Environmental Microbiology

Course Description

The structure, function, and diversity of microbes are explored, including viruses, bacteria, protozoans, algae, and fungi. The growth of microbial cultures, and their control, are studied. Principles of microscopy, identification of microbes, taxonomy, toxicology, and field sampling are covered. Concepts in applied and industrial microbiology are included.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe prokaryotic cell structure.
  • Describe eukaryotic cell structure.
  • Describe structure of viruses.
  • Describe basic physiological processes, such as aerobic and anerobic respiration, fermentation.
  • Describe principles of toxicology.
  • Identify ecological roles and habitats of microbes.
  • Design protocols for sampling microbes in water.
  • Design protocols for sampling microbes in air.
  • Design protocols for sampling microbes in solid matter.
  • Explain applied and industrial uses for microbes.


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