Undergraduate Courses:

BIOL 3340: Microbiology 

This course is a study of prokaryotes, unicellular eukaryotes, and viruses. Students will learn about the nature of microorganisms and the techniques used to study microbes. Students will explore the morphology, metabolism, growth, and genetics of various microbes.
3 Credit hours; 3 Lecture hours

BIOL 3340L: Microbiology Laboratory

This course emphasizes basic microbiology methods. Students will learn to culture, identify and quantify microorganisms.
1 Credit hour; 3 Lab hours

BIOL 4490: Special Topics in Biology (Microbial Genetics and Cell Signaling)

How do bacteria talk? In this course you will learn about various types of cell-to-cell communication methods used by bacteria. Some of the topics we will explore includes questions on how pathogenic bacteria subvert host cell signaling to cause disease, bioluminescence in the Hawaiian bobtail squid, the complex social life of bacteria that eat other bacteria, and bacteria that have learned to count. The lab portion of the course will cover key topics from the lecture.
4 Credit hours; 3 Lecture hours; 3 Lab hours

Graduate Courses:

BIOL 7634 - Cell Signaling (Team taught)

This course will introduce students to a selection of signal transduction pathways and explore their function in the regulation of cellular processes, development, adaptation and sensory response. General topics will include receptor-ligand complexes, signal generators, signal cascades and signal networks. Specific topics will include guanylate and adenylate cyclases, G-protein linked receptors, kinases and phosphatases, hormone receptors, nitric oxide pathways, applications in feedback regulation, development and pharmacology.
3 Credit hours; 3 Lecture hours

BIOL 7300 - Res Methods Across Biology (Team taught)

Biological disciplines are diverse and require various and specialized techniques that have become essential to the process of scientific inquiry. This course introduces graduate students to diverse research methods and literature as used in the various biological disciplines such as ecology, cell biology, genetics, physiology, zoology, botany and microbiology. Activities in the course may include, but are not limited to, lectures on research strategy and tactics, experimental design and technology, and use of statistical methods. Use of various research methods will be supported through review of the scientific literature, and possibly demonstration.
4 Credit hours; 3 Lecture hours; 3 Lab hours