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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Introduction to Microbiology (SCI-110)


Varies (self-study, self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

March 2024 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: explore the historical

development of microbiology; identify and classify microorganisms; examine microbial structure and function; investigate microbial metabolism and growth; analyze microbial genetics and gene regulation; describe the diversity of microbial ecosystems; discuss the principles of medical microbiology; and evaluate the applications of microbiology in biotechnology and industry.


Introduction to Microbiology is an undergraduate course exploring the study of microscopic

organisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and algae, and their interactions with the environment and other organisms. Students will embark on a comprehensive journey into the realm of microbiology, delving into the fundamental principles that govern microbial life. The course begins by examining the historical foundations of microbiology, tracing the milestones in our understanding of microbes and their impact on human society. They will explore the structural and functional diversity of microorganisms; learn about the cellular architecture of bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotic microbes, and how their unique features enable them to thrive in diverse environments. Topics include microbial metabolism, growth, and reproduction, as well as the mechanisms of microbial genetics and gene regulation. By the end of the course, students will have gained a solid foundation in microbiology and its relevance to society, preparing them for further studies or careers in related fields.

Credit recommendation: 

In the associate/certificate degree category OR in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Biology, Introduction to Microbiology, Life Sciences, or Health Science (3/24).