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. Does not
count as credit toward an A.B. in microbiology. IVA.
MPF, MPT 115 Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity
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
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. Does not count as credit toward
an A.B. in microbiology. 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. Does not count as credit toward an A.B. in microbiology.
IVA, 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. Does not count as credit toward an A.B. in microbiology. 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. Does not count as credit toward an A.B. in microbiology.
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/MBI/ ZOO 115 or BOT 191
or ZOO 113; 2) CHM 111 or CHM 142/5; and 3) GLG 111/115 or 121/115 or 141/115
or GEO 121.
277/377/477 Independent Study (1-4; maximum 8)
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. (MPC 477C is a Miami Plan Capstone with concurrent enrollment in MBI 490C.)
340 Summer Internship (1-12) Laboratory research experience. Prerequisite: permission
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.
402/502 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 137 or 141, 144; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with GLG.
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 Principles (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 203, or ZOO 443.
415/515 Immunology Principles and Practice (4)
Covers the same 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. Prerequisite: MBI 202 (or permission of instructor)
and CHM 242 or 332; recommended: MBI 365, ZOO 203, or ZOO 443. 3 Lec. 1 Lab.
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: BOT/MBI/ ZOO 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 and
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)
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.
466/566 Bioinformatics Computing Skills (3)
Programming in Perl and MatLab.
Use of BLAST, BioPerl, BioPHP, and MatLab Bioinformatics Toolbox. Emphasis placed
on biological database design, implementation, management, and analysis. Prerequisite(s):
Programming course and BOT 116, or BOT 342, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed
with CSA/BOT/ ZOO 466/566.
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
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 480C is a Miami Plan Capstone in conjunction
with MBI 490C)
485/585 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 BOT 485/585
and ZOO 485/585. Prerequisite: BOT/MBI/ ZOO 116 or MBI 201 or BOT/ ZOO 342 or CHM 332 or CHM 433 or permission of instructor.
MPC 487, 488, 489 Clinical Laboratory Science Practicum (8, 12, 12)
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
490 Undergraduate Seminar (1; maximum 4)
Discussion by undergraduate majors
and staff of current topics in selected areas. Prerequisite: 20 hours of microbiology.
(MPC 490C is a Miami Plan Capstone in conjunction with MBI 440C or MBI 477C or
495/595 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. Prerequisite(s):
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, a course
in molecular genetics, biochemistry, or cell biology, and permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with BOT 605 and ZOO 605. Offered even year Fall semesters.
606 Advanced Cell Biology (3)
Advanced level study of molecular basis of prokaryotic
and eukaryotic cell structure/function relationships. Prerequisite: graduate status,
course in molecular genetics, cell biology, or biochemistry, and permission of
instructor. Cross-listed with BOT 606 and ZOO 606. Offered even year Spring semesters.
615 Communicating Science: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations (2)
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
640L Infectious Disease Microbiology Laboratory for Teachers (1)
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 co-requisite: MBI 640.
Summer only. Offered infrequently.
650 Seminar in Molecular Biology (1)
Discussion of current literature in molecular
biology. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Cross-listed with BOT/CHM/ ZOO 650. Offered
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)
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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