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Microbiology Programme

About Microbiology

The B.Sc. (Hons) Microbiology programme domiciled in the Department of Biological Sciences took off in 2012/2013 academic year with five academic members of staff, two (2) female and three (3) are male. The Pioneer Head of the Department was Prof. Olatunji Oyelana who spearheaded the mounting of five Undergraduate Programmes: B.Sc. Microbiology, B.Sc. Biochemistry, B.Sc. Biotechnology, B.Sc. Biology and B.Sc. Environmental Management & Toxicology guided by the NUC Benchmarks for Minimum Academic Standards, 2007. In late 2012, two additional lecturers were recruited from UK and Nigeria: Dr. Mrs. Christie A. Onadeko (Ph.D), from University of Bristol in Fish Ecology and Molecular Systematics and Mr. Olugbenga Onile (M.Sc) in Cell Biology and Genetics from University of Ibadan.

During the 2013/2014 academic session, three additional staff joined the Department namely: Prof. Ofelia Omitogun, from the Philippines, a specialist in agricultural biotechnology, aquaculture and biochemical genetics; Dr. Folusho Ajayi who specialized in Industrial and Environmental Microbiology and Mr. Olalekan Shadrach Fadare with Master’s Degree in Medical Microbiology from Middlesex University, London. In October 2014, Prof Mansi El Mansi, a seasoned Microbial Biochemist from the University of Wales joined the Department. Additional staff were Dr.A.O. Momoh, Dr. Mrs Bada; Dr. Crosby Omotoriogun Biotechnology; Dr. Osuolale; Mr. Fadahunsi; Prof. Akinyele B.J., Dr. Ifesan B., Dr. Oyedeji O., Dr. O.O. Olaniyi, Dr. T.K. Bello and Dr. O.B. Oyetibo. 

Prof. Ofelia Omitogun was head of the Department during 2013/14; 2014/2015session, Dr F.O Ekundayo 2015/2016, Prof A. S. Gbadebo in 2016/2017, Prof. O. O. Komolafe in 2017/18 academic session and Dr. O. E. Dada in 2018/2019; 2019/2020 while Professor B. J. Akinyele is currently overseeing the activities as the 7th head for 2020/21 academic session. 

Members of staff in the Department are actively involved in ground-breaking research and have benefitted tremendously in both local and international grants. Among the outstanding researches won to the credits of staff members in the Department are the prestigious Association of Commonwealth University Fellowships, United Kingdom, The Africa Lasser Center (ALC) Research Grant Award, Academy of Medical Science: GCRF Networking grant, Frontiers of Development Seed Funding, 2019 USAID grant, Research Training Fellowship for Developing Countries’ Scientists (RTF-DCS), FEMS Research and Training Grant, Royal Academy of Engineering.

For student enrolment, the first batch of student numbering thirteen (13) was admitted into the Department. All the thirteen inaugural students willingly opted for Microbiology programme of which three (3) are female students and 10 are male. The student population has grown to twenty nine (29) in 2019/2020 academic session. A total of twenty six (26) students have graduated in the programme from 2016/2017 to 2018/2019 academic sessions. In 2019, the programme produced the overall best graduating student of the University with a CGPA of 4.91. 

There are three laboratories serving the Microbiology programme. These are the main Microbiology laboratory, the Biology/Environmental Biology laboratory, and the Biotechnology/Biochemistry laboratory. All the three laboratories are domiciled in the Department of Biological sciences while part of the Biochemistry laboratory is domicile in the Department of Biochemistry. All the laboratories are fully air-conditioned and equipped with state-of- the- art equipment, such as -80 C Refrigerators, Centrifuges, Thermo-cyclers, Digital Photo documentation System for DNA, RNA and Protein Analyses, Incubator-shakers for fermentation studies, Photo-microscope, UV-Visible Spectrophotometers etc. A Biological Garden that will serve as field laboratory for our students as they study viral, fungal and bacterial pests and pathogens is being developed for production of graduates with practical skills that can help propel the country to industrialization.

In addition, there are internet facilities, projectors and other teaching aids for teaching and practical demonstrations. The B.Sc. (Hons) Microbiology programme earned its full accreditation status when delegates of the Nigerian University commission (NUC) visited in November, 2015.


Microbiology is a well-established discipline that deals with the scientific study of microorganisms. The programme presents recent advances in molecular and genetic variations in the microbial world. The microbiology programme also seeks to understand the biology, mechanism of operations; and evolution of microorganisms as well as possible ways to utilize them for the benefits of mankind. Moreover, the programme provides an in-depth understanding of the various aspects of microbiology such as environmental, food and Industrial, medical, pharmaceutical, petroleum microbiology with theoretical and practical applications in industries thereby providing prerequisite for post-graduation aspirations for future interest in other fields. The exposure of students to relevant local industries for practical experience during SIWES complements their classroom and laboratory exercises so that they are technologically competent, employable in the labour market or self-reliant to contribute to national productivity. 


Aim and Objective

The aim is to provide requisite skill in basic microbiological techniques and laboratory procedures for public health significance. The objectives are to:

  1. give the students broad exposure to the theory and practice of microbiology and to educate them in various applications of microbiology such as in medicine, industry, agriculture, environment and other fields of human endeavour;
  2. make the students well equipped to take up careers as microbiologists in hospital, laboratories, public health institutions, research institutes, Universities, quality control laboratories in industries, environmental protection agencies, food and drug inspection agencies such as National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), or environmental Microbiology sections of oil companies, as teachers in post-primary schools, colleges of education, polytechnics and universities, as career civil servants and in any other organization where their training would afford them competence; 
  3. provide students with strong academic base and adequate knowledge in teaching and research in microbiology;
  4. impart the core concepts, theories, principles and practices of microbiology into the students;
  5. broadly educate students for positions in the industry, health sectors, research institutes and to prepare them for graduate and professional studies in the life applied areas of microbiology.


Admission Requirement

UTME Candidates:

Five credits at SSCE, WASCE/NECO/ GCE in English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology are required.

Direct entry candidates:

Two ‘A’ level passes chosen from Biology and any one of Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics are required.

NCE/OND with a minimum credit grade level plus five (5) Credits in SSCE, WASCE/NECO/GCE in relevant subjects as listed for UTME candidates.

Subject to offer for UTME/JAMB:

The subjects to offer are Chemistry. Biology; and either of Physics or Mathematics


Programme Duration

4 years

100 Level First Semester

# Code Title Semester Level

100 Level Second Semester

# Code Title Semester Level
1 MCB 102 Introductory Microbiology 2 100

200 Level First Semester

# Code Title Semester Level
1 BIO 201 Lower invertebrates 1 200
2 BCH 201 General Biochemistry I 1 200
3 MCB 203 General Microbiology I 1 200
4 BTH 201 Introduction to Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering I 1 200
5 MCB 205 Principles of Microbiological techniques and laboratory practices 1 200
6 CHM 203 Organic Chemistry I 1 200
7 BIO 201 Introductory Genetics 1 200

200 Level Second Semester

# Code Title Semester Level
1 MCB 204 General Microbiology II 2 200
2 MCB 206 Food Microbiology 2 200

300 Level First Semester

# Code Title Semester Level
1 MCB 311 Immunology and Immunochemistr 1 300
2 MCB 305 Mycology 1 300
3 MCB 301 Bacteriology 1 300
4 MCB 309 Microbial Physiology and metbolism 1 300
5 MCB 303 General Virology 1 300
6 MCB 307 Microbial Ecology 1 300

300 Level Second Semester

# Code Title Semester Level
1 MCB 398 Students Industrial Work Experience 2 300
2 MCB 396 Students Industrial Work Experience 2 300
3 MCB 394 Students Industrial Work Experience 2 300

400 Level First Semester

# Code Title Semester Level
1 MCB 407 Microbial genetics and Molecular Microbiology 1 400
2 MCB 405 Pharmaceutical Microbiology 1 400
3 MCB 403 Petroleum Microbiology and Bio-mining 1 400
4 MCB 401 Current topics in Microbiology 1 400
5 MCB 413 Principles of Epidemiology and Public health 1 400
6 MCB 415 Medica Parasitology 1 400
7 MCB 409 Medical Microbiology and Public Health 1 400
8 MCB 411 Industrial Microbiology 1 400

400 Level Second Semester

# Code Title Semester Level
1 MCB 404 Advanced Food and Dairy Microbiology 2 400
2 MCB 490 Final year Student Research Project 2 400
3 MCB 416 Biodeterioration and Biodegradation 2 400
4 MCB 406 Environmental Microbiology 2 400
5 MCB 418 Soil and Agricultural Microbiology 2 400
6 MCB 412 Analytical Microbiology and quality control 2 400
7 MCB 414 Virology and Tissue culture 2 400

500 Level First Semester

# Code Title Semester Level

500 Level Second Semester

# Code Title Semester Level