Microbiology Online Courses

microbiology online courses, take microbiology courses onlineAll Microbiology Online courses provide college-level credit documented by an official transcript from North Carolina State University, a fully accredited institution. These Microbiology Online courses are also taken by on-campus students at NC State as part of their degree programs.

Microbiology Online courses can be taken individually, or as part of a program for students who are not already matriculated at NC State, the Microbiology Undergraduate Certificate.

The following online courses are offered:

 

Choose the Right Course for You

Just curious about microbiology?

Take an introductory course to find out what it’s all about. Choose from the following:

  • MB 200 for a general education in Microbiology.
  • MB 351 for students with a college-level science background who want a more rigorous introduction to the discipline.

Need a specific microbiology course for your career path? 

Take a specialized microbiology course, or two, to meet your requirements. Choose from the following:

  • MB 351 meets most requirements for a general microbiology course.
  • MB 411 may meet specific requirements for a medical microbiology or immunology course.
  • MB 441 may meet specific requirements for an immunology course.
  • MB 451 may meet specific requirements for an advanced microbiology course.
  • MB 461 may meet specific requirements for a virology course.

Laboratories are also offered at NC State for MB 351, MB 411, and MB 451, but they cannot be taken online.

Looking for a microbiology credential? 

Complete four microbiology courses to receive the Microbiology Undergraduate Certificate. Take the following three courses:

Click here for more information about the Microbiology Undergraduate Certificate.

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Course Descriptions

MB 200 – Microbiology and World Affairs

  • An integrated and comprehensive study of the microbial world and its influence on global events and human affairs.
  • Offered year-round (Spring, Summer, and Fall).
  • 3 credit hours.
  • No college-level prerequisite classes needed.
  • A great introduction to the discipline of microbiology for students without science backgrounds, or for those seeking a class out of general interest.

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MB 351 – General Microbiology

  • Rigorous introduction to basic principles of microbiology for students in biological and agricultural sciences and for all students planning to take further courses in microbiology.
  • Offered year-round (Spring, Summer, and Fall).
  • 3 credit hours.
  • College-level biology and organic chemistry prerequisite classes needed.
  • Intended for students with college-level science backgrounds, this class serves as an introduction to the discipline but is rigorous enough to meet the Microbiology requirements of many graduate, professional, and allied health programs.

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MB 411 – Medical Microbiology

  • Comprehensive study of microbial pathogenesis and mammalian host resistance. Diagnosis, prevention, and therapy of common human diseases of microbial origin.
  • Offered in Spring and Fall semesters.
  • 3 credit hours.
  • College-level General Microbiology prerequisite class needed.
  • Intended for students with college-level background in general microbiology, this class is rigorous enough to meet the Medical Microbiology and/or Immunology requirements of many professional and allied health programs.

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MB 441 – Immunology

  • Introduction to principles of molecular immunology. Overview of immune system development and function, and discussions of ongoing scientific research regarding immune regulation.
  • Offered in Spring and Fall semesters.
  • College-level General Microbiology, or Biochemistry, or Cell Biology, or Physiology prerequisite class needed.
  • Intended for students with college-level background in general microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology or physiology, this advanced-level class is rigorous enough to meet the Immunology requirements for admission to any graduate, professional, or allied health program.

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MB 451 – Microbial Diversity

  • Molecular, biochemical, and evolutionary diversity of the microbial world, including Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukaryotes. Evolutionary perspective on microbial relationships, molecular methods of study and classical and modern biotechnological methods utilizing this genetic diversity to explore the microbial world and use the resulting insight to meet the needs of our own species.
  • Offered in Spring and Fall semesters.
  • 3 credit hours.
  • College-level Medical Microbiology, and genetics or biochemistry, prerequisite classes needed.
  • Intended for students with strong background in microbiology, this advanced-level class is rigorous enough to meet the Microbiology requirements for admission to any graduate, professional, or allied health program.

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MB 461 – Molecular Virology

  • Introduction to principles of molecular virology. Overview of classification and nomenclature, virus structure, interaction of viruses with cells, organisms (immunology, pathology), and populations (epidemiology). Detailed case studies from major groups of viruses; picornaviruses, togaviruses, orthomyxoviruses, retroviruses, polyomaviruses, and herpesviruses.
  • Offered in Spring semester only.
  • 3 credit hours.
  • College-level Medical Microbiology prerequisite class needed.
  • Intended for students with strong background in molecular and cellular biology, this advanced-level class is rigorous enough to meet the Virology requirements for admission to any graduate, professional, or allied health program.

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MB 492 – External Learning Experience

  • A learning experience related to Microbiology that utilizes facilities and resources which are external to the campus. Typically, this is a practical experience arranged by the student and approved in advance by the Microbiology Certificate Coordinator.
  • Available through Microbiology Online only to students enrolled in the Microbiology Undergraduate Certificate.
  • Offered year-round (Spring, Summer, and Fall).
  • Variable credit hours (1-3).

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MB 493 – Special Problems in Microbiology

  • A learning experience related to Microbiology that utilizes online resources. Typically, this would be a writing project arranged between the student and a Microbiology Online instructor.
  • Available through Microbiology Online only to students enrolled in the Microbiology Undergraduate Certificate.
  • Offered year-round (Spring, Summer, and Fall).
  • Variable credit hours (1-3).

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