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Microbiology Courses for Undergraduates

Most courses offered by the Department of Microbiology are offered only once per year. Courses below are grouped according to the semester(s) when they are available.

Courses Offered Only in Fall Semester

MICR:3147 Immunology and Human Disease
3 s.h.
Important principles and key concepts in immunology with a focus on the involvement of the immune system in disease pathogenesis; overview of innate and adaptive immune systems and their functions at cellular and molecular levels. Prerequisites: BIOL:1411 with a minimum grade of C and BIOL:1412 with a minimum grade of C.

MICR:3168 Viruses and Human Disease
3 s.h.
Infection and replication strategies of viruses with an emphasis on human disease; for microbiology majors as well as students interested in pre-medicine, biological sciences, epidemiology, and/or other health-related occupations. Prerequisites: BIOL:1411 with a minimum grade of C or MICR:2157 with a minimum grade of C.

MICR:3170 Microbial Genetics
3 s.h.
Genetics of bacteria, bacteriophages. Prerequisites: BIOL:2512 with a minimum grade of C or MICR:2157 with a minimum grade of C.

MICR:3177 Virology Discussion
1 s.h.

Students read and discuss papers from virology literature that address current issues in virology. Prerequisites: MICR:2157 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisites: MICR:3168. 

MICR:3178 Virology Laboratory
2 s.h.
Practical approaches to studying viruses; basic techniques in virology including virus detection, virus growth measurement, and virus genetics. Prerequisites: MICR:2157 with a minimum grade of C and MICR:2158 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisites: MICR:3168. 

Courses Offered Only in Spring Semester

MICR:3150 Eukaryotic Pathogens and Human Disease
2 s.h.

Foundational understanding of the lifecycle, epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of major eukaryotic pathogens/parasites that cause human disease. Prerequisites: MICR:2157 with a minimum grade of C. Recommendations: genetics, biochemistry, and immunology.

MICR:3159 Bacteria and Human Disease
3 s.h.

Infection and replication strategies of bacteria with an emphasis on human disease; for students interested in microbiology or other biological sciences, epidemiology, and/or health-related occupations. Prerequisites: MICR:2157 with a minimum grade of C.

MICR:3160 Molecular Microbiology
3 s.h.
Microbes colonize a wide range of diverse environments from deep sea thermal vents to ice covered arctic lakes to the human body; students explore the genetics, molecular, and cell biology of a range of microorganisms, including: microbial cell organization, macromolecular assembly, molecular structure and function, cell division and DNA replication, fundamentals of gene regulation, bacterial differentiation, antibiotic resistance, and microbial interactions; provides a strong foundation in molecular microbiology with an emphasis on familiarizing students with the techniques commonly used in modern microbiology research. Prerequisites: MICR:2157 with a minimum grade of C and (BIOC:3120 or BIOC:3110).

MICR:3165 Bacteria and Human Disease Laboratory and Discussion
3 s.h.
Experimental design and methodologies used to study bacteria with an emphasis on human disease; students read and discuss papers from bacteriology literature that address current issues in bacteriology; for students interested in microbiology or other biological sciences, epidemiology, and/or health-related occupations. Prerequisites: MICR:2157 with a minimum grade of C and MICR:2158 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisites: MICR:3159, if not taken as a prerequisite.

Courses Offered Only in Fall or Spring

MICR:2157 General Microbiology
3 s.h.

Principles of bacterial and viral diversity, structure, genetics, physiology, and metabolism in contexts of molecular biology, immunology, infectious disease, and environmental microbiology. Prerequisites: BIOL:1411.

MICR:2158 General Microbiology Laboratory
2 s.h.

Practice of basic techniques commonly used today for study of easy-to-grow microorganisms; variety of individual and group lab activities that challenge students to apply observations about bacteria and viruses. Corequisites: MICR:2157, if not taken as a prerequisite.

MICR:5218 Microscopy for Biomedical Research
3 s.h.

Basic microscopy methods for research including optics, preparation, and analysis of biomedical specimens; light, fluorescence, confocal, transmitting electron, scanning electron, atomic force microscopes, elemental analysis; immunochemistry and stereology techniques; individualized laboratory instruction. Prerequisites: BIOL:2723.

Courses Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters

MICR:4161 Undergraduate Research in Microbiology
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Experimental research under faculty supervision. May be repeated. Prerequisites: BIOL:1411.

MICR:4171 Honors Microbiology
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Experimental research under faculty supervision. May be repeated. Prerequisites: BIOL:1411. Requirements: microbiology major, junior or senior standing, 3.33 overall g.p.a., and 3.33 g.p.a. in microbiology courses.

Note:

Senior undergraduate majors who have excelled in their undergraduate courses may consult with their advisor about taking graduate level courses.