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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.


Upcoming Events

Upcoming Seminar

When Microbiology Matter: Clinical Cases that Show the Enduring Value of Medical Microbiology in the Real World

Dr. Arick Sabin, Infectious Disease Physician & Medical Director of the Microbiology Laboratory, Gundersen Health System

Wednesday, March 11th, 6 pm

Centennial 1400


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 2019 Senior of the Year, Abby Multerer!

Abby Multerer - senior of the year 2019


Congratulations to Clinical Lab Science 2019 Student of the Year, Jada Hicks!

     Jada Hicks - 2019 CLS student of the year