Microbiology

  • Sample Four-Year Curriculum* 

    Freshman Year

    First Semester Second Semester
    Principles of Chemistry I CHEM:1110 (4) Foundations of Biology BIOL:1411 (4)
    Mathematics*** Principles of Chemistry II CHEM:1120 (4)

    Sophomore Year

    First Semester Second Semester
    Diversity of Form and Function BIOL:1412 (4) Organic Chemistry II CHEM:2220 (3)
    Organic Chemistry I CHEM:2210 (3) Organic Chemistry Lab  CHEM:2410 (3)
      General Microbiology MICR:2157 (5)

     Junior Year

    First Semester Second Semester
    College Physics I PHYS:1511 (4) College Physics II PHYS:1512 (4)
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I BIOC:3120 (3) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II BIOC:3130 (3)
    Advanced Microbiology (3-4) Advanced Microbiology (3-4)

    Senior Year

    First Semester Second Semester
    Advanced Microbiology (3-4) Advanced Microbiology (3-5) 


    * This sample curriculum shows only course requirements specific to the Microbiology major. Students must fit in General Education program requirements as mandated by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This sample curriculum also shows only one of several possible ways of arranging Microbiology course work. Consult an advisor for information about other possible arrangements of courses. 

    ** Chemistry CHEM:1110 requires extensive use of algebra. Therefore, this course can be taken only if the student has completed Basic Algebra II (MATH:0200) or if the student's Math Placement Test 2 (MPT-2) and Math ACT scores are, respectively, 20 or higher and 24 or higher. Students who obtain a low score should take a course in mathematics and consider taking Chemistry CHEM:1070 before attempting Chemistry CHEM:1110.

    *** Microbiology students must complete a semester of college calculus or biostatistics. Whether they begin with a calculus or biostatistics course or begin by taking preparatory courses depends upon the student's math placement score. See the next section for placement recommendations.

    Math Placement Recommendations

    Math placement recommendations based on student's MPT-2 score

     MPT-2 score Math course recommended 
     ≤ 12  MATH:0200
     13 - 16  MATH:1440, BIOS:4110, or STAT:3510
     17 - 21  MATH:1440 or MATH:1460
    ≥ 22  MATH:1460, MATH:1850, or MATH:1550

    Math placement recommendations based on MPT-3 scores for students with no Advanced Placement Program (APP) credit for calculus

    MPT-3 score  Math course recommended 
    ≤ 8  MATH:1440
    9 - 12  MATH:1460, MATH:1850, or MATH:1550
     ≥ 13       MATH:1860

    Math placement recommendations based on MPT-3 score for students with Advanced Placement Program (APP) AB credit for calculus

    MPT-3 score Math course recommended 
     ≤ 8*  MATH:1460, MATH:1850, or MATH:1550
    9 - 12  MATH:1860
     ≥ 13  MATH:1860

    *A score < 8 suggests a poor background in calculus, but the student may do well in a calculus course if the student's Math ACT score and class rank are high.

    Note:

    Transfer students who have not satisfied the Department of Microbiology's mathematics requirement should be advised to take the Math Placement examination to facilitate their placement in the appropriate math course(s). Students who have never gone beyond high school trigonometry should take the MPT-2 test; those who have never gone beyond high school calculus should take the MPT-3 test.

    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.

    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:3178 Virology Laboratory and Discussion
    3 s.h.
    Practical approaches to studying viruses; basic techniques in virology, including virus detection, virus growth measurement, and virus genetics; students will read and discuss papers from the virology literature that address current issues in virology. Prerequisites: MICR:2157 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisites: MICR:3168. 

    Courses Offered Only in Spring Semester

    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. This course explores 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
    • Microbial interactions
    This course will provide 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
    2 s.h.
    Experimental design and methodologies used to study 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:3175 Molecular Microbiology and Genetics Laboratory
    3 s.h.

    Introductory research experience in bacterial genetics (including classical, molecular and bioinformatic approaches). The course objective is to introduce students to what it actually means to do laboratory science. Students will tackle a real (not cookbook) project and generate original data, formulate hypotheses, design and interpret experiments, read primary literature, present their findings, and write a scientific manuscript. Prerequisites: MICR:3170 or MICR:3179 or BIOL:2512. Corequisites: MICR:3170 or MICR:3179 or BIOL:2512, if not taken as a prerequisite.

    MICR:3179 Bacterial Diversity and the Human Microbiome
    3 s.h. 
    Discussion-based setting with a focus on the molecular basis of microbial diversity including mechanisms for gene expression, microbial populations, and the microbiome; emphasis on sequencing technologies, bioinformatics, and databases. Prerequisites: MICR:2157..

    Courses Offered Only in Fall or Spring

    MICR:2157 General Microbiology
    5 s.h.

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

    MICR:4163 Seminar Microbiology
    2 s.h.
     
    Current topics in microbiology, immunology, and virology. Prerequisites: 2 of the following are required: MICR:3147 with a minimum grade of C, MICR:3159 with a minimum grade of C, MICR:3160 with a minimum grade of C, MICR:3168 with a minimum grade of C, MICR:3170 with a minimum grade of C, MICR:3179 with a minimum grade of C. 

    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.

    MICR:5220 Advanced Microscopy for Biomedical Research
    3 s.h.

    Technically advanced microscopy and instrumentation for research; individualized laboratory experience with opportunity to explore applications of microscopy methods.

    Courses Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters

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

    MICR:4171 Honors Microbiology
    arr.

    Experimental research under faculty supervision. Prerequisites: BIOL:1411.

    Note:

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