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Biology 103: Microbiology

This Biology 103: Microbiology course prepares you to take the Excelsior Microbiology exam and earn real college credit. Watch microbiology video lessons and learn about DNA, viruses, sterilization techniques and more. These introductory microbiology lessons are a part of Education Portal's online video lessons. 

About this Course

Get a basic overview of microbiology before exploring advanced topics like bacterial cell morphology, nitrogen fixation and protozoan diseases through this online Education Portal course, Biology 103: Microbiology. Watch our video lessons on STDs, bacterial diseases and foodborne illnesses as you prepare to earn real college credit through the Microbiology Excelsior Exam. Though the subjects covered in these lessons are somewhat intense, our experienced, knowledgeable instructors have kept the videos brief, engaging and easy to follow. You also can benefit from the multiple-choice quizzes and written transcripts that complement each video.

CategoryObjectives
Biology Review Study DNA and its chemical structure, RNA and how it differs from DNA, and biological molecules. Look at passive and active transport in cells and atomic mass.
Microbiology Basics Examine basic ideas like germ theory, antibiotics, archaebacteria, eubacteria and cyanobacteria. Also look at protozoa, algae, fungi and disease control.
Bacterial Biology Explore bacterial cell morphology, classification, structure and function. Find out more about bacteria growth, E. coli and tooth decay.
Microbiology Laboratory Techniques Study bacterial growth in a lab, serial dilution and selective media.
Microorganisms and the Environment Analyze nitrogen fixation, eutrophication and types of bacteria in anaerobic environments. Additionally, learn about thermophiles and drinking water contamination.
The Disease Process Study disease control and topics that include human normal flora, symbiotic interactions and nosocomial infections.
Viruses Discover more about the structure, function and classification of viruses. Take a look at types of viruses, such as flu, HIV, chicken pox, smallpox, measles, rubella, rhinoviruses, polio, hepatitis, rabies, herpes and hemorrhagic fever.
Protozoan Diseases Examine diseases including: toxoplasmosis, malaria, cryptosporidiosis and trichomoniasis.
Fungal Infections Explore infections like histoplasmosis, aspergillosis, candidiasis and ringworm.
Foodborne Illnesses and Bacterial Infections of the Gastrointestinal Tract Learn about types of foodborne illnesses, such as botulism, salmonella, campylobacter, listeriosis, typhoid fever, cholera and dysentery.
Sexually Transmitted Bacterial Diseases Study bacterial STDs that include gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia.
Bloodborne Bacterial Diseases Discover diseases such as Lyme disease, spotted fever and toxic shock syndrome.
Bacterial Diseases of the Respiratory Tract Examine bacterial diseases that can affect the respiratory tract like whooping cough, tuberculosis and strep throat.
Bacterial Skin and Wound Infections Take a look at staph infections, flesh eating bacteria, anthrax, leprosy and tetanus
Immunology and the Body's Defenses Against Pathogens Study types of immunity, the biology of B cells, antibody structure and function, T cell biology and allergic reactions. Also learn about hypersensitivity, blood types and autoimmune diseases.
Antibiotics Analyze the types of antibiotics, specifically penicillin. Additionally, learn about resistance to antibiotics.
Applied Microbiology Discover how to use fermentation to make food and alcohol. Discover the process of cheese making and microbial factories.
Sterilization and Antiseptic Techniques Learn how things get clean so that bacterial and viral infections and diseases aren't spread. Find out about irradiation, gas plasma, filtration and pasteurization. Also take a look at alcohol as a disinfectant, phenol disinfectants, peroxide antiseptics and chemical antiseptics.

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