A rigorous lab course intended for students pursuing careers in the health professions that examines the biology of bacteria, algae, protozoa, fungi, rickettsia, and viruses. Physical and chemical methods of control, microbial genetics, protozoa, fungi, helminths, viruses, and prions. Topics include prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure and function, microbial metabolism, microbial genetics, physical and chemical methods of control, host defenses, and applications in healthcare. Lab exercises mandate following biosafety level 2 practices for handling microbial pathogens. Lecture 3 hours. Lab requires a minimum of 3 hours per week of scheduled and self-directed laboratory work.
Semesters: Fall, Spring
MnTC Goals: 3