You’ve decided you enjoy working with persons with disabilities either through direct care or administrative service. Not quite sure which is the best career path? The Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science and Technology allows you the chance to pursue a variety of career options. A flexible educational path, combined with a blend of elective courses, and you’ll be prepared to work in different health and human service settings.

You will also be particularly well prepared for further graduate study in Occupational Therapy and other disability related disciplines. Acceptance and completion of the undergraduate program in occupational studies does not guarantee admission into the Master of Occupational Therapy Program.

Become part of a large interdisciplinary department with specialty areas in assistive technology, engineering, occupational therapy and therapeutic recreation. Learn from faculty who are among the strongest in the nation in terms of their leadership, professional credentials and research productivity.

Requirements

Foundation 34
Program Core30
Track21
Free Electives and GER 35-41
Total Credits120-126

Degree Requirements

Students will automatically be admitted to the major after completion of 57 credits. Within those 57 credits students must have a B- or better in:

At the time of admission to the major, students must declare at least one track that they will complete.

Upon admission to the major, students must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA. Failure to attain a semester GPA of 2.75 or higher will result in the student being placed on academic probation for one semester. A second semester GPA below 2.75 will result in dismissal from the program. Program required courses can be repeated. Any given course may be repeated only one time.

Students must achieve the following to complete an undergraduate degree in occupational science and technology:

  1. Satisfactory completion of 120 credits with a cumulative 2.75 GPA or better in all credits earned at UWM. Because a master’s degree is required for professional practice as an occupational therapist or many other health-related fields, it is recommended that students maintain a GPA greater than 3.0 to be competitive with other Graduate School applicants;
  2. Satisfactory completion of the University General Education Requirements; and
  3. Completion of the last 30 credits in residence at UWM.

Students are encouraged to contact your advisor at the beginning of your senior year to ensure that all requirements are being met.

Course of Study

The program is divided into foundation, core or required, track and free elective courses. The undergraduate program requires 120 credits for graduation. All students admitted to the professional program must satisfy University-wide General Education Requirements (GER), (except second-degree candidates who are exempt). English and mathematics competency requirements must also be met.

With 120 credits required to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science and Technology Studies, students need to take responsibility to complete all foundation and core courses, GER requirements, at least one program track, and sufficient free elective credits. A number of GER courses are part of the degree requirements. Recommended free electives and certificate/minor programs are listed to assist the student in creating an individualized area of study.

Requirements are subject to change as of the publication date of the catalog. Please check with the Office of Student Affairs for the most current information.

University General Education Requirements
Competency Requirements
Oral and Written Communication (OWC) Part A & B
Quantitative Literacy (QL) Part A & B
Foreign Language
Distribution Requirements
Arts
Natural Sciences
Social Sciences
Cultural Diversity
Foundation
BIO SCI 202Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO SCI 203Anatomy and Physiology II (GER NS)4
COMMUN 103Public Speaking3
ENGLISH 205Business Writing (OWC-B)3
or ENGLISH 207 Health Science Writing
HCA 203Human Life Cycle (GER SS)3
KIN 270Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice (QL-B)3
OCCTHPY 151Foundations of Scientific Inquiry for Occupational Science and Technology3
PHYSICS 120
PHYSICS 121
General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment)
and General Physics Laboratory I (Non-Calculus Treatment) (GER NS)
5
PSYCH 101Introduction to Psychology (GER SS)3
PSYCH 412Abnormal Psychology3
Program Core - maximum of 1 course may be repeated
OCCTHPY 201Introduction to Occupational Science and Technology3
OCCTHPY 220Gizmos and Gadgets: Introduction to Assistive Technology3
THERREC 202Disability: Society and the Person3
OCCTHPY 245Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (GER CD and SS)3
or THERREC 245 Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
OCCTHPY 260Enhancing Health Through Activity, Occupation and Technology I3
OCCTHPY 320Introduction to Ergonomics for Healthcare Professionals3
OCCTHPY 340Evidenced for Practice I: Applications of Biostatistics3
OCCTHPY 341Evidence for Practice II: Appraising Evidence3
OCCTHPY 401Overview of Medical Conditions3
OCCTHPY 530Contemporary Issues and Professional Preparation in OST3
Track
Select at least one track21
Free Electives and GER
Select 35-41 credits (minimum of 9 cr at 400 level or higher). See below.35-41
Total Credits120-126

Tracks

Disability and Occupation - This Track is predominantly aimed towards students that are interested in health and human service professions such as Occupational Therapists and others.

THERREC 202Disability: Society and the Person (GER SS)3
OCCTHPY 250Concepts of Time and Occupation3
THERREC 303Inclusive and Disability Programs in the Community3
OCCTHPY 315Group Process in Rehabilitation3
OCCTHPY 401Overview of Medical Conditions3
OCCTHPY 505Work and Disability3
OCCTHPY 625Design and Disability3
Total Credits21

Applications of Assistive Technology - This track is aimed towards students who are interested in applying technology and/or designing environments and products that enhance the capabilities of persons living with and without a disability.

OCCTHPY 220Gizmos and Gadgets: Introduction to Assistive Technology3
OCCTHPY 250Concepts of Time and Occupation3
OCCTHPY 420Principles of Human Factors and Usability3
OCCTHPY 521Essentials of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology3
OCCTHPY 595Vision I: Introduction to Low Vision & Visual Impairment (U/G)3
OCCTHPY 593Introduction to Biomedical and Rehabilitation Instrumentation (U/G)3
OCCTHPY 625Design and Disability (U/G)3
Total Credits21

Therapeutic Recreation - This Track is aimed toward students who are interested in the areas of Therapeutic Recreation, Activities or Adapted Community Recreation.

THERREC 103Life Balance: An Understanding of Leisure3
THERREC 203Therapeutic Recreation Process3
THERREC 300Therapeutic Recreation Assessment and Documentation3
THERREC 308Therapeutic Recreation in Physical Rehabilitation and Behavioral Health3
THERREC 310Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation3
THERREC 400Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation (TR)3
Total Credits18

Recommended Minors/Certificates

(not inclusive)

College of Health Sciences

Certificate in the Study of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
5 total courses15
Certificate in Healthy Aging
6 total courses 18
Minor in Health Care Administration
6 total courses17
Minor in Kinesiology
8 total courses18
Minor in Nutritional Sciences
7 courses21

College of Letters and Science

Certificate in Childhood and Adolescence Studies
6 total courses18
Certificate in Global Health
7 courses21
Certificate in Spanish for Health Professionals
6 courses18
Minor in Anthropology
6 courses18
Minor in Communication
6 courses18
Minor in Psychology
6 courses18
Minor in Sociology
6 courses18

Lubar School of Business

Minor in Business
Varies depending on student plan 29

School of Education

Autism Spectrum Disorders
5-6 total courses15-18
Community Engagement
6-7 courses21

Students Entering the OS Program Prior to Fall 2017

Requirements

Foundation 47
Department Electives21
Program Core 24
Free Electives and GER 28
Total Credits120

Admission to the Major

Students will automatically be admitted to the major after completion of 57 credits. Upon admission to the Occupational Studies major, students must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA. Students may repeat a departmental required course only one time.

Degree Requirements

Students must achieve the following to complete an undergraduate degree in occupational studies:

  1. Satisfactory completion of 120 credits with a cumulative 2.75 GPA or better in all credits earned at UWM. Because a master’s degree is required for professional practice as an occupational therapist or many other health-related fields, it is recommended that students maintain a GPA greater than 3.0 to be competitive with other Graduate School applicants;
  2. Satisfactory completion of the University General Education Requirements; and
  3. Completion of the last 30 credits in residence at UWM.

Students are encouraged to contact your advisor at the beginning of your senior year to ensure that all requirements are being met.

Course of Study

The program is divided into foundation, core or required, and elective courses. The undergraduate program requires 120 credits for graduation. All students, except second degree candidates, admitted to the professional program must satisfy University-wide General Education Requirements (GER). English and mathematics competency requirements must also be met.

With 120 credits required to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Studies, students need to take responsibility to complete all required courses, GER requirements, and elective credits. A number of GER courses are part of the degree requirements. Some GER courses are available within the Rehabilitation Sciences and Technology Department programs and the College of Health Sciences. See listing below for delineation of GER courses.

Requirements are subject to change. Please check with the Office of Student Affairs for the most current information.

Foundation
BIO SCI 202Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO SCI 203Anatomy and Physiology II (GER NS)4
BMS 260Introduction to Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches (GER SS)3
COMMUN 103Public Speaking3
ENGLISH 205Business Writing (OWC-B)3
ENGLISH 207Health Science Writing (OWC-B)3
HCA 203Human Life Cycle (GER SS)3
HS 105Survey of the Health Professions3
HS 222Language of Medicine3
KIN 270Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice (QL-B)3
MATH 211Survey in Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (QL-B)4
PHYSICS 120
PHYSICS 121
General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment)
and General Physics Laboratory I (Non-Calculus Treatment) (GER NS)
5
PSYCH 101Introduction to Psychology (GER SS)3
PSYCH 205Personality (GER SS)3
PSYCH 412Abnormal Psychology3
Program Core
OCCTHPY 151Foundations of Scientific Inquiry for Occupational Science and Technology3
OCCTHPY 201Introduction to Occupational Science and Technology3
OCCTHPY 245Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (GER CD and SS)3
or THERREC 245 Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
OCCTHPY 260Enhancing Health Through Activity, Occupation and Technology I3
OCCTHPY 401Overview of Medical Conditions3
OCCTHPY 315Group Process in Rehabilitation3
OCCTHPY 340Evidenced for Practice I: Applications of Biostatistics3
OCCTHPY 341Evidence for Practice II: Appraising Evidence3
Department Electives
Select a minimum of 21 credits from the following:21
Introduction to Biomedical and Rehabilitation Instrumentation (U/G)
Vision I: Introduction to Low Vision & Visual Impairment (U/G)
Design and Disability (U/G)
Life Balance: An Understanding of Leisure (GER HU)
Therapeutic Recreation Process
Therapeutic Recreation Assessment and Documentation
Inclusive and Disability Programs in the Community
Therapeutic Recreation in Physical Rehabilitation and Behavioral Health
Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation (TR)
Free Electives and GER
Select 28 credits in Free Electives from Campus and GER Courses28
THERREC 202Disability: Society and the Person (GER SS)3
Total Credits126

Recommended Free Electives

The number of free electives required varies (23-29 credits) depending on the track that you follow. You must take a minimum of 9 credits at the 400 level or higher. We encourage you to pursue a minor or certificate program with your free electives.

(not inclusive)

College of Health Sciences
BMS 260Introduction to Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches3
COMSDIS 250Interprofessional Communication in the Health Sciences3
HCA 220Leading Healthcare Professionals3
HS 105Survey of the Health Professions3
HS 222Language of Medicine3
NUTR 241Why We Eat What We Eat: An Ecological Approach3
NUTR 235Introduction to Nutrition for the Health Professions3
SPT&REC 112Yoga I1
SPT&REC 113Yoga II1
SPT&REC 298Meditation, Relaxation, and Wellness:1-2
UWM
ANTHRO 101Introduction to Anthropology: Human Origins3
BME 101Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering3
BUS ADM 200Business and Society3
EXCEDUC 300The Exceptional Individual3
EXCEDUC 330Deaf History3
EXCEDUC 352American Deaf Culture3
MATH 211Survey in Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
PH 101Introduction to Public Health3
PSYCH 205Personality3
PSYCH 254Physiological Psychology3
PSYCH 260Child Psychology3
PSYCH 433Neuropsychology3
SOCIOL 101Introduction to Sociology3
SOCIOL 331Sociology of Health Care3
SOCIOL 341Sociology of Deviant Behavior3
THEATRE 111Theatre Games3
THEATRE 260Storytelling:3

Honors in the Major

Honors in the major are granted to students who earn a GPA of 3.500 or above on a minimum of 30 completed credits at UWM following advancement to a Health Sciences major.

Honors in the College of Health Sciences

Dean's Honor List

GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.