Master's Program - Microbiology concentration

Course Descriptions

At least 20 credits must be selected from the following courses:

MIC 510 Immunology Cr. 2
Designed as an introduction to immunology techniques used in clinical and research laboratories. Includes antibody-based diagnostic tests such as ELISA and Western blot. Cell-based techniques include lymphocyte culture and flow cytometry. Lab 4. Prerequisite: MIC 310 or concurrent enrollment. Offered Fall, Spring.

MIC 507 Pathogenic Bacteriology Cr. 4
The study of pathogenic bacteria and their relationships to disease; principles of infection and pathogenesis, and unique properties of pathogens. Laboratory emphasis is on techniques for isolation and identification of pathogenic bacteria. Lect. 2, Lab. 4. Prerequisite: MIC 230. Offered Sem. I and II.

BIO 506 Parasitology Cr. 4
A survey of the major groups of animal parasites with regard to their taxonomy, morphology, life histories, host-parasite relationships, and economic importance. Lect. 2, Lab 4. Prerequisite: BIO 210 or 303. Offered Sem. I.

BIO 512 Mycology Cr. 4
A survey of all the major groups of fungi of the fungal kingdom (and relatives) in terms of systematics, anatomy, morphology, ecology, physiology, genetics, evolutionary relationships, and human and plant pathology. Laboratory includes microscopic and macroscopic study of the fungi, as well as making a collection of cultures and of fungal reproductive structures (including mushrooms) from selected groups. Lect. 2, Lab. 4. Prerequisite: BIO 204 or MIC 230. Both are strongly recommended. Offered Sem. I.

BIO 513 Medical Mycology Cr. 3
A study of the increasing number of medically important fungi, including the yeasts, molds, other fungi, and actinomycetes that are pathogenic to humans and other animals. Emphasis is on laboratory techniques for isolation and identification of these pathogenic fungi. Lect. 2, Lab 2. Prerequisite: MIC 230 or BIO 412/512. Offered Sem. II. 

MIC 516 Microbial Genetics Cr. 5
An in-depth study of the bacterial and bacteriophage genome with emphasis on the central dogma. Specific topics include DNA replication, transcription and translation, DNA mutation and repair, regulation of gene expression, mechanisms of genetic exchange, plasmid structure and function, transposition, gene mapping and recombinant DNA technology. Laboratory emphasis is on the techniques used in bacterial mutagenesis, genetic exchange, gene mapping, and gene cloning. Lect. 2, Lab. 6. Prerequisites: MIC 230 and three semesters of college chemistry including organic. Offered Sem. I.

MIC 520 Introductory Virology Cr. 3
An introduction to viruses and their interactions with host organisms. Special emphasis is placed on the structure and replication cycles of virus families with medical importance. Prerequisites: MIC 230 and MIC 416 or BIO 306 or BIO 435/535 and three semesters of college chemistry to include organic chemistry. Offered Sem. II.

MIC 521 Virology Laboratory Cr. 2
A laboratory course designed to introduce fundamental techniques used to study viruses in medicine, biotechnology and research. Emphasis is on procedures used to safely handle viruses, grow them in tissue culture, and the molecular biological, biochemical and immunological techniques used to detect and analyze viruses. Lab. 4. Prerequisites: MIC 230 and MIC 416 or BIO 306 or BIO 435/535 and three semesters of college chemistry to include organic chemistry. Offered Sem. I.

MIC525 Bacterial Physiology Cr. 5
An in-depth study of bacterial structure and function, catabolic and anabolic pathways, regulation, and macromolecular synthesis. Laboratory emphasis is on current techniques used to examine bacterial structure and metabolism such as macromolecular separations and quantification, use of radioisotopic tracers and quantification of enzyme activity. Lect. 2, Lab. 6. Prerequisites: MIC 230, MTH 145 or higher, and CHM 300 (or 303). Offered Sem. II.

MIC 527 Industrial and Fermentation Microbiology Cr. 3
A study of microbiology and biochemistry of food fermentations; bioconversion; production of antibiotics, vitamins, amino acids and organic acids. Prerequisites: MIC 230 and two semesters of college chemistry. Offered Sem. I – odd numbered years.

MIC 528 Fermentation Microbiology Laboratory Cr. 2
Principles of fermentation science and biotechnology with emphasis on industrial and food fermentation processes. Laboratory emphasis is on the use of various fermentation systems that generate useful products including fermented food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and other gene products. Prerequisites: MIC 230 and two semesters of college chemistry. Offered occasionally in summer session I.

MIC 534 Aquatic Microbial Ecology Cr. 3
An ecological study of bacteria, cyanobacteria and algae of aquatic ecosystems. Topics include microbial strategies for survival under various environmental conditions, the role of microorganisms in biogeochemical cycling of elements, interactions of microorganisms with other aquatic biota, the role of microorganisms in pollution problems, and applications of microbial ecology to biotechnology. Laboratory emphasis is on experimental design and sampling techniques, quantification of microbial biomass, and measurement of microbial activities in aquatic habitats. One weekend field trip is required. Lect. 2, Lab. 3. Prerequisites: MIC 230 and three semesters of college chemistry; BIO 341 strongly recommended. Offered Sem. I – even numbered years.

BIO 535 Molecular Biology Cr. 3
A study of molecular biology with an emphasis on eukaryotic systems. The course will focus on the molecular aspects controlling biological processes. The impact of recombinant DNA technology on biotechnology and medicine will also be examined. Lect. 3. Prerequisites: BIO 306 and 315, or MIC 416/516 and three semesters of college chemistry including organic chemistry. Biochemistry strongly recommended. BIO 436/536 is an optional laboratory which can be taken concurrently Offered Sem. I. 

BIO 536  Molecular Biology Laboratory Cr. 1
A study of molecular biology with an emphasis on eukaryotic systems. Laboratory emphasis is on recombinant DNA technology, current techniques used to express recombinant proteins in eukaryotic cells, computer based DNA analysis, macromolecular modeling using computers, and quantitative assay techniques. Lab. 3. This lab is optional for those enrolled in BIO 435/535. Prerequisite: To be taken concurrently with BIO 435/535. Offered Sem. I. 

MIC 540 Bioinformatics Cr. 2
In this course, students will use computers to study and compare the sequence of nucleotides in DNA or RNA, or the amino acids in a protein. Computers also are used to examine the three dimensional structure of protein. Being able to manipulate and study this information is the basis for the current revolution in biotechnology. Topics include evolution, taxonomy, genomics and understanding disease. This course provides students an opportunity to explore the relationships between biology, microbiology, chemistry and computer science. Lect. 2, Lab 1. Prerequisite: BIO 306 or MIC 230 (BIO 435 or MIC 416 recommended). Half-semester course. Cross-listed with MIC 440/540; may only earn credit in MIC or BIO. Offered Sem. II and J-Term.

CLI 540 Clinical Parasitology Cr. 1
Course covers important parasites of humans, including zoonoses and emerging parasitic disease. Life cycles, clinical features, infective diagnostic stages will be included in the lecture component.  The laboratory will include demonstrations and diagnostic procedures. This course will provide the necessary pre-clinical competencies required for the advancement to the clinical education component of the Clinical Laboratory Science program. Lect. 1 or Lab 2. Prerequisites: Admission to the CLS and MIC 230 or graduate status. Not open to students who have earned credit in BIO 506. Offered Sem. II.

BIO/MIC 542 Plant Microbe Interactions Cr. 3
This course will explore in-depth various ways that plants interact with microbes in the environment, at the macroscopic, cellular, and molecular levels. Case studies will include both parasitic and mutualistic (symbiotic) interactions. Microbes include fungi, bacteria, nematodes, and viruses. Includes plant pathology and studies of the beneficial relationships between plants and microbes. Inquiry-based labs are integrated into the lecture and discussion sessions. Lect. 2, Lab 2. Prerequisites: BIO 204, MIC 230 and BIO 306 or MIC 416. Cross-listed with MIC 442/542; may only earn credit in BIO or MIC. Offered Sem. II 

MIC 454/545 - Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenicity Cr. 2
The study of mechanisms of microbial pathogenicity including both overt microbial factors and complex interactions with the host that produce symptoms of disease. The cellular, biochemical, molecular, and genetic bases for modern understanding of microbial disease will be included. Prerequisite: MIC 406/506 or equivalent. Offered Semester II, odd years.

MIC 560 Symposium in Microbiology Cr. 1-4
Varying topics in microbiology with a specific title assigned to each. Offered by resident faculty or visiting lecturers. Prerequisites: MIC 230. Repeatable for credit – maximum 6. Offered occasionally.

BIO 701 Communication in the Biological Sciences Cr. 4
This course covers in detail the preparation and submission of scientific manuscripts for publication and the presentation of papers at scientific conferences. Topics covered include preparation of manuscript sections, figures, and tables; writing with clarity, precision, and word economy; dealing with journal editors and reviewers; reviewing and editing of manuscripts; preparation of proposals for funding; presentation of oral (platform) and poster papers at scientific conferences; preparation of visual aids; risk communication; serving on expert panels; serving as an expert witness; and communicating with the public, the press, lawyers, and politicians. Offered Sem. II, alternate years. 

MIC 714 Advanced Genetics Cr. 3
The application of molecular-genetic analysis to problems in modern biology. The course will cover the fundamentals of genetic analysis in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems. Assigned readings from current literature will be discussed and evaluated. A variety of topic areas will be considered including ecology, biotechnology, bioremediation, food science, medicine and basic research. Prerequisite: a previous course in genetics, microbial genetics or molecular biology. Offered Sem. II, alternate years. 

MIC 721 Directed Studies Cr. 1-2
Directed readings or presentation of material not available in formal departmental courses. Repeatable for credit — maximum 2 credits.  Offered at the initiation of student and faculty mentor.

MIC 730 Biodegradation and Bioremediation Cr. 2
Microbes are able to breakdown, or biodegrade, a wide variety of compounds including some considered hazardous to human health and/or the environment. The use of microbes as biological agents to reclaim polluted solid and waters is called bioremediation. This course will explore some of the better-studies mechanisms used by microbes to degrade and detoxify contaminants. Practical aspects for the use of microbes in bioremediation and some specific examples will also be covered. In addition, the students will present and discuss a series of special topics such as nuclear waste bioremediation or current clean-up efforts in the news. Prerequisites: One semester organic chemistry, MIC 230 or equivalent microbiology course. Offered Sem. I – odd numbered years.

MIC 753 - Epidemiology of Infectious Disease Cr. 2
This course examines the causes, distribution, control, and prevention of infectious disease in human populations. Basic epidemiological concepts, including study design, analysis, and modeling of infectious disease data, establishing causal relationships, detecting confounding factors, and assessing risk will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on issues of special interest to the clinical epidemiologist including laboratory diagnosis and microbiological, serological, and molecular techniques used during outbreak investigations. Prerequisites: MIC 407/507 or equivalent; MTH 145 or 250 or HED 755. Offered Sem. II - even years. 

MIC 755 - Advanced Immunology Cr. 2
An in-depth study of advanced topics in immunology, primarily focusing on the genetics, mechanisms, and regulation of the immune system. In addition, the immune response during a variety of disease conditions (infectious and non-infectious) will be discussed. Prerequisite: MIC 406/506 or equivalent. Offered Semester I - odd years.

MIC 799 Research: Master’s Thesis Cr. 1-15
Independent research in microbiology on a problem selected for a thesis under the direction of an assigned faculty major advisor. For students following Plan A. Repeatable for credit — maximum 15; maximum of six credits applicable to the degree.  Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

See the graduate catalog for courses in other departments that could be additional possibilities for the remaining 10 credits.