GEOSCI 175 - The Microbial World: How Unseen Organisms Shape our Planet
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Geological Sciences (GEOSCI)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines how microorganisms shape the world around us, both throughout the Earth’s history and today. Major topics include the origin and evolution of life, the interplay between microbes and the environment, the roles microbes play in global warming, and applications of microbiology in biotechnology and energy.

This course seeks to introduce students to the critical yet commonly overlooked roles that tiny, unseen organisms play in environmental, global, and human health. The common theme will be examining how microorganisms shape the world around us, both throughout the Earth’s history and today. Specific topics include the following: the origin and evolution of life; the interplay between microbes and the environment; and current issues in biotechnology, energy, global warming, and the environment. Emphasis will be placed on considering science to be of tangible and practical importance to modern society. Discussion sessions will allow for discussion of topics covered in lecture, with exercises aimed at reinforcing primary concepts and methods, along with review of exams and quizzes.

Crs Requirements: Grades will be based on regular quizzes, one midterm exam, a final exam, and discussion participation.

Intended Audience: This course is primarily intended for non-science majors. Students with interests in evolution, environmental science, and current controversial topics such as the origin of life, global climate change, and biotechnology are encouraged to enroll.

Class Format: 3 hours per week lecture plus one hour per week discussion led by a GSI. Requesting funding for a new slot.

GEOSCI 175 - The Microbial World: How Unseen Organisms Shape our Planet
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
42141
Open
55
 
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MWF 12:00PM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
42143
Open
6
 
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
42145
Open
1
 
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M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
42147
Closed
0
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
42149
Open
8
 
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Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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