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Course Details

Course Code: BIOL202 Course ID: 4837 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate

This course includes the study of the history of Microbiology, as well as the fundamentals of microbe staining, culture and growth. We will also focus on sterilization, disinfection and antimicrobial therapies that help to keep microbes in check. Finally, the course will focus on microbial infections of the skin, eyes and wounds as well as the urogenital, respiratory, oral gastrointestinal and nervous systems. This course includes a laboratory component that allows the student to explore exercises in the principles and concepts of microbiology. This course is designed for students with interests in basic science, microbiology and the medical professions. NOTE: Students may take either BIOL202 or SCIN202 for credit, but not both versions of microbiology. (Prerequisites: BIOL133 or SCIN130)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1 Define the scope and history of Microbiology

CO-2 Compare and contrast the characteristics of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, to include cellular activities, structure and function, growth and division and metabolism

CO-3 Describe the inheritance of genetic information, gene action, gene regulation and mutations in microbes

CO-4 Summarize the interactions and impact of microorganisms and humans

CO-5 Categorize the different host defense mechanisms and their relation to microbial disease processes

CO-6 Attribute the principles, properties and applications of antimicrobial agents

CO-7 Examine the interactions, impact, and evolutionary relationships of microorganisms in the environment

CO-8 Apply the scientific method in experiments, analyze and interpret data and communicate findings

Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

NameGrade %
Forums 22.00 %
Forum 1 2.75 %
Forum 2 2.75 %
Forum 3 2.75 %
Forum 4 2.75 %
Forum 5 2.75 %
Forum 6 2.75 %
Forum 7 2.75 %
Forum 8 2.75 %
Quizzes 34.00 %
Week 1 Quiz 4.25 %
Week 2 Quiz 4.25 %
Week 3 Quiz 4.25 %
Week 4 Quiz 4.25 %
Week 5 Quiz 4.25 %
Week 6 Quiz 4.25 %
Week 7 Quiz 4.25 %
Week 8 Quiz 4.25 %
Laboratories 24.00 %
Week 1 Lab 1: Microbiology Lab Safety 3.00 %
Week 2 Lab 2: Introduction to the Microscope 3.00 %
Week 3 Lab 3: Culturing and Aseptic Technique 3.00 %
Week 4 Lab 4: Structure and Microscopy 3.00 %
Week 5 Lab 5: Growth of Microorganisms 3.00 %
Week 6 Lab 6: Quantitation of Cultured Microorganisms 3.00 %
Week 7 Lab 7: Differential and Biochemical Tests 3.00 %
Week 8 Lab 8: Food Microbiology 3.00 %
Project Topic Submission 5.00 %
Week 5: Project topic submission 5.00 %
Project 15.00 %
Week 7 Project 15.00 %

Required Technology

  • See the Technology Requirements section of the undergraduate catalog for the minimum hardware and software requirements.
  • Microsoft Office 365 is available to APUS students for free. To sign up, visit If you have questions about accessing the software, please contact Classroom support at

Additional Resources
Juneja, V., & Sofos, J. (2009). Pathogens and Toxins in Foods: Challenges and Interventions. NY:ASM Press. Pathogens and Toxins in Foods: Challenges and Interventions offers a farm-to-table approach to food safety that enables readers to control microbial pathogens and toxic agents at all stages of the food supply chain.

Norkin, L. (2009). Virology: Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis. NY: ASM Press. Virology: Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis enables readers to develop a deep understanding of fundamental virology by emphasizing principles and discussing viruses in the context of virus families.

Krasner, R.(2009). Microbial Challenge: Science, Disease and Public Health. NY: ASM Press. The Microbial Challenge: Science, Disease, and Public Health, 2nd Edition, presents a fascinating look at human-microbe interactions and examines the disease producers while discussing how, with knowledge-based preparation, we can live in harmony with microbes. It also discusses the ways in which beneficial microbes are involved in the cycles of nature and in the food industry, and how they are used as research tools.

Walsh, C. (2003). Antibiotics: Actions, Origins, Resistance. NY: ASM Press. Antibiotics: Actions, Origins, Resistance offers a comprehensive, up to date account of those structural classes of antibiotics that have had an impact in human infectious disease.

Miller, M. (1998). A Guide to Specimen Management in Clinical Microbiology. NY: ASM Press.

Simmons, E. (2007). Alternaria: An Identification Manual. NY: ASM Press.

Beck, R (2000).. A Chronology of Microbiology in Historical Context. NY: ASM Press.

Sherman, I. (2009). The Elusive Malaria Vaccine: Miracle of Mirage? NY: ASM Press.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

Microbe World

Centers for Disease Control

NIH Allergy and Infectious Disease

WHO Epidemiology

Book Title:If you received a kit for a previous registration of this course, a 2nd kit will not be provided. Please contact for any questions.
ISBN:eScience Note 2
Book Title:Lab kits ship w/o any action needed, so your shipping address must be current. You may need to obtain items on your own (ex. gloves)
ISBN:eScience Note
Book Title:Microbiology - e-book available online; please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:OpenStax
Author:Parker, Nina
Unit Cost:$51.78
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:BIOL202 Custom Microbiology Kit
Publication Info:eScience
Unit Cost:$179.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.