UoN

Microbiology and Biotechnology

University of Nairobi (UoN)

Bachelors Degree 4 years Fulltime Fee: on application

Overview

Microbiology or microbial biotechnology is the application of scientific and engineering principles to the processing of materials by microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, and viruses) or plant and animal cells to create useful products or processes.

The first two years of study in this micribiology and biotechnology programme at the University of Nairobi are designed to give the students a broad but well detailed coverage of biology including introductory courses in Microbiology. During this time the students will also take foundation courses in chemistry and biochemistry. This will enable them to gain a better understanding of how microorganisms function and to appreciate the diversity of their roles in nature during the later part of the course.

In the last two years of study, the Microbiology/Biotechnology Programme will endeavor to expose the students to the immense biotechnological potential that microorganisms have and how it is exploited for economic benefit in the modern age.

Career Opportunities

Students who have successfully gone through the programme should be able to find employment opportunities in food and pharmaceutical industries; medical; agricultural and other research institutions; quality control and even diagnostic laboratories among others.

One may begin a career in an industrial or clinical entry-level position. There may also be opportunities in sales of laboratory products or instruments. In many organizations, employees are encouraged to continue their educations. It may be possible in such an environment to obtain a higher degree while working full time.

Many organizations employing industrial microbiologists/biotechnologists will have dual career paths for advancement.

This means that the scientists will have the opportunity to advance to higher levels of responsibility either by staying in their chosen technical field or by assuming administrative responsibilities in technical management. Advancement to Project Manager, Plant Manager, or Director is common.

As with most careers, an individual advances based on his or her unique approach to assigned tasks and contributions to achievements of his or her employer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements to the University of Nairobi for a bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Biotechnology

  • A minimum grade C+ in Biology/Biological Sciences and C (plain) in Chemistry in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or its equivalent.
  • KACE with 2 principals in Biology/Biological Sciences and Chemistry.
  • Ordinary or Higher National Diploma in Biology/Biological Sciences or its equivalent.

Course content

First Year Units

  • Survey of the Plant Kingdom
  • Introductory Biochemistry & Genetics
  • Introductory Microbiology
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Fundamentals of Ecology
  • Mathematics for Biologists
  • Inorganic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Communication Skills
  • Law in Society
  • Elements of Economics

Second Year

  • Gymnosperm & Angiosperm Taxonomy
  • Principles of Bacteriology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Plant Structure & Function
  • Cell Biology
  • Histology
  • Basic Immunology
  • Animal Ecology and Behaviour
  • Biomolecules
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Proteins and Enzymes
  • Basic Metabolism

Third Year

  • General Mycology
  • General Genetics
  •  Microbial Metabolism
  • Food Microbiology
  • Laboratory Methods in Microbiology
  • Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenicity
  • Biostatistics
  • Applied Immunology
  • Molecular Biology I
  • Virology
  • Introduction to parasitology
  • Environmental Health and Ecotoxicology

Fourth Year

  • Microbial Ecology
  • Applied Mycology
  • Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology
  • Research Project
  • Molecular Biology II
  • Micro-organisms as Bio.
  • Control Agents 1
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Marine Microbiology
  • Medical Protozoology
  • Vector Biology
  • Medical Helminthology
  • Conservation in International
  • Trade and Development

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements to the University of Nairobi for a bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Biotechnology

  • A minimum grade C+ in Biology/Biological Sciences and C (plain) in Chemistry in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or its equivalent.
  • KACE with 2 principals in Biology/Biological Sciences and Chemistry.
  • Ordinary or Higher National Diploma in Biology/Biological Sciences or its equivalent.

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