University 197 – Microbes and Man

Microbes run the world. It’s that simple. Although we cannot usually see them, microbes are essential for every part of human life—indeed all life on Earth. Every process in the biosphere is touched by the seemingly endless capacity of microbes to transform the world around them. This course is designed for undergraduates with little background in the biological sciences, who are curious about this unseen life on Earth and who want to understand how microbe have influenced essentially every aspect of biological evolution.

This seminar will consist of one 50 minute meeting and 2 hours of additional reading outside of class per week. Popular articles will be assigned and students will discuss their content in class. As needed, lectures will present critical background information.

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