Microbiology Department

School of Biological Sciences (SOBS)


Microbiology is the study of life that is too small to see without a microscope. Bacteria, archaea, viruses, and unicellular eukaryotes occupy every conceivable habitat; from arctic ice to hydrothermal vents, from gastrointestinal tracts to deep rock formations, from pristine lakes to polluted bogs.

Microbiology spans all of biology and provides the foundation for molecular biology and biotechnology. FUTO's department of microbiology is dedicated to providing the quality education, through both teaching and research, necessary to meet the needs of this growing field.

Our graduates work in almost every industry—from food, agriculture and pollution control to biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and health. They also work in government agencies , labs and Environmental Protection Agency, water treatment facilities, and hospitals.


The programme has been designed to provide a sound and general understanding of the concepts of microorganisms in relation to mankind, the environment, medicine and health, agriculture, food and the industry. In general the programme will elaborate on microbial activities that are crucial to the balance of nature. The microbiological programme will link the traditional biotechnologies to the current modern technologies and to biotechnology. The programme will sufficiently prepare students to take up positions in the industry, medical and health sectors, research institutes, for post graduate and professional studies in pure and applied areas of Microbiology and other related areas of biotechnology.


Graduates of Microbiology will be expected to have employment opportunities in oil, food, water, brewing, beverage, pharmaceutical and other related industries.  Their expertise would be required as researchers, quality control and assurance officers. In-depth knowledge acquired will enable them to serve the society as Environmental Protection Officers, Environmental Impact Assessors/Pollution Monitoring Officers, Researchers engaged in finding solution to problems of pollution, oil spillage and waste management.  The graduates of this programme would also be able to take up employment in forensic laboratories or establish and operate their own laboratories as private entrepreneurs offering consultancy services.

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