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Microbiology is the scientific study of microorganisms (e.g. bacteria, viruses, and fungi). Originally this was directed towards their effects (e.g. in causing disease and decay), but during the 20th century the emphasis shifted to their physiology, biochemistry, and genetics. Microbes are now recognized as important vehicles for the study of biochemical and genetic processes common to all living organisms, and their rapid growth enables their laboratory culture in large numbers for studies in genetics.
(Source: Martin, E., & Hine, R. (2008). microbiology. In A Dictionary of Biology. : Oxford University Press.)
Included will be a survey of the protozoa and fungi of medical significance, with an in-depth survey of bacteria, their morphology, metabolism, pathogenic capabilities, and classification. Laboratory will emphasize those techniques concerned with isolation and pure culture of microorganisms and the use of biochemical criteria in taxonomy. Prerequisite: CHEM 1114 or CHEM 1315 and completion of BIOL 1224 with a grade of “C” or better.
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