Roger E. Bumgarner
GEN ST 197
Small-group discussion with faculty representing a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. Topics and approaches vary. Instructor may introduce research techniques or findings, concentrate on readings in his/her area of interest, or illustrate problems and alternatives related to the study of a particular academic discipline. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSp.
This freshman seminar course is focused on introducing students to a wide range of research and research topics in microbiology with an emphasis on how the research relates to their daily lives. Speakers are chosen specifically to cover topics that might be of interest to students such as bacterial biofuel production, HIV vaccines, food safety and bacterial and viral pathogens involved in aquaculture and the health of wild fish populations. Speakers will provide a brief discussion of how they became interested in science and how they wound up in their current position followed by a discussion of their current research. Prior to each seminar, students will be provided with one or more links to news articles related to the research topic. The seminars are, for the most part, informal and students are encouraged to ask questions of the speakers both during and after the presentation.
Student learning goals
Students will better understand the role that microbiology plays in their daily lives.
Students will better understand the breadth of applications for microbiology.
General method of instruction
Seminar and group discussion.
The only prerequisites are an open mind and a smile.
Class assignments and grading
Credit/No Credit only. Students are expected to attend a minimum of 80% of all seminars and to actively participate in discussion.