BLGY2330 Microbiology

Course Description

Meets MN Transfer Goal Area 3 - Natural Sciences. This course will cover the foundation and fundamentals of microbiology including classification and identification of microorganisms. A survey of microbes will focus on those involved in human pathogenesis. Laboratory exercises will emphasize basic microbiological techniques and principles of diagnostic microbiology. Major consideration is given to the development and mastery of technical and critical thinking skills necessary to perform well in a clinical setting. Microbiology is a very rigorous course requiring a great deal of study for student success. Students are highly encouraged to study 10-12 hours per week outside of class to be minimally successful.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • appreciate the historical foundations of microbiology and understand the key features that form the framework of microbiologic study today
  • understand the scope of microbiology with respect to the impact of microbes in the world
  • integrate the roles of cellular biology and chemistry in the processes of microbial metabolism, infectious disease and the immune response
  • understand the biodiversity and complexity of microorganisms
  • describe the major groups of microorganisms and their taxonomies
  • know the medical terminology that applies to the study of Microbiology
  • demonstrate proficiency in and understanding of common microbiologic laboratory techniques, procedures, and evaluative methods related to the safe handling, proper cultivation and identification of microbes
  • understand the complex interactions that occur between host organisms and microbes
  • demonstrate knowledge of the processes of the immune system
  • analyze the effectiveness of methods of microbial control
  • describe the structure and function of the major organ systems of the human body
  • understand the pathogenesis of the infectious diseases of humans including etiologies, methods of transmission, diagnoses and appropriate treatments
  • analyze case studies based on patient history, clinical signs and symptoms to determine differential diagnoses, diagnostic tests, effective treatments and client education, if appropriate
  • integrate information and become a problem-solver for disease identification
  • be aware of the procedures necessary to maintain a safe environment for themselves, their families, at work, for their patients etc. with respect to microbes
  • effectively utilize appropriate resources to investigate infectious disease processes


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4 credits: 2 lectures / presentations, 2 lab, 0 other