Microbiology Undergraduate Program - Major and Minor

Microbiology Major

Our curriculum is designed to meet the recommendations of the American Society for Microbiology and the American Academy of Microbiologists. After completing introductory courses in Biology and general Microbiology, majors take a core of Microbiology courses including Immunology, Microbial Genetics, and Bacterial Physiology. Majors then choose from 16 elective offerings in diverse areas of Microbiology. A particular strength of the program lies with its emphasis on laboratory competence. All core courses and the majority of electives include laboratories that provide students with extensive hands-on experience in modern laboratory procedures in Microbiology. Microbiology requirements are supplemented by Chemistry and Biochemistry courses that can earn students a minor in Chemistry. UW-La Crosse Microbiology graduates have a minimum of 750 hours of laboratory instruction! In addition, numerous opportunities for work experience are provided by cooperative internships with local industries, employment in the department or on faculty research grants, and through undergraduate research projects. Regardless of the area majors choose to emphasize, the core curriculum provides a broad, fundamental background in the science.

There are four different tracks a Microbiology major can take at UW-L - either the general Microbiology major, a Microbiology major with a biomedical concentration, Microbiology major with an environmental science concentration or a Microbiology major with a business concentration. The curriculum for all four is listed below followed by a series of sample 4-year schedules reflecting the different areas and career options.

Microbiology can be a valuable minor for a number of biology and health-related majors. It can also be a useful minor for chemistry, biochemistry, and computer science majors. Check out the minor below and see how these courses fit with your career plans.

Microbiology Curriculum Requirements 2013/2015 Catalog

(Note: Requirements for students who entered the program prior to 2009 may have been different. Please consult your advisor.)

Microbiology Major

A. Biology Core

Course Credits
BIO 105 (General Biology) 4
2nd Biology course (BIO 203 - Organismal Biology, BIO 204 -Plant Biology, 210 - Animal Biology, 306 - Genetics, 312 - Human Anatomy & Phys. I or 315 - Cell Biology) 3 - 4

B. Microbiology Core

Course Credits
MIC 230 (Fundamentals of Microbiology) 4
MIC 350 (Bacterial Diversity; spring, fall in odd years) 3
MIC 310 (Immunology) 3
MIC 410 (Immunology Laboratory) 2
MIC 416 (Microbial Genetics; fall) 5
MIC 425 (Bacterial Physiology; spring) 5
MIC 461 (Capstone in Microbiology) 1
Total Biology and Microbiology core: 30 - 31

C. Microbiology/Biology electives
(10 - 11 credits; at least 6 credits from List I, a maximum of two credits from List III, One course from List II is strongly recommended):

List I:

Course Credits
MIC 380 (Food Microbiology) 4
MIC 407 (Pathogenic Bacteriology) 4
MIC 420 (Virology) 3
MIC 421 (Virology Laboratory) 2
MIC 427 (Industrial/Fermentation Microbiology) 3
MIC 428 (Fermentation Microbiology Laboratory) 2
MIC 434 Aquatic Microbial Ecology) 3
MIC 454 (Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenicity) 2
MIC 460 (Symposium in Microbiology) 1-3

List II:

Course Credits
MIC 440 (Bioinformatics) 2
MIC 442 (Plant Microbe Interactions) 3
BIO 406 (Parasitology) 4
BIO 412 (Mycology) 4
BIO 413 (Medical Mycology) 3
BIO 449 (Advanced Microscopy and Image Analysis) 3

List III:

Course Credits
MIC 479 (Microbiology Laboratory Assistant) 1
MIC 489 (Independent Study in Microbiology) 1-2
MIC 499 (Independent Research in Microbiology) 1-2
BIO 202 (Introduction to Biological Data Analysis and Interpretation) 2
Total Biology/Microbiology credits: 41

D. Additional Requirements

Course Credits
One course in math (MTH 145 or higher) 4-5
One course in physics (PHY 125 or 104 or 204) 4
Minimum of four courses in chemistry including:
CHM 103, 104, 300 (or 303, 304, and 305) 325 (or 417 and 418)
19-24

Students applying for professional and/or graduate schools should take a full year of physics (PHY 103/104 or 203/204). Students electing a Chemistry minor must take CHM 301 (Analytical Chemistry) and have 26 total credits of chemistry. The minor can be fulfilled by taking: the two-semester Organic or Biochemistry courses, Instrumental Chemistry [CHM 441], Environmental Chemsitry [CHM 412], or Chemistry Research [CHM 499].

E. Additional General Education Requirements:

36 cr.


F. General University Electives:

16-21 cr.
   
Total Graduation Requirements: 120 credits

Schedule of elective offerings:

Fall Semester:
Pathogenic Bacteriology, Virology Laboratory, Industrial and Fermentaion Microbiology (odd years), Aquatic Microbial Ecology (even years), Parasitology, Mycology, Advanced Microscopy, Plant-microbe Interactions (odd years)

Spring Semester:
Pathogenic Bacteriology, Virology, Food Microbiology, Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenicity (odd years), Bioinformatics, Medical Mycology,

J Term or Summer:
Bioinformatics (J-Term), Fermentation Microbiology Laboratory (summer - odd years), Introduction to Biological Data Analysis and Interpretation (J-Term or summer)

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Microbiology Major: Biomedical Concentration

A. Biology Core

Course Credits
BIO 105 (General Biology) 4
BIO 312(Human Anatomy and Physiology) 4

B. Microbiology Core

Course Credits
MIC 230 (Fundamentals of Microbiology) 4
MIC 310 (Immunology) 3
MIC 410 (Immunology Laboratory) 2
MIC 407 (Pathogenic Bacteriology) 4
MIC 416 (Microbial Genetics; fall) 5
MIC 425 (Bacterial Physiology; spring) 5
MIC 461 (Capstone in Microbiology) 1
Total Biology and Microbiology core: 32

C. Microbiology/Biology electives
(six credits; at least three credits from List I, a maximum of two credits from List III):

List I:

Course Credits
MIC 350 (Bacterial Diversity) 3
MIC 380 (Food Microbiology) 4
MIC 420 (Virology) 3
MIC 421 (Virology Laboratory) 2
MIC 454 (Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis) 2

List II:

Course Credits
CLI 440 (Clinical Parasitology) 1
MIC 440 (Bioinformatics) 2
BIO 406 (Parasitology) 4
BIO 412 (Mycology) 4
BIO 413 (Medical Mycology) 3
BIO 435 (Molecular Biology) 3

List III:

Course Credits
MIC 489 (Independent Study in Microbiology) 1-2
MIC 499 (Independent Research in Microbiology) 1-2
BIO 202 (Introduction to Biological Data Analysis and Interpretation) 2
Total Biology/Microbiology credits: 38

D. Additional Requirements

Course Credits
One course in math (MTH 145 or higher) 3-5
One course in physics (PHY 125 or 104 or 204) 4
Minimum of four courses in chemistry including: CHM 103, 104, 300 (or 303, 304, and 305) 325 (or 417 and 418) 19-24

Students applying for professional and/or graduate schools should take a full year of physics (PHY 103/104 or 203/204). Students electing a Chemistry minor must take CHM 301 (Analytical Chemistry) and have 26 total credits of chemistry. Pre-professional (pre-med, pre-vet, etc.) and CLS studednts must take genetics (BIO 306).

E. Additional General Education Requirements:

31-33 cr.


F. General University Electives:

11-18 cr.
   
Total Graduation Requirements: 120 credits

Schedule of elective offerings:

Fall Semester:
Bacterial Diversity (odd years), Virology Laboratory, Parasitology, Mycology, Molecular Biology

Spring Semester:
Bacterial Diversity, Virology, Food Microbiology, Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis (odd years), Bioinformatics, Medical Mycology,Clinical Parasitology

J Term or Summer:
Bioinformatics (J-Term), Introduction to Biological Data Analysis and Interpretation (J-Term or summer)

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Microbiology Major: Environmental Science Concentration

A. Biology Core

Course Credits
BIO 105 (General Biology) 4
2nd BIO course (BIO 203 - Organismal Biology, BIO 204 -Plant Biology, 210 - Animal Biology) 3-4

B. Microbiology Core

Course Credits
MIC 230 (Fundamentals of Microbiology) 4
MIC 350 (Bacterial Diversity; every spring, fall in odd years) 3
MIC 416 (Microbial Genetics; fall) 5
MIC 425 (Bacterial Physiology; spring) 5
MIC 434 (Aquatic Microbial Ecology; fall in even years) 3
MIC 461 (Capstone in Microbiology) 1
Total Biology and Microbiology core: 28-29

C. Microbiology/Biology electives
(11-12 credits; at least five credits from List I, at least three credits from List II, and a maximum of two credits from List III):

List I:

Course Credits
MIC 407 (Pathogenic Bacteriology) 4
MIC 420 (Virology) 3
MIC 421 (Virology Laboratory) 2
MIC 427 (Industrial/Fermentation Microbiology) 3
MIC 428 (Fermentation Microbiology Laboratory) 2
BIO 307 (Ecology) or
BIO 341 (Limnology) or
BIO 464 (Stream and Watershed Ecology)
3
BIO 441 (Environmental Toxicology) 3
BIO 447 (Standard Methods of Water Analysis) 3
BIO 449 (Advanced Microscopy and Image Analysis) 3

List II:

Course Credits
MIC 440 (Bioinformatics) 2
MIC 442 (Plant-Microbe Interactions) 3
BIO 406 (Parasitology) 4
BIO 412 (Mycology) 4

List III:

Course Credits
MIC 479 (Microbiology Laboratory Assistant) 1
MIC 489 (Independent Study in Microbiology) 1-2
MIC 499 (Independent Research in Microbiology) 1-2
BIO 202 (Introduction to Biological Data Analysis and Interpretation) 2
Total Biology/Microbiology credits: 40

D. Additional Requirements

Course Credits
MTH 145 or 250 and 175 or 207 8-9
One course in physics (PHY 125 or 104 or 204) 4
Minimum of five courses in chemistry including: CHM 103, 104, 300 (or 303, 304, and 305) 301, 325 (or 417 and 418) 24-29

Students applying for professional and/or graduate schools should take a full year of physics (PHY 103/104 or 203/204).Students taking the one-semester Organic and Biochemistry courses will be 2 credits short of a Chemistry Minor (26 credits). We recommend taking Instrumental Chemistry (CHM 441), Environmental Chemistry (CHM 412), or Chemistry Research (CHM 499) to fulfill the chemistry minor.

E. Additional General Education Requirements:

28 cr.


F. General University Electives:

10-16 cr.
   
Total Graduation Requirements: 120 credits

Schedule of elective offerings:

Fall Semester:
Pathogenic Bacteriology, Virology Laboratory,Industrial and Fermentaion Microbiology (odd years), Parasitology, Mycology,Limnology, Advanced Microscopy, Plant-microbe Interactions (odd years), Ecology

Spring Semester:
Pathogenic Bacteriology, Virology, Bioinformatics, Standard Methods, Environmental Toxicology, Ecology, Stream & Watershed Ecology

J Term or Summer:
Bioinformatics (J-term); Fermentation Microbiology Laboratory (summer, odd years), Introduction to Biological Data Analysis and Interpretation (J-Term or summer)

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Microbiology Major: Business Concentration

A. Biology Core

Course Credits
BIO 105 (General Biology) 4
2nd Biology course (BIO 203 - Organismal Biology, BIO 204 -Plant Biology, 210 - Animal Biology, 306 - Genetics, 312 - Human Anatomy & Phys. I or 315 - Cell Biology) 3 - 4

B. Microbiology Core

Course Credits
MIC 230 (Fundamentals of Microbiology) 4
MIC 350 (Bacterial Diversity) or MIC 407 (Pathogenic Bacteriology) 3-4
MIC 310 (Immunology) 3
MIC 410 (Immunology Laboratory) 2
MIC 416 (Microbial Genetics; fall) 5
MIC 425 (Bacterial Physiology; spring) 5
MIC 461 (Capstone in Microbiology) 1
Total Biology and Microbiology core: 30 - 32

C. Business Core

Course Credits
ECO 110 (Microeconomics and Public Policy) 3
ECO 120 (Global Macroeconomics) 3
ACC 221 (Accounting Principles I) 3
ACC 222 (Accounting Principles II) 3
FIN 355 (Principles of Financial Management) 3
MKT 309 (Principles of Marketing) 3
BUS 205 (The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business) 3
MGT 308 (Behavior and Theory in Organizations) 3
Total Business core: 24

D. Microbiology/Biology electives
(5-6 credits; at least 3 credits from List I, a maximum of two credits from List III, One course from List II is strongly recommended):

List I:

Course Credits
MIC 350 (Bacterial Diversity) 3
MIC 380 (Food Microbiology) 4
MIC 407 (Pathogenic Bacteriology) 4
MIC 420 (Virology) 3
MIC 421 (Virology Laboratory) 2
MIC 427 (Industrial/Fermentation Microbiology) 3
MIC 428 (Fermentation Microbiology Laboratory) 2
MIC 434 Aquatic Microbial Ecology) 3
MIC 454 (Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenicity) 2
MIC 460 (Symposium in Microbiology) 1-3

List II:

Course Credits
MIC 440 (Bioinformatics) 2
MIC 442 (Plant Microbe Interactions) 3
BIO 406 (Parasitology) 4
BIO 412 (Mycology) 4
BIO 413 (Medical Mycology) 3
BIO 449 (Advanced Microscopy and Image Analysis) 3

List III:

Course Credits
MIC 489 (Independent Study in Microbiology) 1-2
MIC 499 (Independent Research in Microbiology) 1-2
BIO 202 (Introduction to Biological Data Analysis and Interpretation) 2
Total Biology/Microbiology/Business credits: 60-61

D. Additional Requirements

Course Credits
One course in math (MTH 145 or higher) 4-5
One course in physics (PHY 125 or 104 or 204) 4
Minimum of four courses in chemistry including:
CHM 103, 104, 300 (or 303, 304, and 305) 325 (or 417 and 418)
19-24

Students applying for professional and/or graduate schools should take a full year of physics (PHY 103/104 or 203/204). Students electing a Chemistry minor must take CHM 301 (Analytical Chemistry) and have 26 total credits of chemistry. The minor can be fulfilled by taking: the two-semester Organic or Biochemistry courses, Instrumental Chemistry [CHM 441], Environmental Chemsitry [CHM 412], or Chemistry Research [CHM 499].

E. Additional General Education Requirements:

30 cr.


F. General University Electives:

2-8 cr.
   
Total Graduation Requirements: 120 cr.

Schedule of elective offerings:

Fall Semester:
Pathogenic Bacteriology, Virology Laboratory, Industrial & Fermentation Microbiology (odd yrs), Advanced Microscopy, Aquatic Microbial Ecology (even yrs), Parasitology, Plant-Microbe Interactions (odd yrs), Mycology

Spring Semester:
Pathogenic Bacteriology, Virology, Food Microbiology, Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenicity (odd years), Bioinformatics, Medical Mycology

J Term or Summer:
Bioinformatics (J-Term), Fermentation Microbiology Laboratory (summer - odd years), Introduction to Biological Data Analysis and Interpretation (J-term or summer)                                                                       

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Following are a number of Example Four Year Schedules depending on your area of interest and your career goals.

These example four year schedules are in Adobe Reader (PDF) format.
Each is 60 KB / 1 page.

For more information about the Microbiology major, contact:
Dr. S.N. Rajagopal, Chair
Department of Microbiology

 

Microbiology Minor - 22 credits

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Who can declare a minor in Microbiology?
            Any current or new student can declare the microbiology minor.

2.  How do I declare the minor?
            File a Change of Program form.  Forms can be obtained in the Microbiology Office, room 3002 Cowley Hall.

3.  What do I do with the form?
            Bring it back to the Microbiology office or take it to the College of SAH office.

4.  Can I use elective credits in my major for my minor?
            Yes, electives in your major that are listed above may be counted in both the minor and your major.

5.  Who can I talk to about the minor?
            Contact Sue Anglehart at 131 Wittich Hall, 785-8247 or sanglehart@uwlax.edu or any Microbiology
            Department faculty member.

Curriculum for Microbiology Minor

Core Requirements (12-13 credits)

Credits

Prerequisites

Offered

MIC 230

Fundamentals of Microbiology

4

BIO 105, CHM 103

F, Sp, Su

MIC 350

Bacterial Diversity

3

MIC 230

F (odd), Sp

or

 

or

 

 

MIC 407

Pathogenic Bacteriology

4

MIC 230

F, Sp

MIC 416

Microbial Genetics

5

MIC 230, CHM 300 or 303

F

or

 

or

 

 

MIC 425

Bacterial Physiology

5

MIC 230, CHM 300 or 303, MTH145 or higher

Sp

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electives (9-10 credits)

 

 

 

MIC 350

Bacterial Diversity

3

MIC 230

F (odd), Sp

MIC 380

Food Microbiology

4

MIC 230

Sp

MIC 310

Immunology

3

MIC 100 or BIO 103/105 ( C grade or better) &
200 level or higher MIC or BIO course

F, Sp

MIC 410 

Immunology Laboratory

2

MIC 310

F, Sp

MIC 407

Pathogenic Bacteriology

4

MIC 230

F, Sp

MIC 416

Microbial Genetics

5

MIC 230, CHM 300 or 303

F

MIC 420

Introductory Virology

3

MIC 230 and 416 or BIO 306 or 435, CHM 300 or 303

Sp

MIC 421

Virology Laboratory

2

MIC 230 and 416 or BIO 306 or 435, CHM 300 or 303

F

MIC 425

Bacterial Physiology

5

MIC 230, CHM 300 or 303, MTH145 or higher

Sp

MIC 427

Industrial & Fermentation Microbiology

3

MIC 230, CHM 104

F (odd)

MIC 428

Fermentation Microbiology Laboratory

2

MIC 230, CHM 104

Su (odd)

MIC 434

Aquatic Microbial Ecology

3

MIC 230, 3 sem CHM

F (even)

MIC 442

Plant Microbe Interactions

3

BIO 204, MIC 230, BIO 306 or MIC 416

F (odd)

MIC 454

Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenicity

2

MIC 406, MIC 407

Sp (odd )

MIC 460

Symposium in Microbiology

1-3

MIC 230

occasional

BIO 406

Parasitology

4

BIO 203 or 210 or 303

F

BIO 412

Mycology

4

BIO 203 or 204 or MIC 230

F

BIO 413

Medical Mycology

3

BIO 412 or MIC 230

Sp

BIO 449

Advanced Microscopy & Biological Imaging

3

BIO 315 or MIC 230

F (even)

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