Course Descriptions



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

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


Spring; asynchronous online




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. Previous knowledge of Microbiology and Systems Physiology is highly recommended.

Course Description 

This course will integrate basic microbiology and infectious diseases. The first quarter of the course will provide the conceptual basis of microbial morphology, metabolism and growth, heredity and variation, pathogenicity and antimicrobial chemotherapy and host defenses. Then this course will introduce the students to one real life patient case study each week, moving the course toward an understanding of specific human diseases (e.g. pharyngitis, meningitis) as might be expected in a clinical environment. Each case will include a patient history, differential diagnosis, clinical cues, laboratory data, pathogenesis, treatment and prevention, additional points and references. The objective is not to attempt to cover every infectious disease or microorganism, but rather to use examples that would stress the key principles of microbial pathogenesis, differential diagnosis and appropriate treatment and prevention.                                        

Course Syllabus

 Spring 2022 Syllabus

Course URL  

A Canvas course website will be available at the beginning of the semester. 

Course Satisfies Learning Goals 

By the end of the course, students will be able to understand the role that certain microorganisms play in particular human diseases through a process of differential diagnosis and interpretation of laboratory results, pathogenesis and treatment options. The intention is to provide each student with the tools needed to understand medical microbiology, using a case-based approach to stress key principles of microbial pathogenesis, the use of clinical microbiology diagnostic techniques and the selection and use of key antimicrobial agents.  

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

The assessments will include eight quizzes and weekly assignments. 

Course Materials


Medical Microbiology for the New Curriculum: A case-based approach; Roberta Carey, Mindy Schuster,    Karin L McGowen. 1st Pub Wiley 12/10/2007 ISBN 9780471479338

Microbiology: Principles and Explorations, 10th Edition, J.G. Black, 2018, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-119-39011-4


1.Clinical Microbiology 2nd Ed J Keith Struthers, Taylor and Francis Group CRC Press ISBN 9781498786898

2.Microbiology by OpenStax. Digital ISBN-13: 978-1-947172-23-4 and Hardcover Print ISBN-13: 978-1-938168-14-7 (This textbook is available for free download at the OpenStax website.


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 Spring 2023 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.


Dr. Lu

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