The University of Arizona

Microbiology Courses

MCB 181L– Introductory Biology Laboratory I (1 Unit)
Description:     Laboratory exercises presenting techniques and fundamental principles of modern biology. Designed to complement the information concurrently presented in 181R.
Offered:          Fall
Department of Record:           MCB
Course Requisites:      Prerequisite or concurrent registration in MIC 181R
 

MCB 181RIntroductory Biology I (3-4 Units)

Description:     Introduction to the cell and its properties, basic genetics, the immune system, recombinant DNA technology with illustrations from bacteria, plants, animals and humans. Honors section available for 4 units.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
Department of Record:           MCB
 
ECOL 182LIntroductory Biology II Lab (1 Unit)
Description:     Diversity and evolution of life; structure and function of plants, animals, and organ systems; processes of micro and macroevolution, strategies and selection of different species; phylogenetics and descent
Offered:          Spring
Department of Record:           ECOL
Course requisites:        ECOL 182R or concurrent registration.  At least Level III placement on the Math Readiness Test.  High school biology recommended.
 
ECOL 182RIntroductory Biology II (3-5 Units)
Description:     Origin, diversity and evolution of life; physiology of plants, animals and organ systems; processes of micro and macroevolution; animal behavior and ecology of populations and communities emphasizing biotic interactions and biogeography. Designed for biology majors.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
Department of Record:           ECOL
Course Requisites:      At least Level III placement on the Math Readiness Test.  High school biology recommended.
 
MIC 195D- This Wormy World (1 unit)
Description: This Wormy World is a course designed to introduce students to various types of parasites and other infectious agents that affect humans and animals around the world.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
Department of Record:           ACBS
 
MIC 195F- Plagues, Peoples, and Society (1 unit)
Description: This colloquium addresses teh role of infectious disease epidemics on people and societies throughout history.  The topics covered are origins, geography, effects on peoples and societies, as well as perceptions, beliefs, and attempts to control disease.  Historical epidemics and responses to them are compared to the current and likely future crises of infectious disease in society.
 
MIC 195G- Careers in Microbiology (1 unit) 
Description:  This colloquium is designed to introduce students to various careers and industries related to the field of microbiology, such as laboratory diagnostics, micro brewing, academia, government or military research, and public health.  
Students will meet a variety of guest speakers whose professions are directly related to the field of microbiology.  The goals of this course are to help students better define their career paths and encourage curricular choices that align with their career aspirations.  Students will also learn the differences between and how to prepare a resume and curriculum vitae.
Offered:          Spring
 
MIC 199Independent Study (1-3 Units)
Description:     Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Offered:          Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2
 
MIC 199HHonors Independent Study (1-6 Units)
Description:     Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
 
MIC 205AGeneral Microbiology (3 Units)
Description:     Introduction to the diverse lifestyles of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoan parasites, their importance in the biosphere, and their roles in human and animal diseases.
Offered:          Fall, Spring, and Summer 1
Course Requisites:      MCB 181R or PSIO 201; CHEM 101B or CHEM 103A.
 
MIC 205LBiology of Microorganisms Laboratory (1 Unit)
Description:     Laboratory techniques in introductory microbiology.
Offered:          Fall, Spring, and Summer 1
Course Requisites:      Prerequisite or concurrent registration in MIC 205A.
 
MIC 299-- Independent Study (1-3 Units)
Description:     Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Offered:          Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2
 
MIC 299H-- Honors Independent Study (1-3 Units)
Description:     Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
 
MIC 305Introductory Plant Pathology (3 Units)
Description:     Detailed study of representative plant diseases, with emphasis on basic concepts of diagnosis, cause, epidemiology, and control.
Offered:          Fall
Department of Record:           PLP
Course Requisites:      MCB 181R.
 
ENVS 305Pollution Science (3 Units)
Description:     Introduction to abiotic and biotic scientific processes within the soil/water/atmosphere continuum that affects the fate and transport of pollutants. Evaluation of the extent, fate, mitigation and impact of environmental pollution.
Offered:          Spring
Course Requisites:      CHEM 241A, MATH 125, MIC 205A, PHYS 102.
 
ENTO 310Living in Symbiosis (3 Units)
Description:     This course will provide an overview of the diversity of associations that exist between microbes and eukaryotic hosts.  The course will span from highly integrated obligatory symbioses to loose associations.  Emphasis will be placed on symbiotic associations with relevance to human medicine, veterinary sciences, and agriculture.
Offered:          Fall
Department of Record:           ECOL
Course Requisites:      BIOC 181R or ECOL 181R or MCB 181R or MIC 181R.
 
ECOL 320Genetics (4 Units)
Description:     The principles that govern the inheritance of all living organisms including molecular, chromosomal, organismal, population and evolutionary aspects of genetics. Extensive problem solving required.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
Department of Record:           ACBS
Course Requisites:      ECOL 181R, ECOL 181L, ECOL 182, CHEM 103B, CHEM 104B.
 
MIC 328RMicrobial Physiology (3 Units)
Description:     This course will cover the biochemical mechanisms of microbial cell physiology.  Areas to be covered include but are not limited to catabolic and anabolic processes, genetics, physiological networks, microbial cell structures, and the synthesis of macromolecular complexes such as ribosomes, flagella and viruses
Offered:          Spring
Course Requisites:      CHEM 241A; MIC 205A and MIC 205B.
 
MIC 329AMicrobial Diversity (3 Units)
Description:     Microbial diversity is a course offered to students in Microbiology, and to other majors with an interest in the remarkable genetic, species-level, phylogenetic, functional, and ecological diversity of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms.
Offered:          Fall
Department of Record:           PLP
Course Requisites:      MCB 181R.
 
MIC 333General Virology (3 Units)
Description:     This course will be offered every other year in the fall semester. The course will provide a general introduction to the field of Virology, inclusive of bacterial, animal, and plant viruses. Topics will include the history of virology, taxonomy and classification of viruses, introduction to virus structure and assembly, types of virus genomes and functions representative of the different types of virus groups, introduction general laboratory, virus-host interactions, virus-vector biology, and diagnostic methods ecology, and evolutionary aspects.
Offered:         Spring
Department of Record:           PLS
 
MIC 340Introduction to Biotechnology (3 Units)
Description:     Survey of the basic concepts and techniques used in the analysis and improvement of biological organisms by genetic engineering.
Offered:          Fall
Department of Record:           PLS
Course Requisites:      PLS 130 or PLS 240 or MCB 181R.
 
 380– Food Safety and Microbiology (4 Units)
Description:     Significance and control of food-borne hazards in food products as influenced by harvesting, processing, manufacturing and preservation.
Offered:          Fall and Summer 1 and 2
 
MIC 393Internship (1-3 Units)
Description:     Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
 
MIC 399Independent Study (1-3 Units)
Description:     Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Offered:          Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2
 
MIC 399H-- Honors Independent Study (1-3 Units)
Description:     Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
 
MIC 403RBiology of Animal Parasites (3 Units)
Description:     Biology of host-parasite relationships with emphasis on parasites of veterinary and human importance. Parasite morphology and physiology, life cycles, epidemiology, pathogenesis and zoonotic potential.
Offered:          Fall
Department of Record:           ACBS
Course Requisites:      12 units of biology and microbiology.
 
VSC 409– Evolution of Infectious Disease (3 Units)
Description:     Causes and consequences of evolutionary change in pathogens.  Evolutionary principles, vertebrate immunity, molecular epidemiology, evolution of virulence, evolution of antimicrobial resistance, predicting epidemics, impacts of infectious disease on host evolution, HIV evolution.
Offered:          Fall
Department of Record:           ECOL
Course Requisites:      ECOL 182R, ECOL 182L, MCB 181R or consent of instructor.
 
MIC 410Cell Biology (3-4 Units)
Descripton:      The molecular basis of the structure and function of animal, plant and prokaryotic cells with emphasis on experimental analysis. Honors section available. Student with a prior failed attempt may only retake the course once.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
Department of Record:           MCB
Course Requisites:      MCB 181R, MCB 181L, MCB 182R, MCB 182L, MCB 462A or MCB 460; recommend MCB 320 and concurrent registration, MCB 411.
 
MIC 411Molecular Biology (3-4 Units)
Description:     Mechanisms of genome replication, genetic recombination, DNA repair, gene expression and regulation. Honors section available. Student with a prior failed attempt may only retake the course once.
Offered:          Fall
Department of Record:           MCB
Course Requisites:      MCB 181R, MCB 181L, MCB 182; MCB 462A or MCB 460.  Students can obtain credit for only one of these course: MCB 411, BIOC 461, or BIOC 466.
 
MCB 416AStatistical Bioinformatics and Genomic Analysis (3 Units)
Description:     he course introduces statistical methods and algorithms for analysis of high-throughput experiments in molecular biology using analysis of gene expression microarrays as a leading example. The course provides hands-on experience with data analysis, critical review of literature and communication of the results.
Offered:          Fall
Course Requisites:      Basic statistical knowledge and programming experience.
 
MIC 419Immunology (4 Units)
Description:     Basic concepts of immunity. Molecular and cellular composition of the immune system and immune processes that are responsible for defense against pathogens and tumors, and for allergic and autoimmune reactions. Honors section convened with V SC 519.
Offered:          Spring
Course Requisites:     MIC 205A
 
MIC 420Pathogenic Bacteriology (3 Units)
Description:     Etiology and pathogenesis of bacterial diseases in humans, domestic animals, and wildlife.
Offered:          Fall
Department of Record:           ACBS
Course Requisites:      CHEM 241B, CHEM 243B.
 
MIC 421BMicrobiological Techniques (3 Units)
Description:     This laboratory course emphasizes the methods used to identify human and animal pathogens, their toxins and antigens. It encompasses methods used in bacteriology, virology, mycology and immunology. It will be assumed that you know basic bacteriological methods, including staining, streaking for isolation, and aseptic technique.
Offered:          Fall
Course Requisites:      MIC 205A, MIC 205L. MIC 421A is not prerequisite to MIC 421B.
 
MIC 423Mechanisms of Disease (4 Units)
Description:     Comparative general pathology of animal and selected human diseases with emphasis on pathogenesis, pathophysiology, and morphologic and biochemical changes at the macroscopic, microscopic and molecular levels. Recitation will stress general mechanisms of disease common to all mammalian species, with focus on tissue injury and adaptation; inflammation and repair; and disorders of circulation, immunity, and cell growth, including neoplasia. Laboratory will reinforce recitation and stress practical, hands-on recognition of disease in organs and tissues at the gross and microscopic levels.  Available for honors credit.
Offered:          Spring
Department of Record:           ACBS
Course Requisites:      6 unites of upper division ACBS and MIC credit, or consent of the instructor.
 
ENVS 425Environmental Microbiology (3 Units)
Description:     Current concepts in water quality, aerobiology and microbial biogeochemistry.
Offered:          Fall
Department of Record:           ENVS
 
ENVS 426Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (2 Units)
Description:     Basic techniques for isolation and characterization of environmental soil and water microflora including methods for enumeration and measurement of physiological activity.
Offered:          Fall
Department of Record:           ENVS
Course Requisites:      ENVS 425 (MIC 425).
 
MIC 427LGeneral Mycology Laboratory (2 Units)
Description:     General mycology laboratory, with emphasis on the microfungi.
Offered:          Fall
Department of Record:           PLP
Course Requisites:      PLP 427R.
 
MIC 427RGeneral Mycology (3 Units)
Description:     An exploration of the diversity of fungi and fungus like organisms covering general biology and roles as pathogens (of humans and plants), saprobes and symbionts. Fungi as models for eukaryotic molecular research and their uses in industry will be covered.
Description:     Fall
Department of Record:           PLP
Course Requisites:      MCB 181R.
 
MIC 428LMicrobial Genetics Laboratory (2 Units)
Description:     Laboratory associated with lecture course on Prokaryotic gene structure and function; methods of gene transfer and mapping, DNA structure, replication, transcription, and translation. Hands-on computer analysis of DNA sequences and gene cloning strategies. Principles of regulation of gene expression. Biology of plasmids and bacteriophages.
Offered:          Spring
Department of Record:           PLP
Course Requisites:      ECOL 320, PLS 312 and PLP 428R.
 
MIC 428RMicrobial Genetics (3 Units)
Description:     Prokaryotic gene structure and function; methods of gene transfer and mapping, DNA structure, replication, transcription, and translation. Hands-on computer analysis of DNA sequences and gene cloning strategies. Principles of regulation of gene expression. Biology of plasmids and bacteriophages.
Offered:          Spring
Department of Record:           PLP
 
MIC 430Food Microbiology and Biotechnology (3 Units)
Description:     Food microbiology and biotechnology course will provide an introduction to the microorganisms of importance in foods, both beneficial and harmful, and application of biotechnology in foods.  The focus of this course will be on microorganisms and other agents causing foodborne illnesses, the use of microorganisms in food production, role of regulatory agencies in foodborne outbreak investigations, and detection and prevention of food spoilage and pathogenic organisms using various methods including those from chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology. The practical difficulties of how the knowledge gained from research studies can be applied to a variety of fields in food microbiology and technology will be explored. The course will consist of a mixture of lectures by the instructor/guest lecturers, and presentation and subsequent group discussions of assigned readings.
Offered:          Spring
Department of Record:          MIC
Course Requisites:      ACBS 380
 
MIC 433-- Medical and Molecular Virology (4 Units)
Description:     Structure, classification, replication, and mechanisms of pathogenesis of human and animal viruses.
Offered:          (Temporarily not being offered)
Course Requisites:      MIC 181R, MIC 181L, MIC 205A or consent of the instructor.
 
MIC 438Ecology of Infectious Disease (3 Units)
Description:     Ecology of the major infectious diseases of humans and animals.
Offered:          Spring
Department of Record:           ACBS
 
ENVS 440Biodegradation of Pollutants in Soil and Groundwater (3 Units)
Description:     Description of modern pollution problems and potential biological remediation techniques focusing on the chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology of biodegradation of hazardous and toxic compounds.
Offered:          Spring
Department of Record:           ENVS
Course Requisites:      ENVS 425.
 
ACBS 443Research Animal Methods (3 Units)
Description:     Regulations, care, diseases and techniques involving common laboratory animals used in research and teaching programs.
Offered:          Fall
Department of Record:           ACBS
 
ENTO 446Insect Pathogens: Biocontrol Agents & Biological Models (4 Units)
Description:     Ecology and biology of insect pathogens (viruses, bacteria, protozoa, nematodes).  Diagnostics, safety testing of pathogens.  Genomics and genetic engineering of entomopathogens.  Insect pathogens as biological model organisms.  Applications in medical and veterinary research and pharmaceutical bioprospecting.
Offered:          Spring
Department of Record:           ENTO
Course Requisites:      ENTO 411, ENTO 415L, ENTO 415R or consent of the instructor.
 
MIC 451Biology and Characterization of Plant Pathogenic Agents (4 Units)
Description:     Examines the biological properties of the various groups of plant pathogens and the contemporary methods used to characterize these agents and the diseases they cause.
Offered:          Spring
Department of Record:           PLP
Course Requisites:      PLP 305; one laboratory course or consent of the instructor.
 
MIC 452Antibiotics – A Biological Perspecitive (3 Units)
Description:     Antibiotics - a biological perspective provides an introduction to the major classes of antibiotics, their modes of action, the threat and reality of antibiotic resistant "superbugs", as well as the biosynthesis, microbiological role, discovery, and industrial production of these compounds.  The course will concentrate on the microbiological, genetic, and molecular biological aspects of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance, with less emphasis on chemistry. Thus, it complements but does not replace other courses that may detail the chemical synthesis and medicinal chemistry of these compounds, or concentrate on their medical or veterinary application as drugs.  The course is designed to increase the awareness and appreciation of the importance of antibiotics and anti-infective research in an age when:  cheap and failsafe antibiotic cures are considered a birthright in developed countries while lacking in the rest of the world; antibiotic use and misuse is prevalent in medicine, veterinary practice, and agriculture; antibiotic agents increasingly lose effectiveness due to emerging resistance; and anti-infective research has been severely curtailed by pharmaceutical companies.
Offered:          Fall
Course Requisites:      CHEM 103A, MCB 181R; MIC 205A is recommended.
 
ACBS 456– Aquaculture (3 Units)
Description:     Overview lectures and assigned readings on the theory and practice of aquaculture. Includes the culture of seaweeds, mollusks, crustaceans, and finfish.
Offered:          Spring
Course Requisites:      ECOL 181R, ECOL 182R, ECOL 182L, CHEM 103A, CHEM 103B, CHEM 104A, CHEM 104B.
 
ENTO 457– Medical-Veterinary Entomology (3 Units)
Description:     An overview of medically important arthropods and the diseases they transmit.  Special attention will be paid to newly emerging and locally important vectors and diseases.  Basic coursework in biology or entomology is required.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
Department of Record:           ENTO
Course Requisites:      ECOL 182R, ECOL 182L.
 
MCB 473Recombinant DNA Methods and Applications (4 Units)
Description:     Relevant techniques for the isolation, purification, and cloning of genes in E. Coli hosts.  Eukaryotic lambda genomic DNA clones will be characterized by restriction mapping, hybridization analysis, and sequence analysis.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
Department of Record:           MCB
Course Requisites:     MCB 181R and MCB 181L or MCB 184
 
ECOL 475Freshwater/Marine Algae (4 Units)
Description:     Systematics, ecology, and evolution of planktonic and benthic species; field techniques and lab culture.
Offered:          Spring
Course Requisites:      Four unites of biological or plant sciences.
 
MIC 498HHonors Thesis (3 Units)
Description:     An honors thesis is required of all the students graduating with honors. Students ordinarily sign up for this course as a two-semester sequence. The first semester the student performs research under the supervision of a faculty member; the second semester the student writes an honors thesis.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
 
MIC 499Independent Study (1-4 Units)
Description:     Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Offered:          Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2
 
MIC 499HHonors Independent Study (3 Units)
Description:     Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Offered:          Fall and Spring