Microbiology Major

Course of Study

Microbiology is the study of microorganisms such as bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi and viruses. Microorganisms were the first living things on earth, and they remain the most abundant and the most diverse of all organisms. Microorganisms cause diseases of plants, animals and humans. They play critical roles in biogeochemical cycles and bioremediation, and are also important in the food and biotechnology industries. Studies of microorganisms resulted in the birth of the exciting field of molecular biology and continue to be a driving force behind developments in this field. The major in Microbiology prepares students for entrance into a variety of careers in the fields of microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology, and health related professions, and for graduate and professional studies in these areas.

Microbiologists work in the areas of biotechnology, biomedical research, and environmental science. For more information about careers in microbiology see http://www.asm.org/?option=com_content&view=article&id=1235&Itemid=302.

The major in microbiology requires a minimum of 35 credits in microbiology, with the required and elective courses in Bio Sci, Chem 501 and C L Sci 534, 535, 539, and 540 counting as ‘microbiology’ courses for this purpose. At least 15 credits of advanced (300 and above) microbiology courses must be taken in residence at UWM. Students must maintain an average GPA of 2.5 in microbiology courses taken for the major.

Required Courses in Microbiology Sciences

BioSci 150

Foundations of Biological Sciences I

4 cr
BioSci 152

Foundations of Biological Sciences II

4 cr

BioSci 315

Cell Biology (or Chem 501 Introduction to Biochemistry)

3 cr
BioSci 325

Genetics

3 cr
BioSci 383

General Microbiology

4 cr
BioSci 529

Molecular Biology of Microorganisms

3 cr
BioSci 540

Microbial Diversity and Physiology

3 cr

BioSci 580

Experimental Microbiology
or

4 cr
BioSci 539

Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Biology

4 cr

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

 

Microbiology Elective Courses:
Students must take a minimum of 6 credits from among the following courses.

BioSci 316

Genetics/Cell Biology Laboratory

1cr

BioSci 401

Immunology

2 cr
BioSci 402

Immunological Techniques

3 cr
BioSci 405

General Virology

3 cr
BioSci 490

Molecular Biology

3 cr

BioSci 495

Internship in Biotechnology
(may not count for more than 3 of the elective credits)


BioSci 536

Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

2 cr

BioSci 539

Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Biology

4 cr
BioSci 542

Biological Electron Microscopy

3 cr
BioSci 544

Transmission Electron Microscopy Laboratory

2 cr

BioSci 580

Experimental Microbiology

4 cr
BioSci 607

Environmental Microbiology

2 cr
BioSci 667

Advanced Techniques in Microbial, Molecular and Cellular Biology

4 cr
BioSci 671

Undergraduate Seminar in Microbiology: subtitle
(may not count for more than 1 of the elective credits)

1 cr
BioSci 6981

Independent Study in Microbiology
(may not count for more than 3 of the elective credits)

1-3 cr
BioSci 6991

Independent Study (may not count for more than 3 of the elective credits)

1-3 cr
Chem 501

Introduction to Biochemistry
or

3 cr
Chem 601

General Biochemistry

3 cr
C L Sci 5342

Medical Microbiology

2 cr
C L Sci 5352

Medical Microbiology Laboratory

2 cr
C L Sci 5392

Public Health Microbiology

2 cr
C L Sci 5402

Public Health Microbiology Lab

2 cr
Honors 6861

Research in Honors (may not count for more than 3 of the elective credits)

2-3 cr
Honors 6871

Senior Honors Project (may not count for more than 3 of the elective credits)

1-6 cr
Honors 6891

Senior Honors Thesis (may not count for more than 3 of the elective credits)

3 cr

1Only Bio Sci 699 or Honors 686, 687, or 689 projects that are determined by the student's microbiology faculty advisor to have microbiology content count toward the major

2Students may elect to take these C L Sci courses to earn credit toward the Microbiology Major provided that they earn 30 credits in Natural Sciences within the College of Letters and Science, as required for the B.S. degree.

Other Required Courses

Chem 343

Organic Chemistry

3 cr
Chem 344

Organic Chemistry Laboratory

2 cr
Chem 345

Organic Chemistry

3 cr

To earn the B.S. degree, students must complete two semesters of Math at the 200 level or above or one semester of Math at the 200 level or above plus Philosophy 211 or 211 or a Letters & Science statistics course.


Math 211

Survey in Calculus and Analytical Geometry
or

4 cr

Math 221

Honors Calculus I
or

5 cr
Math 231

Calculus and Analytical Geometry

4 cr

One of the following sets of 3 Physics Courses


Physics 120

General Physics I

4 cr
Physics 122

General Physics II

4 cr
Physics 123

General Physics Laboratory II
or

1 cr
Physics 209

Physics I

4 cr
Physics 210

Physics II

4 cr
Physics 215

Physics Laboratory II

1 cr

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

Year 1

Bio Sci 150 (4)

Bio Sci 152 (4)

Chem 102 (5)

Chem 104 (5)

Math 211, 225 or 231

Math 226 or other math course

English composition (3)

Arts (3)

Year 2

Bio Sci 325 (3)

Bio Sci 383 (4) [prerequisite for all advanced microbiology courses]

Chem 343 (3)

Chem 344 and 345 (5)

Physics 120 (4)

Physics 122 and 123

Humanities (3)

Social Science International (3)

Year 3

Bio Sci 529 (3)

Bio Sci 540 (3)

Bio Sci 315 or Chem 501 (3)

Bio Sci 580 (4) or other elective

Social Science International (3)

Arts (3)

Humanities (3)

General Electives

Year 4

Bio Sci 539, 607 or other elective (3)

Bio Sci 698 or seminar (capstone: 1-3)

Humanities/Cultural Diversity

Bio Sci elective (0-3)

Social Science

Social Science

General Electives

Humanities/International

Bio Sci 698




For more information about microbiology,
contact one of the microbiology advisors listed below.

Dr. Steve Forst
Lap 458
sforst@uwm.edu
Dr. Sergei Kuchin
Lap 442
skuchin@uwm.edu
Dr. Mark McBride
Lap N307
mcbride@uwm.edu
Dr. Daad Saffarini
Lap N309
daads@uwm.edu
Dr. Ching-Hong Yang
Lap 131
chyang@uwm.edu