2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BIOL 251H - General Microbiology - Honors

Credits: 4
Microbiology is targeted toward specific student interests in microbiology, cell, molecular and integrative microbiology, and those with backgrounds in biology and chemistry. The course provides in-depth coverage of microbial (prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and viral) structure, function, genetics, diversity, ecology, pathogenesis and immunology, with emphasis on microbial evolution and phylogeny, unique microbial metabolic pathways, molecular mechanisms and human-microbe interactions. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of microbial structure and function, prokaryotic, eukaryotic and viral, molecular biology, genetics, physiology, biogeochemical cycles, and ecology as well as methods of study.
  2. Develop a working understanding of the unique aspects of Bacteria, Archaea and Viruses, and their diversity and evolution; apply to physiology.
  3. Apply knowledge of microbial genetics with an emphasis on genetic recombination and biotechnology.
  4. Apply principals of the molecular mechanisms used by microorganisms in the environment and in normal symbiotic relationships in nature.
  5. Describe mechanisms of microbial diseases and relate to immunological control and antimicrobial agents.
  6. Utilize comprehension of the scientific method to evaluate and summarize scientific literature through written and oral communications.
  7. Demonstrate laboratory skills including following safety protocols, use of the microscope, aseptic technique, identification and growth of microbes using staining, enzymes testing and molecular biology techniques; carry out water testing, antimicrobial testing, gene expression analysis, and horizontal gene transfer methods.

Prerequisite: BIOL 190  and CHEM 121  and CHEM 122  all with a grade of C or better

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