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Microbiology (MICRB)

MICRB 106 (GN) Elementary Microbiology (3) Importance of microorganisms in health and disease, agriculture, and industry; descriptive course for students not planning advanced study in microbiology. The combination of MICRB 106 GN and 107 GN must be taken to receive General Education credit in biology.

MICRB 106 Elementary Microbiology (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Microbiology 106 is an introductory lecture course intended for students who do not plan to pursue further study in microbiology. It is particularly appropriate for students in allied health fields, agriculture, environmental engineering, and restaurant and institutional food management. The course can be used to meet natural science (GN) General Education requirements. To receive GN credit, however, MICRB 106 must be taken with its companion laboratory course, MICRB 107.

Students taking this course will come to understand and appreciate the unique nature of microorganisms and their importance to life on earth. Microbes were the first form of life to evolve, and even though different in structure from other forms of living things, many similarities can be found in terms of genetics, metabolism, and the roles they play in nature. Bacteria, viruses, and other forms of microscopic life will be examined in some detail, as will their biological activities both beneficial and harmful.

Most people think of microbes in their negative roles: disease, food spoilage, and bio-deterioration. Indeed, we spend a lot of time and resources controlling microbes in our environment and treating diseases they cause. But microbes are found naturally on and within the human body with beneficial effect. They are also important in the production of food, vitamins, drugs, and other useful products. They are used extensively in biotechnology. They have important ecological roles and are essential to the continued existence of life on earth.

MICRB 106 uses a lecture format supplemented with contemporary videos to highlight the current challenges and benefits that microbiology brings to our society and our collective and individual health. Also included in the course are active learning activities that involve critical thinking and investigation of internet resources.

General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Natural Sciences
Effective: Spring 2002

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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