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BIOL 355

This course is an introduction to environmental biology. The course is divided into three overlapping sections: (1) the role played by microbes in the environment and methods used to investigate this role; (2) how to microbiologically assess drinking water quality and harness microbes for wastewater treatment; and (3) the application of bioremediation using microbial and plant-based technologies. The growing emphasis on water quality standards, enforcement and monitoring requires the establishment of and maintenance of an effective quality assurance program to substantiate the validity of analytical data. As a result of this course in concert with environmental science and environmental chemistry, the student will be eligible to take the water quality analyst registration exam offered by the OWWCO.

Prerequisite: BIOL156        Corequisites: BIOL254; BIOL 356