This course is intended for Life Science majors or those with a strong background in the Biological Sciences.

This course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements for Genetics and Biological Sciences majors.






General Biology 01:119:115-116-117 or 01:119:101-102 and General Chemistry 01:160:161-162-171 (or higher) and

Organic Chemistry 01:160:305, 307, OR 315. Systems Physiology is recommended.

Course Description

This course will integrate basic microbiology and infectious diseases. The first quarter of the course will provide the conceptual basis of microbial morphology, metabolism and growth, heredity and variation, pathogenicity and antimicrobial chemotherapy. Then this course will introduce the students to one real life patient case study each week, moving the course toward an understanding of specific human diseases (e.g. pharyngitis, meningitis) as might be expected in a clinical environment. Each case will include a patient history, differential diagnosis, clinical cues, laboratory data, pathogenesis, treatment and prevention, additional points and references. The objective is not to attempt to cover every infectious disease or microorganism, but rather to use examples that would stress the key principles of microbial pathogenesis, differential diagnosis and appropriate treatment and prevention.

Course Syllabus

Spring 2020 Syllabus

Course URL

A Canvas course website will be available at the beginning of the semester.

Course Satisfies Learning Goals

By the end of the course, students will be able to understand the role that certain microorganisms play in particular human diseases through a process of differential diagnosis and interpretation of laboratory results, pathogenesis and treatment options. The intention is to provide each student with the tools needed to understand medical microbiology, using a case-based approach to stress key principles of microbial pathogenesis, the use of clinical microbiology techniques and the selection and use of key antimicrobial agents.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Four hourly exams, including 3 clinical assessments. Each clinical assessment will include multiple choice and write-in sections and will be based on the case studies discussed in lecture. Also, there are weekly quizzes/assignments.

Course Materials


Medical Microbiology for the New Curriculum: A case-based approach; Roberta Carey, Mindy Schuster, Karin L McGowen. 1st Pub Wiley 12/10/2007 ISBN 9780471479338


1.Clinical Microbiology 2nd Ed J Keith Struthers, Taylor and Francis Group CRC Press ISBN 9781498786898

2.Microbiology by OpenStax. Digital ISBN-13: 978-1-947172-23-4 and Hardcover Print ISBN-13: 978-1-938168-14-7 (This textbook is available for free download at the OpenStax website.