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2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
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Applied Science, B.S.

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         Applied Science, B.S. 4-year sequences:


The Applied Science program offers the experience of learning science by doing science. The program emphasizes a broad scientific base plus experience in a chosen concentration and/or minor. Graduates prepare for careers in the sciences as well as further study in the allied health professions and graduate schools.

Admission to the Major

In addition to fulfilling the university’s basic admission requirements, Applied Science applicants must have an ACT math score of at least 22 (SAT math 510) and rank in the upper 40 percent of their high school class, have a GPA of 3.0, or have a composite ACT score of 22.

Transfer, returning students, and those accepted with the pre-APSC designation must have achieved a grade of “C” or better in one natural science and one analytical reasoning course. The minimum level courses at UW-Stout that will fulfill this requirement are any natural science at or above the BIO-101, CHEM-105, NANO-101 or PHYS-139 level and any analytical reasoning at or above the MATH-118, STAT-130 or LOG-250 level. Equivalent courses taken at another institution may be used to meet this admissions requirement.

General Requirements
Bachelor of Science Degree

Total for Graduation 120 credits  
General Education 40 credits  
Major Studies 80 credits  

Program Requirements

Racial and Ethnic Studies (6 credits*)

Three credits must be selected from RES-A.

Global Perspective (6 credits*)

Complete 6 credits of global perspective (GLP) approved courses, including GLP-approved instructor-led study abroad courses, or complete a program of university-approved work or university-approved study abroad not led by UW-Stout instructors.

General Education (40 credits)

Analytic Reasoning and Natural Sciences (10 credits)


If students choose MATH 153  , one credit from either CHEM 136   College Chemistry II (5 cr.) or PHYS 282   University Physics II (5 cr.) will be applied to the ARNS requirement to complete 10 credits.  

Arts and Humanities (6 credits)

Courses must be from two or more areas including art history/music & theater appreciation, creative/performing arts, foreign language and culture, history, literature, and philosophy.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)

Courses must be from two or more areas including anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology.

Cross-disciplinary Issues (3 credits)

Courses must be from the list of approved cross-disciplinary issues courses.

Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)

Courses must be from the list of approved social responsibility and ethical reasoning courses.

Selectives (3 credits)

Courses/credits may be selected from any category to meet the 40-credit requirement.

Major Studies (80 credits)

Required Core (3 credits)

Take the required Applied Science courses and choose one concentration to complete 120 credits.

Concentration Requirement (77 credits)

Choose an area of concentration from the following:

  • Applied Physics (APP)
  • Biology (BIO)
  • Industrial Chemistry (INC)
  • Interdisciplinary Science (IDS)
  • Materials and Nanoscience (MNS)

Applied Physics Concentration Program Requirements

A minimum grade of 2.0 is required in all physics courses.

Biology Concentration Program Requirements

BIO Technical Electives (30-31 credits)

Choose at least 30 credits from the following approved elective groups.

Biology Electives (12 credits)

Take at least 12 credits of any BIO-2XX or higher.

Science Electives (12 credits)

Take at least 12 credits of any 2XX or higher course with the following prefixes: ABMB, APSC, BIO, CNS, CHEM, ENSC, MATH, NANO, and PHYS.

Free Electives (6-7 credits)

Take enough credits (6-7 credits) to fulfill 120 total credits.

Industrial Chemistry Concentration Program Requirements

Interdisciplinary Science Concentration Program Requirements

Technical Electives (11-17 credits)

Take enough credits at the 2XX level or higher in BIO, CHEM, NANO, or PHYS to reach 120 credits.  At least 10 of these credits need to be a the 3XX level or higher.

Minor or Second Major

Students should work with a minor advisor to complete requirements. Different minors require different numbers of credits. Credits used in the minor cannot also be used as elective credits within the concentration with the exception of courses required in both the minor and the concentration.


Declare a second major in lieu of a minor. Students must work with both program directors to meet requirements for each major. Completion of two majors will exceed 120 credits.

Materials and Nanoscience Concentration Program Requirements

Technical Electives (8-13 credits)

Choose from from the following list of approved electives to complete 120 credits.