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Are you interested in:

  • Studying, preventing and controlling infectious disease?
  • Tracking down agents of infectious disease?
  • Prevention and treatment of potential bioterrorist attacks?
  • Production of new products through biotechnology?
  • Production of fermented foods or beverages such as cheese, yogurt and kefir?
  • Development and production of probiotics and prebiotics?
  • Cleaning up oil spills or other toxic wastes in our environment?
  • Understanding how elements are cycled in our environment?
  • Preventing contaminated products from reaching consumers?

If so, Microbiology may be the major for you. Microbiology is a diverse discipline with almost limitless applications in health, industry, biotechnology, environmental science, and basic research. With the increase in emerging infectious disease and antibiotic resistance, the threat of bioterrorism, the rapid advances in biotechnology, and numerous environmental problems, microbiologists are in higher demand than ever. A Microbiology major from UW-La Crosse will prepare you for jobs in:

  • Large pharmaceutical companies
  • Chemical companies
  • Hospital and Public health laboratories
  • Food production and fermentation industries
  • Biotechnology companies
  • Medical diagnostic companies
  • Food, dairy and water testing companies
  • Waste and wastewater treatment facilities
  • Cosmetic companies
  • Research laboratories at Universities and medical centers
  • Research laboratories at government agencies like the EPA and USDA
  • Environmental testing laboratories
  • Bioremediation companies
  • Forensics labs
  • Quality assurance in many industries
  • Technical writing
  • Technical sales

A microbiology major is also excellent preparation:

  • Medical school
  • Veterinary school
  • Pharmacy school
  • Dental school
  • Law school (patent and technology transfer law)
  • Graduate school in any of the biological sciences.

A survey of first medical students has recognized the Microbiology major as the best major to prepare students for the rigors of Medical School.

What is Unique about the Microbiology Program at UW-La Crosse?

The microbiology program at UW-La Crosse has earned a tremendous reputation over the years. A major in Microbiology is generally only available at large research Universities; however, UW-La Crosse offers this exciting major at a University with the small class size and individualized faculty attention found at smaller schools. The primary mission of UW-La Crosse is undergraduate education, and the Microbiology faculty take this mission very seriously in delivering the best possible education. Microbiology was recognized by the University System as a "Center of Excellence" in 1988 for the high quality program and is also identified as one of UW-La Crosses "High Tech Programs". Microbiology majors from UW-La Crosse are highly regarded by employers, professional schools, and graduate programs. We are very proud of the UW-La Crosse Microbiology major and feel that microbiology education at UW-La Crosse is second to none nationwide. If your career goals relate to any of the above areas, a microbiology major from UW-La Crosse will serve you well.

Please check out the various links on the Microbiology home page to learn more about the Microbiology major at this web site.

The Office of Education and Training of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) also offers career information and fellowship opportunities in biological/microbiological sciences at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral level. The URL is http://www.microbiologycareers.org/

"The role of the infinitely small in nature is infinitely large"
-Louis Pasteur

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