BS Microbiology

About The Program

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms such as viruses, bacteria, algae, fungi, slime molds and protozoa. As the methods exploited to study and manipulate these organisms are different from the techniques used to study other domains of life, therefore, our BS Microbiology program is focused on biological investigations of microbes. Microbiologists can pursue their careers in various fields such as agriculture, food, environment, industrial microbiology, public health, pharmaceuticals, resource management, and Academia.

Program Mission Statement

To produce quality graduates to meet current and future challenges in the domain of Microbiology through academic excellence, while maintaining ethical and social values

Admission Requirements

  • Higher Secondary School Certificate or equivalent securing at least 45% marks in aggregate.
  • CUST Admission Test or HEC Approved Test.

Degree Requirements

Area Cr. Hrs.
a) General Education 30
b) Major Courses 72
c) Allied Courses 12
d) Elective Courses 12
e) Final Year Project 06
f) Internship 03
Total 135

General Education (30 Cr. Hrs.)

Course Title Code Cr. Hrs.
Functional English BMBG1113 3
Sociology BMBG1412 2
Chemistry BMBG1322 2
Chemistry Lab BMBG1321 1
Basic Mathematics BMBG1593 3
Ideology and Constitution of Pakistan BMBG1022 2
English Literature BMBG2222 2
Expository Writing BMBG1123 3
Entrepreneurship BMBG2712 2
Statistics BMBG1563 3
Islamic Studies/Ethics BMBG1012 2
Applications of Information and Communication Technologies BMBG1612 2
Applications of Information and Communication Technologies Lab BMBG1611 1
Civics and Professional Ethics BMBG2812 2

Major Courses (72 Cr. Hrs.)

Course Title Code Cr. Hrs.
Cell Biology BS1113 3
Cell Biology Lab BS1111 1
Introduction to Microbiology BS1143 3
Introduction to Microbiology Lab BS1141 1
Introduction to Immunology BS1153 3
Introduction to Immunology Lab BS1151 1
Biophysics BS2143 3
Biochemistry BS2223 3
Biochemistry Lab BS2221 1
Microbial Ecology MB2323 3
Molecular Biology BS2523 3
Molecular Biology Lab BS2521 1
Introduction to Genetics BS2433 3
Introduction to Bioinformatics BS2713 3
Introduction to Bioinformatics Lab BS2711 1
Research Methods BS3323 3
Medical Microbiology MB3313 3
Virology MB3333 3
Mycology MB3353 3
Epidemiology BS3363 3
Parasitology MB3383 3
Microbial Genetics MB3413 3
Protein Chemistry BS3513 3
Introduction to Biotechnology BS3813 3
Bioethics and Biosafety BS3823 3
Food Microbiology MB4333 3
Soil Microbiology MB4323 3
Functional Genomics BS4523 3

Allied Courses (12 Cr. Hrs.)

Course Title Code Cr. Hrs.
Accounting-I ACBS2003 3
Introduction to Management MGBS4003 3
Programming for Biologists CSBS2413 3
Artificial Intelligence in Biological Sciences CSBS4623 3

Elective Courses

Course Title Code Cr. Hrs.
Microbial Biotechnology BT3373 3
Industrial Biotechnology BT3733 3
Health Biotechnology BT3843 3
Agriculture Biotechnology BT3853 3
Tissue and Cell Culture BS3713 3
Genetic Engineering BT4453 3
Nanobiotechnology BS4793 3
Environmental Biotechnology BT4873 3
Enzymology BC3133 3
Bio-Membrane and Signaling BC3143 3
Environmental Biochemistry BC3313 3
Toxicology BC4333 3
Human Physiology BC3113 3
Clinical Biochemistry BC3123 3
Clinical Biochemistry Lab BC3121 1
Plant Biochemistry BC3213 3
Plant Biochemistry Lab BC3211 1
Nutritional Biochemistry BC3413 3
Nutritional Biochemistry Lab BC3411 1

Internship (BI4200)

It is mandatory for every student to register in an 8 week summer internship program following their 6th semester or after the completion of 90 credit hours. A formal evaluation is carried out and Pass/Fail grade is awarded to the student.

Community Service (VIS4000)

It is mandatory for every student to get involved in 65 hours community service during summer (not allowed when student is registered for internship) following their 4th semester or after completion of 50 Cr.Hrs.

Program Duration

This is a four-year degree program comprising of 8 semesters with minimum of 135 semester credit hours (Cr. Hrs). There will be a Fall and a Spring semester in each year. The summer session will be utilized for internships or deficiency courses. The maximum duration to complete BS is 7 years.

CGPA Requirement

A student is required to earn a minimum 2.00/4.00 CGPA on the completion of his/her degree requirements.

Semester - 1

Course Code Course Title Cr. Hrs.
BMBG 1113 Functional English 3
BMBG 1593 Basic Mathematics 3
BMBG 1612 Applications of Information and Communication Technologies 2
BMBG 1611 Applications of Information and Communication Technologies Lab 1
BMBG 1412 Sociology 2
BMBG 1012 Islamic Studies/Ethics 2
BS 1113 Cell Biology 3
BS 1111 Cell Biology Lab 1

Semester - 2

Course Code Course Title Cr. Hrs.
BMBG 1123 Expository Writing 3
BMBG 1022 Ideology and Constitution of Pakistan 2
BMBG 1563 Statistics 3
BMBG 1322 Chemistry 2
BMBG 1321 Chemistry Lab 1
BS 1433 Introduction to Genetics 3
BS 1143 Introduction to Microbiology 3
BS 1141 Introduction to Microbiology Lab 1

Semester - 3

Course Code Course Title Cr. Hrs.
CSBS 2413 Programming for Biologist 3
BS 2223 Biochemistry 3
BS 2221 Biochemistry Lab 1
BS 1153 Introduction to Immunology 3
BS 1151 Introduction to Immunology Lab 1
BMBG 1132 English Literature 2
BS 2143 Biophysics 3
BMBG 2712 Entrepreneurship 2

Semester - 4

Course Code Course Title Cr. Hrs.
BS 3813 Introduction to Biotechnology 3
BS 2523 Molecular Biology 3
BS 2521 Molecular Biology Lab 1
BS 2713 Introduction to Bioinformatics 3
BS 2711 Introduction to Bioinformatics Lab 1
CSBS 2413 Artificial Intelligence in Biological Sciences 3
BMBG 2812 Civics and Professional Ethics 2

Semester - 5

Course Code Course Title Cr. Hrs.
BGBS 4003 Introduction to Management 3
BS 3823 Bioethics and Biosafety 3
BS 3513 Protein Chemistry 3
MB 2323 Microbial Ecology 3
MB 3313 Medical Microbiology 3
BS 3xx3 Elective-I 3

Semester - 6

Course Code Course Title Cr. Hrs.
BS 3323 Research Methods 3
MB 3333 Virology 3
MB 3353 Mycology 3
BS 3xx3 Elective-II 3
ACBS 2003 Accounting-I 3

Semester - 7

Course Code Course Title Cr. Hrs.
BS 3363 Epidemiology 3
MB 3383 Parasitology 3
MB 3413 Microbial Genetics 3
BS 3xx3 Elective-III 3
BS 4912 Project Design-I 2

Semester - 8

Course Code Course Title Cr. Hrs.
BS 4523 Functional Genomics 3
MB 4333 Food Microbiology 3
MB 4323 Soil Microbiology 3
BS 3xx3 Elective-IV 3
BS 4924 Project Design-II 4
Sr. # Statement
  PEO-1 The graduates will contribute competently in the industry related to microbiology by applying requisite technical skills.
  PEO-2 The graduates will demonstrate advancement in profession by enhancing their knowledge and skills in the related field.
  PEO-3 The graduates will demonstrate commitment to ethical values and contribute positively towards the society.
  Sr. # Learning Objective Statement
  PLO-1 Knowledge

An ability to apply fundamental and specialized knowledge of Microbiology to the solution of complex microbiology problems.

  PLO-2 Hypothesis Formulation

An ability to identify, formulate, research literature, analyze complex microbiology problems, reaching substantiated conclusions towards formulation of hypothesis using fundamental principles of microbiology.

  PLO-3 Experiment/ Process Design

An ability to design experimental solutions to validate microbiology hypothesis and design process while maintaining microbiology standards, cultural, societal, and environmental considerations.

  PLO-4 Investigation

An ability to investigate complex issues in microbiology in a methodical way including literature survey, and development of systems, analysis and interpretation of experimental data, and synthesis of information to derive valid conclusions.

  PLO-5 Modern Tool Usage

An ability to select and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern tools, including prediction and modeling, to complex microbiology activities, with an understanding of the limitations.

  PLO-6 Impact Analysis

An ability to apply reasoning informed by contextual knowledge to assess societal, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to professional microbiology practice and solution to complex microbiology problems.

  PLO-7 Management Skills

An ability to demonstrate management skills and apply microbiology principles to one’s own work, as a member and/or leader in a team, to manage projects in a multidisciplinary environment.

  PLO-8 Team Work

An ability to work effectively, as an individual or in a team, on multifaceted and /or multidisciplinary settings.

  PLO-9 Ethics

Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of microbiology practice.

  PLO-10 Communication

An ability to communicate effectively, orally as well as in writing, on complex microbiology activities with the microbiology community and with society at large, such as being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.

  PLO-11 Lifelong Learning

An ability to recognize importance of, and pursue lifelong learning in the broader context of innovation and technological developments.