Microbiology

Bachelor of Science | B.Sc.

Microbiology is a research oriented subject which plays a pivotal role in our daily lives.In the three year programme, Semester I and Semester II consists of fundamental concepts in Microbiology like Microscopy, Biomolecules, Cell Biology, Basics of Fermentation, Control of Microorganisms, Air, Water and Soil Microbiology; whereas Semester III and IV consists of topics of Immunology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Virology, Taxonomy, Dairy and Food Microbiology along with basic and advanced Instrumentation.

In Course III, choice is offered between Advances in Chromatography and Advances in Microscopy in Semester III and between Dairy Microbiology and Biofertilizer, Biopesticide in Semester IV. Semester V and Semester VI while focusing on the depth and applications of the above topics will also include new topics of Population Genetics, Emerging Infectious Diseases and Advanced Virology, along with Discipline Specific Electives and Skill Enhancement Elective courses. The syllabi for the three-year undergraduate programme has been designed to enable the students to understand and select an area of their interest to pursue a career in Microbiology.

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Pedagogy

A Blended mode is adopted to keep the teaching-learning and assessment student-centric. With an intention to facilitate the teaching- learning and evaluation process with the assistance of Information and Communication Technology, also to get a real time progress update of the learner, teachers adopt Flipped Classroom approach and ICT based Assessment tools for evaluation.

Learning Management Systems such as Moodle, Google Classroom, Edmodo are adopted to facilitate the academic transactions. Department started a Student chapter in association with Microbiologist Society, India.

Career Prospects

Research, Pharmaceutical company, Government or Private Food and Water Testing Laboratories, Medical Laboratory Technology, Food Packaging and Dairy Microbiology, Cosmetic industry, Fermentation Industries.

Job Roles for B.Sc. Microbiology graduate:

After graduation one can seek a professional career as a Laboratory technician in an Instrumentation Laboratory, Officer in a Research Laboratory, Hospitals and Blood Banks, Public Health Sector, Pharmaceutical Company, as a technician in Food, Water testing and Pathology Laboratory.

Higher Education options for B.Sc. Microbiology graduate:

M.Sc. Microbiology by Papers or M.Sc. Microbiology by Research M.Sc. in a specialized branch of Microbiology Ph.D. in Microbiology MBA PG Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology (PGDMLT) or other any other relevant PG Diploma.

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Programme Outcomes

  • State and describe the basic and advanced concepts of Microbiology.
  • Perform practical techniques in Microbiology.
  • Develop basic scientific approach towards a problem.
  • Apply the knowledge of Microbiology in Environmental and Socio-economic domains of the society.

Curriculum

 
 
Semester I Semester II
Core Courses Core Courses
Basics of Microbiology Applied Microbiology Practicals for core courses Fundamentals of Microbiology Introduction to Environmental and Industrial Microbiology Practicals for Core Courses
Semester III Semester IV
Core Courses Core Courses
Medical Microbiology Genetics, Virology, and Taxonomy Bioinstrumentation Practicals for core courses Immunology Concepts in Biochemistry Industrial and Food Microbiology Practicals for Core Courses
Semester V Semester VI
Core Courses Core Courses
Branches of Genetics and Basic Molecular Biology Medical microbiology and Immunology - I Microbial Biochemistry-I Bioprocess Technology Upstream Processes Mechanisms of Genetic Exchange, Mutation and Repair Medical Microbiology and Immunology-II Microbial Biochemistry-II Bioprocess Technology Downstream Processing and Fermentations
Discipline Elective Courses Discipline Elective Courses
Environmental Microbiology Plant and Animal Biotechnology Research Project (Optional) Recombinant DNA Technology and Advanced Virology Advances in Immunology and Medical Microbiology Research Project (Optional)
Skill Enhancement Electives Skill Enhancement Electives
Food and Dairy Microbiology Practicals for Core Courses and Electives Advances in Microbial Techniques Practicals for Core Courses and Electives

Differentiators

  • Meticulous alignment in the Semester-wise framework of the Syllabus where the year-wise progression from basic to advanced concepts is evident.
  • Emphasis on inculcation of Scientific temperament in the students at the undergraduate level with the incorporation of Research Projects.
  • Inculcation of event management skills in the students where every year students organize MICROSCOPE which is an Inter-Collegiate event.
  • Experiential learning in the form of Internships and visits to enhance the subject knowledge and to facilitate exposure to latest trends in Microbiology.

Coordinator

Dr Unnati Padalia
unnati@somaiya.edu