Emphasizes microbiological principles and lab techniques related to the morphology, metabolism, genetics, classification, and ecology of bacteria. Characterizes viruses and eukaryotic microorganisms. Focuses on human disease including characteristics of pathogens, immunology, and epidemiology. Practices laboratory exercises including aseptic technique, staining, the determination of bacterial growth conditions and requirements, and the identification of an unknown bacterium. Applies microbiology in clinical applications.
Allows independent study for students who wish to extend their knowledge of a particular area of Microbiology through research and study. Utilizes an approved independent project. Includes one-on-one work with instructor. Interested students should contact a Microbiology instructor for assistance in developing a contract for learning about a specific topic.