Courses

BIOL: Biology

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BIOL 112 (3)  Biology of the Cell

The principles of cellular and molecular biology using bacterial and eukaryotic examples. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of CHEM 12, CHEM 100, CHEM 111 and one of BIOL 11, BIOL 12, BIOL 111.
BIOL 112 - Biology of the Cell
 

BIOL 346 (3)  Microbes and Society

An elementary course in molecular biology primarily for Arts students. The historical development of recent discoveries in molecular biology with emphasis on bacteria and viruses and their interaction with humans. (Consult the Credit Exclusion list within the Faculty of Science section of the Calendar.) Not for credit in Life Sciences. [3-0-0]
BIOL 346 - Microbes in Society
 

BIOL 421 (3)  Plant-Microbe Interactions

Biology and physiology of selected plant-microbe relationships. Impacts of plant-microbe relationships on society. [3-0-2]
Prerequisite: BIOL 200 and one of BIOC 202, BIOC 203, BIOL 201, BIOL 233, BIOL 234, BIOL 260.
Equivalency: APBI 426. 
BIOL 421 - Plant Microbe Interactions

 

MICB: Microbiology

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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 201 - Introductory Environmental Microbiology
 

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 202 - Introductory Medical Microbiology and Immunology
 

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 203 - Basic Microbiology Laboratory
 

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 301 - Microbial Ecophysiology
 

MICB 302 (3)  Immunology

Mechanisms of innate and adaptive immune responses. Hematopoiesis, development of T and B lymphocytes, leukocyte migration, antigen processing/presentation and the major histocompatibility complex, immune responses against pathogens, and diseases associated with aberrant immune responses. [3-0-1]
Prerequisite: MICB 202 and third-year standing.
MICB 302 – Immunology
 

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 306 - Molecular Virology
 

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) MICB 202 and one of BIOL 201, BIOC 202, BIOC 203; or (b) BIOT 380.
MICB 308 - Paradigms in Bacterial Pathogenesis
 

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 322 - Molecular Microbiology Laboratory
 

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 323 - Molecular Immunology & Virology Laboratory
 

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 325 - Analysis of Microbial Genes and Genomes
 

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 353 - Food Microbiology Laboratory
 

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 401 - Environmental Microbiology Laboratory
 

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 402 - Advanced Immunology
 

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 408.
MICB 404 - Selected Topics in Pathogenesis
 

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 405 - Bioinformatics
 

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 406 - Topics in Molecular Virology
 

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 407 - Viral Infections in Humans
 

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 408 - Advanced Bacterial Pathogenesis
 

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 412 - Research Topics in Immunology
 

MICB 413 (3)  Topics in Microbiome Research

Critical examination and discussion of contemporary research literature concerning the impact of host-associated microbiomes on host development, health and disease with a focus on humans. Priority given to students in Microbiology and Immunology specializations. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) MICB 302 and one of MICB 308, BIOL 335; or (b) BIOT 380. And fourth year standing in Science.
 

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, BIOT 380.
MICB 418 - Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology
 

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 421 - Experimental Microbiology
 

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, BIOT 380. One of MICB 201 or MICB 301 is recommended.
MICB 425 - Microbial Ecological Genomics
 

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 430B - Seminar in Microbiological Literature
 

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 447 - Experimental Research
 

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 448A or B - Directed Research (3 credits Laboratory Project)
MICB 448A or B - Directed Research (3 credits Library Project)
MICB 448C - Directed Research (6 credits Laboratory Project)
 

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 449 - Research Problem
 

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