Microbiology

Courses in Microbiology


The undergraduate departmental courses are designed to provide comprehensive training and the skills required for working with microorganisms, as well as a broad understanding of all aspects of microbial life.

Course Identification

Prerequisites

Course Description

MICR 1513: Inquiry-Based Biology (L)

No Prerequisites

Directed inquiry and hands-on study of biological principles. Restricted to elementary education majors or related fields as model course to learn and teach science.

MICR 2002: Science Literacy

Consent of instructor

An introduction to skills needed to identify, read and critically evaluate scientific literature and to manage and communicate research data in written oral and poster formats.

MICR 2123: Introduction to Microbiology

BIOL 1114

General principles of the biology of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi, protozoa and archea. 

MICR 2132: Introduction to Micro Laboratory (L)

2123 or concurrent enrollment

Sterile technique, microscopy, identification of microorganisms, microbial metabolism, microbial genetics and environmental microbiology. Molecular and culture techniques. 

MICR 3033: Cell and Molecular Biology

MICR 2123 and 2132 or BOT 1404 or ZOOL 1604
CHEM 1225 or CHEM 1515 or equivalent

 

The cell concept and cell morphology, cell macromolecules, organelles, enzymes, energetics, movement of water and materials across membranes, influence of external environment, cellular synthesis, growth and maintenance, control and integration of function, replication, differentiation, origin, and evolution of cells.

MICR 3103: Microbes: Friends or Foes

No Prerequisites

Explores the impact of microorganisms on human life, the environment, and world history. This course is designed for non-science majors. 

MICR 3143: Medical Mycology (L)

MICR 2123, 2132

Examination of fungi as animal pathogens; laboratory techniques used in the identification of human and animal pathogens, and differentiation from common contaminants. 

MICR 3154: Food Microbiology (L)

MICR 2123, 2132 and CHEM 3015 or 3053

Relationship of microorganisms to food manufacture and preservation, to food spoilage and microbial food poisoning and to various aspects of primary food production. (Same course as FDSC 3154) 

MICR 3223: Advanced Microbiology

MICR 2123, 2132;
Co-requisite(s): CHEM 3015 or CHEM 3053

Subcellular structure and function of microorganisms. Synthesis, translocation, and metabolism of cellular macromolecular constituents. Substrate transport and metabolism. 

MICR 3253: Immunology

MICR 2123 and 2132

Vertebrate host's ability to defend itself against foreign intrusion. Chemistry and biology of the acquired immune response. 

MICR 4000: Honors in Microbiology 

1-4 credits, max 4
Consent of departmental honors committee

Supervised study and research in microbiology.

MICR 4001: Professional Transitions in Microbiology 

Declared microbiology major with minimum 70 hours earned and consent of instructor

Understanding major areas and employment activities in microbiology, cell biology and molecular biology fields. Evaluating and understanding scientific and professional literature, and making the transition from undergraduate education to postgraduate education or employment.

MICR 4012: Molecular Microbiology Laboratory I (L)

MICR 3223, 4233

Emphasis on good laboratory practices 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 4112 the following semester.  No credit for students with credit in 5012.

MICR 4052: Pathogenic Microbiology Lab

MICR 2123, 2132
Co-requisite(s): MICR 3223

An overview of pathogenic bacteria and the identification of unknown bacterial pathogens.

MICR 4053: Pathogenic Microbiology

MICR 2123, 2132
Co-requisites(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 5053.

MICR 4112: Molecular Microbiology Laboratory II (L)

MICR 4012

Continuation of 4012. Molecular characterization of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms utilizing nucleic acids, proteins, cell fractionation, cytology, and antigen-antibody reactions.  No credit for students with credit in 5112.

MICR 4117: Clinical Microbiology (L)

Concurrent internship in affiliated hospital and all degree requirements for BS in microbiology except 30 hours clinical laboratory science

The theory and laboratory study of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, rickettsiae, fungi, and parasites. Includes isolation, identification, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, and medical significance.

MICR 4123: Virology

MICR 3033 or BIOC 3653; BIOL 3023; Co-requisite(s): 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 credit in 5123.

MICR 4125: Clinical Chemistry I (L)

Concurrent internship in affiliated hospital and all degree requirements for BS in microbiology except for 30 hours clinical laboratory science

The theory and laboratory methodology of analytical biochemistry, clinical microscopy, routine and special procedures, and medical significance.

MICR 4133: Molecular and Microbial Genetics

MICR 2123, 2132, BIOL 3023, CHEM 3015 or 3053;
Co-requisite(s): MICR 3223

The properties of macromolecules, from the structure of proteins and nucleic acids to molecular mechanisms of DNA replication and recombination, transcription, protein synthesis, and gene regulation. Gene transfer mechanisms in bacteria and their viruses. Fundamentals of recombinant DNA technology. No credit for students with credit in 5133.

MICR 4203: Bioinformatics

MICR 3033 or 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 computers assumed. No credit for students with credit in 5203.

MICR 4214: Microbial Ecology (L)

MICR 2123, 2132 and CHEM 3015 or 3053
Co-requisite(s): 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 5214.

MICR 4233: 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 5233.

MICR 4236: Clinical Hematology (L)

Concurrent internship in affiliated hospital and all degree requirements for BS in microbiology except for 30 hours of clinical laboratory science

 

Systematized study of diseases, cell maturation and function, principles of hemostasis; methodology used in routine and special hematology studies; and correlation of hematological findings with physiological conditions.

MICR 4246: Clinical Immunology (L)

Concurrent internship in affiliated hospital and all degree requirements for BS in microbiology except for 30 hours clinical laboratory science

Immunologic responses and procedures used in serological determinations; immunohematology, fundamentals of antigen-antibody reactions, blood groups and types, compatibility testing, blood components, and the lab methods used as they relate to the medical significance of immunology and infectious diseases. 

MICR 4253: 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 5253. 

MICR 4263: Eukaryotic Genetics (L)

MICR 4012, 4112, 4233

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. Focus on 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 5263. 

MICR 4323: 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 5323. 

MICR 4325: Clinical Chemistry II (L) 

Concurrent internship in affiliated hospital and all degree requirements for BS in microbiology except for 30 hours clinical laboratory science

The theory and laboratory methodology of analytical biochemistry, instrumentation, lab mathematics, routine and special procedures and medical significance. 

MICR 4351: Topics in Clinical Laboratory Science 

Concurrent internship in affiliated hospital and all degree requirements for BS in microbiology except for 30 hours clinical laboratory science

Principles and practices of the medical laboratory including basic management, quality assurance, education methodology, computer applications, laboratory safety, and special projects in selected areas. 

MICR 4353: 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 5353. 

MICR 4423: Bacterial Cell Walls: Form and Function

MICR 2123, 2132, and 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, roles components of the cell wall play in the survival of the cell (and in the case of pathogens, the ability to cause disease), and antimicrobial agents that affect the cell wall and the mechanisms used to eliminate these agents from the cell. No credit for students with credit in 5423. 

MICR 4990: Special Problems 

1-3 credits, max 12
Consent of instructor

Investigations in the field of microbiology.