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Microbiology - BIOLOGY 207

4 credits

Prerequisities: BIOLOGY 171 or equivalent (e.g. BIOLOGY 195), two college-level courses in biology, or permission of instructor.

Satisfies requirements for: BS, NS, PitE Practical Experience, Biology Lab, and EEB Biodiversity

Meets: Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Instructor: Vincent Denef


Course Description

Using samples collected from around northern Michigan, this course covers the basic biology of microbial life, and techniques for working in with microorganisms in a lab environment. 

Lecture material in the course is divided into four approximately equal sections: (1) the historical origins of microbiology as a science; bacterial and eukaryal cell structure and function, and bacterial nutrition, cultivation, and carbon and energy metabolism; (2) the molecular biology of bacteria, including DNA replication, transcription and translation, regulation of gene expression, genomics, and bacterial viruses; (3) microbial evolution, metabolic and ecological diversity, nutrient cycles, and symbiotic interactions; and (4) medically related topics, including host-pathogen interactions, epidemiology, immunology, and bacterial, viral, protozoan, and fungal pathogenesis.