Non-major Courses in Microbiology

Microbiology impacts people's lives everyday in many ways. Even if you aren't a microbiology major, knowledge of the microbial world can be useful in many different areas of your life ranging from your health to food safety to environmental concerns. Check out these two courses for non-majors.

Microbes and Society (MIC 100 Cr. 4, Lect. 3, Lab 2 - offered every semester)

This general education microbiology course investigates life science through the study of microbes. Microbiology plays an integral role in events of our everyday lives. Some disease-causing microbes have caused tremendous suffering throughout history while others have provided countless benefits. This course examines the science of microbiology and its impact on the human condition. The principles of microbial diversity, cell structure, growth and reproduction, genetics and biotechnology, disease and prevention of disease, food and environmental microbiology are covered. Each topic provides a basis for discussion of current issues where microbes play a role. The laboratory provides an inquiry-based approach to examining the diversity of microbes and their application in disease, genetic engineering, food and antibiotic production, agriculture and the environment.

This general education course is not applicable to a major in microbiology or biology.


For more information about the Microbiology major, contact:

Dr. S.N. Rajagopal, Chair
Department of Microbiology