Explore the microbiology degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Earn your bachelor's degree in microbiology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Our leading-edge facilities, outstanding faculty and internship opportunities will help you feel prepared and empowered to take on anything in the microbiology field.

UW-Eau Claire's microbiology major provides in-depth exposure to topics in microbiology including virology, immunology, and bacteriology. Our microbiology degree program is excellent preparation for careers in health science, industry, and for graduate training in microbiology and related fields. You will also gain real-life experiences that go beyond the classroom with student-faculty research and internship opportunities.

Our microbiology degree program at UW-Eau Claire will help you develop advanced accuracy, precision and observation skills which are crucial to any career in microbiology. You will have the opportunity to study microorganisms—many are harmless and even help sustain life on this planet, while some can cause disease and death. At UW-Eau Claire, you'll find your niche in our microbiology degree program and feel prepared for an amazing career in medicine, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, agriculture, or the food industry.

UW-Eau Claire microbiology grad does life-saving work for babies with heart defects

At UW-Eau Claire, we strive to provide a transformative learning experience that allows students to change lives and shape the world for the better. UW-Eau Claire's microbiology graduate Casey Huxtable '15 is a perfect example of that. Casey is pursuing his passion as part of a team of specialists whose job it is to save the lives of babies born with congenital heart defects. At a key moment in open-heart surgeries around the country, Huxtable prepares a syringe of life-saving stem cells that will help a baby's heart to regain strength and function. Casey Huxtable is a quality assurance technician at ReGen Theranostics in Rochester, Minnesota, a biotechnology company that produces patient-specific stem cells for groundbreaking medical research and procedures. 

Microbiology degree scholarships and financial aid

Support your college journey with scholarships! The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for incoming and current Blugolds. There are currently thousands of dollars in scholarships for students seeking a microbiology degree from UW-Eau Claire.

Microbiology scholarships

At UW-Eau Claire, one of our top priorities is to provide a supportive and inclusive community where students feel empowered. The UW-Eau Claire Foundation can help you become a Blugold through scholarships. The Michael F. Fredrich Scholarship provides support to an undergraduate student with academic promise who may not necessarily be the best student in terms of GPA. 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 what resources are available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Student support is one of our top priorities and we are here to help students and their families through the financial aid process. We strive to make the applications and payments as seamless as possible. Get in touch with our staff remotely or in-person through Blugold Central, our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. Our staff helps you learn how to pay for your education so you can get the most value out of your business degree.

Learn more about the financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.

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Quick Facts

Microbiology program details
  • Program length: Four years
  • Availability: Campus


Student organizations
  • Biology Club
  • Conservationists
  • Molecular Movement
  • Pre-Professional Health Club
  • Reef Team
  • Tri Beta Society

Microbiology bachelor’s degree program highlights

Step outside your comfort zone and explore microbiology beyond the classroom. At UW-Eau Claire, you will have many opportunities to explore beyond the classroom. We offer a perfect environment for microbiology majors due to our proximity to lakes, streams, forests and wildlife areas. Adjacent to the Chippewa River and campus is Putnam Park, a 200-acre scientific natural area. Our biology department is also associated with Beaver Creek Reserve in Eau Claire County, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (Ocean Springs, Mississippi) and the Gerace Research Centre (Bahamas). UW-Eau Claire allows you to step outside your comfort zone with course-based trips to Costa Rica, the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos, rural Ecuador, Utah, Nebraska, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Collaborative research and internship opportunities. UW-Eau Claire also offers opportunities to microbiology majors in human health professions and medical research. We are home to several major clinics and hospitals including Sacred Heart and Mayo Clinic Health System, and smaller health care facilities such as the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic. Many of our microbiology students receive internship and research opportunities with these hospital systems. UW-Eau Claire's microbiology degree program will empower you with excellent guidance, tools, and experiences so you can push boundaries and make a positive impact wherever your degree takes you.


Species of birds in our on-campus bird museum


Square feet of on-campus greenhouse space


Acres of natural area right on campus

What can you do with a microbiology degree from UW-Eau Claire?

Earning a microbiology degree from UW-Eau Claire gives you many different career paths and opportunities. Ninety-nine percent of our graduates report they were employed or continuing their education.

Where are microbiology degree alumni now?

Microbiology careers

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.

Kevin Mayer | Microbiology

Microbiology bachelor’s degree program curriculum

As a microbiology major, you will obtain an education with a foundation in the liberal arts. You'll have the opportunity to dive into a variety of subjects for a well rounded time at UW-Eau Claire and then be able to explore microbiology specific courses. 

Graduation requirements for microbiology degree

Liberal Education Core (36 credits)
Core Requirements for All Biology Majors (9 credits)
Required Biology Courses (30 credits)
Elective Courses (14 credits)

View more in course catalog.

Top classes for microbiology majors

Molecular and Cell Biology
Fundamentals of Biochemistry
Biology of Microorganisms
Current Topics in Virology and Immunology
Fundamentals of Biochemistry

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