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
- 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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