The Department of Microbiology was created from the Department of Biological Sciences established since 1978; one of the few departments used to establish the University of Nigeria, Calabar Campus. It started off as a unit within the Department of Biological Sciences in 1990 to award a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Microbiology. Other sister units within the department included Biology, Botany and Zoology. As a unit, it gained interim accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in 1992. The unit attained its autonomous status as a fully fledged department on 1st April, 2001 and was fully accredited by NUC as a department in 2005.
ADMINISTRATIONSubstantive or Acting Heads, appointed by the Vice-Chancellor, run the department for three or two years respectively. A team of competent academic, administrative and technical staff assist the ‘Head or Acting Head’ in the day-to-day administration of the department.
The Department of Microbiology, as a standing policy, does not discriminate by race, religion, colour and tribe in its employment of staff and admission of students.