2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    Oct 01, 2020  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

BIOL 316 - General Microbiology

Credits: Four (4)
Prerequisite: BIOL 260
Corequisite: BIOL-316L

Though invisible to the naked eye, microbes are all around us and play a vital role in biotechnology, agriculture, human health and in the health of the ecosystem that sustains us. Some microbes are detrimental to human health, while others help us digest food and protect us from harmful microbes. In this course, students will gain an appreciation of the vast biodiversity represented by ‘microbes’ (e.g. single celled eukaryotes, prokaryotes, fungi, protists and viruses), and learn the details of microbial growth and metabolism. Laboratory exercises will focus on the identification of different microbe and techniques for culturing microorganisms.