Microbiology & Immunology

Microbiology & Immunology Courses


MIM 551. Immunology (2 hours)
Concepts in immunochemistry, immunogenetics, molecular immunology, cellular immunology and immunopathology at the intermediate level. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): GCLS 501, GCLS 502, GCLS 503 and GCLS 510 or consent of the instructor.

MIM 553. Molec Biology of Viruses (2 hours)
Animal viruses including basic structure and viral nucleic acids; emphasizes molecular organization of viral genomes; cellular and molecular events during virus replication and viral transformation. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): GCLS 501, GCLS 502, GCLS 503, and GCLS 511 or consent of the instructor.

MIM 560. Microbial Pathogenesis (2 hours)
Genetics, molecular biology and physiology of pathogenic bacteria, and host-pathogen interactions. Course Information: Credit is not given for MIM 560 if the student has credit for MIM 552. Prerequisite(s): GCLS 501, GCLS 502, GCLS 503, and GCLS 511 or consent of the instructor.

MIM 594. Topics in Microbiology (1-2 hours)
Advanced topics are covered in depth. Topics vary yearly. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): BCHE 460 and MIM 451 and MIM 455 and MIM 552 and MIM 553 and consent of the instructor.

MIM 595. Microbiology Seminars (1 hour)
Topics of current research interest are presented by guest lecturers from outside institutions in areas of molecular biology, bacteriology, virology and immunology. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only.

MIM 599. PhD Thesis Research (0-16 hours)
Ph.D. thesis research on problems in microbiology, immunology, virology and molecular biology. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in microbiology and immunology.

Recommended GEMS Courses

GEMS 501. Biochemistry (3 hours)
Fundamental properties of biomacromolecules, the thermodynamics underlying basic biochemical processes and the properties of enzymes, including the kinetics of operation, and regulation, illustrated with important examples. Course Information: Previously listed as GCLS 501. Restricted to students enrolled in a graduate program offered through the Colleges of Medicine or Pharmacy or the departments of Bioengineering or Biological Sciences or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Coursework in organic and physical chemistry.

GEMS 502. Molecular Biology (3 hours)
Core molecular biology course covering basic principles of gene expression, genome replication and molecular interactions important to biological processes in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Course Information: Previously listed as GCLS 502. Restricted to students enrolled in a graduate program offered through the Colleges of Medicine or Pharmacy or the departments of Bioengineering or Biological Sciences or consent of the instructor.

GEMS 503. Cell Biology (3 hours)
Advanced course on fundamental aspects of cell biology; basic concepts will be integrated with key examples which span gene, protein, cell, and tissue function. Course Information: Previously listed as GCLS 503. Credit is not given for GEMS 503 if the student has credit in BCHE 561 or ANAT 585 or MIM 585 or PHYB 585. Restricted to students enrolled in a graduate program offered through the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, or Applied Health or the departments of Bioengineering or Biological Sciences or consent of the instructor.

GEMS 504. Research Methods I (1-2 hour)
Lectures, demonstrations, and discussions concerned with principles and practical aspects of modern quantitative biochemical, molecular biological, physiological and biophysical methodology such as separation techniques and studies of biomembranes. Course Information: May be repeated. Students may register for more than one section per term. Previously listed as GCLS 504. Restricted to students enrolled in a graduate program offered through the Colleges of Medicine or Pharmacy or the departments of Bioengineering or Biological Sciences or consent of the instructor.

GEMS 505. Research Methods II (1-3 hours)
Lectures, demonstrations, and discussions concerned with principles and practical aspects of modern quantitative biochemical, molecular biological, physiological and biophysical methodology such as bioimaging and biochemical analysis. Course Information: May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Previously listed as GCLS 505. Restricted to students enrolled in a graduate program offered through the Colleges of Medicine or Pharmacy or the departments of Bioengineering or Biological Sciences or consent of the instructor.

GEMS 506. GEMS Research Rotation (2-5 hours)
Research rotation course in which first year students from the GEMS program will undertake research projects in laboratories affiliated with this program. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Previously listed as GCLS 506. Animals used in instruction. Prerequisite(s): Open only to Ph.D. degree students.

GEMS 510. Integrative Biology (3 hours)
Advanced level, intensive course addressing fundamental topics of developmental biology, immunology, and cancer biology, with concentration on thematic issues that integrate these subjects. Course Information: Previously listed as GCLS 510. Restricted to students enrolled in a graduate program offered through the Colleges of Medicine or Pharmacy or the departments of Bioengineering or Biological Sciences or consent of the instructor. Prerequisite(s): GEMS 501 and GEMS 502 and GEMS 503; or demonstrated proficiency of the material covered in these courses.

GEMS 511. Molecular Genetics (3 hours)
Core molecular genetics course covering classical and molecular principles of microbial and Mendelian genetics. Systems covered include bacteria, bacteriophage, animal viruses, yeast, Drosophila, mouse, and human. Course Information: Previously listed as GCLS 511. Prerequisite(s): GEMS 501 and GEMS 502 and GEMS 503; or demonstrated proficiency of the material covered in these courses. Restricted to students enrolled in a graduate program offered through the Colleges of Medicine or Pharmacy or the departments of Bioengineering or Biological Sciences or consent of the instructor.