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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

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 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. 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 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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