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    Mar 26, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BIOL 215 - Microbiology

Number of Credits: 4
Microbiology is an introduction to the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa and their interrelationships with humans. General microbiological principles such as microbial structure, growth, metabolism, and genetics are applied to medically related topics such as the pathogenicity and control of microorganisms as well as body defense mechanisms and the immune response. The laboratory stresses the importance of basic microbiology laboratory techniques and clinical applications including slide preparation and microscopy, aseptic technique, and biochemical and serological testing for microorganisms. Both lecture and laboratory relate current microbiological principles to a better understanding of the infectious disease process. (Fall, Spring & Summer Only) Three hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Four Credits. Four billable hours.

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 101  with a minimum grade of C or better within the last 5 years.
Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyze the structure of microorganisms and their relationship to pathogenicity and control of infection. (PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4, PG5)
  2. Describe ways in which microorganisms and their environment interact with and modify each other. (PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4, PG5)
  3. Analyze physical, chemical and antimicrobial control of microbial populations as related to microbial growth requirements and metabolic processes. (PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4, PG5)
  4. Explain how genetic variations and gene expression can impact microbial growth and function (PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4, PG5)
  5. Compare and contrast ways in which mutations, gene transfer, and human environmental actions influence microbial evolution and diversity (PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4, PG5)
  6. Describe ways in which humans utilize and harness microorganisms and their products (PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4, PG5)
  7. Apply the mechanisms of nonspecific body defenses and the immune responses to the infectious disease process as well as the prevention and control of infectious diseases. (PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4, PG5)
  8. Effectively communicate fundamental concepts of microbiology through independent research of credible scientific sources. (PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4, PG5)
  9. Develop an information base for personal and global health decisions in regard to infectious diseases. (PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4, PG5)
  10. Demonstrate appropriate laboratory safety, skills, and techniques related to the isolation, staining, identification, assessment of metabolism, and control of microorganisms. (PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4, PG5)
  11. Develop the ability to work both independently and with others in the laboratory to communicate appropriate conclusions from laboratory experiences and case studies. (PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4, PG5)

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