Soil & Waste Resources Transfer Guide

College of Natural Resources, UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481 Telephone (715) 346-4081

Admission to UW-Stevens Point

  • Application Procedure

To apply to UW-Stevens Point as a transfer student, complete the UW System admission application form.  You may apply online at or by submitting a paper application to:  

UW-Stevens Point Office of Admissions
Student Services Center
UW-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Paper applications can be obtained through UW College Student Services Offices and the UWSP Admissions Office, or downloaded at

Request that your official transcripts be forwarded directly to the UWSP Admissions Office both from your high school and from any colleges or universities you have attended. List your intended major on your application form.

While there is no deadline for applying to the University, early application is recommended because enrollment management efforts may require us to limit our enrollment.

  • General Admission Requirements to the University

Students from the UW Colleges who will have earned 54 or more credits by the time they transfer to UWSP are eligible for admission with a grade point average of 2.00 or higher. If you will have earned fewer than 54 transfer credits by the time you transfer, you will need to meet the admission requirements in effect at the time your application file is complete.

Please note that admission to the University does not guarantee admission to a particular major.

  • Requirements for Admission to Programs in the College of Natural Resources

If you are transferring to UWSP to major in the College of Natural Resources, you will be accepted as a Forestry, Resource Management, Soil and Waste Resources, Water Resources, or Wildlife major after you complete a total of 45 credits (including transfer credits) and have a GPA in your major of 2.0 or higher. Application deadlines are October 1 and February 15. Prior to being accepted as a Forestry, Resource Management, Soil and Waste Resources, Water Resources, or Wildlife major, your status will be "pre-major", until you complete 45 credits and obtain the 2.0 GPA in the major. Once you are accepted as a major, you will be assigned an advisor in your major and be able to register for restricted 300 and 400 level courses, summer camp, internships and the European Environmental Studies Seminar.

  • When Should You Transfer?

Students interested in a major in the College of Natural Resources at UWSP should transfer after completion of no more than one year at the UW Colleges. The majors in Forestry, Resource Management, Soil and Waste Resources, Water Resources, and Wildlife have a summer camp &/or internship requirement that should be completed after the sophomore year. Before you can attend summer camp, you must have completed a core of natural resources courses (Natural Resources 250 and 251) only offered at UWSP, and Natural Resources 150 and 151 at UWSP or their equivalents from the UW-Colleges.

UWSP General Degree Requirements

Students with natural resources majors should complete the General Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. The General Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree are listed below, along with courses from the UW Colleges that may be applied toward the requirements.

  1. Freshman English -- 3-6 credits required
    Students from the UW Colleges take ENG 101 & 102. Students who are exempt from ENG 101 at the UW Colleges will also be considered exempt from English 101 at UWSP but will still need ENG 102. 

  2. Communication -- 2 credits required
    COM 103 at the UW Colleges

  3. Mathematics -- 7 credits required
    MAT 105 at the UW Colleges plus 4 credits beyond MAT 105
    Soil Science Option: Math 211 (Calculus) and Math 117 (Statistics) are required.
    Waste Management Option: Math 211 (Calculus) is required.
    Soil & Land Management Option: Any 4 credits beyond Math 105 (Math 117 is recommended).

  4. Natural Science -- 12-15 credits required
    Waste Management Option: Biology 109, Geology 101; Chemistry 145 and 155 will complete this requirement.
    Soil Science and Soil & Land Management Options: Botany 130; Zoology 101; Geology 101; Chemistry 145 and 155 will complete this requirement.


  5. History -- BS: 3 credits required 

  6. Humanities and Social Science -- 18 credits required
    6 must be in Humanities and 6 must be in Social Science; the remaining 6 credits may be from either Humanities or Social Science. In the Humanities, courses must be selected from at least two of the four areas. In the Social Sciences, courses must be taken in two or more social science disciplines, with a minimum of 6 credits in Category 1.

    • Humanities is divided into 4 areas as follows: Area 1-history and appreciation of art, communication, dance, theater and music; Area 2-literature; Area 3-philosophy, political theory and religious studies; Area 4-civilization, area studies and interdisciplinary courses.

    • Social Science is divided into 2 categories. Most traditional social science courses are in Category 1, which includes such disciplines as anthropology, economics, political science, psychology and sociology.

    ***NOTE: The Soil & Waste Resources majors require Natural Resources 150 and 372, which fulfill 6 credits of the Social Science Area 2 requirement. When you choose your remaining humanities and social science courses, look for courses that also fulfill the Minority Studies (MNS) or Non-Western (NW) requirements. Some possible choices at the UW Colleges include: Sociology 101 or 130, Anthropology 100, 102, 200 or 204, Geography 101, 102, 110 or 115, and Music 273.

  7. Foreign Language -- None required 

  8. Environmental Literacy -- 3 credits required
    UWSP Natural Resources 150 completes this requirement or this may be satisfied by Bio 103 or Bio 107, Geog 350, Geol 169, or Nat 170 (2-3 credits) at the UW Colleges.

  9. Wellness -- 3 credits required
    The Wellness requirement is divided into two categories: Aerobic/Activity and Health Enhancement. At least 1 credit must be taken in each category; the third credit may be from either category.

  10. Minority Studies (MNS) & Non-Western Culture (NW)
    Please note that at least one course that you take must be designated "Minority Studies", and at least one course that you take must be designated "Non-Western Culture". Courses with these designations will usually also meet another general degree requirement, such as Humanities or Social Science.

  11. Writing Emphasis (WE) -- 6 credits required
    You must take at least 6 credits of courses that are designated as "Writing Emphasis". 


If you are transferring to UWSP and have earned an Associate of Arts & Science degree at one of the UW Colleges, you will automatically have satisfied the following general degree requirements for the BS degree at UWSP: Natural Science, History, Humanities and Social Science, Environmental Literacy, Minority Studies and Non-Western Culture. You will not automatically have satisfied the general degree requirements in Freshman English, Communication, Mathematics, Foreign Language, Wellness and Writing Emphasis. Of course, you may have satisfied these requirements if you took the specific course work to do so.  You may still have additional major specific courses to take at UWSP in order to complete the Forestry, Resource Management, Soil and Waste Resources, Water Resources, or Wildlife degree.

Course Requirements for the Soil & Waste Resources Major

To complete a degree in Soil & Waste Resources at UWSP, you must choose and complete the requirements for one of the following options: Soil Science, Soil and Land Management, or Waste Management. When you complete these options you can meet the requirements for a soil scientist as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture and for a soil or waste resource manager for private or public sector employment.

To graduate from UWSP with a major in Soil and Waste Resources, you must have a 2.25 cumulative grade point average.

  1. Consists of 133 credits (including general degree requirements).
  2. Required courses, 22 credits: Natural Resources 150, 151, 250, 251, 490; Soils 364, 365.
  3. Collateral courses, 17 credits: Chemistry 105 and 106 (or 114, 115 and 116); Geology 104; Mathematics 100.
  4. Complete ONE option below:

a. Soil Science Option

  • Required, 18 credits: Soils 362, 363, 366, 367, 461, 465; Natural Resources 372, and Waste Management 380 or 488.
  • Collateral courses, 43 credits: Biology 130, 160, 351; Chemistry 220, 248; one additional 300-400 level geology or physical geography course or Natural Resources 377; Mathematics 111 or 120, Math 355 or Forestry 321 or Natural Resources 373; Math 112 or 119; Computer Information Systems 102 or 373 or Geo 279; Physics 201and 202; 
  • Summer Camp, 7 credits: Forestry 319, 320; Soils 359, 360; Water 380; Wildlife 340 and Natural Resources 405; OR European Environmental Seminar, 8 credits of Natural Resources 475.

b. Waste Management Option

  • Required, 24 credits: Soils 461 or 465; Waste Management 380, 381, 476, 488; Water 383; 6 credits from Soils 350, or Water 350, or Waste Management 350, or Waste Management 487.
  • Collateral courses, 22-25 credits: Biology 101, and 305 or 333; Chemistry 220; Physics 101, or 201 and 202; Mathematics 111 or 120; Computer Information Systems 102 .
  • Two credits of Natural Resources 385.
  • Complete ONE track below:
    • Communication, Business, Political Science track: 12 credits:
      • 3 credits from Communication 230 or Natural Resources 320
      • 3 credits of English 354
      • 3 credits from Computer Information Systems 365 or 372, or Geography 476
      • 3 credits from Political Science 242, 250, 304, 356, 358, Business 380, 384, Economics 311, Natural Resources 372 or Econ 210, Philosophy 380 or Natural Resources 474 or 484 or 495.
    • Technical track: 12 credits from Water 389, 475, 480, 481, 482, 494, Natural Resources 357, 474, 484, 495, Soils 362, 363, 461, 465.
  • A minor in business or communication or water resources is strongly recommended.

c. Soil and Land Management Option

  • Major courses (38 credits): Soils 362, 363, 366, 367, 381, 461, 465; Natural Resources 336, 372, 373; Natural Resources 320 or English 254 or 354; Natural Resources 473 or 474 or 478 or 484; Water 389; Waste 380 or 488; 4 credits from Soils 350, Water 350, 450-458, Wildlife 360, Waste 350.
  • Collateral courses (15 credits): Biology 130, 160; Geography 279, and 377 or 379 or 476.
  • Summer camp, 7 credits: Forestry 319, 320; Soils 359, 360; Natural Resources 405; Water 380; Wildlife 340; or European Environmental Studies Seminar, 8 credits of Natural Resources 475.

Internships can play a crucial role during your college career. An internship is required for the Waste Management option and strongly recommended for the Soil Science option to allow you to gain practical work experience. For more information on internships and job opportunities through the CNR, check out our Web page:

Courses that will transfer from the UW Colleges to UWSP and can be applied toward the Soil & Waste Resources Major:
UW Colleges Course and Course Title UWSP Course Requirement UWSP General Degree Satisfied
Biology 109 - Concepts of Biology* Biology 101 - General Biology Natural Science
Botany 130 -General Botany* Biology 130 - Plant Biology Natural Science
Zoology 101 - Animal Biology* Biology 160 - Animal Biology Natural Science
Chemistry 145 & 155 - General Chemistry Chemistry 105 & 106 - Fundamental Chemistry Natural Science
Math 105 - Intro to College Algebra Math 100 - College Algebra Math
Math 117 - Elementary Statistics* Math 355 - Statistics Math
Math 211 - Calculus* Math 111 - Applied Calculus Math
Computer Science 105, 106, 107, 108 Computer Info Systems 102 (3 credits) Spreadsheet, Database or Programming are recommended  
Biology 103 Human Environ Bio OR Biology 107 Biol Aspect Conserv OR Geography 350 Env Conserv OR Geology 169 Erth Sci & Hum Env OR NAT 170 (if taken for 2-3 credits) NRES 150 - People, Resources & Biosphere SS2 & EL
Biology 250 Principles of Ecology NRES 151 - Ecol Basis Natural Resources Mgmt Natural Science
NAT 250 Intro to Fish, Forest, and Wildlife Resources NRES 250 - Intro to Fisheries, Forestry,  & Wildlife Natural Science 

* Check option requirements.

Contact Person

For more information concerning the Soil & Waste Resources major at the UWSP College of Natural Resources, please call Sue Kissinger, Coordinator of Advising and Recruitment, at (715) 346-4081 or e-mail her at

Updated: 12/06

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