Dean: Dr. Molly Gribb, P.E.
Assistant Dean for Faculty/Staff Services: Dr. Chanaka Mendis
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs: Dr. Keith Thompson
Assistant Dean for Outreach and New Ventures: Dr. Philip Parker, P.E.
Office: 100 Ottensman Hall
Phone: 608.342.1561
Fax: 608.342.1566


Department of Chemistry
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering
Department of Engineering Physics
Department of General Engineering
Department of Mathematics
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

The College of EMS offers ABET-accredited engineering degrees in civil, electrical, environmental, industrial, mechanical and software engineering, and engineering physics ( along with degrees in mathematics, broad field science, chemistry, computer science, and sustainable and renewable energy systems.

The College of EMS emphasizes hands-on, practical application of theories learned in the classroom through undergraduate research opportunities, placement in co-ops and internships, community engagement projects, and nearly two dozen professional clubs and organizations. Student success and access are a priority as evidenced by the inclusion of Student Success Programs, focused on helping students get the most out of their college experience.

Collaborative Engineering Programs

UW-Platteville has partnered with the thirteen UW Colleges campuses to provide electrical engineering and mechanical engineering bachelor’s degrees that are ABET accredited to individuals throughout the state of Wisconsin. Because an associate degree earned through UW Colleges automatically satisfies all of UW-Platteville’s general education requirements, most students work on the general education courses, as well as the pre-engineering courses (e.g., math, physics, chemistry) at one of the two-year campuses. When students are ready to begin the professional engineering courses, they apply to UW-Platteville.

UW-Platteville delivers the professional engineering courses to students at a distance in two ways. Students near the UW-Fox Valley, UW-Rock County, and UW-Washington County campuses may take the professional engineering courses taught by UW-Platteville personnel through a combination of face-to-face instruction and distance learning technology. Students anywhere in the state of Wisconsin may take the professional engineering courses via distance learning technology. Lab managers regularly visit selected UW Colleges campuses to facilitate the required lab work for courses that include a lab component.

Cooperative Education and Internships

The college offers many cooperative education and internship programs for qualified students. Co-ops, which combine classroom learning with on-the-job experience, allow students to relate theory to practice. A time frame for a co-op is considered one semester plus a summer session. The work period is spent in full-time employment with private industry or a governmental agency. The college considers internships to be summer positions related to the students’ major field of study. Students should contact their academic advisor to discuss the co-op and internship programs.

Transfer Students

Entering transfer engineering students are initially enrolled in the department of general engineering and will be admitted to a degree-granting program upon the fulfillment of the degree-granting program’s admission requirements. All entering transfer engineering students are initially advised by the chair of the general engineering department. The transfer of credits to meet program requirements must be approved by the appropriate department chair or program coordinator. The transfer of credits must follow the specific requirements of the professional program, which the student will be entering. If a professional program requires a minimum grade in a particular course, transfer of credits for that course from another institution will be allowed only if the required minimum grade was achieved.

EMS Admissions and Academic Standards Policies and Procedures

In addition to meeting all written university policies, rules and regulations regarding admission and academic standards in effect at the time for the university community, students who seek admission to an engineering program must have an ACT math score of 22 or above, or have a grade of “C” or better in MATH 2640 (or its equivalent). As with the UW-Platteville admission requirements, nontraditional applicants will be evaluated individually for admission.

Program Standards

Students enrolled in degree programs within the College of EMS are governed by the academic standards of the university and the academic standards of their degree program. In some cases, the academic standards and requirements of a degree program are more rigorous than those of the university. For example, each degree program may stipulate grade requirements in specific major courses. In some programs, the requirement might be a “C” in selected courses and a 2.0 grade point average over a number of specific courses. Students may obtain detailed descriptions of a program’s academic standards and requirements from the specific program catalog section. The requirements of the engineering majors meet or exceed the general education requirements in many areas, particularly mathematics and natural sciences. Therefore, the number of credits necessary to meet the university’s general education requirements is not listed with each program. Students should check with their advisor or their department chair to determine the additional courses necessary for graduation beyond those required by their major. Curricular patterns and courses do change. The college and the university reserve the right to change both the college and the general university requirements at any time in order to better serve the long-range interests of students.

The College of EMS Student Success Programs

Director: Tammy J. Salmon-Stephens

Special Programs Manager: Jaclyn Esqueda

Special Programs Manager: Kimberly Sargent

Special Programs Manager: Robert Stuewer


The College of EMS Student Success Programs vision is to build institutional capacity and enhance student access to degree attainment through campus and college partnerships.


The College of EMS Student Success Programs (SSP) mission is to provide supplemental student services and advising to assist students in maximizing their educational experiences.

There are four components to the College of EMS Student Success Programs.

Women in Engineering Mathematics and Science Program (WEMS)

Engineering, Mathematics and Science Advising Office

Engineering, Mathematics and Science CenterPOINT

The CenterPOINT and other STEP initiatives at UW-Platteville are funded by the National Science Foundation Award #1161180

College of Menominee Nation (CMN) Program

The CMN at UW-Platteville is funded by the National Science Foundation Award # 1037626