BIO 161 Applied Environmental Biotechnology (4 credits)

Applied Environmental Biotechnology (BIO 161) will present the fundamentals of general, cellular, and molecular biology and then build upon these foundations in the context of applied chemistry, microbiology, and microbial ecology. This four-credit course has been developed to provide students with an understanding of the structural and metabolic characteristics of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, in order to then develop comprehensive descriptions of important cellular-, enzymatic-, and/or microbial-based environmental and industrial processes. Specifically, the course will highlight applied biotechnological topics including applied microbiology, biochemistry, enzymology, microbial nutrient-cycling, composting, wastewater treatment, industrial fermentations, and biodegradation of chemical contaminants. BIO 161 also includes a one-credit hour laboratory component which will provide opportunities for hands-on application of concepts presented in lecture and introduces scientific techniques relevant to the fields of biotechnology. Three class hours and three laboratory hours. Prerequisite: CHE 171.