Course Descriptions



This is a general course on microbiology with an emphasis on the role microbes play in health and disease.  Course is primarily intended for Nursing and other professional students.

This course CANNOT be used to fulfill the requirements of the Biological Sciences major.


Fall, Spring, and Summer


3 (lecture); 1 (lab)


01:119:116 or 01:119:128

Lecture (119:131) is pre- or co-requisite for lab (119:132).  At the end of the registration period, the 119:132 roster will be checked to make sure that all students meet the pre-/co-requisite of 119:131.  Any student not meeting this requirement will be immediately dropped from the roster.

Course Description

Introduction to microbes with emphasis on the nature and behavior of microorganisms, the interrelationships between microbes and the human host in health and disease, and the principles of prevention and control of infectious disease. 

Topics include:

       • History of Microbiology
       • Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cell Characteristics
       • Metabolism
       • Microbial Growth
       • Microbial Genetics
       • Gene Transfer
       • Virology
       • Sterilization and Disinfection
       • Antimicrobial Therapy
       • Epidemiology
       • Host – Microbe Relationships
       • Innate Host Defenses
       • Adaptive Immunity and Immunization
       • Immunological Disorders and Tests
       • Microbial Diseases

Course Syllabi

Lecture Syllabus Fall 2021

Lab Syllabus Fall 2021

Course URL

 The course uses the Canvas platform

Course Satisfies Learning Goals

1.  To develop academic skills that will provide a foundation for success in advanced courses, gate-keeper standardized tests, graduate or professional school, and life-long learning.
2.  To acquire the appropriate factual and conceptual knowledge that provides student with a foundation on which they can further their immediate education and to manage a career.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

LECTURE: Four hourly exams each worth 25% of the final grade.

LAB: The final grade is based on quizzes, homework, lab reports,
a lab practical and class participation.

Course Materials

REQUIRED TEXT: Microbiology: Principles and Explorations, 10th Edition, J.G. Black, 2018, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN: 9781119390114

LAB MANUAL: Microbiology: A Lab Manual, 12th Edition, Cappuccino & Welsh, 2020, Pearson. ISBN-13:978-0-13-518899-6 for the e book which you will use in the lab.  

Course Closed?

If the lecture or lab courses are closed, please use the following link to add your name to the appropriate wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2023 Courses . If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Labs B112, Busch Campus.


Dr. Susan Skelly
Nelson Biology Labs, B147
Phone: 848-445-2818
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.