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J Microbiol Biol Educ. 2016 May 4;17(2):252-60. doi: 10.1128/jmbe.v17i2.988. eCollection 2016 May.

Evolution across the Curriculum: Microbiology.

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Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824; Program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824; BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.
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Program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824; BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824; Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48825; Department of Entomology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824; Department of Integrative Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Abstract

An integrated understanding of microbiology and evolutionary biology is essential for students pursuing careers in microbiology and healthcare fields. In this Perspective, we discuss the usefulness of evolutionary concepts and an overall evolutionary framework for students enrolled in microbiology courses. Further, we propose a set of learning goals for students studying microbial evolution concepts. We then describe some barriers to microbial evolution teaching and learning and encourage the continued incorporation of evidence-based teaching practices into microbiology courses at all levels. Next, we review the current status of microbial evolution assessment tools and describe some education resources available for teaching microbial evolution. Successful microbial evolution education will require that evolution be taught across the undergraduate biology curriculum, with a continued focus on applications and applied careers, while aligning with national biology education reform initiatives. Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education.

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