Courses of Instruction
MICROBIOLOGY (MBI-Arts and Science)
MPF 111 Microorganisms and Human Disease (3)
Discussion of microorganisms and human diseases they cause, with particular emphasis on the impact of these relationships on the development of human societies’ past, present, and future. May not be used to fulfill A.B. requirements for microbiology majors. IVA.
MPF, MPT 115 Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity (4)
Integrated study of microbes, plants, and animals, emphasizing biological diversity and interdependence of life and the environment. Cross-listed with BOT 115 and ZOO 115. 3 Lec. 1 Lab. IVA, LAB. CASD/ LAB.
MPF, MPT 116 Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular and Molecular Biology (4)
Biological principles common to microbes, plants, and animals, including interactions between organism and the environment. Cross-listed with BOT 116 and ZOO 116. 3 Lec. 1 Lab. IVA, LAB. CAS-D/LAB.
MPF 121 The Microbial World (3)
Basic principles and concepts of microbiology as they pertain to current and foreseeable future issues that face us as individuals and members of society. Fosters appreciation of the novel and integral role microorganisms play in nature and their use in biotechnology. May not be used to fulfill A.B. requirements for microbiology majors. IVA.
MPF 123 Experimenting with Microbes (1)
A series of laboratory exercises and demonstrations emphasizing general techniques of isolation, characterization, and cultivation of selected microorganisms. Prior or concurrent registration in MBI 111 or 121 required. May not be used to fulfill A.B. requirements for microbiology majors. IV A, LAB CAS-D/LAB.
MPF 131 Community Health Perspectives (2)
Discussion of community health primarily from the perspective of leading causes of disease and death in the U.S. Exploration of the impact of environment, behavior, and disease, including prevention and treatment strategies, on human health, public resources, and quality of life for society. May not be used to fulfill A.B. requirements for microbiology majors. IVA.
MPF 143 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science (1)
Combined lecture and laboratory introduction to hematology, immunohematology, clinical chemistry, and medical microbiology. Field trip including laboratory exercises at Miami University-affiliated hospital laboratories. CAS-D/LAB.
MPF, MPT 161 Elementary Medical Microbiology (4)
Elementary microbiology for students interested in a single unit devoted to understanding characteristics and activities of microorganisms and their relation to health and disease. Taught in Hamilton and Middletown only. Does not count as credit toward an A.B. in microbiology. IVA, LAB. CASD/ LAB.
175 Environmental Science Seminar (1)
Introduces the multidisciplinary nature of environmental science and the solution to environmental problems. Does not count as credit toward an A.B. in microbiology. Cross-listed with BOT/CHM/GEO/GLG/MTH/STA/ ZOO 175.
MPT 201 General Microbiology I (4)
Consideration of fundamental aspects of structure, metabolism, genetics, and behavior of bacteria, archaea viruses, and fungi. Laboratory stresses basic techniques and procedures common to all phases of science at professional level. Corequisite: CHM 231 or 241. 3 Lec. 1 Lab. CAS-D/LAB.
202 General Microbiology II (4)
Consideration of viruses, bacteria, archaea, fungi, and their evolution and microbiological subdisciplines of microbial ecology, applied microbiology, epidemiology, and immunology. Laboratory stresses techniques relevant to each course subject area. Prerequisite: MBI 201. Corequisite: CHM 242, 332, or permission of the instructor. 3 Lec. 1 Lab.
275 Principles of Environmental Science (3)
Introduction to the principles and methodologies of environmental science. Topics include contamination of earth systems and pollution mitigation; use, abuse and conservation of natural resources; land use, conservation and preservation, planning and management and the value of biodiversity and wilderness. Emphasis is on the multidisciplinary nature of environmental problems and their solutions. Does not count as credit toward an A.B. in microbiology. Prerequisites: At least one course from each of the following three categories is either pre- or co-requisite: 1) BOT/MTH/ ZOO 115 or BOT 191 or ZOO 113; 2) CHM 111 or CHM 142/5; and 3) GLG 111/115 or GEO 121.
277/377/477 Independent Study (1-5)
Research experience in the laboratory of a professor. Special attention given to the scientific method, literature searches, experimental design, and laboratory instrumentation and techniques. Prerequisite: MBI 201.
340 Summer Internship (1-12)
Laboratory research experience. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
MPT 361 Epidemiology (3)
Consideration of the epidemic nature, etiology, and characteristics of infections and organic diseases, and methods used to analyze their control within the framework of environmental and population variables. Prerequisite: two hours of microbiology.
MPT 365 Molecular and Cell Biology (3)
Cellular and molecular mechanisms utilized by bacteria, bacterial viruses, eukaryotes and animal viruses in converting genetic information into functional macromolecules, transporting them, using them to receive signals that induce cellular effects, and controlling the cell cycle. Prerequisites: MBI 116, 201, or equivalent.
405/505 Pathogenic Microbiology (4)
Pathogenic bacteria, their identification, and mechanisms by which they cause disease. Prerequisite: MBI 202. 3 Lec. 1 Lab.
414/514 Immunology (3)
Lectures covering molecules, cells, tissues, and organs of the immune system. Primary emphasis on the mechanisms involved in immune responses. Prerequisite: MBI 202 (or permission of instructor) and CHM 242 or 332; recommended: MBI 365, ZOO 443, or ZOO 444.
414L/514L Immunology Laboratory (1)
Selected laboratory exercises and demonstrations illustrating a variety of immunologic phenomena, techniques, and applications. Prerequisite or corequisite: MBI 414/514.
424/524 Biological Instrumentation (4)
Theory and application of modern biological instrumentation and techniques such as spectrophotometers, pH meters, thermocyclers, and DNA sequencers. Basic and advanced skills including use, maintenance, and calibration of biological instruments. Prerequisites: MBI 115/116 or BOT 191 or MBI 201 or MBI 202 or ZOO 113/115 or ZOO 114/116 or equivalent, CHM 141/142 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BOT 424/524, ZOO 424/524.
425/525 Microbial Physiology (4)
Biochemical activities of microorganisms as revealed by their cellular physiology. Prerequisite: MBI 202 and CHM 242 or 332. 3 Lec. 1 Lab.
435/535 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: MBI 405/505 or BOT 421/521 or permission of instructor. 2 Lec. 1 Lab.
440 Research Problems (2; maximum 4)
Library research. Open to senior majors. Prerequisite: 20 hours of microbiology and permission of instructor. (MPC 440C is a Miami Plan Capstone with concurrent enrollment in MBI 490C)
445/545 Microbial Genetics (3)
Genetic changes that occur in bacteria and bacterial viruses and resulting changes in their biochemical and physiological activities. Prerequisite: MBI 425.
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 202, or equivalent.
465/565 Microbial and Molecular Genetics Laboratory (2)
Laboratory methodology associated with experimental aspects of microbial genetics and recombinant DNA technique. Prerequisite: BOT 342 or ZOO 342, or MBI 445/545 or permission of instructor.
475/575 Microbial Ecology: Exploration of the Diverse Roles of Microorganisms in Earth’s Ecology (3)
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. Prerequisite: MBI 202 and CHM 242 or permission of instructor.
480 Departmental Honors (1-3; maximum 6)
Departmental honors may be taken for a minimum of one semester hour and a maximum of six semester hours in two semesters of student’s senior year. (MPC 480. C is a Miami Plan Capstone in conjunction with MBI 490C)
MPC 487, 489 Clinical Laboratory Science Practicum (8,12,12)
Off-campus, structured sequence of laboratory and lecture rotations through clinical chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, immunology, microbiology, molecular, and other emerging diagnostics laboratories. Structured lecture criteria accompany the corresponding laboratory rotations.
490 Undergraduate Seminar (1; maximum 4)
Discussion by undergraduate majors and staff of current topics in selected areas. Prerequisite: 20 hours of microbiology.
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. Cross-listed with BOT 605 and ZOO 605. Prerequisite: graduate status, one course in molecular genetics, biochemistry or cell biology, and permission of instructor.
606 Advanced Cell Biology (3)
Advanced level study of the molecular basis of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure/function relationships. Cross-listed with BOT 606 and ZOO 606. Prerequisite: graduate status, one course in molecular genetics, biochemistry or cell biology, and permission of instructor.
615 Communicating Science: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations (2)
Introduces the principles of scientific writing for the biological sciences. Students practice writing grant proposals and papers and prepare graphic presentation of data for poster and oral presentations. Offered infrequently.
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.
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.
640L Infectious Disease Microbiology Laboratory for Teachers (1)
Introduces junior high and high school biology teachers to laboratory approaches used by microbiologists for understanding infectious diseases and pathogens that cause them. Fosters firsthand understanding of the research basis for, and the investigative nature of, clinical microbiology and assists in development of insight into how microorganisms cause infectious diseases. Prerequisite or corequisite: MBI 640. Summer only. Offered infrequently.
650 Seminar in Molecular Biology (1)
Discussion of current literature in molecular biology. Cross-listed with BOT, CHM, and ZOO 650. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
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 BOT / ZOO 671.
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 BOT/ ZOO 672.
689 Pedagogy in Microbiology for Graduate Students (1)
Introduction of new graduate students to the role of the graduate teaching assistant. Summer only.
690 Graduate Seminar (1; maximum 8)
Discussions of current research and literature by graduate students and faculty.
700 Research for Master’s Thesis (1-10; minimum 6, maximum 12)
710 Graduate Research Problems (1-10; maximum 16)
Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of instructor.
750 Advanced Topics in Microbiology (1-3; maximum 36)
Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of instructor. Study of special topics from current research in the following areas:
750A Pathogenic Microbiology
750C Microbial Physiology
750E Microbial and Molecular Genetics
750F Microbial Ecology
850 Research for Doctoral Dissertation (1-16; minimum 16, maximum 60 depending on department requirements)
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