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© 2022 Chester R. Cooper, Jr.

BIOL 3702 Home Page (Spring 2022 Semester)

CRN 20112

(January 1, 2022)

Lecture Schedule    Laboratory Schedule   CONNECT    Lecture/Laboratory Recordings

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Per University policy, effective immediately, Youngstown State University requires properly worn face coverings for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in indoor public settings on campus.  This includes both the classroom and laboratory settings.  Individuals not adhering to this policy shall face disciplinary action.

In addition, all individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, have been around someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have traveled internationally in the past 14 days must complete the COVID-19 Support Form.


Welcome to the home page for Microbiology (BIOL 3702) as taught in the Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences* at Youngstown State University.  This course been designed to adhere to the curriculum guidelines and learning outcomes established by the American Society for Microbiology.  This course requires a subscription to the CONNECT learning platform.  In addition, certain laboratory assignments will be submitted through their own Blackboard section.

This syllabus is entirely web-based and constitutes the syllabus for BIOL 3702 and BIOL 3702L, the associated laboratory section of this course.  The various components of these syllabi can be accessed through the links at the lower portion of this web page.  Selected links are provided near the top of web each syllabus page.


To register for the CONNECT learning platform, click on the previous highlighted link or go to the following URL:


The lecture portion of this course will be held on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 – 10:50 AM in Room 3022 (auditorium) in Ward Beecher Science Hall.  The lecture shall begin promptly at 10:00 AM.  Please don’t be tardy.


The laboratory portion of this course, BIOL 3702L, meets in Room 2321, Cushwa Hall, twice a week for 90 minutes each period on specific days and times.  Students must attend each scheduled laboratory period for which they are enrolled.  Students are expected to be present on time, preferably a few minutes early.




1)    All microbiology students must read the entire contents of this syllabus, both the lecture and the relevant laboratory sections, then acknowledge that this activity has been completed and the information understood by submitting a Syllabus Acknowledgement via CONNECT.  This acknowledgment is posted as a CONNECT assignment and must be received by the stated deadline.  A student’s final course grade shall not be submitted without its receipt.  Correctly submitting the acknowledgement by the noted deadline will garner one bonus point for the student.


2)    Prior to participating in the laboratory section of BIOL 3702, students must submit the electronic version of the Laboratory Liability Waiver before stated deadline.  This waiver is posted to CONNECT as an assignment.  A student’s participation in laboratory shall be prohibited pending the proper submission of the wavier, i.e., a student agrees to the conditions stated therein.  Correctly submitting the waiver by the noted deadline will garner one bonus point for the student.


Obviously, there are quite a few details yet to reveal regarding this course which are contained within the collective web pages comprising this syllabus.  Therefore, here is a bit of whimsical, yet subliminal, sage advice for those who might have questions, yet shall not have taken the time to review this web-based document for answers:



It is the student’s responsibility to read and understand the entire syllabus.  Questions regarding particular details once reviewed by the student are welcome.  However, when it is obvious that a student has not reviewed the syllabus, please do not be offended if Dr. Cooper replies to an inquiry by stating “It’s in the syllabus.”


At the risk of facilitating email fatigue, students in this course should be aware that Dr. Cooper attempts to keep in regular communication via email.  Often these emails will arrive in the early morning (before 8:00 AM) and contain significant information.  Students are strongly advised to read all emails from Dr. Cooper in their entirety.  


As an aside to those not enrolled in this course, although this web page and the material contained herein is the intellectual property of Dr. Cooper, students and instructors of all educational institutions are welcome to “borrow” these materials and ideas provided the restrictions in the distribution of this material are followed.


Finally, one last thing – the first link that you should visit from this web page is the one entitled Coronavirus Information.  In these unusual times, all of us must follow specific safety protocols to protect one another.  These protocols shall be strictly enforced both in the lecture and laboratory sessions.  As the image on the left says . . .

*Recently, the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biological Sciences have been combined into one educational unit – the Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences.  Despite the name change, there shall be no immediate impact upon the delivery of the educational experience of this course nor upon the degree program in Biological Sciences.

Syllabus Quick Links

Coronavirus Information

BIOL 3702 Home Page


Lecture Schedule

Laboratory Schedule

Lecture/Laboratory Recordings

Dr. Cooper’s Contact
Information/Office Hours

Course Description

Learning Outcomes

Syllabus Changes

Course Materials


Important University Policies

Syllabus Acknowledgement

Liability Waiver

Open Lab Schedule



Lecture Videos

Laboratory Videos
[links to important videos]


Student Support Resources

Honors Contracts

ASM Recommended
Competencies and Skills

Sources Used


Laboratory Exercises
[links to PDFs/other materials]

Email Communications


Laboratory Safety Rules

Distribution of Course Material

Standard Lab Practices

Why This Web Page?

Youngstown State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, age, religion or veteran/military status in its programs or activities. Please visit the EIT Home Page for contact information for persons designated to handle questions about this policy.

It is possible that portions of this web page are not wholly in accord with the American with Disabilities Act.  If this is the case, a student currently enrolled in this course should contact Dr. Cooper (; 330.941.1361) and compliant material shall be provided as soon as practical.

© 2022 Chester R. Cooper, Jr.