Living in the Microbial World (3)
This course examines the impact of the microbial world on humankind. Students will be introduced to microorganisms from the beginning of life on a young and very different earth than we see today and follow the evolutionary journey that has shaped the modern world.
This is a lecture course for undergraduates with little or no science background. There are no prerequisites for the course.
The Science and Culture of Cheese and Wine (3)
At the intersection of applied sciences and French cultural
studies this Summer Session course, coupled with the Study Abroad program, explores the science and culture of cheese and wine through applied microbiology with socioeconomic and
Microbial Products in a Sustainable Garden State and Beyond (3)
Explores the science and culture of agricultural products, food and beverage fermentations, such as cheese production, wine and beer fermentation, fermented sausages, and mushroom cultivation. Students will study the complex chemical and biological processes that create different fermented foods, with techniques that blend modern scientific knowledge with traditional values and practices.
Introduction to Microbiomes (3)
This introductory course describes principles of host-associated microbiomes (microbial ecosystems living on humans and animals), including their development, functions, and roles on health. Students will be required to present recently published works on microbiomes.
Introduction to Microbiology (3)
Presents the basic principles of microbiology and examines the microbes that inhabit our planet and their effect on the biosphere. Students will assess the influence of microbiology and 21st-century challenges and opportunities that arise from our changing relationship with and understanding of microbes.
Prerequisites: Two semesters of biology and two semesters of chemistry.
Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory (1)
Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory is a 1-credit
course with one three-hour lab per week. The course will be taught by faculty
of the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, SEBS. This laboratory
course will serve as a companion course to Introduction to Microbiology Lecture
(11:680:201). It is designed to reinforce the concepts taught in the lecture
course and will allow students to apply the knowledge in practice to various
microbiology lab topics.
Honors Seminar (3)
The topic for each semester addresses current issues
from the perspectives of the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.
Open only to honors students (SEBS Honors Program, SAS Honors Program, and Honors College) or by permission of instructor.
General Microbiology (4)
Basic principles of microbiology. An introduction to the physiology, morphology, pathogenicity, and genetics of groups of microorganisms.
Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: 01:119:115,116, and 117 (formerly 01:119:101-102); 01:160:161-162, 171, and 307.
Ethics and Issues in Microbiology (1)
Discussion of ethical conduct and scientific integrity in relation to the practice of microbiology.
Prerequisite: 11:680:390. Open to microbiology majors. Others by special permission.
Marvelous Microbes (3)
The basics of the science of microbiology including its history, importance to humanity, classification of microbes, how microbes fit within the web of life, and interpreting stories of microbiology in the media.
Microbiomes and Health (3)
This course provides an overview on the role of microbiome in human health and disease. It focuses on conceptual framework and technologies for understanding how particularly the gut microbiome impacts human health.
Prerequisites: 11:680:390 or 01:447:390 General Microbiology with a C or better; 11:680:201 with a grade of B or better; or permission of the instructor.
Microbial Genetics and Genomics (3)
Applications of genetics and genomics to fundamental biological functions at the molecular and cellular levels in archaeal and bacterial prokaryotes. Recent developments in horizontal gene transfer, quorum sensing, stationary-phase induced mutagenesis, and prokaryotic genome evolution.
Prerequisites: 01:447:380; 11:680:390 or equivalent.
Microbial Physiology (3)
course with the goal of integrating biochemistry and genetics to enhance
the understanding of the microbial cell and the robust and diverse
nature of life. This course is intended to be a capstone class for the
microbiology major. It will provide the instructors with the
opportunity to re-address the learning goals of the microbiology major
and address general scientific misconceptions before student
This course is targeted to advanced juniors or seniors majoring in microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology, and related fields, as well as graduate students. Prerequisites: Biochemistry: (11:115:403, 11:115:301, 01:694:301, or 01:694:407) and General Microbiology 11:680:390.
Analytical Methods in Microbiology (3)
training in the use of analytical instrumentation in microbiological
research and applications, including biotransformations and
fermentations, biodegredation, and identification of bacteria and fungi.
One 80-min. lec. and one 180-min. lab. Prerequisite: 11:680:394 or 11:115:403 or lab experience by permission.
Microbial Ecology and Diversity (3)
Ecological determinants; characteristics of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; nature and activity of microbial populations; biogeochemical cycles and energy flow; microbial interactions and community structures.
Two 80-min. lecs., one 180-min. lab. Prerequisite: 01:447:390 or 11:680:390.
Experiments in Microbial Ecology and Diversity (3)
lectures and laboratory experiments with hands-on training in microbial
community structure and function analyses including experimental design in microbiological
research and applications. Analytical methods that are introduced include
sampling design, extraction of DNA/RNA from environmental samples and their preparation
for high throughput sequencing, bioinformatics (QIIME) analyses, design and set
up of enrichment cultures, and respiration rate measurements.
Prerequisite: 11:680:491 or equivalent laboratory experience by permission of the instructor.
Applied Microbiology (4)
Microorganisms in foods; their application in industry, agriculture, environment, and medicine. Physical and chemical factors of growth and control in relation to industrial and natural processes.
Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: 11:680:390 or equivalent.
Seminar in Microbiology (1)
Practice in techniques for oral presentation of scientific reports and
reviews, based on search of research literature in microbiology and,
where applicable, the student's own research results.
Open only to senior microbiology majors.
Research in Microbiology (BA,BA)
Research projects in microbiology under the guidance of faculty members.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Microbiology Senior Exit Survey (0)
This is a 0-credit Pass/Fail course for graduating microbiology seniors. The exit survey will allow for seniors to evaluate their experience in the major, including coursework and research opportunities, and share their future career plans.