ENGRCEE 261 Applied Environmental Microbiology (2014-2015)

ENGRCEE 261 Applied Environmental Microbiology

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 261 Applied Environmental Microbiology (Credit Units: 4) Microbes in the environment and their impact on human health and welfare. Emphasis on microbial abundance, community structure, and interactions. Microbiological application in solving environmental engineering problems. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-1555813796.

Recommended Textbook:

Library database and web research

Sunny Jiang
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Learn the occurrence, abundance and distribution of microorganism in the environment.

2. Understand the important role of microorganisms in both the natural and man-made environment.

3. Learn the microbial application in engineering practice and solution.

4. Understand the advantages and limitations of current tools for investigation of environmental microbiology.

5. Learn to formulate proposals to convert ideas of engineering solutions.

6. Present scientific papers in environmental microbiology.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • General Chemistry
  • Basic analytical techniques for investigating environmental systems
Lecture Topics:
  • Occurrence, abundance and distribution
  • Analytical imaging and microscopy
  • Cultivation, isolation and identification
  • Diversity and phylogeny
  • Microbes of public health importance
  • Sampling and assay methods
  • Technology applications
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Powerpoint presentation tool, Word processing, Excel and other graphic image software

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component
Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Midterm: 30%
  • Final: 30%
  • Term Paper: 30%
  • Presentation: 10%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

April 15, 2014
Senate Approved:
October 28, 2010
Approved Effective:
2011 Fall Qtr