202 Introductory Microbiology
This course is approved for General Education, Category 3: Science & Technology (S)
Study of the characteristics and importance of microorganisms with emphasis on their identification, control, beneficial applications, and relationships to health and disease.
Course Goals and Topics
1. To give students a brief historical background of microbiology and to learn how microorganisms affect all aspects of our lives, both positively and negatively.
2. To evaluate classic microbiological experiments which will serve to demonstrate experimental design and data interpretation.
3. To provide students with a basic understanding of microbial cell structure and function, as well as an appreciation of microbial classification schemes.
4. To make students aware of how microbial populations can grow remarkably fast. Methods will be examined regarding how this growth can be encouraged (with beneficial microbes) and discouraged (with harmful microbes).
5. To provide students with a basic understanding of microbial genetics, biotechnology, and recombinant DNA techniques. Such knowledge will enable students to appreciate the many beneficial applications of microorganisms.
6. To show students how the human body interacts with microorganisms (both in health and in disease) and to give students an overview of the body’s nonspecific and specific defense mechanisms against microbial infections.
7. To demonstrate some of the essential functions performed by microorganisms in industry and in the environment.
8. To enhance students’ comprehension of microbiological principles through the writing of research papers.