Courses

IMMB 150. Microbiology Colloquium I.

2 Hr. II Faculty-led discussions and workshops to introduce students to the study of medical microbiology.
This is the first course in a three course sequence. The objectives of this course are to introduce the students to the field of medical microbiology, and engage the students in small laboratory projects that they can accomplish in a small group. Recitation will come from upper classmen that will mentor lower classmen. Faculty will discuss their specialty and how graduates of this program can utilize the concepts and skills learned to foster their career. This colloquium is designed to immerse the students in their chosen major prior to beginning formal classes on the topics in their junior year.

IMMB 200. Immunology Colloquium I.

2 Hr. I Faculty-led discussions and workshops to introduce students to the study of immunology.
The objectives of this course are to introduce the students to the field of immunology and engage the students in small laboratory projects that they can accomplish in a small group. Recitation will come from upper classmen that will mentor lower classmen. Faculty will discuss their specialty and how graduates of this program can utilize the concepts and skills learned to foster their career. This colloquium is designed to immerse the students in their chosen major prior to beginning formal classes on the topics in their junior year.

IMMB 250. Microbiology Colloquium II

2 Hr. II Faculty-led discussions and workshops to introduce students to the study of medical microbiology.
The objectives of this course are to continue the introduction of the students to the field of medical microbiology and engage the students in small laboratory projects that they can accomplish in a small group. Recitation will come from upper classmen that will mentor lower classmen. Faculty will discuss their specialty and how graduates of this program can utilize the concepts and skills learned to foster their career. This colloquium is designed to immerse the students in their chosen major prior to beginning formal classes on the topics in their junior year.

IMMB 300. Immunology Colloquium II.

2 Hr. I Faculty-led discussions and workshops to introduce students to the study of immunology.
The objectives of this course are to continue to introduce the students to the field of immunology and engage the students in small laboratory projects that they can accomplish in a small group. Recitation will come from upper classmen that will mentor lower classmen. Faculty will discuss their specialty and how graduates of this program can utilize the concepts and skills learned to foster their career. This colloquium is designed to immerse the students in their chosen major prior to beginning formal classes on the topics in their junior year.

IMMB 301. Basic Medical Microbiology.

4 Hr. I. Combined lectures and laboratory exercises on immunology, pathogenic microorganisms, and clinical laboratory techniques.
The objectives of this course are to present the student with the basic concepts of medical microbiology: microscopy and staining; study of bacteria, fungi, protozoan and helminth, and virus structures and replication; metabolism; growth and culture of microorganisms; control of microbial growth and antimicrobial agents; microbial genetics; biotechnology; epidemiology; virulence factors associated with microorganisms. Students will learn more specifically about the pathogenic microorganisms associated with each organsystem. Laboratory will provide experience in basic microbiological techniques: experiments will focus on use of the microscope, staining, aseptic technique, culture and growth of various microorganisms, isinfection and sterilization, antimicrobial agents, and basic identification of bacteria.

IMMB 302. Principles of Immunobiology.

3 Hr. I. Study of the basic concepts underlying the mechanisms of innate and adaptive immunity.
Students will learn fundamentals of the immune system including cells and tissues of the immune system, molecular and cellular components of innate immunity and adaptive immunity. They will be introduced to applied topics in immunobiology including vaccines, hypersensitivity reactions, tolerance, autoimmunity and immunodeficiency.

IMMB 310. Bacterial Pathogenesis.

4 Hr. II Pathogenic bacteriology with an emphasis on the mechanisms of pathogenesis. Topics include microbial adherence, motility, toxin production and mechanisms, and normal flora and disease.
The objectives of this course are to present the student with the basic concepts of medical microbiology and microbial pathogenesis: study of bacteria, antimicrobial agents, epidemiology, and virulence factors associated with microorganisms. Students should have an appreciation for the involvement of bacteria in disease and an understanding of laboratory tests needed for differentiation and identification.

IMMB 320. Cellular Immunobiology.

3 Hr. II Emphasis is on contemporary issues in understanding the cellular elements that impact immune responses.
This course will examine contemporary issues in Immunology based on fundamental concepts – by examining primary research articles and reviews this course will extend Immunology principles to contemporary research.

IMMB 327. Medical Parasitology.

2 Hrs. II.
The objectives of this course are to present the student with the basic concepts associated with animal parasites that infect and cause disease and pathology in humans. Emphasis will be on parasite biology and transmission and identification of diagnostic stages of each parasite. Emphasis will also be on the biology of arthropods that transmit infectious agents or cause disease manifestations in humans. Laboratory will provide experience in identification of the various diagnostic stages of protozoans, helminths, and arthropod vectors.

IMMB 400. Senior Colloquium I.

1 Hr. I and II Student-led discussions and workshops on advanced topics in immunology and microbial pathogenesis.
The objectives of this course are to study recent developments in the fields of immunology and microbial pathogenesis. This is achieved through student and faculty presentations of primary research articles in recently published journals in the fields of immunology and microbial pathogenesis.

IMMB 405. Scientific Integrity.

1 Hr. I. Review and discussions on current immunology and medical microbiology literature. Seniors are required to lead one journal club discussion before graduation.
Students will know fundamental issues of maintaining scientific integrity in the conduct of biomedical research.

IMMB 410. Microbial Genetics.

3 Hr. I. Molecular aspects of mutation, gene transfer mechanisms, genetic mapping, and genetic control using bacteria and bacteriophage systems as models.
This course will examine molecular aspects of mutations, gene transfer mechanisms, genetic mapping, and genetic control using bacterial and bacteriophage systems as models. Apply this knowledge to better understand research problems in microbial genetics.

IMMB 420. Molecular Immunobiology.

5 Hr. I. Lectures and laboratory focused on the study of the structure and function of the families of molecules employed by the immune system to recognize and initiate the immune response.
Students will learn detailed knowledge of the signaling pathways that are activated during an immune response. They will apply knowledge gained in the lectures to laboratory techniques by learning to measure activated forms of various signaling molecules and correlate these forms with function. Students will learn the principles of gene knockout and knock-in mice and their utility in immunological research.

IMMB 450. Senior Colloquium II.

1 Hr. II. Seminars presented by senior students covering contemporary topics in immunology and medical microbiology. Senior students are required to present one seminar before graduation.
The objectives of this course are to study recent developments in the fields of immunology and microbial pathogenesis. This is achieved through student and faculty presentations of primary research articles in recently published journals in the fields of immunology and microbial pathogenesis.

IMMB 460. Contemporary Issues for Majors.

3 Hr. II Detailed coverage of major issues of contemporary research in immunobiology.
The objectives of this course are to increase the depth of students’ knowledge in immunology with an emphasis in understanding chronic inflammatory diseases, expand the students’ knowledge of topics in immunology that were not covered in introductory immunology courses, improve the students’ capacities to critically read primary research reports in the discipline of immunology, and improve the students’ oral presentation skills.

IMMB 470. Medical Virology.

3 Hr. II. Molecular biology of viruses that are important both biologically and medically. Includes a basic introduction to replication and genetics as well as current topics in molecular virology.
The objectives of this course are to increase the depth of students’ knowledge in virology, expand the students’ knowledge of topics in virology that were not covered in the introductory microbiology courses, improve the students’ capacities to critically read primary research reports in the discipline of virology.

IMMB 491. Professional Field Experience.

2 Hr. I and II. Professional field experience to provide experience in the techniques used in academic or commercial-partner laboratories.
This course involves student internships to provide practical experience in the research setting and techniques used in academic or commercial partner laboratories.

IMMB 494. Seminar.

1 Hr. I. Seminars covering contemporary topics in immunology and medical microbiology.
The objective of this course is to expose students to contemporary topics in immunology and microbiology through invited outside speakers, and through graduate and undergraduate student seminars. Undergraduate students are required to give one 25-minute seminar on a current topic in immunology or microbiology in their fourth academic year.

IMMB 484. Senior Thesis.

3 Hr II Essays and oral presentations by senior students covering contemporary topics in immunology and medical microbiology. Senior students are required to present one seminar before graduation.
Upon completion of the course, students will have learned the skill of analyzing published research manuscripts in the field of medical microbiology, presenting a seminar on a specific topic in the field, and writing a paper on this project. The goal is to have the student learn a particular immunology or medical microbiology topic in depth and consider the societal issues associated with this topic. The seminar and paper will serve as a capstone project for the culmination of their undergraduate experience in their chosen field of immunology or medical microbiology.
Specifically the student will choose a topic in immunology or medical microbiology as noted later in the application. Read and analyze that specific topic and become familiar with the immunological and medical microbiological characteristics as well as the genetics, biochemistry, and physiology that relate to that specific topic. Synthesize the information, and write a paper totaling a minimum of 5,000 words (not including the bibliography) on the chosen topic. Prepare and present a seminar to the class using power point slides. The faculty member will guide and advise the student with respect to the specific articles in the current literature relevant to the topic chosen. The general schedule for the semester is as follows:

  • Week 2 – Student informs the instructor of their chosen topic and gains approval of the topic with or without modification.
  • Week 4 – An abstract of the paper and the outline of the entire paper is due. Feedback and critique provided to guide the student on remaining writing task.
  • Week 8 – A draft of the paper including the bibliography due to instructor for feedback.
  • Week 10 – Feedback by the instructor to students
  • Week 12 – Final paper due.

In class time will be devoted to advising students in preparation of the seminar, and the use of power point, or a power point-like presentation. Near the end of the semester, the student will present a 25 minute presentation on the research topic, with 5 minutes of discussion and questions by the other students. The student will gain the experience and the skills that will empower them to apply these abilities when he/she graduates.