2017-18 Catalog

Publication date June 2017

Dual Degree Program in Clinical Laboratory Science and Clinical Microbiology

The Dual Degree Program in Clinical Laboratory Science and Clinical Microbiology enables a UWL student to earn both a Bachelor of Science degree in clinical laboratory science (CLS) and a Master of Science degree in microbiology with emphasis in clinical microbiology in six years.

After students have been accepted into the CLS Program and completed 90 undergraduate credit hours, they may be accepted into the dual degree program. Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA to remain in the program. The Bachelor of Science degree will be awarded after completion of 120 undergraduate credits, the CLS major requirements, and the general university requirements. Students must have graduate student status before registering for their third graduate course (normally in the second semester of their senior year). The Master of Science degree will be awarded after completion of the B.S. and M.S. requirements.

Contact the Department of Microbiology for application information. See the online graduate catalog for more information about the program.

Dual degree timeline:

  • Sophomore (spring semester): apply to the CLS Program
  • Junior (fall semester): apply to the hospital-sponsored program for clinical year
  • Junior (summer after): apply to the dual degree program. Applications due July 1.  
  • Senior: admitted students apply for graduate special status in order to register for CLI 570 and CLI 580
  • Senior (May): students have completed the undergraduate portion of the program upon completion of the clinical internship. After the clinical internship, students register for graduate classes.


Required courses for the Bachelor of Science1

Students in this dual degree program should complete the following by the end of their junior year:

Foundational science courses

Biology core:
BIO 105General Biology4
BIO 306Genetics4
BIO 312Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 313Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Microbiology core:
MIC 230Fundamentals of Microbiology4
MIC 310Immunology3
MIC 407Pathogenic Bacteriology4
MIC 410Immunology Laboratory2
Chemistry core:
CHM 103General Chemistry I5
CHM 104General Chemistry II5
Select CHM 300 OR CHM 303 and 304 and 305:5-8
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Theory I
and Organic Chemistry Theory II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Select CHM 325 OR CHM 417 and 418:4-7
Fundamental Biochemistry
Biochemistry I: Macromolecules
and Biochemistry II: Metabolism and Genetic Information
Math core:
MTH 150College Algebra4
STAT 145Elementary Statistics4
Total Credits56-62

Junior & senior year courses

Clinical laboratory science core:
CLI 395Urinalysis and Body Fluids2
CLI 410Clinical Hematology3
CLI 420Immunohematology3
CLI 461Capstone in Clinical Laboratory Science1
CLI 440Clinical Parasitology1
At clinical internship site (senior year), including graduate credits:
CLI 450Clinical Chemistry6
CLI 455Clinical Hematology/Hemostasis6
CLI 460Clinical Immunohematology6
CLI 465Clinical Immunology2
Graduate credits: 111
Diagnostic Microbiology
Laboratory Management and Education
Total Credits41

Graduate level credit credits do not count toward the undergraduate degree. Undergraduates will be taking 11 graduate credits total while still undergraduate students.

After completing the coursework listed above, all general education requirements, and all other college and university degree requirements, students in the dual degree program will be awarded the Bachelor of Science with a major in clinical laboratory science. At the start of their final semester of undergraduate work, dual degree students must apply for admission to graduate school at UWL in order to register for the graduate courses required for the Master of Science degree.

Required courses for the Master of Science

Students must complete the following in order to earn the Master of Science in microbiology with emphasis in clinical microbiology:

CLI 570Diagnostic Microbiology (applies to both BS and MS)8
CLI 580Laboratory Management and Education (applies to both BS and MS)3
MIC 554Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenicity2
MIC 753Epidemiology of Infectious Disease2
MIC 755Advanced Immunology2
MIC 751Graduate Seminar1
MIC 751Graduate Seminar1
MIC 780Clinical Microbiology Practicum II2
MIC 790Clinical Microbiology Practicum III2
MIC 799Research: Master's Thesis6
Total Credits33

All students must complete the general education, college core (waived for clinical laboratory science majors), major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.  

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

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