Course Descriptions



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.




4 (includes laboratory)


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 given 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 provides an introduction to the physiology, morphology, pathogenicity, and genetics of microorganisms, as well as their use in medicine and biotechnology.

Topics include:

* History and Overview of Microbiology
* Cell Structure and function
* Microbial Growth
* Nutrition, culture, and metabolism
* Gene expression
* Virology
* Bacterial genetics
* Taxonomy
* 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
* 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 (2-3 exams): ( 65% )

In-Class Participation: (10%)

Laboratory: (25%) (Derived from Attendance, Quizzes, Lab Practical, Lab reports, Notebook, Homework, and Participation)

Course Materials 


Brock Biology Of Microorganisms, 14th edition. Madigan, Martinko, Bender, Buckley and Stahl, 2015.   ISBN   978-0-321-89739-8


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 DO NOT contact the instructor for a special permission number. Please use the following link to add your name to the appropriate wait list:.Wait List Sign Up for Fall 2022 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.


Lecture Coordinator: 

Dr. Mai Soliman 

Laboratory Coordinator:

Dr. A. Walczak

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 848-445-9501

Office: Nelson B131

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