Jan 10-May 04, 2018
Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s): Amaya Garcia-Costas

Restricted to students in Master of Science in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences

Course Description

Please use CRN 34763 to register
Microorganisms were the first organisms on Earth and are still the most abundant and diverse group of organisms on the planet. They are essential components of ecosystems (including the human body) and are increasingly being used as alternative energy sources, as bioremediation agents, as fertilizers in agriculture, and more. This course will provide a solid foundation on core microbial ecology and environmental microbiology topics and familiarize students with both landmark and current literature in these fields. Students will evaluate published studies and be able to put those within the context of current microbial ecology issues. In addition this course will encourage students to formulate their own questions with regards to probing microbial community structure or function in different environments and design experiments to address those questions.

Meeting Place and Times



Amaya Garcia-Costas.


Graduate standing in LRES Graduate program or permission of instructor. An undergraduate biology course is required, an undergraduate microbiology required is recommended.

Time Commitment:

6-8 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Optional Books/Materials:

  • Brock Biology of Microorganisms, 15th edition by Madigan, Bender, Buckley, Sattley and Stahl ISBN: 10:0-13-426192-5
    This can be purchased for approximately $207 on
    You can purchase the 14th edition instead for approximately $45.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

Please email Lisa Brown

How to Register

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