01:447:390 General Microbiology
This course is intended for Life Science majors or those with a strong background in the Biological Sciences.
This course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Biological Sciences major.
4 (includes laboratory)
General Biology 01:119:115-116-117 or 01:119:101-102 and General Chemistry 01:160:161-162-171 (or higher) and
Organic Chemistry 01:160:307. Credit not given for both this course and 11:680:390.
This is an upper level course that focuses on the basic principles of microbiology. The course provides an introduction to the physiology, morphology, pathogenicity, and genetics of microorganisms, as well as their use in medicine and biotechnology.
* History and Overview of Microbiology
* Cell Structure and function
* Microbial Growth
* Nutrition, culture, and metabolism
* Gene expression
* Bacterial genetics
* Microbial evolution and systematics
* Bacteria and Archaea
* Nutrient cycles
* Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
* Waste treatment
* Anaerobic respiration and Nitrogen fixation
* Antibiotics and chemotherapeutic agents
* Normal Flora, Virulence, Toxins
* Microbial Diseases
A Sakai course website will be available at the beginning of the semester
Course Satisfies Learning Goals
Microorganisms are an essential component of the human environment and are significant not only for the disease they cause, but also for their ecological, agricultural, pharmaceutical, and industrial benefits. This course will introduce students to the physiology, morphology, pathogenicity, and genetics of groups of microorganisms and their applications. The lab component of the course will introduce microscopy and staining techniques, the growth cycle and generation of a standard curve, physiological characteristics of microorganisms, and bacterial transformation.
Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy
Lecture (2-3 exams): ( 65% )
In-Class Participation: (10%)
Laboratory: (25%) (Derived from Attendance, Quizzes, Lab Practical, Lab reports, Notebook, Homework, and Participation)
Brock Biology Of Microorganisms, 14th edition. Madigan, Martinko, Bender, Buckley and Stahl, 2015. ISBN 978-0-321-89739-8
Benson’s Microbiological Applications, A Special Edition for Rutgers University, ISBN 9780077798956
If this course is closed, please DO NOT contact the instructor for a special permission number. Please use the following link to add your name to the appropriate wait list:.Wait List Sign Up for Fall 2017 Courses. If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Science - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Labs B112, Busch Campus.
Lecture Coordinator: Dr. Ron Michaelis
Dr. Susan Skelly
** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.