BIOL 1020L: Microbiology Lecture/Lab BIOL 1020: Microbiology Lecture

Microbiology Course Overview

  • BIOL 1020L is a four-credit lecture/lab online microbiology course. We also offer BIOL 1020 that includes just the lecture portion of the course. Topics covered in this course include: the history of microbiology, microbial morphology and physiology, bacterial metabolism, genetics, ecology, and the classification of microorganisms, particularly bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Therapeutic agents used to disrupt and control microbial growth are considered and a body systems approach is utilized in the coverage of diseases.

    *This course is considered an upper-level undergraduate course (300 level or above)

Microbiology Course Outcomes

  • Define basic structure/function of microorganisms including prokaryotes, eukaryotes and viruses, with emphasis on their relationships to human disease and treatment modalities
  • Describe the kinetics and patterns of microbial growth, and environmental factors that alter growth
  • Describe key features of microbial genetics, including DNA structure and function, as well as mechanisms of DNA replication, transcription and translation
  • Explain how and why microbial gene expression is regulated, as well as how genetic mutation and DNA transfer mechanisms affect microbial evolution, fitness and pathogenesis
  • Define and compare beneficial versus pathogenic host-microbial interactions
  • Explain fundamental stains, basic staining techniques, and corresponding bacterial and fungal morphology
  • Describe the clinical manifestations associated with common bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic diseases
  • Describe the uses of the various media and metabolic/enzymatic testing protocols
  • Identify bacterial/fungal toxic and invasive factors and their relationship to the pathogenesis of disease
  • Classify the mechanisms of antibiotic (antibacterial/antifungal), antiparasitic, and antiviral activity, as well as resistance strategies employed by target microorganisms
  • Identify the pathogens commonly associated with infections of the skin, eyes, nervous system, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and genitourinary tract in humans, as well as their modes of pathogenesis and risk factors associated with each type of disease
  • Identify common healthcare-associated (nosocomial) pathogens
  • Identify disease and likely etiology on the basis of patient signs and symptoms, pertinent history, and lab findings

Microbiology Course Prerequisites

How do exams work?

All exams are taken online. Major exams are required to be proctored online through ProctorU. For instructions on how to take your exams online, visit UNE Online’s ProctorU site. Please note exams must also be proctored with the UNE-approved external webcam.


How do labs work?

For BIOL 1020L, coursework will consist of laboratory exercise assignments, a lab report and a final lab exam. All lab work will be conducted utilizing a take-home lab kit purchased within your course.

Tuition & Fees

BIOL 1020L: Lecture/Lab


  • Credits: 4
  • Tuition: $1,760
  • Registration: $30
  • Total: $1,790*

BIOL 1020: Lecture Only


  • Credits: 3
  • Tuition: $1,320
  • Registration: $30
  • Total: $1,350*

*Total payment is due in full at the time of registration. The cost of the materials is not included in this total.

Required course materials

  • Mandatory External Webcam and Whiteboard for Proctored Exams
  • Textbook:
    • Microbiology: A Human Perspective, Eugene W. Nester, 10th edition
  • Lab Materials:
    • All Microbiology lab materials are purchased through your course. Please be aware that costs vary for each course and can range from $100- $500+.*Lab materials only need to be purchased if registering for BIOL 1020L.
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Courses Typically Begin Every Two to Three Weeks

Working at the pace typical for a four-semester hour course, the average student will complete this online course in approximately 16 weeks. Many students have elected an online course for the sake of flexibility. Since the course is self-paced, you may be able to complete the course in less than 16 weeks.

You may enroll for a course at any time through our self-service registration portal. Payment is needed in full at the time of registration.

You must be registered for your class by 12:00 noon EST the Monday before the class starts. Your official start date is the date that the course opens and you will have 16 weeks from that date to complete your course.


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