Curriculum Resources & Publications

Understanding Microbiology

Guidelines for Biosafety in Teaching Laboratories (September 2012)
Guidelines for safely handling microbes at both biosafety level 1 (BSL1) and at biosafety level 2 (BSL2) were developed by the ASM Task Force. The guidelines are brief by design for ease of use and provide educators with a clear and consistent way to safely work with microorganisms in the teaching laboratory.

ASM Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Microbiology (September 2011)
Representing a 12-month study by the ASM Task Force, this curriculum identifies the six overarching concepts that ensure a foundational understanding in microbiological topics deemed to be of lasting importance.

ASM's Curriculum Recommendations: Introductory Course in Microbiology (2002)
Faculty from community colleges to research universities have collectively defined the core themes and concepts necessary for an undergraduate Introductory Microbiology Course.

ASM's Curriculum Recommendations: Microbiology Majors Program (2002)
Guidelines for conceptual knowledge, core and elective courses, and laboratory skills and safety to be used by institutions in their own assessment, maintenance, and formation of strong programs in microbiology.

ASM Curriculum Recommendations: Bioterrorism Topics for All (2002)
An outline of bioterrorism topics that applies to students ranging from non-biology to microbiology majors. This curriculum was developed by the participants of the Ninth Annual ASM Undergraduate Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

ASM's Curriculum Recommendations: Science Course for Non-science and/or General Education Majors (2001)
Participants of the 2000 and 2001 ASM Undergraduate Education Conferences were given the task of developing recommendations for various microbiology curricula. The results of their efforts are outlined in this article published in the Fall 2001 issue of Focus on Microbiology Education.

Statement on the Scientific Basis for Evolution (2006)
Approved in 2006 by ASM Council, this statement documents ASM's position that evolution is not mere conjecture, but a conclusive discovery supported by a coherent body of integrated evidence.

Improving Science Teachings

CourseSource (2014) 
Open-access journal of peer-reviewed, evidence-based teaching resources for undergraduate biological sciences. CourseSource publishes articles that are organized around courses in biological disciplines and aligned with the learning goals established by professional societies represented by those disciplines. 

Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action (2010)
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) report urges substantial changes in how biology is taught in colleges and universities. The report acknowledged ASM's contributions to undergraduate education, particularly citing the Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators as a venue that advances the scholarship of teaching and learning in biology, the ASM Biology Scholars Program for its efforts to support faculty with ongoing peer mentoring and a community that catalyzes and sustains faculty efforts to adopt new practices, and the Coalition for Education in the Life Sciences (which the Board established and supported between 1991 and 1998).

Helping Educational Reforms To Succeed in a Microbiology Department by Virginia S. Lee and Michael Hyman 
Microbiology and other science departments are reforming how they teach, in part by better engaging students through inquiry-based laboratory exercises and peer instruction. In 2000, 10 academic departments at North Carolina State University including the Department of Microbiology, began bringing inquiry-guided learning into broader use. Several factors prove crucial when adapting reforms to an undergraduate microbiology curriculum. Read how one microbiology department changed its practices.  

Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (2000 - current)
Scholarly publication includes biology education research and science teaching articles, perspectives in education, curriculum resources, practical advice and how to's, reviews and news.

MicrobeLibrary (2000 - current)
Clearinghouse of visual and multimedia programs, standard laboratory protocols and atlases of laboratory results.

Reaching out to the Public

Tips and Tools to Scientists in the Classroom (2007)
Find practical tips and ASM resources to help you participate more fully in youth and community programs. Share your understanding of the microbiological sciences with others. 

Classroom and Outreach Activities (2007 - current)
The collection of activities is meant to illustrate the incorporation of the microbial world in the K-12 community either through science courses or through community-based events and programs.

Student Poster Request Form (2010 - 2011)
Request a Student Poster to hang on your university bulletin board and recruit a future microbiologist.

Making Connections (2007)
Booklet describing how ASM members connect to each other and develop long-lasting professional relationships, opportunities for collaboration, and face-to-face interaction with microbiologists in the US and worldwide.