2018-2019 Catalog 
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2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIOL 2421 - General Microbiology

4 Credits (3 hrs. lec., 3 hrs. lab.) This course is designed for science majors. A study of the morphology, biochemistry, physiology, genetic and taxonomy of microorganisms with an emphasis on bacteria. The biological principles and relationships of microorganisms to man in agriculture, sanitation, industry, medicine, and the environment will also be emphasized. Laboratory exercises will include aseptic techniques, microscopy, culture techniques, determination of bacterial morphology, staining, and biochemical differentiation. (2605035103) Prerequisite: College Level Readiness in Reading AND Writing; BIOL 1406 ; CHEM 1405 MATH 0308  
Course Outcomes
1 - Provide examples of the impact of microorganisms on agriculture, environment, ecosystem, energy, and human health, including biofilms.
2 - Identify unique structures, capabilities, and genetic information flow of microorganisms.
3 - Compare the life cycles and structures of different types of viruses.
4 - Discuss how microscopy has revealed the structure and function of microorganisms.
5 - Give examples of the range of metabolic diversity exhibited by microorganisms, impact of metabolic characteristics on growth, and control of growth.
6 - Describe evidence for the evolution of cells, organelles, and major metabolic pathways from early prokaryotes and how phylogenetic trees reflect evolutionary relationships.
7 - Describe the causes and consequences of mutations on microbial evolution and the generation of diversity as well as human impacts on adaptation.
8 - Classify interactions of microorganisms on human and non-human hosts as neutral, detrimental, or beneficial.
9 - Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions and utilize scientific tools such as microscopes and laboratory equipment to collect and analyze data.
10 - Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions in the laboratory.
11 - Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.
12 - Employ teamwork for a shared purpose or goal.