Course Description

This course introduces molecular microbiology. It details concepts and mechanisms related to bacterial cell biology, biochemistry, genetics and genomics, and antimicrobial resistance. During the course, students will discuss primary scientific literature that highlight evolving technologies and experimental approaches to enable a deeper understanding of bacteriology. Finally, students will present final projects applying this knowledge to the bacterial species of their choice.

Learner Outcomes

  • Explain fundamental and advanced principles of molecular microbiology, including microbial cell biology, bacterial biochemistry, bacterial genetics and genomics, antimicrobial drugs, and pathogenicity
  • Compare and contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic molecular characteristics
  • Interpret molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and disease, such as virulence factors and antimicrobial resistance
  • Discuss the primary literature in microbiology


This course may apply toward the Biomedical Sciences Curiosity interdisciplinary badge.

Textbook Information

Textbook Required:

Microbiology (1st Edition, 2016)
by Nina Parker, Mark Schneegurt, Anh-Hue Thi Tu, Philip Lister, Brain M. Forster
ISBN: 9781938168147 |  $70.00

Note: Please remove the textbook at checkout using the appropriate discounts if you do not wish to purchase it.


Understanding of biology. 

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