Online Class: Microbiology 101

Our comprehensive online course on microbiology covers all aspects of microbiology and includes an accredited CEU Certificate at successful class completion.

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Course Description

Delve into the Microscopic World: An All-Encompassing Guide to Microbiology

Unlock the captivating realm of microbiology with our all-inclusive online course that not only provides a deep dive into the subject but also rewards you with a CEU Certificate upon triumphant completion.

Microbiology has proven to be an unparalleled field, paving the way for immense breakthroughs that have enriched both our environment and human society. Those captivated by this intricate subject often find themselves at the forefront of thriving sectors like biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical research, and forensics, to name a few.

Whether you're an ambitious individual envisioning a career in the vast domain of microbiology or an inquisitive spirit yearning to grasp the nuances of the world we inhabit, our Microbiology 101 is set to revolutionize your perspective.

Embark on an Enriching Journey Where You'll:

  • Dive into the rich tapestry of Microbiology’s history and familiarize yourself with its essential terminology.
  • Decode the chemical essence that underpins Microbiology.
  • Harness the power of microscopy to unveil microbial metabolism, cultivation, and growth.
  • Delve into the intricate realm of Microbial Genetics.
  • Understand the world of Bacteria, Viruses, and Fungi.
  • Grasp the emergence of infectious diseases and unravel the marvels of the body's defense mechanisms.
  • Navigate through the intriguing intersections of Microbiology and Environmental studies.
  • And much, much more!

Course Layout Offers 29 Comprehensive Lessons, Including:

  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Composition & Chemical Basis of Microbiology
  • Unveiling Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes
  • Traversing through Microbial Genetics to DNA and Gene Expression
  • An In-depth Look at Bacteria, Viruses, and Fungi
  • A Journey through the Body's Systems: From the Skin, Eyes, and Cardiovascular, to the Digestive and Reproductive Systems
  • The Grand Finale with Soil Microbiology and Aquatic Microbiology

Join hands with us on this mesmerizing voyage as we intricately dissect each facet of microbiology, promising you an academic experience par excellence.

Sign up for our course today and immerse yourself in the wonders of the microbial world. Whether you're planning to set foot in a lab, meet patients in a clinic, or simply satiate your curiosity, our course is designed to serve as your beacon, illuminating your path with knowledge and expertise.

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  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

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Lesson 1. Introduction to Microbiology

In broad terms, microbiology is the study of living creatures that are invisible or indistinct to the naked eye because of their extremely small size. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Assignment 1: Introduction to Microbiology Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz 1: Introduction to Microbiology Exam

Lesson 2. Microbiology Terms

As with all scientific disciplines, microbiologists have developed a vocabulary specific to their field. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 2: Microbiology Terms Exam

Lesson 3. History of Microbiology

Generally speaking, the field of microbiology started with the invention of the microscope. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 3: History of Microbiology Exam

Lesson 4. Composition

The majority of people equate microbes with disease, but those only account for a fraction of those unseen life forms. Microbes live in every corner of the planet. Additional lesson topics: Taxonomy 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 4: Composition Exam

Lesson 5. The Chemical Basis of Microbiology

In the 1700s, scientists began to understand the chemical and physical basis of life and quickly realized that the chemistry of all living organisms shared many similarities. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 5: The Chemical Basis of Microbiology Exam

Lesson 6. Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes

The vast majority of life on Earth can be classified as either prokaryotes or eukaryotes. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 6: Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes

Lesson 7. Microbial Metabolism

Microbial metabolism is how microorganisms get the energy and nutrients that they need to live and reproduce. Additional lesson topics: Microbial Metabolism 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 7: Microbial Metabolism Exam

Lesson 8. Microbial Cultivation and Growth

Just as people need oxygen, plants need sunlight, and fish need water to survive, different microorganisms need specific chemical and physical environments for their growth and survival. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 8: Microbial Cultivation and Growth Exam

Lesson 9. Microbial Genetics

All characteristics of microorganisms, and every other living thing, are determined by their genes. More specifically, information stored in macromolecules called nucleic acids that are passed on from one generation to the next through the organism's DNA. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 9: Microbial Genetics Exam

Lesson 10. DNA and Gene Expression

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) has often been called the blueprint of life, because the characteristics of all life forms ultimately depend upon the information specified by DNA. Additional lesson topics: Protein Synthesis 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 10: DNA and Gene Expression Exam

Lesson 11. The Bacteria

Bacteria come in a great many sizes and several shapes. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Microbes
  • Complete: Assignment 11: The Bacteria Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz 11: The Bacteria Exam

Lesson 12. The Viruses

Viruses have the same general structure, genetic material in the form of either DNA or RNA surrounded by a protein coat and, in some cases, an outer membrane. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 12: The Viruses

Lesson 13. The Fungi

Over the last 10 years, the incidence of serious fungal infections has been increasing. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 13: The Fungi Exam

Lesson 14. The Unicellular Algae

The term algae describes a large and diverse group of microorganisms that contains over 22,000 species. Additional lesson topics: Algae 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 14: The Unicellular Algae Exam

Lesson 15. The Protozoa

The term protozoan means "first animal," which generally describes its animal-like nutrition. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 15: The Protozea Exam

Lesson 16. The Host-Parasite Relationship

A rather delicate balance exists between our defenses and the pathogenic mechanisms of microorganisms. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 16: The Host-Parasite Relationship Exam

Lesson 17. The Development of Infectious Disease

Pathogens can gain access to the human body and other hosts through several avenues, which are called portals of entry. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 17: The Development of Infectious Disease Exam

Lesson 18. Nonspecific Body Defense

When our bodies are challenged by microbes, we defend ourselves by utilizing our various mechanisms of immunity. Additional lesson topics: The Immune System 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 18: Nonspecific Body Defense Exam

Lesson 19. The Skin

The science of skin medicine is referred to as dermatology. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 19: The Skin Exam

Lesson 20. The Eyes

The science of eye medicine is referred to as ophthalmology. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 20 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 20: The Eyes Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz 21: The Eyes Exam

Lesson 21: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems

The cardiovascular and lymphatic systems are responsible for the body's circulation, and are studied by cardiologists and immunologists. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 21 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Human Systems
  • Assessment: Quiz 21: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems Exam

Lesson 22. The Respiratory System

Diseases and disorders that affect the respiratory system can cause problems in the lungs, the nerves, and muscles that allow breathing in the lungs, and the respiratory tract that leads air down into the lungs while breathing. Additional lesson topics: The Respiratory System 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 22 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 22: The Respiratory System Exam

Lesson 23. The Nervous System

Diseases and disorders that affect the nervous system can affect either the brain, spinal cord, or the network of nerves to which the brain and spine are connected. Additional lesson topics: Nervous System Diseases 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 23 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 23: The Nervous System

Lesson 24. The Digestive System

Diseases and disorders of the digestive system can include everything from the mouth to the stomach, and the stomach to the digestive tract, and associated organs. Additional lesson topics: The Digestive System 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 24 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 24: The Digestive System
  • Assessment: Quiz 24: The Digestive System Exam

Lesson 25. The Reproductive System

The reproductive system is both a victim of diseases and disorders as well as a vehicle for disease transmission for diseases both related and unrelated to the reproductive system. Additional lesson topics: The Reproductive System 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 25 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 25: The Reproductive System Exam

Lesson 26. The Immune System

The immune system is composed of the white blood cells and their accompanying components that combat pathogens in the human body. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 26 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 26: The Immune System Exam

Lesson 27. Soil Microbiology

Soil genesis is a long-term event that produces the stable environment in which microbiological cycles and processes occur. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 27 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz 27: Soil Microbiology Exam

Lesson 28. Aquatic Microbiology

There are between four and five thousand species of phytoplankton on earth, organisms defined as any microscopic, photosynthetic (or partially photosynthetic) organism that lives in or partially in water. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 28 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Hydrothermal Vents
  • Assessment: Quiz 28: Aquatic Microbiology Exam

Lesson 29. Microbiology in the Environment and in Us

Microbiology serves several major functions in our food. 95 Total Points
  • Lesson 29 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Quiz 29: Microbiology in the Environment and Us Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define microbiology and microbiology terms
  • Summarize history of microbiology.
  • Define the chemical basis of microbiology.
  • Summarize prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
  • Describe microbial metabolism.
  • Describe microbial cultivation and growth.
  • Summarize microbial genetics and DNS and gene expression
  • Describe the bacteria.
  • Describe the viruses.
  • Identify the fungi, unicellular algae and the protozoa.
  • Summarize the host-parasite relationship.
  • Identify the development of infectious disease.
  • Describe role of microbiology in the eyes and skin.
  • Describe the role of microbiology in cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, respiratory systems, nervous systems, digestive systems.
  • Describe the role of microbiology in the reproductive systems and the immune systems.
  • Summarize soil microbiology.
  • Summarize aquatic microbiology.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Microbiology 101
Course Number: 8900081
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (3,311 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: February 2024
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 3.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: UniversalClass Instructional Team
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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