Undergraduate Specialization - Microbiology
Biological sciences majors who complete the following
requirements will be recognized as having completed a specialization in
microbiology. Students in this specialization are required to complete
three quarters of organic chemistry. Students register for three
required courses in the specialization (BIOS 25206, 25216, and 25287).
Several electives are available to provide additional training in
microbiology. With prior approval from the specialization chair, it may
be possible to substitute one course from the list of suggested
electives for one of the required courses.
- Required Courses
- BIOS 25206. Fundamentals of Bacterial
- BIOS 25287. Introduction to Virology (Winter)
- BIOS 25216. Molecular Basis of Bacterial
- Electives in the Committee on Microbiology
- BIOS 25307. Molecular Genetic Analysis of
- Course Descriptions
- 25206. Fundamentals of Bacterial
Physiology. (MICR 30600) This course meets one of
the requirements of the microbiology specialization. This course
introduces bacterial diversity, physiology, ultra-structure, envelope
assembly, metabolism, and genetics. In the discussion section, students
discuss recent original experimental work in the field of bacterial
physiology. Missiakas. Autumn.
- 25216. Molecular Basis of Bacterial
Diseases. (MICR 31600) This course meets one of the
requirements of the microbiology specialization. This
lecture/discussion course involves a comprehensive analysis of
bacterial pathogens, the diseases that they cause, and the molecular
mechanisms involved during pathogenesis. Students discuss recent
original experimental work in the field of bacterial
pathogenesis. Martinez. Winter.
- 25287. Introduction to Virology.
(GENE 34600, MGCB 34600, MICR 34600) PQ: Consent of
instructor. This course meets one of the requirements of the
microbiology specialization. This class on animal viruses
considers the major families of the viral kingdom with an emphasis on
the molecular aspects of genome expression and virus-host
interactions. The goal is to provide students with solid
appreciation of basic knowledge, as well as instruction on the
frontiers of virus research. Pilipenko. Winter.
- 25307. Molecular Genetic Analysis of
Bacteriophage. (MICR 33000) PQ: BIOS 20200.
This course meets one of the requirements of the microbiology
special-ization. Phage are the most abundant and fastest growing
biological entities, and they are involved in many natural
microbiological processes. This course examines a series of
bacteriophage that have been instrumental in our understanding of
genetics and molecular biology, with an emphasis on their properties
and the methods for which they are used in current and potential
biological studies and in biotechnology. Casadaban. Spring.
Honors Program in the Microbiology
Specialization. Students who complete a research thesis have
an opportunity to receive rigorous advanced training in microbiology
and to receive honors. To graduate with honors in the biological
sciences with a specialization in microbiology, students are required
to (1) maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher both overall and in the major,
and (2) meet the lecture and laboratory course requirements of the
specialization with a GPA of 3.25 or higher. They must also
register for two research/reading courses (see below) and complete an
experimental honors thesis project based on an experimental report
covering at least two quarters of work in the laboratory of a faculty
member of the Committee on Microbiology. The honors thesis paper
and progress of the honors student in the final (fourth) year of study
will be evaluated by a Committee of three faculty members assembled by
the Chair of the Committee on Microbiology. Students interested
in a research thesis should discuss their plans with the committee
chair and enroll in 00199 (Undergraduate Research, Autumn Quarter),
00299 (Advanced Research in the Biological Sciences, Winter Quarter),
and 00298 (Undergraduate Research Seminar, Spring Quarter).
For more information, students should consult with
Dominique Missiakas, undergraduate adviser of the Committee on
Microbiology (834-8161, email@example.com).