2018-2019 Catalog

Publication date June 2018

Microbiology Major: Environmental Science Concentration - Bachelor of Science (BS)

(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

38 credits (73 total credits including requirements outside of BIO/MIC)

Biology core
BIO 105General Biology4
Select one of the following: 13-4
Organismal Biology
Animal Biology
Plant Biology
Microbiology core
MIC 230Fundamentals of Microbiology4
MIC 350Bacterial Diversity3
MIC 416Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics4
MIC 425Bacterial Physiology4
MIC 434Aquatic Microbial Ecology3
MIC 461Capstone in Microbiology1
Microbiology/biology electives (see elective lists below)11-12
Select at least five credits from List I.
At least three credits from List II.
A maximum of two credits from List III.
Additional requirements
STAT 145Elementary Statistics4
or STAT 245 Probability and Statistics
MTH 175Applied Calculus4
or MTH 207 Calculus I
Select one course in physics:4
Physics for the Life Sciences
Fundamental Physics II
General Physics II
Select a minimum of 24 credits of chemisty including:24
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Analytical Chemistry
Select one of the following:
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Theory I
and Organic Chemistry Theory II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Select one of the following:
Fundamental Biochemistry
Biochemistry I: Macromolecules
and Biochemistry II: Metabolism and Genetic Information
Total Credits73

The physics series PHY 103/PHY 104 or PHY 203/PHY 204 may be required for students pursuing graduate or professional degrees.


List I
MIC 407Pathogenic Bacteriology4
MIC 420Introductory Virology3
MIC 421Virology Laboratory2
MIC 427Industrial and Fermentation Microbiology3
MIC 428Fermentation Microbiology Laboratory2
BIO 307Ecology 13
BIO 341Limnology 13
BIO 441Environmental Toxicology3
BIO 447Standard Methods/Quality Assurance Water Analyses3
BIO 449Advanced Microscopy and Biological Imaging3
BIO 464Stream and Watershed Ecology 13
List II
MIC 440Bioinformatics2
MIC 442Plant Microbe Interactions3
BIO 406Parasitology4
BIO 412Mycology4
List III
BIO 202Introduction to Biological Data Analysis and Interpretation2
MIC 479Microbiology Laboratory Assistant (only one credit applies to List III)1-2
MIC 489Independent Study in Microbiology1-2
MIC 499Independent Research in Microbiology1-2

All students must complete the general education, college core, 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.  

College of Science and Health (CSH) Bachelor of Science core requirements

B.S. and B.A. students graduating from the College of Science and Health are required to take two natural laboratory science courses selected from the general education laboratory science category (GE 05) and/or from BIO 203, BIO 304, BIO 210, CHM 104, ESC 221, ESC 222, PHY 104 or PHY 204, and they either must take two mathematics courses or one math course and one computer science course from the math/logical systems category of the general education requirements (GE 02). One of the two science courses must be from a department outside of the student’s major department.

Note: Math courses can be pairs, i.e. 150 and 151; MTH/CS majors can use two science courses from same department.

For the Bachelor of Science degree, in addition to all other College of Science and Health core requirements, students from non-exempted programs1 must complete one of the following options. It is recommended that courses are selected in consultation with students’ academic advisor.

  1. Complete a second major; or

  2. Complete a minor outside the major; or

  3. Complete an individualized option, consisting of 18 credits

    1. At least 12 credits must be earned at the 300/400 level outside the major department.

    2. The remaining six credits should come from

      1. 100 level or higher courses outside the major (General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.); or

      2. 300/400 level courses inside major not being used to fulfill major requirements.

    3. Internship credits may not count toward the individualized option.

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.

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

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
BIO 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4BIO 2034
Gen Ed Arts2-3CHM 103 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)5
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3
HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)3STAT 145 or 2454
MTH 175 or 207 (Gen Ed Math)4 
 16 16
Year 2
MIC 2304MIC 3503
CHM 1045PHY 125 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4
Gen Ed Arts2-3CHM 301 (or 300/400 not MIC/BIO for SAH Core)5
Gen Ed Global Studies3Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
 14 15
Year 3
MIC 434 (offered fall of even-number years) or MIC Elective (see list)3MIC Elective (List II)3
CHM 3005MIC Elective (List I)3
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3CHM 3254
University Elective3Gen Ed Self & Society3
 Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3
 14 16
Year 4
MIC 4164MIC 4611
MIC 434 (offered fall of even-number years) or MIC Elective3CSH Core or Minor33
MIC elective (List I)2-3MIC 4254
CSH Core or Minor33University Elective3
University Elective3University Elective3
 15 14
Total Credits: 120
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