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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Biological Sciences – Faculty

Page address: http://cset.mnsu.edu/biology/people/secott/secteach.html

Dr. Secott's Courses




BIOL 270: General Microbiology

An introduction to the general principles and methods used in the study of microorganisms. Laboratory exercises and discussions are designed to provide hands-on emphasis of key lecture points and their practical applications.


BIOL 475: Medical Microbiology

This course covers bacterial, fungal, and viral human pathogens: the diseases they cause, how they cause disease, host responses to infection, and how infection with these agents can be controlled and prevented. In the laboratory, students will isolate and identify pathogenic microbes from a variety of specimens, using microbiological, biochemical, and immunological techniques.


BIOL 476: Microbial Physiology and Genetics

This course presents the physiology and genetics of microorganisms, emphasizing those aspects unique to bacteria and archaea. Topics include growth kinetics; energy production; integration of metabolic pathways; biosynthesis of nucleic acids and proteins; mechanisms of sensing and responding to environmental change; cell division; differentiation; and the genetic and biochemical regulation of these processes. Laboratory exercises are designed to emphasize key lecture points and expose students to techniques used in microbial physiology, including mutagenesis and mutant selection.