This department was established in 1975 as the first department in Shivaji University, Kolhapur to teach the sunrise subject of Microbiology at undergraduate level for the B. Sc. Honours degree and is one of the major departments in the college.
Its postgraduate section was started in 1979, again as the first in the University and till today remains the only department offering M. Sc. Microbiology course in the Science Faculty of Shivaji University, Kolhapur. The current capacity for this course is 48 seats, of which one batch of 24 is run on the grant-in-aid basis and the other on a non-grant basis. Admission to all the seats is given strictly on merit through an entrance examination conducted by the university with all its rules and that of the government being followed. The eligibility for the course is B. Sc. Microbiology.
In 1981, the laboratory was recognised for PhD research and six members of faculty and three students have taken their Doctorate degrees working here and two have submitted their theses.
The department also conducts several self financing short term career oriented courses, one of which is indigenously designed to cater to the needs of pharmaceutical industries.