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CEE 4510 Microbiology for Environmental Engineering

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  • Instructor: Ruth Richardson
  • Dept: Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Address: 271 Hollister Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-3233
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Lecture: MWF 11:15-12:05 HLS 206

Fall. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: two semesters of college chemistry; organic chemistry or permission of instructor.

Introduction to the fundamental aspects of microbiology and biochemistry that are pertinent to environmental engineering and science. Provides an overview of the characteristics of Bacteria, Archaea, unicellular Eukaryotes (protozoa, algae, fungi), and viruses. Includes discussions of cell structure, bioenergetics and metabolism, and microbial genetics. Focus is then applied to topics pertinent to environmental engineering: pathogens; disease and immunity; environmental influences on microorganisms; roles of microbes in the carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur cycles; enzymes; bioremediation, bioenergy, molecular microbiology; and microbial ecology. This is an introductory course and is inappropriate for those who have taken BIOMI 2900  or equivalent.

Outcome 1: Recognize, name and predict important properties of key classes of organic compounds.

Outcome 2: Comprehend the organization and behavior of different types of microbial cells.

Outcome 3: Understand the diversity of microbial biochemical reactions.

Outcome 4: Explain ways in which microbial communities shape the environment and vice versa.

Outcome 5: Make quantitative estimates of the impact of microbes on natural and engineered processes.

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