Office of Undergraduate Instruction

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.


Offered 

Fall

Credits 

4 (includes laboratory)

Prerequisites 

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.

Course Description 

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.

Topics include:

* History and Overview of Microbiology
* Cell Structure and function
* Microbial Growth
* Nutrition, culture, and metabolism
* Gene expression
* Virology
* Bacterial genetics
* Taxonomy
* 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

Course URL  

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)

Course Materials 

Lecture:

Brock Biology Of Microorganisms, 14th edition. Madigan, Martinko, Bender, Buckley and Stahl, 2015.   ISBN   978-0-321-89739-8

Laboratory:

Benson’s Microbiological Applications, A Special Edition for Rutgers University, ISBN 9780077798956

Course Closed? 

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.

Faculty 

Lecture Coordinator: Dr. Ron Michaelis
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Laboratory Coordinator:

Dr. Susan Skelly
Phone: 445-2818
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** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.

Contact Us

Nelson Biological Laboratories

Nelson Biological Laboratories
604 Allison Rd
Piscataway, NJ 08854


p. (848) 445-2075
f.  (732) 445-5870