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What will I learn?

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, their activities, and applications. Although small in size, microorganisms play an enormous role in many areas of society including human health and disease, food, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, agriculture, and the environment. As a result of the widespread importance and application of microbiology, career opportunities are almost limitless. There are more microbiologists than any other type of biologist and the American Society for Microbiology is the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world.

The curriculum is based on the recommendations from the American Society for Microbiology, and is designed to ensure that graduates gain excellent, state-of-the-art experience in microbiology. After completing a core of microbiology courses, students may choose electives that allow them to specialize. A large number of electives are available in areas of virology, parasitology, mycology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, food and industrial microbiology, environmental microbiology, plant microbiology, and research. Students may also elect a biomedical, environmental science, or business concentration, each with slightly different curricula. A particular emphasis of the UWL microbiology major is laboratory competence. Faculty have received more than one million dollars in educational grants to ensure that teaching laboratories contain the latest equipment.

Career Opportunities

ENTRY LEVEL: Career opportunities are abundant in microbiology, and over 95 percent of microbiology graduates interested in employment at the bachelor’s level obtain jobs within the discipline. Strong laboratory competency is just one reason our majors are highly sought after. Each year representatives from several regional companies visit the campus, providing future microbiology graduates with opportunities to connect with potential employers. Some of these employment opportunities include: • Clinical Microbiologist • Environmental Microbiologist • Food and Dairy Microbiologist • Fermentation Microbiologist • Immunologist • Research and Development Microbiologist • Pharmaceutical Sales Person • Public Health Microbiologist • Research Technician

FURTHER EDUCATION: Microbiology is an excellent major to prepare students for graduate or professional school: • Graduate study in microbiology, biochemistry, epidemiology, immunology, and molecular biology • Medical School • Dental School • Pharmacy School • Physician Assistant Programs • Veterinary School.

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Health

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 120 semester credits)

Tuition fees
US$18,130.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July 2022

Start date

Expected February, September 2022


College of Science and Health

1725 State Street,



54601, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicant must have completion of secondary and post-secondary institutions attended.

For international students

Applicant must have completion of secondary or post-secondary from institution.

English Language Proficiency

Applicant must have TOEFL score of 73 with IELTS score of 6.0 and PTE score of 54. In addition completion of ELS level 112 and completion of WESLI level 700 is required.

Priority application deadlines are 15 December for the January/Spring semester and 15 July for the September/Fall semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Wisconsin La Crosse

Experience innovative academics along Wisconsin’s beautiful west coast and see why UWL is so highly ranked.

  • Located in the beautiful La Crosse region
  • 9th nationwide for providing value to international students
  • 96% job placement rate 2 years after graduation
  • More than 200 student clubs and societies