Office of Undergraduate Instruction

01:447:390 General Microbiology

This course is intended for Life Science majors or those with a strong background in the Biological Sciences.

This course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Biological Sciences major.


Offered

Spring

Credits

4 (includes laboratory)

Prerequisites

General Biology 01:119:115-116-117 or 01:119:101-102 and General Chemistry  01:160:161-162-171 (or higher) and

Organic Chemistry 01:160:307.  Credit not give for both this course and 11:680:390.

Course Description

This is an upper level course that focuses on the basic principles of microbiology. The course is an introduction to the physiology, morphology, pathogenicity, and genetics of groups of microorganisms and their applications.

Topics include:

* History and Overview of Microbiology
* Cell Structure and function
* Microbial Growth
* Nutrition, culture, and metabolism
* Gene expression
* Virology
* Bacterial genetics
* Microbial evolution and systematics
* Bacteria and Archaea
* Nutrient cycles
* Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
* Waste treatment
* Anaerobic respiration and Nitrogen fixation
* Antibiotics and chemotherapeutic agents
* Normal Flora, Virulence, Toxins
* Epidemiology
* Microbial Diseases

Course URL

A Sakai course website will be available at the beginning of the semester

Course Satisfies Learning Goals

Microorganisms are an essential component of the human environment and are significant not only for the disease they cause, but also for their ecological, agricultural, pharmaceutical, and industrial benefits. This course will introduce students to the physiology, morphology, pathogenicity, and genetics of groups of microorganisms and their applications. The lab component of the course will introduce microscopy and staining techniques, the growth cycle and generation of a standard curve, physiological characteristics of microorganisms, and bacterial transformation.

 Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Lecture: ( 75% )

                   Two hourly exams and final exam

Laboratory: (25%)

                  Attendance, Quizzes, Lab Practical, Lab reports, Notebook, Homework, and

                  Participation

Course Materials

Lecture:

       Microbe, 2nd ed. 
       Michele Swanson; Gemma Reguera; Moselio Schaechter; Frederick C. Neidhardt
       ASM Press, 2016
       Print ISBN: 9781555819125
       e-ISBN: 9781555819132

Laboratory:

Microbiology: A Lab Manual, 11th Edition, Cappuccino & Welsh, 2017, Pearson. ISBN-9780134298597 for the online format or ISBN-9780134298672 for the unbound format

Course Closed?

If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2018 Courses . If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Science - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Labs B112, Busch Campus.

Faculty

Lecture Coordinator:

Dr. Keating

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Office: BLC 123 (Busch Campus)

 

Laboratory Coordinator

Dr. A. Walczak

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Phone: 848-445-9501

Office: Nelson B131

 


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

 

Contact Us

Nelson Biological Laboratories

Nelson Biological Laboratories
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Piscataway, NJ 08854


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