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 2021 - winter 2022) should not take "Applied Microbiology and Organic Chemistry," as it covers similar material.
Two quarters of general biology and two quarters of general chemistry, each with lab.
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Biology, chemistry, health and medicine, environmental science
All 16 credits are upper division, and will include general microbiology with laboratory, applied microbiology, organic chemistry with laboratory, environmental chemistry.