BIOL 331: Microbiology The course explores basic traits of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae and protozoa) with an emphasis on bacterial structure, communication, physiology (catabolic and anabolic pathways), genetics and growth. Additional, topics include microbial associations with medicine, pathogenesis, bioremediation and biotechnology. Concurrent with BIOL 332. Prerequisites: BIOL 122-125, plus any 3 additional credits in Biology. 3 credits, Fall, Spring BIOL 332: Microbiology Lab This lab involves the use of differential stains with microscopy enabling microbial visualization. Students are taught how to identify with molecular confirmation unknown microorganisms through the performance of multiple physiological tests. Additionally, an introduction to experiments performed in biotechnology and medical laboratory science are covered. Concurrent with BIOL 331. Prerequisites: BIOL 122-125, plus any 3 additional credits in Biology. 1 credit, Fall, Spring BIOL 336: Clinical Microbiology The appropriate methods for complete microbiological examination of clinical specimens is reviewed in lecture and presented in the laboratory. Procedures for the isolation and identification of bacteria, fungi, and viruses are taught. Emphasis is given to those organisms most commonly found in human infection. Prerequisite: BIOL 122-127, 331-332. 2 credits BIOL 337: Clinical Microbiology Lab Concurrent with BIOL 336. Prerequisites: BIOL 122-127, 331-332.
BIOL 338: Immunology This course is designed to introduce students to the structure and function of the immune system. Course content begins with a discussion of the molecular and cellular components involved in the elicitation of the immune response, e.g. antigen receptors, MHC molecules, antibodies, and cytokines. Subsequent discussion includes the role of the immune system in the defense against infectious agents and cancer, immunodeficiencies, hypersensitivities, organ transplantation, and autoimmune disease. Concurrent with BIOL 339. Prerequisites: BIOL 122-125, and either 331-332 or 378-379. 3 credits, Spring BIOL 339: Immunology Lab The lab is designed to emphasize some of the basic immunological principles that are discussed in lecture. Students are also introduced to some of the immunologically-based techniques routinely utilized in research and diagnostic laboratories (e.g. immunodiffusion, ELISA, immunoprecipitation, immunoelectrophoresis, RT-PCR, western blot and tissue culture techniques). Concurrent with BIOL 338. Prerequisites: BIOL 122-125, and either 331-332 or 378-379. 1 credit, Spring BIOL 340: Aquatic Microbiology This course is designed to study the interrelationships among micro-organisms, phytoplankton, aquatic plants, and the animals of aquatic systems. Cycling of elements in bodies of water is emphasized. Prerequisites: BIOL 122-127, 331-332. 3 credits BIOL 341: Aquatic Microbiology Lab Concurrent with BIOL 340. Prerequisites: BIOL 122-127, 331-332.
BIOL 344: Virology This course is designed to expose students to the basic fundamentals (morphology, life cycles and host interactions) and advanced topics of viruses associated with human diseases. These topics focus on selected viruses and discuss their disease associations, epidemiology, vaccines,