Jul 17, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CV 502 - Environmental Microbiology

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course covers the basic morphology, biology and distribution of the major microbial groups: viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and algae. Distribution of pathogenic microorganisms (and their surrogates) in the environment, and the methods used for their quantification and control are examined. Microbial growth and metabolism, and the resultant molecular transformations, are studied. The activities of microbes in specific habitats (i.e., biofilms, rhizobia, aquifers) are explored. Particular attention is given to microbes used to help solve environmental problems and to those that create environmental problems. (prereq: BI 102 , gradaute standing)  
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the significance of the sequencing of small subunit rRNA in the taxonomic placement of organisms 
  • Be familiar with the structure and function of viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and algae 
  • Understand metabolic processes utilized by microorganisms and microbial growth 
  • Be familiar with the roles of microorganisms in biogeochemical cycles 
  • Be familiar with microbial pathogens in the environment, direct and indirect methods of their detection, and methods of their control 
  • Understand the formation, function, and importance of biofilms in the environment 
  • Understand the roles of microbes in various types of wastewater treatment 
  • Understand the roles of microbes in the degradation of organic compounds

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • No course topics appended 

Jeffrey MacDonald

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