Mar 30, 2023  
2022-2023 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2022-2023 University of Wyoming Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Division of Academic Affairs

312 Old Main, (307) 766-4286, Fax: (307) 766-2606

Kevin Carman, Provost and Executive Vice President
Tami Benham-Deal, Senior Vice Provost

Enrollment Management

Kyle Moore, Vice Provost

232 Knight Hall, (307) 766-4898

Admissions Office

Shelley Dodd, Director of Admissions
150 Knight Hall, (307) 766-5160
Web site:

A new undergraduate student’s first official contact with the University of Wyoming is often through the Admissions Office. This unit is responsible for recruiting/admitting undergraduate students to the university. Responsibilities include the development of effective school relations, programs with high schools and community col­leges, recruitment of prospective freshmen and undergraduate transfer students, and events for students and families to learn more about opportunities at UW.  This office also facilitates the admission process for graduate students. A detailed description of admission to the university and procedures can be found in the admission policies section of this publication.

Office of the Registrar

Kwanna King, Registrar
167 Knight Hall, (307) 766-5272
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The Office of the Registrar is responsible for overseeing course registration, transcripts, verification of enrollment, adding/dropping/ withdrawing from courses, administering the residency policy for tuition classification purposes, and for maintaining student academic records. This involves responsibility for web registration, as well as preparation and electronic publication of the Class Schedules and University Catalog. The office is also responsible for the electronic degree audit program, graduate record processing, and for determining whether or not students have successfully met all degree requirements. Additionally, this office evaluates all transfer credit for undergraduate students to determine transferability as well as UW equivalents.

Transfer Success Center

Amanda Reeder, Director
Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, Tomé Student Admissions, Room 116

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The Transfer Success Center provides assistance, referrals and ad­vocacy to enhance transfer students opportunities for strong academic performance and smooth transition to the University of Wyoming. The office works closely with Undergraduate Admissions, the Office of the Registrar, Wyoming Community Colleges and out of state institutions to implement effective policies to streamline the transfer process. The office facilitates articulation efforts including programmatic articula­tion agreements and transfer planning guides. Additionally, the office provides student support services though peer mentors, the Reverse Transfer Program and Transfer Advance.

Global Engagement Office

(307) 307-766-3151
Web site:


The Global Engagement Office (WyoGlobal) is the home of internation­alization at the University of Wyoming. It includes the Vice Provost for Global Engagement, the Center for Global Studies, International Students & Scholars, Education Abroad, and the English Language Center. Whether recruiting and supporting interna­tional students, providing exchange and study abroad opportunities, facilitating global partnership development, coordinating immigration for new international hires, or assisting with visiting dignitaries, we support the entire UW campus community in achieving their inter­nationalization goals. Stop by and visit us in the Cheney International Center to learn more about the programs and services we offer to the UW campus community to promote global citizenship, inform visitors, and communicate with our partner institutions abroad.

Education Abroad

(307) 766-3677
Web site:

The Education Abroad Office connects students from all majors and programs with international study, exchange, service and internship opportunities on six of the seven continents at hundreds of locations around the globe. Students earn UW credit towards major, minor or general education requirements on academic year, semester, summer and faculty-directed short-term programs. The Education Abroad Office is located on the first floor of the Cheney International Center. UW students with a minimum 2.750 GPA are eligible to apply to participate on a wide variety of credit-bearing programs outside of the U.S. The Education Abroad Office staff advises students individually to tailor the program to students’ specific needs. Considerations are made for cost, financial aid opportunities, transfer of credit, health and safety, degree completion, country or region desired, and foreign language requirements.

UW students with a minimum 2.750 GPA are eligible to apply to participate on a wide variety of credit-bearing programs outside of the U.S. The Education Abroad Office staff advises students individually to tailor the program to students’ specific needs. Considerations are made for cost, financial aid opportunities, transfer of credit, health and safety, degree completion, country or region desired, and foreign language requirements.

In addition to learning about other cultures in depth and perfect­ing language skills, studying abroad can be a life changing experience. Students return home with altered perspectives by developing flexibility and critical thinking skills. Students gain a greater sense of where they are from, what it is to be a citizen of the world, and what it is to be an in­dividual. Studying abroad can help students clarify life and professional goals which leads to the development of greater direction, focus, and motivation for the remaining years of their university life and beyond.

English Language Center

Frederica Suess, Director
(307) 766-3630
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Petra Heinz, Gradate ESL Coordinator

(307) 766-3606

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The English Language Center serves second language English speakers across campus in credit bearing ESL courses, a full-time pre-college Intensive English Program, Visiting Scholar and International Graduate student support, and cultural training for International Teaching Assistants at UW.  Through special programs with our partner schools, the ELC also provides short-term English language training courses and Wyoming study tours for international groups in the summer months.\

The English Language Center provides campus-based services and language support for all non-native speakers of English in the UW community.  Our program offerings include:  ESL credit courses for undergraduates continuing to improve their Academic English skills. A fulltime pre-college Intensive ESL Program to meet college admissions requirements. Orientations and TA training for international graduate students, and conversation hours and cultural support for Visiting Scholars.  Custom short-programs and study tours are also available for academic departments and international partners.

International Students and Scholars

Jill Johnson, Associate Director of Admissions
Cheney International Center, Suite 5, (307) 766-5193
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International students, numbering over 825 from nearly 90 coun­tries, are a vital part of international education at the University of Wyoming. As such, International Students and Scholars (ISS) works to promote an interchange of ideas and understanding from among all of the countries represented on campus. ISS is responsible for recruitment of international students and provides advising and counseling to all international students/scholars for their academic, social, personal, and immigration concerns. The office also promotes and implements social and cultural activities for international awareness and educa­tional exchange through International Education Week, Friendship Families, American Conversation Club, international coffee hours, and other special programs. Many of these activities are coordinated through the ISS-sponsored International Resource Center in the Cheney International Center, Room 1.

International students and visitors are required to contact International Students and Scholars to confirm their arrival at the University of Wyoming and to consider the office their primary contact for further information and assistance. Students must be enrolled as full-time students each semester as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The ISS e-mail address is

National Student Exchange: The University of Wyoming is a member of the National Student Exchange (NSE) consortium. Through NSE, students are provided an opportunity to attend one of more than 175 U.S. institutions in the NSE consortium. NSE offers a student the chance to live in another part of the United States and to travel and experience college life in different settings for an academic semester or a year under his or her normal UW tuition and fees. Financial aid is often available and academic credit is guaranteed to transfer back to UW.

For more information about the National Student Exchange, please contact International Students and Scholars, Cheney International Center, Suite 5 or call (307) 766-5193. The e-mail address is

Undergraduate Education

Steven Barrett, Associate Vice Provost
312 Old Main, (307) 766-2666
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Advising, Career, Exploratory Studies Center

Richard Miller, Acting Director
222 Knight Hall, (307) 766-2398
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The Advising, Career, Exploratory Studies Center (ACES) provides a variety of services to UW students, including advising Exploratory Studies and Bridge students; providing academic support to various populations of probationary, conditionally admitted, and reinstated students; assisting students campus-wide with their career exploration, planning, and job search needs; assisting in coordinating discussions, information dissemination, and event planning between the various professional advisors and advising offices on campus; and coordinat­ing national tests and exams through the University Testing Center in Knight Hall, Room 4.

ACES is committed to providing a comprehensive and integrated service that moves a student along a continuum of receiving academic advising, exploring academic and career options, selecting a college major, and finally, implementing his/her degree in the world of work.

Exploratory Studies and students admitted with support, placed on probation, or reinstated to the university are highly encouraged to meet with a ACES career counselor. The purpose of this meeting is to analyze the student’s past academic progress and future career goals to develop a strategic plan to maximize his/her academic success and future employment opportunities. ACES also works closely with other campus offices and departments to engage students in available study skill and tutorial resources.

Students interested in engaging in career exploration activities may make an appointment to meet with a career counselor to discuss their career goals and/or confirm their choice of major. Various assessment tools that provide feedback on the match between a student’s interests or personality type and the world of work, are available. ACES career specialists provide information pertaining to a broad range of career fields, internship opportunities, specific employer information, general job search strategies, and federal government application processes.

Students are advised on how to use the HANDSHAKE platform on the ACES homepage to find out about and apply for sum­mer, internship, and permanent job opportunities. Each year numerous employer representatives from business, industry, health care, education, and government visit ACES to interview students for these types of opportunities. All information pertaining to these visits is contained in the HANDSHAKE link on the ACES homepage.

The campus wide experiential learning program SOAR is coordi­nated in the ACES office. Students are advised how to contribute to and utilize their own personal profile to help better prepare them for career or graduate school.

ACES hosts numerous general and specialized job fairs each year for students and alumni. Upcoming job fair dates can be found on the ACES homepage.

The University Testing Center: The University Testing Center coordinates national tests and exams and is housed in the Knight Hall basement, Room 4. Students may register to take national tests and professional school entrance exams. Information is available on the University Testing Center web site or by calling (307) 766-2188.

Learning Resource Network (LeaRN)

April Heaney, Director
105 Coe Library, (307)766-3448
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The Learning Resource Network (leaRN) offers first-year program, academic learning communities, and an umbrella of academic support initiatives for UW’s entering and undergraduate students. The program’s mission is to provide high-impact academic programs to increase the success and persistence of UW’s undergraduates. LeaRN programs support access, academic achievement, and impactful teaching and mentoring within all programs.

First-Year Courses & Learning Communities

Summer and Fall Bridge: Bridge offers two first-year options that help entering and admitted with support students complete general education courses in a learning community structure. Bridge courses feature small class sizes, consistent support from ACES advisors,
talented instructors, and connections with peer mentors. First-Year Interest Groups: Freshmen Interest Groups (FIGs) are living and learning communities through which students take 3-4 courses together in the Fall semester and live on the same residence
hall floor. Faculty and FIG resident assistants work together to create enrichment opportunities, study and course review sessions, and campus/community engagement through the FIG experience.

First-Year Seminar: As a key piece of UW’s general education program, First-Year Seminar courses integrate critical and creative thinking, democratic discussion, exploration of important contemporary issues, and research skills in a freshmen-level course.
First-Year Experience course: The FYE course (STEP 1102) is an optional one-credit course designed to help freshmen interact with UW campus resources, staff, and faculty; to learn about tools for academic support and wellness; to explore academic and co-curricular
opportunities; and to delve into major and career selection.

Academic Success and Recovery courses: Academic Success courses (STEP 1105) support first-year students with academic probation following Fall semester. The two-credit courses help students learn key skills for college success and evaluate their major, career, and life goals.

Academic Support Initiatives

The STEP Center offers in-person and online tutoring and supplemental instruction for 60+ courses at the 1000 and 2000 level. STEP also offers NetTutor, an online tutoring platform accessible all year to distance and campus students.

Early Alert: Early Alert is program that allows faculty to provide academic feedback on student performance during the 4th week of classes, before mid-term grades are assigned. Early Alert provides a glimpse of students’ early-semester progress and multiple avenues for
support in challenging courses.

First Gen Scholars: First Gen Scholars provides multiple resources and engagement opportunities for students whose parents have not earned a four-year degree. Participating students have access to peer and faculty mentoring, workshops and community building
activities, scholarship opportunities, honors society membership-and many more support avenues.

PIE Award: The Promoting Intellectual Engagement (PIE) Award honors instructors who inspire excitement, inquiry, and autonomy in first-year courses. The award is co-sponsored by LeaRN, Ellbogen CTL, Residence Life & Dining, and Advising, Career, and Exploratory Studies.

LeaRN Faculty:

IRENE ENLOW, B.A., The Univeristy of Iowa 2019; M.A., The University of Wyoming 2021; Assistant Lecturer 2021.
ALLISON GERNANT, B.A. Grinnell College 1996; M.A. University of Wyoming 2005; Assistant Lecturer 2016; Fall Bridge First Year Seminar Coordinator & First Year Seminar Coordinator 2019.
SHELBY HUTSON, B.A. Colorado State University Pueblo 2016; M.A. University of Wyoming 2018; Assistant Lecturer 2018.
CATHERINE JOHNSON, B.A. Whittier College 2005; M.A. American University 2009; M.F.A. Portland State University 2017; Assistant Lecturer 2019.
ALYSSA KONESKO, B.A. Saginaw Valley State University 2008; M.Ed. Bowling Green State University 2011; Assistant Lecturer 2015.
SETH SWANNER, B.A. Birmingham-Southern College 2007; M.A. University of Alabama 2011; Ph.D. 2017 Northwestern University; Assistant Lecturer 2019.

Student Educational Opportunity (SEO)

Pilar Flores, Director
330 Knight Hall, (307) 766-6189
Web site:

Student Educational Opportunity is composed of both on-campus and outreach projects with offices throughout Wyoming. These proj­ects serve students who are first generation; income-eligible; students with cognitive, psychological or physical disabilities; ethnic minority students; and non-traditional students. SEO assists eligible students to plan and prepare for entry into higher education, succeed in the higher education environment, and graduate from college by provid­ing academic success services, and instruction in basic skills, career, and personal development. All projects within SEO seek to increase the public awareness of the needs of ethnic minority, first generation, income-eligible students, and students with disabilities in an educational environment.

On-Campus Projects

McNair Scholars Program: The McNair Scholars Program prepares students to pursue doctoral level study. Services include intensive academic support including tutoring and academic counseling; ac­tivities related to successful application to graduate school and pursuit of financial aid opportunities; preparation for the GRE; and faculty mentoring. The capstone of the program is a paid summer research internship program which prepares students for admission to graduate level education. Students who are juniors and seniors, income-eligible and first generation college students, or who are from ethnic minority groups underrepresented in graduate education qualify for program services. The McNair Scholars Project is a federally funded TRIO project. Note: this is a graduate school preparation program; it is not a scholarship program.

Student Success Services: The Student Success Services (SSS) project offers academic support to students who are first generation college students, income-eligible, and/or individuals with disabilities. Student Success Services provides assistance with academics, personal/social choices, financial issues and pursuit of financial aid opportunities, and choice of college major and related career opportunities. The SSS project also provides its students with individual and group tutoring. All services are free to eligible participants and services are intended to help students be successful in college and to stay in college through graduation. SSS is a federally funded TRIO project.

Outreach Projects

Educational Opportunity Center: The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) assists first generation and income-eligible adults throughout Wyoming to continue their education. Services include assistance with college and financial aid applications, career and college exploration, and GED preparation. Outreach offices are located in Casper, Cheyenne, Ethete, Rock Springs, Powell, Riverton, Gillette, Torrington, and Laramie. EOC is a federally funded TRIO project.

GEAR-UP Wyoming: The Wyoming Statewide GEAR-UP project provides services to 2,000 income-eligible pre-college students through­out the state each year. Student services include career exploration, advising and supporting students in taking a college preparation cur­riculum, college preparation, ACT preparation, college exploration, application, and planning, and assistance with financial aid processes and procedures. Student services are provided through GEAR-UP coordinators located at each of Wyoming’s seven community colleges. The GEAR-UP grant also works with the Wyoming Department of Education in providing teacher training and school improvement initiatives. All GEAR-UP services are aimed at increasing student academic preparation and performance levels suited for post-secondary education, rates of high school graduation, rates of post-secondary education participation and graduation, and GEAR-UP student and family knowledge of post-secondary education options, high school preparation needs, and means of financing.

Upward Bound Math/Science: The Upward Bound Math/Science Program (UBMS) provides services to income-eligible and first genera­tion 9th through 12th grade high school students throughout Wyoming. UBMS is designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary to be successful in high school and to complete a college degree program in a math or science area. Assistance with high school coursework and tasks related to college enrollment are provided throughout the academic year. The UBMS program includes a six-week, residential, summer academic session on the UW campus with an intensified math and science curriculum that includes performing active research under the guidance of university staff and graduate students. UBMS is a federally funded TRIO project.

Upward Bound: The Upward Bound program works with income-eligible, first generation high school students (grades 9-12) and their families to help them gain the skills and motivation necessary to suc­cessfully complete high school and to pursue a college degree. The program includes a six-week, residential, summer academic component on the UW campus designed to help students develop academically and socially in a university setting. Tutorial and enrichment services are provided throughout the academic year and participants and their families receive individualized assistance in completing tasks related to successful college enrollment. Outreach offices are located in Albany, Fremont, Laramie, and Natrona counties. Upward Bound is a federally funded TRIO project.

Graduate Education

James C.Ahern, Vice Provost
(307) 766-4286
Web site:

The Office of Graduate Education oversees and supports gradu­ate and professional education at the university. In collaboration with Graduate Council, the Office of Graduate Education develops, reviews and implements policies and procedures regarding graduate and pro­fessional education and helps develop and review major changes to graduate and professional programs. The office also provides funding to programs and students including special initiatives, graduate assistant­ships, graduate fellowships and student travel. Furthermore, the Office of Graduate Education is the administrative home for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary graduate programs.