Microbiology (MICR) Courses

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

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MICR 100: Microbes and Society, 3 credits
Covers the role of microbes in our daily lives. Includes the role of microbes in the environment, food production, biotechnology and health as well as the positive and negative effects of microbes. Four laboratory experiences required. (CO4L)

MICR 200: Profession of Microbiology, 3 credits
Introduction to the field of microbiology, including the scope of microbiology, career opportunities, critical thinking and analysis, ethics, and basic tools to access and evaluate the scientific literature.

MICR 276A: Introduction to Microbiology, 3 credits
Survey of the biology of microorganisms. Topics include microbial structure, physiology, genetics, and evolution; virology; and environmental microbiology.

MICR 276L: Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory, 2 credits
Laboratory to accompany MICR 276, will include basic microbiological techniques, experimental design, data collection and analysis.

MICR 290: Independent Study, 1-3 credits
Research and/or readings in selected topics in microbiology and immunology.

MICR 300: Medical Microbiology and Immunology (lecture/lab), 4 credits
Medical bacteriology, virology, mycology, and parasitology as they apply to infectious diseases in humans. Fundamental concepts of immunology.

MICR 301: Microbial Physiology, 4 credits
Bioenergetics and metabolism of microorganisms, responses to their environment and other organisms, and biogenesis of their cellular components. Laboratory investigations of microbial physiology, biochemistry, and metabolism.

MICR 350: Microbial Genomics and Genetics, 4 credits
Genetic and genomic methods for dissecting processes related to pathogenesis and the evolution of pathogenic microbes. Computational tools for comparative analysis of microbial genomes.

MICR 401/601: Microbial Diversity and Evolution, 3 credits
Commonalities of diverse microbes and their evolutionary interrelationships. Sequence-based detection of uncultured microbes, homology-based prediction of their metabolic and physiological potential, and application of phylogenetic analysis to classify them.

MICR 405: Microbial Food Biotechnology, 3 credits
Study of microbes used for production of food and microbial products used for food and industrial purposes. Study of microbes causing food spoilage and foodborne illnesses. Analysis of food quality control and preservation.

MICR 418: Environmental Microbiology, 3 credits
Biology and ecology of microorganisms in natural and anthropogenic environments. Culture-based and molecular methods for detection, evaluation, and manipulation of microorganisms and their metabolism.

MICR 425/625: Human Virology, 3 credits
Course will cover molecular biology, pathogenesis, and control of animal viruses.

MICR 453/653: Immunology, 3 credits
Organization, development, and regulation of the immune system, antibody structure and function, cellular and humoral effector mechanisms in immunity, and immunologic mechanisms in disease.

MICR 467: Special Topics in Microbiology and Immunology, 1-3 credits
Selected advanced contemporary topics in microbiology or immunology not covered in other courses. May be repeated when course content differs. Credit allowed toward MI major or minor with departmental permission.

MICR 470/670: Microbial Pathogenesis, 3 credits
Molecular and cellular mechanism of microbial promotion of disease, along with host defense systems, and the indispensable and beneficial roles of microbes in human health.

MICR 476/676: Cancer Immunobiology, 3 credits
Introduction to the mechanisms of cancer development and treatment. Topics include mechanisms of carcinogenesis and neoplastic transformation, immune system and tumor surveillance and treatment options.

MICR 483: Infectious Diseases, 3 credits
The pathology of microbes, immunology, epidemiology, and public health issues of infectious diseases.

MICR 484: Explorations in Microbiology, 3 credits
Topics in environmental and applied microbiology: species discovery, genome-scale investigation, interspecies and host-viral relationships, production of metabolites and enzymes, and biodegradation.

MICR 487/687: Problems in Infection and Immunity, 1–3 credits
Research and/or seminar-oriented elective in either bacteriology, immunology, mycology or virology.

MICR 490: Independent Study, 1–4 credits
Laboratory and/or literature study in a specialized area.

MICR 700: Biotechnology Today and Tomorrow, 2 credits
Current concepts and methodologies in advanced biotechnology. Topics cover roles of microbes, plants, and animals for applied, basic, and medical applications.

MICR 780: Introductory Cellular Immunity, 3 credits
Basic concepts of cellular immunology including immunoglobulin structure, products of the major histocompatibility complex, lymphocyte activation and differentiation and mechanisms of damage mediated by the immune system.

MICR 793: Independent Study, 1–3 credits
Laboratory and/or literature study in a specialized area. Maximum of 6 credits