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Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology Minor

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology 689 23rd Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 612-624-5947
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 8
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
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Students prepare for careers in biomedical research and teaching by completing broad training in molecular biology or biological sciences, and focused specialization in one of three concentrations (microbiology, immunology, or cancer biology). The program offers exceptional research opportunities for graduate training in autoimmunity, biotechnology, cancer biology and therapy, environmental microbiology, genetic engineering of microorganisms, lymphocyte activation and development, microbial pathogenesis, molecular genetics of disease, tumor immunology, vaccine development, and vascular biology and inflammation.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Students must be enrolled in a University masterís or doctoral program.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Required courses include calculus, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. A minimum of two upper-level biology courses, which may include biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology, or immunology, etc. are also required.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 96
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
All courses must be taken A/F unless only offered S/N. A minimum grade of C is required for A/F coursework. The minimum cumulative GPA for the minor is 3.0.
Required Coursework (8 credits)
Masterís and doctoral students must take 2 of the following courses, selected in consultation with the MICaB director of graduate studies, for a total of 8 credits:
MICA 8002 - Structure, Function, and Genetics of Bacteria and Viruses (4.0 cr)
MICA 8003 - Immunity and Immunopathology (4.0 cr)
MICA 8004 - Cellular and Cancer Biology (4.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
Master's Requirements (8 credits)
See Program Requirements, above.
Doctoral
Doctoral Requirements (12 credits)
In addition to the 8 required credits, select at least 4 credits of MICaB coursework in consultation with the MICaB director of graduate studies.
MICA 8005 - Topics in Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (1.0-4.0 cr)
MICA 8006 - Protein Sequence Analysis (3.0 cr)
MICA 8007 - Cell Biology and Biochemistry of the Extracellular Matrix (3.0 cr)
MICA 8009 - Biochemical Aspects of Normal and Abnormal Cell Growth and Cell Death (2.0 cr)
MICA 8010 - Microbial Pathogenesis (3.0 cr)
MICA 8011 - Current Topics in Immunology (3.0 cr)
MICA 8013 - Translational Cancer Research (2.0 cr)
MICA 8014 - Small RNA Biology (2.0 cr)
MICA 8320 - Readings in Neurobiology (1.0-4.0 cr)
 
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MICA 8002 - Structure, Function, and Genetics of Bacteria and Viruses
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Structure, function, and metabolism of microorganisms. Microbial genetics. Molecular virology. prereq: [One undergrad or grad course each in [microbiology, genetics, biochemistry]] or instr consent
MICA 8003 - Immunity and Immunopathology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Lymphocyte activation, signal transduction in lymphocytes, antigen receptor genetics, antigen presentation, lymphoid anatomy, adaptive immune responses to microbes, immunodeficiency, immunopathology, cytokines, transplantation, autoimmunity. prereq: Upper level undergrad immunology course or instr consent
MICA 8004 - Cellular and Cancer Biology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamental concepts in cellular, molecular, and genetic basis of disease. Molecular basis of inflammation and cancer metastasis. Genetic basis for inherited disorders and gene therapy. Molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis. prereq: [One undergrad or grad course each in [biochemistry, cell biology]] or instr consent
MICA 8005 - Topics in Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Colloquium format. Readings/discussion on specialized topic. prereq: 8012, [8002 or 8003 or 8004] or instr consent
MICA 8006 - Protein Sequence Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
DNA and protein sequence and protein structure databases; protein sequence analysis; methods for display of sequence comparison and prediction results; Genetics Computer Group (GCG) sequence analysis programs; and current literature and research problems. prereq: Biochem course, knowledge of UNIX operating system recommended
MICA 8007 - Cell Biology and Biochemistry of the Extracellular Matrix
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00980 - Bioc 8007/MICa 8007
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Concepts in cell adhesion and tissue composition and importance of cell adhesion in tissue function and disease. Topics range from structure/function/assembly of tissue components to cellular adhesion mechanisms. prereq: 8002 or 8004 or instr consent
MICA 8009 - Biochemical Aspects of Normal and Abnormal Cell Growth and Cell Death
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Aspects of mechanisms involved in growth control at level of nuclear function. Neoplasia in hormonal cancers (such as prostate cancer) and role of protein phosphorylation in normal and abnormal growth. Mechanisms of cell death via apoptosis and its implications in normal and abnormal proliferation. prereq: 8004 or [BioC 3021, Biol 4004] or instr consent
MICA 8010 - Microbial Pathogenesis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Molecular mechanisms of bacterial/viral pathogenesis. Strategies of disease causation/interaction with host, regulation of virulence factors, mechanism of virulence factor transmission to other microbes. prereq: MICa grad student or instr
MICA 8011 - Current Topics in Immunology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Colloquium format. In-depth reading, discussion prereq: MICA 8003 or instr consent
MICA 8013 - Translational Cancer Research
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Clinical issues in cancer research. Discuss translational research projects as they pertain to a variety of cancers. prereq: 8004 or instr consent
MICA 8014 - Small RNA Biology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Small RNAs as major regulators of gene/protein expression. MicroRNAs and their potential use in diagnosis/prognosis of various disease conditions, including cancers. Biology of small RNAs and their role in health and disease. prereq: BIOC 8002 or MICA 8004 or equiv or instr consent
MICA 8320 - Readings in Neurobiology
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Topics in neurobiology and neurophysiology.