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Registration Authorizations and Restrictions

  • Permission Required (PR) Courses - Prior to registering for PR courses on the web, electronic authorization is required from the department of the course.

  • Closed Courses - Students should check with the department of the course regarding their policy.

  • Repeating a Course - Students must have approval to REPEAT a course they had previously completed at UWSP or in transfer with a grade of D+, D, or F. The electronic authorization of the advisor and chair of the department offering the course is required BEFORE students can register on the web for the course. Written authorization from the advisor, dean, and chair of the department is required for a second repeat.

  • Study Load - The typical study load is 14-17 credits per semester. Study loads of 18-20 credits must be electronically authorized before students can register on the web for an overload. Study loads of 21 or more credits must be approved in writing by the dean and submitted to the Enrollment Services Center, 106 SSC.

  • 12 Credit Hour Restriction - Students must complete the general degree requirements they need (according to their placement scores) from Mathematics 100, 105 and English 101, 202, 150 before completing 60 credits toward graduation. If, by the 60 credit limit, the student has not complied with this policy, they will be allowed to register for a maximum of 12 credits. Those 12 credits must include the mathematics and English general degree requirement courses they lack.

    If placed into REMEDIAL mathematics, students must complete those remedial courses before they earn 30 credits toward graduation. If they do not, they will be restricted to a maximum of 12 credits a semester, including the remedial courses, until the requirement is met.

  • Independent Study/Thesis Courses - Students registering for special work, independent study, and thesis courses must have electronic authorization from the chair of the department in which the course is offered. Students are being urged to obtain the authorization during the advising period and prior to registration. Courses which require this special authorization are most courses ending in 95,96,97,98, and 99 (e.g. 399, 796).

  • W Drops - Students will receive a W on their transcript for all courses OFFICIALLY dropped after the eighth day of the semester. After the first two semesters of enrollment at UWSP, students are allowed a total of only four (4) W drops during the balance of their undergraduate career, including summer sessions. After reaching the four drop limit, students are permitted to drop a course only under extenuating circumstances. If students stop attending a course or they are not permitted to drop, a grade of F is assigned. If they would like to view how many W drops they have used, they may go to the Academics toolbar under myPoint. Select the Student Course Info tab for a count on how many W drops were used (the total counts does not include W drops from the first two semesters). While attending UWSP, circumstances may arise that require a student to withdraw from the university. If a student is considering withdrawing, he/she is encouraged to consult with their advisor prior to completing the official withdrawal process so that they may discuss the best possible outcome for their individual circumstances.

  • Abbreviations used in the UWSP Catalog or Timetable.
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Special Advising Notes on the DPR

The Degree Progress Reports will display a WARNING message for students who have not met the following requirements and for those who are short the respective 30 or 60 credit thresholds.
  • Students enrolled in Mathematics 90 are restricted to 16 credits when enrolled in Math 90. Advisors have the authority to permit students enrolled in remedial courses to take 17 credits. The Deans must approve 18 or more credits.

  • Completion of remedial courses prior to earning 30 credits: Students placed into remedial courses must complete the courses prior to earning 30 credits. Students who do not satisfy the requirement may not enroll for more than 12 credits, including any remedial courses. Exceptions, in the case of extenuating circumstances, must be authorized by the chair/associate dean of the student's major.

  • Completion of English 101 and 202, or 150, and Math 100 or 105 prior to earning 60 credits: Students required to take English 101 and 202, or 150, and/or Mathematics 100 or 105 must complete these courses prior to earning 60 credits. Students who do not satisfy this requirement will be limited to 12 credits, including the English and/or Mathematics courses. Exceptions, in the case of extenuating circumstances, must be authorized by the chair/associate dean of the student's major.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)-Students are restricted to 16 credits including ESL courses. The ESL Director advises students until they have completed all required ESL courses.
The degree requirements, and the courses that meet these requirements, are listed in the online catalog.