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Courses: Microbiology
Microbiology (MICR)

College of Natural Sciences 

MICR 130 General Microbiology (3) Role of microorganisms; how they affect people, property, and the environment. A basic survey course covering broad aspects of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and physiology; host-parasite relationships, public health, bacterial, mycotic and viral diseases; epidemiology; ecology of soils and water; environmental pollution; food microbiology; industrial applications at an introductory level. Discussion groups optional. Not open to those with credit in 351 or equivalent. NS1

MICR 140 Microbiology Laboratory (2) (2 2-hr Lab) Primarily for students in nursing and dental hygiene. Pre: 130 (or concurrent). NS1

MICR 301 Microbiology Seminar (1) Seminars by the department faculty on current topics. Repeatable once. Pre: 130 or 351 (or concurrent); or consent.

MICR 351 Biology of Microorganisms (3) Anatomy, chemistry, physiology, genetics, development, and environmental interactions of microorganisms. Pre: BIOL 171 or equivalent, CHEM 272, and CHEM 272L; or consent. Co-requisite: 351L. Recommended: MATH 241. NS1

MICR 351L Biology of Microorganisms Lab (2) (2 3-hr Lab) Laboratory exercises to accompany 351. Pre: CHEM 272, CHEM 272L, and BIOL 171, or equivalent. 

MICR 431 Microbial Physiology (3) Fundamental physiological and metabolic processes of bacteria; emphasis on growth, functions of cell structures, varieties of energy metabolism, metabolic regulation, and differentiation at the prokaryote level. Pre: 351 and BIOC 441, or consent.

MICR 431L Microbial Physiology Lab (2) (2 3-hr Lab) Components and metabolism of the bacterial cell; emphasis on techniques of analysis of metabolism and molecular structure. Co-requisite: 431.

MICR 451 Biology of Bacteria (3) Detailed study of physiology, structure, and taxonomy of major groups of bacteria; their growth in nature, laboratory, and industry. Pre: 351.

MICR 451L Biology of Bacteria Lab (2) (2 3-hr Lab) Selected experiments in cultivation, physiology, and taxonomy of major groups. Pre: 351 and 451 (or concurrent).

MICR 461 Immunology (3) Structure and biological actions of antigens and antibodies; fundamentals of antibody synthesis; the relation of immunology to biology and medical sciences. Pre: 351 or BIOL 172; or consent.

MICR 461L Immunology Lab (2) (2 3-hr Lab) Basic exercises and experiments in immunology, immunochemistry, immuno-biology to illustrate principles of 461. Co-requisite: 461 or consent.

MICR 463 Microbiology of Pathogens (3) Host-parasite relationships in microbial diseases of man and animals. Pre: 351, 461, and 461L; or consent. Co-requisite: 463L or consent.

MICR 463L Microbiology of Pathogens Lab (2) (2 3-hr Lab) Experiments demonstrating principles of host resistance and immunity. Characterization of bacterial pathogens. Isolation, identification, and diagnosis. Co-requisite: 463 or consent.

MICR 470 Microbial Pathogenesis: Molecular Aspects (3) Fundamental mechanisms of infectious diseases at the molecular level. Emphasis on the role of genetics in host-pathogen interactions. Pre: 351/351L or consent. (Alt. years)

MICR 475 Bacterial Genetics (3) Genetic analysis and molecular basis of transmission replication, mutation, and expression of heritable characteristics in prokaryotes. Pre: 351.

MICR 475L Bacterial Genetics Lab (2) (2 3-hr Lab) Techniques for study of transfer and expression of prokaryotic genes: transformation, conjugation, transposon mutagenesis, preparation and analysis of plasmid and chromosomal DNA. Pre: 475 (or concurrent).

MICR 485 Microbes and Their Environment (3) Distribution, diversity, and roles of microorganisms in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. Importance of bacteria in pesticide degradation, bioremediation of oil spills, sewage treatment, biocontrol, food fermentation. Pre: BIOL 172 and CHEM 272; or consent. 

MICR 485L Microbes and Their Environment Lab (2) (2 3-hr Lab) Techniques for study of interaction of microorganisms with and within their natural habitats; symbiosis between microorganisms and plants and animals; role of microorganisms in element cycling; food fermentation by bacteria. Pre: 351 and 485 (or concurrent); or consent. 

MICR 490 Animal Virology (3) Fundamental concepts; comparison of physical, chemical, and biological properties of representative animal viruses and host-virus relationships at cellular and whole animal level. Pre: 351, 461, BIOC 441, and consent. Co-requisite: 490L.

MICR 490L Animal Virology Lab (2) (2 3-hr Lab) Basic experimental techniques; emphasis on use of animal cell culture systems. Pre: 351, 461, BIOC 441, and consent. Co-requisite: 490.

MICR 499 Microbiological Problems (V) Directed reading and research. Limited to senior majors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or a minimum GPA of 3.0 in microbiology, or consent.

MICR 500 Master's Plan B/C Studies (1) Enrollment for degree completion. Pre: master's Plan B or C candidate and consent.

MICR 625 Advanced Immunology (3) Detailed reports and discussions on selected advanced topics and current research literature. Pre: 461, BIOC 601, and BIOP 601; or consent. (Alt. years: spring only)

MICR 631 Rhizobium-Legume Symbiosis (1) Rhizobium infection process, nodule formation, genes involved in nodulation and nitrogen fixation and recent advances in rhizobium-legume symbiosis will be discussed as both lectures and student seminars. Pre: 351, 431, 475, or 485. (Spring only) 

MICR 632 Advanced Microbial Physiology (3) Selected topics. Pre: 431 or consent. (Alt. years: spring only)

MICR 641 Ultrastructure of Cells (3) Cellular structures, common and specialized, of eukaryotes and prokaryotes; correlating macro-molecular structure with cell functions. Pre: BIOL 406 and either BIOC 441 or BIOC 601.

MICR 642 Antibiotics (3) History and applications of antibiotics; antibiotic resistance mechanisms; discovery and approval of new antibiotics; sources of antibiotics; role in nature. Pre: 431, 451, or 463; or consent.

MICR 653 Methods in Microbiology Oceanography (3)

MICR 655 Advanced Virology (3) Detailed reports and discussions on selected advanced topics and current research literature. Pre: 463, 490, either BIOC 441 or BIOC 601, and consent. (Alt. years: fall only)

MICR 661 Regulations of Gene Expressions in Microorganisms (3) Critical discussions of research literature on regulation of gene expression and metabolism in bacterial and fungal systems. Pre: 475, 632, 671, BIOC 601, BIOC 602, and consent. (Alt. years: fall only)

MICR 671 Advanced Microbial Genetics (3) Directed study and discussion of research literature on bacterial and bacterial virus mutation, genetic recombination, evolution and control mechanisms. Pre: 475, BIOC 601, and consent. (Alt. years: spring only)

MICR 680 Advances in Microbial Ecology (3) Highlights in microbial ecology; interaction of microorganisms with abiotic and biotic components of their environments. Modern techniques for study of autecology and synecology of microorganisms. Pre: 485 or consent. (Alt. years: spring only)

MICR 681 Host-Parasite Relationships (3) Mechanisms of pathogenicity of microorganisms and defense mechanisms of human and animal hosts. Review of contemporary literature. Pre: 463 or consent. (Alt. years: fall only)

MICR 685 Molecular and Cellular Bacterial Pathogenesis (3) Detailed examination of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis. Overview of key literature, synthesis of scientific problems into research proposals. Pre: 431, 463, or 470; or consent. (Alt. years: spring only)

MICR 690 Seminar (1) Required of graduate students. Repeatable.

MICR 699 Directed Research (V) Selected problems in microbiology. Pre: consent.

MICR 700 Thesis Research (V)

MICR 795 Special Topics in Microbiology (V) Selected topics in any aspect of microbiology. Repeatable.

MICR 800 Dissertation Research (V)

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