Course description

Comprehensive overview of the biology of microorganisms, with emphasis on bacteria. Topics include microbial cell structure and function, physiology, metabolism, genetics, diversity, and ecology. Also covers applied aspects of microbiology such as biotechnology, the role of microorganisms in environmental processes, and medical microbiology.

Outcome 1: Demonstrate an understanding of core concepts of microbiology, including the evolution and diversity of microbes; cell structure and function; metabolism; information flow and the role of microbes in ecosystems.

Outcome 2: Recognize and identify the unifying molecular and biochemical characteristics of all living organisms.

Outcome 3: Describe the major biogeochemical cycles of the Earth and the roles of microorganisms that mediate these transformations.

Outcome 4: Apply the scientific method, as well as use objective observation and empirical measurement to evaluate alternative ideas concerning the underlying principles that govern biological, physical and chemical processes.

Outcome 5: Explain fundamental concepts of microbiology, both in written and in oral format.

The four-credit option not available during Summer Session.


two semesters majors-level biololgy and two semesters college-level chemistry, or equivalent.


Highly recommended BIOMI 2911.

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Previously offered classes

Summer 2023: Ithaca campus

Section ID:BIOMI 2900 001-LEC
Session:Summer 6-week
Class dates:June 20-July 28, 2023
Final exam/project due:Tuesday August 01, 8:30 AM - 11 AM / Riley-Robb Hall 105 (see Final exams)
Time / room:M-F 10 AM - 11:15 AM / Riley-Robb Hall 105
Mode of instruction:In person
Instructor:Wendel, B. (bmw233)
Max. enroll:60
To enroll:Enrollment for this class is closed.