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Course Description

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.

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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
    • Review Article: What Is Microbiology?
    • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
    • Complete: Assignment 1: Introduction to Microbiology Assignment
    • Complete: Quiz 1: Introduction to Microbiology Exam

    Lesson 2. Microbiology Terms

    As with all scientific disciplines, microbiologists have developed a vocabulary specific to their field. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 2 Video
    • Review Article: Microbiology Glossary
    • Complete: Assignment 2: Microbiology Terms Assignment
    • Complete: Quiz 2: Microbiology Terms Exam

    Lesson 3. History of Microbiology

    Generally speaking, the field of microbiology started with the invention of the microscope. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 3 Video
    • Review Article: Early History of Microbiology
    • Complete: Assignment 3: History of Microbiology Assignment
    • Complete: 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. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 4 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: Taxonomy; Carl Linnaeus
    • Complete: Assignment 4: Composition Assignment
    • Complete: 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. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 5 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: Cells Alive; Atomic Structure
    • Complete: Assignment 5: The Chemical Basis of Microbiology Assignment
    • Complete: 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. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 6 Video
    • Review Article: Prokaryotes, Eukaryotes, and Viruses
    • Complete: Assignment 6: Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes Assignment
    • Complete: 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. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 7 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: Microbial Metabolism; ATP
    • Complete: Assignment 7: Microbial Metabolism Assignment
    • Complete: 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. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 8 Video
    • Complete: Assignment 8: Microbial Cultivation and Growth Assignment
    • Complete: 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
    • Review Article: Microbial Genetics Resources
    • Complete: 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. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 10 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: Protein Synthesis; How DNA Works
    • Complete: 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
    • Review Article: Introduction to Bacteria
    • Take Poll: Microbes
    • Complete: Assignment 11: The Bacteria Assignment
    • Complete: 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. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 12 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: Introduction to Viruses; How Viruses Work
    • Complete: Assignment 12: The Viruses Assignment
    • Complete: Quiz 12: The Viruses

    Lesson 13. The Fungi

    Over the last 10 years, the incidence of serious fungal infections has been increasing. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 13 Video
    • Review Article: Introduction to the Fungi
    • Complete: Assignment 13: The Fungi Assignment
    • Complete: 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. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 14 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: Algae; Plankton
    • Complete: Assignment 14: The Algae Assignment
    • Complete: Quiz 14: The Unicellular Algae Exam

    Lesson 15. The Protozoa

    The term protozoan means "first animal," which generally describes its animal-like nutrition. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 15 Video
    • Complete: Assignment 15: The Protozea Assignment
    • Complete: 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
    • Complete: 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
    • Review 2 Articles: Infectious Disease; Infectious Diseases
    • Complete: 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. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 18 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: The Immune System; Phagocytosis
    • Complete: Quiz 18: Nonspecific Body Defense Exam

    Lesson 19. The Skin

    The science of skin medicine is referred to as dermatology. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 19 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: Skin; Human Skin
    • Complete: Assignment 19: The Skin Assignment
    • Complete: 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
    • Review 2 Articles: How the Eye Sees; The Human Eye
    • Complete: Assignment 20: The Eyes Assignment
    • Complete: 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. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 21 Video
    • Review Article: Lymphatic System
    • Take Poll: Human Systems
    • Complete: Assignment 21: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems Assignment
    • Complete: 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. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 22 Video
    • Review Article: The Respiratory System
    • Complete: 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. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 23 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: The Nervous System; Nervous System Diseases
    • Complete: Assignment 23: The Nervous System
    • Complete: 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. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 24 Video
    • Review Article: The Digestive System
    • Complete: Assignment 24: The Digestive System
    • Complete: 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. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 25 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: The Reproductive System; Reproductive System Diseases
    • Complete: Assignment 25: The Reproductive System
    • Complete: 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. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 26 Video
    • Review Article: Diseases of the Immune System
    • Complete: Assignment 26: The Immune System
    • Complete: 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
    • Review Article: Nutrient Recycling
    • Complete: 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. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 28 Video
    • Review Article: Bacteria at Hydrothermal Vents
    • Take Poll: Hydrothermal Vents
    • Complete: Assignment 28: Aquatic Microbiology Assignment
    • Complete: Quiz 28: Aquatic Microbiology Exam

    Lesson 29. Microbiology in the Environment and in Us

    Microbiology serves several major functions in our food. 120 Total Points
    • Lesson 29 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: Penicillin; Helpful Microbes in Daily Life
    • Take Poll: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts
    • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
    • Complete: Assignment 29: Microbiology in the Environment and Us
    • Complete: Quiz 29: Microbiology in the Environment and Us Exam
    • Complete: The Final Exam
    Total Course Points

    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.

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    Course Title: Microbiology 101
    Course Number: 8900081
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    Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (2,896 votes)
    Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
    Course Type: General Education (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: April Graves
    Syllabus: View Syllabus
    Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
    Course Fee: $85.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $110.00

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