Microbiology is the study of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, cyanobac- teria, protozoa and prions. They are extremely important as their diverse activities range from causation of deadly diseases in humans, animals and plants to production of highly useful products like antibiotics, enzymes, alcohol, fermented foods, and recycling of dead and decaying organic matter in the nature. Thus, the science of microbiology has an important role to play in health, agriculture, environment and industry. Several discoveries in the last two to three decades, which significantly impact these areas have put Microbiology on the center stage of teaching, research and development all over the globe.
A new system called Learning Outcomes-based Curriculum Framework (LOCF) under the recommendations and guidance of University Grants Commission (UGC) has envisioned the programme learning outcomes of the B.Sc. (Hons) program in Microbiology as well as the learning outcomes of the courses under this programme, keeping in view the graduate attrib- utes of the subject. The curriculum was thus developed in tune with the learning outcomes. It is envisaged that the students trained under this curriculum will have the required attributes of knowledge, skills, temperament and ethics related to the subject of Microbiology.