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    Jul 16, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

BIOL 5550 - Microbiology (with Lab)

Goals: Introduction to the biology of microorganisms and the aseptic techniques used to grow and maintain microbial cultures. Practice molecular biology procedures and apply them to the study of microbial function and metabolism. Read and discuss current research in microbiology and related fields.

Content: Microorganisms: their structure, classification and physiological characteristics. Study of the basic principles of bacterial biochemistry and metabolism, genetics and pathogenicity. Introduction to common methods used to control microbial growth, including antibiotics and their mode of action. Overview of viruses, fungi and their role in common diseases. Study the relevance of microorganisms in industrial and environmental processes.

Taught: Alternate years, spring term

Prerequisite: BIOL 3050 or BIOL 3060 (grade of C- or better), or instructor permission

Note: Students must concurrently register for a lecture and a corresponding 0-credit lab section of this course.

Credits: 4