Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2023

Course Description

Microbiology studies those organisms that can only be seen under the microscope and includes bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. This course will survey the diversity of these microorganisms, however, the emphasis will be on bacteria and viruses. We will also consider the effects of microbial infection on human health. Topics on immunology, microbe-human interactions and evolutionary relationships among microbes will be explored. We will also cover topics at the cutting edge of research in microbiology including molecular biology and microbial genomics.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes
After taking this class, students will be able to:

  • identify, cultivate, and control the growth of microorganisms
  • explain the fundamental differences between bacteria and human cells
  • describe metabolic pathways unique to bacteria and how they impact growth
  • explain the diversity of microbes and their impact on human health