Microbiology Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

(All colleges)

38 microbiology/biology credits (61 total credits including requirements outside BIO/MIC)

Biology core
BIO 105General Biology4
Select one of the following: 13-4
Organismal Biology
Animal Biology
Plant Biology
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Cell Biology
Microbiology core
MIC 230Fundamentals of Microbiology4
MIC 310Immunology3
MIC 350Bacterial Diversity3
MIC 410Immunology Laboratory2
MIC 416Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics4
MIC 425Bacterial Physiology4
MIC 461Capstone in Microbiology1
Microbiology/biology electives (see elective lists below)9-10
Select at least six credits from List I.
One course from List II strongly recommended.
A maximum of two credits from List III.
Additional requirements
Select one course in math, STAT 145 or above4-5
Select a minimum of 19 credits of chemisty including:19
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Select one of the following:
Fundamental Organic Chemistry
and Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Organic Chemistry Theory I
and Organic Chemistry Theory II
and Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory
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 Credits60-61

If three credits are chosen from this list, 10 elective credits are required below to reach a total of 38 credits for the major.

The physics series PHY 103 Fundamental Physics I (4 cr.)/PHY 104 Fundamental Physics II (4 cr.) or PHY 203 General Physics I (4 cr.)/PHY 204 General Physics II (4 cr.) may be required for students pursuing graduate or professional degrees.


List I
MIC 380Food Microbiology4
MIC 407Pathogenic Bacteriology4
MIC 420Introductory Virology3
MIC 421Virology Laboratory2
MIC 427Industrial and Fermentation Microbiology3
MIC 428Fermentation Microbiology Laboratory2
MIC 434Aquatic Microbial Ecology3
MIC 454Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenicity2
MIC 460Symposium in Microbiology1-3
List II
BIO 406Parasitology4
BIO 412Mycology4
BIO 413Medical Mycology3
BIO 449Advanced Microscopy and Biological Imaging3
CLI 484Laboratory Management2
MIC 440Bioinformatics2
MIC 442Plant Microbe Interactions3
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, GEO 221, GEO 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.


The list of exempted CSH programs is below.

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.
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. 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.


The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.

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.

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

Note: New students and transfer students with 15 or fewer credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.

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 in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
BIO 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4BIO 20314
MTH 150 (Gen Ed Math)4CHM 103 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)5
Gen Ed Arts2-3ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3
Gen Ed World History3 
 16 15
Year 2
MIC 2304MIC 3503
CHM 1045CHM 301 (or 300/400 not MIC/BIO for CSH Core)5
2nd MTH or CT 1003-4Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3
Gen Ed Minority Cultures3Gen Ed Global Studies3
 15 14
Year 3
MIC 3103MIC Elective (see list)4
MIC 4102MIC Elective (List I)4
CHM 30024CHM 32534
CHM 30221University Elective3
Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3 
University Elective3 
 16 15
Year 4
MIC 4164MIC 4254
MIC Elective (List 1)2MIC 4611
CSH Core or Minor43CSH Core or Minor43
Gen Ed Self & Society3Gen Ed Arts2-3
University Elective3University Elective3
 15 14
Total Credits: 120

Or BIO 306, BIO 312, or BIO 315 in appropriate semester. Please consult with advisor.


Or CHM 303, CHM 304, and CHM 302; or CHM 303, CHM 304, and CHM 305.


Or CHM 417 and CHM 418.


See CSH BS Core Requirements for information on completing the individualized option. 300/400 requirements for graduation may be impacted.