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New Brunswick/Piscataway Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2007 Cook College Programs of Study Microbiology 680  

Microbiology 680

Degree: B.S.

Coordinator: Max M. Haggblom (

Adviser Code Office Phone(Ext.)
Tamar Barkay (BD) Lipman 333C 2-9763 (333)
Max M. Haggblom (HQ) Lipman 326 2-9763 (326)
Karl Matthews (MQ) Food Science 203 2-9611 (219)
Mikhail Tchikindas (TK) Food Science 203 2-9611 (218)
Costantino Vetriani (VE) IMCS 305B 2-6555 (373)

Microorganisms are the smallest living things, the oldest form of life on earth, ubiquitous in the biosphere, and central to many life processes on earth. The microbiology curriculum emphasizes the uniqueness of microbial biology, its enormous diversity, and the biochemical basis of microbial life. Recent advances in microbial molecular biology and biotechnology have led to a deeper understanding of the physiology, genetics, and taxonomy of microbes.

The curriculum examines the diverse roles of microorganisms and the fundamentals of microbial diversity, physiology, and genetics. It focuses on microorganisms; microbial processes in natural and managed environments; and effects on human, animal, plant, and environmental health. The curriculum provides students with a fundamental understanding of the various applications of microbes in biotechnology, the food industry, agriculture, and medicine. The curriculum examines the nature and activity of microbial populations in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, the interactions within microbial communities, biogeochemical cycles, and energy flows. The field is a major contributor to industrial development; human, animal, and plant health; environmental integrity; and agricultural productivity. Microbes are central to the food, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries and are broadly used for food fermentations, biosynthesis, and biodegradation of toxic chemicals.

The primary objectives of the curriculum are to educate broadly in the biology of microorganisms and to prepare students for positions in industry, government, and graduate/professional study in the life sciences through extensive course work and laboratory and research experience.

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