Over the course of the semester, you should gain an understanding and appreciation for:
- The history and importance of Microbiology, the chemistry and biochemistry of microorganisms and the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
- The process of aerobic respiration, anaerobic respiration, and fermentation as well as the growth requirements of microorganisms.
- Methods for controlling the growth and spread of microorganisms and the genetic mechanisms of replication, transcription, and translation in cells.
- The “basics” of the disciplines of epidemiology and immunology as related to pathogenic organisms.
- The diversity of bacterial, viral, and eukaryotic pathogens and the diseases they can cause.