Applied Microbiology and Organic Chemistry

Spring 2019
Class Size: 50
Credits per quarter

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biology, genetics, microbiology
organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, biochemistry

In this one-quarter upper division science program we will examine theoretical concepts within microbiology and organic chemistry and apply them to real world issues within the fields of health and medicine, and the environment.

In lecture and small group problem-solving workshops we will examine the broad variety of microorganisms so far identified, the biochemistry of these species, their varying cellular structures, and the key roles they play in the environment, and in health and medicine. In addition, we will study organic chemistry, learning the structure, reactivities, and mechanisms of reaction of some of the major functional groups – from small molecules to polymers and plastics. In seminar we will read literature in the areas of applied microbiology and environmental chemistry, focusing on themes within health and medicine (transmission of infectious disease, prevention and treatments) and also the environment (pollution, toxic organic chemicals, use of alternative materials, such as biodegradable plastics).

Laboratory activities will teach fundamental and modern methods of microbiology and organic chemistry. Class activities will include lecture, workshops, seminar, laboratories, and some field work. This program will prepare students for upper-division work in environmental sciences as well as upper-division laboratory-based biology.


Note: Students who have taken "Environmental Biology and Chemistry" (fall 2018- winter 2019) should not take "Applied Microbiology and Organic Chemistry," as it covers similar material.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

Biology, chemistry, health and medicine, environmental science


Credits per quarter


Two quarters of general biology and two quarters of general chemistry, each with lab.

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Upper division science credit:

All 16 credits are upper division, and will include general microbiology with laboratory, applied microbiology, organic chemistry with laboratory, environmental chemistry.

Class Standing: Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 50

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 9:00 am
Purce Hall 5 - Classroom

Located in: Olympia