Duration of Program 4 years (8 Semesters)


Seats 20*

*Total Seats in Integrated (B. Sc.)-(M. Sc.) Microbiology

Food and environmental microbiology offers electives courses such as probiotics and pre-biotics, food contamination and food borne diseases, bio fertilizers and bioremediation. Each stage of course is one up the previous level. Pre-biotics and pro-biotics talk about how microbes are used in therapy and in impacting our over-all health. Food borne diseases then talks about how infectious diseases are contracted through food and what shall be done to prevent it. The last course in the specialization bio-fertilizers and bioremediation elaborates the role of microbes in killing other microbes, pests and insects and bio-remediation elaborates on the use of microbes in removal of toxins, contaminants and pollutants from environment. These three courses enable a student to become prospective food and or environmental microbiologist. The syllabus designed is such that students intern in industries/companies of their interest and do multi-disciplinary research project at School of Health Sciences UPES in tie up with School of computer science, School of business, School of Engineering and Design. The focus remains on outcome based education with the outcome being highly employable, problem solving microbiologists.  

Academic Framework

The foundation of higher learning at UPES since its inception has been to explore and promote areas of learning that are innovative and future focused. This has led to constant evolution in facilitating creative and collaborative learning engagements for students through realignment of curriculum and exploration of virtual tools, and open-source courseware; thereby creating borderless learning and access to limitless information.

The new curriculum framework at UPES, ABLE (Academic Blueprint for Learning Excellence) is holistic in its overall structure and yet focuses on the individual need of the student to discover, experience, explore and challenge. The learning is segmented into core subject studies, core specialism studies, minors/exploratory subjects, and signature and life skills learning. The latter three are offered by the newly-instituted School for Life.

SFL (School for Life) is an intrinsic part of the composite UPES student experience and facilitates learning and education that is a balance between what students want, and what is needed of them as future global citizens and leaders of tomorrow. With courses designed to equip students with lifelong learning skills, a focus on a wide range of contemporary issues, and a mandatory social and professional internship experience that is unique, UPES believes in igniting to inspire the best version within an individual to better the world.

  • Environmental research organizations like TERI : Microbiologists can work in environment sector with lead organization
  • Pharmaceutical Companies: A microbiologist is always needed for quality control, manufacture and R and D at pharmaceutical companies
  • Academicians : A microbiologist with Ph.D can be an asset to academia in teaching and research
  • Higher research : A microbiologist can also take up higher research in lead organizations
  • Epidemiologists: Microbiologist can team up and understand the disease epidemiology, spread and vaccination against disease.
  • Hospitals : Microbiologist and quality control jobs are in plenty in hospital
  • Agriculture and Food Industry: any innovative microbiologist can bring food innovation or agriculture revolution is welcomed in agriculture and food sector.
  • Clinical and Veterinary Microbiologist: Clinical and veterinary microbiologists role are in plenty abroad and increasingly in demand in India as well.
  • Forensic Microbiologist: It’s a recent development where microbiologist and team up with law firms to help in crime dating and detection.
  • Brewery : Microbiologists are active workforce at brewery and wine industry
  • Consultant : They can work as editors, reviewers for the field of microbiology
  • Science Journalism: The very exciting arena for artistic microbiologist who while pursuing passion can be of value to science.
Minimum 50% Marks at Higher and Senior Secondary level (10th and 12th) with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Math’s and English as a Major Subject
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Course Credits %
Foundation 39 20%
Major Core 64 32%
Program Electives 9 5%
Projects/Internships 31 16%
Life Skills 12 6%
Signature 18 9%
Exploratory 18 9%
Open Electives  9 5%
Total 200 100%
SLI Total 48 24%





Course Code Course Credits Hrs
  Human Anatomy and Physiology - I 3 3
  Human Anatomy and Physiology - I Lab 1 2
  Biochemistry and Metabolism 3 3
  Biochemistry and Metabolism Lab 1 2
  Introduction to Microbiology 3 3
  Microbiology Lab 1 2
  Cell Biology 3 3
  Remedial Biology/ Remedial Mathematics 2 2
  Remedial Biology Lab 1 2
  Science Discussion Forum 0 1
  Life Skill - I 2 2
  Life Skill - II 2 2
  TOTAL 22 27






Course Code Course Credits Hrs
  Human Anatomy and Physiology - II 3 3
  Human Anatomy and Physiology - II Lab 1 2
  Biostatistics and Epidemiology 3 3
  Computer Applications  2 2
  Computer Applications Lab 1 2
  Genetics and Epigenetics 3 3
  Molecular Biology  3 3
  Good Laboratory Practices and Intellectual Property Rights 3 3
  Journal Club 0 1
  Life Skill - III 2 2
  Signature - I 3 3
  Social Internship 0  
  TOTAL 24 27





Course Code Course Credits Hrs
  Scientific Writing 1 2
  Mycology, Phycology and Protozoology 4 4
  Mycology, Phycology and Protozoology Lab 1 2
  Bacteriology 2 2
  Virology 2 2
  Bacteriology and Virology Lab 1 2
  Microbial Physiology and Metabolism 3 3
  Microbial Physiology and Metabolism Lab 1 2
  Biosafety and Aseptic Techniques 2 2
  Aseptic Techniques Lab 1 2
  Life Skills - IV 2 2
  Signature - II 3 3
  Exploratory - I 3 3
  TOTAL 26 29





Course Code Course Credits Hrs
  Blog Writing and Panel Discussion 1 2
  Food and Industrial Microbiology 3 3
  Food and Industrial Microbiology Lab 1 2
  Medical Microbiology and Disease Management 3 3
  Medical Microbiology Lab 1 2
  Instrumentation in Microbiology 2 2
  Instrumentation in Microbiology Lab 1 2
  Immunology and Immunotechnology 3 3
  Immunology and Immunotechnology Lab 1 2
  Agricultural Microbiology and Plant Pathology 3 3
  Life Skills - V 2 2
  Signature - III 3 3
  Exploratory - II 3 3
  Government/NGO/Startup Internship 0  
  TOTAL 27 30





Course Code Course Credits Hrs
  Genetic Engineering and Omics 2 2
  Genetic Engineering and Omics Lab 1 2
  Diagnostic Microbiology 2 2
  Diagnostic Microbiology Lab 1 2
  Fermentation Technology 2 2
  Fermentation Technology Lab 1 2
  Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Ecology 3 3
  Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Ecology Lab 1 2
  Open Elective-I 3 3
  Program Elective - I 3 3
  Life Skills - VI 2 2
  Signature - IV 3 3
  Exploratory - III 3 3
  TOTAL 27 31





Course Code Course Credits Hrs
  Microbial Genetics 2 2
  Synthetic Biology 2 2
  Synthetic Biology Lab 1 2
  Computional Biology and Bioinformatics 2 2
  Computional Biology and Bioinformatics Lab 1 2
  Biotechnology 3 3
  Enzymology 2 2
  Enzymology Lab  1 2
  Open Elective-II 3 3
  Program Elective - II 3 3
  Current research in Microbiology (Literature Review) 0 2
  Synopsis 1 2
  Signature - V 3 3
  Exploratory - IV 3 3
  Hospital/Industrial Internship 0  
  TOTAL 27 33




Course Code Course Credits Hrs
  Structural Biology 2 2
  Open Elective-III 3 3
  Program Elective - III 3 3
  Research Project 12 24
  Hospital/Industrial Internship Report and  Presentation 1 1
  Signature - VI 3 3
  Exploratory - V 3 3
  TOTAL 27 39





Course Code Course Credits Hrs
  Research Project 15 30
  Research Presentation 2 2
  Exploratory - VI 3 3
  TOTAL 20 35





Specialization- Food and Environmental Microbiology  
Probiotics and Prebiotics PE I
Food contamination and Food borne Diseases  PE II
Biofertilizers and Bioremediation  PE III



Open Elective


Open Elective- I
Microbial Physiology and Immunology
Pharmaceutical Analysis
Fundamentals of Clinical Research
Principles of Nutrition
Open Elective- II
Diet in Disease
Structural Biology and Biophysical Chemistry 
Global Perspectives in Toxicology
Open Elective- III
Chromatographic and Spectroscopic Methods
Clinical and Therapeutic Nutrition
Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
Diagnostic Biochemistry 
Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology





Life Skills Credits
Learning How to Learn 2
Living Conversations 2
Leadership and Teamwork 2
Design Thinking 2
Working With Data 2
Persuasive Presence 2





Signature Credits
Critical Thinking and Writing 3
Ethical Leadership in the 21st Century (Human Values and Ethics) 3
Environment and Sustainability - Himalaya Fellowship 3
Start your Start-up 3
Choose from basket below: 3
Solving Complex Problems  
Technologies of the Future  
Future Casting  
Managing Relationships and Being Happy  
Choose from basket below 3
India and Its Place in the   
Contemporary World  
Theory of Everything  
Digital Transformation  
Finding your Purpose in Life  


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