Win 2011 course – Microm 101: Microbes and Society (5)

Microbes & Society: 5-credit course that counts toward the Natural World (NW) requirement—is specifically designed for students (including those intimidated by science) not majoring in the biological sciences. No prerequisites; no textbook.  Winter quarter, MTWThF, 1:30 – 2:20 p.m., SLN:  15823, South Campus Center, Room 316R.

Bacteria and viruses are too small to be seen with the naked eye, but they certainly are “heard,” as microbe-related news articles appear every day.  The objective of this course is to stimulate interest in the microbial world.  Topics include:

  • Roles of the trillions of microbes living in/on our body
  • How microbes have influenced the course of history
  • Concerns about the flu
  • How microbes cause disease
  • Protecting ourselves from disease
  • Benefits and problems from antibiotics
  • Food poisoning
  • Use of microbes in food and agriculture
  • Evolution and ecology
  • Bioterrorism
  • Science, scientists and society

Professor Winston Brill begins each lecture with a discussion of microbe-related material in that day’s news.

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