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MICROBIOLOGY (MICRB)

MICRB 106 (GN) Elementary Microbiology (3) Importance of microorganisms in health and disease, agriculture, and industry; descriptive course for students not planning advanced study in microbiology. The combination of MICRB 106 GN and 107 GN must be taken to receive General Education credit in biology. Students must take a combination of MICRB 106 GN and 107 GN to receive General Education credit in biology.

MICRB 107 (GN) Elementary Microbiology Laboratory (1) Selected techniques used to observe, identify and count bacteria; effects of chemical and physical agents on microorganisms. The combination of MICRB 106 GN and 107 GN must be taken to receive General Education credit in biology. Students must take a combination of MICRB 106 GN and 107 GN to receive General Education credit in biology. Prerequisite: or concurrent: MICRB 106  

MICRB 201 Introductory Microbiology (3) Elementary principles of microbial and viral structure, reproduction, genetics and physiology; relationship to food, water, soil, industrial and disease processes. Prerequisite: CHEM 110  

MICRB 201H Introductory Microbiology (3) Elementary principles of microbial and viral structure, reproduction, genetics and physiology; relationship to food, water, soil, industrial and disease processes. Prerequisite: CHEM 110  

MICRB 202 Introductory Microbiology Laboratory (2) Qualitative and quantitative techniques with regard to recognition of bacteria and their processes on a microscopic, colonial, and physiological basis. Prerequisite: CHEM 110 . Prerequisite or concurrent:MICRB 201  MICRB 202:  Section 001 - student-driven, inquiry-based lab exercises for majors in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

MICRB 251 (B M B 251) Molecular and Cell Biology I (3) Biomolecules, genetic mechanisms, organization of cells and their organelles, DNA replication, protein synthesis, membranes, the cell nucleus, energy conversion. Prerequisite: CHEM 112  

MICRB 252 (B M B 252) Molecular and Cell Biology II (3) Continuation of BIOCH/B M B/MICRB 251: cytoskeleton, cell growth, division, adhesion, signalling, germ cells, differentiation, immune system, nervous system, plant cells. Prerequisite: MICRB 251  

MICRB 401 Microbial Physiology and Structure (3) Physiology and structure of bacteria important in microbiological research. Designed for science majors. Prerequisite: CHEM 202 or CHEM 210;MICRB 201, MICRB 202  

MICRB 405A Seminar and Practicum in Medical Technology (8) Chemistry. Fundamental principles and the quantitative measurement of chemical components in the blood and other body fluids.

MICRB 405B Seminar and Practicum in Medical Technology (1) Urinalysis. Identification of cellular and noncellular urinary sediments. Qualitative chemical analysis of urine.

MICRB 405C Seminar and Practicum in Medical Technology (6) Hematology. Principles of red and white blood cell development. Identification of normal and pathological conditions.

MICRB 405D Seminar and Practicum in Medical Technology (5) Immunohematology. Immunologic and genetic principles governing the transfusion of blood and blood products.

MICRB 405E Seminar and Practicum in Medical Technology (7) Microbiology. Identification of normal and abnormal microbial flora from various locations on and within the human body.

MICRB 405F Seminar and Practicum in Medical Technology (3) Serology-Immunology. Immunological principles and their application in the identification of present or past disease states of the human.

MICRB 408 Laboratory Instructional Practice (1-2) Participation in the instruction of undergraduate laboratory courses, including classroom preparation; discussion of principles and objectives of each exercise.
Prerequisite: 8 credits in microbiology and permission of department head  

MICRB 410 Principles of Immunology (3) Theories of immunity; focuses on the basis for the acquired immune response at the organ, cell, and molecular levels. Prerequisite: B M B 251, MICRB 201 or MICRB 251  

MICRB 411 Survey of Microbiology Literature (1 per semester) An introduction to readings and oral presentations in microbiology. Prerequisite: 8 credits in microbiology courses  

MICRB 412 Medical Microbiology (3) Characteristics, methods of identification, and pathogenesis of bacteria that cause human disease; principles of disease dynamics and control. Prerequisite: MICRB 201  

MICRB 415 General Virology: Bacterial and Animal Viruses (3) The interaction of different types of viruses with bacterial and animal cells, including mechanisms of infection and viral synthesis. Prerequisite: B M B 251, B M B 252 or BIOL 110, BIOL 230W;MICRB 201

MICRB 416 (BIOTC 416) Microbial Biotechnology (2) Fundamentals of applied biotechnology; the use of microorganisms in the synthesis of biologically-important and industrially-useful products. Prerequisite: MICRB 201, MICRB 202;B M B 442 or MICRB 442

MICRB 421W Laboratory of General and Applied Microbiology (3) Laboratory exercises demonstrating fundamental techniques and principles of experimentation of general and applied microbiology. Prerequisite: MICRB 201, MICRB 202  

MICRB 422 Medical Microbiology Laboratory (2) Laboratory exercises demonstrating properties and classification of medically important microorganisms and techniques used in their identification. Prerequisite: MICRB 202   Concurrent: MICRB 412

MICRB 432 (B M B 432, VB SC 432) Advanced Immunology: Signaling in the Immune System (3) The study of signaling pathways that regulate the immune response. Prerequisite: B M B 400, MICRB 410  

MICRB 435 (B M B 435, VB SC 435) Viral Pathogensis (2) A study of the molecular, immunological and pathological aspects of viral diseases as well as laboratory methods of diagnosis. Prerequisite: MICRB 201;B M B 251 and B M B 252 or BIOL 110 and BIOL 230W 

MICRB 447 Laboratory in Molecular Immunology (1) Laboratory in molecular techniques to assay antigens, antibodies, and receptor sites. Prerequisite: MICRB 410  

MICRB 450 (B M B 450) Microbial/Molecular Genetics (2) Genetic phenomena, with emphasis on molecular mechanisms: gene transfer, recombination, gene conversion, gene fusion, suppression, transposons. Prerequisite: BIOL 222 or BIOL 322, MICRB 201  

MICRB 460 (B M B 460) Cell Growth and Differentiation (3) Mechanisms and regulation of protein trafficking, organelle biosynthesis, cell development, signaling and cell cycle control. Emphasizes experimental design and analysis. Prerequisite: B M B 252  

MICRB 480 (B M B 480) Tumor Viruses and Oncogenes (3) Oncogenes, DNA and RNA tumor viruses, and relevant experimental techniques with emphasis on molecular basis of carcinogenesis and gene regulation. Prerequisite: or concurrent:MICRB 415, MICRB 435 or MICRB 460  

MICRB 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.

MICRB 498 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.