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BIO 163 Unseen Life on Earth (4 credits)

Are you aware that over half of the mass of living things on earth is in the form of life too small to be seen with the unaided eye? Unseen Life on Earth will examine the positive aspects of microorganisms and their role in the everyday events of humans. The course will also look at the negative impact that these microbes have on the world around us, such as their role in infectious disease and bio-terrorism. There will be a weekly two-hour laboratory in which these extraordinary organisms will be further studied, and students will discover some of their findings to be quite surprising. Satisfies one natural science GER/GEP requirements for non-science majors.