Introductory Microbiology

This course will provide a broad based introduction to practical and applied aspects of Microbiology. The course will include a practical and theoretical introduction to microbial cell morphology including structure and function of prokaryotes. The diversity of the microbial world and its application to the environmental, biotechnology, food and pharmaceutical industries will be examined. The growth, reproduction and enumeration of microorganisms will be studied as well as the effects of physical and chemical agents on microbial populations. The laboratory component will provide hands on practical experience in the isolation, identification, cultivation and enumeration of microorganisms. Students will also prepare and sterilize microbiological media. After successful completion of the course, students will have the ability to perform analysis using aseptic techniques essential for an employee to work safely in a microbiology lab and to provide accurate results.