Summer 2022 - BISC 303 D100

Microbiology (4)

Class Number: 1850

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 12, 2022
    12:00 AM – 12:00 AM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 102 and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.



The biology of micro-organisms and their significance in the understanding of cellular processes. Students are required to come into the lab on average of two hours per week in addition to the four hour scheduled lab each week for project work.


Students will be introduced to the unique biology of microorganisms as well as their importance in the environment and in medicine. Lecture topics complement the lab exercises (see below) and will include: Diversity- Structure, function, and taxonomy; Metabolism -  growth and metabolic diversity; bacterial genetics, viruses, symbiosis, pathogenesis, microbial control and industrial/ environmental applications.

Laboratory Component: The laboratory exercises familiarize students with basic techniques in microbiology. Labs will commence during the first week of classes.  


  • • Lab Assignments 50%
  • • Midterm Exam 15%
  • • Final Exam 35%



Prescott’s Microbiology  11th Edition (2020) by Willey, Sherwood and Wolverton,  McGraw Hill Higher Education ISBN  9781260597554

Connect (w/ Smartbook ebook) and the hard copy print edition are both acceptable.

Registrar Notes:


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