BIOSCI 221 Introduction to Microbiology

Welcome Summer 2015 Students!

If you are already enrolled in the class, all information and materials can be accessed through Blackboard.  Otherwise here is some information that can help you if you are on the waiting list or are contemplating enrolling.
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, or better yet, following the link through Blackboard (that way Connect will automatically be linked with your Blackboard)…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 the 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:
Please see the syllabus for additional materials to be purchased – these include: safety goggles/glasses, microscope slides (1-2 boxes – 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 $7 in the lab).
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.
The lab book is the Leboffe & Pierce  Microbiology: Laboratory Theory and Application 3rd edition.  Used copies are acceptable as we do not use the data sheets but write directly in our own lab notebooks.  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.


Tuesday/Thursday - 9:35pm - 10pm ALISO Lab 217 and 4:30pm - 5:00pm Aliso Hall 101.

Wednesday I will be available by email or phone from 10 to 11 am.

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.