College of Integrated Studies - CIS (Undergraduate)

Tricia Clasen, Interim Dean
Kristin Fillhouer, Associate Dean

2909 Kellogg Avenue
Janesville, WI 53546

Mission Statement

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's College of Integrated Studies is committed to its students and their success. The College seeks to provide an excellent education that is affordable, accessible, transferable, and leads to completion of a baccalaureate degree. Furthermore, the College encourages and supports the personal growth students need as members of a global community and the professional growth they need for successful careers in a global economy.

The College of Integrated Studies is dedicated to a robust, comprehensive general education curriculum grounded in the liberal arts. The College offers additional opportunities for student learning through collaborative degree programs with other colleges and universities.

The College of Integrated Studies employs highly-qualified faculty and staff who are focused on student learning and academic inquiry. The College’s faculty and staff work closely together across academic fields in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning.

The College of Integrated Studies supports the mission and goals of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and strives to advance the Wisconsin Idea by bringing the resources of the University to the people and communities in and around Rock County.

The online courses are fully accredited through our new UW 4-year partner institutions. Courses are taught by UW faculty and widely transferable.

Department Chairperson

Ed Stredulinsky, Interim

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

Associate of Arts and Sciences

Collaborative Online Associate of Arts and Sciences

AAS (Associate of Arts and Sciences) Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 60 credits is required. When completing these 60 credits students must satisfy one of the following: 
    At least 36 of the 60 credits must be earned in the UW Colleges, or, at least 12 of the final 24 credits must be earned in the UW Colleges.
  • UW Colleges General Education Requirements must be fulfilled:
    When you enroll at UW Colleges you, will take courses that fulfill certain general education requirements. The Associate of Arts and Sciences degree is a foundation for many majors in the University of Wisconsin System and is typically accepted by University of Wisconsin institutions as fulfulling the university-wide, college, and school general education breadth requirements. The AAS degree may not fulfill certain proficiency, major and/or program-specific requirements.
  • A student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 earned at UW Colleges and 2.0 overall GPA in credits applied to the Associate of Arts and Sciences degree.

Core Requirements

Grade of C or better in or exemption from the following:

  • Writing: ENG 102
  • Mathematics: MAT 108 or MAT 110

Courses used to satisfy the writing and mathematics requirements and their prerequisites may not be used to satisfy a breadth requirement except that:

  1. A core course or its prerequisite will be eligible for IS credit when it is linked with another course and meets the criteria and procedures specified in Institutional Policy 101.01 for Interdisciplinary Studies.
  2. A student who earns credit in MAT 108 and MAT 110 with a grade of C or better in at least one of those courses may use the other course to satisfy part of the MS/NS breadth requirement.
  3. A student who earns a C or better in MAT 124 or in both MAT 110 and MAT 113 may use the course(s) to satisfy part of the MS/NS breadth requirement.

Breadth Categories

Fine Arts and Humanities

Minimum of 9 credits including:

  • 1 fine arts course
  • 1 humanities course

Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Minimum of 11 credits including:

  • 8 credits in 2 natural science areas
  • 1 laboratory science course

Social Sciences

Minimum of 9 credits from at least 2 disciplines.

Application and Performance

Minimum of 3 credits.

Ethnic Studies

Minimum of 3 credits.
Courses may be counted toward another breadth category.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Minimum of 3 credits.
Courses may also be counted toward another breadth category.


A student who has met the core requirements and the other breadth category minimums may complete the 60 credit minimum requirement with courses in this category.

Online Collaborative AAS

UW College Courses Online (UWCCO) curriculum will be offered only through the Summer 2020 academic term. Beginning in Fall 2020, several UW campuses, including UW-Whitewater at Rock County, will partner to offer a fully online Associate of Arts and Sciences degree. Please contact your home campus academic advisor for more information. A listing of courses can be found under the prefix UWX. These courses will be fully accredited and offered by UW faculty.

Honorary Societies

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) - PTK has recognized academic excellence in the two year colleges since 1918 and has become the largest and most prestigious honor society serving two year colleges around the world. Membership is based primarily upon academic achievement. To be eligible for membership in PTK at the UW-Whitewater at Rock County, you must be enrolled at UW-Whitewater at Rock County, you must have completed at least 6 credit hours of university level coursework at UW-Whitewater at Rock County, you must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2, and you must enjoy full rights of citizenship in the United States.

Sigma Delta Mu (Spanish Honor Society) - UW-Whitewater at Rock County's chapter of Sigma Delta Mu was founded in 2017. Sigma Delta Mu is the National Honor society for Hispanic Studies for two-year colleges has its foundation in Sigma Delta Pi, the nation's largest honor society in the field of foreign language.  The purpose of this society is to honor those who seek and attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language, literature and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples. Honor those who strive to make the Hispanic contribution to modern culture better known to the English-speaking peoples. Encourage students in two-year colleges to acquire a greater interest in, and a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture; and to foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of English speech. Students must meet specific grade-point average criteria and be invited for membership.

Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society (SKD) - UW-Whitewater at Rock County's Gamma Delta chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta was chartered in 2006. Open to students from all majors, SKD provides opportunities for its members to win scholarships and writing/photography awards, to publish their writings, and to present their work at the annual convention. In order to help students compete for service scholarships, the local chapter provides the campus and local communities with events celebrating the National Day on Writing, Banned Books Week, and other observances, and collects supplies for local charities such as the YWCA and the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin. In order to join, you must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and a B or higher in all English courses taken at the college level.

Student Organizations

The Alliance - For Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight people who are interested in LGBT current events and issues, support, discussion, and community awareness.

Altered Reality - Science Fiction and Fantasy Club founded in the fall of 2004, the club is one of the largest and most vibrant on campus.  Club sponsored events include movie nights, discussion groups, role-playing games and just about anything else related to science fiction and fantasy.  Whether your interest lies with movies, anime, tabletop role-playing computer games or elsewhere, you will find a place in the group.

Band and Musical Performance - The UW-Whitewater at Rock County campus offers many opportunities to pursue your interests in music.  If you played an instrument in high school and you would like to continue for fun or professionally, check out some of the options available to you:  UW-Whitewater at Rock County Jazz Band, UW-Whitewater at Rock County Concert Band, UW-Whitewater at Rock County Chamber Orchestra, involvement in the campus musical, as well as student music recitals where you may perform solo or with a small group.

Basketball - Did you play basketball in high school?  Or, have you always wanted to play basketball?  UW-Whitewater at Rock County offers men's and woman's basketball as an intercollegiate sport.

Choir - If vocal music is one of your interests, UW-Whitewater at Rock County provides many opportunities to sing.  Choir is open to any student without audition and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  If a student is part of the choir, they are also eligible to audition for the fall semester and/or the Swing Choir in the spring.  These groups meet Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Band/Orchestra Room.

College Democrats-UW Whitewater at Rock County Chapter - The Rock Campus College Democrats support the candidates and philosophy of the Democratic Party. All students are welcome to participate. The Club will work to increase participation of college students in Democratic affairs. Education and training is available in the areas of the agenda of the Democratic Party, election of local, state, and national Democratic candidates, and affect political change on the local, state, and national level.

Digital Arts - The Digital Arts Club is open to any enrolled student interested in digital art or other aspects of computer-generated design and creation (audio production, software/program mechanics, prints, etc.).

Imagination Inc. - Provides an arena for the literary and visual arts on campus.  Imagination, Inc. shall edit and publish periodic journals of student art, which will include short fiction, poetry, essays, manifestoes, prose poems, musical scores, photography, illustrations, and other media suitable for print (and possibly web format).  The club shall also sponsor book discussions, writing workshops, readings, promotional events, and gatherings for any students interested in the literary and/or graphic arts.

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship - Come join us for fellowship, prayer, and open discussions about the Bible. We meet every Wednesday at noon in the Fireplace Lounge.  Everyone is invited to participate (no former knowledge of the Bible is necessary), just come and listen or ask questions.  We will look at what the Bible is all about and how it all fits together.

Latinos Unidos Organization - The Latinos Unidos Organization's purpose is to increase awareness of the UW-Whitewater at Rock County Latino community, culture, and heritage.  Latinos Unidos welcomes students and other University campus individuals interested in Latino culture.

Multicultural Student Union (MSU) - Do you work for racial justice and value diversity? Want to understand others and make the world a more tolerant place? Then, check out the MSU, open to any student, of any race or cultural heritage. This club emphasizes the development of friendships, the sharing of perspectives, and appreciation of all cultures. For anyone interested in multicultural events, and issues, on the campus and in the world.

The Saber Rattlers - The purpose of the organization is to promote a better understanding of the sport of fencing, provide an outlet for those interested in the sport of fencing, and to just have fun.  Members of the Saber Rattlers fencing club may participate in fencing drills, bouts and various exhibitions.

Soccer - UW-Whitewater at Rock County offers soccer as a co-ed intercollegiate sport. The soccer program has a long history of success and will celebrate 43 years in the 2017 season.  The soccer team had its first winning season in 1993.

Socrates Café - Ever have a desire to take on the big questions?  The challenge is best approached with the help of great company.  Look no further than Socrates Café, a weekly gathering of people from many diverse backgrounds with an aim at answering some of the most intimidating philosophical problems.  Come join us in our pursuit of true knowledge, and bring your own questions about our universe to be addressed.

Student Government Association (SGA) - Learn leadership skills and assist your fellow student while organizing various campus activities. Open to all members of the campus community by way of election or appointment. Being involved in the student government has many perks, such as: trips to other UW campuses throughout the state, planning and organizing upcoming campus activities, and contributing to campus policy making.

Student Theatre Association - The UW-Whitewater at Rock County Student Theatre Association is open to all UW-Whitewater at Rock County students who are interested in any aspect of theatrical production including performance, technical theatre or management.  Our goal is to increase awareness of theatre as an art form and an avenue for expression both here on campus and in the community at large.  We accomplish this goal through service, workshops, fund-raisers and performance.

Tennis Team - Allowing students to become more involved by learning and/or playing tennis for an enjoyable experience.  The Tennis team will hold practices that will allow students to become familiar with tennis by incorporating drills, physical activity and fitness, and technique.  Members will also compete in some non-conference matches against other schools in duels and invites for fun.

Veterans Club - An opportunity for veterans and their supporters to interact in a social setting.  Possible activities may include conducting community outreach and bringing education and awareness to those on campus interested in learning about current issues that affect veterans.

Volleyball - Did you play volleyball in the past or have you always wanted to learn?  For information about the team, including rosters, game schedule, player stats, and team stats and standings, please visit the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference Website.