BIOL2220 – General Microbiology pdf

Credits: 4 (3/1/0)
Description: Meets MnTC Goal Area 3. This course provides an overview of the structure and function of microorganisms, including archaea, bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Students will examine the molecular diversity, genetics, physiology and ecology of these organisms in relation to microbial evolution, industrial and applied applications, and host-pathogen interactions. Lecture is accompanied by laboratory experiences, including aseptic technique, differential staining procedures, cultural and physical characteristics, biochemical testing, microbial control, microbiology of water and soil, and identification of unknown cultures.
Prerequisites: BIOL1122
Corequisites: (None)
  1. Apply basic principles of scientific reasoning to microbiological phenomena.
  2. Explain the general characteristics of archaea, bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the ubiquity of microorganisms.
  4. Explain the roles of microorganisms in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, including nutrient cycling and symbiotic relationships.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of microbial reproduction, including microbial genetics.
  6. Explore the diversity of microbial metabolism.
  7. Discuss major industrial products produced by microbes.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of basic physical and chemical methods for controlling microbial growth.
  9. Evaluate the importance of aseptic technique and demonstrate aseptic technique in the laboratory.
  10. Demonstrate an understanding of basic microbiological laboratory methods, such as culturing, staining and microscopic observation.
  11. Communicate microbiological research in oral and/or written form.
  12. Interpret basic microbiological publications, including interpreting graphs and tables.
MnTC goal areas:
  • (3) Natural Sciences

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