Uncover ways to improve our health and the environment with a bachelor's degree in microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Through the study of bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeasts and molds, you'll discover the many microbes that make life on earth possible — and those that cause disease and death. In-depth exposure to topics like virology, immunology and bacteriology will further show you the beneficial and detrimental functions microorganisms have on plants, animals, humans and the planet.
An excellent path for those who wish to enter the medical, pharmaceutical, dental, agriculture, food, veterinary or health care field, the microbiology program will help you find your niche and be successful in your chosen career.
Through projects and collaborative research, you'll develop and enhance your accuracy, precision and observation skills. Unique internship opportunities will also provide you with practical experience and help you feel prepared and empowered to take on anything in the microbiology field.
No matter your path, UW-Eau Claire's microbiology degree program will give you the guidance, tools and experiences needed so you can push boundaries and make a positive impact wherever you go.
Support your college journey with scholarships! There are currently thousands of dollars in scholarships for students seeking a microbiology degree from UW-Eau Claire. For example, the Michael F. Fredrich Scholarship provides support to an undergraduate student who shows strong academic promise. This $8,900 scholarship is available to those who have a financial need and have demonstrated accomplishments, leadership and creativity in biology.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your microbiology degree.
Learn more about the financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.
Microbiology program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- This major does not require a minor.
- Biology Club
- Molecular Movement
- Pre-Professional Health Club
- Reef Team
- Tri Beta Society
Outside-the-classroom learning. At UW-Eau Claire, you will have many opportunities to learn and explore outside of the classroom. Our proximity to lakes, rivers, streams, forests and wildlife areas — including a 230-acre scientific natural area — offers the perfect environment for microbiology majors. Our biology department is also associated with Beaver Creek Reserve in Eau Claire County; the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi; and the Gerace Research Centre in the Bahamas.
Exceptional collections. Explore hundreds of thousands of specimens right on campus. UW-Eau Claire is home to extensive collections of amphibians, reptiles, fish, insects, invertebrates, mammals and birds as well as saltwater aquaria and a herbarium.
Course-based trips. Broaden your perspective and step outside your comfort zone on course-based trips to places like Costa Rica, the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos, rural Ecuador, Utah, Nebraska and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Strong community partnerships and internship opportunities. UW-Eau Claire has strong ties to major clinics and hospitals, including Mayo Clinic Health System, Marshfield Clinic and Sacred Heart Hospital, as well as smaller health care facilities like the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic. Many of our microbiology students receive internship and research opportunities with these hospital systems.
Earning a microbiology degree from UW-Eau Claire empowers you to take on many different career paths and opportunities.
Where are microbiology degree alumni now?
- Analytical/microbiological specialist, MillerCoors, Wisconsin
- Genotyping technician, Marshfield Clinic, Wisconsin
- Clinical technician-cytogenetics, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
- Quality assurance technician, ReGen Theranostics, Minnesota
- Agricultural scientist
- Food scientist
- Biological technicians
- Conservation scientists
- Environmental scientists
You work really closely with the professors. At a large research institution, you wouldn't have that opportunity – you'd be working with a post-doc or graduate student. Working alongside the professors, you get firsthand knowledge of how to think, run the experiments and work the equipment.
At UW-Eau Claire, you will obtain a well-rounded, diverse education. You'll have the opportunity to dive into liberal arts courses as well as those focused specifically on microbiology.
Classes for microbiology majors may include:
- Molecular and Cell Biology
- Fundamentals of Biochemistry
- Biology of Microorganisms
- Current Topics in Virology and Immunology
- Fundamentals of Biochemistry
Learn more about the comprehensive microbiology major in the UWEC course catalog.
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