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Microbiology Courses (MCB)

MCB 3020 General Microbiology

  • Course Description: Structure and function of bacteria, archaea, viruses, and eukaryotic microbes. Laboratory includes media preparation and culturing, staining and enumeration techniques.
  • Credit hours: 3
  • Department: Cell, Molecular and Microbiology
  • Prerequisites: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, and CHM 2210
  • Co-requisites: MCB 3020L
  • Additional Info: MCB 2010C and MCB 2000/L are not equivalent to MCB 3020C nor MCB 3020/L

MCB 3020L General Microbiology Lab

  • Course Description: Lab Portion of Microbiology
  • Credit hours: 1
  • Department: Cell, Molecular and Microbiology
  • Prerequisites: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, and CHM 2210
  • Co-requisites: MCB 3020
  • Additional Info: MCB 2010C and MCB 2000/L are not equivalent to MCB 3020C nor MCB 3020/L

MCB 3410 Cell Metabolism

  • Course Description: This course will survey key cellular catabolic and anabolic pathways in eukaryotic cells. Focus will be on the regulation and integration of these pathways as they impact eukaryotic cell function and mechanisms of disease as opposed to detailed analysis of the chemistry of specific reactions that is the focus of general biochemistry courses. Emphasis will be placed on the structure and regulation of specific enzymes, energy utilization as well the implication to human diseases such as diabetes and asthma.
  • Credit hours: 3
  • Department: Cell, Molecular and Microbiology
  • Prerequisites: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, and CHM 2046
  • Additional Info: This course will not count towards the Marine Biology Major

MCB 4115 Determinative Bacteriology

  • Course Description: Survey of bacterial classification; detailed examinations of bacteria important to man in agriculture, in industry and as pathogens.
  • Credit hours: 3
  • Department: Cell, Molecular and Microbiology
  • Prerequisites: MCB 3020C or MCB 3020/L
  • Co-requisites: MCB 4115L
  • Additional Info: This course will not count towards the Marine Biology, and Cell and Molecular Biology Majors

MCB 4115L Determinative Bacteriology Lab

  • Course Description: Lab Portion of Determinative Bacteriology.
  • Credit hours: 2
  • Department: Cell, Molecular and Microbiology
  • Prerequisites: MCB 3020C or MCB 3020/L
  • Co-requisites: MCB 4115
  • Additional Info: This course will not count towards the Marine Biology, and Cell and Molecular Biology Majors

MCB 4202 Ecology of Infectious Diseases

  • Course Description: The Ecology of pathogenic microorganisms. Topics include host-parasite interactions, microbial survival strategies, microbial virulence, and environmental influences on the maintenance and spread of disease.
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Department: Cell, Molecular and Microbiology
  • Prerequisites: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2045, CHM 2046, and MCB 3020C OR PCB 3043 (CHM 2210 is recommended)
  • Additional Info: This course will not count towards the Marine Biology, and Cell and Molecular Biology Majors

MCB 4223 Food Microbiology

  • Course Description: This course looks at the microorganisms that inhabit, create, or contaminate food.
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Department: Cell, Molecular and Microbiology
  • Prerequisites: MCB 3020C or MCB 3020/L
  • Additional Info: This course will not count towards the Marine Biology Major

MCB 4313 Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology

  • Course Description: This course provides a comprehensive review of the different aspects of the field of Industrial Microbiology. The focus will be on advanced principles of industrial microbiology/biotechnology and will expose the student to the many applications of this field in daily life.
  • Credit hours: 3
  • Department: Cell, Molecular and Microbiology
  • Prerequisites: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, CHM 2045, CHM 2046, CHM 2210, MCB 3020C
  • Additional Info: This course will not count towards the Marine Biology, and Cell and Molecular Biology Majors

MCB 4320 Molecular Microbiology

  • Course Description:   Bacteria are considered to be amongst the simplest forms of life on earth. Yet the intricate and exquisite nature in which they conduct each process of their lifecycle within a single cell, without the aid of compartmentalization, is staggering. In this course we will undertake a thorough examination of the molecular events and strategies employed by both bacteria and bacteriophages. We will then apply this knowledge to bacterial behavior in the wild, to develop a detailed knowledge of how these organisms are able to adapt and respond to any given environment. Lecture only.
  • Credit hours: 3
  • Department: Cell, Molecular and Microbiology
  • Prerequisites: PCB 3023, PCB 3063, and MCB 3020C or MCB 3020/L
  • Additional Info: This course will not count towards the Marine Biology Major

MCB 4404 Microbial Physiology and Genetics

  • Course Description: Physiological, metabolic, and genetic phenomena pertinent to understanding the growth, development, ecology, regulation, and reproduction of microorganisms. The course emphasizes the interdependence of physiological and genetic approaches. Lecture only.
  • Credit hours: 3
  • Department: Integrative Biology
  • Prerequisites: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, CHM 2045, CHM 2046, CHM 2210, and MCB 3020C or MCB 3020/L
  • Additional Info: This course will not count towards the Cell and Molecular Biology Major

MCB 4404L Microbial Physiology and Genetics Lab

  • Course Description: Laboratory portion of Microbial Physiology and Genetics relating to biochemical characteristics and metabolic capabilities of bacteria. Laboratory only.
  • Credit hours: 1
  • Department: Integrative Biology
  • Prerequisite/Co-requisite: MCB 4404
  • Additional Info: This course will not count towards the Cell and Molecular Biology Major

MCB 4503 Virology

  • Course Description: The biology of viruses associated with plants, animals, and bacteria will be considered; the nature of viruses, mechanisms of viral pathogeneses, and interactions with host cells. Lecture only.
  • Credit hours: 3
  • Department: Cell, Molecular and Microbiology
  • Prerequisites: MCB 3020C or MCB 3020/L
  • Additional Info: This course will not count towards the Marine Biology Major

MCB 4905 Microbiology Undergraduate Research

  • Course Description: Individual investigation with Microbiology faculty supervision. Written contract by CMMB Department is necessary prior to registration. S/U grade only.
  • Credit hours: variable, 1-4
  • Department: Cell, Molecular and Microbiology
  • Prerequisites: Junior Class Standing, 3.0 USF GPA, 3.0 Biology Majors GPA, and Consent of Instructor is required before registration into this course
  • Additional Info: This course will not count towards the Integrative Animal Biology, Environmental Biology, Environmental Microbiology, Marine Biology, and Cell and Molecular Biology Majors

MCB 4933 Selected Topics in Microbiology

  • Course Description: The content of these courses will be on various Microbiology topics and depend on student demand and instructor's interest.
  • Credit Hours: variable 1-3
  • Department: Cell, Molecular, and Microbiology
  • Prerequisites: Prerequisites depend on the course being offered.
  • Additional Info: Always refer to the BioAdvise permits page for updated information on the types of Microbiology Selected Topics being offered, the prerequisites for those courses, and what majors they will count towards.

MCB 4934 Seminar in Microbiology

  • Course Description: This course focuses on varying topics in the Microbiology field. S/U only.
  • Credit hours: 1
  • Department: Cell, Molecular and Microbiology
  • Prerequisites: Senior or advanced Junior standing and Consent of Instructor are required for registration in this course
  • Additional Info: This course will not count towards the Integrative Animal Biology, Environmental Biology, Environmental Microbiology, Marine Biology, and Cell and Molecular Biology Majors