Biology 334

BIOL 334

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Biology 334. Microbiology
Three hours lecture; Three hours laboratory (4).

Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in BIOL 105 or BIOL 132:231.

Fundamentals of microbiology including the morphology and taxonomy of the major groups of microorganisms including viruses.  Discussions of the growth, cultivation, reproduction, effects of physical and chemical agents and transmission of disease.  BIOL 334 will not satisfy requirements for the Biology major.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

A presentation of the fundamentals of microbiology including the morphology and taxonomy of the major groups of microorganisms and viruses. Discussions of the growth, cultivation, reproduction,effects of physical and chemical agents, and transmission of diseases are included in this course. Lecture topics include: history of microbiology, classification and taxonomy, morphology, cultivation, reproduction and growth of microorganisms, survey of the microbial world, microbial genetics, control of microorganisms (physical and chemical agents), antibiotics and chemotherapeutic agents, microorganisms and the cause of diseases, immunology, environmental and applied microbiology.

Laboratory topics include the staining and identification of microorganisms, the use of culture media and sterilization, food and water microbiology, biochemical identification of microorganisms, detection of viruses in the laboratory and assay methods, fungi growth and identification.


Detailed Description of Conduct of the Course

The course emphasizes the fundamentals of microbiology and a basic understanding of the nature of microorganisms. The course is slanted towards the principles of disease and discussed throughout the course. Also included in the course is a description of viruses, including information regarding their chemical makeup and replication as well as their relationship to the cause of diseases. The laboratory provides the student an opportunity to learn how to handle microorganisms in a safe manner, and allows the students to learn identification techniques for microbes, and also provides opportunity for viral assay methods to be studied.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

The goals of the one semester microbiology course are:


1. To introduce the student to the basic principles of microbiology.
2. To introduce the student to the nature of disease causing microorganisms.
3. To teach the student fundamental laboratory techniques using microorganisms.
4. To introduce the student to laboratory apparatus used in the cultivation and identification of microorganisms.


Assessment Measures

Assessment of the student's success in the course is based on the grades of examination, laboratory reports and laboratory examinations.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval


October, 2007

July, 2010