The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Microbiology requires 34 credits. These consist of Bio Sci 150, Bio Sci 152, and 26 credits in courses at or above 300 level (see below for a list of courses approved for the microbiology major). As a Letters & Science student, you are also expected to take additional courses in natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities to satisfy university-wide general education requirements. In addition, you will take classes in formal reasoning, international awareness, and research to satisfy the College of Letters & Science breadth requirements.
To ensure that you fulfill the requirements for the BS degree in microbiology in a timely fashion, it is very important to meet with your Letters & Science advisor and a microbiology faculty advisor at least once a semester to make sure you are on-track. A sample four-year plan that shows one possible route to completing a BS degree in microbiology (standard option) can be used as a guide. Please note, however, that some classes may fulfill more than one requirement and with early planning, you can save yourself time and money. Please contact a microbiology faculty or attend our open advising days to get information and help in preparing your four-year plan.
|Total Biology Credits|
34 credits minimum
|Required Courses (22 credits)|
Students choose courses from this list to complete their 26 credits of upper-level (300 or above) microbiology courses. The required and elective courses in BioSci, Chem 501 and 601, and BMS 534, 535, 539, 540, and, with appropriate topics, Honor 686, 687, and 689 count as "Microbiology" courses for this purpose.
Students MUST take either Bio Sci 315 - Cell Biology or Chem 501 - Introduction to Biochemistry, and they MUST take either Bio Sci 539 - Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Biology or Bio Sci 580 - Experimental Microbiology.
1 Only Bio Sci 699 or Honors 686, 687, or 689 projects that are determined by the student's microbiology faculty advisor to have microbiology content count toward the major.
2 Students may elect to take these BMS courses to earn credit toward the Microbiology major option provided that they earn 30 advanced credits in Natural Sciences within the College of Letters and Science, as required for the BS degree.
One of the following courses:
|Required Chemistry Courses|
One of the following calculus courses:
One of the following calculus or biostatistics courses:
One of the following sets of physics courses:
|Honors in the Major|
Students in biological sciences who meet all of the following criteria are awarded honors in the major upon graduation:
Students who believe they may qualify for honors in biological sciences should apply to the Department during their last semester of study.
A combined limit of 6 credits in Bio Sci 290, 695, 697, 698, and 699 counts toward the major.
At least 15 upper-level credits must be taken in residence at UWM.
Students must attain a GPA of 2.500 in Biological Sciences courses attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a GPA of at least 2.500 in all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.