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.