Graduate Courses in Microbiology

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MBI 502 Geomicrobiology (3)

Focuses on mutual interactions between microbial and geological processes. Topics include: role of microorganisms on mineral weathering rates, microbial mediated ore deposit formation, microbe enhanced oil recovery, life in extreme environments, search for bio-signatures in geological records and meteorites and implications for life on Mars, microbial ecology in ocean floor hydrothermal vents. Prerequisite: any 100-level, 3 credit hour GLG course; CHM 141R or 141, 144; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with GLG.

MBI 505 Medical Bacteriology (4)

Pathogenic bacteria, their identification, and mechanisms by which they cause disease. Prerequisites: MBI 201, and either MBI 365 or BIO 203. 3 Lec. 1 Lab.

MBI 514 Immunology Principles (3)

Lectures covering molecules, cells, tissues, and organs of the immune system. Primary emphasis on the mechanisms involved in immune responses. Prerequisites: MBI 365 or BIO 203, and CHM 242 or 332.

MBI 515 Immunology Principles and Practice (4)

Covers the same lecture content as MBI 414/514, but adds laboratory exercises and demonstrations illustrating a variety of immunologic phenomena, techniques, and applications. Credit not given for both MBI 414/514 and MBI 415/515. Prerequisites: MBI 365 or BIO 203, and CHM 242 or 332. 3 Lec. 1 Lab.

MBI 524 Structural Genomics: Advanced Experimental Techniques (4)

Theory and application of modern biological instrumentation and techniques. Basic and advanced skills including use, maintenance and calibration of biological instruments. Prerequisites: BIO/MBI 115 or BIO/MBI 116 or BIO 191 or MBI 201 or BIO 113 or BIO 114 or equivalent, CHM 141 and CHM 142 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BIO/CHM. Offered fall semester of even years.

MBI 525 Microbial Physiology (4)

Biochemical activities of microorganisms as revealed by their cellular physiology. Prerequisites: MBI 201 and either CHM 242 or 332. 3 Lec. 1 Lab.

MBI 535 Medical Mycology (3)

Characteristics of fungi associated with disease. Includes discussion of epidemiology, pathology, and diagnosis of mycotic diseases. Laboratory focuses on identification and biochemical activities of pathogenic fungi. Prerequisite: BIO/MBI 116 or MBI 201 or permission of instructor. 2 Lec. 1 Lab.

MBI 545 Microbial Genetics (3)

Genetic changes that occur in bacteria and bacterial viruses and resulting changes in their biochemical and physiological activities. Prerequisite: MBI 365.

MBI 555 Applied and Industrial Microbiology (2)

Problems associated with use and control of microorganisms in products and procedures of commercial importance. Prerequisite: MBI 425.

MBI 564 MBI 464/564 Human Viruses (3)

Study of the physical and chemical characteristics of viruses, virus replication mechanisms, disease causation and host response, and tumor induction. Prerequisite: MBI 365, or BIO 203 and BIO 342, or equivalent.

MBI 565 Microbial and Molecular Genetics Laboratory (2)

Laboratory methodology associated with experimental aspects of microbial genetics and recombinant DNA techniques. Prerequisite: BIO 342 or MBI 445/545 or permission of instructor.

MBI 566 Bioinformatics Computing Skills (3)

Programming in Perl. Use of BLAST and BioPerl Bioinformatics Toolbox. Emphasis placed on biological database design, implementation, management, and analysis. Prerequisites: programming course and BIO/MBI 116, or BIO 342, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BIO/CHM/CSE.

MBI 575 Microbial Ecology (4)

Integrative examination of the evolution of life, distribution and abundance of microorganisms, and biogeochemical cycles leading to the discovery of principles used for societal applications such as water quality management and bioremediation. Laboratory introduces research tools used in the study of microbial ecology. Prerequisites: MBI 201 and either CHM 231 or 242, or permission of instructor. 3 Lec. 1 Lab.

MBI 585 Bioinformatics Principles (3)

Concepts and basic computational techniques for mainstream bioinformatics problems. Emphasis placed on transforming biological problems into computable ones and seeking solutions. Cross-listed with BIO/CSE. Prerequisite: BIO/MBI 116 or MBI 201 or BIO 342 or CHM 332 or CHM 433 or permission of instructor.

MBI 595 Bacterial Cellular and Developmental Biology (3)

Focuses on the biology of bacteria at the cellular level, including regulation of cell shape, cell division, motility, development and differentiation, and interactions with other cells, including life in a biofilm and in association with symbionts. Prerequisites: MBI 201 or BIO 203 or permission of instructor.

MBI 605 Advanced Molecular Biology (3)

In-depth study of genome organization, rearrangement, replication and expression in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and their viruses, with an emphasis on regulatory mechanisms. Prerequisite: graduate status, one course in molecular genetics, biochemistry or cell biology, and permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BIO.

MBI 606 Advanced Cell Biology (3)

An advanced level study of the molecular basis of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure/function relationships. Prerequisite: graduate status, one course in molecular genetics, biochemistry or cell biology, and permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BIO.

MBI 615 Papers, Proposals and Presentations: Communicating Science (2)

Will acquaint students with the principles and practice of scientific writing for the biological sciences (grant proposals and papers), graphic presentation of data, poster and slide preparation and oral presentations. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

MBI 630 Microbiology for Teachers (4)

Survey of the diversity of microorganisms in nature, their unique metabolic properties, their usefulness in recombinant DNA technology, gene engineering and industrial microbiology, their involvement in selected disease processes, including AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, cancer and immune response. Prerequisite: primary or secondary school teacher with background in biological sciences. Summer only.

MBI 640 Infectious Disease Microbiology for Teachers (3)

Discussion of infectious diseases, the microorganisms that cause them and the hosts that they affect, with emphasis on pathogenesis, host responses, epidemiology and social impact. Prerequisite: primary or secondary school teacher with background in biological sciences. Summer only.

MBI 640.L Infectious Disease Microbiology Laboratory for Teachers (1)

This course introduces high school and junior high school biology teachers to laboratory approaches used by microbiologists for understanding infectious diseases and the pathogens that cause them. It fosters firsthand understanding of the research basis for, and the investigative nature of clinical microbiology, and will assist in development of insight into how microorganisms cause infectious diseases. Co-requisite: MBI 640. Summer only. Offered infrequently.

MBI 650 Seminar in Molecular Biology (1)

Discussion of current literature in molecular biology. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Cross-listed with BIO/CHM.

MBI 671 Population and Community Ecology (4)

Principles and applications of population and community ecology: population dynamics, direct and indirect species interactions, food webs, and species diversity. Prerequisites: at least one course in general ecology. A course in calculus is recommended. Cross-listed with BIO.

MBI 672 Ecosystem and Global Ecology (4)

Structure, dynamics and management of ecosystems and the biosphere, including food web interactions, nutrient cycling, ecosystem functioning, and biogeochemical cycles at local, regional and global scales. Prerequisites: at least one course in general ecology and general chemistry. Cross-listed with BIO.

MBI 689 Pedagogy in Microbiology for Graduate Students (1)

Introduction of new graduate students to the role of the graduate teaching assistant. Summer only.

MBI 690 Graduate Seminar (1; maximum 8)

Discussions of current research and literature by graduate students and faculty.

MBI 700 Research for Master's Thesis (1-10; minimum 6; maximum 12)

MBI 710 Graduate Research Problems (1-10; maximum 16)

Prerequisites: graduate standing and permission of instructor.

MBI 750 Advanced Topics in Microbiology (1-3; maximum 36)

Prerequisites: graduate standing and permission of instructor. Study of special topics from current research in the following areas:

  1. Medical Bacteriology
  2. Immunology
  3. Microbial Physiology
  4. Medical Mycology
  5. Microbial and Molecular Genetics
  6. Microbial Ecology
  7. Instrumentation
  8. Virology
  9. Bacterial Cell Biology
  10. Bioinformatics

Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of instructor.

MBI 790 Research in Microbiology (1-16; maximum 20)

Pre-candidacy doctoral research. Prerequisite: admission to the Ph.D. program.

MBI 850 Research for Doctoral Dissertation (1-16; minimum 16, maximum 60 depending on department requirements)

Please send questions and comments to:
Director of Graduate Studies

Graduate Student Handbooks and Worksheets

Miami University Handbook for Graduate Students and Faculty
(available at the Policy Library)

Miami Bulletin

The following are available in the department office (212 Pearson Hall), and by email upon request.

  • Microbiology Graduate Studies Handbook
    (includes the M.S. and Ph.D requirements, responsibilities and forms; PDF 0.9MB)
  • Plan of Study Checklist for M.S. in Microbiology (PDF 59KB)
  • Plan of Study Checklist for Ph.D. in Microbiology (PDF 60KB)
  • Faculty Research Interests
    (descriptions of faculty research programs; PDF 2.9MB)