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Faculty of Science and Technology

Department of Biological & Chemical Sciences


Microbiology Major


About the Programme

Apply to do an exciting BSc. Degree with a major or minor in Microbiology at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados.

What Will I Study?

You will discover:

  • that microbial life has an amazing diversity
  • the structure and function of microbial cells
  • the importance of the roles of microorganisms in ecology, including pathogenesis
  • the significance of microorganisms in food, agriculture, pharmaceutical, and diagnostic industries
You will explore and practice techniques in microbiology, e.g., microbiological, biochemical and molecular techniques used for the identification and characterization of microorganisms

Facilities and Resources

Enhance your learning experience by fully utilising our:
  • Teaching complexes
  • Teaching and research laboratories on campus



Our Faculty does research in all areas of Microbiology. A few focus areas include:
  • Evaluation of microbiological quality of food and water
  • Characterization of biologically active compounds and industrially-important enzymes from marine microorganisms 
  • Optimization of biogenic methane production from agricultural residues
  • Monitoring of antibiotic resistant bacteria
  • Sustainable management of industrial and municipal and seaweed wastes using molecular microbiological approaches.  
Read about our Faculty and Research Projects »»(To be linked)

Career Opportunities

If you want to advance your career as a:
  • Microbiologist in Medical and Clinical Labs
  • Microbiologist in Food and Water Analysis Labs
  • Microbiologist in Bioprocessing and Fermentation Labs
  • Bioinformatics Analyst
  • Public and Environmental Health Officer
  • Quality Assurance Officer
  • Continue on to the Postgraduate Programme
Then this degree is for you!

Why Study in Barbados

Come for a semester on Study Abroad or do a full degree in a multicultural learning environment.  Enjoy the beach, experience the culture and excel in your studies.

We welcome local, international and regional students.

Additional Information

Courses are offered in conjunction with other faculties such as Humanities & and Social Sciences

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Undergraduate
  • Qualification: BSc
  • Duration: Part time: Minimum 4 years, Full Time: 3 years


Programme Details

93 credits approved by the Faculty of Science Technology must be taken.

You will do courses in:

  1. Methods in Microbiology
  2. Eukaryotic Microbes
  3. Ecology of Microorganisms
  4. Microbial Pathogenesis
  5. Essential Virology
  6. Microbiology of Food

Applications are accepted from November to February. However, expressions of interest are accepted ALL year. Visit the Admissions website to view entry requirements and to apply Now.

We offer low tuition fees and several scholarships and financial aid are available. Choose a payment plan that fits your education budget.

Department of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Telephone: (246) 417-4324/4323/4322 Fax:(246) 417-4325 Email: