BIOSCI 221 Introduction to Microbiology

Welcome Fall 2015 Students!

We will be using Prescott's Microbiology 9th edition and the accompanying McGraw-Hill Connect website. Connect is mandatory, even though it may not be listed as such on the bookstore’s website. You can get the best price by following the link below and clicking on the registration information…there you can purchase Connect Plus – it is the Connect site plus the ebook for 365 days for $85.  I have been told that you can also opt to purchase a loose leaf copy of the book for $40, however, you can print out pages and sections from the book, or your highlighted sections of the book, etc. with the ebook.   At the very least you can get a 3 week FREE trial which gives you access to the ebook to get started. Otherwise be aware that Connect is sometimes bundled with the text and, if not it, must be purchased separately.  For example, if you buy a used book or rent a book, I believe that it is now $65 to add Connect, so you can see that ConnectPlus is a good better deal.  The prices quoted here are from last Fall semester and I have not been informed of any changes. Follow the link below to start with the free trial:


This will also be linked through Blackboard, so once the Bb site is up, you can link there and then it will automatically be coupled with Bb. Either way it didn’t pose an issue this past summer.  I will have everything available through Bb within the next week.

The lab book is the Leboffe & Pierce  Microbiology: Laboratory Theory and Application 4th edition (Customized for College of the Canyons).  Please read all the laboratory safety information in the beginning of the book and refer to the lab schedule for additional required readings (on this website).  It will be a requirement to read all labs ahead of time. There is also a Lab Safety video in the Extra Credit section of the Connect site that will help you be prepared as well as help you accrue some extra credit hours.

Please see the syllabus for additional materials to be purchased – these include: safety goggles/glasses (students have been preferring the glasses over the goggles because the goggles are hotter), microscope slides (1 box – cheap on Amazon.com), latex/latex free gloves (also cheap on Amazon), quad-ruled composition book, 2 blue books, 5 scantrons and a lab coat (used lab coats can be rented for $6 in the lab as a fund raiser for the Biology Club).

If you are looking for a head start you can read Chapter 1.  We do not lecture on Chapter 1 so you can use the Chapter 1 PowerPoints (available here under Lecture Materials) as a guide for the information that you will be responsible for.


Monday - Thursday: 9:35pm - 10pm ALISO Lab 217

30 minutes before each lecture

Tuesday & Wednesday: 10:00am - 11:00am Online or by phone

Otherwise I am available for scheduled appointments if needed, and almost always available by text or phone. PLEASE feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


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