Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Program Course Descriptions

  MMG001

  First Year Colloquium

  Fall

  Coordinator:   Stephanie Phelps

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. Prerequisite(s): No prerequisites.   (1 credits)
   

  MMG065

  Microbiology and Pathogenesis

  Fall

  Coordinator:   Keith Mintz

  Lab Coordinator:   Brenda Tessmann

Overview of microbiology, emphasizing the relationships between the structure, metabolism, and genetics of microorganisms and their roles in nature and in pathogenesis. Prerequisite(s): Those w/ BCOR 11 & 12 take MMG 101; one semester chemistry; Sophomore Standing Nursing, Dental Hygiene majors only. Labs begin first day of classes; Micro & Lab manual fee; Contact dept; Bring lab coat.   (4 credits)
   

  MMG101

  Microbiology and Infectious Disease

  Fall

  Coordinator:   Douglas Johnson

  Lab Coordinator:   Brenda Tessmann

An introduction to basic microbiology and microbes that cause infectious diseases, with a focus on microbial structure, function, metabolism, ecology, and pathogenesis. Prerequisite(s): One semester of chemistry and biology, or equivalent, or Instructor’s permission.   (4 credits)
   

  MMG104

  Introduction to Recombinant DNA Technology

  Spring

  Coordinator:   Stephanie Phelps

Introduction to the basic principles and techniques used in Recombinant DNA technology. Prerequisite(s): BCOR 11/12, Microbiology or Molecular Genetics major/minor.   (2 credits)
   

  MMG195

  Special Topics

  Fall

  Coordinator:   Brenda Tessmann

Supervised investigations in microbiology or molecular genetics; such as
independent study or as a laboratory teaching assistant. Prerequisite(s): Instructor’s permission. Credit as arranged.   (0 credits)
   

  MMG196

  Special Topics

  Spring

  Coordinator:   Brenda Tessmann

Supervised investigations in microbiology or molecular genetics; such as
independent study or as a laboratory teaching assistant. Prerequisite(s): Instructor’s permission. Credit as arranged.   (0 credits)
   

  MMG197

  Undergraduate Research

  Fall

  Coordinator:   Douglas Johnson

Undergraduate students accommodated in individual research projects sponsored by department member. Arrangement with individual department member and Undergraduate Program Director approval. Credits negotiable. Prerequisite(s): Advisor’s permission
   

  MMG198

  Undergraduate Research

  Spring

  Coordinator:   Douglas Johnson

Undergraduate students accommodated in individual research projects sponsored by department member. Arrangement with individual department member and Undergraduate Program Director approval. Credits negotiable. Prerequisite(s): Advisor’s permission
   

  MMG201

  Molecular Cloning Lab

  Fall

  Coordinator:   Stephanie Phelps

Intensive advanced laboratory course in the fundamentals of recombinant DNA technology through the isolation and characterization of a unique gene. Prerequisite(s): MMG 104 or equivalent.   (3 credits)
   

  MMG203

  Mammalian Cell Culture in Molecular Biology

  Alternate Springs, odd years

  Coordinator:   Stephanie Phelps

The basic principles and techniques of mammalian cell culture, as well as cell and mammalian molecular genetics. Prerequisite(s): MMG 65 or MMG 101 or equivalent.   (4 credits)
   

  MMG205

  Biochemistry I

  Fall

  Coordinator:   Robert Hondal

Survey course covering the chemistry, structure, metabolism, and function of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids. Prerequisite(s): Chemistry 142, 144.   (3 credits)
   

  MMG206

  Biochemistry II

  Spring

  Coordinator:   Christopher Francklyn
    John Burke

Survey course covering nucleic acids, protein synthesis, cellular and physiological control mechanisms. Prerequisite(s): Biochemistry 205.   (3 credits)
   

  MMG207

  Biochemistry Laboratory

  Spring

    TBA

Introduction to standard biochemical laboratory techniques. Prerequisite(s): Biochemistry 205 or concurrent enrollment in Biochemistry 205.   (2 credits)
   

  MMG211

  Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics in Molecular Biology

  Fall

  Coordinator:   Matthew Wargo
    Aimee Shen

The organization, replication, and expression of genes in prokaryotes, focusing on the genetics of Escherichia coli and its viruses. Prerequisite(s): Introductory Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, and/or Cell Biology.   (3 credits)
   

  MMG220

  Environmental Microbiology

  Alternate Springs, even years

  Coordinator:   Gregory Gilmartin

The activities of microorganisms, primarily bacteria, in air, soil and water. Prerequisite(s): A previous course in microbiology.   (3 credits)
   

  MMG222

  Clinical Microbiology

  Alternate Springs, even years

  Coordinator:   Douglas Johnson
    Brenda Tessmann

  Lab Coordinator:   Brenda Tessmann

Comprehensive study of human pathogenic bacteria and their disease states in humans. Laboratory sessions provide practical experience in handling and identifying these pathogens. Prerequisite(s): MMG 65 or MMG 101 or equivalent.   (4 credits)
   

  MMG223

  Immunology

  Alternate Springs, odd years

  Coordinator:   Aimee Shen

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(s): Instructor’s permission.   (3 credits)
   

  MMG225

  Eukaryotic Virology

  Alternate Falls, even years

  Coordinator:   Gregory Gilmartin
    Markus Thali
    Jason Botten

An in-depth analysis of eukaryotic virus-mammalian cell interactions emphasizing mechanisms by which viruses modulate gene expression in infected cells. Prerequisite(s): MMG 101 or 104 or equivalent.   (3 credits)
   

  MMG231

  Programming for Bioinformatics

  Alternate Springs, even years

  Coordinator:   Neil Sarkar

This course is geared towards students actively involved in biological research endeavors and wish to gain computational and bioinformatics skills. A major aim of this course is to teach pragmatic bioinformatics skills needed for data management issues that are often bottlenecks in biological research. Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission; STAT 151, CS 26, and MMG 104 desirable.   (3 credits)
   

  MMG232

  Methods in Bioinformatics

  Alternate Springs, odd years

  Coordinator:   Neil Sarkar

This course provides a methodological survey of bioinformatics techniques. Particular emphasis is given to algorithms associated with popular bioinformatics applications, including those in sequence analysis, comparative genomics, structural biology, and systems biology.  (3 credits)
   

  MMG233

  Genetics and Genomics

  Fall

  Coordinator:   John Burke

Integrated entry into both genome science and modern genetic analysis. Students will develop skills needed to access, organize and interpret emerging genomic information. Prerequisite(s): Junior, Senior or graduate standing in biological or computational sciences.   (3 credits)
   

  MMG240

  Introduction to Macromolecular Structure of Proteins and Nucleic Acids

  Alternate Springs, odd years

  Coordinator:   Sylvie Doublié
    Christopher Francklyn
    Stephen Everse

Introduction to structural biology and macromolecular structure with an emphasis on protein-protein and protein-nucleic acids interactions. Prerequisite(s): BCOR 11,12; Organic Chemistry; Junior status recommended; concurrent Physics.   (3 credits)
   

  MMG295

  Special Topics

  Fall

  Coordinator:   Brenda Tessmann

Supervised investigations in microbiology or molecular genetics; such as
independent study, internships or as a laboratory teaching assistant. Prerequisite(s): Instructor’s permission. Credit as arranged.   (0 credits)
   

  MMG296

  Special Topics

  Spring

  Coordinator:   Brenda Tessmann

Supervised investigations in microbiology or molecular genetics; such as
independent study, internships or as a laboratory teaching assistant. Prerequisite(s): Instructor’s permission. Credit as arranged.   (0 credits)
   

  MMG297

  Advanced Undergraduate Research

  Fall

  Coordinator:   Douglas Johnson

Undergraduate students are involved in advanced individual research projects sponsored by department member. Arrangement with individual department member and Undergraduate Program Director approval. Prerequisite(s): Pre/co-requisites: MMG 197/198 or Director/Advisor’s permission Credits: variable.
   

  MMG298

  Advanced Undergraduate Research

  Spring

  Coordinator:   Douglas Johnson

Undergraduate students are involved in advanced individual research projects sponsored by department member. Arrangement with individual department member and Undergraduate Program Director approval. Prerequisite(s): Pre/co-requisites: MMG 197/198 or Director/Advisor’s permission. Credits: variable.
   

  MMG299

  Senior Seminar

  Spring

  Coordinator:   Stephanie Phelps

The Senior Seminar course is designed to engage senior MMG majors in current issues in microbiology and molecular genetics. Students are required to research a current topic, write a review paper and give an oral presentation on this topic, develop and discuss future career plans, and conduct exit interviews with departmental faculty.
  (1 credits)
   

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    I could not have asked for a better undergraduate experience, and I owe most of that to the MMG department. It is truly like a family. From the moment I began freshman year in MMG 001 to graduation, I had a great group of friends and incredible mentors to turn to every step of the way. I had the opportunity to take a wide range of classes, study abroad, do three years of undergraduate research culminating in a senior thesis, and participate in a myriad of extracurriculars, while still graduating on time. The classes were challenging, enriching, practical, and rewarding. Although I was only officially assigned one advisor I ended my time at UVM with a department of doors to knock on with questions extending far beyond the classroom. As a recent graduate I feel prepared, both academically and otherwise, to take on whatever lies ahead, whether that be the workforce, graduate school, or life in general. The faculty and staff lie at the heart of MMG and anybody with a passion for science would be foolish to turn them down.

    Kira (Molecular Genetics), graduated 2012