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The Department of Microbiology at UW-La Crosse is a University of Wisconsin Center of Excellence! 

We are the only independent microbiology department among the UW comprehensive universities. We offer four different curricular tracks in the undergraduate microbiology major, and two Master of Science (M.S.) concentrations. TheClinical Laboratory Science major is also housed in our department, and provides outstanding employment opportunities using the skills of microbiology and chemistry to make clinical diagnoses.

Upcoming Events

Our Microbial Interaction with Built Environments
Simon Lax, University of Chicago
Thursday,  March 24th,  7 pm 1309 Centennial


Engineered Probiotics as Therapeutic Delivery Vehicles
Jan Peter van Pijkeren, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Friday,  April 8th,  2:30 pm 102 Wimberly


  • Undergraduate Research is an important mission of the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. The University has instituted a number of programs to promote and in some cases fund undergraduate research. 
  • The College of Science and Health has additional funding opportunities including travel and supply grants, and summer fellowships. In the microbiology program, the faculty provide a number of opportunities for students to do research in areas as diverse as food microbiology, microbial genetics, virology, environmental microbiology, immunology and pathogenic bacteriology. 
  • Students can also enroll for Independent Research credit (MIC 499). Check out the"Our people" page to find out the research interests of the various faculty members in the department. Some microbiology students do microbiology-related research with Biology and Chemistry faculty as well.