Course Code:

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:

001, 700


Course Description:
This course includes the fundamentals of microbiology which include: structure, nutrition, growth, genetics, control mechanisms; and an introduction to immunology, virology, and bacterial pathogens.


Course Details


A grade of “C” or higher in one of the following:  BSC 2085 and lab, BSC 2010 and lab, BSC 2011 and lab, or CHM 1045 and lab, or consent of the department.

Corequisite: MCB 2010L



Dr. Terolyn Lay



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Nester’s Microbiology and Connect with LearnSmart Labs Access Card. ISBN-9781266359330


Connect with LearnSmart Access Card for Nester’s Microbiology: A Human Perspective, 10th Edition, Anderson, McGraw-Hill.  ISBN-9781264341962


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Area 2 - Natural Science: Explore the Nature of Science

The purpose of the study of the natural sciences component in the core curriculum is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to understand the bases for building and testing scientific theories.

NS-1 Recognize appropriate scientific terminology.

NS-2 Apply scientific principles or concepts. 

NS-3 Solve real-world problems using scientific knowledge.



Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Recognize advances in microbiology through historical events, persons and experimental evidence.
  • Identify key characteristics of microorganisms.
  • Differentiate microbial mechanisms of metabolism and reproduction.
  • Identify methods of microbial inhibition.
  • Relate different microorganisms to disease processes. 

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

NS-1, NS-2

NS-1, NS-2

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3 

Homework, Unit Tests


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Lecture and practical application of skills are the primary methods of instruction. Students are expected to be attentive and are encouraged to ask questions. Lectures may be primarily from the textbook, and may be enhanced by the board illustrations, concept maps, power point presentations and overhead transparencies. Other teaching strategies may include: use of inquiry, science activities, demonstrations, problem solving, critical thinking, cooperative groups, process skills (describing relationships between variables, acquiring and processing your own data, analyzing investigations, constructing hypotheses, defining variables operationally, designing investigations, experimenting), class discussions, large and/or small group projects, service projects, oral presentations, read and report on subject matter articles from referred journals, reflective papers.


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