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 2123: Introduction to Microbiology

BIOL 1114; offered Fall and Spring semesters; some Summers

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; offered Fall and Spring semesters; most Summers

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; offered Fall and Spring semesters

 

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; Rarely offered

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; offered Spring, odd years

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; offered Fall semester

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; offered Fall and Spring semesters

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; offered Spring semester

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 4003: Brewing Microbiology

No Prerequisites; offered Fall semester, some Spring semesters

Brewing Microbiology is about the science behind beer brewing. Students will learn about the microbiology of yeast (including growth, metabolism, aseptic technique and contamination), biology of grain, biochemistry of malted barley, chemistry of water, preservative nature of hops, and the human physiology of taste and smell. There are no prerequisites for this course, although high school or freshman level biology and chemistry is helpful.

MICR 4012: Molecular Microbiology Laboratory I (L)

MICR 3223, 4233; offered Fall semester

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 4013: Microbial Physiology and Ecology 

Prerequisite(s): MICR 2123 and CHEM 3015 or CHEM 3053. Co-requisite: MICR 3223; offered some Fall semesters

Fundamentals of microbial physiology, ecology and genetics of microbial populations under various redox conditions. Basics of genomics and proteomics. Microbial origin and evolution. Microbial diversity and function. Population interactions, competition and ecosystem stability. Metabolic activities in natural and managed systems. Modern molecular tools in microbe identification and evolutionary phylogeny. May not be used for degree credit with MICR 5013. 

MICR 4052: Pathogenic Microbiology Lab

MICR 2123, 2132
Co-requisite(s): MICR 3223; offered Fall semester

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

MICR 4053: Pathogenic Microbiology

MICR 2123, 2132
Co-requisites(s): MICR 3223; offered Spring semester

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; offered Spring semester

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 (MLS students only)

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; offered Fall semester

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 (MLS students only)

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

MICR 4203: Bioinformatics

MICR 3033 or BIOC 3653 or equivalent; offered Fall semester

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 4233: Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology 

MICR 3033; offered Spring semester

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 (MLS students only)

 

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 (MLS students only)

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; offered Fall semester

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: Microbial Genetics: from Genes to Genomes (L)

MICR 4012, 4112, 4233; offered Spring even years,

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: Biological Energy Transduction

MICR 3033 or BIOC 3653; offered Spring semester

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 (MLS students only)

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 (MLS students only)

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 4423: Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance

MICR 2123, 2132, and 3223; offered Fall semester

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.