Residency Requirement

This document explains the policy on fulfilling the CALS Residency Requirement.

CALS students must earn a minimum of 30 degree credits in residence at UW–Madison after they have earned 86 credits (i.e., senior standing) toward their undergraduate degree. Credits are considered “in residence” if they are earned for UW–Madison course work, including courses taken on a UW–Madison–administered study abroad program. Retroactive credits, AP credits, and credits granted by examination are not considered “in residence.” Appeals of this policy may be considered in advance by the Office of Academic Affairs (for requests up to 6 credits) or the Scholastic Policies and Actions Committee (for requests of more than 6 credits).

This policy is effective for students who declare a CALS major in fall 2017 and beyond.