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Online Microbiology for Health Professions

BIOL 1020: Microbiology Course Online

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This online micro­bi­ol­o­gy class is a one-semes­ter 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 Micro­bi­ol­o­gy course online 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.

Technical Requirements

To learn more about the tech­ni­cal require­ments for this and oth­er Post-Bac­calau­re­ate cours­es, click here.

Required course materials


  • Micro­bi­ol­o­gy: A Human Per­spec­tive
    Eugene W. Nester, 7th edi­tion

Note: The e-book ver­sion of Nester may not be used on any proc­tored course exam. Text­books need to be pur­chased sep­a­rate­ly and are not part of your reg­is­tra­tion fee. All course mate­ri­als are avail­able through our book­store at

Laboratory Components

It is manda­to­ry for stu­dents enrolled in the lab­o­ra­to­ry com­po­nent of the course to order a lab kit.
The kit must be pur­chased direct­ly through Hands on Labs and can­not be pur­chased sec­ond hand or from anoth­er ven­dor.
Stu­dents enrolled in lab must com­plete both parts of every lab – the assigned exper­i­ment and the cor­re­spond­ing assign­ment online – to earn a grade for the lab.
The kits must be ordered imme­di­ate­ly upon enroll­ment in order to ensure mate­ri­als are on hand for the start of the course. Note: Kits can take 5 – 7 busi­ness days to arrive.
Go to this link:

  1. ENTER Login: C000384
  2. ENTER Pass­word: lab­paq
  3. Choose LP-2231-MB-02: Lab­Paq, Micro­bi­ol­o­gy, 11 Labs
  4. Review the HOL Return and Refund Pol­i­cy

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.

Tuition and Fees

Lecture and Lab

Cred­its: 4
Tuition: $1400
Reg­is­tra­tion: $25
Total: $1425
The cost of the mate­ri­als is not includ­ed in this total.

Lecture only

Cred­its: 3
Tuition: $1050
Reg­is­tra­tion: $25
Total: $1075
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. 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. 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 an Enroll­ment Coun­selor at 1–855-325‑0894, email, 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 1–855-325‑0894 to be direct­ed to the appro­pri­ate office for assis­tance.

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