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2021-2022 Course Catalog 
2021-2022 Course Catalog
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BIO 186 - Microbiology

Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 3
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Core
A general microbiology course with laboratory designed for the science major. Emphasis is placed on morphology, physiology, microbial genetics, virology and basic immunology and applications.
Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in one of the following courses with lab within the past five years: BIO 112  General Biology I,BIO 168  Anatomy & Physiology I, BIO 173   Anatomy & Physiology II, CHM 132   Intro to Organic/Biochemistry, or CHM 165  Gen Chemistry I, OR Both BIO 733  Health Science Anatomy AND BIO 734  Health Science Physiology

  1. Assess microbiological laboratory procedures.
    1. Perform all lab procedures using the safety rules of the laboratory.
    2. Demonstrate accurate use and care of laboratory microscopes including use of oil immersion.
    3. Use proper aseptic techniques in the isolation and culturing of bacteria.
    4. Perform microbiological staining procedures including the Gram and endospore stains.
    5. Perform and interpret biochemical tests and chemical media.
    6. Solve the identification of an unknown bacteria utilizing a dichotomous key.
    7. Evaluate bacterial susceptibility to antibiotics, antiseptics, and disinfectants.
    8. Analyze food or water samples for the presence of microorganisms.
    9. Demonstrate the use of microorganisms in biotechnology.
  2. Distinguish between the various types of microorganisms including prokaryotes, eukaryotes, and viruses.
    1. Differentiate between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells’ structures and their functions.
    2. Examine key viral concepts, including classification, structure, and replication.
    3. Classify major groups of microorganisms based on their key characteristics.
  3. Evaluate factors relating to growth and nutrition of microorganisms
    1. Compare and contrast environmental influences on growth of microorganisms.
    2. Compare and contrast modes of microbial nutrition.
  4. Differentiate the major cellular metabolic reactions of microbial cells.
    1. Analyze the processes of glycolysis, fermentation, respiration, and photosynthesis.
    2. Distinguish between aerobic and anaerobic respiration.
  5. Analyze genetic processes within the microbial cell.
    1. Examine the flow of genetic information within the central dogma.
    2. Distinguish between the three methods of microbial genetic recombination.
    3. Apply the use of microbes in biotechnology & genetic engineering
  6. Determine the influence of microorganisms on human health.
    1. Identify specific microorganisms with their associated diseases including those seen in current health watches.
    2. Discuss the role of normal microbiota.
  7. Analyze concepts relating to immunology and epidemiology.
    1. Compare and contrast innate and adaptive immunity.
    2. Examine various epidemiological topics.
    3. Correlate various epidemiological topics with infectious disease incidents.
  8. Analyze major concepts in environmental and industrial microbiology.
    1. Explain cycling of elements and nutrients in the environment.
    2. Describe use of microorganisms in industrial processes.
    3. Correlate various epidemiological topics with infectious disease incidents.

Competencies Revised Date: 2020

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