Microbiology is a lecture and laboratory course. The lecture provides a survey of the microbial world, including bacteria, yeasts, molds, fungi, viruses and prions, and introduces the structure, function, and nutrition of microorganisms. The primary focus of the course is on the relationship between humans and microbes ranging from the various forms of parasitism to disease to immunity. Students will develop a solid understanding of prokaryotic cell structure and be introduced to bacterial genetics and metabolism, control of microbial growth, how microbes cause specific disease, and various public health and medical interventions to combat microbial disease.
The laboratory component is designed to compliment the lecture by engaging the student in the performance of the laboratory techniques and procedures that are routine to modern microbiology. Topics covered include aseptic technique, maintenance, isolation, and differential cultures of microorganisms, microbial metabolic assays, and microbial staining.
Pre-requisites: BIO 111 and Bio 112