Course Details

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BIOU 203 - Microbiology

Prerequisite: Introductory or General Biology with a grade of C or better.

Course Description: This course is an Introduction to microorganisms as biological entities. Topics include microscopy, cell structures and functions, metabolism, genetics, disease transmission, host response to microbial invasion, control of infectious disease, impact of microbes on the environment and applications of microorganisms to industrial and environmental problems.

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Enrollment Schedule: Enroll any day of the year, and start that same day. Students have five months of access, plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. Students can finish the self-paced courses as soon as they are able. Most students finish the lower level courses in 4 - 8 weeks. The upper level math classes, such as Calculus and above, usually take students 3-4 months. (Note: The 30-day extension cannot take your total course time six months beyond the date of enrollment. At the end of the six months, we must post a grade with the university.)


5 months to complete

Single 30 day extension if needed

Estimated Cost


Payment Plan: First payment of $315.90 and a second payment 30 days later of $259.10

Ways to Learn



4 academic credits

Lower Division, UG

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Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to

  • Describe historical aspects of microorganisms' impacts on human societies.
  • Describe fundamental characteristics of major groups of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
  • Describe the fundamental requirements for growth and replication of microorganisms.
  • Discuss methods of control of bacterial and viral growth.
  • Compare the differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  • Explain pathogenic features of disease causing microbes.
  • Describe the basic immune response to infection by microbial agents.
  • Perform a range of core microbiological techniques.

Course Topics:

  • Fundamentals of Microbiology
  • Functional Anatomy of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells
  • Biotechnologies and Recombinant DNA
  • A Survey of the Microbial World
  • Classification of Microorganisms


  • Interaction Between Microbe and Host
  • Innate Immunity
  • Adaptive Immunity
  • Microorganisms and Human Disease
  • Environmental and Applied Microbiology

Lab Description: This is the laboratory part of Microbiology and is taken in conjunction with the main course. An introduction to common laboratory techniques and the process of science is presented. The laboratory experiments are designed to complement the topics presented in the companion lecture course.

Upon successful mastery of the laboratory part of the course, you will be able to

  • Understand laboratory safety and know how to apply safe practices in the laboratory as well as the correct handling of biological specimens.
  • Prepare, identify and interpret stained slides of bacteria.
  • Understand the basic microbiological techniques: concept of aseptic work, cultivation and identification of microorganism.
  • Culture bacteria from common surfaces and substrates.
  • Distinguish between good and bad microbes.
  • Test microbial susceptibility using different chemical agents.
  • Identify samples of unknown bacteria using deductions and systematic testing.
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Syllabus with Laboratory

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These individual courses are available to anyone in the public who would like to enroll in a math or general education course. Unlike traditional colleges where one must enroll in a degree granting program, Westcott Courses offers individual courses where filling out a one page form makes the course immediately available. Westcott Courses is the teacher of the course and your official transcript with academic semester credits will come from one of our partner universities which are regionally accredited by WASC. Westcott Courses does not appear on the transcript; the transcript will show our courses the same way it would show a traditional class taken on the universities campus without being enrolled as a regular student. View transferring the credits.

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The classes are self-paced; however, a teacher is attached to each course who holds at least a master's degree in their field of study (or related). Most of our teachers are teachers who teach the exact same course on either a California State University or California Community college campus.

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