BIOL& 260 Microbiology • 6 Cr.


Explores structure, function, and taxonomy of microbes, including bacteria and viruses, and their relationships to health and disease. Format includes substantial laboratory work and written reporting. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 211 with a C or better.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Follow instructions for safely applying the conceptual skills and techniques and utilizing the equipment of a microbiology lab.
  • Describe the genetics, structures, metabolism and reproduction of cellular (Prokaryotic vs. Eukaryotic) and non- cellular microbes.
  • Apply knowledge of microbial sources of genetic variation to understanding genetic engineering and biotechnology today.
  • List the elements of microbial nutrition and physical requirements for microbial growth and reproduction.
  • Explain disease dynamics by comparing the human immune system to the pathogenic strategies of microbes and the infections they cause.
  • Explain how prevention and treatment strategies for medically important microbes play a role in controlling the epidemic/pandemic spread of disease.
  • Describe the current hypothesis regarding the origin of the first cells and their role in establishing the cycles, nitrogen and carbon, that maintain life as we know it on our planet.
  • Trace the history of microbiology through the age of antibiotics and the appearance of re-emerging and emerging diseases.