General Education & Resident Credit Requirements - UW Flexible Option (2023)

If you are enrolled in a UW Flexible Option bachelor’s program at UW-Parkside, you will follow the general education requirements (GER) as described in the UW-Parkside catalog. The GERs are listed on this website for your convenience, but you should always review UW-Parkside’s website for the most up-to-date information.

Reading & Writing (3 Credits)

This requirement assists you in developing effective communication through the mastery of reading and writing skills. Some students may be exempt from the Reading and Writing Skills requirement on the basis of test scores, while others may be required to complete ENGL 100 in addition to ENGL 101.

The UW Flexible Option general education competency set, CGS ENG 102x, may be used to satisfy this category if needed.

Computational Skills (3 Credits)

This requirement assists you in developing effective basic computational skills necessary to an informed citizenry and provides support for other disciplines. While some students may be exempt from the Computational Skills requirement on the basis of test scores, other students may be required to complete a course or courses in computational skills (e.g. MATH 10 or MATH 15) in addition to MATH 111, 103 or 102.

Ethnic Diversity (3 Credits)

The ethnic diversity requirement is defined by UW System policy to include study of Native American, African American, Latino, and/or Asian American populations in the United States.

Select UW Flexible Option general education courses may be used to satisfy this category if needed: CGS CTA 210x (Introduction to Intercultural Communications) CGS MUS 273x (Jazz History & Appreciation); CGS HIS 102x (History of U.S. Civil War to Present).

Social Sciences (12 credits)

Credits must come from three or more disciplines.

Select UW Flexible Option general education courses can fulfill this category if needed: CGS ANT 100x (Gen. Anthropology); CGS BUS 101x (Intro. to Business); CGS GSW 101x (Intro Women’s Studies); CGS HIS 102x (History of U.S.: Civil War to Present); CGS PSY 202x (Intro. Psychology); CGS SOC 101x (Intro. Sociology).

Natural Science (12 credits)

Credits must come from three or more disciplines.

Select UW Flexible Option general education courses can fulfill this category if needed: CGS BIO 141x (Heredity); CGS BIO 190x (Introduction to Environmental Sciences); CGS CHE 124x (Food Chemistry with Lab); CGS GEO 125x (Physical Geography with Lab); CGS HES 209 (Nutrition and Weight Control).

Humanities (12 credits)

Credits must come from three or more disciplines.

Select UW Flexible Option general education courses can fulfill this category if needed: CGS GSW 102x (Women’s Voices); CGS MUS 173x (Music & Literature Appreciation); CGS ART 161x (Introduction to Photography); CGS CTA 103x (Introductory Public Speaking); CGS REL 101x (Introduction to the Study of Religion); CGS MUS 273x (Jazz History & Appreciation).

Note: UW-Parkside typically requires 6 credits of foreign language, however UW Flexible Option enrollees are exempt from this requirement.

Program Elective Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration requires the fulfillment of 10-13 elective credits. These elective credits can be satisfied by taking additional general education courses, transfer credit, or courses from other UW Flexible Option programs (such as the Project Management Certificate) to fulfill the degree requirement of 120 total credits.

Satisfying ProgramRequirements

There are several flexible pathways that will fully or partially satisfy general education, elective, and program competency area requirements:

Earned Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree from a Regionally-Accredited Institution

All general education requirements and all BSBA electives are satisfied if you have earned this level of degree.

Completion of a Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree (AAS) from a University of Wisconsin branch campus

All general education requirements and all BSBA electives are satisfied if you have earned this degree.

Completion of a Liberal Arts Associate Degree from a Regionally-Accredited Institution

All general education requirements and all BSBA electives are satisfied if you have earned this type of degree.

Completion of Other Associate Degrees

Associate degrees earned in applied science or applied arts and associate degrees from other institutions do not automatically fulfill general education requirements. However, coursework will be evaluated on a case by case basis to ensure maximum applicability to general education or elective credits. Any remaining general education or elective requirements may be satisfied through academic work offered within the UW Flexible Option, additional transfer work having an appropriate UW­-Parkside credit equivalency, or through credit-by-examination with the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Successful Completion of General Education Requirements through Prior Coursework

We will evaluate your transcripts with some college-level academic work but no qualifying degree (as listed above) on a case-by-case basis to determine how your prior academic work satisfies general education requirements. Any remaining general education or elective requirements may be satisfied through academic work offered within the UW Flexible Option, additional transfer work with UW­-Parkside credit equivalency, or through credit-by-examination with the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Successful Performance on Tests

You may request evaluation of test results in lieu of coursework to satisfy the Reading & Writing Skills and/or Computational Skills general education requirements.

  • Test options that waive or grant credit for the Reading & Writing Skills requirement include:
    • AP English Language & Composition exam score of 4 or 5; students receive equivalent credits
    • IB English Writing Exam Score (Higher Level) of 4 or higher; students receive equivalent credits
    • CLEP Exam Score of 55 on the ‘College Composition’ exam; students receive equivalent credits
    • A score on the UW System English Placement Exam that places the student at a level beyond English 101. The test must have been completed within the last 12 months. No credits are awarded; however, students are waived from the English Composition requirement
  • Test options that waive or grant credit for the Computational Skills requirement include:
    • CLEP Exam Score of 60 on the ‘College Algebra’ exam; students receive equivalent credits
    • A score on the UW System mathematics Placement Exam that places the student at a level beyond Math 111.The test must have been completed within the last 12 months. No credits are awarded; however, students are waived from the computational skills requirement.

Exams may be used to satisfy additional degree requirements beyond just the Reading & Writing and Computational Skills base requirements. For a complete list of exams and the way they transfer in, you can view the credit-by-exam table.

Satisfying Program Competency AreaRequirements through Prior Coursework

You may transfer credits to satisfy projects in the following six competency areas only: Business Economics I and II, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Business Algebra, and Business Statistics. You must have earned a minimum of a C (or equivalent) grade in such coursework for it to be considered for transfer. For transfer credit considered equivalent to the aforementioned competency areas, the courses embedded in the competency areas are considered completed unless otherwise noted.

Only academic work completed at institutions accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation are eligible for transfer credits.

Residency Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree at UW-Parkside

At UW-Parkside, a minimum of 120 credits are required to earn a Bachelor of Science degree. In order to meet UW-Parkside’s residency requirement, a minimum of 30 of your final 60 credits must be earned at UW-Parkside. Individual programs may require specific courses are taken to satisfy degree requirements that would extend beyond that 30 credit minimum for residency.

For instance, if you enter a UW Flexible Option program with 100 transferable credits from other institutions, you must still complete a minimum of 30 credits with UW-Parkside, and satisfy any and all major course requirements, to receive the bachelor’s degree (even though normally the degree requires 120 credits).

Remember, residency in this case does not mean you have to attend in-person or live in Wisconsin; you simply must complete the required number of credits at UW-Parkside.

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