Medical tests are critical to the accurate detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, and so are the scientists who analyze and interpret those tests in the lab. If you enjoy science and its practical application, particularly in health care or related research, a degree in biomedical sciences could be just what you want.

With a degree in biomedical sciences, you can be part of a wide variety of continually changing, dynamic professions, all with good long-term career prospects.

Why choose us?

  • The excellence of the biomedical sciences program has been recognized and is ranked in the top 15 programs among hundreds across the country.
  • You’ll gain a strong science background, professional management skills and technical expertise, all of which you can put to practice in our modern laboratory facilities.
  • Our graduate scores on the national certification exam are above the national average and graduates quickly find employment upon graduation.

Biomedical Sciences submajor

Biomedical Sciences submajor

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences is an academic, non-clinical sub-major that provides you with excellent preparation to go on in careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, optometry, pharmacy, chiropractic and other related fields requiring an advanced degree.

Admission to UWM

Admission to UWM

New College Students

On your application for admission to UW-Milwaukee, select “Biomedical Sciences” as your intended area of study. You will be classified as “Biomedical Sciences-intended” upon admission to the University.

After you have completed the prerequisite courses during your first two years of study, you will be eligible to apply for admission to the major and professional core courses.

Transfer Students

The College of Health Sciences welcomes students from other academic areas on the UW-Milwaukee campus, and students transferring to UWM from other institutions. Many courses can be transferred to meet specific program and General Education Requirements (GER) needed for graduation.

If you plan to transfer into any of the College of Health Sciences majors, you should make an appointment to meet with an advisor to plan your curriculum:

Office of Student Affairs
College of Health Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229-2758

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Submit a UW System application form and all appropriate transcripts to UWM Office of Admissions. Students who meet UWM standard admission requirements will be admitted directly into the College of Health Sciences as “intended major”.

Transfer from UW Colleges

Transfer from UW Colleges
Non-Course Requirements for Entry into the Major/Internship
  • Completion of 71 credits.
  • Attainment of a minimum 2.5 undergraduate grade point average on all courses attempted at UWM.
  • A 2.5 grade point average in specific science prerequisite courses noted with an asterisk (*).
Course Requirements for Entrance into the Biomedical Sciences Major in the UW-Colleges Curriculum

English Competency: ENG 102 with a grade of C or sufficient English Placement Score
Math Competency: MATH 110 with a grade of C or sufficient Math Placement Score
MATCUWMUWM Course Title
PHS 202 &
PHS 203
BIOL SCI 202 &
BIOL SCI 203
Anatomy and Physiology I & II*
CHE 145 &
CHE 155
CHEM 102 &
CHEM 104
General Chemistry*
CHE 343CHEM 343Introduction to Organic Chemistry*
CHE 352CHEM 344Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab*
CHE 362CHEM 345Organic Chemistry II*
CHE 244CHEM 221Quantitative Analysis*
BIO 160BIOL SCI 325Heredity*
MAT 117MATH STATS 215Elementary Statistics
BUS 230BUS ADM 230Introduction to Management Information Systems

Courses Required for Admission that are NOT in the UW Colleges Curriculum

UWM Course NumberUWM Course Title
BMS 301*, 302*, 303*, 304*, and 305*Pathophysiology
BIO SCI 383Microbiology*
CHEM 501Biochemistry*
BMS 427Immunology*
BMS 428Immunology Lab*

Program, Major, School Courses in UW Colleges’ Curriculum NOT Required for Admission

None

Balance of General Education Requirements Not Met by Above Courses
  • Humanities- 6 credits
  • Social Sciences- 6 credits
  • Fine Arts- 3 credits
  • Cultural Diversity- 3 credits (Courses which satisfy Cultural Diversity may also satisfy Humanities, Fine Arts or Social Sciences)
  • Foreign Language Requirement-One year college level foreign language OR two years in high school

For an approved list of GER courses and an explanation of the Foreign Language requirement, refer to the UWM Schedule of Classes or go to www4.uwm.edu/academics/ger.cfm.

Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Biomedical Sciences from UW-Milwaukee, the following guideline of classes will help you plan your work.

Semester I

MATCUW-Milwaukee
PHS 202BIOL SCI 202*
CHE 145CHEM 102*
ENG 101ENG 101
MATH 110MATH 105
Social ScienceSocial Science
Semester II

MATCUW-Milwaukee
PHS 203BIOL SCI 203*
CHE 155CHEM 104*
ENG 102ENG 102
HumanitiesHumanities
Social ScienceSocial Science
Semester III

MATCUW-Milwaukee
CHE 343CHEM 343*
CHE 244CHEM 221
BIO 160BIOL SCI 325*
MAT 117MTH ST 215
Semester IV

MATCUW-Milwaukee
CHE 352CHEM 344*
CHE 362CHEM 345*
BUS 230BUS ADM 230
ArtsArts
HumanitiesHumanities

UWM Courses for Summer Semester of Transfer
  • BMS 301*
  • BMS 302*
  • BMS 303*
  • BMS 304*
  • BMS 305*
UWM Courses for Fall Semester of Transfer [C or better in CHEM 501, BIOL SCI 383, BMS 427, 427]
  • BIOL SCI 383*
  • CHEM 501*
  • ENG 207
  • BMS 427*
  • BMS 428*
Notes

Students should choose a three credit fine arts, humanities or social science course to also satisfy the cultural diversity requirement.

* Courses that count towards a student’s Science GPA.

Special Notes

Please note that there are 13 UW Colleges and not all of the UW Colleges offer all of the courses listed. Be sure to work with an academic advisor at the UW College. You can be guaranteed admission to UW-Milwaukee by participating in the UW Colleges Guaranteed Transfer Program. After fulfilling certain credit and grade point average requirements, you will transfer with the same rights and privileges as those who begin their education at UWM. Please contact an advisor at your UWC for more information. For more detailed information on transferring to UWM, please view the UWM Transfer Student webpage.

Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)

Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
Non-Course Requirements for Entrance into the Major/Internship
  • Completion of 71 credits.
  • Attainment of a minimum 2.5 undergraduate grade point average on all courses attempted at UWM.
  • A 2.5 grade point average in specific science prerequisite courses noted with an asterisk (*).
Course Requirements for Entry into the Biomedical Sciences Major in MATC Curriculum

English Competency: ENG 102 with a grade of C or sufficient English Placement Score
Math Competency: MATH 110 with a grade of C or sufficient Math Placement Score
MATCUWMUWM Course Title
Nat Sci 201 & Nat Sci 202BIO SCI 202 & 203 Anatomy and Physiology I & II*
Nat Sci 211 & Nat Sci 212 CHEM 102 & 104General Chemistry*
Nat Sci 217CHEM 343 Introduction to Organic Chemistry*
Nat Sci 219CHEM 344 Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab*
Nat Sci 218CHEM 345 Organic Chemistry II*
MATH 260MATH STATS 215 Elementary Statistics
IT 109 OR
ITSUP 101
BUS ADM 230 Introduction to Management Information Systems

Courses Required for Admission that are NOT in the MATC Curriculum

UWM Course NumberUWM Course Title
BIO SCI 150 Foundations of Biological Sciences I*
BMS 301*, 302*, 303*, 304*, and 305* Pathophysiology
BIO SCI 325 Heredity*
BIO SCI 383 Microbiology*
CHEM 501 Biochemistry*
BMS 427 Immunology*
BMS 428 Immunology Lab*

Program, Major, School Courses in MATC Curriculum NOT Required for Admission

None

Balance of General Education Requirements Not Met by Above Courses
  • Humanities – 6 credits
  • Social Sciences – 6 credits
  • Fine Arts – 3 credits
  • Cultural Diversity – 3 credits (Courses which satisfy Cultural Diversity may also satisfy Humanities, Fine Arts or Social Sciences)
  • Foreign Language Requirement – One year college level foreign language OR two years in high school
  • Oral and Written Communication Part B – (Requirement waived for any student who has college credits prior to Fall 2013 semester)

For an approved list of GER courses and an explanation of the Foreign Language requirement, refer to the UWM Schedule of Classes or go to www4.uwm.edu/academics/ger.cfm.

Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Biomedical Sciences from UW-Milwaukee, the following guideline of classes will help you plan your work.

Semester I

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 201BIOL SCI 202*
Eng 197 OR 208Eng 206**
ENG 201ENG 101
MATH 200MATH 105
Social Science Social Science
Summer Semester

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 211Chem 102*
Semester II

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 202BIOL SCI 203*
Nat Sci 212CHEM 104*
ENG 202ENG 102
HumanitiesHumanities
Social ScienceSocial Science
Semester III

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 217CHEM 343*
Social SciencesSocial Sciences
HumanitiesHumanities
MAT 260MTH ST 215
Summer Semester

UW-Milwaukee
Bio Sci 150 [at UWM]
Semester IV

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 219CHEM 344*
Nat Sci 218*CHEM 345*
IT 109 OR
ITSUP 101
BUS ADM 230
ArtsArts

UWM Courses for Summer Semester of Transfer
  • BIO SCI 325
  • BMS 301*
  • BMS 302*
  • BMS 303*
  • BMS 304*
  • BMS 305*
UWM Courses for Fall Semester of Transfer [C or better in CHEM 501, BIOL SCI 383, BMS 427, 427]
  • BIOL SCI 383*
  • CHEM 501*
  • ENG 207
  • BMS 427*
  • BMS 428*
Notes

Students should choose a three credit fine arts, humanities or social science course to also satisfy the cultural diversity requirement.

* Courses that count towards a student’s Science GPA.

** Course will cover the Oral/Written Communication GER for your UWM graduation requirements.

Contact

Contact

Torry Rufer, MS
Recruitment Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-6237
tjrufer@uwm.edu

Bill Mueller, MS
Academic Advisor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-2758
muellew@uwm.edu

For admissions related questions contact the UWM Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (414) 229-2222.

For transfer credit evaluation questions contact the UWM Registrar’s Office at (414) 229-3800 or fill out this form.

Admission to Major

Admission to Major

Admission Criteria

The following requirements must be met before beginning the professional course (junior and senior level courses) of study:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 86 semester hours of course work, including all required courses and UWM General Education Requirements
  2. An overall minimum UWM grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
  3. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in the specified science courses:
    • Chem: 102, 104, 221, 341, 342, 501
    • Bio Sci: 202, 203, 325, 383
    • BMS: 301-305, 427, 428
  4. A minimum grade of C in all junior level science courses

Application Process

Students must complete the following steps in the application process:

  1. Complete the Biomedical Sciences application form and return it by December 1 of your junior year to:
  2. Department of Biomedical Sciences Program Office
    College of Health Sciences
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Enderis Hall, Room 411
    Milwaukee, WI 53201
  3. Submit an autobiography, along with your application form, describing yourself and your accomplishments. Text should be 1-page, double-spaced on 8.5 x 11” paper and include:
    • Your work experience, including any in health care
    • Your reasons for choosing the Biomedical Sciences as your profession
    • Your future goals

Review of Applicants

The College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs, together with the Department of Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Program Director, will review all application files in January to verify that all the admission criteria have been satisfied and the files are complete.

Important Information

  • You need to schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor to review transcripts and complete a degree audit to make sure that all academic records are in order. An appointment can be made at:
  • Office of Student Affairs
    College of Health Sciences
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425
    Milwaukee, WI 53201
    (414) 229-2758
  • Limited employment during the Summer Session is recommended.
  • You are expected to register for classes at UWM in the usual fashion at the beginning of the Summer, Fall and Spring semesters of your senior year. University fees will be charged.

Meet With Your Advisor

Meet With Your Advisor

To schedule an advising appointment, call (414) 229-2758 or visit Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425.

I’m a new student.  How do I start?

You are assigned an academic advisor upon admission to UWM. New Student Orientation (NSO) helps those who are new to campus to learn and understand the enrollment process and enroll in classes for their first semester at UWM!

Who is my advisor?

Bill Mueller, MS
(414) 229-2758 • muellew@uwm.edu

You can also see the name of your advisor and contact them directly by accessing your student center in PAWS.

When should I meet with my advisor?

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once per semester to ensure timely progress to graduation.

  • Enrolling for spring semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in October or November.
  • Enrolling for fall semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in March or April.

Students are also welcome to schedule an appointment with their advisor at any time to discuss academic challenges, career opportunities, or any other questions.

How can my advisor help me?

CHS boasts professional academic advisors who understand the challenges of balancing academics, work, family, and the social aspects of college life. Advisors partner with you to:

  • Explore your academic and career interests
  • Plan the sequence of your courses
  • Prepare for course enrollment
  • Access tutoring and other academic support
  • Identify opportunities for campus involvement
  • Connect you to campus resources
  • Plan for graduation

Curriculum

Curriculum

General Education Requirements (GERs)

COURSEGERCredits
Total Credits:
18
Social Science
Select course from the approved GER Social Science list
GERS6
Cultural Diversity
Select course from approved GER list; Can be combined with Arts/Humanities
GERC3
Arts
Select course from the approved GER Arts list
GERA3
Humanities
Select course from the approved GER Humanities list
GERH6

Freshman Year: Semester I

CourseCredits
Total Credits:12(17)
BIO SCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology I*4
BMS 101: Intro to Clinical Lab Science**(2)
BMS 205: Intro to Diagnostic Medicine**(3)
CHEM 102: General Chemistry*5
GER Elective - Arts3

Freshman Year: Semester II

CourseCredits
Total Credits
15
BIO SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology II*4
CHEM 104: General Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis*5
HS 224: Intro to Microcomputers3
GER Elective - Humanities3

Sophomore Year: Semester I

CourseCredits
Total Credits:15
BIO SCI 150: Foundations of Biological Science I*4
BMS 301-303: Human Pathophysiology*3
CHEM 341: Organic Chemistry Lecture*3
CHEM 342: Organic Chemistry Lab*2
ENGLISH 207: Health Science Writing (OWCB)
Required for students without any credit prior to Fall 2013
3

Sophomore Year: Semester II

CourseCredits
Total Credits:15
BIO SCI 325: Genetics*4
BMS 304-305: Human Pathophysiology*2
KIN 270: Statistics in Health Sciences (QLB)3
GER Elective - Social Science3
GER Elective - Social Science3

Junior Year: Semester I

CourseCredits
Total Credits:14
BIO SCI 383: General Microbiology*4
BMS 427: Clinical Immunology*3
BMS 428: Clinical Immunology Lab*1
CHEM 501: Biochemistry*3
GER Elective - Humanities3

Junior Year: Semester II

CourseCredits
Total Credits:16
BMS 420: Intro Hematology3
BMS 421: Intro Hematology Lab1
BMS 431: Clinical Chemistry3
BMS 432: Clinical Chemistry Lab1
BMS 534: Medical Microbiology3
BMS 535: Medical Microbiology Lab2
BMS 560: Molecular & Genetic Diagnostics2
BMS 561: Molecular Diagnostics Lab1

Senior Year: Summer Session (Professional Training)

CourseCredits
Total Credits:10
BMS 521: Applied Clinical Hematology2
BMS 522: Hemostasis1
BMS 536: Applied Clinical Microbiology2
BMS 537: Medical Parasitolgy & Mycology2
BMS 541: Urinalysis1
BMS 542: Applied Clinical Chemistry2

Senior Year: Semester I (Professional Training)

CourseCredits
Total Credits:16
BMS 523: Lectures in Advanced Hematology1
BMS 547: Clinical Lab Diagnosis5
BMS 555: Toxicology & TDM1
BMS 599: Advanced Independent Study3
Electives6

Senior Year: Semester II (Professional Training)

CourseCredits
Total Credits:16
BMS 531: Advanced Lectures in CLS1
BMS 549: Professional Development in CLS3
BMS 599: Advanced Independent Study3
Electives9

* Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500 in these required science courses.
** Strongly recommended, not required.

Get Involved

Get Involved

Biomedical Sciences Student Association (BMS-SA)

Provides educational, vocational and social support for UWM Biomedical Sciences students at all levels. Promotes general public awareness of the roles and contributions of the clinical laboratory scientist. The assimilation of scientific knowledge and its subsequent application toward solving today’s health problems is a primary function of the biomedical scientist and consequently the collective goal of club members.

Contact

Cindy Brown, Educational Coordinator & Association Advisor
Clinical Associate Professor
(414) 229-5299
cbrown@uwm.edu

UWM Office of Undergraduate Research

The UWM Office of Undergraduate Research is a centralized location for undergraduates seeking on-campus research opportunities and faculty seeking enthusiastic, motivated undergraduate students with whom to collaborate.

Volunteer Service

The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the UW-Milwaukee campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. Each week of the year there are opportunities to make a real difference in Milwaukee and beyond by working to improve the environment, mentoring local kids, stocking shelves at a food pantry, serving breakfast to Milwaukee’s homeless community, engaging in an alternative spring break, and helping older adults.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at uwm.edu/community/students/

Graduation

Graduation

Students in the Biomedical Sciences sub-major are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree upon completion of all of the following requirements:

  1. Completion of UWM’s General Education Requirements (GER)
  2. A cumulative UWM minimum grade point average of 2.5
  3. Completion of all required courses and electives
  4. A grade of C or better in all professional level courses

You should contact your advisor at the beginning of your senior year to ensure that all requirements are being met.

Use UWM’s Graduation website to review campus-wide graduation requirements, graduation application deadlines, applying for graduation, and ordering your cap and gown.

Employment Outlook

Employment Outlook

Earnings

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, median annual wages for clinical laboratory technologists varies by specialty. Earnings for staff within Biomedical Sciences range from $41,340 to $146,650.

Expected Growth

Excellent job opportunities are available in biomedical research, as well as, employment with pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

Cytotechnology submajor

Cytotechnology submajor

As a cytotechnologist, you’ll use high-tech methodology to study cells within the human body. You will prepare slides of body cells and microscopically examine them to detect changes caused by different disease processes, such as cancer. Spending a good deal of time in the laboratory with their microscopes, cytotechnologists generally work alone or in small groups.

Admission to UWM

Admission to UWM

New College Students

On your application for admission to UW-Milwaukee, select “Biomedical Sciences” as your intended area of study. You will be classified as “Biomedical Sciences-intended” upon admission to the University.

After you have completed the prerequisite courses during your first two years of study, you will be eligible to apply for admission to the major and professional core courses.

Transfer Students

The College of Health Sciences welcomes students from other academic areas on the UW-Milwaukee campus, and students transferring to UWM from other institutions. Many courses can be transferred to meet specific program and General Education Requirements (GER) needed for graduation.

If you plan to transfer into any of the College of Health Sciences majors, you should make an appointment to meet with an advisor to plan your curriculum:

Office of Student Affairs
College of Health Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229-2758

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Submit a UW System application form and all appropriate transcripts to UWM Office of Admissions. Students who meet UWM standard admission requirements will be admitted directly into the College of Health Sciences as “intended major”.

Transfer from UW Colleges

Transfer from UW Colleges
Non-Course Requirements for Entry into the Major/Internship
  • Completion of 71 credits.
  • Attainment of a minimum 2.5 undergraduate grade point average on all courses attempted at UWM.
  • A 2.5 grade point average in specific science prerequisite courses noted with an asterisk (*).
Course Requirements for Entrance into the Biomedical Sciences Major in the UW-Colleges Curriculum

English Competency: ENG 102 with a grade of C or sufficient English Placement Score
Math Competency: MATH 110 with a grade of C or sufficient Math Placement Score
MATCUWMUWM Course Title
PHS 202 &
PHS 203
BIOL SCI 202 &
BIOL SCI 203
Anatomy and Physiology I & II*
CHE 145 &
CHE 155
CHEM 102 &
CHEM 104
General Chemistry*
CHE 343CHEM 343Introduction to Organic Chemistry*
CHE 352CHEM 344Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab*
CHE 362CHEM 345Organic Chemistry II*
CHE 244CHEM 221Quantitative Analysis*
BIO 160BIOL SCI 325Heredity*
MAT 117MATH STATS 215Elementary Statistics
BUS 230BUS ADM 230Introduction to Management Information Systems

Courses Required for Admission that are NOT in the UW Colleges Curriculum

UWM Course NumberUWM Course Title
BMS 301*, 302*, 303*, 304*, and 305*Pathophysiology
BIO SCI 383Microbiology*
CHEM 501Biochemistry*
BMS 427Immunology*
BMS 428Immunology Lab*

Program, Major, School Courses in UW Colleges’ Curriculum NOT Required for Admission

None

Balance of General Education Requirements Not Met by Above Courses
  • Humanities- 6 credits
  • Social Sciences- 6 credits
  • Fine Arts- 3 credits
  • Cultural Diversity- 3 credits (Courses which satisfy Cultural Diversity may also satisfy Humanities, Fine Arts or Social Sciences)
  • Foreign Language Requirement-One year college level foreign language OR two years in high school

For an approved list of GER courses and an explanation of the Foreign Language requirement, refer to the UWM Schedule of Classes or go to www4.uwm.edu/academics/ger.cfm.

Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Biomedical Sciences from UW-Milwaukee, the following guideline of classes will help you plan your work.

Semester I

MATCUW-Milwaukee
PHS 202BIOL SCI 202*
CHE 145CHEM 102*
ENG 101ENG 101
MATH 110MATH 105
Social ScienceSocial Science
Semester II

MATCUW-Milwaukee
PHS 203BIOL SCI 203*
CHE 155CHEM 104*
ENG 102ENG 102
HumanitiesHumanities
Social ScienceSocial Science
Semester III

MATCUW-Milwaukee
CHE 343CHEM 343*
CHE 244CHEM 221
BIO 160BIOL SCI 325*
MAT 117MTH ST 215
Semester IV

MATCUW-Milwaukee
CHE 352CHEM 344*
CHE 362CHEM 345*
BUS 230BUS ADM 230
ArtsArts
HumanitiesHumanities

UWM Courses for Summer Semester of Transfer
  • BMS 301*
  • BMS 302*
  • BMS 303*
  • BMS 304*
  • BMS 305*
UWM Courses for Fall Semester of Transfer [C or better in CHEM 501, BIOL SCI 383, BMS 427, 427]
  • BIOL SCI 383*
  • CHEM 501*
  • ENG 207
  • BMS 427*
  • BMS 428*
Notes

Students should choose a three credit fine arts, humanities or social science course to also satisfy the cultural diversity requirement.

* Courses that count towards a student’s Science GPA.

Special Notes

Please note that there are 13 UW Colleges and not all of the UW Colleges offer all of the courses listed. Be sure to work with an academic advisor at the UW College. You can be guaranteed admission to UW-Milwaukee by participating in the UW Colleges Guaranteed Transfer Program. After fulfilling certain credit and grade point average requirements, you will transfer with the same rights and privileges as those who begin their education at UWM. Please contact an advisor at your UWC for more information. For more detailed information on transferring to UWM, please view the UWM Transfer Student webpage.

Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)

Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
Non-Course Requirements for Entrance into the Major/Internship
  • Completion of 71 credits.
  • Attainment of a minimum 2.5 undergraduate grade point average on all courses attempted at UWM.
  • A 2.5 grade point average in specific science prerequisite courses noted with an asterisk (*).
Course Requirements for Entry into the Biomedical Sciences Major in MATC Curriculum

English Competency: ENG 102 with a grade of C or sufficient English Placement Score
Math Competency: MATH 110 with a grade of C or sufficient Math Placement Score
MATCUWMUWM Course Title
Nat Sci 201 & Nat Sci 202BIO SCI 202 & 203 Anatomy and Physiology I & II*
Nat Sci 211 & Nat Sci 212 CHEM 102 & 104General Chemistry*
Nat Sci 217CHEM 343 Introduction to Organic Chemistry*
Nat Sci 219CHEM 344 Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab*
Nat Sci 218CHEM 345 Organic Chemistry II*
MATH 260MATH STATS 215 Elementary Statistics
IT 109 OR
ITSUP 101
BUS ADM 230 Introduction to Management Information Systems

Courses Required for Admission that are NOT in the MATC Curriculum

UWM Course NumberUWM Course Title
BIO SCI 150 Foundations of Biological Sciences I*
BMS 301*, 302*, 303*, 304*, and 305* Pathophysiology
BIO SCI 325 Heredity*
BIO SCI 383 Microbiology*
CHEM 501 Biochemistry*
BMS 427 Immunology*
BMS 428 Immunology Lab*

Program, Major, School Courses in MATC Curriculum NOT Required for Admission

None

Balance of General Education Requirements Not Met by Above Courses
  • Humanities – 6 credits
  • Social Sciences – 6 credits
  • Fine Arts – 3 credits
  • Cultural Diversity – 3 credits (Courses which satisfy Cultural Diversity may also satisfy Humanities, Fine Arts or Social Sciences)
  • Foreign Language Requirement – One year college level foreign language OR two years in high school
  • Oral and Written Communication Part B – (Requirement waived for any student who has college credits prior to Fall 2013 semester)

For an approved list of GER courses and an explanation of the Foreign Language requirement, refer to the UWM Schedule of Classes or go to www4.uwm.edu/academics/ger.cfm.

Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Biomedical Sciences from UW-Milwaukee, the following guideline of classes will help you plan your work.

Semester I

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 201BIOL SCI 202*
Eng 197 OR 208Eng 206**
ENG 201ENG 101
MATH 200MATH 105
Social Science Social Science
Summer Semester

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 211Chem 102*
Semester II

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 202BIOL SCI 203*
Nat Sci 212CHEM 104*
ENG 202ENG 102
HumanitiesHumanities
Social ScienceSocial Science
Semester III

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 217CHEM 343*
Social SciencesSocial Sciences
HumanitiesHumanities
MAT 260MTH ST 215
Summer Semester

UW-Milwaukee
Bio Sci 150 [at UWM]
Semester IV

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 219CHEM 344*
Nat Sci 218*CHEM 345*
IT 109 OR
ITSUP 101
BUS ADM 230
ArtsArts

UWM Courses for Summer Semester of Transfer
  • BIO SCI 325
  • BMS 301*
  • BMS 302*
  • BMS 303*
  • BMS 304*
  • BMS 305*
UWM Courses for Fall Semester of Transfer [C or better in CHEM 501, BIOL SCI 383, BMS 427, 427]
  • BIOL SCI 383*
  • CHEM 501*
  • ENG 207
  • BMS 427*
  • BMS 428*
Notes

Students should choose a three credit fine arts, humanities or social science course to also satisfy the cultural diversity requirement.

* Courses that count towards a student’s Science GPA.

** Course will cover the Oral/Written Communication GER for your UWM graduation requirements.

Contact

Contact

Torry Rufer, MS
Recruitment Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-6237
tjrufer@uwm.edu

Bill Mueller, MS
Academic Advisor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-2758
muellew@uwm.edu

For admissions related questions contact the UWM Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (414) 229-2222.

For transfer credit evaluation questions contact the UWM Registrar’s Office at (414) 229-3800 or fill out this form.

Admission to Major

Admission to Major

Please see the Clinical Education section below.

Meet With Your Advisor

Meet With Your Advisor

To schedule an advising appointment, call (414) 229-2758 or visit Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425.

I’m a new student.  How do I start?

You are assigned an academic advisor upon admission to UWM. New Student Orientation (NSO) helps those who are new to campus to learn and understand the enrollment process and enroll in classes for their first semester at UWM!

Who is my advisor?

Bill Mueller, MS
(414) 229-2758 • muellew@uwm.edu

You can also see the name of your advisor and contact them directly by accessing your student center in PAWS.

When should I meet with my advisor?

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once per semester to ensure timely progress to graduation.

  • Enrolling for spring semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in October or November.
  • Enrolling for fall semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in March or April.

Students are also welcome to schedule an appointment with their advisor at any time to discuss academic challenges, career opportunities, or any other questions.

How can my advisor help me?

CHS boasts professional academic advisors who understand the challenges of balancing academics, work, family, and the social aspects of college life. Advisors partner with you to:

  • Explore your academic and career interests
  • Plan the sequence of your courses
  • Prepare for course enrollment
  • Access tutoring and other academic support
  • Identify opportunities for campus involvement
  • Connect you to campus resources
  • Plan for graduation

Curriculum

Curriculum

General Education Requirements (GERs)

COURSEGERCredits
Total Credits:
18
Social Science
Select course from the approved GER Social Science list
GERS6
Cultural Diversity
Select course from approved GER list; Can be combined with Arts/Humanities
GERC3
Arts
Select course from the approved GER Arts list
GERA3
Humanities
Select course from the approved GER Humanities list
GERH6

Freshman Year: Semester I

CourseCredits
Total Credits:12(17)
BIO SCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology I*4
BMS 101: Intro to Clinical Lab Science**(2)
BMS 205: Intro to Diagnostic Medicine**(3)
CHEM 102: General Chemistry*5
GER Elective - Arts3

Freshman Year: Semester II

CourseCredits
Total Credits
15
BIO SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology II*4
CHEM 104: General Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis*5
HS 224: Intro to Microcomputers3
GER Elective - Humanities3

Sophomore Year: Semester I

CourseCredits
Total Credits:15
BIO SCI 150: Foundations of Biological Science I*4
BMS 301-303: Human Pathophysiology*3
CHEM 341: Organic Chemistry Lecture*3
CHEM 342: Organic Chemistry Lab*2
ENGLISH 207: Health Science Writing (OWCB)
Required for students without any credit prior to Fall 2013
3

Sophomore Year: Semester II

CourseCredits
Total Credits:15
BIO SCI 325: Genetics*4
BMS 304-305: Human Pathophysiology*2
KIN 270: Statistics in Health Sciences (QLB)3
GER Elective - Social Science3
GER Elective - Social Science3

Junior Year: Semester I

CourseCredits
Total Credits:14
BIO SCI 383: General Microbiology*4
BMS 427: Clinical Immunology*3
BMS 428: Clinical Immunology Lab*1
CHEM 501: Biochemistry*3
GER Elective - Humanities3

Junior Year: Semester II

CourseCredits
Total Credits:16
BMS 420: Intro Hematology3
BMS 421: Intro Hematology Lab1
BMS 431: Clinical Chemistry3
BMS 432: Clinical Chemistry Lab1
BMS 534: Medical Microbiology3
BMS 535: Medical Microbiology Lab2
BMS 560: Molecular & Genetic Diagnostics2
BMS 561: Molecular Diagnostics Lab1

Senior Year: Summer Session (Professional Training)

CourseCredits
Total Credits:10
BMS 521: Applied Clinical Hematology2
BMS 522: Hemostasis1
BMS 536: Applied Clinical Microbiology2
BMS 537: Medical Parasitolgy & Mycology2
BMS 541: Urinalysis1
BMS 542: Applied Clinical Chemistry2

Senior Year: Semester I (Professional Training)

CourseCredits
Total Credits:12
BMS 501: Introduction to Cytotechnology1
BMS 575: Cytology of Fem Gen Lec4
BMS 576: Cytology of Fem Gen Lab4
BMS 577: Cytology of Respiratory Tract3

Senior Year: Semester II (Professional Training)

CourseCredits
Total Credits:12
BMS 578: Cytology of the GI & GU Tracts2
BMS 579: Cytology of Effusion & CNS3
BMS 580: Aspiration Cytology4
BMS 581: Special Procedures in Cytology1
BMS 582: Cytology of the Breast1
BMS 586: Cytology Lab Operations & QC1

Senior Year: Summer Semester

CourseCredits
Total Credits:7
BMS 583: Cytology Preparation Techniques1
BMS 587: Research Methods in Cytology1
BMS 588: Diagonostic Microscopy in Cytology5

* Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500 in these required science courses.
** Strongly recommended, not required.

Get Involved

Get Involved

Biomedical Sciences Student Association (BMS-SA)

Provides educational, vocational and social support for UWM Biomedical Sciences students at all levels. Promotes general public awareness of the roles and contributions of the clinical laboratory scientist. The assimilation of scientific knowledge and its subsequent application toward solving today’s health problems is a primary function of the biomedical scientist and consequently the collective goal of club members.

Contact

Cindy Brown, Educational Coordinator & Association Advisor
Clinical Associate Professor
(414) 229-5299
cbrown@uwm.edu

UWM Office of Undergraduate Research

The UWM Office of Undergraduate Research is a centralized location for undergraduates seeking on-campus research opportunities and faculty seeking enthusiastic, motivated undergraduate students with whom to collaborate.

Volunteer Service

The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the UW-Milwaukee campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. Each week of the year there are opportunities to make a real difference in Milwaukee and beyond by working to improve the environment, mentoring local kids, stocking shelves at a food pantry, serving breakfast to Milwaukee’s homeless community, engaging in an alternative spring break, and helping older adults.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at uwm.edu/community/students/

Clinical Education

Clinical Education

Clinical Affiliations

Students in the Cytotechnology program will apply for professional clinical training through the UW-Madison/State Lab of Hygiene Cytotechnology Program.

Admission Criteria

As a student in the Cytotechnology Program, you will complete 12 months of practical training during your senior year through the UW-Madison Cytotechnology Program. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to take the professional certification examination offered through the American Society for Clinical Pathology/Board of Certification (ASCP/BOC).

Entry into the Cytotechnology Professional Program is competitive and dependent upon:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours of course work, including all required courses and UWM General Education Requirements (GER)
  2. An overall minimum UWM grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
  3. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in the specified science courses:
    • Chemistry: 102, 104, 221, 341, 342, 501
    • Bio Sciences: 202, 203, 260, 303
    • Biomedical Sciences: 301-305, 427, 428, & any other BMS courses taken
  4. A minimum grade of C in all junior-level science courses

PLEASE NOTE: The Program will attempt to place all students who meet the above criteria, but cannot guarantee that every student will be placed in a clinical rotation. The number of students placed in clinical rotations depends on the number of clinical positions available. Students with the highest science GPA will be given first priority. You will be contacted regarding your eligibility for clinical placement prior to the start of the spring semester of your junior year.

In the event that more clinical positions are available than students requesting placement, a student with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 may be conditionally accepted for a clinical rotation. Each student will be reviewed on an individual basis and must have approval from the Department of Biomedical Sciences faculty and the Clinical Education Coordinator(s).

To remain eligible to continue in the professional training, students must earn a grade of C or better in all senior-level courses. Students must be prepared for full-time study (40 hours per week) that could also require additional study time at night and on weekends.

Application Process

Students will apply to the UW-Madison Cytotechnology Program through their online application.

Interviews with Clinical Education Coordinators

The Cytotechnology Program Officials will review the application materials and schedule an interview in February or March.

Clinical Placements

Upon completion of the interviews, the Cytotechnology Program Officials will send out acceptance or rejection letters on April 1. Applicants will have 1 week to respond to the acceptance letter and confirm interest in a clinical placement.

Student Handbook

A student handbook will be provided by the clinical training site at the start of the professional training.

Background Check, Drug Screen, & Health Status Assessment

All students that will be participating in professional clinical training are required to have a Background Check, Drug Screen, and Health Status Assessment performed prior to starting their clinical rotation. The Background Check, Drug Screen, and Heath Assessment compliance tracking will be performed through a company called CastleBranch. The Program Director will provide instructions for creating an account with CastleBranch. Once the required testing is completed, the results will be reviewed by the Program Director and shared with the internship site upon request.

Important Information

  • You need to schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor to review transcripts and complete a degree audit to make sure that all academic records are in order. An appointment can be made at:
  • Office of Student Affairs
    College of Health Sciences
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425
    Milwaukee, WI 53201
    (414) 229-2758
  • A background check and a physical examination are required of all students prior to starting the professional clinical training. Health Status Assessment Forms should be submitted to:
  • Department of Biomedical Sciences Program Office
    College of Health Sciences
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Enderis Hall, Room 411
    Milwaukee, WI 53201
  • The clinical affiliate sites require that all students have health insurance while in the clinical rotation.
  • Limited employment during the Summer Session is recommended.
  • Rotation schedules, vacations and other time off are matters which are decided individually by each clinical site. The UWM academic calendar does not apply.
  • Students will enroll as a special student undergraduate under the Continuing Studies Department at UW-Madison.

Graduation

Graduation

Students in the Cytotechnology submajor are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree upon completion of all of the following requirements:

  1. Completion of UWM’s General Education Requirements (GER)
  2. A cumulative UWM minimum grade point average of 2.5
  3. A cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.5 in specific, required science courses
  4. Completion of all required courses and electives (86 credits) through the second semester of junior year
  5. A grade of C or better in all junior-level courses

You should contact your advisor at the beginning of your senior year to ensure that all requirements are being met.

Use UWM’s Graduation website to review campus-wide graduation requirements, graduation application deadlines, applying for graduation, and ordering your cap and gown.

Professional Certification

Professional Certification

Professional Certification information can be found at:

American Society for Clinical Pathology / Board of Certification (BOC)
33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 541-4999
www.ascp.org/board-of-certification

Employment Outlook

Employment Outlook

Earnings

The median annual wage for medical and clinical laboratory technologists was $59,430 in May 2014. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $40,640, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $82,180.

In May 2014, the Wisconsin annual mean wage was $56,750 (Range: $54,710 – $58,180).

Expected Growth

Employment of medical laboratory technologists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster the average for all occupations.

An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures. Prenatal testing for various types of genetic conditions also is increasingly common. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians will be in demand to use and maintain the equipment needed for diagnosis and treatment.

The number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform. As a result, demand for the services of laboratory personnel may grow as more patients who were previously uninsured, or found treatment to be cost-prohibitive, seek laboratory tests.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

Medical Laboratory Science (formerly Medical Technology) submajor

Medical Laboratory Science (formerly Medical Technology) submajor

As a medical laboratory scientist, you’ll use microscopes, computers, sophisticated laboratory equipment and instrumentation in your work. You’ll learn to master both the theoretical and practical aspects of clinical/laboratory medicine: chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology and blood banking. And you’ll be ready to succeed in this fast-growing field, playing your part in delivering the best patient care.

*Medical laboratory science is also known as medical technology or clinical laboratory science.

Accreditation

Accreditation

The College of Health Sciences Medical Laboratory Science (formerly Medical Technology) program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

5600 North River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Phone: (773) 714-8880
Fax: (773) 714-8886
info@naacls.org
www.naacls.org

Admission to UWM

Admission to UWM

New College Students

On your application for admission to UW-Milwaukee, select “Biomedical Sciences” as your intended area of study. You will be classified as “Biomedical Sciences-intended” upon admission to the University.

After you have completed the prerequisite courses during your first two years of study, you will be eligible to apply for admission to the major and professional core courses.

Transfer Students

The College of Health Sciences welcomes students from other academic areas on the UW-Milwaukee campus, and students transferring to UWM from other institutions. Many courses can be transferred to meet specific program and General Education Requirements (GER) needed for graduation.

If you plan to transfer into any of the College of Health Sciences majors, you should make an appointment to meet with an advisor to plan your curriculum:

Office of Student Affairs
College of Health Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229-2758

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Submit a UW System application form and all appropriate transcripts to UWM Office of Admissions. Students who meet UWM standard admission requirements will be admitted directly into the College of Health Sciences as “intended major”.

Transfer from UW Colleges

Transfer from UW Colleges
Non-Course Requirements for Entry into the Major/Internship
  • Completion of 71 credits.
  • Attainment of a minimum 2.5 undergraduate grade point average on all courses attempted at UWM.
  • A 2.5 grade point average in specific science prerequisite courses noted with an asterisk (*).
Course Requirements for Entrance into the Biomedical Sciences Major in the UW-Colleges Curriculum

English Competency: ENG 102 with a grade of C or sufficient English Placement Score
Math Competency: MATH 110 with a grade of C or sufficient Math Placement Score
MATCUWMUWM Course Title
PHS 202 &
PHS 203
BIOL SCI 202 &
BIOL SCI 203
Anatomy and Physiology I & II*
CHE 145 &
CHE 155
CHEM 102 &
CHEM 104
General Chemistry*
CHE 343CHEM 343Introduction to Organic Chemistry*
CHE 352CHEM 344Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab*
CHE 362CHEM 345Organic Chemistry II*
CHE 244CHEM 221Quantitative Analysis*
BIO 160BIOL SCI 325Heredity*
MAT 117MATH STATS 215Elementary Statistics
BUS 230BUS ADM 230Introduction to Management Information Systems

Courses Required for Admission that are NOT in the UW Colleges Curriculum

UWM Course NumberUWM Course Title
BMS 301*, 302*, 303*, 304*, and 305*Pathophysiology
BIO SCI 383Microbiology*
CHEM 501Biochemistry*
BMS 427Immunology*
BMS 428Immunology Lab*

Program, Major, School Courses in UW Colleges’ Curriculum NOT Required for Admission

None

Balance of General Education Requirements Not Met by Above Courses
  • Humanities- 6 credits
  • Social Sciences- 6 credits
  • Fine Arts- 3 credits
  • Cultural Diversity- 3 credits (Courses which satisfy Cultural Diversity may also satisfy Humanities, Fine Arts or Social Sciences)
  • Foreign Language Requirement-One year college level foreign language OR two years in high school

For an approved list of GER courses and an explanation of the Foreign Language requirement, refer to the UWM Schedule of Classes or go to www4.uwm.edu/academics/ger.cfm.

Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Biomedical Sciences from UW-Milwaukee, the following guideline of classes will help you plan your work.

Semester I

MATCUW-Milwaukee
PHS 202BIOL SCI 202*
CHE 145CHEM 102*
ENG 101ENG 101
MATH 110MATH 105
Social ScienceSocial Science
Semester II

MATCUW-Milwaukee
PHS 203BIOL SCI 203*
CHE 155CHEM 104*
ENG 102ENG 102
HumanitiesHumanities
Social ScienceSocial Science
Semester III

MATCUW-Milwaukee
CHE 343CHEM 343*
CHE 244CHEM 221
BIO 160BIOL SCI 325*
MAT 117MTH ST 215
Semester IV

MATCUW-Milwaukee
CHE 352CHEM 344*
CHE 362CHEM 345*
BUS 230BUS ADM 230
ArtsArts
HumanitiesHumanities

UWM Courses for Summer Semester of Transfer
  • BMS 301*
  • BMS 302*
  • BMS 303*
  • BMS 304*
  • BMS 305*
UWM Courses for Fall Semester of Transfer [C or better in CHEM 501, BIOL SCI 383, BMS 427, 427]
  • BIOL SCI 383*
  • CHEM 501*
  • ENG 207
  • BMS 427*
  • BMS 428*
Notes

Students should choose a three credit fine arts, humanities or social science course to also satisfy the cultural diversity requirement.

* Courses that count towards a student’s Science GPA.

Special Notes

Please note that there are 13 UW Colleges and not all of the UW Colleges offer all of the courses listed. Be sure to work with an academic advisor at the UW College. You can be guaranteed admission to UW-Milwaukee by participating in the UW Colleges Guaranteed Transfer Program. After fulfilling certain credit and grade point average requirements, you will transfer with the same rights and privileges as those who begin their education at UWM. Please contact an advisor at your UWC for more information. For more detailed information on transferring to UWM, please view the UWM Transfer Student webpage.

Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)

Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
Non-Course Requirements for Entrance into the Major/Internship
  • Completion of 71 credits.
  • Attainment of a minimum 2.5 undergraduate grade point average on all courses attempted at UWM.
  • A 2.5 grade point average in specific science prerequisite courses noted with an asterisk (*).
Course Requirements for Entry into the Biomedical Sciences Major in MATC Curriculum

English Competency: ENG 102 with a grade of C or sufficient English Placement Score
Math Competency: MATH 110 with a grade of C or sufficient Math Placement Score
MATCUWMUWM Course Title
Nat Sci 201 & Nat Sci 202BIO SCI 202 & 203 Anatomy and Physiology I & II*
Nat Sci 211 & Nat Sci 212 CHEM 102 & 104General Chemistry*
Nat Sci 217CHEM 343 Introduction to Organic Chemistry*
Nat Sci 219CHEM 344 Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab*
Nat Sci 218CHEM 345 Organic Chemistry II*
MATH 260MATH STATS 215 Elementary Statistics
IT 109 OR
ITSUP 101
BUS ADM 230 Introduction to Management Information Systems

Courses Required for Admission that are NOT in the MATC Curriculum

UWM Course NumberUWM Course Title
BIO SCI 150 Foundations of Biological Sciences I*
BMS 301*, 302*, 303*, 304*, and 305* Pathophysiology
BIO SCI 325 Heredity*
BIO SCI 383 Microbiology*
CHEM 501 Biochemistry*
BMS 427 Immunology*
BMS 428 Immunology Lab*

Program, Major, School Courses in MATC Curriculum NOT Required for Admission

None

Balance of General Education Requirements Not Met by Above Courses
  • Humanities – 6 credits
  • Social Sciences – 6 credits
  • Fine Arts – 3 credits
  • Cultural Diversity – 3 credits (Courses which satisfy Cultural Diversity may also satisfy Humanities, Fine Arts or Social Sciences)
  • Foreign Language Requirement – One year college level foreign language OR two years in high school
  • Oral and Written Communication Part B – (Requirement waived for any student who has college credits prior to Fall 2013 semester)

For an approved list of GER courses and an explanation of the Foreign Language requirement, refer to the UWM Schedule of Classes or go to www4.uwm.edu/academics/ger.cfm.

Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Biomedical Sciences from UW-Milwaukee, the following guideline of classes will help you plan your work.

Semester I

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 201BIOL SCI 202*
Eng 197 OR 208Eng 206**
ENG 201ENG 101
MATH 200MATH 105
Social Science Social Science
Summer Semester

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 211Chem 102*
Semester II

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 202BIOL SCI 203*
Nat Sci 212CHEM 104*
ENG 202ENG 102
HumanitiesHumanities
Social ScienceSocial Science
Semester III

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 217CHEM 343*
Social SciencesSocial Sciences
HumanitiesHumanities
MAT 260MTH ST 215
Summer Semester

UW-Milwaukee
Bio Sci 150 [at UWM]
Semester IV

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 219CHEM 344*
Nat Sci 218*CHEM 345*
IT 109 OR
ITSUP 101
BUS ADM 230
ArtsArts

UWM Courses for Summer Semester of Transfer
  • BIO SCI 325
  • BMS 301*
  • BMS 302*
  • BMS 303*
  • BMS 304*
  • BMS 305*
UWM Courses for Fall Semester of Transfer [C or better in CHEM 501, BIOL SCI 383, BMS 427, 427]
  • BIOL SCI 383*
  • CHEM 501*
  • ENG 207
  • BMS 427*
  • BMS 428*
Notes

Students should choose a three credit fine arts, humanities or social science course to also satisfy the cultural diversity requirement.

* Courses that count towards a student’s Science GPA.

** Course will cover the Oral/Written Communication GER for your UWM graduation requirements.

Contact

Contact

Torry Rufer, MS
Recruitment Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-6237
tjrufer@uwm.edu

Bill Mueller, MS
Academic Advisor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-2758
muellew@uwm.edu

For admissions related questions contact the UWM Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (414) 229-2222.

For transfer credit evaluation questions contact the UWM Registrar’s Office at (414) 229-3800 or fill out this form.

Admission to Major

Admission to Major

Admission to Professional Program for students with a UW-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences background

Please see the Clinical Education section below.

Meet With Your Advisor

Meet With Your Advisor

To schedule an advising appointment, call (414) 229-2758 or visit Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425.

I’m a new student.  How do I start?

You are assigned an academic advisor upon admission to UWM. New Student Orientation (NSO) helps those who are new to campus to learn and understand the enrollment process and enroll in classes for their first semester at UWM!

Who is my advisor?

Bill Mueller, MS
(414) 229-2758 • muellew@uwm.edu

You can also see the name of your advisor and contact them directly by accessing your student center in PAWS.

When should I meet with my advisor?

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once per semester to ensure timely progress to graduation.

  • Enrolling for spring semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in October or November.
  • Enrolling for fall semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in March or April.

Students are also welcome to schedule an appointment with their advisor at any time to discuss academic challenges, career opportunities, or any other questions.

How can my advisor help me?

CHS boasts professional academic advisors who understand the challenges of balancing academics, work, family, and the social aspects of college life. Advisors partner with you to:

  • Explore your academic and career interests
  • Plan the sequence of your courses
  • Prepare for course enrollment
  • Access tutoring and other academic support
  • Identify opportunities for campus involvement
  • Connect you to campus resources
  • Plan for graduation

Curriculum

Curriculum

General Education Requirements (GERs)

COURSEGERCredits
Total Credits:
18
Social Science
Select course from the approved GER Social Science list
GERS6
Cultural Diversity
Select course from approved GER list; Can be combined with Arts/Humanities
GERC3
Arts
Select course from the approved GER Arts list
GERA3
Humanities
Select course from the approved GER Humanities list
GERH6

Freshman Year: Semester I

CourseCredits
Total Credits:12(17)
BIO SCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology I*4
BMS 101: Intro to Clinical Lab Science**(2)
BMS 205: Intro to Diagnostic Medicine**(3)
CHEM 102: General Chemistry*5
GER Elective - Arts3

Freshman Year: Semester II

CourseCredits
Total Credits
15
BIO SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology II*4
CHEM 104: General Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis*5
HS 224: Intro to Microcomputers3
GER Elective - Humanities3

Sophomore Year: Semester I

CourseCredits
Total Credits:15
BIO SCI 150: Foundations of Biological Science I*4
BMS 301-303: Human Pathophysiology*3
CHEM 341: Organic Chemistry Lecture*3
CHEM 342: Organic Chemistry Lab*2
ENGLISH 207: Health Science Writing (OWCB)
Required for students without any credit prior to Fall 2013
3

Sophomore Year: Semester II

CourseCredits
Total Credits:15
BIO SCI 325: Genetics*4
BMS 304-305: Human Pathophysiology*2
KIN 270: Statistics in Health Sciences (QLB)3
GER Elective - Social Science3
GER Elective - Social Science3

Junior Year: Semester I

CourseCredits
Total Credits:14
BIO SCI 383: General Microbiology*4
BMS 427: Clinical Immunology*3
BMS 428: Clinical Immunology Lab*1
CHEM 501: Biochemistry*3
GER Elective - Humanities3

Junior Year: Semester II

CourseCredits
Total Credits:16
BMS 420: Intro Hematology3
BMS 421: Intro Hematology Lab1
BMS 431: Clinical Chemistry3
BMS 432: Clinical Chemistry Lab1
BMS 534: Medical Microbiology3
BMS 535: Medical Microbiology Lab2
BMS 560: Molecular & Genetic Diagnostics2
BMS 561: Molecular Diagnostics Lab1

Senior Year: Summer Session (Professional Training)

CourseCredits
Total Credits:10
BMS 521: Applied Clinical Hematology2
BMS 522: Hemostasis1
BMS 536: Applied Clinical Microbiology2
BMS 537: Medical Parasitolgy & Mycology2
BMS 541: Urinalysis1
BMS 542: Applied Clinical Chemistry2

Senior Year: Semester I (Professional Training)

CourseCredits
Total Credits:16
BMS 523: Lectures in Advanced Hematology1
BMS 529: Intro to Immunohematology3
BMS 530: Immunohematology/Blood Bank Lab1
BMS 547: Clinical Lab Diagnosis5
BMS 548: Clinical Lab Practicum5
BMS 555: Toxicology & TDM1

Senior Year: Semester II (Professional Training)

CourseCredits
Total Credits:16
BMS 524: Advanced Clinical Hematology Practicum3
BMS 531: Advanced Lectures in CLS1
BMS 532: Advanced Clinical Immunohematology3
BMS 538: Advanced Clinical Microbiology Practicum3
BMS 544: Advanced Clinical Chemistry Practicum3
BMS 549: Professional Development in CLS3

* Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500 in these required science courses.
** Strongly recommended, not required.

Get Involved

Get Involved

Biomedical Sciences Student Association (BMS-SA)

Provides educational, vocational and social support for UWM Biomedical Sciences students at all levels. Promotes general public awareness of the roles and contributions of the clinical laboratory scientist. The assimilation of scientific knowledge and its subsequent application toward solving today’s health problems is a primary function of the biomedical scientist and consequently the collective goal of club members.

Contact

Cindy Brown, Educational Coordinator & Association Advisor
Clinical Associate Professor
(414) 229-5299
cbrown@uwm.edu

UWM Office of Undergraduate Research

The UWM Office of Undergraduate Research is a centralized location for undergraduates seeking on-campus research opportunities and faculty seeking enthusiastic, motivated undergraduate students with whom to collaborate.

Volunteer Service

The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the UW-Milwaukee campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. Each week of the year there are opportunities to make a real difference in Milwaukee and beyond by working to improve the environment, mentoring local kids, stocking shelves at a food pantry, serving breakfast to Milwaukee’s homeless community, engaging in an alternative spring break, and helping older adults.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at uwm.edu/community/students/

Clinical Education

Clinical Education

Admission Criteria

Students in the Medical Laboratory Science (formerly Medical Technology) Professional Program complete 12 months of practical training during their senior year.

Practical training takes place at an assigned clinical site and is offered through the combined resources of UW-Milwaukee (UWM) and our clinical affiliates.

The Summer Session consists of 10 weeks of classes at UWM. Lectures by faculty and staff are given on campus on Wednesday afternoons. The average instructional time for this program is approximately 40 hours a week, including time spent on campus and practical work in the clinical site.

Entry into the professional course of study is competitive and dependent upon:

  1. Completion of UWM’s General Education Requirements (GER)
  2. A cumulative UWM minimum grade point average of 2.50
  3. A cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.50 in specific, required science courses
  4. Earning a grade of C or better in all junior-level science courses
  5. Completion of all required courses and electives (86 credits) through the second semester of junior year

PLEASE NOTE: The Program will attempt to place all students who meet the above criteria, but cannot guarantee that every student will be placed in a clinical rotation. The number of students placed in clinical rotations depends on the number of clinical positions available. Students with the highest science GPA will be given first priority. You will be contacted regarding your eligibility for clinical placement prior to the start of the spring semester of your junior year.

In the event that more clinical positions are available than students requesting placement, a student with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 may be conditionally accepted for a clinical rotation. Each student will be reviewed on an individual basis and must have approval from the Biomedical Sciences faculty and the Clinical Education Coordinator(s).

To remain eligible to continue in the professional training, students must earn a grade of C or better in all senior-level courses. Students must be prepared for full-time study (40 hours per week) that could also require additional study time at night and on weekends.

Application Process

You need to complete the following steps in the application process:

  1. Complete the Medical Laboratory Science (formerly Medical Technology) application form and return it by December 1 of your junior year to:
  2. Department of Biomedical Sciences Program Office
    College of Health Sciences
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Enderis Hall, Room 411
    Milwaukee, WI 53201
  3. Submit an autobiography, along with your Application Form, describing yourself and your accomplishments. Text should be 1-page, double-spaced on 8.5 x 11” paper and include:
    • Your work experience, including any in health care
    • Your reasons for choosing the biomedical sciences as your profession
    • Your future goals

Review Of Applicants

The College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs, together with the Department of Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Program Director, will review all application files in January to verify that all the admission criteria have been satisfied and the files are complete.

Letters of acceptance or rejection will be sent to all applicants prior to Spring semester.

Tours of Clinical Affiliate Sites

Tours of all the clinical affiliate sites will be scheduled in February or March.

Interviews with Clinical Education Coordinators

Some of the Clinical Education Coordinators will conduct interviews at UW-Milwaukee with the applicants in March & April.

Clinical Placements

After your interview with the Clinical Education Coordinators, you will submit a list ranking all the clinical sites in order of your preference. Each Clinical Education Coordinator will submit a list ranking students by preference. These lists will be submitted to the Department of Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Program Director.

Final decisions on assignments are made by the Department of Biomedical Sciences Department. Clinical assignments will be posted at the start of the summer session and are subject to change up to the time that training begins.

Eligibility is conditional, that is you must complete the required coursework and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all of the Biomedical Sciences courses.

Student Handbook

Student Handbooks are provided during orientation at the professional clinical training site.

Background Check, Drug Screen, & Health Status Assessment

All students that will be participating in professional clinical training are required to have a Background Check, Drug Screen, and Health Status Assessment performed prior to starting their clinical rotation. The Background Check, Drug Screen, and Heath Assessment compliance tracking will be performed through a company called CastleBranch. The Program Director will provide instructions for creating an account with CastleBranch. Once the required testing is completed, the results will be reviewed by the Program Director and shared with the internship site upon request.

Important Information

  • You need to schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor to review transcripts and complete a degree audit to make sure that all academic records are in order. An appointment can be made at:
  • Office of Student Affairs
    College of Health Sciences
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425
    Milwaukee, WI 53201
    (414) 229-2758
  • A background check and a physical examination are required of all students prior to starting the professional clinical training. Health Status Assessment Forms should be submitted to:
  • Department of Biomedical Sciences Program Office
    College of Health Sciences
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Enderis Hall, Room 411
    Milwaukee, WI 53201
  • The clinical affiliate sites require that all students have health insurance while in the clinical rotation.
  • Limited employment during the Summer Session is recommended.
  • Rotation schedules, vacations and other time off are matters which are decided individually by each clinical site. The UWM academic calendar does not apply.
  • You are expected to register for classes at UWM in the usual fashion at the beginning of the Summer, Fall and Spring semesters of your senior year. University fees will be charged.

Graduation

Graduation

Students in the Medical Laboratory Sciences sub-major are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree upon completion of all requirements:

  1. Completion of UWM’s General Education Requirements (GER)
  2. A cumulative UWM minimum grade point average of 2.5
  3. A cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.5 in specific, required science courses
  4. Completion of all required courses and electives (86 credits) through the second semester of junior year
  5. A grade of C or better in all junior-level courses

You should contact your advisor at the beginning of your senior year to ensure that all requirements are being met.

Use UWM’s Graduation website to review campus-wide graduation requirements, graduation application deadlines, applying for graduation, and ordering your cap and gown.

Professional Certification

Professional Certification

Professional Certification information can be found at:

American Society for Clinical Pathology / Board of Certification (BOC)
33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 541-4999
www.ascp.org/board-of-certification

Employment Outlook

Employment Outlook

Earnings

The median annual wage for medical and clinical laboratory technologists was $59,430 in May 2014. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $40,640, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $82,180.

In May 2014, the Wisconsin annual mean wage was $56,750 (Range: $54,710 – $58,180).

Expected Growth

Employment of medical laboratory technologists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster the average for all occupations.

An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures. Prenatal testing for various types of genetic conditions also is increasingly common. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians will be in demand to use and maintain the equipment needed for diagnosis and treatment.

The number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform. As a result, demand for the services of laboratory personnel may grow as more patients who were previously uninsured, or found treatment to be cost-prohibitive, seek laboratory tests.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

The UW-Milwaukee Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program has been accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) since 1987. Upon graduation, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC). Granting of the degree from the MLS program is not contingent on passing an external certification exam. Our mission is to produce professional Medical Laboratory Scientists that are uniquely prepared for the dynamic environment of healthcare and are recognized by employers as being of the highest quality. The information below demonstrates the commitment to the mission of the MLS program.

Graduation Rate

This table shows the number of students who began the final half of the MLS program (defined at UWM as those progressing into the senior year) and graduating.

 2016-20172015-20162014-20152013-2014Average
Graduation PercentageNA*100%100%100%100%
Number of Students Starting the Senior Year29221926
Number who did not Complete the Senior YearNA*000
Number of Students Graduating from the MLS ProgramNA*221926

*No data available yet
Benchmark = 75% graduation rate for students who began the senior year of the MLS program calculated by the most recent three-year period.

Certification Pass Rate

This table shows the pass rate for students who take the ASCP-BOC MLS exam within the first year of graduation.

 2015-20162014-20152013-20142012-2013Average
Certification PercentageNA*89%92%100%94%
Number of Graduates AttemptingNA*192622
Number of Graduates PassingNA*172422

*No data available yet
Benchmark = 75% pass rate calculated by the most recent three-year period.

Placement Rates

This table shows the placement rates for graduates who sought and found employment (in the field or closely related field) and/or continued their education within one year of graduation.

 2015-20162014-20152013-20142012-2013Average
Placement RateNA*95%96%95%95.5%
Number of graduates22192622
Number who sought & found employment or continued their educationNA*182521

*No data available yet
Benchmark = 75% placement rate calculated by the most recent three-year period.

Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

Public Health Microbiology submajor

Public Health Microbiology submajor

As a microbiologist, you’ll investigate the fascinating world of organisms too small to be seen with the naked eye. Using a microscope, you’ll study living organisms and infectious agents and how they affect our lives, including those agents that pose a threat to public health. Microbiologists collaborate with other scientists and work in public health labs in almost every industry, from food to veterinary medicine to space research.

Admission to UWM

Admission to UWM

New College Students

On your application for admission to UW-Milwaukee, select “Biomedical Sciences” as your intended area of study. You will be classified as “Biomedical Sciences-intended” upon admission to the University.

After you have completed the prerequisite courses during your first two years of study, you will be eligible to apply for admission to the major and professional core courses.

Transfer Students

The College of Health Sciences welcomes students from other academic areas on the UW-Milwaukee campus, and students transferring to UWM from other institutions. Many courses can be transferred to meet specific program and General Education Requirements (GER) needed for graduation.

If you plan to transfer into any of the College of Health Sciences majors, you should make an appointment to meet with an advisor to plan your curriculum:

Office of Student Affairs
College of Health Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229-2758

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Submit a UW System application form and all appropriate transcripts to UWM Office of Admissions. Students who meet UWM standard admission requirements will be admitted directly into the College of Health Sciences as “intended major”.

Transfer from UW Colleges

Transfer from UW Colleges
Non-Course Requirements for Entry into the Major/Internship
  • Completion of 71 credits.
  • Attainment of a minimum 2.5 undergraduate grade point average on all courses attempted at UWM.
  • A 2.5 grade point average in specific science prerequisite courses noted with an asterisk (*).
Course Requirements for Entrance into the Biomedical Sciences Major in the UW-Colleges Curriculum

English Competency: ENG 102 with a grade of C or sufficient English Placement Score
Math Competency: MATH 110 with a grade of C or sufficient Math Placement Score
MATCUWMUWM Course Title
PHS 202 &
PHS 203
BIOL SCI 202 &
BIOL SCI 203
Anatomy and Physiology I & II*
CHE 145 &
CHE 155
CHEM 102 &
CHEM 104
General Chemistry*
CHE 343CHEM 343Introduction to Organic Chemistry*
CHE 352CHEM 344Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab*
CHE 362CHEM 345Organic Chemistry II*
CHE 244CHEM 221Quantitative Analysis*
BIO 160BIOL SCI 325Heredity*
MAT 117MATH STATS 215Elementary Statistics
BUS 230BUS ADM 230Introduction to Management Information Systems

Courses Required for Admission that are NOT in the UW Colleges Curriculum

UWM Course NumberUWM Course Title
BMS 301*, 302*, 303*, 304*, and 305*Pathophysiology
BIO SCI 383Microbiology*
CHEM 501Biochemistry*
BMS 427Immunology*
BMS 428Immunology Lab*

Program, Major, School Courses in UW Colleges’ Curriculum NOT Required for Admission

None

Balance of General Education Requirements Not Met by Above Courses
  • Humanities- 6 credits
  • Social Sciences- 6 credits
  • Fine Arts- 3 credits
  • Cultural Diversity- 3 credits (Courses which satisfy Cultural Diversity may also satisfy Humanities, Fine Arts or Social Sciences)
  • Foreign Language Requirement-One year college level foreign language OR two years in high school

For an approved list of GER courses and an explanation of the Foreign Language requirement, refer to the UWM Schedule of Classes or go to www4.uwm.edu/academics/ger.cfm.

Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Biomedical Sciences from UW-Milwaukee, the following guideline of classes will help you plan your work.

Semester I

MATCUW-Milwaukee
PHS 202BIOL SCI 202*
CHE 145CHEM 102*
ENG 101ENG 101
MATH 110MATH 105
Social ScienceSocial Science
Semester II

MATCUW-Milwaukee
PHS 203BIOL SCI 203*
CHE 155CHEM 104*
ENG 102ENG 102
HumanitiesHumanities
Social ScienceSocial Science
Semester III

MATCUW-Milwaukee
CHE 343CHEM 343*
CHE 244CHEM 221
BIO 160BIOL SCI 325*
MAT 117MTH ST 215
Semester IV

MATCUW-Milwaukee
CHE 352CHEM 344*
CHE 362CHEM 345*
BUS 230BUS ADM 230
ArtsArts
HumanitiesHumanities

UWM Courses for Summer Semester of Transfer
  • BMS 301*
  • BMS 302*
  • BMS 303*
  • BMS 304*
  • BMS 305*
UWM Courses for Fall Semester of Transfer [C or better in CHEM 501, BIOL SCI 383, BMS 427, 427]
  • BIOL SCI 383*
  • CHEM 501*
  • ENG 207
  • BMS 427*
  • BMS 428*
Notes

Students should choose a three credit fine arts, humanities or social science course to also satisfy the cultural diversity requirement.

* Courses that count towards a student’s Science GPA.

Special Notes

Please note that there are 13 UW Colleges and not all of the UW Colleges offer all of the courses listed. Be sure to work with an academic advisor at the UW College. You can be guaranteed admission to UW-Milwaukee by participating in the UW Colleges Guaranteed Transfer Program. After fulfilling certain credit and grade point average requirements, you will transfer with the same rights and privileges as those who begin their education at UWM. Please contact an advisor at your UWC for more information. For more detailed information on transferring to UWM, please view the UWM Transfer Student webpage.

Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)

Transfer from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
Non-Course Requirements for Entrance into the Major/Internship
  • Completion of 71 credits.
  • Attainment of a minimum 2.5 undergraduate grade point average on all courses attempted at UWM.
  • A 2.5 grade point average in specific science prerequisite courses noted with an asterisk (*).
Course Requirements for Entry into the Biomedical Sciences Major in MATC Curriculum

English Competency: ENG 102 with a grade of C or sufficient English Placement Score
Math Competency: MATH 110 with a grade of C or sufficient Math Placement Score
MATCUWMUWM Course Title
Nat Sci 201 & Nat Sci 202BIO SCI 202 & 203 Anatomy and Physiology I & II*
Nat Sci 211 & Nat Sci 212 CHEM 102 & 104General Chemistry*
Nat Sci 217CHEM 343 Introduction to Organic Chemistry*
Nat Sci 219CHEM 344 Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab*
Nat Sci 218CHEM 345 Organic Chemistry II*
MATH 260MATH STATS 215 Elementary Statistics
IT 109 OR
ITSUP 101
BUS ADM 230 Introduction to Management Information Systems

Courses Required for Admission that are NOT in the MATC Curriculum

UWM Course NumberUWM Course Title
BIO SCI 150 Foundations of Biological Sciences I*
BMS 301*, 302*, 303*, 304*, and 305* Pathophysiology
BIO SCI 325 Heredity*
BIO SCI 383 Microbiology*
CHEM 501 Biochemistry*
BMS 427 Immunology*
BMS 428 Immunology Lab*

Program, Major, School Courses in MATC Curriculum NOT Required for Admission

None

Balance of General Education Requirements Not Met by Above Courses
  • Humanities – 6 credits
  • Social Sciences – 6 credits
  • Fine Arts – 3 credits
  • Cultural Diversity – 3 credits (Courses which satisfy Cultural Diversity may also satisfy Humanities, Fine Arts or Social Sciences)
  • Foreign Language Requirement – One year college level foreign language OR two years in high school
  • Oral and Written Communication Part B – (Requirement waived for any student who has college credits prior to Fall 2013 semester)

For an approved list of GER courses and an explanation of the Foreign Language requirement, refer to the UWM Schedule of Classes or go to www4.uwm.edu/academics/ger.cfm.

Recommended Course Plan

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Biomedical Sciences from UW-Milwaukee, the following guideline of classes will help you plan your work.

Semester I

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 201BIOL SCI 202*
Eng 197 OR 208Eng 206**
ENG 201ENG 101
MATH 200MATH 105
Social Science Social Science
Summer Semester

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 211Chem 102*
Semester II

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 202BIOL SCI 203*
Nat Sci 212CHEM 104*
ENG 202ENG 102
HumanitiesHumanities
Social ScienceSocial Science
Semester III

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 217CHEM 343*
Social SciencesSocial Sciences
HumanitiesHumanities
MAT 260MTH ST 215
Summer Semester

UW-Milwaukee
Bio Sci 150 [at UWM]
Semester IV

MATCUW-Milwaukee
Nat Sci 219CHEM 344*
Nat Sci 218*CHEM 345*
IT 109 OR
ITSUP 101
BUS ADM 230
ArtsArts

UWM Courses for Summer Semester of Transfer
  • BIO SCI 325
  • BMS 301*
  • BMS 302*
  • BMS 303*
  • BMS 304*
  • BMS 305*
UWM Courses for Fall Semester of Transfer [C or better in CHEM 501, BIOL SCI 383, BMS 427, 427]
  • BIOL SCI 383*
  • CHEM 501*
  • ENG 207
  • BMS 427*
  • BMS 428*
Notes

Students should choose a three credit fine arts, humanities or social science course to also satisfy the cultural diversity requirement.

* Courses that count towards a student’s Science GPA.

** Course will cover the Oral/Written Communication GER for your UWM graduation requirements.

Contact

Contact

Torry Rufer, MS
Recruitment Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-6237
tjrufer@uwm.edu

Bill Mueller, MS
Academic Advisor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
(414) 229-2758
muellew@uwm.edu

For admissions related questions contact the UWM Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (414) 229-2222.

For transfer credit evaluation questions contact the UWM Registrar’s Office at (414) 229-3800 or fill out this form.

Admission to Major

Admission to Major

Admission Requirements for students with a UW-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences background

Please see the Clinical Education section below.

Meet With Your Advisor

Meet With Your Advisor

To schedule an advising appointment, call (414) 229-2758 or visit Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425.

I’m a new student.  How do I start?

You are assigned an academic advisor upon admission to UWM. New Student Orientation (NSO) helps those who are new to campus to learn and understand the enrollment process and enroll in classes for their first semester at UWM!

Who is my advisor?

Bill Mueller, MS
(414) 229-2758 • muellew@uwm.edu

You can also see the name of your advisor and contact them directly by accessing your student center in PAWS.

When should I meet with my advisor?

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once per semester to ensure timely progress to graduation.

  • Enrolling for spring semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in October or November.
  • Enrolling for fall semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in March or April.

Students are also welcome to schedule an appointment with their advisor at any time to discuss academic challenges, career opportunities, or any other questions.

How can my advisor help me?

CHS boasts professional academic advisors who understand the challenges of balancing academics, work, family, and the social aspects of college life. Advisors partner with you to:

  • Explore your academic and career interests
  • Plan the sequence of your courses
  • Prepare for course enrollment
  • Access tutoring and other academic support
  • Identify opportunities for campus involvement
  • Connect you to campus resources
  • Plan for graduation

Curriculum

Curriculum

General Education Requirements (GERs)

COURSEGERCredits
Total Credits:
9
Social Science
Fulfilled by major prerequisites
GERS0
Cultural Diversity
Fulfilled by major prerequisites
GERC0
Arts
Select course from the approved GER Arts list
GERA3
Humanities
Select course from the approved GER Humanities list
GERH6

Freshman Year: Semester I

CourseCredits
Total Credits:14
BIO SCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology I*4
CHEM 102: General Chemistry*5
HS 101: Intro to Health & Disease2
HS 222: Language of Medicine3

Freshman Year: Semester II

CourseCredits
Total Credits:15
BIO SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology II*4
CHEM 104: General Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis*5
HS 224: Intro to Microcomputers3
Electives3

Sophomore Year: Semester I

CourseCredits
Total Credits:15
BIO SCI 150: Foundations of Biological Science I*4
BMS 205: Intro to Diagnostic Medicine3
BMS 301-303: Human Pathophysiology*3
CHEM 341: Organic Chemistry Lec*3
CHEM 342: Organic Chemistry Lab*2

Sophomore Year: Semester II

CourseCredits
Total Credits:15
BIO SCI 325: Genetics*4
BMS 201: Sexually Transmitted Diseases3
BMS 245: Client Diversity in Health Science3
BMS 304-305: Human Pathophysiology*2
KIN 270: Statistics in Health Professions (QLB)3

Junior Year: Semester I

CourseCredits
Total Credits:14
BIO SCI 383: General Microbiology*4
BMS 427: Clinical Immunology*3
BMS 428: Clinical Immunology Lab*1
CHEM 501: Biochemistry*3
HCA 212: Drugs Used & Abused3

Junior Year: Semester II

CourseCredits
Total Credits:17
BMS 534: Med Microbiology3
BMS 535: Med Microbiology Lab2
BMS 560: Molecular & Genetic Diagnostics2
BMS 561: Molecular Diagnostics Lab1
HCA 307: Epidemiology for Health Science3
HS 311: Law for Health Care Consumers3
ENG 205: Business Writing (OWCB)
Required for students without any credit prior to Fall 2013
3

Senior Year: Summer Session

CourseCredits
Total Credits:8
BMS 536: Applied Clinical Microbiology2
BMS 537: Medical Parasitology & Mycology2
Electives4

Senior Year: Semester I

CourseCredits
Total Credits:15
BMS 539: Public Health Microbiology Lecture2
BMS 540: Public Health Microbiology Lab2
BMS 555: Toxicology & TDM1
BMS 599: Independent Study
You will enroll in BMS 599 but participate in BMS 547: Clinical Lab Diagnosis Immunology & Microbiology
2
BIO SCI 350: Human Parasitology3
BIO SCI 405: General Virology3
Electives3

Senior Year: Semester II

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Total Credits:15
BMS 531Advanced Lectures in CLS2
BMS 538Advanced Clinical Microbiology Practicum3
BMS 548Clinical Lab Practice5
BMS 549Professional Development in CLS2
Electives3

* Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500 in these required science courses.
** Strongly recommended, not required.

Get Involved

Get Involved

Biomedical Sciences Student Association (BMS-SA)

Provides educational, vocational and social support for UWM Biomedical Sciences students at all levels. Promotes general public awareness of the roles and contributions of the clinical laboratory scientist. The assimilation of scientific knowledge and its subsequent application toward solving today’s health problems is a primary function of the biomedical scientist and consequently the collective goal of club members.

Contact

Cindy Brown, Educational Coordinator & Association Advisor
Clinical Associate Professor
(414) 229-5299
cbrown@uwm.edu

UWM Office of Undergraduate Research

The UWM Office of Undergraduate Research is a centralized location for undergraduates seeking on-campus research opportunities and faculty seeking enthusiastic, motivated undergraduate students with whom to collaborate.

Volunteer Service

The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the UW-Milwaukee campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. Each week of the year there are opportunities to make a real difference in Milwaukee and beyond by working to improve the environment, mentoring local kids, stocking shelves at a food pantry, serving breakfast to Milwaukee’s homeless community, engaging in an alternative spring break, and helping older adults.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at uwm.edu/community/students/

Clinical Education

Clinical Education

Admission Criteria

Students in the Public Health Microbiology program will receive 8 weeks of professional clinical training during their senior year at the City of Milwaukee Health Department Laboratory.

Entry into the program is competitive and dependent upon:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours of course work, including all required courses and UWM General Education Requirements (GER)
  2. An overall minimum UWM grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
  3. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in the specified science courses:
    • Chemistry: 102, 104, 221, 341, 342, 501
    • Bio Sciences: 202, 203, 260, 383
    • BMS: 301-305, 427, 428, & any other BMS courses taken
  4. A minimum grade of C in all junior-level science courses

PLEASE NOTE: The Program will attempt to place all students who meet the above criteria, but cannot guarantee that every student will be placed in a clinical rotation. The number of students placed in clinical rotations depends on the number of clinical positions available. Students with the highest science GPA will be given first priority. You will be contacted regarding your eligibility for clinical placement prior to the start of the spring semester of your junior year.

In the event that more clinical positions are available than students requesting placement, a student with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 may be conditionally accepted for a clinical rotation. Each student will be reviewed on an individual basis and must have approval from the Department of Biomedical Sciences faculty and the Clinical Education Coordinator(s).

To remain eligible to continue in the professional training, students must earn a grade of C or better in all senior-level courses. Students must be prepared for full-time study (40 hours per week) that could also require additional study time at night and on weekends.

Application Process

You need to complete the following steps in the application process:

  1. Complete the application form and return it by December 1 of your junior year to:
  2. Department of Biomedical Sciences Program Office
    College of Health Sciences
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Enderis Hall, Room 411
    Milwaukee, WI 53201
  3. Submit an autobiography, along with your Application Form, describing yourself and your accomplishments. Text should be 1-page, double-spaced on 8.5 x 11” paper and include:
    • Your work experience, including any in health care
    • Your reasons for choosing the Clinical Laboratory Sciences as your profession
    • Your future goals

Review Of Applicants

The College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs, together with the Department of Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Program Director, will review all application files in January to verify that all the admission criteria have been satisfied and the files are complete.

Letters of acceptance or rejection will be sent to all applicants prior to the second semester.

Student Handbook

Student Handbooks are provided during orientation at the professional clinical training site.

Background Check, Drug Screen, & Health Status Assessment

All students that will be participating in professional clinical training are required to have a Background Check, Drug Screen, and Health Status Assessment performed prior to starting their clinical rotation. The Background Check, Drug Screen, and Heath Assessment compliance tracking will be performed through a company called CastleBranch. The Program Director will provide instructions for creating an account with CastleBranch. Once the required testing is completed, the results will be reviewed by the Program Director and shared with the internship site upon request.

Important Information

  • You need to schedule an appointment in October to meet with an advisor to review transcripts and complete a degree audit to make sure that all academic records are in order. An appointment can be made at:
  • Office of Student Affairs
    College of Health Sciences
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425
    Milwaukee, WI 53201
    (414) 229-2758
  • A physical examination are required of all students prior to starting the professional clinical training. Health Status Assessment Forms should be submitted to:
  • Department of Biomedical Sciences Program Office
    College of Health Sciences
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Enderis Hall, Room 411
    Milwaukee, WI 53201
  • Drug screens and background checks may also be requested by the clinical affiliate site.
  • The clinical affiliate sites require that all students have health insurance while in the clinical rotation.
  • Limited employment during the Summer Session is recommended.
  • Rotation schedules, vacations and other time off are matters which are decided individually by each clinical site. The UWM academic calendar does not apply.
  • You are expected to register for classes at UWM in the usual fashion at the beginning of the Summer, Fall and Spring semesters of your senior year. University fees will be charged.

Graduation

Graduation

Students in the Public Health Microbiology sub-major are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree upon completion of all of the following requirements:

  1. Completion of UWM’s General Education Requirements (GER)
  2. A cumulative UWM minimum grade point average of 2.5
  3. A cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.5 in specific, required science courses
  4. Completion of all required courses and electives (113 credits) through the first semester of senior year
  5. A grade of C or better in all junior-level courses

You should contact your advisor at the beginning of your senior year to ensure that all requirements are being met.

Use UWM’s Graduation website to review campus-wide graduation requirements, graduation application deadlines, applying for graduation, and ordering your cap and gown.

Professional Certification

Professional Certification

Employment Outlook

Employment Outlook

Earnings

The median annual wage for microbiologists was $67,790 in May 2014. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $38,830, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $125,000.

Expected Growth

Employment of microbiologists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. More microbiologists will be needed to contribute to basic research and solve problems encountered in industrial production processes. However, employment of microbiologists is projected to decline in the federal government.

The development of new medicines and treatments is expected to increase the demand for microbiologists in pharmaceutical and biotechnology research. Microbiologists will be needed to research and develop new medicines and treatments, such as vaccines and antibiotics that are used to fight infectious diseases. In addition, microbiologists will be needed to help pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies develop biological drugs that are produced with the aid of microorganisms.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Microbiologists

Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff