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John Dennehy, Karl Fath, Corinne Michels and PoKay Ma

(Submission #123)

Course Description

This course is the second 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 spring course, open only to those completing the fall course (BIOL 034), DNA sequences of phages obtained during the fall semester will be analyzed with bioinformatic tools and compared with those of phages isolated at other locations. The goal is to identify genes and their organization, examine their similarities and differences that may characterize different phage groups, and determine how these groups may have arisen during evolution.


Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Natural Science Lab (NS-L)
Context of Experience: Not Applicable
Extended Requirement: Not Applicable

Additional Course information

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Biol 034
Existing Course: New
Existing Course Number: 
Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Spring
Other (if specified): 
Number of Sections: 1
Number of Seats: 20


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