Online Microbiology for Health Professions

BIOL 1020: Microbiology Course Online

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Microbiology, BIOL 1020, is a one-semester upper-level undergraduate online course designed to meet the microbiology prerequisite for students who are applying for admission to health profession programs. Most students taking this course will have an undergraduate degree. This online Microbiology course will emphasize the concepts that are a necessary groundwork for courses the student will take in their professional studies, and will also emphasize medically important bacteria, fungi, helminths, protists, and viruses.

Topics covered in Microbiology for the health professions include:

  • The history of microbiology
  • Microbial morphology and physiology
  • Bacterial metabolism
  • Genetics and ecology
  • Classification of microorganisms
  • Host-microbe interactions
  • Infectious diseases
If you need the corresponding lab

Online microbiology is designed for the student to take just the lecture (BIOL 1020) for 3 credits, or the lecture and lab (BIOL 1020L) for 4 credits. Students who only need the microbiology lecture have the option to take lecture only (BIOL 1020) for three credits. You will need to specify during registration that you would like to take the four-credit lecture and lab course, or the three-credit lecture only class. This course is not offered in a lab-only format. Click here to learn more about the Lecture/Lab course in Microbiology for Health Professions.

Complete at your own pace

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

Prerequisites to Microbiology Online

One semester of college-level biology, preferably college-level anatomy or physiology, must be completed before registering for this Microbiology course online. All prerequisite courses must have been completed successfully within the past seven years.

Required course materials


Microbiology: A Human Perspective
Eugene W. Nester, 9th edition

Note: Textbooks need to be purchased separately and are not part of your registration fee. Students who elect to use an earlier edition of the textbook will not be able to access McGraw-Hill CONNECT. All course materials are available through our bookstore at

Ordering your UNE-authorized whiteboard (optional) – Can be used during your proctored exams!

Dry-Erase Whiteboard with Marker and Eraser (Optional for Proctored Exams)

This course permits the use of a dry-erase whiteboard for scratch work during one or more of your proctored exams. No scratch paper is permitted. The whiteboard must be purchased from the seller below.

You must show your proctor that your whiteboard is clear at the beginning of your testing session, and you must erase your whiteboard in front of the proctor before disconnecting from your session. If you do not do this, your exam will not be credited.

Mandatory External Webcam for Proctored Exams

This webcam is required for proctored exams for any courses starting on or after September 4, 2019.

Webcam & Whiteboard Ordering Information

Exam Procedures

All exams are taken online. Major exams are required to be proctored. For instructions on how to take your exams online, visit Online Learning’s ProctorU site. Courses starting on or after September 4, 2019 must be proctored via the UNE-approved external webcam.

Tuition and Fees

Lecture only

Credits: 3
Tuition: $1080
Registration: $30
Total: $1110

The cost of the materials is not included in this total.

Enrollment online anytime

You may enroll at any time via our self-service registration portal. To register, you will need to enable Flash in your browser first (here are step-by-step instructions). Payment is due in full at the time of registration. Your official start date is the date that the course opens and you will have 16 weeks from that date to complete your course.

Courses start on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month

You must be registered for your class by 12:00 noon EST on the Monday before the class starts. Online registration will remain open during holidays when the university is closed. See the UNE Academic Calendar for more details.

Assistance with registration

If you have any questions or need help with registering for your class, please call a student service advisor at:

(855) 325-0894

or view the online FlexReg course registration tutorial.

If you intend to use VA Benefits or Military Tuition Assistance, please do not use the self-registration portal. Please call (855) 325-0894 to be directed to the appropriate office for assistance.



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