Prokaryotic Biology - MIBO 4090/6090

with Prof. Starai and Stabb. Ultrastructure, physiology, genetics, ecology, and phylogeny of bacteria and archaea.  I teach two weeks on bioenergetics and biosynthetic pathways in this course each semester.  Since podcasts of the lectures are available to the students, in fall 2014 we will try flipping my portion of the class so that we will have time to problem solve in small groups.

Undergraduate prerequisite: MIBO 3500.
Undergraduate prerequisite or corequisite: GENE(BIOL) 3200.

Microbial Diversity - MIBO 8160

with Prof. Escalante and Maier.  To examine the physiological basis of prokaryotic diversity, the extent of prokaryotic diversity, and other major concepts related to prokaryotic diversity; to develop key quantitative skills. Combination of lectures and classroom discussion of the literature.

Introductory Applied Microbiology - MIBO 3000

Microorganisms, with special emphasis on the structure, function, and diversity of bacteria and their importance to man. Online lectures and examinations, classroom discussions, and laboratory.This survey course is designed to introduce the fundamental principles and current trends in the field of microbiology with emphasis on applied aspects. Students should become familiar with the major groups of microorganisms, especially the prokaryotes. Students should also gain an understanding of the morphological and metabolic diversity of prokaryotes and become acquainted with sources and uses of microorganisms in industrial, environmental, and biotechnological applications. Information will be assimilated through a combination of methods including classroom discussions, online lectures, textbook readings, and laboratory experiments. Students will be evaluated on the basis of several online quizzes, classroom presentations and participation, and laboratory practicals. Whitman teaches this course in odd-numbered years.

Not open to students with credit in MIBO 3500 or MIBO 3510L.
Prerequisite or corequisite: (BIOL 1103-1103L and BIOL 1104-1104L) or (BIOL 1107-1107L and BIOL 1108-1108L).