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BIO 163 Unseen Life on Earth (4 credits)

Over half of the biomass on earth is in the form of life too small to be seen with the unaided eye. This course will emphasize the positive aspects of microorganisms and their role in the everyday events of humans. The course will also look at the negative impact that microbes have on the world around us, such as disease and bioterrorism. There will be a two-hour laboratory in which these extraordinary organisms will be studied. Successful completion of this course satisfies one of the Natural Science requirements in the GER; it fully satisfies the GEP Natural Science requirement. This course is recommended for Elementary Education majors who might be teaching science in the future. Three lecture periods, one two-hour laboratory.