Microbiology BS Requirements

Microbiology Major Requirements

Microbiology is the study of microorganisms such as bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi, and viruses. Prospective Microbiology majors should consult with a faculty advisor as early as possible, preferably before the beginning of the junior year, in order to outline an appropriate course of study. Students should consult their advisor at least once each semester.

At least 15 credits of advanced (300 and above) Microbiology courses must be taken in residence at UWM. Students must attain an average GPA of 2.0 in Microbiology courses attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.


The Microbiology major requires a minimum of 34 credits in Microbiology. The required and elective courses in Biological Sciences, CHEM 501, and BMS 534BMS 535BMS 539, and BMS 540 count as "Microbiology" courses for this purpose. A combined limit of 6 credits in BIO SCI 290BIO SCI 695BIO SCI 697BIO SCI 698, and BIO SCI 699 counts toward the major.

BIO SCI 150Foundations of Biological Sciences I4
BIO SCI 152Foundations of Biological Sciences II4
BIO SCI 325Genetics4
BIO SCI 383General Microbiology4
Select two of the following:6
Molecular Biology of Microorganisms
Bacterial Pathogenesis
Microbial Diversity and Physiology
Research Requirement
Select credits in the following:
Internship in Biotechnology, Upper Division
Undergraduate Seminar in Microbiology
Independent Study in Microbiology
Independent Study 1
Research in Honors 1
Senior Honors Project 1
Senior Honors Thesis 1
Microbiology Electives
BIO SCI 315Cell Biology3
or CHEM 501 Introduction to Biochemistry
Select one of the following:4
Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Biology
Experimental Microbiology
Select additional elective credits (see below)
Other Requirements
CHEM 102General Chemistry5
CHEM 104General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis5
CHEM 343Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 344Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 345Organic Chemistry3
Select one of the following:4-5
Survey in Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Calculus with Life Sciences Applications
Honors Calculus I
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Select one of the following:3-5
Elementary Statistical Analysis
Honors Calculus II
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
Select one of the following options:9-10
Option 1:
General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment)
General Physics II (Non-Calculus Treatment)
General Physics Laboratory II (Non-Calculus Treatment)
Option 2:
Physics I (Calculus Treatment)
Physics II (Calculus Treatment)
Lab Physics II (Calculus Treatment)
Option 3:
Physics I: Calculus-Based, Studio Format
Physics II: Calculus-Based, Studio Format
Total Credits63-67

When determined by the student's Microbiology faculty advisor to have Microbiology content.

Additional Electives

Students choose courses from this list to complete their 26 credits of upper-level (300 or above) microbiology courses.

BIO SCI 315Cell Biology3
BIO SCI 316Laboratory in Genetics and Cell Biology2
BIO SCI 401Immunology3
BIO SCI 405General Virology3
BIO SCI 465Biostatistics3
BIO SCI 469Genomic Data Analysis2
BIO SCI 490Molecular Genetics3
BIO SCI 529Molecular Biology of Microorganisms (if not selected above)3
BIO SCI 535Bacterial Pathogenesis (if not selected above)3
BIO SCI 539Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Biology (if not selected above)4
BIO SCI 540Microbial Diversity and Physiology (if not selected above)3
BIO SCI 542Biological Electron Microscopy3
BIO SCI 544Transmission Electron Microscopy Laboratory3
BIO SCI 572Functional Genomics3
BIO SCI 580Experimental Microbiology4
CHEM 501Introduction to Biochemistry3
CHEM 601Biochemistry: Protein Structure and Function3
BMS 534Medical Microbiology 23
BMS 535Medical Microbiology Laboratory 22
BMS 539Public Health Microbiology 22
BMS 540Public Health Microbiology Lab 22

Only BIO SCI 699 or HONORS 686, HONORS 687, or HONORS 689 projects that are determined by the student's microbiology faculty advisor to have microbiology content count toward the major.


Students may elect to take these BMS courses to earn credit toward the Microbiology major option provided that they earn 30 advanced credits in Natural Sciences within the College of Letters and Science, as required for the BS degree.