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Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Science

MICB: Microbiology

BIOL 112, MICB 201, or SCIE 001 is a prerequisite for all MICB courses except MICB 153 and MICB 353. Consult the Credit Exclusion List in the Faculty of Science section of the Calendar. Additional fees are charged for some courses.


MICB 201 (3) Introductory Environmental Microbiology
Prokaryotic diversity and the impact and applications of bacterial and archaeal metabolic, genetic, and growth processes in environmental contexts. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of BIOL 112, BIOL 200, SCIE 001. For students with BIOL 112, CHEM 121 is recommended.
MICB 202 (3) Introductory Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Introduction to cellular and humoral immune responses, the properties of viruses and the principles of bacterial pathogenesis. (Consult the Credit Exclusion list within the Faculty of Science section of the Calendar.) [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of BIOL 112, BIOL 200, MICB 201, PHAR 201, SCIE 001.
MICB 203 (1) Basic Microbiology Laboratory
Procedures and principles associated with isolation, characterization and handling of microorganisms. Intended for students requiring a basic microbiology laboratory course. [1*-3-1*]
Prerequisite: One of MICB 153, BIOL 112, SCIE 001.
MICB 301 (3) Microbial Ecophysiology
Dynamics and control of prokaryotic cellular processes in response to the biotic and abiotic environment including metabolic interactions and metabolic cooperation between microorganisms. [3-0-1]
Prerequisite: Either (a) all of BIOL 201, MICB 201 or (b) BIOT 380.
MICB 302 (3) Immunology
Cells, molecules, and mechanisms of innate and adaptive immunity. Antigen presenting cells and the major histocompatibility complex, T and B lymphocytes and their antigen receptors, T and B cell development, innate and adaptive immune responses against pathogens, diseases associated with aberrant immune responses. [3-0-1]
Prerequisite: MICB 202 and third-year standing.
MICB 306 (3) Molecular Virology
Introduction to virus structure and replication. Detailed examination of selected viruses including polio, HIV and cancer-causing retroviruses. Development of vaccines and anti-viral drugs, the use of virus vectors to cure genetic diseases. [3-0-1]
Prerequisite: One of MICB 202, BIOT 380.
MICB 308 (3) Paradigms in Bacterial Pathogenesis
Mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis including adherence, invasion, intracellular survival, toxins, host defenses and microbial evasion strategies, antibiotics, and vaccines. Introduction to experimental approaches used to study bacterial pathogens. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) all of BIOL 201, MICB 202 or (b) BIOT 380.
MICB 322 (3) Molecular Microbiology Laboratory
Aseptic handling and characterization of microbes, growth properties, enzyme assays, protein analysis and plasmid isolation. Restricted to students in Microbiology and Immunology specializations. [2-4-0]
Prerequisite: All of BIOL 200, BIOL 201, CHEM 233, MICB 201, MICB 202.
MICB 323 (3) Molecular Immunology and Virology Laboratory
Genetic manipulations of bacteria, introductory immunological and virological procedures, tissue culture. Restricted to students in Microbiology and Immunology specializations. [2-4-0]
Prerequisite: MICB 322.
MICB 325 (3) Analysis of Microbial Genes and Genomes
Genetic, molecular biological and bioinformatic approaches for the analysis of microbial genomes, gene structure-function and gene expression with emphasis on bacteria. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of MICB 201, BIOL 234 and third-year standing or higher.
MICB 353 (1) Food Microbiology Laboratory
Procedures and principles associated with isolation, enumeration, characterization and handling of microorganisms. Restricted to students registered in the Food Science program. [1-2-0]
Prerequisite: One of BIOL 112, MICB 201, SCIE 001.
MICB 398 (3) Co-operative Work Placement I
Work experience in an industrial research setting, taken during the Winter Session (Term 2) of third year. Restricted to students admitted to the Co-operative Education Program of Biotechnology in Microbiology and Immunology. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: MICB 202.
MICB 399 (3) Co-operative Work Placement II
Work experience in an industrial research setting, taken during Summer Session (Terms 1 and 2) following third year. Restricted to students admitted to the Co-operative Education Program of Biotechnology in Microbiology and Immunology. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: MICB 202.
MICB 401 (3) Environmental Microbiology Laboratory
Microbiological analysis of environmental samples using culture-dependent and culture-independent methods. [2-4-0]
Prerequisite: MICB 322 and MICB 301.
MICB 402 (3) Advanced Immunology
Molecular basis of lymphocyte development, activation and adhesion; immunogenetics and the major histocompatibility complex. Consult the credit exclusion list within the Faculty of Science section of the calendar. [3-0-1]
Prerequisite: One of MICB 302, BIOT 380. If MICB 302 is used as the prerequisite for MICB 402, students are required to take one of the following as a corequisite: BIOL 234, BIOL 335, MICB 325.
MICB 404 (3) Topics in Molecular Bacterial Pathogenesis
A lecture/discussion/library research course. Topics such as antibiotic resistance, pathogen genomics; host-pathogen interactions; evolution of pathogens; host responses to infection, invasive mechanisms, resistance mechanisms. [1-0-4]
Prerequisite: MICB 302 and one of MICB 308, MICB 403, MICB 408.
MICB 405 (3) Bioinformatics
Computational methods to analyze genome and protein sequences to derive structural and functional information. Related topics in functional genomics. [3-0-1]
Prerequisite: One of MICB 301, MICB 325, BIOC 302, BIOC 303, BIOL 335, BIOT 380.
MICB 406 (3) Topics in Molecular Virology
Presentations, library research, paper reviews, class discussions about current research in virology. Topics such as molecular targets in viral therapy; chronic viral infection; virus-host cell interaction. [1-0-4]
Prerequisite: MICB 306.
MICB 407 (3) Viral Infections in Humans
Interactions between viruses and humans; pathogenesis; persistence and viral oncogenesis; virological diagnosis and treatment. (Consult the Credit Exclusion list within the Faculty of Science section of the Calendar.) [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: MICB 306.
MICB 408 (3) Advanced Bacterial Pathogenesis
Current and emerging themes in bacterial pathogenesis including cellular microbiology, bacterial cell biology processes and their role in virulence including secretion systems to deliver virulence factors and immune evasion strategies employed by pathogens. Development of antibiotics and resistance to antibiotics. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: MICB 308. MICB 302 and MICB 325 are recommended.
MICB 412 (3) Topics in Immunological Research
Presentations, library research, paper reviews and class discussion on selected areas of advanced molecular and cellular immunological research. [1-0-4]
Prerequisite: MICB 302 and one of MICB 402, MEDG 410.
MICB 418 (3) Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology
Exploitation of microbial and animal cells for the industrial production of chemicals ranging from alcohol to therapeutic proteins. Genetic manipulation of cellular characteristics, fermentation methods, patenting and governmental approval processes. [3-0-0]
Corequisite: One of BIOL 335, MICB 325.
MICB 421 (3) Experimental Microbiology
Research in microbial physiology and molecular genetics. Guided and independent laboratory projects are developed. [2-4-0]
Prerequisite: One of MICB 323, BIOT 380.
MICB 424 (3) Cellular Dynamics of Pathogenic and Environmental Bacteria
Regulatory and signalling networks in bacterial cells with emphasis on how cellular and environmental cues are detected and integrated during different growth or life history stages of important pathogenic and environmental bacteria. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) MICB 301 or (b) all of MICB 201, MICB 325.
MICB 425 (3) Microbial Ecological Genomics
Intrinsic and extrinsic forces driving prokaryotic genome evolution. Gene transfer; microbial species concepts; community genome structure, function and dynamics; ecological impacts of microbial genome diversity. Emphasis on problem solving and experimental design. [3-3-0]
Prerequisite: One of BIOL 335, MICB 325. One of MICB 201 or MICB 301 is recommended.
MICB 430 (3/6) c Seminar in Microbiological Literature
Student seminars on selected papers from the microbiological literature. Compulsory for Honours students. Major students may enrol with permission of the department head.
MICB 447 (3) Experimental Molecular Biology
A laboratory course with a choice of independent, supervised research projects. Students develop protocols to carry out investigation of selected molecular biology problems. [2-4-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) BIOT 380 or (b) MICB 323 or (c) all of MICB 322, MICB 398.
MICB 448 (3/6) c Directed Research
A library (3 credits) or laboratory (3 or 6 credits) project. Requires permission of the Undergraduate Advisor. The results are presented in a written report to be reviewed by oral examination.
Prerequisite: Either (a) MICB 323 or (b) all of MICB 322, MICB 399.
MICB 449 (6) Research Problem
A laboratory investigation in the final year of the Honours program. The results are presented in a written report, to be reviewed by oral examination.
Prerequisite: Either (a) MICB 323 or (b) all of MICB 322, MICB 399.
MICB 498 (3) Co-operative Work Placement III
Work experience in an industrial research setting, taken during the Summer Session (Terms 1 and 2) following fourth year. Restricted to students admitted to the Co-operative Education Program of Biotechnology in Microbiology and Immunology. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: One of MICB 398, MICB 399.
MICB 499 (3) Co-operative Work Placement IV
Work experience in an industrial research setting, taken during the Winter Session (Term 1) of fifth year. Restricted to students admitted to the Co-operative Education Program of Biotechnology in Microbiology and Immunology. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: One of MICB 399, MICB 498.
MICB 502 (3) Advanced Immunogenetics
Consult the Credit Exclusion List in the Faculty of Science section of the Calendar. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
MICB 505 (3) Molecular Microbiology
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
MICB 506 (3/6) d Microbiological and Immunological Research
Developing, discussing, and undertaking research projects. Oral communication skills, peer review skills, scientific ethics, and the ability to critically evaluate papers in the literature. To be taken only with permission of the department head. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
MICB 507 (3) Topics in Molecular Pathogenesis and Immunology
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
MICB 548 (6) Directed Studies on an Approved Problem
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
MICB 549 (18) M.Sc. Thesis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
MICB 649 (0) Doctoral Dissertation

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