Montana State University

MB 542-801: Microbial Ecology

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Sep 15-Dec 05, 2014
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $835.50 NSTA members 10% discount
Instructor(s): Nancy Burritt and James Burritt

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Course Description

This course will provide students with fundamental knowledge of microbial ecology and its methods. The ecology of microorganisms in relation to nutrition, growth, control, metabolism, biogeochemical cycling, natural environments and microbial interactions will be covered. Readings from the text and other sources, discussions, and assignments will be included to facilitate learning and for evaluation.

This course is intended for educators, as well as others with interest in this subject matter.

Meeting Place and Times

This course is being taught online. Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4-6 times per week spending approximately 9-12 hours each week, either online or offline while the course is in session, to stay current and successfully complete this graduate level course.


Nancy Burritt, MA. Nancy has a BS in Biology, a BA in Education, and a MA in Education/Technical Writing. She was a classroom teacher for many years and most recently worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Nancy has been a co-instructor in many online microbiology courses over the past several years.

James Burritt, PhD. in Microbiology, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout.


Participants should have taken a college level general microbiology course or equivalent. NTEN's Exploring Microbiology (MB 536) is recommended but not required.

Target Audience

This course is intended for educators, as well as others with interest in this subject matter.

Time Commitment:

9-12 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $25.50
 Computer Fee$10.50

Course participants will also need to purchase the required text listed below on their own.

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • Prescott's Microbiology, 9th Edition.
    Joanne Willey, HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY;
    McGraw-Hill Higher Education; Hardcopy, 1152 pages (2014)
    Prescott's Microbiology.

Computer Requirements:

  • Computer running Windows XP Service Pack 3 or newer or Mac OS X.5 (Leopard) or higher
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet access

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

Regarding registration, please contact Kelly Boyce by phone at (800)282-6062 or (406)994-6812, or by email at

For questions regarding course content, please contact Nancy Burritt at

How to Register

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