Microbiology 201/202

MICRB 201- Microbiology

MICRB 201/202 are our Microbiology courses for Science majors.

Required Text: Tortora, Funke and Case “Microbiology: an Introduction”, 11th edition.

Overview and objectives: Microorganisms are everywhere we look. Many people often associate microorganisms with disease, with good reason. Epidemics have shaped our culture, our society and even our genes. In this class, however, we will learn that the majority of microbes are harmless and even beneficial. This class will examine the ubiquity of microorganisms, introducing you to the major groups of microbes, including the non-pathogenic ones. We start with an exploration of the cell structure and basic biochemistry of microbes, followed by an examination of their metabolic pathways and growth requirements. Upon learning these foundations for microbial life, we will then delve into the major groups of microbes, highlighting pathogenic ‘species’, their life cycles and associations with disease. We will end this semester covering the mechanisms of pathogen disease and how our immune system prepares for such attacks.

After this course, you should be able to:

-          Understand chemical bonds and the basis for chemical reactions (and why this is important for microbiology)
-          Differentiate the cell structures of prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
-          Define the importance of pH, temperature and osmotic pressure for microbial growth and understand how these can be used to control microbial growth
-          Define the key components and steps for microbial metabolism
-          Differentiate the main groups of bacteria
-          Identify different viral, bacterial and parasite infections based upon case study descriptions and life cycles.
-          Discuss different mechanisms for microbial pathogenicity, including how host defenses can be by-passed or used to the microbe’s advantage
-          Differentiate between Innate and Adaptive immunity and how each helps protect us from disease

MICRB 202- Microbiology Lab

Required Text: Leboffe and Pierce, “Microbiology Laboratory Theory and Application” Brief Edition.

Overview and objectives: In this lab course, you will become proficient in the use of the microscope, identification techniques for major groups of bacteria, and aseptic technique. You will learn how simple stains and cultures can help differentiate between bacteria species. In addition, you will gain experience in differential tests used in microbiology and clinical labs to identify pathogenic bacteria.