Microbial world, emphasizing communicable diseases, their causes and control.
Recommended for students seeking a liberal education in microbiology who do not have the prerequisites to take the more advanced courses.
Any biology course. Recommended: Any chemistry course.
Course Outline: 
Unit 1: A Brief History of Microbiology
Unit 2: Cell Structure and Function
Unit 3: Microscopy, Staining, and Classification
Unit 4: Microbial Metabolism
Unit 5: Microbial Nutrition and Growth
Unit 6: Controlling Microbial Growth in the Environment
Unit 7: Controlling Microbial Growth in the Body
Unit 8: Innate Immunity
Unit 9: Adaptive Immunity
Unit 10: Immunization and Immune Testing
Unit 11: Immune Disorders
Unit 12: Pathogenic Gram-Positive Bacteria
Unit 13: Pathogenic Gram-Negative Cocci and Bacilli
Unit 14: Rickettsias, Chlamydias, Spirochetes, and Vibrios
Unit 15: Characterizing and Classifying Viruses, Viroids, and Prions
Unit 16: Pathogenic DNA Viruses
Unit 17: Pathogenic RNA Viruses
Unit 18: Industrial and Environmental Microbiology