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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


Friday, April 14th, 2:15 pm

1400 Centennial Hall

Producing biofuels with a little help of our microbial friends

Camila Carlos, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Deparment of Bacteriology
 University of Wisconsin-Madison




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)
Spotlight news

Congratulations to Lauren Lipker and Emily Eastman (not pictured), Microbiology 2015-2016 Seniors of the Year!

Bill Schwan presenting Laura Lipker her award

Congratulations to Jennifer DeGrave and Alyssa Fedie, 2015-2016 CLS Students of the Year!

Michael Lazzari with award winners Jennifer DeGrave and Alyssa Fedie