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Microbiology Courses

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(All courses carry 3 credits unless otherwise

160 Biology of Cancer and AIDS (BS) (both sem)

Not for credit toward major. How cancer and AIDS begin and progress. The roles of individual cells, the immune system, mutations and viruses. How various physical and subtle factors influence one's chances of getting cancer. How to not get AIDS. The principles of vaccine development and why AIDS presents special difficulties. Established and new medical treatments for cancer and AIDS. What cancer and AIDS can teach us about health, healing, disease, living, and dying.

170 Plant Diseases: Feast or Famine (BS) (2nd sem)

Not for majors. Plant diseases and their effects on food supplies and human history. Biology of pathogens that cause plant diseases, pesticide use, disease resistance, biological control, and diseases that threaten important world crops. Not recommended for Plant Science majors.

255 Introduction to Medical Microbiology (BSL) (2nd sem) 4 cr

Not for majors. With lab. Basic concepts of microbiology with emphasis on microbial pathogenesis and immunity. Medically important microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, viruses, rickettsia, protozoa, and the diseases which they produce. Laboratory exercises develop fundamental skills in aseptic technique, microscopy, pure culture study, and the isolation and identification of pathogenic microorganisms. Prerequisites: BIOCHM 205 and BIOL 339. Restricted to undergraduate Nursing majors.

310 General Microbiology (both sem)

Overview of the microbial world including a survey of the structure, functioning, and diversity of microorganisms. Introduction to the fundamental concepts of microbial physiology, ecology, genetics, and pathogenesis. Prerequisite: CHEM 261 or concurrent enrollment.

312 Microbiology Laboratory (both sem) 2 cr

Microbiological laboratory procedures including sterile technique, microscopy, enrichment and isolation, and preservation. Extensive experience in the cultivation of microorganisms. Prerequisite: MICBIO 310 or concurrent enrollment.

320 Infectious Disease and Defense
(1st sem)

The mechanisms by which microorganisms, including bacteria, protozoa, fungi, and viruses, infect animals and plants and cause disease, and the mechanisms of host defense against infectious microbes. Emerging and reemerging infectious diseases of plants and animals and development of resistance to antimicrobial chemicals. Prerequisites: BIOL 100, 101 and MICBIO 310.

330 Microbial Genetics (2nd sem)

Basic concepts of microbial genetics, and genomics. Both classic and modern experimental approaches to studies of fundamental genetic processes. Prerequisites: MICBIO 310 or BIOL 100 and 101 or consent of instructor.

360 Writing in Microbiology (1st sem)

Satisfies the Junior Year Writing requirement. Students develop their writing skills while completing a series of short assignments. Each participant will identify a biological topic of their choice to research and write about during the semester. Prerequisites: ENGL WP 112 and MICBIO 310.

396, 496 Independent Study (both sem) 1-6 cr

Individual study of a selected problem for qualified students. By arrangement.

480 Microbial Physiology (2nd sem)

Experimental approaches used to define essential aspects of bacterial growth, including energy metabolism, biosynthesis of macromolecule precursors and their assembly into macromolecules, and the integration of these processes by various regulatory mechanisms. Emphasis on the isolation and characterization of mutants blocked in key cell functions. Prerequisite: MICBIO 310.

491A Seminar (1st sem) 1 cr

Senior Seminar required for all majors.

498 Senior Honors (both sem) 4 cr

Senior research, thesis option. By arrangement with department and/or Honors Office.

499 Senior Honors (both sem) 1-5 cr

Continuation of 498. Thesis mandatory. By arrangement with department and/or Honors Office.

515 Management and Ecology of Plant Diseases

The ecology of plant, microbe, and human interactions in plant disease, from wilderness to industrial farms. Epidemics, traditional farming, environmental impacts, and sustainability issues. Ways in which agriculture, particularly plant production and plant disease management, change ecosystems. Individual project. BIOL 100 or equivalent recommended.

520 Mycology 4 cr

With lab. Biology, ecology, physiology, and taxonomy of fungi. Includes consideration of fungi as causes of diseases in animals, humans, and plants, and their uses in biotechnology applications such as bioremediation. Prerequisites: BIOL 100, 101.

530 General Plant Pathology (1st sem) 4 cr

With lab. The causes, nature, and control of plant diseases. Diagnosis of plant diseases. Mechanisms, biochemistry, and genetics of plant disease; induction, development, and management. Prerequisite: course in biology.

535 Diagnostic Plant Pathology 4 cr

With lab. Methods of diagnosing plant diseases caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes, and abiotic agents considered, using speciments collected by students. Individual project. Prerequisite: MICBIO 530 or consent of instructor.

540 Immunology

The cellular and molecular bases for innate and adaptive immune responses. Antigens, antibodies, complement, T and B lymphocytes, helper and killer cells, macrophages, and their genetics, interactions and significance in immunity to infectious disease, allergy, autoimmunity, organ graft rejection, cancer immunodeficiencies. Prerequisites: CHEM 261, BIOCHM 285, and introductory course in biology including cell structure and physiology.

542 Immunology Laboratory
(2nd sem) 2 cr

Protein chemistry of antibodies, including salt precipitation, ion exchange and molecular sieving columns, spectrophotometry, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and western blotting, enzyme-linked immunoassay, and estimation of errors. Anatomy of the lymphatic system. Cellular immunology including histology of leukocytes, normal and diseased lymphoid tissue, and two-color flow cytometric analysis of lymphocyte subpopulations. Prerequisite or corequisite: a course in immunology such as MICBIO 397I or 540.

550 Infection and Immunity (1st sem)

Principles of host-parasite interactions; infections caused by pathogenic bacteria; virulence factors, such as toxins and microbial structures; pathogenesis and pathology of bacterial infections; non-specific factors in host resistance and susceptibility to infectious disease; and immunology of microbial infection. Prerequisite: MICBIO 310.

552 Pathogenic Bacteriology (1st sem) 2 cr

Lab procedures in clinical and diagnostic bacteriology including: cultural and physiological characteristics of pathogenic bacteria; cultivation of common and rare pathogens isolated from clinical material; conventional and rapid biochemical methods for detection/identification of medically important bacteria; relevant serological procedures; prescribed tests for susceptibility of bacteria to antibiotics and antimetabolites. Occasional work outside of scheduled class time required. Prerequisite: MICBIO 312.

560 Microbial Diversity

Exploration and interpretation of the diversity of microbial life. The role in nature of various groups of bacteria: their physiology and ecology. Metabolism and energy conservation in chemoheterotrophic and chemolithotrophic bacteria. Anoxy-genic and oxygenic photosynthesis in prokaryotes. Bacterial motility and chemotaxis. Emphasis on anaerobic bacteria. Prerequisite: MICBIO 310 or consent of instructor. A course in biochemistry is desirable.

565 Laboratory in Molecular Genetics (1st sem) 4 cr

Techniques in modern molecular genetics of bacteria, animals, plants, and yeast. Includes: isolation of DNA/RNA; DNA cloning and sequencing; polymerase chain reaction; Southern, Northern and Western blots; signal transduction using reporter genes; tissue culture; recent advances in genomics and bioinformatics. Prerequisites: BIOCHM/BIOL 285 and consent of instructor.

570 Virology

Molecular biology of animal viruses and viral genetic systems; viral disease processes. Concentrates on polio virus, influenza, herpes viruses, HIV, and the DNA and RNA tumor viruses. Examines some aspects of animal cell molecular biology. Prerequisite: MICBIO 310 or equivalent life science course (biochemistry or genetics strongly recommended).

572 Nematology 4 cr

With lab. Biology and identification of soil nematodes. Parasitism of plants and control measures stressed. Individual project. Prerequisite: MICBIO 530 or consent of instructor.

585 Concepts in Molecular Genetics

Discussion of experiments important in development of fundamental concepts of molecular genetics. The tranforming principle and the dogma central to recent progress in DNA replication, recombination, and transposition, and mechanisms of genetic regulation. Prerequisite: MICBIO 330 or BIOL/BIOCHM 285.

597 Special Topics

Microbial Ecology

Basic concepts of ecological theory applied to microbial interactions. Topics include: the dynamic relationships between microorganisms and animals, plants, other microorganisms, and their environments. A general introduction to biogeochemical cycling in aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Prerequisite: MICBIO 310.

Antibiotics 1 cr

Mechanisms of bacterial resistance to antibiotics. The use of antibiotics as research tools to probe various aspects of macromolecule synthesis. Topics include roles of transposons and plasmids in evolution of multiple drug resistance and resistance to heavy metals. Prerequisite: general background in microbiology, genetics, and biochemistry.

Microbial Biotechnology

Agricultural and industrial uses of microorganisms and efforts to genetically modify microorganisms for specific purposes. Topics include: history and development, microbial products, microbial biomass as a protein source, bioremediation, N2 fixation, Agrobacterium and the manipulation of plant genes, detection and monitoring of genetically engineered microorganisms, government regulation and social implications. Prerequisite: MICBIO 310 or consent of instructor. Course in genetics desirable.

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