MICROBIO 100 — The Microbial World
Primarily for non-science majors. Roles of microorganisms and viruses in nature, health, agriculture, pollution control and ecology. Principles of disease production, epidemiology and body defense mechanisms. Biotechnology and the genetic engineering revolution.
MICROBIO 101 — General Microbiology
Survey of microorganisms and their activities; emphasis on structure, function, ecology, nutrition, physiology, genetics. Survey of applied microbiology--medical, agricultural, food and industrial microbiology. Intended to satisfy any curriculum which requires introductory level microbiology.
MICROBIO 102 — General Microbiology Laboratory
Covers techniques and procedures used in general microbiology, including cultivation, enumeration, aseptic techniques, physiology and selected applications.
MICROBIO 150 — Microbiomes and Microbiology - First-Year Seminar
Introduction to major questions related to the study of the microbiome. Acquire foundational research skills necessary for success as a microbiology or life sciences major. Engage with faculty and their cutting-edge research related to Microbiology. Explore department and campus resources and career options available in the field of microbiology.
MICROBIO 299 — Independent Study
Research work for students under direct guidance of a faculty member in an area encompassing Microbiology. Students are responsible for arranging the work and credits with the supervising instructor.
MICROBIO 303 — Biology of Microorganisms
Basic biology of microorganisms, including structure, function, physiology, genetics, ecology, diversity, and evolution.
MICROBIO 304 — Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory
Introduction to modern laboratory techniques used to study the distribution and properties of microorganisms.
MICROBIO 305 — Critical Analyses in Microbiology
Train students to become scientific problem-solvers, to critically analyze data, and to comprehend the principles of microbiological research via active discussion of a combination of scholarly papers and contemporary, hot topics in our field.
MICROBIO/FOOD SCI 324 — Food Microbiology Laboratory
Lab exercises dealing with food preservation, spoilage, and food poisoning. Isolation, identification and quantification of specific microbes occurring in foods, and food fermentations by bacteria and yeast.
MICROBIO/FOOD SCI 325 — Food Microbiology
Principles of food preservation, epidemiology of foodborne illness, agents of foodborne illness, food fermentations and biotechnology.
MICROBIO 330 — Host-Parasite Interactions
Interrelationships between bacterial and viral parasites and their host cells or tissues. Stresses microbial strategies and mechanisms of colonization, invasion, pathogenesis and resistance of host defenses.
MICROBIO/AN SCI/BOTANY 335 — The Microbiome of Plants, Animals, and Humans
Examination of the structure and function of microbial communities that live inside and on host organisms (plants, animals, and humans). Introduction to general concepts of the microbiome and microbiota, and their relationship to host nutrition, health, and disease.
MICROBIO 345 — Introduction to Disease Biology
Introduces the rich biology of infectious disease and how it impacts the biology of humans and other organisms, through the lens of global health. Steps beyond a narrow focus on the biological dimensions of disease to also cover the social, political, and cultural factors that shape the spread and persistence of disease in natural populations. Includes a survey of the various types of pathogens and the science behind infection, transmission, evolution, and virulence.
MICROBIO 375 — Special Topics
Specialized subject matter of current interest to undergraduate students.
MICROBIO 399 — Coordinative Internship/Cooperative Education
An internship under guidance of a faculty or instructional academic staff member in the Bacteriology department and a internship site supervisor. Students are responsible for arranging the work and credits with the faculty or instructional academic staff member and the internship site supervisor.
MICROBIO 400 — Study Abroad in Microbiology
Provides an area equivalency for courses taken on Madison Study Abroad Programs that do not equate to existing UW courses.
MICROBIO/SOIL SCI 425 — Environmental Microbiology
Microbial interactions in soils, water, extreme environments and biofilms. Modern methods for studying microbial ecology. role of microbes in nutrient cycles and biogeochemistry. Use of microbes for mitigating manmade environmental problems of industrial, agricultural, and domestic origin.
MICROBIO 450 — Diversity, Ecology and Evolution of Microorganisms
Fundamental concepts relating to the phylogenetic diversity, ecology and evolution of microbes. Active learning methods applying these concepts will promote a deeper understanding of microbiology.
MICROBIO 470 — Microbial Genetics & Molecular Machines
Examines modern microbial genetics and molecular processes. Emphasis on the use of eubacterial and eukaryotic microbes to elucidate cellular function. Discussion of experimental approaches to study microbes and their use in biotechnology, bioremediation, and medicine.
MICROBIO 520 — Planetary Microbiology: What Life Here Tells Us About Life Out There
Connects the molecular underpinnings of life with corresponding planetary scale changes in geochemistry. Focuses on the dynamics between life and environment over planet Earth's history from a microbial and molecular perspective, including the origins of life, and emergence of essential metabolisms and their evolution across billions of years of planetary evolution. Discusses how innovations such as translation machinery and carbon and nitrogen fixation were impacted by significant changes in the environment. Examines how understanding the origins of life on Earth may allow for the recognition of life elsewhere in the universe by exploring, assessing, and discussing various signs of life and the processes that expands life to planetary scale.
MICROBIO/SOIL SCI 523 — Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry
Transformations of nutrients and contaminants in soils and groundwater by microorganisms: emphasis on enzymatic mechanisms and metabolic pathways. Approaches for analyzing microbial populations and activities including molecular techniques. Applications of microbial activities for bioremediation of contaminated soils and groundwater. Students should have completed one course in either Soil Science or Microbiology to feel comfortable with the course content.
MICROBIO 525 — Field Studies of Planetary Microbiology and Life in the Universe
Explores the origins, early evolution, and most common traces left by our planet's form of microbial life. Discovery and interpretation of microbial biosignatures in the context of a simulated surface lander mission through travel to field sites. Introduction to microbial biosignatures as inferred through satellite and drone imagery interpretation, portable XRF elemental analysis, UV-VIS-IR spectrophotometry, body and trace fossil analysis and interpretation, and metagenome sequencing. Explore evidence and methods of detection of life on other planets.
MICROBIO 526 — Physiology of Microorganisms
Biochemistry of microbial processes.
MICROBIO 527 — Advanced Laboratory Techniques in Microbiology
Provides a foundation in modern methods of research in the biomedical sciences. Coaching and practice in hypothesis-driven scientific questions, critical data analysis, and scientific writing.
MICROBIO/ONCOLOGY 545 — Topics in Biotechnology
Seminars on current topics in agricultural, medical, and industrial biotechnology such as: microbiological production of food, drink, biopharmaceuticals; production methods, genetic engineering (vectors, recombination cloning), continuous fermentation; bioconversion processes and production of chemicals from biomass; plant biotechnology; transgenic animals.
MICROBIO 551 — Capstone Research Project in Microbiology
Conduct independent research in either a PI's laboratory or in small groups in microbiology teaching laboratories. Discuss progress of projects and research ethics, write a research proposal, and prepare and present a poster with final results for the department Poster Session. The in-class students use microbiological, molecular, and bioinformatic approaches to investigate the microbial ecology of environmental microbial communities. Research-lab students will progress toward goals established by the research mentor / PI.
MICROBIO 607 — Advanced Microbial Genetics
Molecular genetic methods and related aspects of prokaryotic and lower eukaryotic biology, as well as critical analysis of the scientific literature. Approximately two-thirds of the course will focus on prokaryotes and one-third on lower eukaryotic microbes.
MICROBIO/BIOCHEM/GENETICS 612 — Prokaryotic Molecular Biology
Molecular basis of bacterial physiology and genetics with emphasis on molecular mechanisms; topics include nucleic acid-protein interactions, transcription, translation, replication, recombination, regulation of gene expression.
MICROBIO 626 — Microbial and Cellular Metabolomics
Provides an in-depth exploration of the use of mass spectrometry-based metabolomic approaches for the quantitative investigation of microbial and mammalian cellular metabolic processes. Using recent examples from primary literature, highlights the application of metabolomics, lipidomics, and metabolic flux analysis to diverse areas, including rational engineering of metabolic pathways, microbial biofuel production, discovery and characterization of new biochemical pathways, metabolic interactions within microbial communities, biochemical capabilities of the human gut microbiome, and mammalian cell metabolism.
MICROBIO 632 — Industrial Microbiology/Biotechnology
Application of modern techniques of genetics and physiology to the large-scale production of microbial products; industrial strain improvement; scale-up of microbial processes; survey of industrial processes using microorganisms.
MICROBIO 657 — Bioinformatics for Microbiologists
Provides a practical and fundamental introduction to sequence-based analysis focused on microbial systems. Emphasis on gaining a basic understanding of the principles of both classical and newer algorithms useful for bioinformatic analysis. Topics include: BLAST; RNA-seq analysis; transcriptional binding prediction; genome sequence assembly, analysis and annotation; and comparative genomics. Note that this course requires that each student have access to a laptop that runs a linux/unix Operating System such as a Mac or a ChromeBook. PC Laptops running a VM are also acceptable. No prior knowledge of computational biology is required.
MICROBIO/BMOLCHEM 668 — Microbiology at Atomic Resolution
Three-dimensional protein structures form the basis for discussions of high resolution microbiology; how particular problems are solved with given protein architectures and chemistries and how themes of protein structure are modified and recycled.
MICROBIO 681 — Senior Honors Thesis
Individual study for majors completing theses for Honors degrees as arranged with a faculty member.
MICROBIO 682 — Senior Honors Thesis
Second semester of individual study for majors completing theses for Honors degrees as arranged with a faculty member.
MICROBIO 691 — Senior Thesis
Individual study for majors completing theses as arranged with a faculty member.
MICROBIO 692 — Senior Thesis
Second semester of individual study for majors completing theses as arranged with a faculty member.
MICROBIO 699 — Special Problems
Individual advanced work in an area of Microbiology under the direct guidance of a faculty member.
MICROBIO 710 — Microbial Symbiosis
Covers the themes and diversity of plant and animal associations with microbes with an emphasis on beneficial relationships. Examples will be drawn from recent literature.
MICROBIO 731 — Seminar
Reviews of microbiological subjects, and reports on research work.
MICROBIO 810 — Current Issues in Microbiology
Explores the diversity of scientific topics comprising the field of contemporary microbiology.
MICROBIO 811 — Advanced Problems in Microbiology
Explores the diversity of scientific topics comprising the field of contemporary microbiology.
MICROBIO 875 — Special Topics
Specialized subject matter of current interest to graduate students.
MICROBIO 899 — Independent Study
Independent study or research under the direction of a faculty member in the area of biological science.
MICROBIO 901 — Advanced Seminar
Recent advances in specialized areas of microbiology.
MICROBIO/BIOCHEM 917 — Regulation of Gene Expression (Advanced Seminar)
Analysis of recent literature in topics related to prokaryotic and eukaryotic gene regulation, including regulation of transcription, translation, and genome organization.
MICROBIO 990 — Research
Full lab and literature review of a problem in microbiology. Leads to preparation of thesis and publication.