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Microbiology Books for College & University Students’ Textbook

Below is a list of some great books and educational material regarding this subject. We have added a search box to an online US bookstore, if you need further information on these products. You can also copy/ paste the name of the author into the search box opposite.

Microbiology Books for College1. Introduction to Microbiology : A Case-History Study Approach (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac) by John L. Ingraham, Catherine A. Ingraham, Hardcover: 816 pages, Publisher: Brooks Cole
John Ingraham, a professor of microbiology at University of California at Davis, and Catherine Ingraham, his daughter and a practicing physician, utilize their experience within a case history approach complemented by a great technology package. Each chapter consistently begins with a case history, which John Ingraham has found very motivational to students who are new to the study of basic science. This unique author team also provides up-to-the-minute currency. Coverage of new microbial “events” such as biological warfare, studied by John and its effects prepared for in Catherine’s office, keeps students interested. Students are exposed to the unknown, the world of the microbes, through the known, and the different parts of their own bodies. Instructors receive powerful PowerPoint slides for all the illustrations, tables and figures from the text, plus several animations are at your fingertips.

2. Microbiology: An Introduction, Eighth Edition by Gerard J. Tortora, Berdell R. Funke, Christine L. Case, Hardcover: 944 pages, Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
With every new edition, the No. 1 best-selling non-majors microbiology book wins over readers with its careful balance of concepts and applications, art that teaches, and its straightforward presentation of complex topics. This successful formula has been refined with hundreds of research and disease updates, updated morbidity data, and an enhanced Microbiology Place Website and CD-ROM. For college instructors, students, or anyone interested in microbiology.

3. Microbiology : A Laboratory Manual (7th Edition) by James Cappuccino, Natalie Sherman, Paperback: 544 pages, Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
For college instructors and students, this versatile laboratory manual can be used with any undergraduate microbiology text and course. Known for its brief laboratory activities, minimal equipment requirements, and competitive price, the manual includes a variety of experiments selected to assist in the teaching of basic principles and techniques. Each of the 77 experiments includes an overview, a purpose, an in-depth discussion of the principle involved, easy-to-follow procedures, and lab reports with review and critical thinking questions. Comprehensive introductory material and laboratory safety instructions are provided.

4. Sherris Medical Microbiology : An Introduction to Infectious Diseases by Kenneth J. Ryan, C. George Ray, Hardcover: 992 pages, Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical
A leading microbiology text. Thoroughly revised and updated, this book provides students with a solid grasp of etiologic agents, pathogenic processes, epidemiology, and the basis of major therapy. Includes complete discussions of the major bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic pathogens. Highlighted marginal notes and clinical applications are included throughout. The first 58 chapters summarize the epidemiology, pathogenesis, manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention (if indicated) of the major bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic disease entities. The remaining 14 chapters cover infectious diseases.

5. Laboratory Exercises in Microbiology by Robert A. Pollack, Lorraine Findlay, Walter Mondschein, R. Ronald Modesto, Paperback: 280 pages, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Written specifically for allied health students, the manual focuses on what students need to succeed in the lab: clear, concise, and highly engaging exercises and activities, rather than content that is simply adapted from a standard microbiology textbook. Throughout the manual, a variety of interactive activities and experiments convey the basic concepts of microbiology. Students also have the opportunity to explore methods that allow the safe movement or transfer of microbial cells from one type of growth environment to another, classification and identification of microbes, microbial biochemistry, as well as laboratory exercises from medical, food, and environmental microbiology.