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

Elective Courses

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Pre-approved Courses

MICROBIO/​SOIL SCI  523 Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry 3
MICROBIO 607 Advanced Microbial Genetics 3
MICROBIO/​BIOCHEM/​GENETICS  612 Prokaryotic Molecular Biology 3
MICROBIO 632 Industrial Microbiology/Biotechnology 2
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/​POP HLTH  603 Clinical and Public Health Microbiology 5
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
M M & I/​PATH-BIO  790 Immunology of Infectious Disease 3
GENETICS 525 Epigenetics 3
GENETICS/​CHEM  626 Genomic Science 2
GENETICS 633 Population Genetics 3
GENETICS/​BOTANY/​M M & I/​PL PATH  655 Biology and Genetics of Fungi 3
GENETICS 885 Advanced Genomic and Proteomic Analysis 3
ONCOLOGY 675 Advanced or Special Topics in Cancer Research 1-3
BIOCHEM 601 Protein and Enzyme Structure and Function 2
BIOCHEM/​GENETICS/​MD GENET  620 Eukaryotic Molecular Biology 3
STAT/​F&W ECOL/​HORT  571 Statistical Methods for Bioscience I 4


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 or from one of these departments, be sure to request approval from your advisor.