BIOL& 260 - Microbiology w/Lab
An introduction to microorganisms for science, nursing, and pre-professional students. Topics include microscopy, microbial cell structure, function, growth, metabolism and genetics, biotechnology, virology, epidemiology, antimicrobials, host-microbe interactions, and immunology. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 261 is highly recommended.
Prerequisite ENGL& 101, MATH 087, BIOL& 211, and CHEM& 121 or CHEM& 161, all with a grade of 2.0 or higher.
Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs)
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Apply understanding of cellular and molecular biology, genetics, metabolism, and evolution from previous course(s) (e.g., BIOL& 211) to the microbial world. This includes comparing and contrasting prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structures, metabolism, genetics, and reproduction, and describing the importance of microbial evolution.
- Describe the ubiquity and diversity of microorganisms and relate both to the critical roles they play in global processes and to all life.
- Explain the impact, both positive and negative, of microorganisms on human health.
- Discuss the interplay of microbial mechanisms of pathogenesis and the human immune system in an evolutionary context.
- Articulate processes of microbial growth, and relate these to human methods of control.
- Demonstrate proficiency in techniques important to the study, cultivation, and classification of microorganisms, including aseptic technique, biochemical tests, and growth assays.
- Compare and contrast current and historical understanding of microorganisms.
- Articulate the importance of microorganisms to the individual, to human beings, to all life, and to global processes.
- Apply knowledge of microbiology to important personal, health, social, and political issues.
- Communicate effectively using language and understanding of biology.
- Productively work in groups to successfully complete group activities and assignments.
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