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Microbiology (MICR)

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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. DB

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

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

MICR 314 Research Ethics (1) An introduction to the ethical issues faced by individuals and institutions involved in scientific research. Based on case studies, students will discuss and write about ethical issues in research. Issues include humans and animals in research, mentoring, authorship, ownership of data, genetic technologies and record keeping. This course is designed for students with majors in the natural sciences. A-F only. Pre: BIOL 172 (or concurrent), or MATH 321 (or concurrent), or PHYS 170 (or concurrent), or CHEM 272 (or concurrent); or consent. DS

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: BIOL 275/275L. DB

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. DY

MICR 361 Introductory Bioinformatics (4) (3 Lec, 1 3-hr Lab) Introductory bioinformatics will provide a basic foundation of biological information (DNA, protein, genome and proteome) by using information technology (IT). A-F only. Pre: BIOL 275 and BIOL 275L or consent. Fall only.

MICR 401 Marine Microbiology (3) Evolution, ecology, biochemistry, genetics and physiology of marine bacteria by examining defined systems and organisms. Pre: BIOL 265/265L and 275/275L and 301/301L, and OCN 201; or 351/351L or consent. DB

MICR 401L Marine Microbiology Laboratory (1) (1 3-hr Lab) Laboratory to accompany 401. Pre: BIOL 265/265L and BIOL 275/275L and BIOL 301/301L and OCN 201; or 351/351L; 401 or concurrent; or consent. DY

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. DB

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. DY

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. Recommended: BIOL 275/275L. DB

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. DY

MICR 463 Microbiology of Pathogens (3) Host-parasite relationships in microbial diseases of humans and animals with emphasis on bacterial pathogens. Pre: 351, 461, and 461L; or consent. Co-requisite: 463L or consent. DB

MICR 463L Microbiology of Pathogens Lab (2) (2 3-hr Lab) Characterization of bacterial pathogens. Isolation, identification, and diagnosis. Co-requisite: 463 or consent. DY

MICR 470 Microbial Pathogenesis (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.

MICR 475 Bacterial Genetics (3) Genetic analysis and molecular basis of transmission replication, mutation, and expression of heritable characteristics in prokaryotes. Pre: 351 or BIOL 275, or consent. DB

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). DY

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. DB

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: 485 (or concurrent) or consent. DY

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. DB

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. DY

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 630 Microbial Genome (3) Advanced studies of Microbial genome: relation to functional genomics, structural genomics, and proteomics. A-F only. Pre: 351 and one 400-level MICR course, or consent. (Alt. years)

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 MBBE 402; or consent.

MICR 646 Plant-Bacterial Interactions (3) Diagnosis, molecular biology, genetics, and infection mechanisms of bacterial plant pathogens and symbionts. Pre: one of 351, 475, or BIOC 481; or consent. (Cross-listed as PEPS 646)

MICR 652 Advanced Marine Microbiology (3) Advanced studies of marine microorganisms in diverse habitats with consideration of applications of marine microbes, interactions with higher organisms, phylogeny and diversity, and past and current methods. A-F only. Pre: 351 and 401 or consent. (Alt. years)

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 expres-sion and metabolism in bacterial and fungal systems. Pre: 475, 632, 671, BIOC 601, BIOC 602, and consent. (Alt. years: fall only)

MICR 671 Bacterial 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)