SCB 260 General Microbiology

Course Content

Note: SCB260 General Microbiology has an ePortfolio course site

Free E-Textbook 

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Microbiology is required and free. Read Microbiology online or download (PDF, Kindle). (Book URL:

Parker, N., Schneegurt, M., Tu, A., Lister, P., & Forster, B.  (2016). Microbiology . Houston, Texas: OpenStax. Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0

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Textbook problem solutions

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Lab Handouts, Manuals and Safety

SCB 260 Lab Manuals

Laboratory Manuals are in development.

SCB 260 Lab Handouts

  • Lab #1: Metric System, Microscopy Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic cells Microscope Diagram Key 
  • Lab #2: Culturing of Microorganisms
  • Lab #3: Staining – Smear Fixing, Simple, Negative and Gram Staining
  • Lab #4: Staining II – Structural Staining, Acid-Fast, Endospore, Capsular, Flagellar staining
  • Lab #5: Morphological Unknown Identification
  • Lab #6: Essential Factors for Bacterial Growth
  • Lab #7: Enzymatic/Biochemical tests Part I
  • Lab #8: Enzymatic/Biochemical tests Part II
  • Lab #9: Individual Unknown Identification (L1)
  • Lab #10: Antimicrobials – Antiseptics &. Disinfectants, Kirby-Bauer Antibiotic susceptibility
  • Lab #11: Individual Unknown Identification (L2)
  • Lab #12: Individual Unknown Identification (L3)

Forms and Safety for All Biology Labs

(Source: LAGCC Natural Sciences Department)

Homework and Assignments

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Yamazaki, Kotoe, Untitled.© (n.d.). LaGuardia Community College. Photo by Dina Pizzarello.©2020


The syllabus contains information on Course materials, Instructional Objectives, Grading Scheme and Standards, Homework Assignments, Attendance and other policies, Class schedule and instructors, and Laboratory requirements and experiments.

Download Syllabus Spring 1 2021

SCB 260 Course Description

This course introduces students to microorganisms found in nature, industry and disease. Topics covered include virology, bacteriology, immunology, epidemiology, pathology and other related areas of microbial physiology. The laboratory will deal with the isolation and identification of common pathogenic and non-pathogenic organisms utilizing techniques of staining, culturing, fermentation reactions and microscopic inspection. The lab sessions will reinforce and emphasize lecture material. Prerequisite: SCB202 or SCB204 or SCB209. 4 credits; 6 hours (3 lecture, 3 lab)

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References: Microbiology OER