Learning Objectives

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method including observation, hypothesis testing, data collection, and analysis.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate scientific information effectively, both orally and in writing.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to locate, interpret, critically analyze, and discuss research literature within the field of microbiology.
  4. Students will gain familiarity with the role microbes play in:
    • human and animal disease and the immune response to microbial infections.
    • genetic modification technology as is used in gene therapy, GMO creation, and industrial applications.
    • the environment (microbiome, bioremediation, nitrogen fixation).
  5. Students will develop an appreciation for the diversity of microbes and the evolutionary processes responsible for diversification.
  6. Students will gain knowledge of new and existing methods and technologies used in microbiological laboratories.