Microbiology is the study of the following major groups of organisms and their activities: algae, bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa. You will study the form, structure, reproductive patterns, metabolic pathways, and genetics of selected organisms.

The lst part of the course emphasizes basic laboratory techniques so that you can see and safely manipulate microorganisms. Mastery of these preliminary techniques will be necessary for your continued laboratory work throughout the course.

During the 2nd part of the course, you will focus on how to grow and control various microbial forms and the impact of the environment on their growth as well as begin doing an independent study on an unknown. During this time you are developing skill in working with multiple pieces of data, dichotomous keys and learning a specific microbial system in depth.

During the 3rd part of the course you will be designing and implementing an independent investigation in lab. This last part of the laboratory design will give you an opportunity to do microbial research and study the impact of microbial forms in our environment. Your focus in lecture/discussion will be on the genetics of microbes and immunology responses to microbes.

Each part of the instructional experience builds upon the preceding part.

The entire course emphasizes the role of microbes in advancing fundamental biological knowledge and the impact of microbiology on our daily life.

Studies in microbiology have contributed to advances in the fields of:


MICROBIOLOGY: An Introduction by Tortora, Funke and Case (6th Ed.) Addison Wesley Longman, Inc., 1998


Short Version, By Harold J. Benson
Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1998

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