learn new interpersonal skills, improve study skills or discuss personal concerns in a safe and supportive atmosphere. There are alcohol and drug abuse programs and Reach and Share, a student peer educator group that presents programs on topics that are critical health and social issues, which affect the UW-L campus.


Information shared in counseling sessions is confidential in accordance with Wisconsin Statutes. Counseling records, tests, and related information do not become part of the official university record.


National testing programs are administered for UW-L students and other persons in the surrounding area. Available tests include the ACT, Wisconsin Regional Placement Tests, CLEP, PPST, MCAT, and MAT. The GRE, GMAT, PRAXIS/PPST and TOEFL are available in computer-based format.


The professional staff consists of psychologists, counselors, program assistants, and supervised professionals in training. Staff members have considerable experience in working with college students and use various short-term methods of individual and group counseling to help students achieve their goals. The Counseling and Testing Center is also a training site for masters and doctoral level graduate students who work under the supervision of licensed professional psychologists.


Counseling Center services are available free of charge to currently enrolled students. Schedules permitting, non-UW-L students may use the fee-based career assessment services offered to the La Crosse community.


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165 Murphy Library Resource Center




The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for all students. Students with disabilities on our campus are offered a variety of services to insure that both facilities and programs are accessible. The Office

of Disability Resource Services can assist the students in obtaining reasonable accommodations at the university.


 In 1988, the Board of Regents passed an important non-discrimination policy for

students with disabilities who attend the University of Wisconsin System schools. This policy mandates that students with disabilities will receive the accommodations necessary for them to have equal access to educational opportunities and programs in the integrated or mainstreaming setting.


Any student at UW-L who has a physical, sensory, emotional, or learning disability should meet with personnel from the Disability Resource Services during his/her first semester on campus. Students should contact personnel at the office immediately after acceptance into the university.


All classroom buildings have elevators, entrance ramps and at least one accessible rest room for students using wheelchairs. Academic accommodations are arranged on an individual basis between the student and  the Disability Resource Services office staff.

Students with disabilities may be eligible for services such as taped textbooks, classroom note takers, test accommodations, priority registration, equipment loan, peer support groups and advising.



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1st Floor, Health Science Center




The Student Health Center, a member of the American College Health Association, provides medical, nursing, and physical therapy services in the form of outpatient and urgent care as well as prevention of illness or injury. Examples of services available include minor surgical procedures requiring only local anesthesia, gynecological and reproductive services, allergy injections, laboratory services, and HIV testing and counseling. The staff places a high priority on patient education to help students manage their own health care and learn how to interact with the medical system.


The staff consists of Board Certified physicians, a certified nurse practitioner, five registered nurses with certification in college health nursing, physical therapists who are also certified athletic trainers, physical therapist's assistants, medical lab technologists, health information managers, and office staff. The Health Center staff is experienced in working with the health care needs of college students and is dedicated to providing high quality care and assistance.


Services are available to students who are registered for a minimum of seven credits each semester. The student health fee is automatically included in the full-time student fee statement. Students enrolled for six credits or less may also use the Health Center if they pay the student health fee.


All information in a student's health record is entirely confidential and is not released to anyone without the student's written consent. Students may schedule an appointment to review their medical records.


Students are seen on an appointment basis on 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays when school is in session. A nurse is available to screen urgent medical needs when an appointment is not available. Students who need emergency medical care when the Health Center is closed should go to the emergency department or walk-in clinic of either of the La Crosse hospitals.


Students are not required to have insurance to receive care at the Health Center. Payment of student fees covers this cost. However, students are strongly encouraged to obtain supplemental hospital-accident insurance to cover such expenses as hospitalization, emergency services, specialist care, X-rays, pharmacy, and ambulance transport. The student health fee does not cover these costs. If coverage is available through a family plan, students are urged to have the name of the insurance carrier and policy/subscriber numbers available on campus. For those students not covered under family policies, a supplemental insurance plan is available through the university.




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116 Graff Main Hall; (608)785-8016



The office of the International Student Adviser is located in the Office of International Education. This adviser plays an important role in assisting new international students in their adjustment to UW-L and life in the United States. Although a primary function is advising students on the many issues that may affect their stay, the Office of International Education and the International Student Adviser provide other important


        pre-arrival information containing details about transportation and arrival, health insurance, housing, life in La Crosse, and orientation.

        orientation programs, scheduled each semester before classes, to acquaint new students with university academics, facilities, and procedures, life in La Crosse, money and banking, immigration laws, and campus and community organizations.

        administration of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)

            regulations in areas such as work authorization, transfer of schools,

            practical training authorization, and extension of stay.

        referral services to other university offices and community agencies.


The International Student Adviser serves as a liaison with other organizations that  provide international students various opportunities to meet and interact with people from UW-L and the La Crosse community. Two of these organizations are the International Student Organization (ISO) and La Crosse Friends of International Students (LFIS).

International Student Organization (ISO) is a recognized university student organization that offers membership to U.S. and international students, as well as interested non-student members. ISO sponsors an International Awareness Week and an international banquet. Other social events and activities are scheduled throughout the year.


La Crosse Friends of International Students (LFIS) is a community organization which is actively involved with the  international students at UW-L. The group organizes cultural and social events, excursions, and other activities. It sponsors a Friendship Family program which arranges for arrival greeting, temporary housing, as well as   community interaction for new and continuing international students. See p. 27 for a description of academic programs abroad.








The Student Association annually contracts with local attorneys to help students who need legal advice. By contacting the Office of Student Life, (608)785-8062, students can make appointments to see an attorney on campus. All information between attorney and student is kept confidential. It should be noted that legal service is limited to advice, not court appearances. For further information contact the Office of Student Life, 149 Graff Main Hall.


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243 Graff Main Hall; (608)785-8225



The primary goals of the Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS) at UW-L are to increase the undergraduate and graduate enrollment of American minority and disadvantaged students, to improve the quality of their educational and social experience, and to increase the number of graduates. To accomplish these objectives, the OMSS is involved in specific recruitment activities, new student orientations and special academic support programs and services. The OMSS also sponsors numerous cultural events, supports minority student organizations, promotes community outreach efforts, consults and holds joint programming sessions with support services offices and encourages staff and faculty involvement in minority student assistance programs. In addition, the OMSS staff counsels students on financial, academic, postgraduate and personal matters. The Office administers the  Academic Summer Institute, an eight week intensive program in college level English, mathematics, history and academic skills designed for minority freshmen. (See Special Academic Program Section, p. 26.)






The university has touch-tone registration for all students except new freshmen. Each student is assigned a registration time based on credits earned. The assigned time is listed on your SNAP report, which your faculty adviser receives prior to registration. 

Registration for spring semester begins in November; summer registration begins in early April, followed by fall registration in mid-April. Students may touch-tone register at their assigned time or any time after that through the fifth day of classes (third day for summer session). Some departments require advising prior to registration. Students must pay a deposit prior to registration, and have a zero balance on their account. The touch-tone registration system will not permit a student to enroll in a class for which a prerequisite has not been  completed. The semester Timetable has complete instructions for registration and change-of-schedule.


New freshmen register in the summer at special registration sessions at which time they select their desired courses. They receive their schedule approximately one month later. (Also see Late Registration Period, p. 45.)




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213 Wilder Hall; (608)785-8075



The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Residence Life program is an integral part of the university’s educational and student development services. The university provides reasonably priced and well maintained living/learning environments which are designed to foster community, self-growth, responsibility, respect for others, leadership, and positive citizenship.


About one-third of the students enrolled in the university reside in one of eleven residence halls. Of the 2,889 spaces, freshmen and sophomores occupy most of these spaces.


Residence halls are group living and learning centers financed and maintained solely by revenue from residents. Several living learning arrangements are offered to meet individual needs: coed halls, a women’s hall, an upper class hall, international hall, and substance free hall. All halls are smoke-free.


Halls are equipped with big screen color TVs, study areas, saunas, fitness equipment, kitchens, laundry rooms, vending machines, kiosks, a front desk operation, and games such as pingpong, pool, and foosball.


Recreation, social, personal development, intramural sports, and diversity programs are some of the activities planned by residents of each hall with guidance and support from residence life staff members. Students are encouraged to assume leadership roles and take an active part of their living community via hall council or the Residence Hall Association Council (RHAC).


Entering students may indicate a living arrangement and/or roommate preference when returning the room contract acceptance card and the required $75 deposit. Priority for housing and meeting specific requests is based on the date the $75 deposit is received.

 Specific housing regulations are communicated to all residents through the student handbook, Livin’ On Handbook section, and the Eagle Eye, which can be viewed at the Web site, www.uwlax.edu/StudentLife/main2.html. These regulations are consistent with the conduct code referred to in this catalog and have been formulated by the chancellor under the authorization and direction of the UW system Board of Regents.


The Office of Residence Life also maintains and publishes a list of available off-campus rental units. This list may be purchased for a nominal fee to assist in locating off-campus housing. Rental agreements are between students and their respective landlords. The university does not inspect or approve off-campus housing.



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Information Center; (608) 785-8061


The protective services unit exists for the protection of people and property within and adjacent to the University community. The staff of certified (commissioned) police officers strive to provide a safe and secure campus environment. This is done through enforcement as well as engaging in activities with the offices of student life and residence life to promote safety and responsible behavior. Protective Services is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


This unit also is responsible for campus parking. Space is very limited. Lots designated as commuter parking for students and staff are controlled by permits sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Permits for residence hall parking for students living on campus are sold on a lottery basis.


The annual security report and crime statistics are on the Web at www.uwlax.edu/StudentLife/secrpt.html.





149 Graff Main Hall; (608)785-8062



The Office of Student Life staff strive to serve as advocates to promote the interest of students within the university. Their goal is to help facilitate student success by maximizing the use of the services available and to intervene on students’ behalf when requested and appropriate. Staff are prepared to address the following issues:


                    social and academic integration (new student orientation)

                    advising and referral of students who experience personal crises

                    investigation of student complaints (ombuds role)

                advocacy and advisement for returning adult students (non-traditional



The Office of Student Life is also designated with the responsibility of enforcing the

various conduct codes on campus, which can be found in the Eagle Eye. Students who experience harassment or discrimination or have questions regarding their rights and responsibilities, should visit the Office of Student Life for confidential advice and



In addition, the staff can provide mediation services to students who may experience interpersonal conflict(s) and are interested in working toward resolution.




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109 Wilder Hall; (608)785-8535



This is a federally funded program that has been at the university since 1978. Each year, the program serves 400 students who meet federal eligibility requirements. A student must meet one of the following criteria: first generation college student (neither parent graduated from a four-year college or university); receive a substantial amount of financial aid; have a diagnosed physical and/or learning disability. Advising is very intensive with individualized academic, career, and personal advising; assistance in the selection of a career, major and minor; assistance in course selection to fulfill the General Education, college core, and major/minor requirements; orientation to policies and procedures of the program and the university; and referrals to campus resources and services. The program also provides tutoring services in mathematics courses; language arts tutoring in writing skills, reading skills, and oral communication skills; assistance in preparation for the PPST exam for education majors; and study skills assistance.

 The program offers a non-credit pre-statistics course, and RDG 105, a course in developmental reading and learning.







Most departments in the university have tutors available to assist students who are having difficulty in their classes. Offices such as Student Support Services and Multicultural Students Services also have tutors. Two areas that provide structured tutoring services include the departments of English and  mathematics.


Writing Center

The English Department operates a Writing Center in room 304 Wimberly Hall. It is directed by a writing center coordinator and is staffed primarily by trained peer tutors (UW-L students) and some members of the department. The Center is open at no cost to all students who seek help with their writing. Students may be referred to the Center by their professors, but many students come to the Center on their own. Students should make appointments to be tutored, but drop-ins are welcome if tutors are available.

The Writing Center staff assists students at any stage of the composing process: understanding an assignment; finding a topic; identifying audience, purpose, and occasion; developing material; planning and organizing; writing a rough draft; and revising. The staff does not proofread student papers; however, the Center does provide a Grammar Hot Line for  basic questions about usage and conventions.


Mathematics Tutoring Center

The mathematics departments operates a Tutoring Center available to all students at no charge in Room 102 Cowley Hall.   It is staffed by experienced sophomore through senior mathematics and secondary education majors.  They typically tutor courses from basic algebra through the calculus sequence, as well as business calculus and statistics.  Hours vary slightly by semester, but the lab is generally staffed from 8 a.m. through 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday.  The tutors assist students with homework, as well as work with them on mathematics course content and concepts.   A list of private tutors for students to hire for individual attention is available in the math department office, 1020 Cowley Hall.


Students who need assistance should talk with an instructor or adviser.




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176 Murphy Library Resource Center




Upward Bound is a federally funded program for low income and/or first generation college bound high school students. It is funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and is one of the TRIO programs created by Congress to help students overcome educational, social, cultural and financial barriers to higher education. Services include weekly tutoring, monthly Saturday activities, college visits and a six-week summer residential program. Funded at UW-L since 1979, the program serves eligible students from La Crosse, Jackson and Monroe Counties.







After your studies are well under way, you may wish to investigate further the various internships, field experiences and interdisciplinary studies as well as international

programs that are open to you according to your interest and qualifications. The following options provide excellent opportunities.




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The University Honors Program brings together superior students and dedicated    faculty in a program that is intellectually stimulating. It offers motivated students who are committed to their intellectual growth a variety of special courses.


Eager to be challenged, Honors students are prepared to develop their potential. For such students, the Honors Program offers enhanced and innovative educational opportunities.


Honors classes are small, fostering a supportive environment for highly participatory, active learning. Honors classes are inquiry based, allowing students to explore issues in depth. Finally, in Honors courses, exploration, discovery and participation are essential.


Recognizing that education consists of more than academic learning, the University Honors Program provides students with opportunities to make the connection of learning to life, to transform academic capabilities into actions that benefit others. Consequently, service learning is an important component of Honors student life. In addition, Honors offers a range of activities outside the classroom. Leadership positions, social activities, a literary magazine, mentoring, tutoring - these are some of the ways in which Honors students can participate and contribute to campus life.


Admission to the University Honors Program: 

Entering freshmen are invited to join the University Honors Program on the basis of the following criteria:

1.         Composite ACT score of 26 or above

2.         Top 10 percent rank in high school class

3.         Entrance essay


For students who are interested in becoming an Honors student but may not meet the above qualifications, please contact the University Honors Program Director, 336 Wimberly Hall, (608)785-5250, email: cannon.dian@uwlax.edu.


Honors Activities

Students and faculty initiate, develop, and supervise a number of activities, including trips to state, regional, and national honors meetings and different types of field trips. Other activities include the regular publication of THE CATALYST, a vehicle for creative and critical student-faculty writings, and membership in Arete, the student honors organization.



Departmental Honors Programs

Departmental Honors Programs are available in Biology, Economics, English, Foreign Languages, Geography, Microbiology, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science/ Public Administration, Psychology and Sociology/ Archaeology.


Designed to provide opportunities for special in-depth research, reading and writing for majors in the departments listed above, departmental honors also emphasizes independent and creative work with highly personalized student-teacher contact and discussion.


The minimum requirements for all Departmental Honors Programs are:

I.                    Admission: junior standing, 12 credits in the major, 3.25 cumulative grade point average in the major, recommendation of two faculty members from major department.

II.                 Program: completion of the regular major, one course in a seminar, independent study, research study, or other appropriate honors options within the major program of study.

III.               Evaluation: a cumulative 3.50 grade point average at graduation in the major; distinguished performance on a paper or project (a project might be a ballet in the area of the arts, or a study of some aspect of local economic conditions in the area of business), and presentation of the paper or project to a colloquium of faculty and students in the major.


Note: These are minimum requirements. Honors programs may vary by department. See special departmental listings in curriculum section.


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One way for highly motivated students to gain practical experience in their field of study at UW-L is to pursue an undergraduate research project in close association with a

faculty member of the student’s choice. This independent pursuit of a scholarly or creative endeavor should follow a topic of mutual interest to both the student and a faculty sponsor. The undergraduate research experience is much like an apprenticeship and is most suitable for students interested in gaining additional experience in their major and in possibly pursuing advanced studies in the field. Many graduate school admissions committees and employers now specifically request evidence of some undergraduate research experience by their candidates.


Typically, undergraduate research projects will involve a time commitment of greater than one semester, in which the work is pursued in the student’s non-class time during and between semesters. Course credit may be earned for such research activity, and an undergraduate research project could serve as the basis for a departmental or university honors thesis. A number of UW-L faculty may also have paid summer positions available for student researchers. Because of the wide variety of possibilities for undergraduate research experiences, students should speak directly with individual faculty members to determine the types of opportunities and specific projects available under their direction.

In general, the procedure for carrying out an undergraduate research project involves three steps:


1.         Speak with faculty members about your interests and select one as a sponsor to advise you in your research. Most faculty will have projects or research ideas that they would be happy to discuss with you. Be sure to understand the expectations and commitments required of you.

2.        Plan the project, seek funding (whenever possible), and carry out the research/creative work.

 3.        Disseminate your results in the form of a presentation and/or written manuscript.


To assist students in their undergraduate scholarly activity, UW-L has initiated the Undergraduate Research Program, which makes funds available to student researchers on a competitive basis for their projects, hosts the annual UW-L Undergraduate Research Symposium and publishes the UW-L Journal of Undergraduate Research. Students (with the help of their faculty sponsors) may apply for research funding every academic year. Award recipients are then expected to complete their projects and present their work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium one year after receipt of the award. Students will also submit a brief manuscript detailing their efforts, and these are published annually in the UW-L Journal of Undergraduate Research. Because carrying out a research project requires a rather long- term commitment, it is advisable that interested students begin speaking and planning their work with faculty sponsors as early in their academic career as possible. Additional information and undergraduate research proposal guidelines are available from the Grants and Contracts Officer, 145 Graff Main Hall, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI 54601. Email: gresens@uwlax.edu.




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provides a series of courses in General Education and related college experiences. It is intended to help new minority freshmen adjust to the college routine before the regular academic year begins. Between 20 and 30 students are enrolled for eight weeks of intensive instruction in college level courses. By offering this opportunity to facilitate the  transition from high school to college, the university hopes to reduce the academic    difficulties that sometimes hinder the progress of students from minority groups. The Institute’s records have provided proof that retention and grade point averages can be improved appreciably by this transitional academic experience. If you are interested, please contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services, 243 Graff Main Hall, UW-La Crosse, WI 54601.






offered through the Career Services Office, helps students from all majors integrate classroom theory with practical experience through field experiences related to their academic and occupational goals. These experiences, for which a student can receive credit, include working for regional, national, and international businesses, government agencies, and community agencies.


Normally, students participate for one academic period (summer or semester) in full- or part-time field assignments called internships; however, they also have available to them cooperative education assignments in which they can alternate classroom study with work (for example, a student would work during the fall semester, study during the spring semester and work again during the summer.) Another variation involves spending part of the day in a field assignment and part of the day in class. The type of assignment is determined by the employer’s needs as well as those of the student.


To participate in the Cooperative Education and Internship Program, the student usually needs to meet grade point average and course prerequisites. Students must be on their internship work site during the semester for which they are registered for academic credit. Interested students are encouraged to contact the Career Services Office in Wilder Hall during their sophomore year to learn more about this popular program and its requirements.


Departmental internships are also offered. See “Internships” (pg. 202 in printed catalog) in the undergraduate course and program description section for a list of the departments.




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The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University, both located within the city of La Crosse, have entered into an agreement for inter-institutional cooperation. The program is designed to enhance the educational opportunities for students of both institutions and to optimize the use of personnel, financial and physical resources.


Authorized students from each institution will be allowed to enroll in selected courses at the sister institution.


Specific conditions:

1.   Enrollment of any student in any course will be contingent upon the written

 permission of both institutions.

2.  Students must be enrolled as full-time students at their home institution to be eligible for participation in the program.

3.  Priority will be given to students from the home institution in courses where enrollments are limited.

4.  Students will be allowed to carry a  maximum of six credits at the sister institution.

5.  Payment of general tuition and fees will be made at the institution at which the student is enrolled full-time.

6.  Any special course fees, i.e., for laboratories, physical education, etc., will be paid at the institution at which the course is taken.

7.  Only under special circumstances will students be allowed to enroll in courses at the sister institution that are available at the home institution. This will be determined on a case by case basis.

  1. Summer sessions are excluded from the agreement.


If you are interested in participating in the program, contact the Cooperative Program Advisory Coordinator in the College of Science and Allied Health, 105 Graff Main Hall.






The University of Wisconsin System sponsors summer programs at Pigeon Lake Field Station near Drummond, WI.  Appropriate course work successfully completed at Pigeon Lake is credited as resident study by the university.


Pigeon Lake Field Station is a natural laboratory in the heart of the Chequamegon National Forest. Sixteen rustic cabins (each accommodating eight students), a dining hall, recreation hall, and three classroom/laboratory buildings are situated near the lake’s 1400-foot shoreline. Excellent facilities are available for boating, swimming, and fishing.

The station is used principally for programs in field biology, the natural sciences, outdoor recreation, outdoor education, and art. Courses vary in length from one to three weeks.


Graduate and undergraduate courses are publicized in the early spring. For further details, contact the biology department.




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UW-L and the Office of International Education offer students a range of  academic programs for full university credit at leading universities well matched to the needs and interests of UW-L students. Program costs are, on average, comparatively less than many other university programs nationwide.


 The university encourages students to study in a foreign country to enrich their university training and enhance career opportunities. UW-L foreign study programs provide special opportunities for advanced study of the humanities, social sciences, international business, and the arts. Language study programs are coordinated with foreign language course work at UW-L so students can continue their progress in an appropriate sequence. The Office of International Education, in 116 Graff Main Hall, has a resource room with information on UW-L programs including course catalogs, videos, tourist information, and evaluations from past participants.


 Academic Program Abroad categories:

1.  Exchanges permit students to enroll directly at a foreign university for a semester or year by trading places with a student who comes to UW-L from that university. Exchange students take standard classes in the curriculum and otherwise participate fully as regular students at the host university.

2.  Study abroad programs also allow  students to enroll directly at a foreign university, but under the auspices of a specially designed program to accommodate American students.

3.  Study centers are private institutions designed exclusively for American students. They are usually not directly affiliated with a foreign university.

4.  Study tours are short-term excursions or summer programs, led by UW-L faculty as part of a regular  departmental course which allow students to focus on specific issues, themes, or world regions. Ongoing study tours are offered in Austria, Ireland, Italy, and Scotland.


Listed below are the principal academic programs abroad currently available to UW-L students:










United Kingdom





International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

International Internship Program

Independent Research Abroad

Teaching Abroad



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Wisconsin-in-Scotland Study Center

In cooperation with the four other campuses of the West Central Wisconsin Consortium, UW-L operates a collegiate facility near Edinburgh, Scotland. Dalkeith House, an elegant 18th-century manor, serves as a residence and instructional center through an agreement with the Buccleugh Heritage Trust. Students earn UW-L resident credit while taking courses from British and Wisconsin faculty.


International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

UW-L is a member of ISEP, an organization of more than 200 higher education institutions around the world including Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the South Pacific. In most cases, ISEP participants register as regular students at the host institutions, take the same courses, and participate in the same activities as local students. Programs are available in almost any field at the undergraduate and graduate level. Many sites offer classes in English while learning the language of the host country.


International Internship Program

Students may acquire practical experience in the operations of international businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, and other international organizations to gain a better understanding of how other cultures live and work. International internships can be coordinated with a foreign study program or completed independently, before or after graduation.


Independent Research Abroad

Students with superior academic qualifications may apply for participation in the Independent Research Abroad program. Modeled after leading graduate programs, it allows advanced students to spend an extended term in a foreign location completing an individually designed research project. Students prepare their projects in a semester-long seminar prior to their field research. Activities abroad are coordinated with appropriate foreign institutions, libraries, and other resource centers.


Academic Requirements

Selection of the right foreign study program for each student requires careful consideration of the academic, personal, and financial factors that determine a successful international experience. Group and individual advising sessions with the study abroad

coordinator assist students in choosing an appropriate program. Applicants for academic programs abroad are expected to have a good record of academic achievements. Some   programs have minimum grade point average requirements. Sophomore or junior standing is required for most programs.


Upon acceptance into a program, students are required to enroll in INS 250, “Orientation to Study Abroad,” a one-credit course designed to prepare students for a successful international experience. This course examines educational, cultural, political, and other issues that affect a student’s adaptation to foreign environments.


Academic credit is awarded for all programs, subject to approval of transfer by specific departments. Grades are not calculated in students’ UW-L GPA, except for participants of the Wisconsin-in-Scotland program and some study tours led by UW-L faculty.  Students wishing to participate in non-UW-L foreign study programs may do so pending review and approval by the Office of International Education.


Cost and Financial Aid

The university makes every effort to provide academically sound foreign study programs at reasonable costs. Program fees are based on tuition, room and board at UW-L with some additional administrative fees. Students may apply financial aid to the cost of the programs. Wisconsin residents are eligible for a need-based grant of up to $2,000.

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Murphy Library Resource Center houses library holdings, computer facilities, and curriculum collections. Specialized facilities for computer instruction, extended hours studying and student support services are integral parts of the library.


The remodeled building and addition contain over 650,000 volumes in open stack collections, including books, maps, periodicals and microfilm. An on-line catalog allows users to search local, other University of Wisconsin and regional catalogs.


The facility provides a variety of seating, carrels and group study rooms in a pleasant surrounding. The Special Collections/Area Research Center contains the university archives, rare books, over 700 hours of oral history interviews, a 150,000-image photo collection, 6,000 books on Wisconsin history and a regional depository for State Historical Society records and documents.


There are more than 1,600 current periodicals shelved on the first floor with bound and microform volumes of periodicals and a current computer report listing titles alphabetically and by subject. The microform holdings include more than one million microforms. Files of the New York Times, the Times of London, UNESCO and OAS publications, Human Relations Area Files, ERIC, and various other titles are available on microform. Telephone directories and newspapers as well as catalogs from other colleges and universities are available. CD-ROM titles, full-text and full-image sources and Internet access are provided at computer stations. An adaptive technology room is  provided.


The video collection with more than 700 titles is located in the Curriculum Center. These materials can be checked out and viewing facilities are available.


The library is rich in foreign bibliographies, encyclopedias and reference volumes. It is a selective depository for state and federal documents. The inter-library loan department provides prompt access to materials that may be available at other state supported universities, but not at UW-L. By cooperative agreement, students may also use the libraries of Viterbo University, Western Wisconsin Technical College, the La Crosse Public Library and area medical centers. For more information, visit Murphy Library’s Web site at http://www.uwlax.edu/murphylibrary




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The Office of Continuing Education and Extension (CEE) works with faculty and departments to extend the instructional, research and public service resources of UW-L to individuals and organizations in western Wisconsin communities and in other parts of the state. Some programs attract national and international audiences.


Graduate and undergraduate credit courses are offered off campus for part-time students, primarily K-12 educators and health and human service professionals. Some courses are offered in partnership with the Cooperative Education Service Agency (CESA) #4. CEE also administers the Learning Community program within the Master of Education Professional Development Program (MEPD) in partnership with the School of Education.

Conferences, workshops and other non-credit instructional programs are conducted for selected professional audiences, as well as the general public. Non-credit certificate programs are offered in the areas of gerontology and autism. Learning in Retirement programs are offered specifically for older adults. Continuing education units (CEUs), Department of Public Instruction clock hours or health education continuing education contact hours are awarded when appropriate.


Science, humanities, and arts enrichment classes are also offered for upper elementary, middle and high school students.


Credit outreach courses and most non-credit instructional programs are offered in partnership with UW-Extension. Distance learning technologies are used for selected audiences.


CEE staff work with faculty and off-campus individuals to host conferences and annual meetings of professional associations and other organizations.




Educational Technologies (ET) provides assistance in a wide variety of technology areas. The department consists of the following functional units: Educational Television Center, Distance Education, Visual Communications, Classroom Technology Support, Web Page Development, and Equipment Repair & Distribution.


The Educational Television Center provides faculty, staff, and students a full range of audio and video services including studio, remote, and editing productions. State of the art facilities and equipment are used to produce classroom tapings, research projects, documentaries, and promotional activities.


ET administrates and operates UW-L’s distance education (DE) activities. DE facilities are located in Wing Technology Center, Morris Hall, Graff Main Hall, and Wimberly Hall. The facilities provide both full motion and compressed video transmission and reception capabilities, for both local and international needs. In addition, all DE facilities are equipped to handle a variety of multi-media presentations.


ET offers graphic design, photo imaging, and image manipulation. Web page development and posting services is also an important activity of Educational Technologies. Support and training are provided to faculty, staff, and students in all aspects of instructional design and effective use of various technologies. www.uwlax.edu/edtech




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Computing Services

Computing and network information resources are widely used to support instruction, research, student services, and communication. UW-L provides computing laboratories for general student access, on campus electronic information resources such as shared software libraries, campus directories and databases. Through its connection to the Internet, it provides electronic mail, library catalogs, and electronic information resources worldwide.


General access computer laboratories in several locations on campus are available to students at least 80 hours per week during each term and provide access to microcomputers running Windows 2000 and Macintosh  operating systems and a wide variety of application software. Laser printing is provided free of charge. A schedule of open hours of these laboratories is available each term on the Web site at www.uwlax.edu/gca.


The Information Technology Services Support Center provides technical assistance, consulting, and  problem solving on campus standard software. Assistance is available by phone or on a walk-in basis. The ITS Support Center also maintains a Web site with self-help and support resources at www.uwlax.edu/itssupport. Technical Support Services works within the ITS Support Center and provides the institution with hardware consulting, diagnostics, upgrade, set-up, reservice and warranty repair.


The campus network reaches all academic buildings, including residence halls and supports both Novell network communications frequently found in businesses and Internet communications used worldwide in educational and research institutions and   government facilities. All student computing laboratories and most faculty computers are connected to the network, facilitating electronic mail and other communications. Most residence halls have individual network connections in each room while others  provide network access through a computer laboratory in the building available to       residents. Students, faculty and staff can dial in from off campus through the public phone system and access electronic mail and library information.


Information servers provide services to individuals or computers over the campus network. Examples include the library catalog and other library information, institutional data managed on mainframe computers, an electronic mail “post office”, which provides full featured electronic mail for all students, faculty and staff, and the Campus Web Server (www.uwlax.edu), which provides information on campus events, directories of people and services, and other information.


Computing and network resources are provided to students, faculty and staff to support academic work and to create a community of shared inquiry. Principles of responsible use to which all users are bound are printed in the student and staff handbooks available electronically on the Campus Web Server and available from the ITS Support Center.



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The Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center (MVAC)
is an archaeological research, preservation and public education organization that conducts excavations and surveys, presents programs and speakers, and works with archaeologists in the Sociology/Archaeology Department to provide opportunities for student participation in archaeological research. MVAC has its administrative office in room 310 Wimberly Hall (785-8463) and its activities and staff located in the Archaeology Center and Laboratories Building (785-8464). The Archaeology Center and Laboratories Building is used to train students in archaeological methods. The archaeology laboratory is a location for much course-related student research, and contains space to curate artifacts recovered from field projects. Field studies are conducted annually to learn about the prehistoric and early historic cultures of the upper Mississippi River Valley. The MVAC Web site contains much information on the archaeology of the upper Mississippi River and can be visited at www.uwlax.edu/mvac


The UW-L Planetarium has served the university, area schools, private groups, and the general public since 1965. Several thousand people attend presentations at the planetarium each school year. Bright stars and major constellations are pointed out in the simulated sky at public programs on Monday evenings. Each program also includes a multi-media presentation on various subjects in astronomy and space science. A music, light and laser show, “Album Encounters,” features rock artists on Thursday evenings. For information on current programs, call 785-8669. www.uwlax.edu/planetarium



The River Studies Center (RSC), created in 1972, is a non-curricular unit established to focus on research and informational programs pertinent to the Upper Mississippi River and its related resources. During the past 20 years, the RSC has expanded its activities to other aquatic resources in Wisconsin and the region, such as northern lakes. Specific areas of research include aquatic ecology, fisheries, aquatic microbiology, aquatic toxicology, and water quality. Research is conducted in laboratories in Cowley Hall including the recently renovated analytical chemistry and aquatic toxicology facilities.

 The activities of the RSC are closely coordinated with the Departments of Biology and Microbiology and a number of state and federal agencies and provide employment, internships, and valuable research training for undergraduate and graduate students in  aquatic science.



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Business Development Center (BDC) helps business owners start and grow their businesses through research, on-site programs, advising and educational programming. The BDC is located in 120 Wimberly Hall.


As one of Wisconsin’s Small Business Development Centers, the BDC uses a variety of resources to help business managers solve business challenges. It provides businesses with information and guidance in starting, maintaining and expanding a small business. Funding from the Small Business Administration supports the free counseling.


Case studies are sometimes conducted by advanced students under faculty supervision. There are also internship and independent study opportunities.


In partnership with UW-Extension, the BDC provides non-credit continuing education programs for business people in a 7-county region. Topics include marketing, sales, finance, human resources, and other small business concerns. The Supervisory Management certificate program provides practical training for both new and experienced managers. In addition, the BDC  provides speakers, programs and trainers to individual firms and groups.


Some research is conducted for area businesses such as feasibility and impact studies. Economic information is collected and housed regarding such issues as the local labor market, housing, consumer preferences and export potential. Local economic data is accessed through the UW-L Web site at www.uwlax.edu/bdc


The La Crosse Exercise and Health Program is sponsored by the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Teacher Education in conjunction with the La Crosse area medical profession. The program comprises two community service units, Adult Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation, as well as professional units in research and educational services. Based on laboratory evaluations, individualized programs of diet and exercise are developed by UW-L faculty and technicians in cooperation with area medical personnel. Graduate assistants and undergraduate fitness majors assist during exercise periods in the Mitchell Hall pool and field house or during individual testing sessions in the College of HPERTE’s Human Performance Laboratory. Although it is not specifically instructional, the La Crosse Exercise and Health Program offers an opportunity for practical experience, particularly to students who major in exercise and sport science and health education. Both the graduate degree program in Adult Fitness–Cardiac Rehabilitation and the undergraduate program in Exercise and Sport Science–Fitness Emphasis enroll students who rely heavily on the La Crosse Exercise and Health Program units for their clinical work and supervision opportunities. www.uwlax.edu/HPER/LEHP/index.html



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The La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium, Inc. was formed in the fall of 1993 and incorporated as an independent 501(C)3 not-for-profit corporation in the spring of 1994. The Consortium represents an alliance between UW-L, Western Wisconsin Technical College, Viterbo College, Gundersen Lutheran and Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, two independent health care providers.


The activities of the Consortium were initially guided by a steering committee composed of senior level administrative representatives from each institution. Under the direction of the steering committee, the Consortium focused its efforts toward investigating collaborative initiatives to enhance primary care, strengthen allied health science education, and solidify interactive research initiatives in the clinical sciences.


The Consortium is now governed by a CEO level Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director. The focus of the multi-institutional partnership is directed toward planning and implementing interactive programs that optimize the use of shared resources and take advantage of the strengths of individual consortium members.


The Consortium identified the need for additional physical facilities to support their collaborative efforts. Accordingly, with UW-L taking a leadership role in the initiative, the Consortium has erected a jointly-owned and operated facility identified as the La Crosse Medical Health Science and Education and Research Center. The multidisciplinary Health Science Center furnishes much needed space for expanded, integrated allied health science programming and provides the physical facility to support collaborative, clinically focused research in human physiology, microbiology, and rehabilitative services.


On behalf of UW-L, the Center specifically supports academic programming in physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical technology, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy, physician assistant education, clinical microbiology, human physiology, and reading. In conjunction with the interactive educational programs, the Center contributes significantly to the economic and higher educational well-being of the region. The facility was opened in September 2000.   http://www.uwlax.edu/lmhsc/  

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This catalog is a record of undergraduate programs, courses, policies, staff and facilities as of April 1, 2003

Edited by Kathryn Hollon and Sharyn Lehrke, Records and Registration www.uwlax.edu/records/03-05/UG-Cat/index.htm




Last Modified:August 25, 2008
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