University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Courses in Micr & Molecular Genetics

MMG 001 - First Year Colloquium
Colloquium is designed to enhance faculty-student interactions in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and to inform first-year majors about the educational and research opportunities in MMG. Instructor's permission for non- majors. Fall.
Credits: 1.
MMG 065 - Microbiology & Pathogenesis
Overview of microbiology, emphasizing the relationships between the structure, metabolism, and genetics of microorganisms and their roles in nature and in pathogenesis. Prerequisite: One semester chemistry. Not intended for students who have completed BIOL 001 and BIOL 002 or equivalent. Fall.
Credits: 4.
MMG 095 - Special Topics
An approved area of study or project under the guidance of an MMG faculty member and the Academic advisor.
Credits: 1-12.
MMG 096 - Special Topics
An approved area of study or project under the guidance of an MMG faculty member and the Academic advisor.
Credits: 1-12.
MMG 101 - Microbiol & Infectious Disease
An introduction to basic microbiology and microbes that cause infectious diseases, with a focus on microbial structure, function, metabolism, ecology, and pathogenesis. Pre/co-requisites: One semester Biology and Chemistry. Fall.
Credits: 4.
MMG 104 - Intro Recombinant DNA Tech
Introduction to the basic principles and techniques used in recombinant DNA technology. Pre/co-requisites: BCOR 011/ BCOR 012; Microbiology & Molecular Genetics major or minor restriction. Spring.
Credits: 2.
MMG 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
An approved area of study or project under the guidance of an MMG faculty member and the Academic advisor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Credits negotiable.
Credits: 1-6.
MMG 196 - Intermediate Special Topics
An approved area of study or project under the guidance of an MMG faculty member and the Academic advisor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Credits negotiable.
Credits: 1-18.
MMG 197 - Undergrad Research
Undergraduate honors students accommodated in individual research projects sponsored by department member. Arrangement with individual department member and Undergraduate Program Director approval. Credits negotiable.
Credits: 1-6.
MMG 198 - Undergrad Research
Undergraduate honors students accommodated in individual research projects sponsored by department member. Arrangement with individual department member and Undergraduate Program Director approval. Credits negotiable.
Credits: 1-6.
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.
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: 4.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 4.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MMG 240 - Macromol Struct Prot&Nucl Acid
Introduction to structural biology and macromolecular structure with an emphasis on protein-protein and protein-nucleic acids interactions. Prerequisites: BIOL 001, BIOL 002; Organic Chemistry; Junior standing recommended; concentration in Physics. Cross-listed with: BIOC 240. Alternate years. Spring.
Credits: 3.
MMG 284 - Biochemistry Senior Seminar
Oral and written presentation of a subject of current biochemical interest. Prerequisite: Audit of BIOC 381. Cross-listed with: BIOC 284/CHEM 284.
Credits: 1.
MMG 295 - Advanced Special Topics
Supervised investigations in microbiology or molecular genetics. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Credit as arranged.
Credits: 1-6.
MMG 296 - Advanced Special Topics
Supervised investigations in microbiology or molecular genetics. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Credit as arranged.
Credits: 1-6.
MMG 297 - Advanced Undergrad Research
Undergraduate students are involved in advanced individual research projects sponsored by department member. Arrangement with individual department member and Undergraduate Program Director approval. Fall. Pre/co-requisite: MMG 197, MMG 198 or Advisor Permission.
Credits: 1-6.
MMG 298 - Advanced Undergrad Research
Undergraduate students are involved in advanced individual research projects sponsored by department member. Arrangement with individual department member and Undergraduate Program Director approval. Spring. Pre/co-requisite: MMG 197 or MMG 198 or Advisor Permission.
Credits: 1-6.
MMG 299 - Senior Seminar
This capstone required course for Microbiology and Molecular Genetics majors involves written and oral presentations by graduating seniors on current topics in microbiology/molecular genetics. Prerequisites: MMG 101; second semester Senior standing. Spring.
Credits: 1.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MMG 391 - Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1-18.
MMG 491 - Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 1-18.

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