Undergraduate Course Descriptions

UF Microbiology and Cell Science Undergraduate Degree Options:

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences 

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

UF Online

Current Department Elective Course Options as of 5/2/18

Course Descriptions found in the UF Course Catalog:

  • BSC 4434c Introduction to Bioinformatics (Fall)
  • MCB 4325C R For Functional Genomics (Fall)
  • MCB 4403 Prokaryotic Cell Structure and Function (Fall)
  • MCB 4652 Environmental Microbiology (Fall) – IN REVISION, AVAILABILITY FOR FALL 2018 CURRENTLY TBD
  • MCB 4782 Archaea and Biotechnology (Fall)
  • ZOO 4232 Human Parasitology (Fall)
  • PCB 3134 Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Function (Fall, Spring)
  • BSC 2891 Python Programming for Biologists (Spring)
  • MCB 3703 Astrobiology (Spring)
  • MCB 4320c The Microbiome (Spring)
  • MCB 4503 General Virology (Spring)
  • MCB 4151 Prokaryotic Diversity (summer c)

Note: One of these courses is required and the other can be used as a Department Elective

  • MCB 4203 Pathogens (Fall) or
  • PCB 4233 Immunology (Spring)

Special Topics Courses not currently listed in the UF Course Catalog (can count as Department Electives):

  •  MCB 4934 Human Genomics (Fall), Pre-req: 2 semesters of college biology

Course description: Increasingly, researchers and health care providers are mining the genome to uncover the basis

of disease susceptibility and treatment. Genome-based strategies are used for the detection, treatment, and prevention of many diseases. This course will discuss the field of genomics, how genome sequence data is obtained and analyzed, and most importantly, what can be learned from an individual's genome. The course will address cutting-edge research in epigenetics, pharmacogenomics, molecular diagnostics, and the microbiome. The course will also include timely topics such as GMO’s, stem cells, genetic testing and genome editing. This course will reinforce fundamental concepts in molecular biology and genetics.

  •  MCB 4934 Microbial Applications of Synthetic Biology (Fall) Pre-req: MCB 3020 or 3023 with a grade of C or better.  An undergraduate course in biochemistry is recommended. 

Course description: This course will introduce the concept of synthetic biology, which is loosely defined as the construction and reconstruction of biological systems, and its practical applications in research and industry.  Advanced molecular biology tools for DNA assembly, the construction of biological pathways and circuits, genome editing, and strategies for transcriptional control will be examined in the course.   

  •  MCB 4934 Probiotics (Spring) Pre-req: MCB3020 or MCB3023

Course description: This is an upper division course on probiotics. This course will cover the use of microorganisms to promote a health status in the animal and human host. This course will provide a conceptual background in microbiology and immunology for the use of microorganisms for the prevention or treatment of animal and human diseases.

  •  MCB 4934 Vaccines and Immunizations (Spring) Pre-req: at least one of the following courses: a basic course in microbiology such as MCB2000, MCB3020 or MCB3023, genetics, epidemiology OR biochemistry.

Course Description: The lecture course “Vaccines” is designed to inform students in the health-related professions and sciences about the bacterial and viral diseases that are preventable by vaccination. The objectives of this course are to able to know which vaccines are available to prevent bacterial and viral infections, what are the disease symptoms, what public health measures can be instituted for the diseases, the public health impact and costs of diseases that can be prevented, how vaccines are made, side effects of vaccines, and cost/benefits of vaccination.

  •   MCB 4934 Molecular Bioinformatics in UNIX (summer c) Pre-req: MCB 3020 or MCB 3023 or BSC 2011 or BCH 4024 or CHM 3218, with a minimum grade of C

Course Description: Introduction to major command-line bioinformatics tools used to study protein sequences, structures and molecular functions. We will focus on which tools are available to ask specific scientific questions, how these tools work and how tools can be combined into a comprehensive analysis of protein family sequence, structure and function.


Special Topics Courses not currently listed in the UF Course Catalog (Not a department elective):

  •  MCB 4934 Data Storytelling in R (spring) Pre-req: n/a

Course Description: This introductory course will introduce you to the basics of data storytelling in the R programming language. Once you have completed this class, you will possess a basic understanding of descriptive statistics to analyze data and tell a persuasive story. You will also feel comfortable writing basic R programs.