Course Number & Name: BIO 211 Microbiology
Credit Hours: 4.0 Contact Hours: 6.0 Lecture: 3.0 Lab: 3.0 Other: N/A
Course Description: Microbiology is the study of microorganisms, and as such, this course examines life at the microscopic level (including eukaryotic cells: protozoa and fungi; prokaryotic cells: bacteria, rickettsia and mycoplasma; viruses: viroids; and infectious agents: prions). Lecture and laboratory sessions consider techniques in conventional culturable methods and examination and identification of microorganisms. Topics to be covered include nutritional requirements, environmental constraints, biochemical activities, genetic make-up and expression. Additionally, the role that microorganisms play in human and animal hosts during health and disease will be explored. Also included are aspects in pathogenicity, virulence, immunology, natural defense and environmental control factors. Laboratory sessions consider techniques in aseptic technique and sterile transfer, instrumentation (e.g., microscopy and pipetting), culturing bacteria, application of critical analysis of experimental data and presentations.
<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:
- demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts and themes in microbiology;
- proficiently use tools in the microbiology lab to perform appropriate laboratory procedures;
- discuss basic concepts in microbial genetics, nutrition, metabolic pathways, and mechanisms of regulation for each;
- describe the physical, mechanical, and chemical methods of controlling the growth of microorganisms; and
- explain the host-microbe relationship especially interactions during health and alterations of health, the progression of an infection, the host defense mechanisms, and disorders of the immune system.