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Microbiology (MIC)

Chairperson: Professor Sperry (Cell and Molecular Biology)

102 Exploring the Microbial World (3)

A guided tour of aquatic and disease-causing microorganisms, emphasizing their impact on humans. The role of microorganisms in evolution, environmental and human health, biotechnology, and natural product prospecting. (Lec. 3)

190 Issues in Biotechnology (3)

See Aquaculture and Fisheries Science 190. (N)

201 Introductory Medical Microbiology (4)

Required of all students in nursing, dental hygiene, and pharmacy. Lecture and laboratory designed to illustrate microbiological principles and techniques. For students in allied health professions. (Lec. 3, Lab. 3) Pre: one semester of biology and one year of chemistry. Not open to students with credit in 211.

211 Introductory Microbiology (4)

Introduction to microorganisms. Morphology, structure, metabolism, genetics, growth, populations in natural habitats, and their effects on the environment. For biological sciences majors. (Lec. 3, Lab. 3) Pre: two semesters of biology, one semester of organic chemistry, which can be taken concurrently. Not open to students with credit in 201.

306 Eukaryotic Microbiology/Protistology (3)

Free-living and disease-causing eukaryotic microorganisms are examined in depth, with a focus on those causing human and animal diseases, inhabiting coastal/marine habitats, or used in research. (Lec. 3) Pre: two semesters of biology.

333 Immunology and Serology (3)

Introduction to the immune response; host resistance to infection; immunopathology; antibodies, antigens, and use of serological techniques. (Lec. 3) Pre: 201 or 211. )

334 Virology (3)

An introduction to the basic aspects of virus structure, classification, and replication as these relate to viruses as agents of infectious disease. (Lec. 3) Pre: 201 or 211.

409 Marine Micrograzers (2)

Practical experience with collection, cultivation, and identification of diverse marine and coastal heterotrophic protists of the phylum Ciliophora, using phase, fluorescence, and electron microscopy, digital still micrography, videomicroscopy, genetic fingerprinting. (Lab. 4) Pre: two semesters of biology laboratory courses.

413 Advanced Microbiology Lecture I (3)

The physiology, genetics, developmental and molecular biology of microorganisms. (Lec. 3) Pre: /211, credit or concurrent enrollment in BCH 311 and BIO 352, or permission of instructor.

414 Advanced Microbiology Lecture II (3)

The structural, developmental, and physiological diversity of microorganisms; symbiotic relationships, molecular basis of ecology, and the role of microorganisms in the soil and water environment. (Lec. 3) Pre: 211, credit or concurrent enrollment in BCH 311, or permission of instructor.

415 Advanced Microbiology Laboratory I (2)

Introduction to techniques and methods for advanced study of microbial genetics, physiology, molecular and developmental biology of microorganisms. (Lab. 6) Pre: concurrent enrollment in 413 or permission of instructor.

416 Advanced Microbiology Laboratory II (2)

Techniques and methods for the advanced study of microorganisms with emphasis on the study of representative groups of microorganisms and the application of these techniques to soil and aquatic environments. (Lab. 6) Pre: concurrent enrollment in 414 or permission of instructor.

422 Biotechnology of Industrial Microorganisms /(3)

Application of microorganisms to industrial processes. Culture handling and strain development. Regulation and control of fermentation products. (Lec. 3) Pre: BCH 311 and an advanced course in microbiology, or permission of instructor.

432 Pathogenic Bacteriology (3)

The more important microbial diseases, their etiology, transmission, diagnosis, and control. Laboratory, emphasis on methods of diagnosis. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: 201 or 211 or one semester of organic chemistry.

435 Introduction to the Biology and Genetics of Cancer

See Biochemistry 435.

447 Experimental Cell Biology (2)

Use of eukayotic microorganisms as humane experimental models to analyze cell physiological processes such as endocytosis, motility, and secretion, using immunocytochemistry, biological assays, fluorescent probes, digital still, and video imaging. (Lab. 4) Pre: two semesters of biology laboratory courses.

451 Laboratory in Cell Biology

See Biochemistry 451.

453 Cell Biology

See Biological Sciences 453.

483 (or MLS 483) Introductory Diagnostic Microbiology (3)

Diagnosis of infectious diseases by use of microbiology, immunology, and hemotologic and clinical chemical methods; organisms covered include viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: 201 or 211. Open only to clinical laboratory science or microbiology majors or permission of instructor.

491, 492 Research in Microbiology (1-6 each)

Special problems in microbiology. Student required to outline a problem, carry on experimental work, and present conclusions in a report. (Independent Study) Open only to seniors in microbiology. A maximum of 6 credits can be taken for major credit.

495 Seminar in Microbiology (1)

Preparation and presentation of papers on selected subject in microbiology. (Seminar) S/U credit.

499 Biotechnology Internship (3-12)

Professional field experience in biotechnology. The experience will be defined by a job description and learning contract arranged by the MIC internship coordinator, student intern, and relevant agency. (Practicum) Pre: junior or senior standing and approval by the MIC internship coordinator and department chairperson. A maximum of 12 credits can be taken as major credit. Not for graduate credit.

501 Advanced Clinical Microbiology I

See Medical Laboratory Science 501.

502 (or BCH 502) Techniques of Molecular Biology (2)

Basic techniques of molecular biology used in the study of gene structure and function including DNA/RNA and plasmid isolation, northern and southern blotting, PCR and gene cloning, among others. (Lab. 6) Pre: BIO 437 or permission of instructor.

506 Biology of Eukaryotic Microorganisms/Protists (3)

The biology of free-living and parasitic eukaryotic microorganisms is explored, with an emphasis on systematics, evolution, cell physiology, development, reproduction, and molecular biology of those species most commonly used in research at the present time. (Lec. 3) Pre: two semesters of biology.

508 Seminar in Biological Literature

See Biological Sciences 508.

513 Advanced Clinical Immunology

See Medical Laboratory Science 513.

521 (or BIO 521) Recent Advances in Cell and Molecular Biology (2)

Reading and discussion of current literature (original research papers and review articles) in the area of molecular cell biology, and presentation of oral reports. Final written report or exam. Emphasis on eukaryotic cells. (Lec. 2) Pre: at least one of the following courses or an equivalent course emphasizing cell structure and function - MIC 453; BCH 437, 453, 481; BIO 437, 453 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.

522 Bioinformatics I

See Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Science 542.

533 Immunology (3)

Introduction to the cellular, molecular, and genetic basis of the immune system, and the role of the immune system in immunity to infection, tumor and transplantation immunobiology, and immunopathology. (Lec. 3) Pre: 201 or 211.

534 Animal Virology

See Aquaculture and Fisheries Science 534.

538 (or AFS 538 or AVS 538) Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (3)

Principles of epidemiology, interrelationships of host, environment, and agent in infectious diseases. (Lec. 3)

550 (or BPS 550) Practical Tools for Molecular Sequence Analysis (3)

Students will be introduced to practical ways to analyze DNA, protein and genome datasets. Students will be introduced to computing environments and publicly available software tools for analysis. Pre: BCH 311 or BIO/BCH 352 or BIO 341 or permission of instructor.

552 (or BCH 552) Microbial Genetics (3)

Recent research on the mechanism of mutation, genetic recombination, the genetic code, transposons, regulations, genetic engineering, and regulation of DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis in microbial systems. (Lec. 3) Pre: 201, BIO 352, and BCH 311.

561 Recent Advances in Molecular Cloning (1)

Reports of readings concerning the latest developments in techniques of molecular cloning and their applications in the study of various biological systems. (Lec. 1) Pre: 552 or permission of instructor. May be repeated.

571 Insect Microbiology

See Entomology 571.

576 Marine Microbiology

See Oceanography 576.

591 Special Problems in Clinical Microbiology

See Medical Laboratory Science 591.

593, 594 The Literature of Bacteriology (1 each)

Thorough study of original literature of some phase of bacteriology. Written abstracts or papers on assigned topics are discussed in weekly conferences with instructor. (Independent Study)

599 Master’s Thesis Research

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. (Independent Study) S/U credit.

654 Advances in Immunology (2)

Reports on assigned readings concerning latest developments in the field of cellular and humoral immunity presented and discussed by students. Research paper and critical review of a scientific paper required. (Lec. 2) Pre: 533, BCH 311, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. In alternate years.

656 Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis (3)

Study of recent research on the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis. Students expected to participate in roundtable discussions of recent pertinent literature. (Lec. 3) Pre: 432, 552, and BCH 311. In alternate years. Next offered spring 2013.

691, 692 Special Problems in Microbiology (3 /each)

Assigned research on an advanced level. Student required to outline problem, conduct the necessary literature and experimental work, and present observations and conclusions in a report. (Independent Study) Pre: graduate standing.

695, 696 (or BCH 695, 696) Graduate Research Seminar (1 each)

Reports of research in progress or completed. (Seminar) Required of all graduate students in microbiology. S/U credit.

699 Doctoral Dissertation Research

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. (Independent Study) S/U credit.

930 Workshop in Microbiology Topics for Teachers (0-3 each)

Especially designed for teachers of biology. Basic topics of microbiology from an advanced or pedagogical perspective. (Workshop)

Note: For virology, see aquaculture and fisheries science (AFS) and also plant sciences (PLS). For mycology, see biological sciences (BIO).

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