Course Overview

This lab course is designed to complement the concepts covered in Microbiology. Students will utilize a lab kit to conduct hands-on experiments. The lab also incorporates a discussion of concepts and results of experiments conducted by the students. Topics covered include lab safety and techniques, microscopy, growth of microbes, and use of appropriate media.

Note: This course is a lab only. If needed, please register for the accompanying lecture (HMBIO-454) separately.

Type Lab


Sandra Buerger, PhD  & Aubrey Fiacco, PA-C


1 undergraduate


Online Asynchronous


HBIO-450, equivalent, or consent of instructor.


$540.00 (Fees included)

What to Expect in this Course

This course is fully asynchronous - there are no required meeting times.

Course activities are organized into modules of 1-2 weeks in length.

Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the learning activities into your own schedule.

While instructors make regular course updates to enhance your experience as a learner, the table below provides a. general idea of what you can expect from a typical week.

Course Activity Hours Per Week

Pre-Lab Activities

  • Reading 
  • Assignments
  • Listening to podcasts

Conduction Lab

  • Hands-on experiments 
  • Virtual activities

Post-Lab Activities

  • Discussion boards
  • Lab reports
Total Time 3-6
  • Microbiology Lab Safety
  • Antiseptic Technique
  • Introduction to the Microscope
  • Growth of Microorganisms
  • Selective Media and Agar
  • Differential Media and Tests

Course Materials

D2L Required
Textbook Not needed
Lab Kit / Supplies Required
Web-Based Learning Application Not needed
Standard word/ data processing capabilities Required
Ability to video conference Recommended
Ability to upload images/videos Required

D2L: All of our online prerequisite courses use the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L). D2L integrates text, video, and audio. You can check your system compatibility by reviewing the D2L system recommendations.

Textbook: If a textbook is required, every effort is made to choose high-quality, low-cost materials that students can buy and sell, rent and return, or buy and use again in future courses.

Lab Kit / Supplies: Lab kits/supplies allow students to conduct hands-on experiments at home. Information about ordering lab kits and/or supplies will be provided to registered students approximately 6 weeks before the start of the semester.

Web-Based Learning Application: Web-based applications often serve as an alternative to a traditional textbook or lab kit. Most require students to register for a separate application that will integrate seamlessly with the D2L platform.

Standard word and data processing: Technology that allows the student to create, edit, and save documents and files.

Ability to video conference: Technology that allows live, visual connection between individuals who are in different locations.

Ability to upload photos/videos: Technological capabilities through which a student could record a short video or still image and upload it to an online learning system.

Course Faculty

Sandra Buerger

Adjunct Associate Professor Team Lead for Science Lab Prerequisites Lecturer, Biology 1 & Microbiology Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions Term Lecturer

Aubrey Fiacco, PA-C

Lecturer, Microbiology, Biology 2 Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions

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