*FRSEMR 24Q. Biology of Symbiosis: From the Deep-Sea to the Human Microbiome

Symbioses - "living together" with microbes - are ubiquitous in nature, with powerful effects on the physiology, ecology, and evolution of all living organisms. The diversity of symbioses drives biological innovation, challenging us to think about life on earth at a different/new level.  This seminar examines the role of symbiosis in ecology and evolution, human health and disease, agriculture, and biotechnology. 
Ranging from beneficial bacteria to pathogens, microbial symbioses with animals (including the human microbiome), plants, fungi, and protists will be explored through lectures, presentations, and critique of primary research papers.  Symbioses will be complemented by firsthand observations via microscopy and field trips to local environs.  Every student will have their own microscope!

Course Requirements: Course open to Freshman Students Only








Course ID: 


Subject Area: 

Freshman Seminars

Research Areas: 

  • [Course titles in brackets] indicate that the course is not scheduled to be taught during the 2020-2021 academic year, but may be offered in an alternate year.
  • An asterisk (*) before a course number indicates that a student must obtain the instructor's permission in order to enroll in the course.

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

Connect with us

Follow HUCE to stay updated on energy and the environment at Harvard and beyond.

Subscribe to our mailing list