This course (BIO-372 "Microbiology")  will provide an introduction to fundamental concepts in microbiology.  We will connect these concepts to some of the basic engineering concepts that you have already learned in your earlier courses at EPFL.  Special emphasis will be given to the often surprising and counter-intuitive physical world inhabited by microorganisms.

This course is worth 4 ECTS credits.  At EPFL, 1 ECTS credit is loosely defined as 1 hour of “classwork” and 1 hour of “homework” per week for 14 weeks.  This definition is in agreement with the Bologna Process.  Therefore, you should expect to devote 8 hours per week (112 hours total) to this course.