College Science Prerequisites, Course Description, and Textbooks
Microbiology (BIO120) – Prerequisites
High School Diploma or equivalent, with a solid understanding of basic biology.
Microbiology (BIO120) – Course Description
Microbiology classes are held on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30am to 6:30pm for four consecutive weekends. The course represents 4 Semester Units and necessarily includes lab*. Despite its intensive and condensed learning timeline, the course maintains the same number of face-to-face contact credit hours as in any traditional, semester-long equivalent course. Students are required to dedicate a fair amount of time on our web-based learning support platform during the week, as part of the coursework. Attendance (physical presence) is required in all four weekends.
The course is designed to convey general concepts, methods, and applications of microbiology for health sciences. The role of microorganisms in the environment and in human disease is discussed. Topics include: immunology, bacteriology, virology, and mycology; the morphology, biochemistry, and physiology of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, and fungi; the diseases caused by these microorganisms and their treatments, and the immunologic, pathologic, and epidemiological factors associated with diseases. Laboratory portion of the course provides first hand experiences that inform, illustrate, expand, and reinforce major concepts discussed in lecture.
* If the college or university to which the student intends to transfer the course requires 5 instead of 4 semester units, we offer 1 semester unit independent study course which provide empirically-based studies that enhance, deepen, and further integrate knowledge of the subject by developing different problem-solving skills and conceptual organization than those fostered in formal classroom and laboratory learning. The independent study results in a formal capstone project, conducted by the students with the advising of the instructor.
Microbiology – Textbooks
Lecture – Tortora, G., Funke, B., Case, C. (2009). Microbiology: an introduction. 11th ed. San Francisco, CA: Benjamin Cummings.
Recommended introductory to Microbiology reading book:
Garrett, Lori & Penn, Judy (2009). Get ready for microbiology. San Francisco, CA: Benjamin Cummings.