MDTP Courses

Ten credits are required for the major. All students are required to take two semesters of the 1 credit course, Current Issues in Microbiology (MMI 810/Micro 811). These 2 credits may be used for either the major or the minor, with the approval of the thesis committee. At least three courses must come from the following list of core courses. Some typical courses taken by MDTP students in the past are also listed below.

The maximum credit load for a full-time student in the fall and spring semesters is 15. Generally, students take the required courses (see below), plus 2 core courses and fill the remaining credit load to 15 with the addition of research credits (990), which are individual numbers assigned to specific faculty. These numbers are assigned on a semester basis and will be available in the student center.

Core Courses

  • Micro 526: Physiology of Microorganisms

    3 cr. Biochemistry and genetics of microbial processes with an emphasis on learning advanced laboratory techniques.  This course is offered irregularly.  P:  Micro 303.

  • Micro 607: Advanced Microbial Genetics

    3cr. Lectures cover mutagenesis, conjugation, transformation, transduction, plasmids, cloning and transposable elements. P:Micro/Genetics/Biochem 612 or cons inst.

  • Micro 612: Prokaryotic Molecular Biology

    3cr. Molecular basis of bacterial physiology and genetics withemphasis on molecular mechanisms; topics include nucleic acid-protein interactions, transcription, translation, replication, recombination, regulation of Gene expression. P:Micro 370 or equiv &; Biochem 501 or equiv, or cons inst.

  • Micro 640: General Virology-Multiplication of Viruses

    3cr. Bacterial and animal viruses, their structure, multiplication, and genetics. P:Intro courses in Micro, biochem & genetics.

  • MMI 655: Biology and Genetics of Filamentous Fungi

    3 cr. Fungal genetics, genomics and physiology using plant pathogenic fungi and the genetic models Aspergillus nidulans and Neurospora crassa as model systems to explore the current knowledge of fungal genetics and plant/fungal interactions.

  • Micro 657: Bioinformatics for Microbiologists

    3 cr.  This course will provide a practical and fundamental introduction to sequence-based analysis focused on microbial systems.  Students will spend a significant portion of the class at the computer learning a number of skills including, but not limited to, Unix command line, installation of bioinformatics programs (e.g. standalone BLAST), databases, and introductory programming in Perl. P.  Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

  • Micro 668: Microbiology at Atomic Resolution

    3 cr. 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. P: Biochem (e.g. Biochem 501), molecular biol (e.g. Micro 526 or 612) required, one semester of physical chem preferred.

  • Micro 710: Microbial Symbiosis

    3 cr. 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.

  • MMI 740: Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis

    3cr. Lecture-discussion. Host-pathogen relationships in microbial diseases. Entry level course for infectious diseases sequence (see Med Micro 760, 790). P:Cons inst, MMI 301 or equiv & a course in immunology.

  • Micro 875: Special Topics Course

    1-4 cr Of current interest to graduates. P: Variable prerequisites depending on topic.

Required Courses

  • Micro 731: MDTP Seminar

    MDTP Seminar Class.

  • MMI 810: Current Issues in Microbiology

    Current Issues in Microbiology

  • Micro 811: Current Issues in Microbiology

    Current Issues in Microbiology

  • MMI 901: MDTP Seminar

    MDTP Seminar Class.