Department website: https://www.uwplatt.edu/college/business-industry-life-science-agriculture
Interim Dean: Chuck Steiner
Assistant Dean for Student Services: Jodi McDermott
Interim Assistant Dean: D.W. Haskins
Office: 166 Pioneer Tower
Schools and Departments
The College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture offers degree programs in agriculture, biology, business and accounting, and industrial studies. With its emphasis on both theoretical and applied knowledge, the college is committed to educational excellence within a diverse learning community. As a resource center, BILSA promotes cooperative interactions with organizations in the public and private sectors.
Our faculty believe in assisting students to become lifelong learners, develop clear thinking and possess a healthy curiosity. Students are encouraged to diligently pursue intellectually stimulating activities beyond those typically taught in the academic classroom. Courses in humanities, communications, sciences and mathematics are required of all majors to help prepare them to enter a rapidly changing and increasingly international workforce. Required core courses in each major ensure the breadth of technical, analytical, scientific and business knowledge and skills necessary for future success. Finally, students’ upper-level study in majors, minors or emphasis areas provides in-depth study in a particular field of specialization.
The College of BILSA provides professional programs of study for students seeking to enter careers in a wide variety of fields. Demand for graduates of all programs offered within the college is exceptional. People who graduate from the college can seek careers with both private and public entities, and are able to pursue continued education in graduate or professional programs.
Programs within the college offer the opportunity for internships, which are supervised, applied experiences related to the program of study. Students can earn academic credits while earning a salary in these programs. Many opportunities exist for this experience. Faculty work closely to assist students in gaining the best experience which will enhance employment opportunities upon graduation. Employers speak very highly of the college’s internship program.
The college strongly believes that students should have an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities associated with their major studies. Over 30 student clubs and organizations are available within the college to allow students to gain experiences within their area of interest. These organizations work cooperatively with the departments/schools to incorporate activities which will broaden the students’ educational experiences.
There are a variety of study abroad programs that can fulfill BILSA major and minor requirements as well as general education credits and electives. Programs specific to BILSA majors are in Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, China, England, Germany, Korea, Thailand, and Ireland. However, there are hundreds of other programs in over 50 countries that will take care of social science and humanities requirements such as our programs in Fiji, Costa Rica, Scotland, the Czech Republic, and France. You can also complete an internship abroad specific to your major to gain practical experience in an international setting.
Alternate Delivery Methods
BILSA offers a print-based and online degree program in business administration for students unable to attend on-campus classes. This program allows participants the opportunity to obtain their entire college degree without leaving their geographic location. For more information about this program, refer to the UW-Platteville School of Business.