Program Requirements

The Bacteriology M.S. program is designed to give you an advanced education focused on bacteriology. This is done through curricular and other requirements.

All requirements can be found on the Bacteriology M.S. page in the UW – Madison Guide.

Required Courses

The following courses (or equivalent) are required for completion of the M.S. degree for both the coursework and research tracks, and may be fulfilled by courses taken prior to entrance to the M.S. program or as part of the M.S. program.

MICROBIO 303 Biology of Microorganisms 3
MICROBIO 526 Physiology of Microorganisms 3
MICROBIO 470 Microbial Genetics & Molecular Machines 3
BIOCHEM 501 Introduction to Biochemistry 3
MICROBIO 875 Masters Degree Seminar 1

Elective Courses

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Pre-approved Courses

MICROBIO 520 Planetary Microbiology: What Life Here Tells Us About Life Out There 3
MICROBIO/​SOIL SCI  523 Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry 3
MICROBIO 525 Field Studies of Planetary Microbiology and Life in the Universe 3
MICROBIO/​BIOCHEM/​GENETICS  612 Prokaryotic Molecular Biology 3
MICROBIO 626 Microbial and Cellular Metabolomics 3
MICROBIO 657 Bioinformatics for Microbiologists 3
MICROBIO/​BMOLCHEM  668 Microbiology at Atomic Resolution 3
MICROBIO 710 Microbial Symbiosis 3
M M & I/​PATH-BIO  528 Immunology 3
M M & I 554 Emerging Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism 2
M M & I/​BIOCHEM  575 Biology of Viruses 2
M M & I 704 Infectious Diseases of Human Beings 3
M M & I 740 Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis 3
M M & I/​PATH-BIO  750 Host-Parasite Relationships in Vertebrate Viral Disease 3
GENETICS/​MD GENET  565 Human Genetics 3
GENETICS/ENTOM/ZOOLOGY 624 Molecular Ecology 3
GENETICS/​CHEM  626 Genomic Science 2
GENETICS/BIOCHEM 631 Plant Genetics and Development 3
GENETICS 633 Population Genetics 3
GENETICS/MD GENET/POP HLTH 636 Public Health Genomics 1
GENETICS/​BOTANY/​M M & I/​PL PATH  655 Biology and Genetics of Fungi 3
GENETICS/BOTANY/ENTOM/ZOOLOGY 820 Foundations of Evolution 2
GENETICS 885 Advanced Genomic and Proteomic Analysis 3
GENETICS/B M E/B M I/BIOCHEM/CBE/COMP SCI 915 Computation and Informatics in Biology and Medicine 1
BIOCHEM/NUTR SCI 510 Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism 3
BIOCHEM 570 Computational Modeling of Biological Systems 3
BIOCHEM 601 Protein and Enzyme Structure and Function 2
BIOCHEM/B M I/BMOLCHEM/MATH 609 Mathematical Methods for Systems Biology 3
BIOCHEM/NUTR SCI 619 Advanced Nutrition: Intermediary Metabolism of Macronutrients 3
BIOCHEM/​GENETICS/​MD GENET  620 Eukaryotic Molecular Biology 3
BIOCHEM/BOTANY 621 Plant Biochemistry 3
BIOCHEM/CHEM 665 Biophysical Chemistry 4
BIOCHEM 924 Membrane Protein Structure and Function 1
PUBLHLTH 710 Introduction to Global Health: History, Current Issues, and Health Statistics 2
PUBLHLTH 711 Global Public Health and Healthcare Systems: Organizations, Governance, Financing, and Workforce 2
BOTANY/​ANTHRO/​ZOOLOGY 410 Evolutionary Biology 3
PL PATH/​BOTANY/​ENTOM 505 Plant-Microbe Interactions: Molecular and Ecological Aspects 3
PL PATH/​ONCOLOGY 640 General Virology-Multiplication of Viruses 3
ONCOLOGY 675 Advanced or Special Topics in Cancer Research 1-3
STAT/​F&W ECOL/​HORT  571 Statistical Methods for Bioscience I 4

Archived Pre-approved Courses

MICROBIO 607 Advanced Microbial Genetics 3
MICROBIO 632 Industrial Microbiology/Biotechnology 2
M M & I/​POP HLTH  603 Clinical and Public Health Microbiology 5
M M & I/​PATH-BIO  790 Immunology of Infectious Disease 3
GENETICS 525 Epigenetics 3


Courses from the departments of Genetics, Biochemistry, Bacteriology, and MM&I are generally accepted for electives. If the course you wish to take is not on the pre-approved list, be sure to request approval from your advisor (coursework track) or research advisory committee (research track).