Sep 16, 2021  
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BI 246 - General Microbiology


Credits: 4
A comprehensive introduction to the biology of three major groups of microbes: bacteria, protists, and viruses. Microbial diversity will be explored in the context of the structure, physiology, metabolism, and molecular genetics of various microbial taxa. We will discuss microbial diseases, nonspecific and specific human immune responses, and general strategies used by microbes to overcome these defenses. The final section of the course will explore key concepts in microbial ecology. Emphasis will be placed on the central role of bacteria in geochemical cycles and symbiotic associations with plants and animals. In the laboratory, students will isolate bacteria from a variety of environments (wounds, soil, etc.) and apply standard techniques used in clinical and environmental microbiology labs to study their physiology and metabolism.
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Note(s): Building on BI 105 and BI 106, the course explores writing conventions specific to the subdiscipline; partially fulfills the departmental writing requirement. BI 108 and CH 125 recommended.
S. McDevitt



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