This course covers the diversity of the microbial world and explores some of the ways it is studied. Organisms covered include the viruses, bacteria, protists, algae and fungi. A recurring theme is how an understanding of the microbial world challenges our metazoan biases about systematics, cell biology, biochemistry, evolution and genetics. Infectious diseases are studied as problems in evolution and ecology. Class time is split evenly between laboratory exercises and lecture/discussion.
Triad: Natural Science
Prerequisites: BIO 116 General Biology and CHM 117 General Chemistry II.