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MIC    406/506           Cr. 4


An introduction to how the immune system protects against infectious disease and how it can contribute to disease. A discussion of fundamental characteristics of innate and acquired immunity is followed by study of antigens, antibodies, the major histocompatibility complex, T and B lymphocyte recognition of antigen and response, cytokines and immune regulation, hypersensitivity reactions including allergies, and the immune system in AIDS. Lect. 2, Lab. 4. Prerequisites: MIC 230; BIO 303 or 313 and CHM 300 or 303 recommended.


MIC    407/507           Cr. 4

Pathogenic Bacteriology

The study of pathogenic bacteria and their relationships to disease; principles of infection and pathogenesis, and unique properties ofpathogens. Laboratory emphasis is on techniques for isolation and identification of pathogenic bacteria. Not applicable to biology major;may be applied to the microbiology, medical laboratory science major and/or degree as well as an elective for the biology biomedical concentration. Lect. 2, Lab 4. Prerequisites: MIC 230, BIO 303 or BIO 313, MIC 406/506 (may be taken concurrently).


MIC    416/516           Cr. 5

Microbial Genetics

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 406, four semesters of college chemistry including organic, and admitted to microbiology major. Offered Sem. I.


MIC    420/520           Cr. 3

Introductory Virology

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 426 or BIO 306 or BIO 435/535 and three semesters of college chemistry to include organic chemistry. Offered Sem. II.


MIC    421/521           Cr. 2

Virology Laboratory

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. II.


MIC    425/525           Cr. 5

Bacterial Physiology

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 406, MTH 150 or higher, CHM 301 and CHM 300 (or 303), and admitted to microbiology major. Offered Sem. II.


MIC    426/526           Cr. 4

Food Microbiology

A study of environmental factors affecting the growth, activity, and destruction of micro-organisms in food; principles of food spoilage; preservation of foods, including basic methods and their application to foods; food-borne intoxications and infections; indicator organisms; sanitation and microbiological standards in foods. Laboratory instruction includes quality control methods, sampling methods, techniques to identify important microorganisms in foods, and data interpretation and analysis. Lect. 2, Lab. 4. Prerequisites: MIC 230; BIO 412/512 strongly recommended. Offered Sem. I.


MIC    427/527           Cr. 3

Industrial and Fermentation Microbiology

A study of microbiology and biochemistry of food fermentations; bioconversions; production of antibiotics, vitamins, amino acids and organic acids. Starter culture systems will be examined. Prerequisite: MIC 230; MIC 426/526 strongly recommended. Offered Sem. II.


MIC    428/528           Cr.2

Fermentation Microbiology Laboratory

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, fine chemicals and other gene products. Lab. 4. Prerequisites: MIC 426 or 427 and three semesters of college chemistry. Offered Sem. II.


MIC    434/534           Cr. 3

Aquatic Microbial Ecology

An ecological study of bacteria, cyanobacteria and algae of aquatic ecosystems. Topics include microbial strategies for survival under various environmental conditions, the role of micro-organisms 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 required. Lect. 2, Lab. 3. Prerequisites: MIC 230 and three semesters of college chemistry; BIO 341 strongly recommended. Offered Sem. I, alternate years.


MIC    460/560           Cr. 1-3

Symposium in Microbiology

Varying topics in microbiology with a specific title assigned to each. Offered by resident faculty or visiting lecturers. Prerequisite: MIC 230. Repeatable for credit—maximum 6.


MIC/BIO        714      Cr. 3

Advanced Genetics

The application of molecular-genetic analysis to problems in modern biology. The course will cover the fundamentals of genetic analysis in both prokaryotic and eucaryotic 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. Prerequisites: a previous course in genetics, microbial genetics or molecular biology. (Cross-listed with BIO.) Offered Sem. II, alternate years.


MIC/BIO        721      Cr. 1-2

Directed Studies

Directed readings or presentation of material not available in formal departmental courses. (Cross-listed with BIO.) Repeatable for credit — maximum 4 between BIO and MIC.


MIC    730      Cr. 2

Biodegradation and Bioremediation of Environmental Contaminants

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 soils and waters is called bioremediation. This course will explore some of the better-studied 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, alternate years.


MIC/BIO        751      Cr. 1

Graduate Seminar

In this course students will research and present a formal seminar on a selected topic in biology or microbiology. Students are also expected to actively participate in discussion of other seminar presentations. (Cross-listed with BIO.) Repeatable for credit — maximum 2.


MIC    752      Cr. 2

Clinical Laboratory Management

Advanced principles, theories, and techniques of supervisory skills, scheduling, ordering, and personnel management of all aspects of the clinical microbiology laboratory. In addition, compliance with federal (i.e., OSHA, CLIA 1988, CAP, etc.) and state regulations, including proficiency testing, will be discussed. Prerequisite: acceptance into M.S. Biology: Clinical Microbiology Program. Offered Sem. I.


MIC                753                  Cr. 2

Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Disease

An understanding of the clinical epidemiology of infectious diseases forms the basis for approaches to control and prevention in the health care setting. Course content will be geared to the health care professional, especially the clinical microbiologist. The course is designed to provide an introduction to current clinical epidemiology and control measures of clinically-relevant bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections common to, or of potential importance in the United States. Discussion will focus heavily on historical background, descriptive epidemiology, mechanisms and routes of infection, control and prevention, and other relevant problems. Prerequisite: MTH 205 or equivalent. Offered Sem. II.


MIC    754      Cr. 2

Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenicity

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 407/507 or equivalent. Offered Sem. II.


MIC    755      Cr. 2

Advanced Immunology

An in-depth study of advanced topics in immunology, primarily focusing on the genetics, mechanisms, and regulation of the immune system. Aspects of the immune response in a variety of disease conditions (infectious and non-infectious) will be discussed. Prerequisite: MIC 406/506 or equivalent. Offered Sem. I.


MIC    761      Cr. 2

Research and Seminar in Microbiology

In-depth literature review of a current research topic in microbiology. As part of the requirements for this course and for the degree each student must complete an acceptable seminar paper under the direction of an assigned faculty member. Not applicable to students pursuing a Plan A thesis.


MIC    770      Cr. 5

Clinical Microbiology Practicum I

Students spend 12 full-time weeks (30 hrs/wk) in the clinical laboratories at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center where they receive training and hands-on experience in clinical microbiology, immunology, parasitology, mycology, and virology. In addition, students will actively participate with physicians, residents, and medical students in weekly infectious disease rounds and journal club. Prerequisite: acceptance into M.S. Biology: Clinical Microbiology Program.


MIC    780      Cr. 4

Clinical Microbiology Practicum II

Students will spend nine full-time weeks (30 hrs/wk) in the clinical laboratories at Marshfield Laboratories/St. Joseph’s Hospital/Marshfield Clinic. Training will include hands-on experience with state-of-the art molecular biology techniques. Specific exercises involving molecular epidemiology and infection control will be emphasized. Students will also participate in infectious disease rounds and journal club. Prerequisite: acceptance into M.S. Biology: Clinical Microbiology Program.


MIC    790      Cr. 2

Clinical Microbiology Practicum III

Students will spend three full-time weeks (30 hrs/wk) at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene for public health training in mycobacteriology, sexually-transmitted diseases, food-and water-borne diseases, and community respiratory illness surveillance. Emphasis will be on prevention and control programs and outbreak responses currently in place at the Wisconsin Department of Health. Prerequisites: MIC 770 and 780.


MIC    799      Cr. 1-15

Research: Master’s Thesis

Independent research in microbiology on a problem selected for a thesis under the direction of an assigned faculty major adviser. For students following Plan A. Lab. 2-18. Repeatable for credit — maximum 15; maximum six applicable to degree.

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