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Microbiology at Miami

Thematic Sequences in Microbiology

Molecular Genetics

Goals and objectives:

To provide the student with an understanding of the basic microbiology principles that have provided the foundation for the development of the science of molecular genetics. The student will learn how the application of molecular genetics has had a significant impact on health, bioremediation, and agriculture (to name only a few examples).

Courses included in this sequence:
  • Year 1: MBI/BIO 116* (Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular and Molecular Biology)
  • Year 2: MBI 201 (General Microbiology I)
  • Year 3: MBI 365 (Molecular Biology)
Description of sequence:

The Molecular Genetics Thematic Sequence begins with a Foundation course, MBI/BIO 116 (Biological Concepts), which is an introduction to the study of structure, function, cellular and molecular biology in microbes, plants and animals. The course focuses on the historical foundation of basic biological principles, and provides an overview of practical applications of principles of molecular biology in genetic engineering and biotechnology. In the second course in the sequence, MBI 201 (General Microbiology I), the student explores the structure, metabolism and genetics of microorganisms in greater detail. MBI 365 (Molecular Biology) will complete the thematic sequence by incorporating the major concepts that underlie our understanding of the genetic information systems of both simple and complex organisms. An in-depth understanding of molecular genetics is achieved through the emphasis on the molecular mechanisms utilized by bacteria and viruses in converting genetic information into functional macromolecules.

Biomedical Science

Goals and objectives:
Through exposure to principles and examples of diseases caused by microbial infection, students will come to understand the role of microorganisms in development of disease in the human host. Next, students will study the host, in depth, at the genetic or cell and tissue level. Finally, the sequence concludes with an overview of both infectious and non-infectious diseases in populations. This sequence will foster students' understanding of the effects of diseases on human communities and provide a perspective that will help students evaluate health dilemmas and develop strategies to solve them.
Courses included in this sequence:
  • Year 1: MBI 161* (Elementary Medical Microbiology)
  • Year 2: BIO 232 (Human Heredity) or BIO 325 (Pathophysiology)
  • Year 3: MBI 361 (Epidemiology)
Description of sequence:

The Biomedical Science Thematic Sequence provides students with an in-depth view of human disease from multiple perspectives. It begins with a Foundation course (MBI 161) that provides principles and examples of infectious diseases and their effect on human communities. The next level of courses expands the students' viewpoint to include the biology of the human host from a genetic (BIO 232) or physiological (BIO 325) perspective. This step aids students in understanding the basic function of humans, building their understanding of medical applications that are currently developing in these areas. At the final level of the sequence (MBI 361), concepts developed in the earlier courses are integrated during synthesis of a holistic model of disease and its impact on human communities. Human health dilemmas will be considered throughout the sequence, and strategies to deal with them will be generated and discussed.

Note: any course with an * is a Foundation course in the Liberal Education Program