BIOL 330

Biology of Microorganisms

5 Undergraduate credits
Effective January 28, 2004 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course covers the taxonomy, structure, function and ecology of microbes including bacteria, viruses, fungi and protista. Additional topics include microbial pathogensis, the response of the mammalian immune system to microbial infection, microbial metabolic diversity and microbial biotechnology. Labs include use of microscope, survey of types of microbes, isolation of microbes from the environment, identification of microbes, staining of bacteria, action of antibiotics and disinfectants, counting of bacteria in food and water and use of microbes in food and beverage production. Intended for Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Science or Life Science Teaching majors.

Learning outcomes


  • Competently conduct laboratory investigations in the area of microbiology.
  • Explain and apply scientific knowledge of the biology of microorganisms, both theoretical and experimental, at the upper division level.
  • Read and interpret primary scientific literature in in the biology of microorganisms.
  • Recall, explain and apply the concepts, knowledge and vocabulary of the biology of microorganisms at the level necessary for success in graduate and professional study in this field.