Cluster 7: Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology

Preferences: Completion of Biology and Chemistry

 

All students in this cluster will be enrolled in the following courses:

Microbiology 

Instructor: Chad Saltikov, PhD (Department of Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology)

Environmental Toxicology

Instructor:  Peter Weiss, PhD (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry)

 

This cluster will cover the fundamental concepts of microbiology, microbial physiology and diversity, environmental chemistry and toxicology, and the effects of chemical and biological agents on human health. Students will investigate these concepts through experiential learning with activities specifically designed for remote instruction. In microbiology, students will learn how to analyze and characterize bacteria using culture-dependent and DNA-based/bioinformatic approaches. Students will investigate topics relevant to microbial diseases, antibiotic resistance, food and water safety, and bioremediation of pollutants. In environmental chemistry, students will learn about pollutants in air and water, make measurements of some pollutants, and evaluate the human health risks. After completing this course, students will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of microbes and chemical toxins to human health and the environment, as well as an ability to critically examine data and assess health risks.

 

Transferable Skills: Tools for Success

It may or may not surprise you that being a university researcher requires a whole host of skills outside of the specific scientific knowledge required of your chosen discipline or specialty. It requires communication skills such as the ability to present your work in writing and orally. It requires competencies in the realm of information technology including the ability to find and judge (the validity of) information and use a variety of hardware and software tools (e.g. spreadsheets, databases, statistics software, other data manipulation tools). It requires all of those skills required to effectively conduct research such as data collection, analysis and interpretation, critical thinking and problem solving as well as the ability to conduct laboratory and/or field work. And, of course, a baseline competency in English, science, mathematics and computers is critical. 

The governing mission of the UCSC COSMOS Transferable Skills course is to promote students’ future academic (and professional) success through the exploration and development of transferable skills: i.e. those competencies that students develop while in school which facilitate academic achievement, the eventual transition into the work-force and which are applicable in many other life situations.

The governing mission of the UCSC COSMOS Transferable Skills course is to promote students’ future academic (and professional) success through the exploration and development of transferable skills: i.e. those competencies that students develop while in school which facilitate academic achievement, the eventual transition into the work-force and which are applicable in many other life situations.