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BIOLOGY

 

The Master of Science in Biology program is a multi-disciplinary program that allows students advanced study in several traditional and non-traditional areas of biology. Students have the option of a general M.S. degree in biology or may obtain an M.S. degree in biology with a formal concentration in aquatic science, cellular and molecular biology, clinical microbiology, microbiology, nurse anesthesia, or physiology. Admission to the program is based, in part, on scores on the GRE general exam, undergraduate grade point average (G.P.A.), letters of recommendation, and on individually prescribed undergraduate course work to meet prerequisite requirements for each concentration. Each student will choose a major adviser and an advisory committee during the first semester of residence. This committee will assist the student in drafting the student’s plan of study, which will dictate the student’s curriculum for the ensuing semesters. All students complete a capstone experience. Students obtaining the M.S. Biology or M.S. Biology: Concentration in Clinical Microbiology complete a thesis or seminar paper. Students obtaining the M.S. Biology: Concentration in Aquatic Science, Concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Concentration in Microbiology, or Concentration in Physiology complete a thesis. Students obtaining the M.S. Biology: Concentration in Nurse Anesthesia complete extensive clinical training.

 

Biology Graduate Student Requirements

 

All graduate students in biology must meet the following requirements:

 

1.         Prior to registration each semester, the student must consult with the major adviser.

2.         Submit a written thesis or seminar paper proposal to the advisory committee prior to the midterm of the second semester of residence. CRNA students are exempt from this requirement and are not required to complete a thesis or seminar paper as part of the degree program.

3.         Enroll in BIO 751 or MIC 751, Graduate Seminar, during the first four semesters of residence. Two of the semesters must be taken for one credit each; the other two semesters will be taken on an audit (no credit) basis. CRNA students are exempt from this requirement.

4.         Students who are on campus, utilizing university staff and/or facilities must enroll for a minimum of two credit hours per term, including fall or spring semester, and summer sessions.

5.         Students are encouraged to complete an appropriate graduate course (numbers 500 and  above) from outside the Department of Biology and Department of Microbiology. Upon approval of a student’s advisory committee, a student may be permitted to take a maximum of 10 graduate credits in other departments.

6          Graduate assistants are required to enroll as full-time students during the first two semesters of residence.

7.         Pass a preliminary oral examination covering the student’s area of specialty and advanced course work.

8.         Complete at least 15 credits of 700-level course work.

9.         Consult this catalog and the departments’ graduate student guidelines for additional policies pertaining to graduate students in a biology program.

M.S. BIOLOGY

 

This traditional master’s degree program is designed to provide the most beneficial learning opportunities based on career goals and the student’s area of focus. Intended for students who do not plan to obtain one of the formal concentrations within the M.S. Biology program. Students are required to (1) complete a thesis or seminar paper in an area of biology, (2) pass an oral comprehensive exam, and (3) complete 30 credits selected by the student and the advisory committee.

Note:

BIO 721 and MIC 721, Directed Study is not intended to (1) cover areas related to the thesis research, (2) serve as an instrument for removing deficiencies, or (3) be used in place of courses offered elsewhere in the biology graduate curriculum. Permission to register for BIO 721 and MIC 721 must be secured, prior to registration, from the advisory committee and from the faculty member           supervising the special project.


AQUATIC SCIENCE CONCENTRATION

This concentration requires (1) completion of a research thesis in an area of aquatic science, (2) passing an oral comprehensive exam, and (3) completion of 30 credits with at least 15 credits from the following list; remaining credits are to be selected by the student and the advisory committee.

 

 

 

 

Credits

BIO

505

Aquatic Vascular Plants

2

BIO

514

Freshwater Invertebrate Zoology

3

BIO

519

Quantitative Methods in Ecology

2

BIO

522

Ichthyology

3

BIO

523

Fisheries Management

3

BIO

534

Aquatic Microbial Ecology

3

BIO

538

Physics and Chemistry of Surface Ground Water

3

BIO

547

Quality Assurance of Water Analyses

3

BIO

548

Aquatic Toxicology

4

BIO

563

Aquatic Animal Health

3

BIO

564

Stream Ecology

3

BIO

711

Aquatic Contaminants

2

BIO

799

Research: Master’s Thesis

1-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Credits……..

30

 

 

With the approval of the student’s advisory committee, other courses may be substituted for those listed.

 

 

CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY CONCENTRATION

 

This concentration requires (1) completion of a research thesis in an area of cellular or molecular biology, (2) passing an oral comprehensive exam, and (3) completion of 30 credits with at least 15 credits from the following list; remaining credits are to be selected by the student and the advisory committee.

 

 

 

 

          Credits

MIC

516

Microbial Genetics

4

BIO

532

Biology of Cancer

2

BIO

535

Molecular Biology

 3

BIO

536

Molecular Biology Lab

1

BIO

537

Plant Growth and Development

3

BIO

543

Molecular Mechanisms of Disease

3

BIO

563

Aquatic Animal Health

3

BIO

714

Advanced Genetics

3

BIO

799

Research: Master's Thesis

1-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

30

 

With the approval of the student's advisory committee, other courses may be substituted for those listed.

 

 

CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY CONCENTRATION

 

This concentration is offered by the Department of Biology and Department of Microbiology, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Marshfield Laboratories/St. Joseph's Hospital/Marshfield Clinic, and the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene. This is a two-year program involving on-campus didactic training, 12 full-time weeks of clinical rotations at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, 9 full-time weeks in clinical laboratories at Marshfield Laboratories/St. Joseph's Hospital/ Marshfield Clinic, and 3 full-time weeks at the Wisconsin Laboratory of Hygiene. Students who complete the Concentration in Clinical Microbiology are eligible to secure Specialist Microbiologist (SM-AAM) certification of the American Academy of Microbiology. The combination of classroom education, clinical rotations and research experience will prepare students for a variety of employment opportunities including: (1) supervisory positions in medical centers and public health and private reference laboratories, (2) research, marketing, and sales in select industries, and (3) basic research. This concentration requires (1) completion of a research thesis (Plan A—Thesis) or seminar paper (Plan B—Non-Thesis) in an area of clinical microbiology, (2) passing an oral comprehensive exam, and (3) completion of the core curriculum of 30 credits.

Core Curriculum                          Credits

            Plan A—Thesis

MIC

751

Graduate Seminar

2

MIC

753

Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

2

MIC

754

Mechanisms of Pathogenesis

2

MIC

755

Advanced Immunology

2

MIC

770

Clinical Microbiology Practicum I

5

MIC

780

Clinical Microbiology Practicum II

4

MIC

790

Clinical Microbiology Practicum III

2

MIC

799

Research: Masters Thesis

 6

 

 

Electives

 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

30

 

 

Core Curriculum                          Credits

            Plan B—Non-Thesis

MIC

751

Graduate Seminar

2

MIC

752

Clinical Laboratory Management

2

MIC

753

Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

2

MIC

754

Mechanisms of Pathogenesis

2

MIC

755

Advanced Immunology

2

MIC

761

Research Paper

2

MIC

770

Clinical Microbiology Practicum I

5

MIC

780

Clinical Microbiology Practicum II

4

MIC

790

Clinical Microbiology Practicum III

2

 

 

Electives

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

30

 

 

MICROBIOLOGY CONCENTRATION

 

This concentration requires completion of (1) a research thesis in an area of microbiology, (2) passing an oral comprehensive exam, and (3) completion of 30 credits; 15 credits of which must be 700-level course work. Fifteen (15) credits must be from the following; the others are selected by the student and the advisory committee.

 

 

 

 

          Credits

MIC

506

Immunology

4

MIC

507

Pathogenic Bacteriology

4

BIO

509

Parasitology

4

BIO

512

Mycology

4

BIO

513

Medical Mycology

3

MIC

516

Microbial Genetics

5

MIC

520

Introductory Virology

3

MIC

525

Bacterial Physiology

5

MIC

526

Food Microbiology

4

MIC

527

Industrial and Fermentation Microbiology

3

MIC

528

Fermentation Microbiology Laboratory

2

MIC

534

Aquatic Microbial Ecology

3

BIO

535

Molecular Biology

3

BIO

536

Molecular Biology Laboratory

1

MIC

730

Biodegradation and Bioremediation

2

MIC

714

Advanced Genetics

3

MIC

721

Directed Studies

1-2

MIC

754

Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenicity

2

MIC

755

Advanced Immunology

2

MIC

799

Research: Master's Thesis

1-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

30

 

 

NURSE ANESTHESIA CONCENTRATION

 

This concentration is jointly offered by the Department of Biology and Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Students simultaneously complete requirements for the master of science degree in biology and educational requirements to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Candidates for this concentration must apply separately and be accepted into the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare School of Anesthesia. This concentration requires (1) passing an oral comprehensive exam and (2) completion of the core curriculum of 30 credits.

 

CRNA

Core

Curriculum

Credits

BIO

501

Human Gross Anatomy

7

BIO

524

Endocrinology

3

BIO

713

Physiology of Drug Action

2

BIO

715

Pathophysiology I

3

BIO

717

Pathophysiology II

3

BIO

718

Advanced Human Physiology I

4

BIO

719

Advanced Human Physiology II

4

CHM

530

Chemistry in Health Sciences

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

30

 

 

PHYSIOLOGY CONCENTRATION

 

This concentration requires (1) completion of a research thesis in an area of animal physiology, (2) passing an oral comprehensive exam, and (3) completion of 30 credits with at least 15 credits from the following list; remaining credits are to be selected by the student and the advisory committee.

 

 

 

 

Credits

BIO

517

Animal Physiology

4

BIO

524

Endocrinology

3

BIO

528

Animal Metabolism, Nutrition and Disease

3

BIO

532

Biology of Cancer

2

BIO

535

Molecular Biology

3

BIO

536

Molecular Biology Laboratory

1

BIO

565

Principles of Neurobiology

2

BIO

718

Advanced Human Physiology I

4

BIO

719

Advance Human Physiology II

4

BIO

799

Research: Master's Thesis

1-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

30

 

With the approval of the student's advisory committee, other courses may be substituted for those listed.

 

 


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