- To classify individual bacteria by shape
- To obtain data concerning the relative abundance of bacteria in common environments
- To describe bacterial colony shapes and growth patterns
- To utilize the process of fermentation to make yogurt
- To engage in an epidemiological investigation of disease transmission
Thumbnail: A neutrophil (a type of white blood cell, shown in blue-gray) interacting with Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria (shown in pink). Image used with permission CC-BY 2.0, NIAID).