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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. The Clinical 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.

UWL Microbiology and Biology student selfie with Nobel Laureate speaker, Dr. Capecchi

Selfie of students with Nobel laureate Dr. Capecchi

Upcoming Events

Summer Internship Opportunity:

Study evaluating whether a variety of human viral pathogens are causing morbidity in human patients from the La Crosse area 

Check here for more details and how to apply.



We prepare you for jobs

  • Food production/fermentation industries 
  • Food, dairy and water testing companies 
  • Hospital and Public health labs
  • Waste and wastewater treatment
  • Biotechnology companies
  • Medical diagnostic companies
  • Large pharmaceutical companies
  • Chemical companies 
  • Cosmetic companies
  • Research laboratories 
  • Environmental testing laboratories
  • Bioremediation companies
  • Forensics labs
  • Quality assurance in many industries
  • Technical writing or sales

A microbiology major is also excellent preparation for:

  • Medical school
  • Veterinary school
  • Pharmacy school
  • Dental school
  • Graduate school in the biological sciences
  • Law school (patent/ technology transfer law)
Jordan Recker presenting at IAFP

Grad student Jordan Recker presented his research, with mentor Dr. Li, at the IAFP annual meeting in Tampa, Florida.

Jordan Recker standing by his poster at IAFP meeting

Recent Publications:

Dr. William Schwan and Hua Ding, "Temporal Regulation of fim Gene in Uropathogenic Escherichia coli during Infection of the Murine Urinary Tract", Journal of Pathogens

Dr. Michael Hoffman and colleagues, "Inflammasome antagonism by human parainfluenza virus type 3 C protein", Journal of Virology