Microbiology and Biochemistry Courses

 

Biology-Microbiology (BIOM)

  • BIOM 135N - Hot Spring Micb: Yellowstone. 3 Credits.

    Offered intermittently. A field and laboratory based exploration of the microbial diversity of the thermal features of our first national park. Topics to be discussed include how these communities are shaped by the physical and chemical conditions of the environment and how microorganisms can thrive at life's extremes. Includes a field trip to Yellowstone National Park.

    Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science Course (N)

    BIOM 227 - Vectors and Parasites. 3 Credits.

    Offered spring. Prereq., college level general biology class is recommended but not required. An introduction to the major groups of parasites and arthropod-borne pathogens infecting humans worldwide. The class will stress the biology, transmission dynamics, prevention and control of these organisms.

    BIOM 250N - Microbiology for Hlth Sciences. 3 Credits.

    Offered spring. Infectious diseases, including concepts of virulence, resistance, prevention and control of microbial diseases in the individual and in the community. If laboratory experience is desired, the student may enroll concurrently in BIOM 251. Credit not allowed toward a major in microbiology.

    Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science Course (N)

    BIOM 251 - Microbiology Hlth Sciences Lab. 1 Credit.

    Offered spring. Prereq. or coreq., BIOM 250N. Observation of live microorganisms, their characteristics and activities. Experience with microbiological techniques. Credit not allowed toward a major in microbiology.

    BIOM 291 - Special Topics. 1-6 Credits.

    (R-6) Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.

    BIOM 360 - General Microbiology. 3 Credits.

    Offered autumn. Prereq., CHMY 123 or 143N; Prereq. or coreq., BIOB 260. Microbial structure and function, growth and reproduction, physiology, ecology, genetics, environmental factors, control of microorganisms and sterility, antimicrobial agents, microbial diversity.

    BIOM 361 - General Microbiology Lab. 2 Credits.

    Offered autumn. Prereq. or coreq., BIOM 360. Basic microbiology procedures and techniques.

    BIOM 390 - Undergraduate Research. 1-6 Credits.

    (R-10) Offered every term. Prereq., consent of instr. Independent research under the direction of a faculty member. Graded credit/no credit.

    BIOM 400 - Medical Microbiology. 3 Credits.

    Offered autumn. Microbial structure and functions, pathogenic microorganisms, virology, immunology. Credit not allowed toward a major in microbiology.

    BIOM 402 - Medical Bacteriology& Mycology. 3 Credits.

    Offered spring. Prereq., BIOM 360, 361. A study of the pathogenic bacteria and fungi and the diseases they produce.

    BIOM 403 - Medicl Bacteriolgy & Myclgy Lb. 2 Credits.

    Offered spring. Prereq. or coreq., BIOM 402. Laboratory study of pathogenic bacteria and fungi.

    BIOM 407 - Clinical Diagnosis. 2 Credits.

    Offered spring. Prereq., BIOM 360-361 or BIOH 365 or BIOM 402/403 (may concur). Principles of blood chemistry, urinalysis, blood banking, serology and other clinical parameters of disease and health.

    BIOM 408 - Clinical Diagnosis Lab. 1 Credit.

    Offered spring. Prereq., or coreq., BIOM 407, and BIOM 360-361 or BIOH 365 or BIOM 402/403 (may concur). Clinical diagnostic methods.

    BIOM 410 - Microbial Genetics. 3 Credits.

    Offered spring. Prereq., BIOM 360 and 361. The molecular genetics of prokaryotic organisms including: structure and replication of the prokaryotic chromosome; gene expression; mutagenesis and DNA repair; plasmids and other tools of genetic engineering; transmission of genetic material and recombination in prokaryotes; regulation of gene expression in prokaryotes; recombinant DNA and biotechnology.

    BIOM 411 - Exprmntl Microbial Genetcs Lab. 1 Credit.

    Offered spring. Prereq. or coreq., BIOM 410. Experiments in microbial genetics: Analysis of genes and genomes.

    BIOM 415 - Microbial Dvrsty Eclgy & Evltn. 3 Credits.

    Offered spring. Prereq., BIOB 260, 272, BIOM 360-361 or consent of instr. A broad overview of the physiological, phylogenetic and genomic diversity and ecology of microorganisms within a framework of general ecological principles. Focuses on microbial interactions with their environment at the level of the individual, population and community, including intimate associations with plants and animals. Surveys current methods for studying microbial ecology and diversity in the environment.

    BIOM 427 - General Parasitology. 2 Credits.

    Offered autumn. Prereq., BIOB 272. Parasitism as a biological phenomenon, origin of parasitism, adaptations and life cycles, parasite morphology, fine structure, physiology, parasites and their environment.

    BIOM 428 - General Parasitology Lab. 2 Credits.

    Offered autumn. Coreq., BIOM 427. Taxonomy, morphology and identification of parasitic protozoa, helminths and arthropods.

    BIOM 435 - Virology. 3 Credits.

    Offered spring. Prereq., BIOB 260, and either BIOM 360 or BIOM 400. The general nature of viruses, with emphasis on the molecular biology of animal and human viruses. Co-convenes with BIOM 535.

    BIOM 450 - Microbial Physiology. 3 Credits.

    Offered autumn. Prereq., BIOM 360-361. Microbial structure and function, physiological diversity, microbial metabolism, role of microbial activity in the environment.

    BIOM 451 - Microbial Physiology Lab. 1 Credit.

    Offered autumn. Coreq., BIOM 450. Experimental approaches to analysis of microbial structure, composition and metabolism.

    BIOM 490 - Adv Undergrad Research. 1-10 Credits.

    (R-10) Offered every term. Prereq., BIOM 360, junior or senior standing and consent of instr. Independent research under the direction of a faculty member. Graded credit/no credit.

    BIOM 491 - Special Topics. 1-10 Credits.

    (R-10) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of new courses, experimental offerings of visiting professors, or one-time offerings of current topics.

    BIOM 494 - Seminar. 1 Credit.

    (R-3) Offered intermittently. Prereq., senior standing in natural sciences. Recent topics in microbiology and related subjects.

    BIOM 498 - Internship. 1-6 Credits.

    (R-6) Offered every term. Prereq., consent of instr. Extended classroom experience which provides practical application of classroom learning during placements off campus.

    BIOM 499 - Undergraduate Thesis. 3-6 Credits.

    (R-6) Offered every term. Prereq., senior standing and consent of instr. Preparation of a thesis or manuscript based on undergraduate research for presentation and/or publication. Student must give an oral or poster presentation at the Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium or a scientific meeting. Graded credit/no credit.


Biochemistry (BCH)

  • BCH 110 - Intro Biology for Biochemists. 3 Credits.

    Offered spring. Prereq. CHMY 141N/142N or equivalent. Prereq. or Coreq., CHMY 143N/144N. Coreq., BCH 111. An introductory course that explores biomolecules and their roles in life processes. Provides a foundation for Cellular and Molecular Biology (BIOB 260), Genetics and Evolution (BIOB 272), Introductory Biochemistry Seminar (BCH 294), and many other advanced science courses.

    BCH 111 - Intro Biol for Biochemists Lab. 1 Credit.

    Offered spring. Prereq., CHMY 141N/142N or equivalent. Prereq., or Coreq., CHMY 143N/144N. Coreq., BCH 110. Introduction to the experimental techniques used to study biomolecules and their roles in life processes. Provides a foundation for other advanced level laboratory courses in chemistry and biochemistry.

    BCH 294 - Seminar/Workshop. 1 Credit.

    Offered spring. Prereq., BCH 110/111 or equivalent. An introduction to important advances in biochemistry through readings from the primary literature and discussion of this literature. Faculty members will also make presentations on their research. Graded credit/no credit.

    BCH 380 - Biochemistry. 4.000 Credits.

    Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., CHMY 223 or BIOB 260. Fundamental biochemistry; chemistry and metabolism of biomolecules, energy relationships in metabolism; storage, transmission, and expression of genetic information. Credit not allowed for both BCH 380 and 480-482.

    BCH 480 - Advanced Biochemistry I. 3 Credits.

    Offered autumn. Prereq., CHMY 223. Primarily for science majors. The chemistry of biomolecules, with emphasis on the structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. The chemistry and regulation of the transfer and expression of genetic information, protein synthesis. Credit not allowed for both BCH 380 and 480-482.

    BCH 482 - Advanced Biochemistry II. 3 Credits.

    Offered spring. Prereq., BCH 480 or equiv. Continuation of BCH 480. Enzyme kinetics, metabolism, especially macromolecule biosyntheses and energy acquisition pathways, and the associated energetics and molecular physiology. Credit not allowed for both BCH 380 and BCH 480-482.

    BCH 486 - Biochemistry Research Lab. 3 Credits.

    Offered spring. Prereq., BCH 380 or 480. Applications of biochemical principles to modern protein biochemistry. Basic micro- and molecular biology techniques are used to produce mutant proteins; then students learn basic and advanced biophysical techniques to characterize the mutant proteins.

    BCH 490 - Undergraduate Research. 1-10 Credits.

    (R-10) Offered every term. Consent of instr. Independent research under the direction of a faculty member.

    BCH 491 - Special Topics. 1-10 Credits.

    (R-10) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.

    BCH 498 - Internship/Cooperative Ed. 1-15 Credits.

    (R-15) Prereq., consent of department. Extended non-classroom experience which provides practical application of classroom learning during placements off campus. Prior approval must be obtained from the faculty supervisor and the Internship Services office. A maximum of 6 credits of Internship (198, 298, 398, 498) may count toward graduation.

    BCH 499 - Senior Thesis/Capstone. 3-6 Credits.

    (R-6) Offered every term. Prereq., senior standing and consent of instr. Preparation of a thesis or manuscript based on undergraduate research for presentation and/or publication. Student must give an oral or poster presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium or a scientific meeting.