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Your major is your primary area of study. Undergraduate students in CHS must be admitted to one of the majors on the page linked above to earn a baccalaureate degree. Please note: Admission to major is separate from admission to UWM. Students typically apply for formal admission to a major after completion of one or more semester(s) of coursework.
Read more about Graduate/Professional School Preparation.
A minor is like a “mini-major,” a grouping of classes around a specific subject matter, typically between 18-30 credits. A minor must be combined with a major/degree program. A minor is noted on your official UWM transcript and adds another layer of professional knowledge to your degree, enhancing your résumé and prospects in today's competitive job market.
A certificate is like a “mini-minor,” a concentrated set of classes grouped around a particular subject matter, typically between 15-21 credits. It can be combined with a major/degree program, and some are available as a stand-alone option for individuals, including working professionals, wishing to expand their knowledge in a particular subject area. A certificate is noted on your official UWM transcript and adds an additional dimension of knowledge to your academic record and professional resume.
Students who wish to complete a CHS major as they pursue admission to graduate/professional school for further study in any of the following areas may receive advising for their undergraduate major and graduate/professional school preparation solely from their CHS advisor:
- communication sciences and disorders
- health care informatics
- occupational therapy
- physical therapy
Please note: "Pre-Physical Therapy" and similar graduate/professional school preparation designations are not majors. Students must declare one of the CHS majors listed on the page linked above to pair with their "pre" designation.
Students who wish to complete a CHS major while pursuing admission to a professional school for any of the following subjects receive joint advising from the College of Health Sciences (for their undergraduate major) and the College of Letters & Science (for professional school preparation):
- veterinary medicine
- physician assistant
CLICK HERE to learn more about these pre-health paths at UWM.
Please note: "Pre-Med" and similar professional school preparation designations are not majors. Students must declare one of the CHS majors listed on the page linked above to pair with their "pre" designation.