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2022-2023 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2022-2023 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BIOL 433 - Microbial Ecology

Units: 3
Microorganisms in ecological and environmental systems, including aspects of microbial diversity in terrestrial, extreme, and marine and freshwater environments; microbial contributions of global biogeochemical cycles; and the use of microorganisms to address modern-day issues.

Prerequisites: BIOL 330.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground.
Grading: A-F grading only.
Course Typically Offered: Spring ONLY

Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
  1. Articulate microbial strategies for coping and survival under environmental stresses such as nutrient fluctuation, prolonged starvation, competition, predation, and extreme environments;
  2. Describe the mediation of major biogeochemical cycles by microorganisms, including the role microbes play in remediating pollutants using metabolic and co-metabolic processes;
  3. Compare and contrast oxygenic and anoxygenic photosynthesis;
  4. Illustrate how atmospheric nitrogen is converted to forms “more usable” by diazotrophs;
  5. Verbalize a variety of insect-microbe, plant-microbe, and animal-microbe interactions, including potential use of these interactions in agri- and bioterrorism;
  6. Provide fundamental information regarding the release of genetically-modified bacteria;
  7. Understand how microorganisms facilitate the stability, habitability, and persistence of life on Earth and possibly on other planets.

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