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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 Research Group 2018

Meetings are on Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, and 30, in Murphy 150.

  Lunch is at 11:45 am, from 12-1 pm two DDF students will present on their projects, and a variety of workshops will run from 1-2 pm.

There will be an end-of-the-summer poster session on Friday August 3rd 10 am - 12 noon.

All CSH faculty and summer undergraduate and graduate research students, with or without fellowships, are invited to attend the Monday lunch seminars and to present at the poster session.

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
<p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Congratulations to Microbiology 2018 Senior of the Year and Murphy Award winner, Amy Enright!</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="Amy Enright with Senior of the Year Plaque" src="/link/a0b805e69c2446f8bce900e3adfe38a4.aspx" height="239" width="162" /></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Congratulations to Clinical Lab Science 2018 Students of the Year, Lydia Loeffelholz and Khadel Akindolire-King!</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img alt="Lydia Loeffelholz with her Student of the Year plaque" src="/link/b842b260727a4496a9957f4325ccfce9.aspx" height="202" width="203" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <img alt="Khadel Akindolire King with his Student of the Year plaque" src="/link/ae3a41907fb140f692ebb006bd9723fa.aspx" height="201" width="188" /><br /></strong></p>