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Mysteries of the Microbial World

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This course, designed for the non-major, uses scientific principles to investigate the diversity of microbial life. Laboratory-based modules use the scientific method to explore the cellular, ecological, epidemiological and commercial roles of microorganisms. The interdependence of microorganisms to life on Earth is examined. Laboratory exercises introduce students to principles of light microscopy, aseptic methods of handling and cultivating microorganisms, fermentation and DNA isolation. The historical and social impact of infectious diseases is explored using case studies, current events and web quests to encourage critical thinking skills. Examination of contemporary topics, including the development of antibiotic resistance, bioterrorism and genetic engineering are designed to foster scientific literacy. A research paper is required.
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lab: 2 Hours, Lecture: 2 Hours
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