Jan 28, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BI 2020 - Cellular Microbiology

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course introduces students to the basics of cellular microbiology and the increasing importance and applications of microorganisms in engineering. Diversity of the microbial world, controls of microbial growth and metabolism, microbial molecular biology, ecology, and engineered environmental systems are discussed. Feasibility of bioremediation strategies and appropriate engineering controls to prevent undesired microbial infestation and food and industrial microbiology are also discussed and practiced. Lab activities provide hands-on experience to emphasize lecture content. (prereq: BI 102 CH 223 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Gain an understanding of food and environmental microbiology
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of bioremediation
  • Demonstrate the use of basic microbiology engineering terminology and techniques
  • Be familiar with the primary information on contemporary technological, social, ethical, and economic issues of microbiology in today’s world

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Chemical context of life and its environment
  • Structure and function of macromolecules
  • Cell structure, function, metabolism, and communication
  • Cell cycle, mitosis, and meiosis
  • Genetics and inheritance
  • Transcription, translation and their control
  • Altering the genetic message
  • Gene technology
  • Structures, assembly, functions, and applications of proteins
  • Structures and functions of enzymes
  • Structures, functions, and applications of nucleic acids
  • Genetics code, translation, and gene expression
  • Structures and functions of carbohydrates and their role in metabolism
  • Lipids, steroids, and hormones
  • Biochemistry leading to biotechnology

Course Topics
  • Introduction and history
  • Microbial structure
  • Microbial growth
  • Microbial genetics
  • Viruses
  • Microbial mathematics
  • Food microbiology
  • Water and sewage treatment
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Bioremediation
  • Future challenges
  • Student presentations
  • Exams

Laboratory Topics
  • Investigating the environment and gram staining
  • Environment and microbes
  • Food and environmental microbiology

Dr. Eryn L. Hassemer

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