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 This is a biology course designed for all the Science majors in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences.  The course content is designed to give Bachelor of Science students a foundational knowledge of scientific enquiry, the basic concepts, organization, diversity and interactions in biology.


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This course is designed to help students understand the biology, phylogeny and economic importance of lower invertebrates.  It focuses on some members of the phylum Protozoa, Porifera, Platyhelminthes, Aschelminthes, Annelids, Molluscs, Arthropoda and Echnodermata. General characteristics of each phylum will be considered including observable features of few indigenous examples for easy identification. 


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This course exposes students to the real practical microbiology. It entails the study of Tools and techniques used in the study of microorganisms in microbiology. Microscopy as well as Dye and staining techniques. The different Culture media, formulation and methods of preparations. Sterilization and pure culture techniques in addition to maintenance and preservation of the pure cultures. The study and applications of laboratory techniques such as Centrifugation, electrophoresis, filtration, spectroscopy and Atomic absorption spectrophotometer will be examined. Identification of bacteria and fungi using conventional and modern methods will be looked into as well as scientific writing which entails the method of writing scientific findings for onward communication to readers all over.


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This course will see students through the Biogenesis of fossil fuels with emphasis on microbes as well the role of microbes in petroleum prospecting and recovery. Microbial corrosion of pipes and equipment will also be looked into as well as the concepts of Methanogenesis and methanotrophy. Also, the effect of crude oil spills on microbial activities in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems will be studied and finally Biodeteroriation and biotransformation of hydrocarbons (aliphatic and aromatic) into less toxic products will be critically examined.


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