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

The study of microbiology is extremely rewarding, leading to advances in the welfare of the environment as well as human populations. Pursuing this fascinating subject lead to careers in biotechnology, pharmaceutical manufacturing, medical research and forensics among other challenging professions.

Regardless of whether you are a serious student considering a career in microbiology or a layperson who just wants to learn everything you can about the world around you, Microbiology 101 is guaranteed to change the way you look at the world.

What will you gain by taking this course?

  • Learn the history and frequently used Microbiology terminology
  • Understand Composition and the chemical basis of Microbiology
  • Microscopy and the process of Microbial metabolism, cultivation and growth
  • Microbial Genetics
  • Bacteria, viruses and fungi
  • Understand the development of Infectious diseases as well as the process of the body defense systems
  • An exploration of Microbiology and Environmental studies
  • And many other topics will be discussed in this study

 Join us in the comprehensive online course as we explore in detail all aspects of microbiology.

Microorganisms play an important part in our lives. Microorganisms will recycle once-living matter into valuable nutrients for plants, but microorganisms are also the primary source of food spoilage in the process of food production.

Microbiology is defined as the branch of biology focused on microorganisms and the effects they have on other living organisms.The word microbiology is the combination of the terms micro--an object which not completely visible to the naked eye requires a microscope to see in detail and biology--the study of living things.
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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.
  • Lesson 2. Microbiology Terms

    As with all scientific disciplines, microbiologists have developed a vocabulary specific to their field.
  • Lesson 3. History of Microbiology

    Generally speaking, the field of microbiology started with the invention of the microscope.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 6. Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes

    The vast majority of life on Earth can be classified as either prokaryotes or eukaryotes.
  • Lesson 7. Microbial Metabolism

    Microbial metabolism is how microorganisms get the energy and nutrients that they need to live and reproduce.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 11. The Bacteria

    Bacteria come in a great many sizes and several shapes.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 13. The Fungi

    Over the last 10 years, the incidence of serious fungal infections has been increasing.
  • Lesson 14. The Unicellular Algae

    The term algae describes a large and diverse group of microorganisms that contains over 22,000 species.
  • Lesson 15. The Protozoa

    The term protozoan means "first animal," which generally describes its animal-like nutrition.
  • Lesson 16. The Host-Parasite Relationship

    A rather delicate balance exists between our defenses and the pathogenic mechanisms of microorganisms.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 18. Nonspecific Body Defense

    When our bodies are challenged by microbes, we defend ourselves by utilizing our various mechanisms of immunity.
  • Lesson 19. The Skin

    The science of skin medicine is referred to as dermatology.
  • Lesson 20. The Eyes

    The science of eye medicine is referred to as ophthalmology.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 27. Soil Microbiology

    Soil genesis is a long-term event that produces the stable environment in which microbiological cycles and processes occur.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 29. Microbiology in the Environment and in Us

    Microbiology serves several major functions in our food.

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Course Title: Microbiology 101
Course Number: 8900081
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
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: April Graves
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $85.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $110.00

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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Assignment 1: Introduction to Microbiology AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz 1: Introduction to Microbiology ExamExam10
Assignment 2: Microbiology Terms AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz 2: Microbiology Terms ExamExam10
Assignment 3: History of Microbiology AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz 3: History of Microbiology ExamExam10
Assignment 4: Composition AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz 4: Composition ExamExam10
Assignment 5: The Chemical Basis of Microbiology AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz 5: The Chemical Basis of Microbiology ExamExam10
Assignment 6: Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz 6: Prokaryotes and EukaryotesExam10
Assignment 7: Microbial Metabolism AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz 7: Microbial Metabolism ExamExam10
Assignment 8: Microbial Cultivation and Growth AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz 8: Microbial Cultivation and Growth ExamExam10
Quiz 9: Microbial Genetics ExamExam10
Quiz 10: DNA and Gene Expression ExamExam10
Assignment 11: The Bacteria AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz 11: The Bacteria ExamExam10
Assignment 12: The Viruses AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz 12: The VirusesExam10
Assignment 13: The Fungi AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz 13: The Fungi ExamExam10
Assignment 14: The Algae AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz 14: The Unicellular Algae ExamExam10
Assignment 15: The Protozea AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz 15: The Protozea ExamExam10
Quiz 16: The Host-Parasite Relationship ExamExam10
Quiz 17: The Development of Infectious Disease ExamExam10
Quiz 18: Nonspecific Body Defense ExamExam10
Assignment 19: The Skin AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz 19: The Skin ExamExam9
Assignment 20: The Eyes AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz 21: The Eyes ExamExam10
Assignment 21: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz 21: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems ExamExam10
Quiz 22: The Respiratory System ExamExam10
Assignment 23: The Nervous SystemAssignment25
Quiz 23: The Nervous SystemExam10
Assignment 24: The Digestive SystemAssignment25
Quiz 24: The Digestive System ExamExam10
Assignment 25: The Reproductive SystemAssignment25
Quiz 25: The Reproductive System ExamExam10
Assignment 26: The Immune SystemAssignment25
Quiz 26: The Immune System ExamExam10
Quiz 27: Soil Microbiology ExamExam10
Assignment 28: Aquatic Microbiology AssignmentAssignment25
Quiz 28: Aquatic Microbiology ExamExam10
Assignment 29: Microbiology in the Environment and UsAssignment25
Quiz 29: Microbiology in the Environment and Us ExamExam10
The Final ExamExam85
Total Points:924

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