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General Microbiology BSCI 223/BSCI 223H

General Microbiology is  designed for the student who plans to continue in a science related field.

If you are interested in a specilization in Microbiology,
this will be the first course that you will take in the discipline.
It is best taken during your sophomore year.

If you are a biology student, a pre-med student, allied health student, or any other major with an interest in the science of  Microbiology*.
BSCI223 is the appropriate course.
*BSCI223 is offered every semester.
*Students who do not have a science background and are interested in Microbiology are encouraged to enroll in "Microbes and Society" - BSCI 122.

Are you curious about...............

  • The organism Streptococcus pyogenes, that causes strep throat?
  • Why antibiotics work for strep throat, but not for the flu?
  • The fact that for every eukaryotic cell on your body, you have 10 bacterial cells?
  • Cells that can survive at the extremes of the earth's environment?
  • Creating a product that can digest oil, treat disease, or preserve foods?
  • Why we still do not have a cure for AIDS?
  • Why yogurt is labelled  "contains active cultures"?
  • Gene cloning and biotechnology?
  • Cleaning up our environment using bioremediation?
  • About the re-emergence of Tuberculosis, the emergence of SARs and the transmission of the flu?
  • The basic properties of microbes?
IF so.............................. Take some courses in Microbiology to find your answers!

In General Microbiology you will learn about:

  • The fundamentals of the discipline:  microbial form and function, bacterial physiology, microbial ecology, virology, bacterial genetics, epidemiology, immunology , and pathogenic microbiology.
  • The applications of microbiological concepts to the fields of nutrition, biotechnology, medicine, agronomy and bioremediation.
  • The diversity within the microbial world,
  • The historical significance of the microbiological discoveries and the people involved.
Our future  is dependent upon understanding and utilizing the vast potential of microbes!
American Society for Microbiology
BSCI223 Course information - Spring
BSCI 223 Course information - Fall


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January 19, 2004