University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Graduate Courses in Micr & Molecular Genetics (MMG)

MMG 201 - Molecular Cloning Lab
Intensive advanced laboratory course in the fundamentals of recombinant DNA technology through the isolation and characterization of a unique gene. Prerequisite: MMG 104 or BIOC 207 or Instructor permission. Fall.
Credits: 3.00
MMG 203 - Mamm Cell Cult:Molecular Biol
The basic principles and techniques of mammalian cell culture, as well as cell and mammalian molecular genetics. Prerequisite: BCOR 103 or MMG 104, Permission of Coordinator. Alternate years. Spring.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
MMG 205 - Biochemistry I
Introduction to chemistry and structure of biological macromolecules; examination of mechanisms of chemical processes in biological systems, including enzyme catalysis, biosynthesis, regulation, and information transfer. Prerequisite: CHEM 142 or CHEM 144. Cross-listed with: BIOC 205, CHEM 205. Fall.
Credits: 3.00
MMG 206 - Biochemistry II
Continuation of Biochemistry I. Biochemistry of nucleic acids; nucleic acid based processes, such as replication and transcription; cellular information transfer, genomics, and proteomics. Prerequisite: MMG 205. Cross-listed with: BIOC 206, CHEM 206. Spring.
Credits: 3.00
MMG 207 - Biochemistry Lab
Introduction to biochemical tools, including spectrometry, chromatography, and electrophoresis; natural and recombinant enzyme isolation; assays of DNA-modifying enzymes; computer-based structure/function exercises. Co-requisites: MMG 205 or MMG 206. Cross-listed with: BIOC 207 and CHEM 207.
Credits: 2.00
MMG 211 - Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics
The organization, replication, and expression of genes in prokaryotes, focusing on the genetics of Escherichia coli and its viruses. Prerequisite: Introductory microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, and/or cell biology courses. Fall.
Credits: 3.00
MMG 220 - Environmental Microbiology
The activities of microorganisms, primarily bacteria, in air, soil, and water. Prerequisite: A previous course in microbiology. Alternate years.
Credits: 3.00
MMG 222 - Clinical Microbiology I
Comprehensive study of human pathogenic microorganisms and their disease states in humans, which includes pathogenic bacteriology and medical mycology. Laboratory sessions provide practical experience in handling and identifying these pathogens. Prerequisites: MMG 065 or MMG 101 or equivalent or Instructor permission. Alternate years. Spring.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
MMG 223 - Immunology
Analysis of the immune response with respect to structure and function of immunoglobulins and the T-cell receptor, tolerance, innate and adaptive immunity, the Major Histocompatibility Complex, hypersensitivity states, transplantation, cancer, and AIDS. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Alternate years, Spring.
Credits: 3.00
MMG 225 - Eukaryotic Virology
An in-depth analysis of eukaryotic virus-mammalian cell interactions emphasizing mechanisms by which viruses modulate gene expression in infected cells. Prerequisite: MMG 101 or MMG 104 or equivalent. Alternate years. Fall.
Credits: 3.00
MMG 231 - Programming for Bioinformatics
Introductory course on computing (including scripting, database, and statistical analysis) for developing bioinformatics applications. Particular emphasis is given to comparative genomics and systems biology scenarios. Prerequisites: STAT 151, STAT 153, or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: CS 231. Alternate Years. Spring.
Credits: 3.00
MMG 232 - Methods in Bioinformatics
This course provides a methodological survey of bioinformatics. Particular emphasis is given to algorithms associated with sequential analysis, comparative genomics, structural biology, and systems biology. Prerequisites: STAT 151, STAT 153, or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: CS 232. Alternate Years. Spring.
Credits: 3.00
MMG 233 - Genetics and Genomics
Integrated entry into both genome science and modern genetic analysis. Students will develop skills needed to access, organize and interpret emerging genomic information. Prerequisite: Junior/Senior/Graduate standing in biological or computational sciences.
Credits: 3.00
MMG 310 - Current Topics in MMG
Seminar to focus on specific issues at the forefront of current research in molecular genetics. Meetings will involve student presentation and discussion of research articles. Prerequisite: Permission of Coordinator.
Credits: 2.00
MMG 312 - Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics
The use of lower eukaryotes, such as the yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe, as model genetic systems to answer questions of basic biological importance. Prerequisites: Instructor permission; MMG 233 and CLBI 301, or equivalent.
Credits: 3.00
MMG 320 - Cellular Microbiology
Utilizes primary literature to explore the cellular and molecular basis of microbial pathogenesis caused by viruses, pathogenic bacteria and protozoan parasites. Alternate years. Spring.
Credits: 4.00
MMG 332 - Critical Reading
Students will participate in group discussions to critically evaluate and interpret the experimental data from one assigned paper from the scientific literature per week. Prerequisite: Permission of Coordinator. Fall.
Credits: 1.00
MMG 352 - Protein:Nucleic Acid Interact
Structure of DNA and RNA, and the structure and assembly of nucleoprotein complexes will be described using examples from prokaryotes, yeast, viruses, and mammalian cells in culture. Prerequisite: MMG 211 or equivalent; AGBI 201 or BIOC 301; BIOC 302 or equivalent. Cross-listed with: BIOC 352. Alternate years. Spring.
Credits: 3.00
MMG 391 - Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
MMG 491 - Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00