BIOL 1020L: Online Lecture and Lab Course

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This one-semester course is designed to meet the Microbiology prerequisite for students who are applying for admission to a health professions program. For information of the lecture portion of this course, please visit the Lecture page

For more detailed information about this Microbiology course, please request the BIOL 1020L syllabus.


Labs for this course are done hands-on with a kit that is mailed to the student’s home. The lab kit contains experiments and lab-grade materials that mirror the traditional campus laboratory experience. These engaging lab assignments will guide you every step of the way, helping you to understand the course materials and to learn how it applies to your everyday life.

Laboratory experiments

  • Microscopy for Microbiology
  • Aseptic Technique & Culturing Microbes
  • Bacterial Enumeration – Dilutions and Plate Counts
  • Bacterial Morphology and Staining Techniques
  • Antibiotic Sensitivity – Kirby-Bauer Diffusion Test
  • Methyl Red Voges-Proskauer and Catalese Testing
  • Carbohydrate Fermentation Testing
  • Bacteria Identification through Functional Media – Motility Testing
  • Environmental Influences on Microbial Growth
  • Fomite Transmission
  • Food Safety

If you do not need the corresponding lab

Microbiology is also available in a lecture-only format.

You will need to specify during registration whether you would like to take the 4-credit lecture and lab course (BIOL 1020L) or the 3-credit lecture-only course (BIOL 1020). This course is not offered in a lab-only format.

Required Course Materials


  • Microbiology: A Human Perspective
    Eugene W. Nester et.al., 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 http://www.newengland.bkstr.com

Laboratory Components

Students enrolled in the laboratory component of the course must order a Hands on Learning Lab Kit: LP-2231-MB-02: LabPaq, Microbiology, 11 Labs.

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: https://www.holscience.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=LOGN

  1. ENTER Login: C000384
  2. ENTER Password: labpaq
  3. Choose LP-2231-MB-02: LabPaq, Microbiology, 11 Labs

Tuition and Fees

Lecture and Lab

Credits: 4
Tuition: $1360
Registration: $25
Total: $1385
The cost of the materials is not included in this total.

Lecture only

Credits: 3
Tuition: $1020
Registration: $25
Total: $1045
The cost of the materials is not included in this total.

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.

Prior coursework for success

One semester of college-level biology, preferably college-level anatomy or physiology, must be completed before registering for this course.

*This prior coursework must have been completed successfully within the past 7 years.

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.

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 prehealth@une.edu, 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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