B.Sc. (Hons.) - Microbiology B.Sc. Microbio

School of Life & Basic Sciences

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, archaea, fungi and protozoa. Many of these microorganisms, however, carry out important functions in their niches that are essential for life forms. Microbiologists study the interaction of microorganisms with other organisms and how they affect their lives, as well as the roles these organisms play in the environment. This discipline includes fundamental research on the biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, ecology, evolution and clinical aspects of microorganisms, including the host response to these agents.

Recent trends from the industry focus on production of totally new eukaryotic compounds like insulin, interferon and other recombinant products, using microorganisms in large quantities. Biofuels like bioethanol and biodiesel are being manufactured using new raw materials like lignocellulosics. Algae and other biomass material are considered as an alternative to fossil fuels. Many new recombinant vaccines are produced to replace crude vaccines and make them polyvalent to reduce the dosage.

Key Information

Duration

3 Years

Eligibility

10+2 Science/ Biology/ Mathematics/ Agriculture/ Biotechnology or Equivalent

Selection Procedure

Merit + PI

Scholarship

As per University norms

Programme Structure

  • Biostatistics and Introduction to Computers
  • Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry - I
  • Introductory Mathematics
  • Programming Language Fundamentals and Applications
  • Biochemistry - I
  • Chemistry – II
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry II
  • Chemistry III
  • Professionals Communication Skills
  • Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Nanotechnology
  • Biophysics and Instrumentation
  • Microbial Physiology and Metabolism I
  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Microbial Physiology and Metabolism II
  • Food and Diary Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Biodiversity and Environment
  • Entrepreneurship and skill development

Career Prospects

Pharmaceutical sector, Biological Sciences, Healthcare, Food Processing Industry, Food and Chemical Industries seek Microbiology Professionals for handling positions of Production Engineers, Quality Control Analyst, etc.

  • Clinical and veterinary microbiologists, medical technologists
  • Biochemist, Bioinformatician, and Biophysicist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Crime Lab Technician
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Quality Control Analyst / Engineering
  • Senior Research Scientist
  • Microbiology / Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Microbiology Research Associate
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Microbiology Laboratory Technician
  • Validation Technician

Applying for Admissions 2021

The scope of Microbiology is huge because of the involvement of microbiology in various fields such as  Pharmacy, Medicine,   clinical research, agriculture,   dairy industry, water industry, nanotechnology & chemical technology.

A person who specializes in this field is called as “Microbiologists”. Microbiologists are the scientists, who study organisms & infectious agents which cannot be seen with the unprotected eye. They study the interactions of microorganisms with other organisms & humans, which exist & affect our lives. The role of Microbiologists is to ensure our food is safe or not, developing green technologies, treating and preventing disease or tracking the role of microbes in the climate change.

Microbiologists study the world of organisms that are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Some of these microorganisms are infectious agents to humans, animals, or plants. Many of these microorganisms, however, carry out important functions in their niches that are essential for all life on earth. Microbiologists study the interaction of microorganisms with people and how they affect our lives, as well as the roles these organisms play in the environment. Microbiologists work in hospitals, universities, medical schools, government laboratories, and almost every industry, specializing in a variety of areas, from agriculture to the space industry

The career opportunities to choose from as a microbiologist will depend on the level of education and training you receive. A baccalaureate degree in microbiology will help you qualify for many technical, research, and clinical positions. Some of these positions include:

Research Assistant. These people provide technical support to conduct research working in a team with other scientists and a research director. They may work in an industrial, government, university, or medical school lab.

Food, industrial or environmental microbiologists, quality assurance technologists. Working in industry, hospitals, or the government, these individuals check for the quality and safety of vitamins, vaccines, antibiotics, and antiseptics. They also identify harmful microorganisms in water, food, dairy, pharmaceutical and environmental products.

Sales or technical representative. These people provide information about pharmaceuticals and other medical or scientific products to prospective customers. Clinical and veterinary microbiologists, medical technologists. These individuals generally work in veterinary clinics or hospitals to identify disease causing microorganisms in humans and animals.

In addition to these laboratory and technical jobs, there are several other career paths one can take with Bachelors degree in microbiology. Combining microbiology with another discipline, such as education, business, or journalism, provides an even wider range of career options. Such career options would include teaching in high school, scientific sales, science writing for the general public, public relations, or regulatory affairs. Completing a Bachelors degree in microbiology also provides the necessary foundation to continue an education in the medical, veterinary, dental or legal fields.

An advanced degree in microbiology will broaden your career choices even further. A Masters degree would qualify you for a career as a laboratory supervisor or an instructor at a community or junior college. A doctoral degree (or its equivalent) is almost always required for higher level positions in microbiology and other sciences. With a Ph.D. in Microbiology, you could be qualified to perform independent research, teach undergraduate and graduate students, or assume executive level responsibilities in government and industry

  • Biochemist, Bioinformatician, and Biophysicist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Crime Lab Technician
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Quality Control Analyst / Engineering
  • Microbiology / Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Microbiology Research Associate
  • Microbiology Laboratory Technician
  • Validation Technician

. Pass with 50% aggregate marks in 10+2 (with PCB).

  • Scope after B. Sc.: As a B. Sc. Biotech degree holder you have 2 Options:
    • Go for Higher Studies
      • M. Sc.
      • Go for an MBA and enter the world of Business Development, Marketing & Sales. (You can choose Microbiology with MBA in JNU, Jaipur).
    • For Abroad: IELTS/GRE/TOEFL.
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