Welcome to the Department of Microbiology at UW-La Crosse
A University of Wisconsin Center of Excellence!

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Microbiology, the study of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa and viruses, plays an enormous role in many areas of society and our daily lives. From the study of emerging infectious diseases to biotechnology, microbiology plays a vital role in basic and applied science. There are abundant career opportunities in microbiology, and a microbiology major is an outstanding major for students interested in professional or graduate school.

We offer four different curricular tracks in the undergraduate microbiology major, and two MS concentrations. The Clinical Laboratory Science major is also housed in the Department of Microbiology, and provides outstanding employment opportunities using skills of microbiology and chemistry to make clinical diagnoses.

UW-La Crosse is unique among comprehensive Universities in having a major in microbiology and our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing the best education available for our students.

Please learn more about this exciting area and the microbiology major by browsing through our web site using the buttons at the left.


The Microbiology Department is offering the following two summer courses:

microbe micrograph MIC 230 (4 cr.): Fundamentals of Microbiology

May 27 - July 18, 2014

8:50-9:45 am M, T, W, Th (lecture) 10-noon M, T, W, Th (lab)

For any questions go to or call the department office, 3002 CH, 608-785-6960.


For more information contact: Dr. S.N. Rajagopal, Chair Department of Microbiology or any of the faculty or staff under the Faculty and Staff Directory.