2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

BIOL 316 - General Microbiology

Credits: 4
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.
General Education Area: Natural Science
Prerequisite: BIOL-260 & BIOL-206L
Corequisite: BIOL-316L