Microbiology is a broad science encompassing the study of bacteria, algae, protozoa, fungi, and viruses in terms of their ecology, biochemistry, physiology, genetics, and role in disease processes. Of particular interest is the use of microbes in industrial applications for the production of foods and natural products, such as vitamins, as well as their rapidly expanding role in biotechnology and genetic engineering studies. A thorough understanding of microorganism requires a broad educational background, not only in microbiology, but also in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and other areas of biology.
The Department of Microbiology was carved out of the Department of Biological Sciences in 2002 where the discipline existed as a Unit. Today, the Department of Microbiology is one of the six Departments in the College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS).
The Department offers programme leading to the award of Bachelors, Masters and doctoral degrees in various areas of Microbiology.
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES
Microbiology is the study of microorganisms, a large and diverse group of organisms that exist as single cells or cell clusters. The science of microbiology includes the study of microbial growth, biochemistry, genetics and ecology and the relationship of microorganisms to other organisms including humans. As a basic biological science, microbiology provides some of the most accessible research tools for probing the nature of life processes. Our sophisticated understanding of the chemical and physical principles governing life has developed from studies of microorganisms. As an applied biological science, microbiology deals with many important practical problems in medicine, agriculture, biodegradation and food industries, and is at the heart of biotechnology industries. Students pursuing a major in microbiology will have an opportunity to take coursework related to these important areas. Our objective is to train people who will develop the society technologically particularly in areas relating to human welfare and progress.
The main aims and objectives of the Bachelor of Science (Microbiology) curriculum are as follows:
(i) To help the student develop skill and acquire the necessary knowledge of teaching and productive research for solving current problems of the Nigerian society in both basic and applied aspects of microbiology.
(ii) To emphasise technological and vocationally-oriented training to enable the students acquire the microbiology knowledge and techniques necessary for industries such as breweries, food processing and preservation, water works, pharmaceuticals, medical, agriculture as well as research.
(iii) To train the students to acquire the knowledge of Microbiology and its applications in health-care delivery particularly in pathological and immunological laboratories as well as forensic laboratories and environmental monitoring.
(iv) To provide courses in Microbiology to students of other departments and colleges whose degree options require general knowledge of Microbiology and Biotechnology.