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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 AcademicProgress) 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 which 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.




The Academic Discovery Lab, located in Wilder Hall, is a cooperative venture between the Counseling and Testing Center and the Career Services Office. It was established to improve and extend services to those students who are undecided about 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 in their academic and career decision making, 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, meeting individually with students who are 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 navigate through the steps for planning their academic and non-academic experiences. Not intended to replace faculty advisors, peer advisors primarily act as a resource to help students understand the process of registration, academic planning and major selection. In addition, peer advisors are able to refer students to appropriate campus offices for further assistance.




The Career Services Office, located on the second floor of Wilder Hall, assists students and alumni in identifying their career options, and in developing job search strategies which can lead to meaningful employment. Many resources are available to assist in this process: experienced staff members, a Career Resource Center, and a 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 website ( uwlink.html) and in "Career Currents", a regularly published bulletin. 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 computerized job nomination service for students and alumni.

An annual Graduate and Professional School Fair and a Career Exploration Day are sponsored by Career Services.

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 establish a file 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 materials the semester preceding graduation. Alumni and others are welcome to inquire about services appropriate to their needs.




Accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.

The UW-L Counseling and Testing services are designed to help the typical college student adjust to the university environment, cope with the 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. 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 service offered to the La Crosse community.

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. The UW-L transcript does not reflect that a student received assistance from the Counseling and Testing Center.

The professional staff consists of psychologists, counselors, counselor associates, 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.

Students may schedule an appointment with the receptionist at the Counseling Center on the 1st floor of Wilder Hall. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Time is reserved each day for walk-in appointments for students who need immediate assistance. The telephone number is 785-8073.

Crisis Intervention-Students who are experiencing a personal crisis or tragedy should contact the Counseling Center for help in obtaining emergency services. After hours assistance is available at either area hospital or by calling the First Call for Help 24-hour telephone helping service at (608) 791-4344.

Individual Counseling-Individual counseling provides an opportunity to talk with a professional counselor about any topic or personal concern. Although each situation is unique, students often discuss family problems, stress and anxiety, loneliness, relationships, choosing a major, handling crisis situations, making decisions, learning better coping skills, and study problems. Sometimes just talking through an issue with a professional is helpful. Students are occasionally referred off campus to appropriate community resources.

Group Counseling-Each semester, the Counseling Center schedules a variety of groups and workshops designed to help students learn new interpersonal skills and discuss personal concerns in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Check with the Counseling Center for information about current group offerings.

Career Testing-Several times during the semester the Campbell Interest and Skill Survey and Myers Briggs Type Indicator are administered to students who want to use the results to help select a major and explore different careers. This testing complements the information available to students who use the DISCOVER program. Contact the Counseling and Testing Center for information about career testing.

Psychological Testing-Counseling Center staff psychologists provide psychological testing and interpretation for individuals, groups, and classroom workshops. The testing is typically used for personality assessment and may be arranged upon recommendation by a staff counselor.

National Testing-National testing programs are administered for UW-L students and other persons in the local community. These tests include the ACT, Wisconsin Regional Placement Test, CLEP Test, Graduate Record Exam, PPST, Medical College Admission Test, Graduate Management Admission Test, and the Miller Analogies Test. Applications and information on dates, fees, and locations for these tests are available at the Counseling and Testing Center. A Computer Based Testing Site is scheduled to open at the Counseling and Testing Center in the 1998 Fall Semester. Call (608) 785-8074 for more information.

Test Anxiety and Study Skills Assistance-Each semester the Counseling Center offers workshops and individual sessions on test-taking skills and managing test anxiety. The Counseling Center is also a place where students receive assistance with note taking, time management, speed reading, and text book study.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs-Students or staff who are concerned about their own or a friend's alcohol or drug use may receive consultation, assessments, short term counseling, or referrals to a number of community resources to help address these concerns. "Healthy Decisions About Alcohol" is an ongoing educational group for students who want to increase their knowledge and awareness of alcohol-related issues.

REACH and SHARE Presentations-Student peer educators present programs on topics such as alcohol and drug abuse, sexual assault, AIDS/STDs, campus violence, sexuality choices, and other critical issues which affect the UW-L campus. Peer educators receive extensive training and participate on a volunteer basis or receive credit for their service.

Biofeedback Clinic-The Counseling and Testing Center has a biofeedback clinic that accepts students by referral from the Health Center or from Counseling Center staff for biofeedback assisted stress management training. Many stress related symptoms such as headaches, gastrointestinal problems, muscle tension, anxiety, and borderline hypertension can be helped through a combination of counseling and biofeedback.

Consultation-The staff of the Counseling and Testing Center will provide consulting services upon request and dependent upon current workload demands. Consultation can take many forms. Some examples include:
(1) consultation with faculty, advisers, or residence hall staff about particular student problems;
(2) consultation with student leaders and organizations regarding team building and group facilitation; and
(3) consultation with departments and supervisors who are experiencing personnel problems.




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 instructor in consultation with 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. The office is located in 165 Murphy Library, (608)785-6900.



Member, American College Health Association

The Student Health Center, located in the lower level of Whitney Center, provides medical, nursing, and physical therapy services to all full-time students registered at UW-L. Along with providing high quality outpatient and urgent care, and the prevention of illness or injury, the Student Health Center 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 a Director, three Board Certified physicians, a certified nurse practitioner, four registered nurses with certification in college health nursing, two physical therapists who are also certified athletic trainers, a physical therapist's assistant, a medical lab technologist, a health information manager, and office staff. The Health Center staff is experienced in working with the health care needs of college students and are dedicated to providing high quality care and assistance.

Services are available to all full-time students who are registered for a minimum of 7 credits each semester. The student health fee is automatically included in the full-time student fee statement. Students enrolled for 6 credits or less may also use the Health Center if they pay the student health fee. Students are required to show their UW-L picture ID card every time they visit the Health Center. 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 weekdays when school is in session between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the Student Health Center receptionist desk at 785-8558. Urgent care is available on a walk-in basis when the Center is open. 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.

Patient Education - is viewed by the Student Health Center staff as a prime responsibility and opportunity to educate college students about their health, their medical care, their health choices, and the appropriate use of medical facilities and resources.

The Walk-In Clinic - is available between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Urgent Care - is available on a walk-in basis during regular office hours. After-hours urgent care is available at one of the local hospitals. Costs for after-hours care services are not included in the UW-L student health fee and are the responsibility of the student.

Emergency Services - are available at either local hospital emergency rooms. Since emergency services are not included in the health center fee, students are advised to be familiar with their family insurance plan coverage

Minor Surgical Procedures - requiring only local anesthesia can be done at the Student Health Center, e.g. stitches, wart removal, incision and draining of abscesses, and biopsies.

Gynecological and Reproductive Services - including examinations, PAP testing, contraception and genitourinary care, and colposcopy are available at the Health Center.

Allergy Injections - can be arranged at the Health Center when the allergens and written orders are supplied by the student's personal physician or allergist. Students are required to make an appointment with a Student Health Center physician before starting allergy injections. All orders must be updated yearly.

Laboratory Services - include routine blood counts; blood chemistries; urinalysis; cultures; STDS, PAP, pregnancies, and HIV testing. A minimal charge is assessed for some testing. Students will be informed of this charge prior to the testing.

HIV Testing and Counseling - is provided at the Student Health Center by Wisconsin Division of Health trained counselors and psychologists. HIV testing is confidential.

Peer Education - is an outreach program where student peer educators present programs on topics such as alcohol and drug abuse, sexual assault, AIDS/STDs, campus violence, sexuality choices, and other critical issues which affect the UW-L campus.

Physical Therapy Services - evaluate and treat acute orthopedic and sports injuries or conditions which require post surgical rehabilitation. Services are also provided for students who are physically challenged. Crutches, canes, and other orthopedic devices are available on loan.

Consultation and Referral - occurs on a daily basis with several on/off campus offices/programs/departments, e.g. Dean of Students, Counseling and Testing, Disability Resource Services, Athletics, International Education, Residence Life, County Health Department, local hospitals/clinics.

Insurance Coverage - 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. These costs are not covered by the student health fee. 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. Information brochures and applications will be mailed to students at their home address in early August. Extra brochures and applications are available at the Health Center.




The office of the International Student Adviser is located in the Office of International Education, 116 Graff Main Hall. 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 Inter-national Education and the International Student Adviser provide other important services:

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

- 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. For further information, contact the International Student Adviser in 116 Graff Main Hall, (608)785-8921.




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.




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. For further information, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services, 243 Graff Main Hall, (608)785-8225.

Academic Summer Institute - Eight weeks of intensive instruction in college level English, mathematics, history and academic skills designed for minority freshmen. (See Special Academic Program Section, p. 26.)





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, 7 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 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 April, followed by fall registration in May. 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.)




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 2,891 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 but two halls are smoke free.

All halls have a computer lab that is networked to the campus computer system and four halls have in-room connection to the computer system. In addition, each room has phone service, a refrigerator, and cable TV. Halls are equipped with big screen color TVs, study areas, saunas, fitness equipment, kitchens, laundry rooms, vending machines, a front desk operation, and games such as ping pong, 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.

The Residence life web page can be accessed at 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 website ( 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, 213 Wilder Hall, 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.




The Office of Student Life staff strive to serve as advocates to promote the interest of students within the university. Its 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 aged)
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 guidance.

In addition, the staff can provide mediation services to students who may experience interpersonal conflict(s) and are interested in working toward resolution. The Office of Student Life is located in 149 Graff Main Hall, (608)785-8062.




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. For further information contact (608)785-8535, 109 Wilder Hall.




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. The Upward Bound Office is located in 176 Murphy Library Resource Center, (608)785-8539. ubhmpg




The English Department operates a Writing Center in 304 North 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 or edit student papers and does not provide instruction in composition in lieu of writing courses.




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.

offers a series of interdisciplinary seminars and a Senior Honors Project. Certificates in General Honors were awarded in May 1981 to the first generation of students who entered the program in 1977 and successfully completed the requirements..

University honors work provides academic opportunities for highly motivated students to pursue the outer limits of their intellectual abilities as a community of mutually supportive learners. Students are encouraged to develop a vision of self-shared experiences. Thus, in pursuing academic excellence, honors work reflects one of the fundamental purposes of the university.

Admission to the General Honors Program: (GHR)
Students entering UW-L as freshmen are invited to join the General Honors Program on the basis of the following criteria:
1. ACT of 26 or above
2. High school rank - top 10 percent
3. Acceptable essay submitted to the director of the General Honors Program
4. Personal interview with the program director

Students enrolled in the university are invited to join the General Honors Program on the basis of the following criteria:
1. Cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or above, or
2. Recommendation of a UW-L faculty member.
Any interested student who does not meet the qualifications should consult the General Honors Program Director, 3023 Cowley Hall, Biology/ Microbiology Department, (785-6984) about the possibility of entering the program. The limitations of using standardized test scores and grade point averages in the selection of students are recognized.

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/Microbiology, Economics, English, Foreign Languages, Geography, 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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: Honors programs may vary by department. See special departmental listings in curriculum section.

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 general 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. 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. Student 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:

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, Wisconsin 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 business firms, government agencies, industries, 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" in the Under-graduate Course and Program Description section for a list of the departments.

Credit limitations and registration information may be found under "Internship Policies" in the Academic Regulations section.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo College, 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 in 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 in 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.

8. 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 Main Hall.

The University of Wisconsin System sponsors summer programs at Pigeon Lake Field Station near Drummond. 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 Director, Continuing Education and Extension, UW-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI 54601.

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.

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
Student Teaching

Wisconsin-in-Scotland Study Center
In cooperation with the three 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 the Wisconsin regional coordinating office for ISEP, a membership 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 which 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 which 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.




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 recently remodeled building and addition contain over 550,000 volumes in open stack collections, including books, maps, periodicals and microfilm. An on-line computer 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 3,000 hours of oral history tapes, a 130,000-image photo collection, 5,200 books on Wisconsin history and a regional depository for State Historical Society records and documents.

There are more than 1,850 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, News Bank, and various other titles are available on microform. Foreign and domestic telephone directories and newspapers as well as catalogs from other colleges and universities are available. CD-ROM indexes, full-text sources and Internet access are provided at computer stations.

The video collection with more than 650 titles is located in the Curriculum Center. These materials can be checked and viewing facilities are available.

The library is unusually 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 which may be available at other state supported universities, but not at La Crosse. By cooperative agreement, students may also use the libraries of Viterbo College, Western Wisconsin Technical College, the La Crosse Public Library and area medical centers.

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. Most offerings are intended for teachers or health and human service professionals. Some outreach courses utilize distance education technologies.

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

Credit outreach courses and most non-credit instructional programs are offered in partnership with UW-Extension. The Extension statewide plan for continuing education describes seven challenges for credit and non-credit programs to address: a culturally-enriched society, effective government, excellent schools, healthy society, the lengthening life span, a quality environment and a strong economy.

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

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

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

The Educational Television Center (ETC) provides faculty, staff, and students a full range of video programs including studio, remote, and editing productions. The unit houses a 40x40 studio, non-linear editing stations, a linear A/B computerized editing system, and a 1/2" VHS editing station for faculty, staff, and students. Video programs produced range from classroom tapings, research projects, documentaries, and promotional activities. In addition the unit is involved with the development of interactive media.

ETC also administrates and operates UW-L's distance education (DE) activities. The department coordinates distance education scheduling, facilities, site support, and the design and installation of DE classrooms. One DE classroom is located in 201 Wing Communications Building and another is located in 345 Morris Hall. Both rooms have full motion and compressed video transmission capability. In addition, both facilities are equipped to handle a variety of multi-media presentations. Media Services offers training in room operation and faculty/staff workshops on instructional design and technology. Lastly ETC coordinates the campus television distribution, satellite down links, and media equipment delivery and repair.

Visual Communications offers diverse services in graphic design and digital imaging. The unit specializes in both MAC and PC platforms and serves both instructional and promotional needs. Personnel not only work in still imaging but also provide support for web page development, video and multi-media production, and traditional photographic needs.

Media Services coordinates classroom modernization projects and provides site support for classroom multi-media facilities and remote Educational Technology Consoles (ETC'S). In addition, the department offers consultation and instructional design services for faculty, staff, and students. Media Services also offers web development and posting services for the entire campus. Assistance from each of the units helps to ensure effective and efficient message design and production for a wide variety of applications.

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 95, Macintosh and Rhapsody (Unix) 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 Campus Information Server (

The TARG-IT Center provides technical assistance, consulting, problem solving, demonstration software and equipment, and authorized sale of computers at special educational discounts.

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. Some 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 ( 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 TARG-IT Center.

is an archaeological research, preservation and public education organization which 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 North 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

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.

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.


serves the university, the faculty, and the business community through opportunities in research, on-site programs, advising and educational programming. The UW-La Crosse Business Development Center (BDC) is located in 120 North 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 concerning a multitude of concerns associated with starting, maintaining and expanding a small business. Funding from the Small Business Administration supports the 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 small business concerns. There are two certificate programs: Supervisory Management and Small Business Management. In addition, the BDC provides speakers, programs and trainers in business management topics of concern 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 -

is sponsored by the College of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation 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 HPER'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.



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, and two independent health care providers (Gundersen Lutheran and Franciscan Skemp Healthcare).

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 has 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 developed plans to erect a jointly-owned and operated facility identified as the La Crosse Medical Health Science and Education and Research Center. The multidisciplinary Health Science Center will furnish much needed space for expanded, integrated allied health science programming and will provide the physical facility to support collaborative, clinically focused research in human physiology, microbiology, and rehabilitative services.

On behalf of UW-L, the center will specifically support 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 will contribute significantly to the economic and higher educational well-being of the region. The facility is currently under construction ( skycam. html) and will be occupied in the year 2000. 


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