Microbiology (MS)

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Welcome to the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse Microbiology Masters of Science program website.

The Microbiology MS Program is a traditional Master's program in which students focus on coursework and producing original research with a faculty mentor. For coursework, students, in consultation with a faculty committee, choose classes from a list of 28 courses. For the original research, students work with a faculty mentor in any aspect of microbiology, including environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, food and industrial, bacterial physiology, genetics, immunology, infectious disease microbiology and more. 

The Clinical Microbiology MS emphasis is truly distinct - there is no other program like it in the U.S. The Clinical Microbiology MS Program at the UWL offers unique and specialized training in the fight to control infectious disease. In this program, there is considerable focus on diagnostics, but all aspects human and animal infection by pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa are covered, including the epidemiology of infectious disease, the life cycles and behaviors of infectious agents, and the interactions of infectious agents with the immune system. The Program is a collaboration involving UW-La Crosse, Gundersen Health System, Marshfield Clinic and the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene. Students who complete the program can go on to receive American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification in Microbiology or Molecular Biology. Course work is at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse and the clinical laboratory rotations are conducted at:

  • Gundersen Health System - Clinical Microbiology-Practicum I - 8 weeks (La Crosse, WI)
  • Marshfield Laboratories/St. Joseph's Hospital - Clinical Microbiology-Practicum II - 6 weeks (Marshfield, WI)
  • Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene – Clinical Microbiology-Practicum III - 2 weeks (Madison, WI)

The combination of advanced microbiology course work , clinical rotations and research experience prepares students for a wide variety of career opportunities.