BIOL 5254 - Principles of Microbiology, 4 Credits

Prerequisite(s): ( BIOL 2204 with C or better or BIOL 2504 with C or better ) or ( VETS 2013 with C or better or VETS 2014 with C or better or VETS 1203 with C or better or VETS 1214 with D or better ) or ( BIOL 1104 with C or better or BIOL 1404 with C or better )

Level: Upper

Course Attributes: Liberal Arts and Science

A survey of microorganisms, their structures, physiology, and identification, with the various medical and non-medical implications in our daily lives. Topics include prokaryotic cell structure and function, biochemical processes, physical and chemical factors that affect cell growth, classification and identification, and physical and chemical methods of control. A major portion of the course deals with the pathogenic properties of microorganisms and the body's defense mechanisms including the functions of the immune systems. Laboratory topics include bacterial culture and staining, metabolism and biochemical reactions, physiological characteristics, patient specimen collection and processing as done in a microbiology laboratory and pathogen identification and antibiotic sensitivity determination.