Apr 20, 2019  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19

BIO 235 - Introduction To Microbiology


Course Description: A study of microscopic organisms, including bacteria, protozoa, fungi, parasitic worms and viruses, with an emphasis on the role of these organisms in health and disease. Aseptic laboratory technique, varied cultivation methods and standard diagnostic procedures are included. 3 hours lecture/2 hours laboratory

ISLOs: This course supports student development of Critical Thinking, Quantitative Literacy, and Multicultural and Global Perspectives.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of BIO 131 or BIO 231 in the last five years with a C or better.
General Education Elective(s): Science
Note(s): This course has been approved to meet the Core curriculum General Education Requirement.

Course Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe microbe anatomy and biochemistry as they relate to biological systems 
  • Perform laboratory exercises to show proficiency in microscopy, staining, cell culture and other standard bacteriological techniques
  • Identify bacteria by interpretation of standard microbiological and biochemical tests 
  • Interpret data and summarize results in graphic and mathematical form and in a scientific report
  • Evaluate microbial growth patterns, nutrition, reproduction and the spread of disease 
  • Identify the social, political, economic and environmental factors responsible for differences in infection and disease prevalence, spreading, treatment and outcomes
  • Describe basic microbial genetics, molecular biology, genetic engineering and recombinant DNA technology

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