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.

Upcoming Events

Next Micro Club meeting is  10/21 at 6:30 pm in 301 Cowley Hall.

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)
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Spotlight news

Congratulations to Microbiology 2021 Seniors of the Year,  Monica Bertucci and Kirstyn Loyva!

(L to R): Michael Hoffman, Monica Bertucci, Kirstyn Loyva & Paul Schweiger


Congratulations to Clinical Lab Science 2021 Students of the Year, Emma Del Frate and Macie Riste!

Michael Lazzari and Emma Del Frate

Michael Lazzari and Macie Riste