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BIOL 240 General Microbiology

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Minimum Grade for Prerequisites

Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite courses.

Course Description

Minimum 48 lecture hours and 48 lab hours plus 16 hours by arrangement per term. Introduction to the morphology, physiology, and genetics of microorganisms, with emphasis on bacteria and viruses. Includes environmental, applied microbiology, and the role of bacteria and viruses in health and disease. Laboratory work consists of isolation, cultivation, and identification of bacteria and techniques used to demonstrate microbial properties; including serological methods and bioinformatics. (Recommended for students majoring in life science, physical science, health science, and nursing). One or more field trips may be required.

Units: 4
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 48-54
  • TBA hours/semester: 16-18
  • Homework hours/semester: 80-90
Prerequisites: A college level biology course with a lab AND a college level chemistry course with a lab. This includes BIOL 110, BIOL 210, BIOL 220, BIOL 230, BIOL 250, BIOL 260, BIOL 130 with BIOL 132 (lab), BIOL 225 (Canada), OR BIOL 215 (Skyline), AND CHEM 192, CHEM 210, or CHEM 410.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area E5a
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B2 and B3), UC (IGETC Area 5B and 5C).