Standard Option Degree Requirements

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.

Requirements

Total Biology Credits

34 credits minimum

Required Courses (22 credits)
  • Bio Sci 150 - Foundations of Biological Sciences I, 4 credits
  • Bio Sci 152 - Foundations of Biological Sciences II, 4 credits
  • Bio Sci 325 - Genetics, 4 credits
  • Bio Sci 383 - General Microbiology, 4 credits
  • Bio Sci 529 - Molecular Biology of Microorganisms, 3 credits
  • Bio Sci 540 - Microbial Diversity and Physiology, 3 credits
Research Requirement

One of the following courses:

Bio Sci 495, 671, 698 or, when determined by the student's Microbiology faculty advisor to have Microbiology content, Bio Sci 699, or Honors 686, 687, or 689. (For titles and credits, see electives list.)



Microbiology Electives

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.

  • Bio Sci 315 - Cell Biology, 3 credits
  • Bio Sci 316 - Laboratory in Genetics and Cell Biology, 2 credits
  • Bio Sci 401 - Immunology, 2 credits
  • Bio Sci 402 - Immunological Techniques, 3 credits
  • Bio Sci 405 - General Virology, 3 credits
  • Bio Sci 425 - Plankton Biology, 4 credits
  • Bio Sci 490 - Molecular Genetics, 3 credits
  • Bio Sci 4951 - Internship in Biotechnology, Upper Division, 3-6 credits
  • Bio Sci 507 - Environmental Microbiology, 3 credits
  • Bio Sci 535 - Bacterial Pathogenesis, 3 credits
  • Bio Sci 536 - Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2 credits
  • Bio Sci 539 - Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Biology, 4 credits
  • Bio Sci 542 - Biological Electron Microscopy, 3 credits
  • Bio Sci 544 - Transmission Electron Microscopy Laboratory, 3 credits
  • Bio Sci 572 - Genomics, 3 credits
  • Bio Sci 573 - Cellular Evolution, 3 credits
  • Bio Sci 580 - Experimental Microbiology, 4 credits
  • Bio Sci 595 - Principles of Genetic and Molecular Engineering, 3 credits
  • Bio Sci 597 - RNA Structure, Function, and Metabolism, 3 credits
  • Bio Sci 667 - Advanced Techniques in Microbial, Molecular, and Cellular Biology, 4 credits
  • Bio Sci 671 - Undergraduate Seminar in Microbiology: (Subtitle), 1credit
    (may not count for more than 1 of the elective credits)
  • Bio Sci 698 - Independent Study in Microbiology, 1-3 credits
    (per semester)
  • Bio Sci 6991 - Independent Study, 1-3 credits
    (per semester)
  • Chem 501 - Introduction to Biochemistry, 3 credits
  • Chem 601 - Biochemistry: Protein Structure and Function, 3 credits
  • BMS 5342 - Medical Microbiology, 2 credits
  • BMS 5352 - Medical Microbiology Laboratory, 2 credits
  • BMS 5392 - Public Health Microbiology, 2 credits
  • BMS 5402 - Public Health Microbiology Laboratory, 1 credit
  • Honors 6861 - Research in Honors, 2-3 credits
  • Honors 6871 - Senior Honors Project, 1-6 credits
  • Honors 6891 - Senior Honors Thesis, 3 credits

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.



Required Chemistry Courses
  • Chem 102 - General Chemistry, 5 credits
  • Chem 104 - General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis, 5 credits
  • Chem 343 - Organic Chemistry, 3 credits
  • Chem 344 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory, 2 credits
  • Chem 345 - Organic Chemistry, 3 credits
Math Requirement

One of the following calculus courses:

  • Math 211 - Survey in Calculus and Analytic Geometry, 4 credits
    or
    Math 221 - Honors Calculus I , 5 credits
    or
    Math 231 - Calculus and Analytical Geometry, 4 credits

One of the following calculus or biostatistics courses:

  • Math 222 - Honors Calculus II, 5 credits
    or
    Math 232 - Calculus and Analytical Geometry, 4 credits
    or
    Bio Sci 465 - Biostatistics, 3 credits


Physics Requirement

One of the following sets of physics courses:

  • Physics 120 - General Physics I (Non-calculus Treatment), 4 credits
    Physics 122 - General Physics II (Non-calculus Treatment) , 4 credits
    Physics 123 - General Physics Laboratory II (Non-calculus Treatment) , 1 credit
  • Physics 209 - Physics 1 (Calculus Treatment), 4 credits
    Physics 210 - Physics II (Calculus Treatment), 4 credits
    Physics 215 - Lab Physics II (Calculus Treatment), 1 credit
  • Physics 219 - Physics I: Calculus-Based, Studio Format, 5 credits
    Physics 220 - Physics II: Calculus-Based, Studio Format, 5 credits


Additional Information

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.



GPA Requirement

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.

Honors in the Major

Students in biological sciences who meet all of the following criteria are awarded honors in the major upon graduation:

  1. 3.500 cumulative GPA in all UWM graded credits attempted;
  2. 3.750 GPA in UWM courses counting toward the major;
  3. 3.500 GPA in all advanced credits that count toward the major; and
  4. Complete a laboratory or field research independent study (Bio Sci 697, 698, or 699) or internship (Bio Sci 489 or CES 489).

Students who believe they may qualify for honors in biological sciences should apply to the Department during their last semester of study.