Graduate Courses

The graduate departmental courses are designed to provide an advanced, comprehensive training on the skills required for working with microorganisms, as well as an extensive understanding of all aspects of microbial life.  




MICR 5000: Thesis

2-6 credits, Max 6
Consent of major professor

A student studying for the MS degree enrolls in this course for six hours credit
MICR 5002: Professionalism for the Microbiologist Microbiology graduate student and permission of instructor Introduces the microbiology graduate student to the standards of the microbiology professional and to basic skills in communication and data retrieval needed by all microiologists.  Required of all MS and Ph.D. students in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. 
MICR 5012:  Molecular Microbiology Laboratory I MICR 3223, 4233  Emphasis on good laboratory practives in microbiology and molecular biology; isolation and enumeration of microorganisms; physiological, biochemical, and molecular characterization of aerobic and anaerobic microorganisms.  Must be taken in conjunction with MICR 5112 the following semester.   No credit for student with MICR 4012.   
MICR 5052:  Techniques in Molecular Biology  Permission from Instructor  Provides the basic skills for scientific thinking and analysis in molecular microbiological research.   
MICR 5053:  Pathogenic Microbiology MICR 2123, 2132
Co-requisite(s): MICR 3223
Survey of pathogenic bacteria and the diseases they cause as they relate to humans and animals. Morphology, physiology, and pathogenic mechanisms of specific bacterial pathogens. No credit for students with credit in 4053. 
MICR 5112:  Molecular Microbiology Laboratory II  MICR 5012  A continuation of 5012, molecular characterization of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms utilizing nucleic acids, proteins, cell fractionation, cytology, and antigen-antibody reactions.  No credit for students with MICR 4112. 
MICR 5113:  Advanced Immunology  MICR 3253  Advanced studies with emphasis on the regulation of vertebrate immune responses.   
MICR 5123:  Virology  MICR 3033/BIOC 3653, BIOL 3023
Co-requisite: MICR 3223 
Virus-host interactions including structure-function of animal, plant, and bacterial viruses.  Discussion of the molecular biology of virus infection and development.  No credit for students with MICR 4123. 
MICR 5133:  Molecular and Microbial Genetics  BIOL 3023, CHEM 3053, MICR 2123, 2132
Co-requisite: MICR 3223 
The properties of macromolecules, from the structure of proteins and nucleic acids to molecular mechanisms of DNA replication and recombination, transcription, protein syntehsis, and gene regulation.  Gene transfter mechanisms in bacteria and their viruses.  Fundamentals of recombinant DNA technology.  No credit for students with MICR 4133.  
MICR 5142:  Techniques in Molecular Biology  Consent of Instructor  Comprehensive laboratory course in research techniques involving classical genetics and molcular biology.   

MICR 5153:  Emerging Infectious Agents

None An in-depth discussion of the importance of emerging infectious agents, the molecular basis for their emergence, and the broad spectrum of host-microbe interactions favoring the evolution of new infectious agents. 
MICR 5160:  Seminar  1 credit, Max of 2
Consent of Instructor 
Required of and limited to all MS and PhD students majoring in microbiology, cell and molecular biology. 
MICR 5203:  Bioinformatics  MICR 3033, BIOC 3653 or equivalent  Fundamental concepts of biological sequence information and inferential techniques to assign structure, function, and evolutionary relationship among genes and proteins. No prior programming necessary, but familiarity with computer desktop assumed. No credit for students with credit in 4203. 
MICR 5213:  Enviornmental Microbiology  MICR 3223, BIOC 3653, or equivalent  Microbial processes and diversity. Fundamental and applied aspects of microbial ecology, physiology, energetics, and mechanisms of energy conservation. Microbial transformation of organic, inorganic, and pollutant compounds, and bioremediation. Study of modern molecular tools for the detection of microbes in the natural environment. 
MICR 5214:  Microbial Ecology (L) 

MICR 2123, 2132,
CHEM 3015 or 3053
Co-requisite:  MICR 3223 

Fundamentals of microbial physiology and genetics of microbial populations under various redox conditions. Species and functional guilds in natural habitat. Community structure and diversity of niches. Population interactions, competition and ecosystem stability. Metabolic activities in natural and managed systems. Microbial capacities and elemental cyclings. Genes and genetic exchange in the environment. Modern nucleic acid tools in microbial identification and evolutionary phylogeny. No credit for students with credit in 4214. 
MICR 5233:  Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology  MICR 3033  Advanced topics in cell and molecular biology including regulatory mechanisms of gene expression, protein function, cell structure and organization, cell division, and development. No credit for students with credit in 4233. 
MICR 5253:  Concepts in Medical Genetics  BIOL 3023  Application of genetic principles in the study of human diseases, including the inheritance, molecular mechanisms, detection, characterization, and discovery of human genes. No credit for students with credit in 4253. 
MICR 5263:  Eukaryotic Genetics  MICR 3033  Integration of genetics and genomics principles, the basic processes of gene transmission, molecular biology of gene expression and evolutionary genetics by gaining social and historical context in which genetics are developed. Participants are expected to comprehend the dramatic change in our understanding of human genetics and the role such information has in our view of disability and disease. No credit for students with credit in 4263. 
MICR 5273: Advanced Principles of Microbial Pathogenesis MICR 3223 Familiarize students to the literature, techniques, and fundamental mechanisms used by microbes during infection that enable them to invade, survive, replicate and ultimately manipulate the host to the microbes advantage.
MICR 5323:  Bioenergetics  MICR 3033 or BIOC 3653  Bioenergetic reactions and mechanisms involved in energy production in plants, animals and microbial systems. No credit for students with credit in 4323. 
MICR 5353:  Photobiology  MICR 3033 or BIOC 3653  The proteins and processes involved in biological photosynthesis, photosensing, and photodamage, including their biological relevance. Involves critical reading of primary literature and examination of protein structures using bioinformatics tools. No credit for students with credit in 4353. 
MICR 5423:  Bacterial Cell Walls - Form and Function  MICR 2123, 2132, 3223  Topics will include structure and synthesis of membrane and cell wall components (including lipids, peptidoglycan and membrane proteins), mechanisms of transport across the cell wall and the roles components of the cell wall play in the survival of the cell (and in the case of pathogens, the ability to cause disease). In addition, antimicrobial agents that affect the cell wall and the mechanisms used to eliminate these agents from the cell will also be discussed. No credit for students with credit in 4423. 
MICR 5990:  Special Problems   1-4 credits, Max of 10
Permission of Instructor 
Investigations into the field of microbiology. 
MICR 6000:  Dissertation  1-15 credits, Max of 45
Consent of major advisor  
Research in microbiology for the Ph.D. degree. 
MICR 6112:  Molecular Biology of Bacterial Viruses  MICR 4123, 4133  Advanced study of bacteriophages. 
MICR 6120:  Recent Advances in Microbiology  1 credit, Max of 6
1 graduate course in biochemistry 
Discussion and evaluation of recent scientific contributions in terms of the living organism. 
MICR 6133:  Cellular Microbiology  A strong background of undergraduate microbiology, biochemistry, and cell biology is expected  The molecular interactions between intracellular parasites and their host cells will be explored, emphasizing the manipulation of normal cellular processes to the benefit of the parasite. The course will involve critical reading of the current literature and development of an understanding of molecular microbe and cell biology research techniques. 
MICR 6143:  Advanced Microbial Physiology  MICR 3223
Consent of Instructor 
Discussion of selected topics in microbial physiology.  Critical analysis of research papers.   
MICR 6153: Molecular Microbial Genetics   MICR 4133  Structure, function and regulation of nucleic acids. Gene transfer mechanisms, genetic recombination and plasmid biology. Recent developments in recombinant DNA technology. 
MICR 6213:  Molecular Microbial Ecology  MICR 3223 or Consent of Instructor  Current questions and recent advances in molecular microbial ecology methodologies and approaches, examination of the phylogenetic and metabolic diversity of Bacteria, Archaea, and microeukaryotics in various ecosystems, microbial community composition and ecophysiology in selected habitats, identification of rare members of the microbial community. 
MICR 6253:  Microbial Evolution  MICR 2132, 2123, BIOC 3653, BIOL 3023  The mechanisms and results of microbial evolution in nature and in the laboratory, with emphasis on microbes as model evolutionary systems, molecular evolution, classification and phylogeny, and discussion of protobiology and the probable fate of engineered microbes. 
MICR 6304:  Genetics of Simple Eukaryotes  Solid grasp of basic cellular maintenance and propagation processes and consent of instructor.   In-depth discussion of lessons learned from simple eukaryotes such as S. cerevisiae (yeast), A. nidulans (fungus), D. melanogaster (fly) and C. elegans (worm). 
MICR 6323:  Current Topics in Eukaryotics Signal Transduction and Gene Regulation  MICR 3033, BIOC 3653, BIOL 3023  Discussion of current literature on the mechanisms of eukaryotic signal transduction and gene regulation.