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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


BIOMI 2900 General Microbiology Lectures

Course description

Comprehensive overview of the biology of microorganisms, with emphasis on bacteria. Topics include microbial cell structure and function, physiology, metabolism, genetics, diversity, and ecology. Also covers applied aspects of microbiology such as biotechnology, the role of microorganisms in environmental processes, and medical microbiology. Outcome 1: Demonstrate an understanding of core concepts of microbiology, including the evolution and diversity of microbes; cell structure and function; metabolism; information flow and the role of microbes in ecosystems. Outcome 2: Recognize and identify the unifying molecular and biochemical characteristics of all living organisms. Outcome 3: Describe the major biogeochemical cycles of the Earth and the roles of microorganisms that mediate these transformations. Outcome 4: Apply the scientific method, as well as use objective observation and empirical measurement to evaluate alternative ideas concerning the underlying principles that govern biological, physical and chemical processes. Outcome 5: Explain fundamental concepts of microbiology, both in written and in oral format.

The four-credit option not available during Summer Session.


Two semesters majors-level biology and two semesters college-level chemistry, or equivalent.

Summer College students should have taken a college course in general biology and in introductory chemistry before taking this course. Advanced-placement biology and chemistry may be substituted with permission of the instructor.

This course is open to all registrants, including undergraduates and Summer College students.


BIOMI 2900 001-LEC On-campus 6-week session

Session:6-week session
Class dates:June 25-August 7, 2018
Days/times:M-F 10 AM - 11:15 AM Wing Hall 406
Credit:3 - 4 V
Grade:Graded only
Max. enroll:30

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