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Earn your Associate of Arts and Sciences degree online from the University of Wisconsin

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The 100% online Associate of Arts and Sciences degree from the University of Wisconsin creates the educational foundation that you can grow on, whether you’re seeking a full degree, need to complete a prerequisite course, or take individual courses to supplement your studies and complete your degree in less time.

No matter your path, the courses in this accredited UW associate degree program give you a broad liberal arts background, while fulfilling transferable general education requirements at UW System schools and most other four-year institutions.

Find what you need to build your educational foundation today!

A Collaboration of University of Wisconsin Campuses

The UW Associate of Arts and Sciences degree program is a partnership of UW Extended Campus, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Whitewater.

University Accreditation

The online Associate of Arts and Sciences degree program is approved by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Courses begin in September 2020.  Apply now using the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application.

 

 

 

Admission

Admission requirements vary depending on your educational path. Students pursuing the associate degree (AAS) are considered degree seeking students. All other students are considered special students, including those completing any other degree or certificate, taking a prerequisite course or supplementing on campus coursework to complete their degree quicker.

Degree seeking students

Requirements

  • High school diploma, GED or HSED
  • ACT or SAT required for students under age 22
  • Minimum 17 high school level, college prep credits. Thirteen of 17 must be distributed as follows:
    • English—4 credits
    • Social Science —3 credits
    • Math—3 credits (must include at least 1 credit of algebra and the equivalent of 1 credit geometry)
    • Natural Science—3 credits
    • Remaining 4 credits can be from above areas, foreign languages, fine arts, computer science or other academic areas
  • Official high school and college transcripts, if applicable

How to Apply 

  • Step 1: Decide which home campus you’d like to apply to. Campus partners for the associate degree program include UW-Eau Claire*, UW-Milwaukee**, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Whitewater.
  • Step 2: Visit the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application, login or create an account, and apply to the home campus of your choice, and select “Associate of Arts & Sciences – Collaborative” as the program.
  • Step 3: Submit official High School and college transcripts from all institutions attended; ACT or SAT scores, if required; and application fee.

*Students choosing UW-Eau Claire as a home campus should select “UW-Eau Claire – Barron County” as their campus on the application
**Students choosing UW-Milwaukee as a home campus should select “UW-Milwaukee at Washington County” or “UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha County” as their campus on the application.

 

Special Students

  • Students currently attending one of the UW System AAS partner campuses (UW-Eau Claire, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point or UW-Whitewater) do not need to apply. Please work directly with your academic advisor.
  • Submit the University of Wisconsin System online application as a special/non-degree seeking student, following Steps 1 and 2 of “How to Apply” above.
  • No application fee or transcripts are required.
  • Students wanting transfer credit should verify with their academic advisor that the credits will be accepted by their program or institution.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are subject to the transfer policy of their home campus.

High School Students

High school students, including those participating in the Early College Credit Program, can earn college credits through the AAS program. Please contact the admissions office at the home campus where you would like to take classes or visit the UW Help website for more information.

Application Deadlines

Application materials should be completed two weeks prior to the semester start to be considered for admission.

Please give yourself plenty of time to complete the application and gather all required materials. Starting your application early will help ensure you have time to gather required materials (such as transcripts), transfer credits, apply for financial aid, and complete the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application.

The online Associate of Arts and Sciences degree program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Courses begin in September 2020. Apply using the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application now. 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum

The 60-credit associate degree program is designed to provide a broad, balanced liberal arts and sciences background, while satisfying the general education requirements at four-year institutions. Program courses can also be used to fulfill prerequisites and supplement coursework at other campuses, both within and out of the UW System. Students may pursue the full degree or take a course or two for transfer.

In addition to the required number of credits from each area below, students pursuing the AAS degree will complete 18 elective credits from across the curriculum.

Knowledge of Human Cultures (12 credits)

Engage with and analyze the human condition, culture and society. Coursework typically requires students to engage with and analyze human interaction and culture; social organizations and institutions; historical contexts; and complex interdependent systems. To earn the 60-credit associate degree, you must complete 12 credits in this area.

CourseCredits

This course introduces you to basic principles and concepts of anthropology and its four subfields — Physical/Biological, Archaeology, Socio-Cultural and Linguistic. The goal of this course is to provide students a better understanding of the differences and similarities that exist among human societies and cultures of which they are a part. (3 credits)

3 Credits

Introduction visual arts for the non-art major. This course will focus on art created by marginalized groups in the U.S. and their ethnic heritage. Multicultural perspectives will be explored – specifically the impact race, ethnicity, and gender identity have on artistic production, art criticism, art philosophies and aesthetics. (3 credits)

UWX AR175 course syllabus

3 Credits

Introduction to Business provides a broad overview of the environment, principles, and functions of business. Students will gain an understanding of business terminology and practices essential for success in industry. Students will learn about functional areas of business such as economics, management, marketing, technology, accounting and finance. (3 credits)

UWX BU101 course syllabus

3 Credits

An introduction to the discipline of literary studies through its fundamental approaches to reading, interpreting, and writing about a variety of texts, ranging from the classic to the contemporary with the goal of understanding, appreciating, and enjoying literature. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: UWX EN101 or placement into UWX EN102

UWX EN250 course syllabus

3 Credits

A survey of American political, economic, social, and intellectual history from the era of the Civil War to the present. This course thoroughly integrates the historical experiences and contributions of racial and ethnic minorities within US society, fostering an understanding and appreciation at least two groups. (3 credits)

UWX HS102 course syllabus

3 Credits

Examines how the American political system works, with emphasis on the U.S. Constitution, civil and political rights, the party system, elections, and the structure, powers, and processes of Congress, the presidency, and the courts. (3 credits)

UWX PL104 course syllabus

3 Credits

This introductory behavioral science course emphasizes the history of the field of psychology, research methods, the biological basis of behavior, human cognition, human development, social behavior, and mental health. (3 credits)

UWX PS101 course syllabus

3 Credits

This course presents a survey of human development theories and research. Topics include the biological, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the individual from the prenatal period through old age. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade C- or Better in UWX PS101 

UWX PS250 course syllabus

3 Credits

This course introduces a number of the world’s major religious traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) as well as several ways of studying these religions (anthropology, psychology, sociology, phenomenology, and economic approaches). (3 credits)

UWX RE101 course syllabus

3 Credits

Sociology is a special field of behavioral science that examines social relationships in a systematic way. It studies people in interaction with each other on a personal level, within and across social organizations, and across larger social systems. (3 credits)

UWX SC101 course syllabus

3 Credits

Knowledge of the Natural World (12 credits)

Learn the concepts and applications related to the natural and physical sciences and mathematics. To earn the 60-credit associate degree, you must take 12 credits in Knowledge of the Natural World.

CourseCredits

An introduction to the fundamental principles of living organisms. Topics include cell structure and function, growth, basic physiological processes of living organisms, reproduction and inheritance, classification systems, evolution, and diversity of life. (4 credits)

UWX BL101 course syllabus

4 Credits

Explores the chemistry of food at a beginning level, including structure of molecules, interactions between molecules, and how foods change in the cooking process. Labs use kitchen materials, and include measurement, phase change, denaturation, extraction, and energy studies. (4 credits)

Not a prerequisite for higher-level chemistry courses or pre-professional programs.

UWX CH114 course syllabus

 

4 Credits

This lab session is for UWX CH144 General Chemistry I and can be taken concurrently or after completion. General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab are primarily designed for natural science, pre-health, and occupational and environmental safety majors needing two or more semesters of chemistry. (1 credit)

Prerequisite: UWX CH144 or concurrent enrollment

UWX CH140 course syllabus

1 Credits

An introduction to chemistry including matter and energy, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, reactions and stoichiometry, gas laws, and changes of state. This course is primarily designed for natural science, pre-health, and occupational and environmental safety majors needing two or more semesters of chemistry. (4 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in UWX MA093 or equivalent

UWX CH144 course syllabus

4 Credits

Study of various environmental hazards, their causes, impacts on humans, and mitigations. Core topics are natural hazards (earthquakes, flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes), and anthropogenic hazards (climate change, nuclear hazards, overpopulation). Additional topics may be covered: coastal hazards, pollution, other atmospheric hazards, impacts from space, extinctions, biohazards, chemical hazards, and terrorism. (4 credits)

UWX GE170 course syllabus

4 Credits

Through the lens of the natural sciences, this course will examine the basic principles of nutrition, digestion, and metabolism. Students will interpret and analyze the effects of these principles on one’s diet, weight, fitness level, and overall health. Students will reflect upon the conclusions drawn from the data, with the goal of integrating healthy behaviors into their personal lifestyle. (3 credits)

3 Credits

Quantitative Reasoning is intended to develop analytic reasoning and the ability to solve quantitative problems. Topics to be covered include construction and interpretation of graphs, functional relationships, descriptive statistics, math of finance, and exponential growth. Appropriate use of units and dimensions, mathematical notation and available technology will be emphasized throughout the course. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in UWX MA091 or placement in UWX MA108

UWX MA108 course syllabus

 

3 Credits

Trigonometric functions, their basic properties and graphs, identities, inverse trigonometric functions, solving trigonometric equations, solutions of triangles. (2 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade C or better in UWX MA116  or placement into UWX MA113

UWX MA113 course syllabus

2 Credits

The study of the properties of elementary functions, such as polynomial, absolute value, piecewise, radical, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Topics include equations, inequalities, functions, and their graphs. Students will formulate, analyze, solve, and interpret mathematical and real-world problems. This course is intended to provide algebra skills required for calculus. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in UWX MA093 or placement into UWX MA116

UWX MA116 course syllabus

3 Credits

An introduction to Statistics including the collection and analysis of data, descriptive statistics, both graphical and numerical, elementary probability, general and sampling distributions, and the fundamentals of statistical inference, including confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, simple regression, correlation, Chi-square goodness of fit and one-way ANOVA. (4 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in UWX MA093 or UWX MA108  or placement into UWX MA116 

UWX MA117 course syllabus

4 Credits

Calculus I is based on the study of real valued functions of a single variable. The course topics include limits and continuity, derivatives, antiderivatives, definite integrals and Riemann sums. Applications of differentiation and integration are also covered. (5 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade C or better in UWX MA116  and UWX MA113  or placement into UWX MA221 

UWX MA221 course syllabus

5 Credits

Critical and Creative Thinking (3 credits)

Learn inquiry, problem solving, and qualitative and quantitative reasoning skills. Three credits in Critical and Creative Thinking topics are required to earn the 60-credit associate degree.

CourseCredits

In this course, you will learn many of the fundamentals of computer programming. These include (but are not limited to): The vocabulary of computer programming, Algorithms, Use of computer programming to solve problems, Fundamental control structures, and Function/Procedure-writing. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: UWX MA116 or equivalent

UWX CS130 course syllabus

3 Credits

The emphasis of the course is on macroeconomics analysis and covers areas such as national income, commercial banking, business fluctuations, monetary and fiscal policies and International Trade. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: UWX MA093

UWX EC203 course syllabus

3 Credits

In this workshop-based course, students will read creative writing and produce their own original works. Students will share drafts of their work in process with peers, revise their work based on feedback, and write reflectively and analytically about their own processes and products. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: UWX EN101 or placement in UWX EN102

UWX EN203 course syllabus

3 Credits

Critical thinking is the process of identifying, analyzing, evaluating, and constructing reasoning in deciding what conclusions to draw or actions to take. This course will help you to master an approach to critical thinking that will allow you understand how others think and enable you to think more clearly. (3 credits)

UWX PH121 course syllabus

3 Credits

Media Literacy is designed to help students develop an informed, critical and practical understanding of the media and examines examples of media messages including entertainment, commercial and social media to critically evaluate the sources and target audiences. (3 credits)

UWX SS310 course syllabus

3 Credits

Effective Communication (6 credits)

Develop speaking, reading, writing, and information literacy skills. Six credits in Effective Communication topics are required to earn the 60-credit associate degree.

CourseCredits

This course offers communication experiences intended to improve students’ public speaking and listening skills across a broad spectrum of situations including intercultural communication, public communication, small group communication and interpersonal communication. (3 credits)

UWX CM101 course syllabus

3 Credits

A composition course focusing on researched academic writing that presents information, ideas, and arguments. Emphasis will be on the writing process, critical thinking, and critical reading. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in UWX EN101 or placement into UWX EN102

UWX EN102 course syllabus

3 Credits

This course teaches students to effectively communicate in a variety of business settings. Students write messages, reports, proposals, and other professional documents. Students also plan and present an oral report. (3 credits)

UWX EN210 course syllabus

3 Credits

Intercultural Knowledge and Competence (3 credits)

Learn how to interact and work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures through courses in social sciences, humanities, fine arts, foreign languages, and ethnic studies. Courses in this area also typically satisfy the UW System Diversity requirement. Three credits in this area are required to earn the 60-credit associate degree.

CourseCredits

This course introduces students to the complex relationship between culture and communication. The role of communication and context (social, cultural, historical) in intercultural interactions is exampled through multiple perspectives. In addition, issues surrounding theory development, such as ethical considerations and dialogues on opposing perspectives are examined. (3 credits)

UWX CM213 course syllabus

3 Credits

UWX EN278, Multicultural Literature in the United States, is a study of literature written by, and expressing the perspectives of, writers from minority groups in the United States. The course includes readings by contemporary writers focusing on the experiences of African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans through their essays, poetry, fiction, and drama. As an interdisciplinary course, the literature is read in the context of American history and culture. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: UWX EN101 or placement into UWX EN102 

UWX EN278 course syllabus

3 Credits

The goal of this course is to develop an understanding of human history since 1900. In this endeavor, students will engage questions of what constitutes historical knowledge, how historical analysis and narratives are constructed, and to what purpose. (3 credits)

UWX HS127 course syllabus

3 Credits

This interdisciplinary course exposes students to the breadth of diverse bodies, minds, and backgrounds that exist in the US. Students gain understanding about how they exist within, and contribute to, our country’s diversity and will be better prepared to think and react critically to contemporary issues surrounding diversity. (3 credits)

UWX LB103 course syllabus

3 Credits

Rock and Roll evolved from blues, jazz, gospel, and several folk musical genres. This course reveals the connections between, and fusion of, these diverse musical styles and how they influenced the nearly 70 years of Rock and Roll history. (3 credits)

3 Credits

This course is designed for students who have had little or no previous training in the language. The fundamentals of pronunciation and grammar are presented through reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities created to introduce students to both the Spanish language and the cultures of Spanish-speakers in the U.S. and abroad. (4 credits)

UWX SP101 course syllabus

4 Credits

Foundational

These foundational courses serve as prerequisites for some courses. The credits earned in these courses—with the exception of UWX EN101—are non-degree credits and will not count toward a degree.

CourseCredits

A composition course focusing on the conventions of academic writing, the composing process, critical thinking, and critical reading. Emphasis will be on reading and writing activities designed to prepare students for successful transition to college-level writing. (3 non-degree credits)

UWX EN098 course syllabus

A composition course focusing on academic writing, the writing process, and critical reading. Emphasis will be on essays that incorporate readings. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in UWX EN098 or placement into UWX EN101

UWX EN101 course syllabus

3 Credits

Elementary Algebra is intended for students with little or no previous algebra experience. Topics include the real number system, operations with real numbers and algebraic expressions, linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, factoring, graphing linear equations, and an introduction to quadratic equations. (3 non-degree credits)

UWX MA091 course syllabus

Emphasizes algebraic techniques with polynomials, fractional expressions, exponents and radicals, linear and quadratic equations and inequalities. Introduction to functions, their graphs, and analytic geometry. (3 non-degree credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C  or better in UWX MA091  or placement into UWX MA093

UWX MA093 course syllabus

Course Schedule

The selection of courses for the UW Associate of Arts and Sciences degree varies each Fall, Spring and Summer. Check below for upcoming courses. Course offerings are subject to change due to fluctuating enrollments.

Apply now on the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application.

Fall 2020
Course Dates: September 8, 2020 – December 18, 2020 

Spring 2021
Registration Permission Numbers Open November 9, 2020
Preview Week Begins January 19, 2021
Course Dates: January 26, 2021 – May 7, 2021

Fall 2020

UW Associate of Arts and Sciences degree program Fall 2020 semester courses

CourseCredits

Introduction to Business provides a broad overview of the environment, principles, and functions of business. Students will gain an understanding of business terminology and practices essential for success in industry. Students will learn about functional areas of business such as economics, management, marketing, technology, accounting and finance. (3 credits)

UWX BU101 course syllabus

3 Credits

Explores the chemistry of food at a beginning level, including structure of molecules, interactions between molecules, and how foods change in the cooking process. Labs use kitchen materials, and include measurement, phase change, denaturation, extraction, and energy studies. (4 credits)

Not a prerequisite for higher-level chemistry courses or pre-professional programs.

UWX CH114 course syllabus

 

4 Credits

This course offers communication experiences intended to improve students’ public speaking and listening skills across a broad spectrum of situations including intercultural communication, public communication, small group communication and interpersonal communication. (3 credits)

UWX CM101 course syllabus

3 Credits

This course introduces students to the complex relationship between culture and communication. The role of communication and context (social, cultural, historical) in intercultural interactions is exampled through multiple perspectives. In addition, issues surrounding theory development, such as ethical considerations and dialogues on opposing perspectives are examined. (3 credits)

UWX CM213 course syllabus

3 Credits

In this course, you will learn many of the fundamentals of computer programming. These include (but are not limited to): The vocabulary of computer programming, Algorithms, Use of computer programming to solve problems, Fundamental control structures, and Function/Procedure-writing. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: UWX MA116 or equivalent

UWX CS130 course syllabus

3 Credits

A composition course focusing on the conventions of academic writing, the composing process, critical thinking, and critical reading. Emphasis will be on reading and writing activities designed to prepare students for successful transition to college-level writing. (3 non-degree credits)

UWX EN098 course syllabus

A composition course focusing on academic writing, the writing process, and critical reading. Emphasis will be on essays that incorporate readings. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in UWX EN098 or placement into UWX EN101

UWX EN101 course syllabus

3 Credits

A composition course focusing on researched academic writing that presents information, ideas, and arguments. Emphasis will be on the writing process, critical thinking, and critical reading. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in UWX EN101 or placement into UWX EN102

UWX EN102 course syllabus

3 Credits

An introduction to the discipline of literary studies through its fundamental approaches to reading, interpreting, and writing about a variety of texts, ranging from the classic to the contemporary with the goal of understanding, appreciating, and enjoying literature. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: UWX EN101 or placement into UWX EN102

UWX EN250 course syllabus

3 Credits

UWX EN278, Multicultural Literature in the United States, is a study of literature written by, and expressing the perspectives of, writers from minority groups in the United States. The course includes readings by contemporary writers focusing on the experiences of African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans through their essays, poetry, fiction, and drama. As an interdisciplinary course, the literature is read in the context of American history and culture. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: UWX EN101 or placement into UWX EN102 

UWX EN278 course syllabus

3 Credits

This course focuses on both historical and current ways in which women’s lives are shaped by structures of power, and on analyzing how gender works in society and in our everyday lives. Topics include feminist theory, intersectional identity, the social construction of gender, and reproductive justice. (3 credits)

UWX GS101 course syllabus

3 Credits

A survey of American political, economic, social, and intellectual history from the era of the Civil War to the present. This course thoroughly integrates the historical experiences and contributions of racial and ethnic minorities within US society, fostering an understanding and appreciation at least two groups. (3 credits)

UWX HS102 course syllabus

3 Credits

Elementary Algebra is intended for students with little or no previous algebra experience. Topics include the real number system, operations with real numbers and algebraic expressions, linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, factoring, graphing linear equations, and an introduction to quadratic equations. (3 non-degree credits)

UWX MA091 course syllabus

Quantitative Reasoning is intended to develop analytic reasoning and the ability to solve quantitative problems. Topics to be covered include construction and interpretation of graphs, functional relationships, descriptive statistics, math of finance, and exponential growth. Appropriate use of units and dimensions, mathematical notation and available technology will be emphasized throughout the course. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in UWX MA091 or placement in UWX MA108

UWX MA108 course syllabus

 

3 Credits

Trigonometric functions, their basic properties and graphs, identities, inverse trigonometric functions, solving trigonometric equations, solutions of triangles. (2 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade C or better in UWX MA116  or placement into UWX MA113

UWX MA113 course syllabus

2 Credits

The study of the properties of elementary functions, such as polynomial, absolute value, piecewise, radical, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Topics include equations, inequalities, functions, and their graphs. Students will formulate, analyze, solve, and interpret mathematical and real-world problems. This course is intended to provide algebra skills required for calculus. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in UWX MA093 or placement into UWX MA116

UWX MA116 course syllabus

3 Credits

This introductory behavioral science course emphasizes the history of the field of psychology, research methods, the biological basis of behavior, human cognition, human development, social behavior, and mental health. (3 credits)

UWX PS101 course syllabus

3 Credits

Sociology is a special field of behavioral science that examines social relationships in a systematic way. It studies people in interaction with each other on a personal level, within and across social organizations, and across larger social systems. (3 credits)

UWX SC101 course syllabus

3 Credits

This course is designed for students who have had little or no previous training in the language. The fundamentals of pronunciation and grammar are presented through reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities created to introduce students to both the Spanish language and the cultures of Spanish-speakers in the U.S. and abroad. (4 credits)

UWX SP101 course syllabus

4 Credits

Spring 2021

UW Associate of Arts and Sciences degree program Spring 2021 semester courses.

CourseCredits

This course introduces you to basic principles and concepts of anthropology and its four subfields — Physical/Biological, Archaeology, Socio-Cultural and Linguistic. The goal of this course is to provide students a better understanding of the differences and similarities that exist among human societies and cultures of which they are a part. (3 credits)

3 Credits

Introduction visual arts for the non-art major. This course will focus on art created by marginalized groups in the U.S. and their ethnic heritage. Multicultural perspectives will be explored – specifically the impact race, ethnicity, and gender identity have on artistic production, art criticism, art philosophies and aesthetics. (3 credits)

UWX AR175 course syllabus

3 Credits

An introduction to the fundamental principles of living organisms. Topics include cell structure and function, growth, basic physiological processes of living organisms, reproduction and inheritance, classification systems, evolution, and diversity of life. (4 credits)

UWX BL101 course syllabus

4 Credits

This lab session is for UWX CH144 General Chemistry I and can be taken concurrently or after completion. General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab are primarily designed for natural science, pre-health, and occupational and environmental safety majors needing two or more semesters of chemistry. (1 credit)

Prerequisite: UWX CH144 or concurrent enrollment

UWX CH140 course syllabus

1 Credits

An introduction to chemistry including matter and energy, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, reactions and stoichiometry, gas laws, and changes of state. This course is primarily designed for natural science, pre-health, and occupational and environmental safety majors needing two or more semesters of chemistry. (4 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in UWX MA093 or equivalent

UWX CH144 course syllabus

4 Credits

This course offers communication experiences intended to improve students’ public speaking and listening skills across a broad spectrum of situations including intercultural communication, public communication, small group communication and interpersonal communication. (3 credits)

UWX CM101 course syllabus

3 Credits

The emphasis of the course is on macroeconomics analysis and covers areas such as national income, commercial banking, business fluctuations, monetary and fiscal policies and International Trade. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: UWX MA093

UWX EC203 course syllabus

3 Credits

A composition course focusing on the conventions of academic writing, the composing process, critical thinking, and critical reading. Emphasis will be on reading and writing activities designed to prepare students for successful transition to college-level writing. (3 non-degree credits)

UWX EN098 course syllabus

A composition course focusing on academic writing, the writing process, and critical reading. Emphasis will be on essays that incorporate readings. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in UWX EN098 or placement into UWX EN101

UWX EN101 course syllabus

3 Credits

A composition course focusing on researched academic writing that presents information, ideas, and arguments. Emphasis will be on the writing process, critical thinking, and critical reading. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in UWX EN101 or placement into UWX EN102

UWX EN102 course syllabus

3 Credits

In this workshop-based course, students will read creative writing and produce their own original works. Students will share drafts of their work in process with peers, revise their work based on feedback, and write reflectively and analytically about their own processes and products. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: UWX EN101 or placement in UWX EN102

UWX EN203 course syllabus

3 Credits

This course teaches students to effectively communicate in a variety of business settings. Students write messages, reports, proposals, and other professional documents. Students also plan and present an oral report. (3 credits)

UWX EN210 course syllabus

3 Credits

This course presents an overview of the interrelationships between humans and the environment. The material presented in the first one-third of the course focuses on important ecological concepts. The remainder of the course deals with human influence on the environment. The ecological concepts are used throughout to identify, understand, and provide a basis for proposing possible solutions to contemporary environmental problems. Overall, this course will provide the student with a better understanding of how humans can more positively affect the environment in which they live. (3 credits)

UWX ES105 course syllabus

3 Credits

Topics covered include reflection on personal priorities and values, identifying the social and environmental impacts of our consumer culture, consumerism, identifying important life and financial goals, principles of personal money management and financial planning, use of credit, budgets, insurance, buying a home, creating an estate, and providing for retirement. (3 credits)

UWX FN210 course syllabus

3 Credits

Study of various environmental hazards, their causes, impacts on humans, and mitigations. Core topics are natural hazards (earthquakes, flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes), and anthropogenic hazards (climate change, nuclear hazards, overpopulation). Additional topics may be covered: coastal hazards, pollution, other atmospheric hazards, impacts from space, extinctions, biohazards, chemical hazards, and terrorism. (4 credits)

UWX GE170 course syllabus

4 Credits

Through the lens of the natural sciences, this course will examine the basic principles of nutrition, digestion, and metabolism. Students will interpret and analyze the effects of these principles on one’s diet, weight, fitness level, and overall health. Students will reflect upon the conclusions drawn from the data, with the goal of integrating healthy behaviors into their personal lifestyle. (3 credits)

3 Credits

The goal of this course is to develop an understanding of human history since 1900. In this endeavor, students will engage questions of what constitutes historical knowledge, how historical analysis and narratives are constructed, and to what purpose. (3 credits)

UWX HS127 course syllabus

3 Credits

This interdisciplinary course exposes students to the breadth of diverse bodies, minds, and backgrounds that exist in the US. Students gain understanding about how they exist within, and contribute to, our country’s diversity and will be better prepared to think and react critically to contemporary issues surrounding diversity. (3 credits)

UWX LB103 course syllabus

3 Credits

Elementary Algebra is intended for students with little or no previous algebra experience. Topics include the real number system, operations with real numbers and algebraic expressions, linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, factoring, graphing linear equations, and an introduction to quadratic equations. (3 non-degree credits)

UWX MA091 course syllabus

Emphasizes algebraic techniques with polynomials, fractional expressions, exponents and radicals, linear and quadratic equations and inequalities. Introduction to functions, their graphs, and analytic geometry. (3 non-degree credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C  or better in UWX MA091  or placement into UWX MA093

UWX MA093 course syllabus

Quantitative Reasoning is intended to develop analytic reasoning and the ability to solve quantitative problems. Topics to be covered include construction and interpretation of graphs, functional relationships, descriptive statistics, math of finance, and exponential growth. Appropriate use of units and dimensions, mathematical notation and available technology will be emphasized throughout the course. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in UWX MA091 or placement in UWX MA108

UWX MA108 course syllabus

 

3 Credits

The study of the properties of elementary functions, such as polynomial, absolute value, piecewise, radical, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Topics include equations, inequalities, functions, and their graphs. Students will formulate, analyze, solve, and interpret mathematical and real-world problems. This course is intended to provide algebra skills required for calculus. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in UWX MA093 or placement into UWX MA116

UWX MA116 course syllabus

3 Credits

An introduction to Statistics including the collection and analysis of data, descriptive statistics, both graphical and numerical, elementary probability, general and sampling distributions, and the fundamentals of statistical inference, including confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, simple regression, correlation, Chi-square goodness of fit and one-way ANOVA. (4 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in UWX MA093 or UWX MA108  or placement into UWX MA116 

UWX MA117 course syllabus

4 Credits

Calculus I is based on the study of real valued functions of a single variable. The course topics include limits and continuity, derivatives, antiderivatives, definite integrals and Riemann sums. Applications of differentiation and integration are also covered. (5 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade C or better in UWX MA116  and UWX MA113  or placement into UWX MA221 

UWX MA221 course syllabus

5 Credits

Rock and Roll evolved from blues, jazz, gospel, and several folk musical genres. This course reveals the connections between, and fusion of, these diverse musical styles and how they influenced the nearly 70 years of Rock and Roll history. (3 credits)

3 Credits

Critical thinking is the process of identifying, analyzing, evaluating, and constructing reasoning in deciding what conclusions to draw or actions to take. This course will help you to master an approach to critical thinking that will allow you understand how others think and enable you to think more clearly. (3 credits)

UWX PH121 course syllabus

3 Credits

Technology, Values & Society will be a philosophical investigation of technology and its relation to society and the individual. An examination of ethical issues in technology, which may include freedom, censorship, privacy, equality, democratic participation, intellectual property, education, law enforcement, institutional change, and work. (3 credits)

3 Credits

Examines how the American political system works, with emphasis on the U.S. Constitution, civil and political rights, the party system, elections, and the structure, powers, and processes of Congress, the presidency, and the courts. (3 credits)

UWX PL104 course syllabus

3 Credits

This introductory behavioral science course emphasizes the history of the field of psychology, research methods, the biological basis of behavior, human cognition, human development, social behavior, and mental health. (3 credits)

UWX PS101 course syllabus

3 Credits

This course presents a survey of human development theories and research. Topics include the biological, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the individual from the prenatal period through old age. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade C- or Better in UWX PS101 

UWX PS250 course syllabus

3 Credits

This course introduces a number of the world’s major religious traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) as well as several ways of studying these religions (anthropology, psychology, sociology, phenomenology, and economic approaches). (3 credits)

UWX RE101 course syllabus

3 Credits

Sociology is a special field of behavioral science that examines social relationships in a systematic way. It studies people in interaction with each other on a personal level, within and across social organizations, and across larger social systems. (3 credits)

UWX SC101 course syllabus

3 Credits

Examines the American systems of Criminal Law and Justice in socio-historical context. Presents the three branches of the Criminal Justice system (Law Enforcement, Courts, Corrections) and critiques them against the backdrop of five cultural philosophies of criminal justice. Explores how crime is defined and measured, and how social sciences theorize causes of crime and crime patterns. (3 credits)

UWX SC231 course syllabus

3 Credits

Media Literacy is designed to help students develop an informed, critical and practical understanding of the media and examines examples of media messages including entertainment, commercial and social media to critically evaluate the sources and target audiences. (3 credits)

UWX SS310 course syllabus

3 Credits

The online Associate of Arts and Sciences degree program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Courses begin in September 2020. Apply now on the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application. 

Outcomes

The UW Associate of Arts and Sciences program’s broad liberal arts curriculum was designed to provide you with the ability to think critically across various disciplines. Complete 60 credits for an associate degree, take courses required for another program, or complete courses while pursuing your degree on campus.

Knowledge of Human Cultures (12 credits)
Students will be able to:

  • Describe and evaluate existing knowledge of human cultures
  • Interpret and analyze date, texts and/or artifacts
  • Apply concepts across disciplines

Knowledge of the Natural World (12 credits)
Students will be able to:

  • Describe and evaluate existing knowledge of the natural world
  • Interpret, analyze and communicate data, results, and conclusions
  • Apply concepts across disciplines

Critical and Creative Thinking Skills (3 credits)
Students will:

  • Investigate problems
  • Execute analytical, practical, or creative tasks
  • Combine or synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways

Effective Communication (6 credits)
Students will:

  • Use effective reading, listening, speaking, and/or writing skills for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • Use language effectively to construct scholarly, evidence-based arguments

Intercultural Knowledge and Competence (3 credits)
Students will:

  • Develop cultural self-awareness in the context of diverse human cultures
  • Develop strategies for effectively and appropriately negotiating intercultural interactions

Individual, Social, and Environmental Responsibility (6 credits)
Students will:

  • Describe and evaluate ethical, social, and/or environmental issues
  • Apply knowledge and skills for the purpose of civic engagement

In addition, students will need to complete 18 credits of electives.

The online Associate of Arts and Sciences degree program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Courses will begin in September 2020. Apply now using the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application.

Tuition

$300 per credit

Fees

There are no additional course or program fees, however, textbooks and other course-required materials are purchased separately and are not included in tuition. As this is an online program, you will not pay segregated fees (fees in addition to tuition that cover the cost of student-organized activities, facility maintenance, and operations) and you will not be charged a technology fee.

Financial aid

Financial aid may be available to you and is awarded by your home campus. Contact your home campus financial aid office to see if you qualify for aid as a full or part-time student.

Visit our financial aid page to learn more about FAFSA and other sources of financial aid.

Veteran Benefits

Benefits are available to qualifying veterans and those currently serving. Contact your home campus for details.

 

The online Associate of Arts and Sciences degree program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Courses begin in September 2020. Apply now: University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application.