Microbiology And Immunology*

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
138 Farber Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3000

Phone: 716.829.2907
Fax: 716.829.2158
Web: www.smbs.buffalo.edu/microb/

John Hay
Chair

Harshad R. Thacore
Director of Undergraduate Studies

About the Program

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology does not offer an undergraduate major; however, courses in microbiology and immunology are offered to undergraduate students.

Course Descriptions

MIC 301 Fundamentals of Microbiology

Credits:  4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:   college course in biology and chemistry; at least sophomore standing
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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A separate 3 credit hour lecture only section of this course with section title PHM is offered for students in the UB Pharmacy program. The PHM section does not include a lab portion.

Introduces principles of microbiology for students of biomedical sciences, biotechnology, medical technology, environmental engineering, and nursing degree programs. Examines the structure and biological functions of microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. Emphasizes the mechanisms by which microorganisms cause diseases in humans. Also includes an immunology unit that introduces the principles and uses of immunology in infectious disease diagnosis and treatment. The laboratory provides hands-on experience in techniques involved in isolation and characterization of microorganisms. Involves three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Requires laboratory.

MIC 319 Introduction to Scientific Literature

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  BCH 403 or BIO 205; BIO 319, MIC 301, permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Provides advanced discussions on topics in bacteriology, mycology, virology, parasitology, and immunology. Students present papers on current scientific material and participate in discussions.

MIC 320 Introduction to Scientific Literature

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  BCH 403 or BIO 205; BIO 319, MIC 301, permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Provides advanced discussions on topics in bacteriology, mycology, virology, parasitology, and immunology. Students present papers on current scientific material and participate in discussions.

MIC 401 General Microbiology

Credits:  6
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  BCH 403 or BIO 205; BIO 319, MIC 301, permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Discusses in-depth the biology, physiology, genetics, and pathogenicity of selected bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Presents lectures and current literature on molecular mechanisms.

MIC 412 Fundamentals of Immunology

Credits:  4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  BCH 403 or BIO 205; MIC 301, permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Covers anatomy and function of the immune system, cell interactions, antibody function, antigen-antibody reactions, cell-mediated immunity, and biological effects of immunological reactions. An understanding of the principles of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology is necessary; students lacking this background may have difficulty with this course.

MIC 499 Independent Study

Credits:  1 - 8
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Available by arrangement with one or more faculty members. Involves participation in a research project that provides limited laboratory experience in some aspect of microbiology or immunology.

Updated: Sep 22, 2006 3:34:52 PM