BSc Microbiology Syllabus

The emergence of microbiology many centuries ago is considered one of many of the most important scientific achievements. Since then, it has become a leading field in the biological sciences and a popular course of study in higher institutions worldwide. Like every other BSc programme in tertiary education, BSc microbiology has its own set of different syllabi, which students must cover before they are allowed to graduate.This post takes a microscopic look at the BSc microbiology syllabus and subjects, the likely job and further education prospects after BSc microbiology, some great microbiology books, and institutions abroad that offer programs in microbiology.

BSc Microbiology Scope

There is microbiology wherever there is life. This implies that microbiology has a broad scope since humans and other living things are abundant on earth. Microbiology is an interdisciplinary course that is intricately linked with many other fields. 

Thus, a BSc microbiology degree can lead you into any of the following industries and more:

  • Agriculture
  • Bio-Processing Industries
  • Chemicals
  • Drug & Pharmaceutical Research
  • Energy
  • Environment Control
  • Food Processing
  • Horticulture
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Marine
  • Medicine
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Public Funded Laboratories
  • Research & Development
  • Teaching/Lecturing
  • Textiles
  • Waste Management
  • Writing 

Bsc Microbiology Subjects

  • Introduction to Microbiology & Microbial Diversity
  • Introduction to Microbiology & Microbial Diversity [practical]
  • Bacteriology
  • Bacteriology [practical]
  • Introduction & Scope of Microbiology
  • Introduction & Scope of Microbiology [practical]
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry [practical]
  • Virology
  • Virology [practical]
  • Bacteriology & Virology
  • Bacteriology & Virology [practical]
  • Microbial Physiology & Metabolism
  • Microbial Physiology & Metabolism [practical]
  • Cell Biology
  • Cell Biology [practical]
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Biology [practical]
  • Microbial Metabolism
  • Microbial Genetics & Molecular Biology
  • Microbial Quality Control in Food & Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Microbial Diagnosis in Health Clinics
  • Food Fermentation Techniques
  • Management of Human Microbial Diseases
  • Microbiological Analysis of Air & Water
  • Fundamentals of Bioinformatics
  • Microbial Genetics & Genomics
  • Microbial Genetics & Genomics [practical]
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Environmental Microbiology [practical]
  • Food & Dairy Microbiology
  • Food & Dairy Microbiology [practical]
  • Industrial & Food Microbiology
  • Microbes in the Environment
  • Medical Microbiology & Immunology
  • Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology
  • Biofertilizers & Biopesticides
  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Industrial Microbiology [practical]
  • Immunology
  • Immunology [practical]
  • Bioinformatics
  • Plant Pathology
  • Inheritance Biology
  • Biomathematics & Biostatistics

Bsc Microbiology Syllabus

BSc microbiology syllabus may vary according to the institution. The following is the six-semester BSc microbiology syllabus of the University of Delhi. It is based on the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) as recommended by India's University Grants Commission (UGC).

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Microbiology & Microbial Diversity
  • Introduction to Microbiology & Microbial Diversity [practical]
  • Bacteriology
  • Bacteriology [practical]
  • Introduction & Scope of Microbiology ["Generic Elective" course]
  • Introduction & Scope of Microbiology [practical]

Any one of the following "Ability Enhancement" compulsory courses

  • English communications
  • Environmental Science

Semester 2

  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry [practical]
  • Virology
  • Virology [practical]
  • Bacteriology & Virology [Generic Elective course]
  • Bacteriology & Virology [practical]

Any one of the following Ability Enhancement compulsory courses

  • English communications
  • Environmental Science

Semester 3

  • Microbial Physiology & Metabolism
  • Microbial Physiology & Metabolism [practical]
  • Cell Biology
  • Cell Biology [practical]
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Biology [practical]

Any one of the following Generic Elective courses [including a separate practical course on each]:

  • Microbial Metabolism
  • Microbial Genetics & Molecular Biology

Any one of the following "Skill Enhancement" elective courses:

  • Microbial Quality Control in Food & Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Microbial Diagnosis in Health Clinics
  • Biofertilizers & Biopesticides
  • Food Fermentation Techniques
  • Management of Human Microbial Diseases
  • Microbiological Analysis of Air & Water
  • Fundamentals of Bioinformatics 

Semester 4

  • Microbial Genetics & Genomics
  • Microbial Genetics & Genomics [practical]
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Environmental Microbiology [practical]
  • Food & Dairy Microbiology
  • Food & Dairy Microbiology [practical]

Any one of the following Generic Elective courses [including a separate practical course on each]:

  • Industrial & Food Microbiology
  • Microbes in the Environment
  • Medical Microbiology & Immunology
  • Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology

Any one of the following Skill Enhancement elective courses:

  • Microbial Quality Control in Food & Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Microbial Diagnosis in Health Clinics
  • Biofertilizers & Biopesticides
  • Food Fermentation Techniques
  • Management of Human Microbial Diseases
  • Microbiological Analysis of Air & Water
  • Fundamentals of Bioinformatics

Semester 5

  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Industrial Microbiology [practical]
  • Immunology
  • Immunology [practical]

Any two of the following "Discipline Centric" elective courses [including a separate practical course on each]:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Plant Pathology
  • Inheritance Biology
  • Biomathematics & Biostatistics

Semester 6

  • Medical Microbiology
  • Medical Microbiology [practical]
  • Recombinant DNA Technology
  • Recombinant DNA Technology [practical]

Any two of the following Discipline Centric elective courses [including a separate practical course on each]

  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Advances in Microbiology
  • Instrumentation & Biotechniques
  • Biosafety & Intellectual Property Rights (IPR),
  • Project Work

BSc Microbiology Colleges & Universities in Abroad

S.NO

Name of the Institution

Location

1

Harvard University

Massachusetts, US

2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts, US

3

University of California

San Diego, US

4

University of Oxford

Oxford, England

5

University of California

San Francisco, US

6

University of Washington

Washington, US

7

University of California

California, US

8

University of Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

9

Imperial College London

London, England

10

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, US

11

Universidade de São Paulo

São Paulo, Brazil

12

The University of Queensland

Brisbane, Australia

13

University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

14

University of Hong Kong

Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

15

Yale University

Connecticut, US

16

Utrecht University

Utrecht, Netherlands

17

Catholic University of Leuven

Leuven, Belgium

18

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, England

19

University of Zurich

University of Zurich, Switzerland

20

University of Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

21

Wageningen University and Research Center

Wageningen, Netherlands

22

University of Chicago

Chicago, US

23

National University of Singapore

Singapore City, Singapore

24

New York University

New York, US

25

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland

26

Ghent University

Ghent, Belgium

27

Erasmus University

Rotterdam, Netherlands

28

University of Aix-Marseille

Marseille, France

29

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, Canada

30

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

London, England

BSc Microbiology Books

  • Brock Biology of Microorganisms, 14th Edition [Thomas Brock, T. Madigan, John M. Martinko, Kelly S. Bender, Daniel H. Buckley, and David A. Stahl]]
  • Desk Encyclopedia of Microbiology [Moselio Schaechter (Editor)]
  • Microbiology: An Introduction, 13th Edition [Gerard J. Tortora, Berdell R. Funke, and Christine L. Case]
  • Encyclopedia of Microbiology [Martin Alexander (Editor), Barry R. Bloom (Editor), David A. Hopwood (Editor), Roger Hull (Editor), Barbara H. Iglewski (Editor), Allen I. Laskin (Editor), Stephen G. Oliver (Editor), Moselio Schaechter (Editor), William C. Summers (Editor)]
  • Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple, 6th Edition [Mark Gladwin, Bill Trattler, and C. Scott Mahan]
  • Microbes and People [by Neeraja Sankaran]
  • Prescott's Microbiology, 10th Edition [Joanne Willey, Linda Sherwood, and Christopher J. Woolverton]
  • Dictionary of Microbiology and Molecular Biology [Paul Singleton; Diana Sainsbury]
  • Jawetz Melnick & Adelbergs Medical Microbiology, 27th Edition [Geo Brooks, Karen C. Carroll, Janet Butel, and Stephen Morse]
  • Historical Atlas of Immunology [Julius M. Cruse; Robert E. Lewis]
  • Bailey & Scott's Diagnostic Microbiology, 14th Edition [Patricia Tille]
  • Encyclopedia of Virology [Allan Granoff (Editor); Robert G. Webster (Editor)]
  • Greenwood Medical Microbiology, 18th Edition [David Greenwood, Richard C. B. Slack, Michael R. Barer, and Will L Irving]
  • Color Atlas of Medical Microbiology [C. Anthony Hart; Paul Shears]
  • Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections, 8 Volume Set, 10th Edition [William Whiteman Carlton Topley]
  • The Dictionary of Virology [Brian W. J. Mahy]
  • Sherris Medical Microbiology, 7th Edition [Kenneth Ryan, C. George Ray, Nafees Ahmad, W. Lawrence Drew, Michael Lagunoff, Paul Pottinger, L. Barth Reller, and Charles R. Sterling]
  • Microbiological Media [Ronald M. Atlas]
  • · Schaechter's Mechanisms of Microbial Disease, 5th Edition [N. Cary Engleberg, Terence Dermody, and Victor Dirita]
  • Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology [Richard Robinson]
  • Medical Microbiology, 7th Edition [Patrick R. Murray, Ken S. Rosenthal, and Michael A. Pfaller]
  • Mims' Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 6th Edition [Richard Goering, Hazel Dockrell, Mark Zuckerman, Peter Chiodini]
  • Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews: Microbiology, 3rd Edition [Richard A. Harvey and Cynthia Nau Cornelissen]
  • Mims' Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease, 6th Edition [Anthony Nash, Robert Dalziel, J. Fitzgerald]
  • Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 15th Edition [Warren Levinson]
  • Microbiology: Principles and Explorations [Jacquelyn G. Black]
  • · Microbiology: Laboratory Theory and Application, 3rd Edition [Michael J. Leboffe and Burton E. Pierce]
  • Essentials of Medical Microbiology [S Apurba Sastry and Sandhya Bhat]
  • BRS Microbiology and Immunology, 6th Edition [Louise Hawley, Benjamin Clarke, and Richard J. Ziegler]
  • Elements of Microbiology [Michael J. Pelczar, Eddie Chan, and Merna F. Pelczar]
  • Foundations in Microbiology, 10th Edition [Kathleen Park Talaro and Barry Chess]

Courses after BSc Microbiology

There is a large number of post-graduate courses available after BSc microbiology. For those who want to leave India to study abroad, there are many great institutions (such as those mentioned above) with state-of-the-art facilities for PG studies, be it in microbiology or any other programme. 

Below are some viable courses to study after a BSc in microbiology.

  • MSc in Microbiology
  • MSc in Applied Microbiology
  • MSc in Medical Microbiology
  • MSc in Applied Biology
  • MSc in Molecular Biology
  • MSc in Molecular Biology & Biophysics
  • MSc in Biotechnology
  • MSc in Biotechnology & Management
  • MSc in Molecular Biotechnology
  • MSc in Industrial Biotechnology
  • MSc in Plant Sciences
  • MSc in Toxicology
  • MSc in Translational Medicine
  • MSc in Botany
  • MSc in Bioscience Entrepreneurship
  • MSc in Cell Biology
  • MSc in Applied Biology
  • MSc in Life Sciences
  • MSc in Animal Biotechnology
  • MSc in Biochemistry
  • MSC in Public Health
  • MSc in Digital Health
  • MSc in Bioinformatics
  • MSc in Microbial Genetics & Bioinformatics
  • MSc in Biomedical Informatics
  • MSc in Molecular Medicines
  • MSc in Drug Discovery & Development
  • MSc in Bioengineering
  • MSc in Forensic Science
  • MSc in Molecular Biosciences
  • MSc in Nanotechnology
  • MSc in Biopharmaceutical Development
  • MSc in Pharmacology
  • MSc in Food Technology
  • MSc in Environmental Science
  • MBA Courses
  • Diploma Courses

Microbiology is an essential aspect of the biological sciences and is considered one of the most significant breakthroughs. It is a discipline whose syllabus has greatly assisted humans in understanding microscopic organisms better.

This deeper understanding has led to groundbreaking achievements in medicine, pharmacy, agriculture, food processing, etc. Because of its vast applications, there is a broad educational and career scope in any part of the world for a student after a BSc microbiology degree. 

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