What is Microbiology?
Microbiology and Immunology (MICR-J 200) is a course designed primarily for individuals in nursing and allied health areas. This course includes a review of basic chemistry and a brief introduction to biochemistry as well as a survey of the systematics of both eukaryotic and prokaryotic microorganisms, microbial physiology, genetics, symbiosis including the host parasite relationship of human pathogenic microorganisms, and an introduction to immunology. The prerequisite for the course is Biological Concepts (BIOL-L 402) or equivalent.
What do the courses offer?
This course is a lecture-discussion course and is offered in conjunction with Microbiology Laboratory (MICR-J 201). The lecture course may be taken without the laboratory, but the laboratory may not be taken without the lecture. It is recommended that students enroll in both the lecture and laboratory simultaneously for the best educational experience.
The Microbiology Laboratory (MICR-J 201) is a one credit hour laboratory course designed to accompany the lecture course (MICR-J 200). It is recommended that this laboratory course be taken concurrently with the lecture-discussion course, however it may also be taken after completion of that course.
The Microbiology Laboratory course is divided into two primary portions. The first is an introduction to the microbial world with a survey of both eukaryotic and prokaryotic microorganisms. While there is not enough time to examine all of the groups in depth fungi, protozoa, algae, and bacteria will be included. During this portion of the course various laboratory techniques necessary for examining these organisms will be introduced and skill in use of these techniques will be developed. This portion of the course will continue until the time of the midterm examination.
The second portion of the Microbiology Laboratory course is primarily an exercise in bacterial identification. Shortly after the midterm examination the student is given an unknown bacterium. For the last half of the term you will learn and practice the techniques necessary to identify the unknown.
For further information please contact the IUE Chair of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics, Dr. Hitesh Kathuria , or phone 765-973-8247