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(August 1, 2020)

The following description of BIOL 3702 is taken from the YSU eBulletin:

Fundamentals of the biology of microbes. The principles of microbial structure, function, reproduction, metabolism, genetics, phylogeny, host-parasite relationships, and immunity. Fundamental technical skills acquired through laboratory experiences. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. Prereq.: BIOL 2601 and concurrent enrollment in BIOL 3702L. 4 s.h.

The course description for BIOL 3702H is essentially identical except that registration requires both instructor permission and concurrent enrollment in a specially designed laboratory section in place of the traditional laboratory experience.  There is an application process used to select students for this limited enrolment course (the deadline is early in the Spring semester).

As designed, BIOL 3702 and BIOL 3702H provide a mixed lecture/laboratory educational experience focused upon the rudimentary concepts of microbiology as well as their practical application.  BIOL 3702 and BIOL 3702H not only prepare students for more advanced courses in the microbiological sciences, but also provide knowledge essential to many diverse careers in biology, e.g., biotechnology, biomedical research, etc.  These courses also serve students desiring a career in medicine, dentistry, podiatry, etc.

Students enrolled in BIOL 3702 must concurrently enroll in a laboratory section, BIOL 3702L.  The laboratory component of this BIOL 3702 is an integral part of Microbiology.  There are no exceptions to enrolling in BIOL 3702L.  For individuals repeating BIOL 3702 there may be some consideration for laboratory work previously accomplished.  Such persons must contact Dr. Cooper for such consideration before the second laboratory session.  Also, there is a fee for BIOL 3702L which helps defray the costs of materials used in the laboratory.

Students enrolled in BIOL 3702H must concurrently enroll in the specially-designed laboratory section.  This laboratory component of BIOL 3702H is an essential and distinguishing feature of this honors course.  There is a fee for this laboratory experience which helps defray the costs of materials used.

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