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B.Sc. (Hons.) Microbiology

Program Overview

B.Sc. (Hons.) Microbiology is a three-year undergraduate program that endeavors to instill in students the skill to identify, handle and examine the microorganisms by using different microbiological methods. Understanding of important microorganisms imparts a huge role in human health and disease, food and dairy industry, pharmaceutical industry and agricultural field. In addition to these, microbiology plays a key role in genetic engineering and other modern biotechnologies such as antibiotic production and the exploitation of new sources of food and energy.

B.Sc. (Hons.) Microbiology at IAR is 3 years (6 semesters) program having 140 credits. The course contents are designed as per UGC guidelines. It contains core subjects, elective subject, skill enhancement courses and discipline-specific course. The course not only provides theoretical knowledge of subjects but also engage the students in practical laboratories for better understanding of different scientific concepts. The program structure initially comprises of
major areas of microbiology that includes Introduction of microbial world, Biochemistry, Fundamental chemistry, Virology and Mycology, Bacteriology, Microbial Physiology and Metabolism, Molecular Biology, Food and Dairy Microbiology, Industrial Microbiology. The course also includes subjects that will enhance the skill development to the students. The program also covers interdisciplinary subjects like Biosafety and IPR, Developmental Biology, Bioinformatics etc.

The program was started in 2016, more than 25 students enrolled. Some of our Pass out students are doing higher studies in esteemed institutions. Few students were also selected for a summer internship at premier research centers in India.


Sr. Secondary (10+2) with biology as a main subject or PCB.

Selection process

The admission is based on merit.

After the Program

Higher studies

  • Master of Microbiology/Biotechnology/Industrial Biotechnology/Life Sciences etc.
  • MBA or PG diploma in relevant subjects.
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in India or abroad


  • Microbiologists serve various industries: Food Industry, Beverage Industry, Clinical Diagnostic Laboratories, Environmental Agencies, Agriculture Industry, Hospitals, Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Distinct roles as a Microbiologist: Bacteriologist, virologist, mycologist
  • Scientific Officer: BARC, ISRO, DRDO, CSIR Laboratories, IPR, TIFR, ONGC, etc.
  • Government Jobs in the biology domain.
  • Academic job opportunities in colleges and universities include research assistants, lab managers.

Structure of Program

Total Program Credits: 140

Semester – I Total Credits: 20

S. No.






English/MIL Communication







Introduction to Microbiology and Microbial Diversity




Fundamental Chemistry



Semester – II Total Credits: 20

S. No. Subject Credits
Theory Practical
1 Environmental Science 2 0
2 Virology and Mycology 4 2
3 Bacteriology 4 2
4 Physical & Organic Chemistry –1 4 2

Semester – III Total Credits: 26

S. No. Subject Credits
Theory Practical
1 Molecular Biology 4 2
2 Cell Biology 4 2
3 Microbial Physiology and Metabolism 4 2
4 Developmental Biology 4 2
5 Microbial Quality Control in Food and Pharmaceutical Industries 2 0

Semester – IV Total Credits: 26

S. No. Subject Credits
Theory Practical
1 Microbial Genetics 4 2
2 Recombinant DNA Technology 4 2
3 Food and Dairy Microbiology 4 2
4 Enzymology 2 0
5 Biosafety & IPR 4 2

Semester – V Total Credits: 24

S. No. Subject Credits
Theory Practical
1 Industrial Fermentation 4 2
2 Immunology 4 2
3 Bioinformatics 4 2
4 Microbial Biotechnology 4 2

Semester – VI Total Credits: 24

S. No. Subject Credits
Theory Practical
1 Medical Microbiology 4 2
2 Environmental Microbiology 4 2
3 Bio Analytical Tools 4 2
4 Biomathematics and Biostatistics 4 2