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Rensselaer Catalog 2017-2018 
Rensselaer Catalog 2017-2018 [Archived Catalog]

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BIOL 4360 - Geomicrobiology

This course examines relationships between microorganisms and Earth processes. Topics include the origins of life on earth, surface metabolism theory, biological and biochemical benchmarks. Earth is considered as a microbial habitat with an emphasis on the lithosphere and hydrosphere, including soils, seawater, lakes, rivers, and groundwater. Geomicrobial processes are discussed with an emphasis on microbes as catalysts of geochemical processes including conversion of inorganics and metals, and mineralization of organics. Molecular and non-molecular methods for detection, isolation, and identification of geo-microbially active organisms are introduced.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: BIOL 1010 or permission of instructor.

When Offered: Spring term annually.

Cross Listed: Credit cannot be obtained for both BIOL 6360 and BIOL 4360. Cross listed as ENVE 4360/6360. Students cannot obtain credit for both ENVE 4360/6360 and BIOL 4360/6360.

Credit Hours: 3

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