ATTENTION Microbiology majors – Seats are still available in BIOL-M 255 Microbiology Lab for fall 2017!

There are still seats in BIOL-M 255 Microbiology Lab for fall 2017! BIOL-M 255 is a microbiology lab course that is specifically designed for Microbiology majors. To be clear, you can take either BIOL-M255 or BIOL-M315 to fulfill the Microbiology Lab requirement in your Microbiology major (BIOL-M 255 is roughly equivalent to BIOL-M 315), but M255 is limited to Microbiology majors only. We just want you to be aware of this neat opportunity!


Please see the announcement below from the instructor of BIOL-M 255, Dr. Yves Brun:


I want to bring M255, Microbiology Laboratory, to your attention: It is a course that was taught last year for the first time and therefore is not well known. The goal of this course is to gain an understanding of microbial diversity in the environment and methods to assess this diversity through an inquiry-driven process. Students first isolate bacterial strains from an aquatic environment of their choosing. They then select a small number of bacterial strains to study based on their own criteria. They then use a variety of methods to determine their characteristics and to identify them. The course was extremely successful. Indeed, all the students were able to identify some of their isolated bacteria. Students appreciated the “real-world” aspect of the course, the fact that they were not performing cookie-cutter experiments with predictable outcomes, and that they had control over what they studied.


Please feel free to email the if you have any questions about the course or making adjustments to your fall schedule.


-The Biology Advisors (Danielle, Libby, Jordan, and Gabby)