Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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(Listed Alphabetically)

BSC 2891 Python Programming for Biology. (Spring). Credits: 3. Prereq: None.
Discoveries in biology are driven as much by computer analysis as by laboratory work. Students learn the theory and practice of computer programming with emphasis on the practical techniques and problem solving skills required to use computer programming in biological research. This course is taught completely online. (Dr. Bryan Kolaczkowski)

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BSC 4434c Bioinformatics. (Fall). Credits: 3; Prereq: (At least one of the following) MCB 3020, MCB 3023, BCH 4024, or CHM 3218 with a minimum grade of C.
A lecture and hands-on computer laboratory with emphasis on data-mining tools freely available in web-based resources that predict gene function from DNA, RNA and protein sequences. (Dr. Valerie de Crecy)

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BSC 4913 Independent Research in Bioinformatics (Fall, Spring, Sum C): Credits: 3; Prereq: (At least one of the following) BSC 2891, MCB 4320C, BSC 4434, or BSC 4434C with a minimum grade of C.
Mentored research experience at the interface between computational and biological sciences, preparing students for competitive graduate-school and industry positions in bioinformatics.

Contact Dr. Bryan Kolaczkowski or Dr. Valerie de Crecy for more information

BSC 4914 Advanced Independent Research in Bioinformatics (Fall, Spring, Sum C): Credits: 3; Prereq: BSC 4913 with a minimum grade of C.
Mentored bioinformatics research experience that challenges students to develop a deeper understanding of bioinformatics methodologies, to frame biological questions, to evaluate primary scientific literature and to present their research in formal written and oral presentations.

Contact Dr. Bryan Kolaczkowski or Dr. Valerie de Crecy for more information

MCB 2000 Microbiology. (Fall, Spring, Sum A): Credits: 3.
The role of microorganisms in chemical transformations, disease, public health and agriculture. Fundamental concepts are discussed, followed by both beneficial and harmful actions of microorganisms as they affect our lives. Suitable as a general education science course. Not acceptable for admission to advanced microbiology courses. This course will not be acceptable for the preprofessional curricula relating to the medical/veterinary sciences. (Dr. Karim Asghari)

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MCB 2000L Microbiology. (Fall, Spring, Sum A): Credits: 1; Coreq: MCB 2000.
Laboratory will demonstrate biochemical transformations and present methods for studying microbial properties.  Suitable as a general education science course. Not acceptable for admission to advanced microbiology courses. This course will not be acceptable for the preprofessional curricula relating to the medical/veterinary sciences. (Dr. Monika Oli, Dr. Karim Asghari)

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MCB 3020 Basic Biology of Microorganisms (Fall, Spring, Sum A): Credits: 3; Prereq: C or better in BSC 2010 and BSC 2010L, with minimum grades of C; BSC 2011 and BSC 2011L, or AGR 3303, with minimum grade/s of C; CHM 2200 or CHM 2210, with minimum grade of C; FOR NON-MICROBIOLOGY MAJORS ONLY
Introduction to the principles and techniques of microbiology, genetics, taxonomy, biochemistry and ecology and microorganisms. Students will also become familiarized with virology, immunology and the pathogenicity of microorganisms. (B) (Dr. Karim Asghari)

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MCB 3020L Laboratory for Basic Biology of Microorganisms (Fall, Spring, Sum A). Credits: 1. Coreq: MCB 3020. FOR NON-MICROBIOLOGY MAJORS ONLY
Laboratory exercises on the structure, nutrition and growth of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Includes isolation and classification of representative microorganisms. Required of all students anticipating enrolling in more advanced courses in the Department of Microbiology and Cell Science. (Dr. Monika Oli)

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MCB 3023  Principles of Microbiology (Fall, Spring): Credits: 3; Prereq: BSC 2010 and BSC 2010L, with minimum grades of C; BSC 2011 and BSC 2011L, or AGR 3303, with minimum grade of C; CHM 2200 or CHM 2210, with minimum grade of C; MICROBIOLOGY MAJORS ONLY
Introduction to the principles and techniques of microbiology, genetics, taxonomy, biochemistry and ecology of microorganisms.  Required of all majors and students anticipating enrolling in more advanced courses in the Department of Microbiology and Cell Science.  Understanding the impact of microorganisms on the advancements of the biological sciences (and on all aspects of life on earth) will be reinforced by critical analysis of the primary literature and through  use of web-based bioinformatics tools.  (Dr. Claudio Gonzales and Dr. Graciela Lorca)

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MCB 3023L  Principles of Microbiology Laboratory (Fall, Spring) Credits: 2: Coreq: MCB 3023; MICROBIOLOGY MAJORS ONLY
Laboratory techniques on the structure, nutrition, biochemistry, genetics and growth of microorganisms. Required of all majors and students who will enroll in more advanced courses in the Department of Microbiology and Cell Science. (Dr. Monika Oli)

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  • MCB 3023L Accelerated Principles of Microbiology Lab – Special Fall Section for Distance Students – Syllabus (Scheduled August 5-15th for the 2015) 2016 dates TBD

MCB 3703 Astrobiology. (Spring); Credits: 3 Prereq: One introductory course in microbiology, astronomy, chemistry, physics, or geology.
Astrobiology examines the origin, evolution, and future of life in our solar system. Topics will include: planetary habitability, astrobiogeochemistry, microbial life, and human space flight. This course is a gordon rule writing course. Please contact the instructor for more information. (Dr. Jamie Foster)

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MCB 4034L Advanced Microbiology Laboratory. (Fall, Spring); Credits: 1 Prereq: MCB 3020 or MCB 3023 and MCB 3020L or MCB 3023L with minimum grades of C.
Application of immunological, molecular biological and microbial techniques to the isolation, identification and characterization of bacteria and viruses. (Dr. Kelly Rice)

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MCB 4203 Bacterial and Viral Pathogens (Fall) Credits: 3; Prereq: MCB 3020 or MCB 3023 with minimum grade of C.
Host-parasite relationships in the diseases of man and animals, including the characteristics of bacterial and viral pathogens and the basic techniques of isolation and identification. (Dr. Kelly Rice)

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MCB 4320C Bacterial Genome Sequencing and Analysis (Spring) Credits: 3; Prereq: MCB 3020 or MCB 3023 with minimum grades of C.
Genomics research and scientific communication while sequencing a whole bacterial genome as a class project.(Dr. Eric Triplett and Dr. Jennifer Drew)

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MCB 4304 Genetics of Microorganisms (Fall) Credits: 3; Prereq: MCB 3020 or MCB 3023, and MCB 3020L or MCB 3023L with minimum grade of C; Recommended: BCH 4024
Molecular biology of bacterial gene expression, including DNA replication, mutation, genetic mapping using plasmids and phages, and recombinant DNA mechanisms.(Dr. Nemat Keyhani)

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MCB 4403 Prokaryotic Cell Structure and Function (Fall) Credits: 3; Prereq: CHM 2211, and MCB 3020 or MCB 3023, and MCB 3020L or MCB 3023L w/ minimum grades of C; Recommended: BCH 4024
An analysis of the cell structure and physiology of bacterial cells. Extensive discussion of cell division and cell growth is provided along with descriptions of important bacterial cell structures (e.g. cell walls, membranes, flagella, etc.)(Dr. Julie Maupin)

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MCB 4503 General Virology (Spring) Credits: 3; Prereq: MCB 3020 or MCB 3023 or MCB 4203 or PCB 3023 or BCH 3023 or PCB 3134 with minimum grade of C.
This course is for undergraduate students in microbiology and related disciplines. The course teaches basic information on families of viruses from humans, plants, insects, animals and bacteria. Lectures cover the basic information of the medical, clinical, diagnostic, biotechnological, and molecular aspects of these viruses. (Dr. James Maruniak)

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MCB 4653 Environmental Microbiology (Spring) Credits: 3; Prereq: MCB3020, MCB 3023 or an equivalent introductory microbiology course.

Overview of microorganisms in the environment including: occurrence, abundance, and distribution; processes of microbial interaction with the environment and practices of applied environmental microbiology. (Dr. Jamie Foster)

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MCB 4905 Independent Studies (Fall, Spring, Sum A,B,C) Credits: 1 to 4; can be repeated with change in content up to 10 credits. Prereq: undergraduate advisor permission; MICROBIOLOGY MAJORS ONLY
Individual laboratory research under the guidance of a faculty member. Required of, but not limited to, candidates for high and highest honors. Not acceptable toward 25 credits of required department and elective credits.

Contact Dr. Monika Oli or Dr. Bryan Korithoski for more information

MCB 4911 Supervised Research in Microbiology and Cell Science (Fall, Spring, Sum A,B,C) Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits.
Firsthand, authentic research in microbiology and cell science under the supervision of a faculty member. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application. (S-U)

Contact Dr. Monika Oli or Dr. Bryan Korithoski for more information

MCB 4915 Honors Thesis Research in Microbiology and Cell Science (Fall, Spring, Sum A,B,C) Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits. Prereq: junior standing, upper division GPA of 3.75 or higher and completed honors thesis proposal on file.
Independent research in microbiology and cell science leading to an honors thesis. Student will be mentored by a faculty member. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application. (S-U)

Contact Dr. Monika Oli or Dr. Bryan Korithoski for more information

MCB 4934 Special Topics in Microbiology and Cell Science (Fall, Spring, Sum A,B,C) Credits: 1 to 4; can be repeated with a change in content up to 4 credits. Prereq: UNDERGRADUATE ADVISOR PERMISSION
Supervised literature or historical study on current topics in microbiology and cell science. Not acceptable toward 25 credits of required department and elective credits. Visit the Official UF Schedule of Courses to find the most up to date Special Topics Courses offered by the department in any given semester.

Contact Dr. Bryan Korithoski for more information

MCB 4934 Career Seminar (Fall) Credits: 1-2.
This course is intended to benefit students making career decisions and organizing their academic credentials to support these decisions. The class will be taught as a lecture/presentation and discussion/activity hands-on course with emphasis on exploring a wide variety of career opportunities in professional schools, academia, industry, and alternative professions for Microbiology, biology, and other related majors. This class is well suited for pre-professional students to gain insight to obtain internships, embark on post-graduate (bridge) options and to understand that many successful careers have a very non-linear and unconventional path. (Dr. Monika Oli)

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MCB 5205: Microbiology of Human Pathogens (Fall) Credits: 3; Prereq: MCB 3020 or MCB 3023 and Instructor Permission; Graduate Tuition Charges Apply
Surveying advanced topics and current scientific literature related to human host-pathogen interactions and microbial pathogenesis, focusing on emerging bacterial and viral pathogens as agents of human disease, biosecurity, molecular identification methods, spread of multi-drug resistance among bacterial pathogens, drug discovery and alternative treatment research. (Dr. Kelly Rice) (4+1 students)

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MCB 5252 Microbiology, Immunology, and Immunotherapeutics (Spring) Credits: 4; Prereq: CHM 2210, CHM 2211, and consent of instructor; Graduate Tuition Charges Apply
This course will provide a basic understanding of microbial structure and function with regards to their role in pathogenesis and infection. General principles of pathogenesis and infection will be discussed. The course will examine the mechanism of microbial diseases, modes of entry, circumventing host defense system, and transmission. The role of immune system in defending the host against infection, and what happens when it breaks down will be examined. Both specific and non-specific defense mechanisms will be discussed. General therapeutic principles and mechanisms of bacterial resistance to anti-microbial drugs will be covered. The discussion regarding anti-microbial agents will be limited, but will include: class, mode of action of antimicrobial agents. At the end of the term students should have good understanding of the infectious diseases, their causative agents, available treatments, and preventive measures against them. The students will also have a feeling for the immune system and its role in preventing and warding off the microbial infection.  (Dr. Karim Asghari) (4+1 students)

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MCB 5305L Microbial Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory. (Spring) Credits: 2; Prereq: MCB 3020 or MCB 3023, 3020L or MCB 3023L, and MCB 4304 or PCB 4522 with C or better; Graduate Tuition Charges Apply
Methods for mutagenesis, gene transfer and genetic mapping, plasmid isolation, restriction enzyme use, phage isolation and preparation. (Dr. K.T. Shanmugam) (4+1 students)

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MCB 5505 General Virology (Spring) Credits: 3; Prereq: MCB 3020/3020L or MCB 3023/3023L and MCB 4203 with grade of C or higher; Graduate Tuition Charges Apply
This course is for beginning graduate and honor students in microbiology and related disciplines. The course teaches basic information on families of viruses from humans, plants, insects, animals and bacteria. Lectures cover the basic information of the medical, clinical, diagnostic, biotechnological, and molecular aspects of these viruses. (Dr. James Maruniak) (4+1 students)

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NUR 3197 Genetics and Genomics in Health Care (Fall, Spring) Credits: 2; Prereq: Nursing Major.
The fields of genetics and genomics are advancing quickly and will play a greater role in health care as personal genome sequencing becomes available. This course prepares nursing students by reinforcing basic genetics and genomics concepts and exploring how genomics may affect health care. (Dr. Jennifer Drew)

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PCB 1051 Exploring Your Genome (Fall) Credits: 3.
The genome sequence, how it is analyzed and its implications on human health. The course promotes genetic literacy (see syllabus for specific topics). (Dr.Jennifer Drew)

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PCB 3134 Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Function (Fall, Spring) Credits: 3; Prereq: BSC 2010 and BSC 2010L with minimum grades of C; BSC 2011 and BSC 2011L, or AGR 3303 and CHM 2200 or CHM 2210, with minimum grade of C. Coreq: CHM 2211 and CHM 2211L.
Lecture and discussions in the field of cell biology with emphasis on the interrelation of structure and function, the regulation of metabolism and the specialized activities of plant and animal cells.(Fall – Dr.Zhonglin Mou) (Spring – Dr. Bryan Korithoski)

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PCB 4233 Immunology (Spring) Credits: 3; Prereq: MCB 3023 or MCB 3020 with minimum grade of C; or BCH 4024 with minimum grade of C; or CHM 3218 with minimum grade of C; or PCB 3134 with minimum grade of C.
Basic concepts in immunology, including specific components, development and function. (Dr. Joseph Larkin)

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PCB 4522 Molecular Genetics (Spring) Credits: 3; Prereq: MCB 3020 or MCB 3023 with minimum grade of C.
Molecular biology of prokaryotes and eukaryotes covering the fundamentals of genome organization and gene structure, regulation of transcription, DNA replication and repair, and RNA processing. Also includes discussion of strategies, vectors and applications of genetic engineering in higher plants and animals. (Dr. William Gurley)

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PCB 5235 Immunology. S. Credits: 3; Prereq: C grade or higher in MCB 3023L; Graduate Tuition Charges Apply
PCB 5235 is a comprehensive course in basic immunology designed for graduate students. Emphasis will be placed on fundamental aspects of immunology, and its application to real-world immunological research and concerns. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have a solid immunological information foundation suitable for future educational endeavors in the areas of biomedical research, or human/veterinary clinical applications. In addition, students will have a fundamental understanding of basic immunological experimental design. Student assessments in PCB 5235 will focus heavily on immunological facts, concepts, and problem solving based on the application of concepts. PCB 5235 will be co-taught with PCB 4233. (Dr. Joseph Larkin) (4+1 students)

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ZOO 4232 Human Parasitology (Fall) Credits: 3; Prereq: BSC 2010 and BSC 2010L, and BSC 2011 and BSC 2011L, or AGR 3303 with minimum grades of C.
Host-parasite relationships of helminth and protozoan diseases important in health sciences and veterinary medicine.(Dr. Peter Kima)

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