Students in the Biomedical Sciences major are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree upon completion of all requirements. Students choose from one of the following seven areas or submajors:

  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Cytotechnology
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Diagnostic Imaging (degree completion program)
  • Health Science (degree completion program)
  • Public Health Microbiology

All students will be required to comply with a background check, drug screen, and maintain health insurance during the professional training experience.

Public Health Microbiology

Public health microbiology prepares students for a career in the laboratory disciplines of public health. Specifically, students will be educated in a broad range of sciences in order to perform investigatory and laboratory-based analyses of environmental samples for microbial contaminants of interest. Emphasis is placed on pathogenic disease and the human populations that they affect. Students successfully completing this program may sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP-BOC) Technologist in Microbiology national certification exam.

Requirements

Students must achieve the satisfactory completion of 130 credits.

Students in the Biomedical Sciences major are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree upon completion of all requirements. All students, with the exception of students in the Diagnostic Imaging or Health Sciences degree completion program, will be required to comply with a background check and maintain health insurance during the professional training experience.

The process of application to the professional training occurs at the end of the first semester of the junior year.

Entry into professional training or internship is competitive and dependent upon:

  1. Completion of UWM's General Education Requirements (GER);
  2. A cumulative UWM minimum grade point average of 2.5;
  3. A cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.5 in specific, required science courses;
  4. Completion of:
    1. all required courses and electives (87 credits) through the second semester of junior year for students pursuing Cytotechnology, or Medical Laboratory Science;
    2. all required courses and electives (114 credits) through the first semester of senior year for students pursuing Public Health Microbiology; and
  5. A grade of C or better in all junior-level courses.

Students who meet these minimum requirements for entry into professional training will be evaluated on the basis of their science GPA for placement at one of the training sites.

To remain eligible to continue in the professional training, students must earn a grade of C or better in all senior-level courses.

Degree Requirements

University Core
Competency Requirements
Oral and Written Communication (OWC) Part A & B
Quantitative Literacy (QL) Part A & B
Foreign Language
Distribution Requirements
Arts3
Cultural Diversity3
Humanities6
Natural Sciences6
Social Sciences6
Biomedical Science Core
BIO SCI 150Foundations of Biological Sciences I 14
BIO SCI 202Anatomy and Physiology I 14
BIO SCI 203Anatomy and Physiology II 14
BIO SCI 325Genetics 14
BIO SCI 383General Microbiology 14
BMS 205Introduction to Diagnostic Medicine3
BMS 301
BMS 302
BMS 303
BMS 304
BMS 305
Human Pathophysiology: Fundamentals
and Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems I
and Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems II
and Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems III
and Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems IV 1
5
BMS 427Clinical Immunology 13
BMS 428Clinical Immunology Laboratory 11
BMS 534Medical Microbiology3
BMS 535Medical Microbiology Laboratory2
BMS 536Applied Clinical Microbiology2
BMS 537Medical Parasitology and Mycology2
BMS 560Molecular and Genetic Diagnostics2
BMS 561Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory1
CHEM 102General Chemistry 15
CHEM 104General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis 15
CHEM 341Introductory Survey of Organic Chemistry 13
CHEM 342Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory 12
CHEM 501Introduction to Biochemistry 13
HS 224Computational Tools for Healthcare Professionals3
KIN 270Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice3
1

 Course counts towards a student's science GPA.

Public Health Microbiology Requirements

Students in the Public Health Microbiology submajor complete an eight-week internship with the City of Milwaukee Health Department. The process of application to the professional training occurs at the end of the first semester of the junior year.

BIO SCI 350Human Parasitology4
BIO SCI 405General Virology3
BMS 201Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS3
BMS 245Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective3
BMS 531Advanced Lectures in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences1
BMS 538Advanced Clinical Microbiology Practicum3
BMS 539Public Health Microbiology2
BMS 540Public Health Microbiology Lab2
BMS 547Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis2
BMS 548Clinical Laboratory Practice5
BMS 549Professional Development in Clinical Laboratory Sciences3
BMS 555Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring1
ENGLISH 205Business Writing3
HCA 212Drugs Used and Abused3
HCA 307Epidemiology for the Health Sciences3
HS 101Introduction to Health and Disease2
HS 311Law and Ethics for Healthcare Professionals3
HS 222Language of Medicine3
Electives8
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Credits
BIO SCI 202 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CHEM 102 General Chemistry 5
HS 101 Introduction to Health and Disease 2
HS 222 Language of Medicine 3
 Credits14
Semester 2
BIO SCI 203 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CHEM 104 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis 5
HS 224 Computational Tools for Healthcare Professionals 3
GER Elective: Arts 3
 Credits15
Year 2
Semester 1
BIO SCI 150 Foundations of Biological Sciences I 4
BMS 205 Introduction to Diagnostic Medicine 3
BMS 301 Human Pathophysiology: Fundamentals 1
BMS 302 Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems I 1
BMS 303 Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems II 1
CHEM 341 Introductory Survey of Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 342 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
 Credits15
Semester 2
BIO SCI 325 Genetics 4
BMS 201 Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS 3
BMS 245 Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 3
BMS 304 Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems III 1
BMS 305 Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems IV 1
KIN 270 Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice (QLB) 3
 Credits15
Year 3
Semester 1
BIO SCI 383 General Microbiology 4
BMS 427 Clinical Immunology 3
BMS 428 Clinical Immunology Laboratory 1
CHEM 501 Introduction to Biochemistry 3
HCA 212 Drugs Used and Abused 3
 Credits14
Semester 2
BMS 534 Medical Microbiology 3
BMS 535 Medical Microbiology Laboratory 2
BMS 560 Molecular and Genetic Diagnostics 2
BMS 561 Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory 1
HCA 307 Epidemiology for the Health Sciences 3
HS 311 Law and Ethics for Healthcare Professionals 3
ENGLISH 205 Business Writing (OWCB) 3
 Credits17
Summer
BMS 536 Applied Clinical Microbiology 2
BMS 537 Medical Parasitology and Mycology 2
Electives 4
 Credits8
Year 4
Semester 1
BMS 539 Public Health Microbiology 2
BMS 540 Public Health Microbiology Lab 2
BMS 547 Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis 2
BMS 555 Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 1
BIO SCI 350 Human Parasitology 4
BIO SCI 405 General Virology 3
GER Elective: Humanities 3
 Credits17
Semester 2
BMS 531 Advanced Lectures in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences 1
BMS 538 Advanced Clinical Microbiology Practicum 3
BMS 548 Clinical Laboratory Practice 5
BMS 549 Professional Development in Clinical Laboratory Sciences 3
GER Elective: Humanities 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits130

Honors in the Major

Honors in the major are granted to students who earn a GPA of 3.500 or above on a minimum of 30 completed credits at UWM following advancement to a Health Sciences major.

Honors in the College of Health Sciences

Dean's Honor List

GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.