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2016-2017 Catalog Year
BIOL-251: General Microbiology

General Information

  • Name: General Microbiology
  • Discipline: Biology
  • Units (Credits): 4
  • Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Corequisites: BIOL 190, BIOL 190L

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Emphasizes the distribution, form, structure and physiology of microorganisms in laboratory. Develops the student's skills in aseptic procedures, isolation and identification. Recommended for all allied health majors. May be repeated a maximum of two times within the last five years.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

Upon successful completion of BIOL 251, General Microbiology, (defined as a 75% course score or better) learners will be able to:

  • Describe the anatomy and physiology, pathology and fundamental therapeutic treatments of the different genera of micro-organisms (GE #1);
  • Illustrate and explain the function of cellular and non-cellular types of micro-organisms (GE #1);
  • Illustrate and explain the characteristics of micro-organisms at the laboratory, sub-cellular and cellular level (GE #1);
  • Draw conclusions from experimentally derived data in the laboratory (GE #1, #4).

III. Topics

All students will have in-depth (one semester of a lab-based one-semester course) knowledge of microbial structures and the metabolic strategies, genetics, and ecology of prokaryotic microbes, eukaryotic microbes, and viruses using appropriate terminology; hypothetical or literature-based disease scenarios; scientific reasoning and the principles of disease prevention, pathogenicity, epidemiology, and host immune responses; and develop a plan of disease control or prevention; using proper aseptic laboratory technique to transfer, isolate, and stain cultured microorganisms, and then analyze their macro- and micro-morphological characteristics; to apply scientific reasoning to deduce the identification of or test hypotheses about microorganisms.

Scheduled BIOL-251 classes:

Spring 2017