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This course is the first part of a two-semester sequence that will introduce students to the scientific method for designing procedures for investigating natural phenomena, collecting data, acquiring new knowledge, and correcting and integrating existing knowledge. A bona fide scientific method of inquiry must be based on gathering observable, empirical and measurable evidence that are subject to specific principles of reasoning. Students with no background in biology will participate in an authentic research experience—integrated into a laboratory course designed for freshmen—that will result in a significant contribution to the understanding of microbial genomics. During the fall course, soil samples will be collected in the field. From these samples students will identify and purify bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria). The bacteriophages will be characterized structurally by electron microscopy, and their DNA will be purified and sequenced.
Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Natural Science Lab (NS-L) Context of Experience: Not Applicable Extended Requirement: Not Applicable
Credits: 3 Prerequisites: none, freshmen only Existing Course: New Existing Course Number: Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Fall Other (if specified): Number of Sections: 1 Number of Seats: 20
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