Environmental Microbiology –


(3 credits)

This course explores the basic principles of microbiology. Case scenarios and classroom discussions will allow the student to apply the framework and concepts of microbiology within the work place.
This undergraduate-level course is weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Viruses, Fungi, and Parasites

  • Examine diseases caused by viruses, fungi, and parasites.
  • Identify the medications used against viruses, fungi, and parasites.
  • Describe the major groups of viruses, fungi, and parasites.

Role of Normal Flora

  • Differentiate between normal flora and pathogenic organisms.

Infection Control

  • Examine techniques used to prevent the transmission of infections.


  • Differentiate between active and passive and natural and acquired immunity.
  • Identify the components of the immune system.

Host-drug Reactions and Other Considerations

  • Describe considerations in selecting anti-microbial therapy.
  • Examine the host-antibiotic interactions.

Concepts in Microbiology

  • Determine frequently used diagnostic tests to identify infectious disease.

Bloodborne Pathogens

  • Identify the components of OSHA's bloodborne pathogen standard.

Biologic Agents and Health Care Acquired Infections

  • Determine the significance of health care acquired infections.
  • Describe biologic agents and their treatment.

Bacteria and Classes of Antibiotics

  • Examine diseases caused by gram-negative and gram-positive organisms.
  • Give at least one example of each category of antibiotic.
  • Identify the antibiotics used primarily against gram-negative and gram-positive organisms.
  • Describe the major groups of gram-negative and gram-positive organisms.

Acid-fast Bacilli, Mycoplasma, Spirochetes and Other Medically Important Bacteria

  • Examine diseases caused by acid-fast bacilli, mycoplasma, spirochetes and other medically important bacteria.
  • Identify the antibiotics used against acid-fast bacilli, spirochetes, mycoplasma, and other medically important bacteria.
  • Describe the major groups of acid-fast bacilli, mycoplasma, and spirochetes.

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